Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Croatia - 7 nights
Available year round 

 

Raise your glass to Croatia, a true culinary destination which certainly has become a place for the foodie traveler. You will experience the two amazing cities of Split and Dubrovnik and will learn why more and more people are putting this country on their bucket list. During this tour you will visit the islands of Vis and Hvar and even get out on the sea to kayak!

 

And did you know that tasty spicy Zinfandel wine originated in Croatia? While here, you will visit a vineyard and will enjoy food and wine experiences that we hope you will never forget.

 

Enjoy guided walking tours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with enough free time to explore your new surroundings and relax at both of your 4 star accommodations. 

  

Welcome to this amazing destination!

 

ITINERARY 

 

Day One 

 

ARRIVAL TO SPLIT

 

Arrive in Split, a major Mediterranean port that is the heart of Dalmatia and Croatia’s second-largest city. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, located in the fourth-century Diocletian’s Palace, the world’s best-preserved late antique palace.

 

Free evening on your own.

 

Welcome to Croatia!    

 

 

Day Two 

  

WALKING TOUR OF SPLIT - FREE EVENING

 

Set out this morning for a private walking tour of Split’s city center with your guide. Discover this dynamic city that has evolved over the centuries. It offers a perfect blend of history and modern influences, and boasts museums, great architecture, restaurants, shops and an abundant green and open fish market.

 

Begin with a stop at the open food market, where you can experience fresh local ingredients. Continue to Diocletian’s Palace for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally built as a residential summer palace for the Roman emperor.

 

Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Split on your own. You may wish to walk along the Riva (waterfront) to enjoy the ambience of this friendly city. 

 

Free evening on your own.  

 

  

Day Three 

 

ORIGINS OF ZINFANDEL & WINE TASTING - FREE AFTERNOON AND EVENING

 

Just a short ride from Split is the location of origin of Zinfandel. Through DNA testing it was discovered that Zinfandel originates from Crljenjak, a wine variety also known in Italy as Primitivo.

 

Visit to vineyards overlooking Split where the last remains of this ancient wine was found. A wine tasting with a winemaker considered to be one of Croatia's top expert on Crljenjak will be organized. 

 

Return to Split and free afternoon and evening.  

 

DAY FOUR 

  

BOAT EXCURSION TO HVAR, VIS WITH BLUE CAVES

 

Discover Croatia’s most beautiful islands on a full-day tour from Split. Sail across the sea to discover the Mediterranean as it used to be at Hvar, Biševo, Vis... Your journey begins by traveling to the famous Blue Cave on Biševo island. Discover an amazing natural phenomenon that was originally accessible only by diving, but, since 1884, can be accessed by a narrow entrance large enough for a small boat. Experience the beautiful blue-silver light from a small boat for about 20 minutes.
 

Next, drive to the picturesque village of Komiža on Vis, where the locals are proud of their fishermen's history. Wander among narrow stone houses or take a walk on the promenade for a coffee. See the pebble beaches of Komiža. Continue to Stiniva Cove on the island of Vis to laze on the beach and snorkel in the sea. A unique place in the Adriatic Sea, the entrance to the cove is relatively narrow and surrounded by two high cliffs best experienced in the morning when there is a plenty of sun. Just 10 minutes away is a sandy beach at the Blue Lagoon on Budikovac, situated between 3 islets. You will have an hour to swim and snorkel here in the crystal-clear sea.

 

Then, drive to the beautiful town of Hvar, where you will have some free time to see all the cultural sights of one of the 10 most beautiful harbors in the world. Have a coffee on the promenade, and then go to the Cathedral of St. Stephen. See the historic Bishop's Palace, and explore the citadel built on the site of a medieval castle. Enjoy panoramic views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands from the Spanjol or Fortica fortress, built in 16th century to protect the town from the Turks. Return to Split in the evening. 

 

Duration 12h - If the Blue Cave is inaccessible due to bad weather the tour operator will endeavor to provide a suitable alternative 

 

DAY FIVE 

   

SPLIT/DUBROVNIK - GOURMET FOOD & WINE PAIRING

 

In the morning after breakfast and checking out of your hotel you will continue to Dubrovnik. On route to Dubrovnik, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea. There you will enjoy unique gastronomic experience of combining fine food with excellent wines all produced in the vineyard located around you. 

 

In late afternoon, you will arrive to Dubrovnik and after checking in your hotel you will have a free evening to familiarize yourself with this amazing city. Dinner on your own.  

 

DAY SIX 

 

DUBROVNIK

 

In the morning a tour of Dubrovnik, “Pearl of the Adriatic” will be organized. Irish author George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik.” The Old Town, protected by city walls, fortresses and bastions, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

A walk along the ramparts reveals a view of the enchanting Elafiti Islands. Stroll the cobblestone streets with your local guide to admire Onofrio fountain, the city bell tower and numerous medieval buildings. 

 

Free afternoon and evening. 

 

Dinner on your own.  

  

 

DAY SEVEN 

 

DUBROVNIK - KAYAKING

 

Explore the Dubrovnik from another perspective. After breakfast experience sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik old town. Learn about the “cursed” island of Lokrum, swim in a secluded cave and take it all in. 

 

In the evening a farewell dinner will be organized in one of Dubrovnik restaurants.  

 

DAY EIGHT 

  

DEPARTURE

 

Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport. We hope you have enjoyed your time in Croatia!

  

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.

  

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

   

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports/Train Stations:

 

Airport: Split - 15 miles/25-35 minutes to first accommodation
Train Station: Split - 2 miles/10 minutes to first accommodation

  

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour. 

   

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2020 Fees Per Person

 

Double Room/US$2925
Single Supplement/US$725

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing based on 4 or more persons

  

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date. 

2020 Dates


Available year round based on availability.

 

Included

 

*Private transfers with expert English-speaking local guides and driver
*Seven (7) nights’ accommodations in 4* hotels (depending on availability proposed hotels can be changed)
*Daily breakfast
*All meals, wine tastings, etc. as described in the itinerary (Lunch on Days 3, 5, Snacks Day 7, Farewell Dinner Day 7)
*Guides and tickets to sights in Split and Dubrovnik such as Saint Dominus Cathedral, Palace 
*Basements in Split, Jupiter Temple, city ramparts in Dubrovnik...
*Boat excursion to nearby islands of Hvar and Vis 
*Visit of Split’s open food market
*Discovery of Zinfandel origins
*Gourmet dinner in one of the best restaurants in Split 
*Visit of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
*Visits of islands of Hvar, Vis and Blue cave
*Walk along Dubrovnik’s city walls and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Airfare and personal expenses are not included.

  

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

   


CLIENT REMARKS

Furnished upon request

 

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A TASTE OF PERU FOR FOODIES

"Thank you so much for organising what turned out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Everything was first class from the luxury accommodation and transportation to our fantastic tour guides and spectacular excursions. While we went without a true understanding of Peruvian cuisine, we were blown away by the variety and quality of the produce and techniques used in the restaurants selected for us. We are already looking on the website for our next destination!" - Brenda A. and Lynne A., Glasgow, Scotland

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