Developed together with winegrowers and winemakers, the Finest Wines of Croatia tour showcases gastronomic experiences they attend, presenting culinary and wine escapades which will excite enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. However, if you would like to visit a certain winery or restaurant, let us know: everything in this itinerary can be tailored to your preference.
Start your Dionysian journey through Croatia in Istria, the largest peninsula and a renowned wine region. Stay at the finest Istrian historic estate set against a backdrop of Merlot vineyards, Villa Meneghetti. While in Istria, enjoy Meneghetti’s wine tasting and their exquisite wine pairing dinner, but also an exciting day of truffle hunting in Motovun forests.
From Istria, continue to Pag Island. Everything in this island seems to somehow connect to gastronomy. The island is known for its historic – but still operative - saltpans and also fantastic cheese, with a special flavor attributed to animals grazing on aromatic herbs which grow everywhere. Try some at the internationally awarded Gligora cheese factory, before enjoying your evening at the region’s original gourmet hotel Boškinac. Anthony Bourdain described his dining experience here as “world class”, so be ready for something truly special. Then continue south, for a visit to two UNESCO jewels and some serious epicurean moments.
As you arrive to Split, tour its city center – the magnificent Palace of Diocletian – with a private guide before savoring a taste and a sip at the wine & cheese bar Paradox. This is a lovely overture for what many consider the highlight of this journey: an exclusive 13-course wine pairing dinner prepared by Alan Bibich (winemaker), and his wife Vesna (culinary artist) in the Bibich winery in Skradin. Visit the popular town of Hvar the following day, and discuss the unique terroir of Hvar Island with Ivo Duboković, Croatia’s favorite garage winemaker. A private dinner in the abandoned village of Malo Grablje nicely contrasts the bustling summer atmosphere of Hvar town.
Then, take a boat to another wine empire: Pelješac peninsula. Saints Hills winery, your overnight oasis, is known for adding a touch of exclusivity over the wild charm of the peninsula. Their six-course wine pairing dinner culminates with desserts served under the starriest skies around. For the grand finale, savor a guided visit of Dubrovnik and its romantic Old Town, followed by the charming seaside of Cavtat and the valley of Konavle, former agricultural backbone and a rising wine region. Wrap up your last day with a traditional ‘peka’ lunch deep in the countryside and an evening of leisure in Dubrovnik. As you fly away on day 12, you will still taste Croatia in your mind.
Arrival to Istria
Your arrival to Istria, one of Croatia's most beautiful regions, is planned for afternoon hours. Sunset is a beautiful time to be at Villa Meneghetti, a stunning hotel and a historical Istrian estate set amidst vineyards and olive groves. Their wonderful wine pairing welcome dinner will have you treated royally right off the bet.
Istrian hilltop towns & truffle hunt
Morning departure to the charming interior of Istria. Motovun and Grožnjan are true gems among peninsula's historic, hilltop towns, offering wonderful galleries and shops in an authentic Istrian setting. The day continues with a truffle hunt and a special, truffle-inspired late lunch served in a local tavern.
Bale to Novalja, Pag Island
The very special drive from the bucolic hillside of Istria to the rugged moonscapes of Pag Island ends at one of Croatia's original gourmet/wine cellar hotels. Hotel Boškinac epitomizes the culinary traditions of the island: wines, olive oil, cheese, lamb... Very unique menu awaits in the evening!
Lun Olive Groves with cheese and olive oil tasting
Pag is not only known for its unique landscapes but also for the culinary treasures from the rocky soil. You will explore them all, starting at the most unique olive orchard of Europe and ending with a taste of award-winning sheep cheese. Last night at Boškinac.
From Pag Island to Split
Scenic drive after lunch takes you to the heart of Dalmatia. Split's Mediterranean character is hard to resist! Sit on the sunny waterfront and enjoy people-watching, sipping a glass of local white... After all, it's what the locals do.
Split and Bibich experience
Tour Split in the morning, and enjoy a visit to the colorful Green Market and an overall emphasis on local culinary traditions. Taste a selection of local wines at the iconic Paradox wine bar. Afternoon rest ends with departure to Bibich wine cellar for the most unique food and wine experience in the region!
Split to Hvar Island
Morning departure to Split by fast ferry. Check-in to Hotel Adriana at the very historic Hvar Town harbor, a perfect place to start exploring" the sunniest town" in Croatia, its cafes, restaurants and historic sights. Experience Hvar nightlife, the inspiration behind its 'Croatian St. Tropez' nickname.
