See, smell and taste Croatia with out Gastro & Wine Tour!
Here at World and Pleasure, our goal is to bring luxury to all our guests. We always strive towards creating something truly unique for you, something that was never did in the past and will never be repeated in the future.
After years of experience, with intimate knowledge of Croatia and the neighboring countries, and a profound knowledge of what luxury truly is, we are able to select everything from the destination, to the restaurants, wines, museums and theater plays. This is how we do our itineraries – yet they are but blueprints for the final product.
The true strength for any tailor made things is always the one who will use it – in this instance you – the guest. We want to be in harmony with your individual tastes, likes, dislikes and needs rather than trends or accepted standards. You input is the most pivotal element in our construction, a platform that will shape all the , the idea that will guide us through all the possible choices. The final product can only be after consulting with you, one on one, for as long as you are completely satisfied with your itinerary.
Out tours are never made just to fit you – they are built for you, from scratch. We will not be satisfied unless your experience is nothing less than unforgettable.
This is our proposal of luxury tailor made journey – SEE, SMELL & TASTE CROATIA
The itinerary, duration of visits and etc. can be arranged/changed according to your wishes
The program of this tour is in accordance of our highest experience, the accommodation in hotels of upper category and selected restaurants/wineries. You can ask us to create for you, your own private, tailor made tour in accordance to your wishes.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT / ITINERARY
Day 1 – Zagreb
Upon you arrival to the Zagreb Airport, your hospitable driver will meet you and take you to your hotel in Zagreb. After a break, in the evening your driver will pick you up at the hotel and you are going to one of the famous restaurant in Zagreb. It will be the place where you will taste your first meal in Croatia – the traditional food and wine from Zagreb / Central Croatia area. Overnight in Zagreb.
Hotel: Esplanade Zagreb
Meals: Dinner in restaurant Zagreb
Distances: AP Zagreb – Hotel :30 min, Hotel – Restaurant : locco
Highlight of the day: Traditional food and wine from Central Croatia area
Day 2 – Zagreb , Istria
After breakfast you will check out at hotel and meet your local guide for a private tour of the core of Zagreb.
Zagreb is the Croatian capital, which historical buildings, churches, magnificent squares and avenues talk about history, culture and about people. You will visit the main city square of Ban Jelačić, the Upper Town and its medieval twin settlements Gradec and Kaptol, the fabolous Green market, the Cathedral of Mary’s Assumption, St. Mark’s church with the beautiful multi colored roof, park Zrinjevac and so on ….
After sightseeing you are going to the restaurant Otto & Frank in the famous Tkalčićeva street.
The owner of the restaurant, his chef and somelliere are waitnig for you and you will help them in their kitchen preparing your own lunch ! Really class cooking !
In the afternoon you will continue your journey towards Istra, a private transfer to Rovinj .
You will check into your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.
We suggest an „evening walk“ through Rovinj – one of the most photogenic towns on the Adriatic,which rises up on a little peninsula, with the baroque church St. Euphemia on the top.
Overnight in Rovinj
Hotel: Monte Mulini, Rovinj
Meals : Lunch
Distance : Zagreb – Rovinj :3 hours
Hightlight of the day: Zagreb sightseeing, Class cooking
Day 3 – Istria
This morning after breakfast, at about 9 a.m., your local guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to begin your exploration of the Istrian Peninsula. You will learn more about its attractions, its famous gastronomic heritage, its vineyards and wineries. The the very character of Istria is a complete harmony of flavors and nature.
You will visit:
Livade – one of the most important centers for truffle farming in Europe. You will learn more about the magic delicacy – the Istrian white truffle. You will enjoy a private truffle hunting demonstration with dogs and will be able to taste some local products with truffle flavors.
Motovun – the most famous Istrian medieval town is one of the best examples of the stunning Istrian interior. Once mighty and politically important town with a rich mythological and storytelling background, today it’s a venue of a large number of cultural events – among those the best known is Motovun International Film Festival, organized yearly in August.
Kabola Winery – your private wine tasting is organized in the famous Kabola Winery, near the village of Momjan. This area is known as one of the most productive wine regions of Croatia, and you will have a chance to taste some of the famous wines: muscat, teran, malmsey … And of course also eat some delicious Istrian food.
