Culinary Tour to Croatia By Chef Asha

Special Tour 8 days 7 nights Availability: 2018-12-29
Croatia Zagreb, Northern Croatia Tour Guide: Richard Gruica

Culinary Tour to Croatia By Chef Asha


Captivating Croatia cordially invites you to join us and our Chef-Host, the renowned Chef and Cookbook Author Asha Gomez. Come, experience the ultimate culinary adventure! Escape with us to exotic Croatia for a week-long, food-centric vacation of a lifetime.

Chef Asha Gomez will be our Chef-Host for this culinary excursion, which takes place Sunday, December 29th to Sunday, January 5th, 2019. Get ready to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world as the entire country is awash in the glow of Holiday lights and ring in the New Year in style as we visit several regions in Croatia, each brimming with culinary history and lore. Get ready to experience what we are calling the Colors of Croatia Chef-Led Culinary Tour.

Captivating Croatia’s chef led tours gives the other guests the added value of a culinary masters’ perspective and input. With this tour, Chef Asha will bring her years of training in the culinary arts to “the table” and offer a unique experience that other tours can’t offer.  Guests will experience an almost all-inclusive vacation where they will get to interact, explore, cook, drink, eat and learn with Chef Asha for 8 days and even take part in several cooking classes and workshops. In addition to the above, guests will experience numerous other excursions including, truffle hunting, winery visits and tastings, and much more!

Our home base for much of this tour is the Istria area of Croatia, which is in the Northern part of Croatia and is very close to Italy. This peninsula area is known as the Tuscany of Croatia. Istria simply soothes the soul with captivating and compelling scenery which is only enhanced by the amazing food and wines of the area. Truffles, meats, cheese and wine dominate the culinary landscape. The tour will offer an intimate behind the scenes experience, featuring lavish backdrops and breathtaking landscapes that rival those anywhere else in the world. The tour focuses on delicious local foods, wines, and the amazing history and sights in and around this area.

Trip Price
The price of this trip is $2495 per person. A 10% deposit is required for each reservation.
What's IncludedWhat's Not IncludedArrival City
INCLUDED
  • The chance to eat, drink, explore, experience, cook, interact and learn alongside Chef Asha personally throughout the trip.
  • 7 night’s accommodation 4 stars or above
  • All excursions, including food, tastings & classes
  • Private Luxury Transportation throughout the tour
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • A special VIP ticket to a Gypsy Table dinner (the first pop-up roaming dinner series in Croatia) featuring some of Croatia’s best chef’s and featuring Chef Asha.
  • A Croatian-American guide, who also happens to be a chef.
  • Airport Transfers

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to Croatia
  • Departure and custom fees
  • Gratuities and individual daily expenses not covered on the tour
  • Additional meals and beverages not included above
  • Travel insurance including medical and luggage insurance
  • Trip cancellation
Arrival city is Zagreb.
Cancellation Policy

There is a minimum $300 Cancellation Fee Penalty.

If you cancel:

  • 180+ days – You will receive a 100% refund of all monies paid for the tour minus a $300 cancellation fee
  • 120-179 days = 80% of monies paid by you returned to you minus the $300 cancellation fee
  • 91- 119 days – 65% of monies paid returned to you minus the $300 cancellation fee
  • 90 -61 days to tour departure – 30% of monies paid returned to you minus the $300 cancellation fee
  • 60 days or less to tour departure – No return of any monies paid

Privacy Policy and Personal Data Confidentiality

Captivating Croatia Tours greatly values and respects the privacy of its users and visitors. We make it our highest priority to ensure the information you provide is confidential, and the purchases you make on our site are secure. Information below describes the details about our practices that apply to our site and the information we collect. This privacy statement provides details about how we collect and use your personal information. Personal information is any information that identifies you or would enable someone to contact you, such as your name, email address, phone number and other non-public information that is associated with such information. Captivating Croatia Tours is concerned about your safety and security. We will protect your privacy and only request personally identifiable information of clients/users/travellers necessary to fulfill travel arrangements and to promote trips and services sold by Captivating Croatia Tours. User date is highly confidential and will not be shared with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete your order. All employees and partners are obligated to respect the Captivating Croatia Tours privacy policy.

Your Personal Information

Captivating Croatia Tours does not sell, rent or disclose any information that identifies our website visitors personally or makes it possible for other parties to contact them directly. We highly value your feedback and appreciate any questions, comments, or concerns about this website, products and events we offer. If you choose to sign up for our newsletter, or email us directly, we will add your email to our address book, and use it for the future communication and sharing of any advertising and promotional material. If you do not wish to be added to any of our mailing lists, please do express it clearly at any point of your communication with any members of the Captivating Croatia Tours staff. You can also be removed from the mailing list at anytime. If you request any of our printed material, by regular mail, we will need your full name and mailing address, none of which will be shared with anyone but our own staff. We may share your contact and other information with our partners for limited purposes, with certain third parties (who may only use the information for the purpose for which it was provided), with courts, law enforcement and other relevant third parties, or with our acquirer if we are ever acquired.
 Our website also offers opportunities for you to purchase some of our products and services. Any payment information that you provide to Captivating Croatia Tours, including personal checks, debit card and credit card numbers, will only be used for the purpose of processing payments for products and services we provide.
We may monitor or record any of your email communication and telephone conversations with us for quality control purposes, for purposes of training our employees and for our own protection.