Fine wines of Duboković and Malo Grablje experience
Hvar is not only known for its sunshine and party life but also for some of the greatest wines found on the Dalmatian coast! One of the leaders of the revival is definitely Ivo Duboković with his strong reds and especially his massive Medvid. End the tour with a traditional dinner served in the unique setting of the abandoned village of Malo Grablje.
To Pelješac via Ston and oyster tasting
Pelješac peninsula is Croatia's wine country. Slopes of Dingač, hillside of Potomje and the micro region of Ponikve are just some of the positions that give Croatia's finest wines. But no visit to Pelješac is complete without tasting the oysters in Ston! Check in to Saints Hills Vinaria before enjoying a wine pairing spectacle from their kitchen.
Saints Hills Experience
The morning comes quickly at the perfectly secluded Saints Hills but the new day brings new tastes of this great new winery. The day is completed by another great lunch and coffee in the charming, historic Korčula Old Town, just a short drive and a boat ride away.
Dubrovnik Rivera Tour
Leave to Dubrovnik in the morning, passing by the salt pans of Ston and the magical Trsteno Arboretum. Check-in to your hotel by mid-day. Afternoon is reserved for a tour of Dubrovnik Riviera, visiting the Old Town, charming Cavtat and Konavle villages, with the last stop planned for a panorama point on Srđ Hill.
Farewell from Dubrovnik
Private transfer to the airport in time for your flight. Tastes of Croatia left behind and many more to return to.
Paired with your exquisite foods and wines, these hotels vividly illustrate the everlasting inspiration behind Croatia’s finest culinary experiences. From traditional estates like Villa Meneghetti to the original gourmet hotel of Boškinac and the impressive Saints Hills winery, these establishments add a touch of finesse to every night of your journey.
Villa Meneghetti 5*, Bale
Set amidst Merlot vineyards and olive groves in the picturesque Bale village, the beautiful Stancija Meneghetti 5* delivers a fine experience of a traditional Istrian estate coupled with internationally acclaimed wines and divine culinary delicacies. Its four rooms are elegantly decorated, and combined with the ultimate Wine & Dine experience and exceptional service, make for an unforgettable stay.
Hotel Boškinac 4*, Novalja
One of the most iconic foodie places in Croatia, the original gourmet hotel Boškinac is known as a true discovery for lovers of traditional and gourmet foods and wine connoisseurs. The interior of its eight spacious rooms and three suites is decorated with carefully chosen materials and handmade furniture, however its serene atmosphere and extremely peaceful surroundings remain the main trademark.
Hotel Judita Palace 4*, Split
Judita Palace Hotel is a place for lovers of culture: the facades of this extensive four-story building display the fundamental historical and cultural periods of medieval and modern Split. But Judita is not only a building, it is a boutique hotel of the finest service and most welcoming staff. Its unbeatable, central location on Split's main square makes it ideal for exploring Split's historic quarters!
Hotel Adriana 4*, Hvar
Facing the old city center from its prime location on the promenade, the view from hotel Adriana combines the Cathedral, the Arsenal, the Venetian piazza and the yacht harbor in one sweeping vista. As diverse as this view, Adriana offers great amenities: 50 deluxe guest rooms, 9 suites and spa-specific suites, a unique Sensory Spa, year-round rooftop seawater swimming pool, Val Marina restaurant, spectacular Top bar, lounge and multi-level garden terraces with stunning views over the sea and the marina.
Saints Hills Winery
In the heart of the Pelješac peninsula, Saints Hills was a family winery centuries ago, but has just recently undergone a renaissance and now brings a touch of international to the familial atmosphere of Dubrovnik’s wine empire. With the winery, restaurant and 2 suites on the site, Saints Hills thrills with their exceptional wine-pairing dinners and starry skies over their stone terraces.
Hotel Pucić Palace 5*, Dubrovnik
The Pucić Palace luxury hotel in Dubrovnik Old Town overlooks the Gundulić square, a picturesque space which serves as a quaint market in the morning and the setting for tasty alfresco dining in the evening. This 17th century Baroque palace comprises 17 luxury rooms, 2 suites and 2 restaurants, one on the beautiful Gundulić square and another in a private terrace with a chapel.