Grožnjan – a medieval town, situated on a 288 meters high hilltop, it takes great pride in its tradition, cultural heritage and natural beauty. Most of the inhabitants left the town after the Second World War, but in 1969 a revitalization program turned the town in a artistic colony, as many artists now have their galleries and ateliers here.
At about 6 p.m. you will be back in your hotel.
Special wine tastings and dinner will be served at Meneghetti wine hotel/resaturant/winery.
Meneghetti follows the tradition of producing the best wine and olive oil, both made in Istria since Roman times. Meneghetti shares with us a very simple but profound philosophy: the quality of life only increases if we are in harmony with nature that surrounds and protects us.
This land, so diverse in its beauty and so stunning in its simplicity, is best presented by its most important products, wine and olive oil, in its natural surroundings.
Meneghetti sees tradition as a link between knowledge of different generations, some of which already gave their share and some yet have to do it.
Yet, the potential of this special land located near the sea, immersed in the scents of Mediterranean herbs is so strong that it transcends it’s tradition and walks proudly into the future.
We will stay overnight in Rovinj.
Hotel: Monte Mulini, Rovinj
Meals: lunch – Kabola winery, dinner – Meneghetty winery-
Distance: Day trip
Highlight of the day: Istria gastronomy and wineries
Plitivice lakes is the most beautiful and most popular National park in Croatia. It is protected by UNESCO and is the part of the World Natural Heritage. Your private local guide will show you the beauty of this Park, taking you through the Park via a sturdy and depedable system of wooden walkways. You will enjoy the discovery of 16 lakes, waterfalls, caves, forest, flowers and animal life …. You will never want to leave this unique pearl of nature.
After some leisure time and launch in the local restaurant, you will continue towards Zadar and
check into your hotel upon arrival. During the evening your driver and local guide will take you to Foša restaurant. The menu will be typical of the Dalmatian region – sea food and wine tasting.
We stay overnight in Zadar.
Hotel: Bastion, Zadar
Meals: Lunch – local restaurant at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dinner – restaurant Foša,Zadar
Distance: Rovinj – Plitvice: 3 hours, Plitvice – Zadar: 1,5 hours
Highlight of the day: Plitvice National Park
Day5 – Zadar – Bibich Winery (Šibenik area) – Split
After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel and meet your local guide for a private tour of the old part of Zadar.
Zadar is intriguing city, a historic old town set on Roman ruins. You will see medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafe bars, charming squares … But, you also need to visit two unique spectacles; hear the sound of the Sea Organ and see the light of the Sun Salutation – truly a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional!
Your driver will pick you up and you will continue your tour through Dalmatia towards the Šibenik Area.
After an hour you will come to Bibich Winery, the excellent place for slow food and wine tasting.
The Bibich Vineyards are about 500 years old. During the Homeland War in Croatia many of vineyards in this area were destroyed, but Alen Bibich set about restoring his grandfather’s pride and joy, and today has an excelled production of wine.
He is one of the Croatian’s leading winemakers and he and his wife prepare unforgettable meals. Only for you , under a lush grapevine, Bibich’s sommelier will do a special presentation of food and wine pairings. This story – this is Dalmatia!
Early in the evening you will come to Split, and settle into your hotel, and then have some leisure time
Overnight in Split.
Hotel: Park, Split
Meals: Bibich winery
Distance: Zadar – Bibich, 1 hour, Bibich-Split 1 hour
Highlight of the day : wine tasting at Bibich winery
Day 6 – Split
The local guide and your driver will meet you in the hotel after breakfast.Today you are going to discover Split, the capital of Dalmatia, a 1700-year-old town famous for the Diocletian Palace, a pearl of roman architecture which is included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List (since 1979).
The Roman emperor Diocletian started to build his palace in the 3rd century and after his abdication and laterenjoyed the rest of his life in this luxurious palace. Turbulent centuries that followed turned the villa into a city, inhabited by the fugitives from Salona (who fled from the Avars and Slavs). Split, in the years to come, grew beyond the Palace walls, despite a large number of various fractions that ruled the region: from the Romans, then the Croatian Kings in the 10th century, the Hungarian and Venetian administration in the late Middle Ages, the French rulers in the 18th century and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in the 19th.
