Duration: 12 days/nights
Price: $2750 USD
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The Wukusich (Vukusic) Family tour is a 12 day private tour through many of Croatia’s highlights including: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Trogir, Zadar, Split, Vis Island and  Dubrovnik . In addition to the main sights and cities, this tour offers a cooking class with local chef, wine tastings in two different wine regions, options to experience the Adriatic with sea kayaking, sailing or diving and a chance to reconnect with family heritage in the towns of Stinica/Jablanac. I can also include an option for extra days at the tour’s end for those who wish to have more time in Dubrovnik or to visit the Venetian towns, fjords and spectacular scenery in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Anyone wishing to spend more time (pre or post tour) I can arrange other optional excursions or overnights into neighboring countries (Slovenia, Italy, Montenegro). I probably have more ideas then you have time but if you’d like more than 12 days in Europe I have all the possibilities covered.

This tour will run in 2015. It starts Friday September 25th in Zagreb and ends the morning of Wednesday October 7th in Dubrovnik. You could fly into Zagreb (ZAG) and out of Dubrovnik (DBV) airport or you could fly into/out of Zagreb and purchase a cheap one-way ticket from Dubrovnik to Zagreb on Croatian Airlines ($60-75). For those who would like to get rid of jet lag before the tour officially starts I can book an extra night or two in Zagreb for you – please contact me for details and price. For anyone who would like to move on to another destination in Europe after this tour ends (or perhaps before it starts), please contact me and I can arrange transportation depending upon your wishes.

Price for this tour would be $2750 per person based on a group of 8 people. The cost per-day of this tour would be less than my either of my normal cultural or food & wine tours. This price does not include airfare from North America to Croatia.

Deposits of $450 per person are due by February 7th, 2015. Final payment of remaining balance is due by June 25th, 2015. Payments can be made by check or bank transfer. If you would like to sign up please contact Glenna directly.

 

      • Soak in the history and romance of Dubrovnik – a walled city perched along the Adriatic Sea
      • Savor the food, taste the wines, sense the history, smell the herbs and relax in the charms on the Island of Vis
      • Shop for fresh ingredients at a local market and cook with a local’s house in Trogir
      • Get an insight into family roots at the small town of Stinica
      • Options to kayak on the gorgeous Adriatic, go diving off Rab Island or take a boat out to visit the enchanting blue grotto in tiny Bisevo islet
      • Relax in the natural beauty, cascading waterfalls and walking paths at Plitvice National Park
      • Explore the 1700 year old alleyways and temples of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, built by the Roman emperor in 297 AD
      • Peel back the layers on the under-touristed city of Zadar, where ancient history and cultures (Illyrians, Romans and Venetians) meet modern, cosmopolitan Croatia
      • Feast on home made schnapps, olives oils, local wines, air-dried prosciutto, fresh seafood and a special veal dish cooked “pod peka” all along your journey in Croatia.
  • September 24 – October 7, 2015

  • $2750

    4 dinners (wine included), 4 lunches, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking class, 11 nights lodging at B&Bs, private homes and apartments (all rooms en-suite), transport by private car, tour leader, local guides, entrance fees, all excursions not listed as ‘optional’, transfers to/from airports.

  • Dubrovnik’s cable car from travel blog

    BBC spotlight on Zadar – a 6 minute video and article on Zadar and Croatia joining the EU

    The good life on Vis Island from Washington Post

    Video of our cooking class in Trogir

    Central Dalmatia –  video showcasing the sights of Central Dalmatia including the cities of Rab, Trogir, Split and Zadar 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Croatia and explore the capital city

Overnight: Zagreb, Croatia

Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel in the Central European city of Zagreb, Croatia’s underrated capital.We will have a local guide takes us through the upper and lower towns to learn more about the capital city’s history. Welcome dinner at local restaurant with specialties from Northern Croatia.

Day 2: Beauty of Plitvice

Overnight: Jablanac, Croatia

Full day excursion to Plitvice Park, Croatia’s most visited national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. This incredibly beautiful pocket of wooden hills  has 16 turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, caves (typical of karst landscapes) and walking paths (across wooden footbridges) to explore. There are optional boat rides that cross some of these lakes. There are also more than 100 different species of bird such as hawks, owls, starlings, kingfishers and wild ducks.

Day 3: Sunday mass and Family roots 

Overnight: Jablanac, Croatia

Sunday mass at church in Jablanac or Stinica. Exploration and lunch at town of Stinica, to trace the Wukusich family roots. <<if you would like to do more family tree research or have me hire a local to do so please let me know>>.

Day 4: Rab island getaway

Overnight: JablanacCroatia

We’ll take a short ferry across to the Island of Rab.  Some of the more adventurous guests can go scuba diving while others will explore Rab Town. Four large bell towers grace the peninsula giving Rab a dramatic appearance. The old town is divided into two parts, with one part located at the tip of the peninsula (the site of a Roman settlement and is characterized by old stone villas). The other part is further back on the peninsula and has the look of a typical medieval town with narrow winding streets and fabulous architecture.

