Duration: 11 days/nights -- Upon Request
Price: $3900 USD
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Savor Adriatic Culinary Tour

This eleven night tour highlights the food, wine, history and traditional culture of the Adriatic. From the Central Dalmatian town of Trogir, out to the secluded island of Vis, down to Croatia’s gorgeous vineyard-packed Peljesac peninsula and finally onto the dramatic scenery and rustic rural charm around Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor, guests will taste, learn, explore, experience and savor the real Adriatic.

 

    • • Sail the Adriatic in a traditional fishing boat and visit the enchanting blue grotto in Bisevo

      • Savor the food, taste the wines, sense the history, smell the herbs and relax in the charms on the Island of Vis

      • Sip the Plavac wines and walk the rocky, windswept vineyards of Croatia’s Peljesac peninsula

      • Taste your way through olive oils, air-dried prosciutto and other slow-food & family-run experiences in Montenegro

      • Take in the past glories, rich history and architectural gems in the Montenegrin seaside towns of Kotor and Perast

      • Tour the historic walled cities of Dubrovnik and Korcula, Marco Polo’s home town

  • Upon Request for 2017

  • $3900

    10 dinners (wine included), 4 lunches, 11 nights lodging at B&B , pensions and hotels (all en-suite), 8 wine tastings, tastings of olive oil, honey, spirits and prosciutto, transport by private car, tour guide, transfers to/from airport.

  • Dubrovnik’s cable car from travel blog

    The good life on Vis Island from Washington Post

    Bartulovic Winery on Peljesac peninsula from Blue Danube blog

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to the Adriatic!

Overnight: Trogir, Croatia

Transfer from Split airport to a boutique hotel tucked away in the old town of Trogir. Trogir is on a small island connected to the mainland by a short bridge. Tour of the town’s sights including the magnificent 11th century St. Lawrence church. Welcome dinner with group.

Day 2: Wine cellars and arrival on Vis island

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

We head to the small town of Skradin to find Bibich Winery. The Bibich family was featured on the No Reservations Croatia episode and have been making award winning wines for many generations. After a tasting and lunch we will hop on the ferry to Vis Island. Our hosts Pino and Petra will show us around Vis Town and give us history and insight into what makes Vis so special. We will have the pleasure of a local chef cook us our first island dinner at our own private house (where we overnight) near the quaint fishing village of Komiza.

Day 3: History, wine and sweeping views

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

A full day to eat, drink and soak in the sights and stories of Vis. Included are a visit to a vineyard that was used as an airstrip to launch British bombers in the Second World War, a view point at Mt. Hum to see the whole picture, two wine tastings and visits with the vintners and a lunch of roast lamb at a rustic restaurant known in Croatia as a ‘konoba’. Dinner at a seaside restaurant back in Komiza.

Day 4: Sailing the Adriatic on ‘Gajeta Falkusa’

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

A unique opportunity awaits guests as our host Pino will take us for a full day of sailing, swimming and island hopping onboard a 9m long traditional wooden fishing vessel called the Gajeta Falkusa. Guests will discover Bisevo island with its Blue cave (similar to Capri in Italy), visit bays and secluded beaches, enjoy a picnic lunch and hear sailing and fishermen stories and traditions from Vis’ rich past.

Day 5:  Traditions of Vis

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

Spend the day learning the old ways of the islanders. First an eco tour to old villages & herb picking followed by learning about old traditions and techniques of making liqueurs, grappa, soap and honey. Yes, there will be tastings too!

Day 6: Explore the pearl of the Adriatic: Dubrovnik

Overnight: Peljesac region, Croatia

After ferrying back to the mainland we drive down the scenic coastal highway to Dubrovnik, the most storied and beautiful city on the Adriatic. Guests will have guided tour by a Dubrovnik native and some free time to get lost in the alleyways or sip on an espresso at an outdoor cafe. Then we will head to the winery of Bartulovic on gorgeous Peljesac peninsula. Mario, the owner and winemaker, For the next 3 days our host (and winemaker) will be Mario. He’ll welcome us to his tavern where we’ll enjoy all three evenings meals. Mario is a member of Slow Food Dubrovnik and will call upon traditional recipes from his grandmother and mother. Some of the dishes will including chickpeas and lentil soup, calamari with beans and a local dessert called Mantala which is sticky, sweet cake made of grape must mixed with orange peels, flour, cloves, cinnamon, almonds and walnuts. Certainly not something offered up by restaurants.

Day 7: Wine making and tastings on Croatia’s Peljesac peninsula

Overnight: Peljesac region, Croatia

A full day with Mario as we learn about the Batulovic family history, grafting and wine growing on Peljesac’s steep and rocky terroir. Tastings at Mario’s cellar and at other local wineries on the peninsula to try different varietals and techniques. We will try many varieties of Plavac Mali, the region’s most famous wine (and perhaps Croatia’s most famous as well), along with other wines including a white called Rukatac. For dinner, guests learn to cook meats/fish ‘pod peka’ (under the metal lid) – a style typical of Dalmatia and the Balkans.

Day 8: Korcula Island: walled towns and white wines

Overnight: Peljesac region, Croatia

Excursion to nearby Korcula Island and guided tour of Korcula town (birthplace of Marco Polo). This walled town on the Adriatic is like a smaller, less touristed version of Dubrovnik. We will also meet a local winemaker on the island and try Korcula’s unique white varietal called Grk.

Day 9: Culture and cafes in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor

Overnight: Perast, Montenegro

We leave Croatia and head south, crossing into the wild beauty of Montenegro. The country’s name translates to Black Mountains and that is quite evident from Perast, the place we overnight for the last 3 days of the tour. This tiny town sits on the Bay of Kotor and the surroundings could hardly be more stunning. Mountains practically rise up from the water and surround this picturesque spot. From your bedroom window you can see two little islands, one with an active monastery near cyprus trees and another man-made island with a small church. We will take a boat ride out to visit these island, then a short tour to learn the suprisingly rich history of this once important maritime town followed by lunch. Then guests will enjoy the walled city of Kotor nearby with a walking tour followed by dinner there.

Day 10: Prosciutto and olive oil along the old Royal route

Overnight: Perast, Montenegro

After breakfast we will experience the mountainous terrain of the country with a drive up a serpentine route to village of Njegusi for dried prsut (prosciutto). We will stop at the national park Lovcen for fantastic viewpoint as head onto the old royal capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. Here we will visit the King’s palace and have traditional coffee drinking and a small lunch. Back along the coast, we spend the remain part of our day on the Lustica peninsula. A walk through olive groves and stone olive mill and visit with a family who make olive oils, honey and other delicious food for a tasting. Dinner at restaurant tuck away on a beautiful tiny bay along the Adriatic.

Day 11: Brandies, honey and wines in rustic countryside

Overnight: Perast, Montenegro

In the village of Rvaši in the northern region of Skadar Lake (the largest lake in the Balkans) we will meet with a local man for an afternoon of tastings and lunch. Specialties of the house include honey with candied fruit, honeycomb, and medovaca (honey brandy), wine and loza rakija (grape brandy) made from vranac and kratošija grape varietals, and domestic pomegranate juice made with sun ripened fruit from the family garden. We’ll visit the apiary and wine cellar and then get our hands dirty making bread and homemade sausages. In the late afternoon we will drink Vranac wine near Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans. Our farewell dinner will be at a restaurant that faces the old town of Budva, situated on the Adriatic coast.