Modern age, alias the 20th century, saw Split first a part of the kingdom of Yugoslavia, but then came World War 2 and everything changed – there was a tragic yet heroic period of the Italian and German occupation (when Split was one of the centers of the anti-fascist resistance). After the war, Split ultimately ended up first part of the Socialist Yugoslavia and slipped towards the present period of the free and independent Croatia, member of the European Union.
Tumultuous history left its trace in the everyday life of the city that always moved steadily forward, remaining the center of Dalmatia. In these combinations of vastly different historical building styles, clumsiness was inevitable, sometimes even rashness in development, but today it is all a part of its originality and charm. The “Great city” breathes today with a silent whisper of history, the lively spirit of youth and the charm of the Mediterranean, and that unique Croatian warmth…
During your private walk tour through old town of Split you will visit the bazaar fish market, where you will choose the ingredients for your lunch. Surprise – your private chef will accompany you! In the famous Diocletian palace restaurant, he will prepare lunch for you… A great and singular experience , enjoy it!
The afternoon is free for your leisure to spend in the town center, later your driver will take you to the hotel.
Overnight in Split.
Hotel: Park, Split
Meals: lunch at Diocleatian palace
Highland of the day: your private chef, Split sightseeing
Day 7 – Trogir, Split
Meet your local guide and driver at the hotel about 9 a.m. for a private sightseeing tour of Trogir, the historic town, also included in the UNESCO’s Heritage list.
Trogir is a charming town with more than 2300 years of tradition. It’s rich and varied architecture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, Venetians… Trogir, with its concentration of palaces, churches, towers and fortresses on a very small island, richly deserves it’s nickname “THE STONE BEAUTY”.
After sightseeing and some time at your leisure your driver and guide will take you to
to the Bedalov winery for wine tasting. The winery, located in Kaštel Kambelovac, the third of seven historic cities of Kaštela. The owner, Jakša Bedalov, is continuing the tradition of hospitality and wine making that has been present in his family for over 400 years. The staples of the house are Zinfandel (or Crljenak as they call it in Kaštela). Of course, traditional Dalmatian snacks will also be served durign the wine tasting.
You driver will take you to your hotel. Afternoon and evening at your leisure for walk, shopping …..
Overnight in Split.
Hotel: Park, Split
Meals: Bedalov winery
Distance: Split – Trogir 40 min
Highlight of the day : wine tasting
Day 8 – Hvar Island
This morning your driver will take you to the port where you will board a ferry boat bound to Hvar Island. Known as the sunniest place in Europe and one of the most beautiful islands on the World, Hvar is a unique fusion of untouched nature and Greco/Roman cultural and historical heritage.
The ferry will stop in Stari Grad, the former Greek Colony of Pharos and the first settlement on the island. During the walk you will see the town walls, the Roman mosaic, the medieval streets and Tvrdalj –the renaissance fortified castle …
The driver will then drive you to through the beautiful landscape of vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields towards the town of Hvar. First you will visit its fortress, a citadel built in the Venetian time. It dominates the town and offers a spectacular view of Hvar town and Pakleni otoci, a breathtaking archipelago in front of Hvar’s harbor. You guide will take you for a stroll in the Old Town of Hvar – a perfect harmony of the New and Old. You will start by visiting the largest square in Dalmatia, surrounded by palaces and historic edifices, such as the town Loggia. The most impressive buildings are the Cathedral, the Benedictine Monestery and the Hvar theatre in Arsenal.
After some time at leisure you are going to Jelsa, a small town with a long winemakers tradition.
The ancient Greeks brought the grapevine to this sunny island and planted in in the fertile plain of Pharos. Afterwards you will enjoy a private wine tasting at the Tomić family winery. Tomić family has dedicated almost everything they have to producing high quality wines and promoting wine culture.So, you will taste some of the family’s famous wines and have a chance to try Prošek – the original Dalmatian desert wine made from a selection of dried grapes. The Dalmatian food will be offered for lunch, too.
In the afternoon (at about 17:00) your driver will take you to the port to board the ferry bound to Split. After in Split, to your hotel. Overnight in Split.
Hotel : Park , Split
Meals: Tomić winery , Hvar sightseeing
Distance : ferry Split – Hvar 2 hours
Highlight of the day ; wine tasting
Day 9 – Ston, Dubrovnik
After breakfast you will meet your driver in hotel and you are going towards Dubrovnik.