Day 5: Historic Zadar, Sibenik and Trogir

Overnight: Trogir, Croatia

We leave Jablanac and head down the coast to the city of Zadar. A local guide will take us on a walking tour through Zadar, the once capital of Byzantine Dalmatia (7th century) that shows off its many layers of empires and cultures. A quick stop in the city of Sibenik to see the elaborate stone work of 72 faces adorning the exterior of St. Jacob’s Cathedral.Early evening arrival into medieval town of Trogir. Dinner at fabulous restaurant with courtyard seating. 

Day 6:  Cooking (and Eating) Local

Overnight: Trogir, Croatia

Cooking class with a local from Trogir begins in one of the oldest cafes in Trogir where you discuss the menu over coffee and domestic pastries.  Afterwards, you visit a local food market and fish market where fresh Adriatic fish and vegetable from local farmers are bought. Food lover experienced both in cooking and teaching, your host chef and the autor of an original cookbook Ivana Orešić is dedicated to sharing with you traditional Dalmatian home-cooking techniques and recipes. Afterwards, a visit to the beautiful stone work at St. Lawrence’s cathedral (from 11th century). Evening enjoying a guided tour and the nighttime atmosphere around Diocletian’s Palace in Split. In 297 AD Roman Emperor Diocletian’s had his retirement palace built here and most of it still stands.

Day 7: The secretive island of Vis

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

Take the morning ferry to Vis Island, Croatia’s secret island that is furthest from the mainland and also closed to foreigners during the Yugoslavia days making it less touristy than Croatia’s other big islands. After arriving we’ll have lunch  and then our hosts Pino and Petra will meet us and give a guided tour of Vis Town (founded by the Greeks and named Issa) with  history and insight into what makes Vis so special. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians, French and British have all controlled Vis at different times. Then we drive across to the other side of the island (only 15 minutes, it’s a small island!) to the picturesque fisherman’s village of Komiza where we’ll overnight and enjoy dinner.

Day 8:  History, nature, food and wine of Vis Island

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

A full day to eat, drink and soak in the sights and stories of Vis. Tour of the island begins with historical explanations reaching back to ancient times until the present. Visit Tito’s cave, Hum peak (587m), former RAF airport in the Second World War (now a vineyard), cricket field in Plisko poje, George III fort, former military base Parja, submarine tunnel and the town of Vis (with Greek cemetery and Roman baths). You will take in picturesque little villages, vineyards and olive groves, visit the most important cultural and history sites, hear the most important history facts from ancient Issa to the present. A wine tasting at local vintner and a lunch of roast lamb, fresh vegetables and some strong distilled spirits at a rustic restaurant known in Croatia as a ‘konoba’ will round out this afternoon of sights, stories and great food!

Day 9: Relax, swim and traditions of Vis

Overnight: Vis Island, Croatia

First half of the day will be at leisure to relax, swim, walk on the beach, visit local maritime museums, take an easy stroll around neighboring villages or go parasailing, paragliding or sea kayaking. Lunch at the home of a local historian to hear about traditional wooden fishing vessel called the Gajeta Falkusa, fishermen stories and traditions from Vis’ rich past. Option to take a short speed boat ride and discover nearby Bisevo island with its Blue cave (similar to Capri in Italy).

DAY 10: Welcome to the Pearl of the Adriatic!

Overnight: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Ferry back to the mainland and head down the southern strip of the Dalmatia coast. Arrival into Dubrovnik and to your apartments located within the walled old town, close to all the sights, restaurants and cafes. Our local guide will give you a walking tour of Dubrovnik, a magical walled city situated right on the Adriatic with a rich and important history. Though heavily touristed with day trippers from cruise ships, the city clears out in late afternoon. Dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants with your guide – a perfect opportunity to find out what events/concerts are going on during your stay and learn more about how locals live.

Day 11: Dubrovnik for your exploration

Overnight: Dubrovnik, Croatia

All day at your leisure to see Dubrovnik. Not to miss sights include the Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, Lovrijenac Fortress, Rector’s Palace, an excellent photo gallery regarding the 1990’s war, and cafes & gelaterias at nearly every turn. In late afternoon we will walk around the 80 foot high walls of the city and then take a cable car to the mountain overlooking the city for spectacular panoramic views and drinks. For a nearby nature escape, bail on the crowds with a trip to nearby Lokrum island with lovely botanical gardens. Short ferry rides start at the old town harbor and take 10-15 minutes.

Day 12: Wines of the Peljesac Peninsula

Overnight: Dubrovnik, Croatia

We will head to the gorgeous Peljesac peninsula (about an hour north of Dubrovnik) for a day of tastings. First a stop in the ancient walled town of Ston, one of the wealthiest towns in medieval times due to the salt (white gold of the day). Tour of salt pans and then a visit to an olive oil maker to see their traditional press and have a tasting of oils. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the Batulovic family winery. Learn about the Batulovic family history, grafting and wine growing on Peljesac’s steep and rocky terroir. You will try many varieties of Plavac Mali, the region’s most famous wine (a cousin of Zinfandel), along with other wines including a white called Rukatac. Transfer back to Dubrovnik by early evening.

The following morning you will be transferred to the airport. End of Tour