Fritalja Istrian Cuisine
homemade prosciutto sliced - Harvest Tour
Istrian mussels wine & olive oil

Savor the Experience Tours - Culinary & Wine Tours

While running small group tours to Slovenia and Croatia for the past 14 years, I routinely heard from guests how undersold the food and wine was. Savor is designed to showcase the food, wine-making culture and culinary traditions that these diverse countries have to offer. Savor shines the spotlight on traditional regional and seasonal dishes, wine varietals unique to micro-regions, slow-food philosophy and long-standing family recipes. Most of all, our tours open a window of insight into the wine makers, artisans and local food producers by letting you be a guest in their cellars, houses, restaurants, farms and vineyards.
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Taste Amazing Georgia Tour

11 Days/nights
Get a taste of the amazing yet undiscovered Georgia through its wines, viticulture, culinary traditions, music, dance and hospitable people! Discover a land where ancient traditions are still cherished and alive. People here celebrate food and wine with uncompromising voracity so come join in the fun and celebrate like a locals!
$3550 USD

Adriatic Wine and Culinary Delights Tour

11 days/nights -- Upon Request
11 day tour which 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.
$3900 USD

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The Guide Collective

Since most of us cannot travel and I have no tours to run, I’ve focused my travel energy to other project. I am pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious new project that I am involved in. Along with nearly 20 other tour guides and professionals, we have formed a new international travel adventure, The Guide Collective. Our aim is to bring the world to you, through articles, video, podcasts, and visual art. Our aim is to elevate the conversation in travel. Rather than top ten lists or cultural stereotypes, we will dig deeper into issues that connect our diverse cultures.

I am personally heading up a column called GC Faves (listing my 5 favorite places, foods, off-beaten-path sights for various categories) as well as hosting the Travel Roundtable, a one hour weekly show. We stream live on Facebook at 20 CEST every Thursday. Come give us a look! 

Our Story

Andrew Villone has been leading his unique brand of tours to Slovenia, Croatia and the Balkans since 2005 under the banner of Roads Less Traveled Tours. Inspired by his backpack travels, he decided to create a better way of traveling where small groups (2-8 people) could have a more authentic experience, spending time with locals and seeing many of the hidden gems that got left off other tours. At the request and nudging of guests he's begun focusing on culinary tours which offer terrific food and wine, supply guests with an insight into local traditions, slow-food philosophy and a chance to meet with food producers, chefs and wine makers.

Your Savor Experience

We take you along the back roads, far from the crowds and specter of mass tourism, to intimate settings in beautiful countryside to meet with friendly and generous local hosts. Small family-owned farms and pensions give you a warm welcome. Many of the wines and food specialties on these tours such as pumpkin oil, schnapps and cheeses are not available anywhere else and give everyone an opportunity to try something that can't be purchased at home and puts money into the local economy. If you want to enjoy a 5-course lunch without busloads of tourists, sample a dozen kinds of goat cheese, go hunting for truffles with dogs, hang out with boutique wine makers in their cellars and meet the people who've been making honey, wines and prosciutto for generations then these tours are for you.


Harvest Tour - vineyards of Slovenia
Vranac wine maker in his cellar - Skadar Lake, Montenegro

Our Brands

Owners Luka Esenko and Andrew Villone have over 25 years of combined experience operating tours and creating itineraries with a personal touch to Slovenia, Croatia and beyond. Savor The Experience, Roads Less Traveled and Luka Esenko Photography all share the same vision, principles and philosophy for small group and custom tours to Europe. Whether you're looking for culture, photography, culinary or your own special custom tour you can rely on us to give you a local, authentic and memorable travel experience.
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