On the way you will stop in Ston on Pelješac peninsula, a small town whose history reaches as far back as the 14th century. Ston has the longest stone wall in Europe(5,5km long).
With a myriad of narrow quiet streets, lavish houses once belonging to nobility and strong traces of ancient cultures, Ston is a truly spellbinding sight.
The gulf of Mali Ston is well-known for its mussel and is a oysters-growing farm since Roman times . The oysters from Ston (ostrea edulis),as an acknowledged natural aphrodisiac, have made this region world-famous. You will be able to taste them on the oyster farm.
After a check-in to you hotel in Dubrovnik and after some free time (for rest and relaxation), you driver will take you to one of the most famous restaurants/wine bars in Dubrovnik, Wine bar Matuško.
Matuško developed from a small winery into one of the most well known and largest wine-tasting destinations over the last couple of years.
Tasting Matuško wines and food is an unforgettable experience!
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Hotel: Bellevue Dubrovnik
Meals: lunch – oyster farm, dinner – Wine bar Matuško
Distance: Split – Ston 2,5 hours, Ston – Dubrovnik 1 hour
Highlight of the day: Oyster farm, wine tasting Wine bar Matuško
Day 10 – Dubrovnik
You will meet your local guide and your driver in hotel lobby for your private tour of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is definitely one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world.
The sense of history is strong in every part of this city – it is a city-museum and at the same time a stage for everyday life of the locals – thus, it represents a perfect cross between the past and the present. Protected by UNESCO World Heritage status since 1979, Dubrovnik can boast one of the first such listings in Croatia.
Every nook and cranny of this Pearl of the Adriatic, as it is known, hides a treasure. Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1940 meters of unique medieval walls – as the city’s flagship attraction they are preserved in their original form and open to visitors.
Its rich history, geographic location, mild climate, traditional hospitality and excellence in tourism make Dubrovnik a recognized high quality product on the international tourism market. Dubrovnik is Croatia’s undisputed convention center with more conventions, congresses and corporate incentive programs and better figures in this segment of tourism than any other location in the country. The city is a paragon of culture, as witnessed by its many festivals, prestigious art happenings, major open air events, visitations from excellent artists and world-known athletes, and, last but not least, its architectural treasures.
The lunch and wine tasting is organized in Crvik winery.
Crvik winery is family owned, settled in Konavle plateau, just a few kilometers south of Dubrovnik. Their flagship wine is made from Malvasia Dubrovačka, a old grape variety that perfectly symbolises the Mediterranean spirit. The owner, Petar Crvik, an enthusiastic and young winemaker, also produces a sweet kind of Malvasia made from dried grapes (vino passito).
Afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Hotel: Bellevue Dubrovnik
Meals: wine and food tasting Crvik winery
Distance: Dubrovnik – Konavle plateau 30 min
Highlight of the day: Dubrovnik sightseeing, Crvik winery
Day 11 – Dubrovnik AP
This day after check out from the hotel, your driver will take you to Dubrovnik Airport.
OVERVIEW OF THE TOUR:
PICK UP LOCATION – Airport Zagreb (or other location : Venice, Wiena, Budapest …..)
DROP OFF LOCATION – Airport Dubrovnik (or other location)
DURATION: 12 days, 11 nights
PRICE: on request
Confirmation will be within 72 hours of booking, depends on availability
The durations of transfers/guided visits are approximated
We can also arrange a travel companion/guide, which can be with your group during the whole journey
This tour is planned for max 11 people/passengers
12 days – 11 nights in 4*/5* hotels (Bed & Breakfast)
All meals (food & drinks) mentioned in itinerary
Our agent at disposal for any assistance, help or information
Full time services of a professional English (or other language) speaking driver
Licensed local guides
Transfers, pick-up and drop-off by luxury c ar/van/minibus
Ferry tickets: Split-Hvar-Split
Entrance fees: Hvar (Cathedral, Fortress, Benedictine monastery), Split(Diocletians cellars), Dubrovnik (Cathedral,Franciscan monastery), Trogir (Cathedral), Plitvice NP, Motovun(entrance)
Organization and VAT Included
Food and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal travel insurance (can be arranged by us for passengers) and personal expenses