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Description

Slow food Croatia is a unique tour in Croatia that includes food and wine experiences, historical and cultural tours and a few hiking adventures. This tour takes us to different historical locations along the Dalmatian coast, from ancient Split and the historical town of Trogir which is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, all the way from Marco Polo’s island of Korčula and the Odysseus’ island Mljet, to the stone vineyards and oyster bays of the Pelješac peninsula. Our journey ends in the magical city of Dubrovnik.

 

The tour reveals old, indigenous recipes, prepared by your hosts who aim to promote and retain the values of local cuisine, wine cellars and generously share this knowledge with all lovers of food and Dalmatian gastronomy. This tour is enlivened with food and colours of the landscapes.

Gastronomy is a great part of the tour, but it is not its sole focus. In addition to that, there are many different secrets of the rich Croatian cultural heritage and treasures which need to be discovered. A few words that you are bound to remember after this tour will certainly be: konoba, gradele, vino, peka, ulje, buzara, and Hrvatska.

 

Konoba: a traditional restaurant, usually linked to Dalmatian culinary culture.

Gradele: a simple home-cooked meal, consisting of fresh fish (grilled on gradele, topped with a garlic, olive oil and rosemary marinade), simple and tasty.

Peka: a cooking technique; dishes are baked under a metal bell which is covered with hot coal. There are no set ingredients, but it usually includes some meat such as lamb, veal, octopus, chicken, with potatoes and vegetables.

Vino – wine

Ulje – Dalmatian olive oil

Buzara – a traditional dish with mussels; an easy way of preparing mussels by cooking them in a mixture of olive oil, parsley, breadcrumbs, garlic and white wine.

 


Itinerary

1st day: arrival to Split airport, meet-and-greet at the airport and a shuttle service transport to your hotel in Split

2nd day: Split – Salona – Trogir

- we will explore the area around Split, starting with the ancient ruins in Salona which used to be a Roman settlement. We will then visit the town with a unique Mediterranean architecture, Trogir. The best way to get acquainted with this town, its history and lifestyle is through gastronomy, cooking and tasting traditional specialties. In the town we will meet our host Ivana who will take us on an easy walking tour through the streets and squares of this UNESCO town. Afterwards, we will visit the green market and fish market where we will buy fresh ingredients for our lunch. After the cooking class, lunch and heaps of fun activities, we will return to Split.

 

3rd day: Split - Korčula island

- From Split we will head to Korčula, the famous island of Marco Polo, which is also a place known for its white wines Grk and Pošip, its olive oil and olive gardens and its traditional dish Zrnovski macaroni (type of pasta).

 

On the island of Korčula we will take a walk to the forest park Kočje, a protected forest area and then visit an eco-farm. Eko Skoj is a family-run farm with high-quality organic products: jams, olive oils, dry figs and traditional savoury delicacies.

 

After lunch and spending quality time with our hosts, we will return to our hotel in Korčula town.

 

4th day: Korčula - Lumbarda - Korčula

On our second day on Korčula, we will visit the southern part of the island, the area of Lumbarda. This settlement was a Greek colony in the ancient times, but it still retains a tradition of cultivating the indigenous sort of white grapes Grk and producing white wine with a unique taste. After a walk through the olive gardens and vineyards of Lumbarda, we will stop at the local farm Bire, which is one of the biggest producers of the Grk grape on the island, where we will taste their wine and have a traditional lunch.

 

5th day: Korčula - Pelješac peninsula

From Korčula, we will travel to the Pelješac peninsula, covered with numerous vineyards, mostly due to the cultivation of the indigenous grape sort Plavac Mali. Pelješac is the ideal place for exploring the wineries, oyster and mussel bays, as well as old towns and villages. Our trip to the peninsula will start with a visit to the 18th-century monastery in the Kuna village, the place where amazing old paintings and artworks are kept. After that, we will continue our journey to the Ponikve village, where we will walk through the vineyards and visit a local wine producer. We will finish our trip with a seafood lunch at a local farm.

 

6th day: Mljet island

We will continue our exploration of the Dalmatian coast, its gastronomy, culture, and natural attractions with a visit to the nature park on the Mljet island. We will walk around lakes, climb the trails to the highest peak and learn about several grilled fish and gradele techniques, the most common ways of preparing fish along the coast.

 

 

7th day: Dubrovnik historical centre

We will spend the day in the historical centre of Dubrovnik, explore the cultural and historical sights and visit the Ethnographic museum where we will be acquainted with some of the objects of the ethnographic heritage of the Dubrovnik region, the Croatian people and the heritage of the nations of the surrounding countries.

 

8th day: Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik countryside

Dubrovnik has so much to offer outside of its city walls. In the surrounding area there are picturesque bays, a countryside full of valleys and farm lands. On the last day of the tour we will visit Konavle, the southernmost part of Croatia, also known as the Dubrovnik countryside. In Konavle, we will visit several well-renowned wine producers, taste local wines and liqueurs and enjoy a cooking class and a traditional lunch.

 

9th day: Departure

The end of the tour, a shuttle service transport to the Dubrovnik airport.


Summary

Duration 9 days / 8 nights
Dates April to November
Level Easy
Terrain Moderate
Activities food tasting, wine tasting, walking, cultural

Rates

June 6 - 13. 2020. 2.050,00 EUR per person
July 3 - 11. 2020. 2.250,00 EUR per person
September 11 - 19. 2020. 2.100,00 EUR per person

Other info

Tour info:

- period: from April to November

- duration: 9 days / 8 nights

- group size: 4 - 14

- accommodation standard: 3* / 4* hotels and B&B on the island of Mljet

- destinations on the tour: Split and Trogir, Korčula island, Mljet island, Pelješac peninsula and Dubrovnik.

- Activities: a combination of gastronomy and enology, cultural attractions, and easy hiking.