Security and Privacy

We employ reasonable technical, administrative and physical safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information. When we collect financial account information, such as credit card numbers, we protect its transmission through the use of encryption such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. Notwithstanding our efforts, we cannot guarantee absolute or unqualified protection of this information given the open nature and resulting instability of the Internet and World Wide Web, and we make no representations or warranties as to the effectiveness of our security and assume no liability for security breaches or any failure in the security of your computer equipment, your internet service provider or other networks and communications providers.

Information Sharing

Captivating Croatia Tours does not sell, rent or disclose information that identifies website visitors personally or makes it possible for other parties to contact them directly.
We may disclose your personal information to courts, law enforcement authorities and/or other relevant third parties, such as internet service providers, when such disclosure is necessary or advisable, in our sole discretion, to conduct an investigation, respond to a third party or law enforcement subpoena or court order, bring legal action, prevent harm to others or pursue other relief when you or a third party are or may be: (a) violating our terms and conditions of use; (b) causing injury or other harm to, or otherwise violating our property or other legal rights, or those of other users or third parties; or (c) violating federal, state, local, or other applicable law. This disclosure may include transferring information to the U.S. and outside the European Economic Area. To the extent we are legally permitted to do so, we will take reasonable steps to notify you in the event that we are required to provide your personal information to third parties in connection with a subpoena.

 

Day 1
Arrive at the Zagreb airport and immediately get whisked off on a scenic drive to the Istrian Peninsula. Istria is one of Croatia’s most revered spots, with some would saying it is Croatia’s most amazing region, brimming in history. It is the PERFECT setting for a gourmet food and wine vacation. After settling into our luxury villa, we will gather for a short trip to a rustic konoba, or taverna, to partake in a hands-on cooking class and homemade dinner featuring some of the areas delectable dishes.
Day 2
The theme of the day is TRUFFLES! Today, we will venture through the countryside dotted with hilltop villages until we hit the area most known for truffles and partake in a truffle hunt led by the cutest truffle hunting dogs. After the hunt, we will warm up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a cooking lesson on how to best prepare these edible treasures as we indulge in a white and black truffle degustation. We will then make our way to the cutest craft distillery you have ever laid your eyes on and indulge in a tasting of rakija’s, locally made and potent fruit brandies. Day 2 concludes with a sunset at the most scenic village in Istria followed by a truffle themed dinner at a gourmet restaurant most known for serving them.
Day 3
One of the things that pairs the best with truffles is cheese and today, we will head to our favorite goat cheese farmers, whose farm dates back to the 14th century and whose goats graze on close to 200 types of plants and herbs, which produce some of the most astounding cheeses. We will visit the production area and see how they are made before sitting down for a meal on the farm. Afterwards, we will make our way to our new home for the next couple of days, a wine hotel ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a super cozy get together to ring in the new year in one of the most beautiful and relaxing settings in all of Croatia.
Day 4
We begin the day with a short ride to Pula, a seaside town that is over 3000 years old and is famed for its Arena; one of the world’s best preserved Roman Amphitheaters. Once in town, we will take part in a private tour of the arena and the antiquities followed by a food tour as we stroll the city streets. Afterwards, we will visit one of the top winemakers in Croatia, who is known as the Bad Boy” of Croatian wine producers for a private tour of his winery. The day concludes with a meal paired with some of the best wine in Istria.
Day 5
Today we travel back to Zagreb for the remainder of the tour, but stop in the port town of Rijeka for a visit the fish market followed by a cooking class of how to best prepare the seafood delights we just picked up at the market. Once we get back to Zagreb, we will check into our hotel and meet after to experience the Advent market, which has been voted the Number One Christmas Market in Europe the past three years at your leisure, where you can explore the city by night.
Day 6
Today we continue our culinary vacation as we take a stroll to the largest Farmer’s Market in Croatia named Dolac and pick up some goodies for the cooking class/food styling/food photography class to follow. In the evening, we will gather for a drive the homestead of the Salaj Family, who put together a Christmas Village with over 2.5 million lights, bringing joy to all those that visit.
Day 7
The tour culminates with our Gypsy Table dinner, which is a charity pop up dinner concept Chef Richard started as a means of bringing the best Chefs in Croatia to cook with visiting guest chefs and featuring the best culinary products in Croatia. As Chef Asha and Chef Richard must prepare for the pop up dinner, today is a more relaxed and carefree day. We have arranged for you to visit the nearby town of Samobor to enjoy the mouthwatering desserts and pastries. Afterwards, you will join us at the secret location for the Gypsy Table dinner and prepare for a night of amazing food, drink, and ambiance.
Day 8
Guests will gather for breakfast at their own leisure, before departing for the Zagreb Airport via private transfer to the airport.
Croatia is incredibly diverse, especially with regards to its culinary history, yet so many Americans know virtually nothing about the beauty and culture of this Mediterranean paradise. The food and wine culture are perhaps one of the most diverse in Europe. It is here, one can taste the richness of Central Europe, the subtlety of the Mediterranean and the exotic influences of the East. Think about Croatia as a gastronomic melting pot simmering for centuries. Visiting Croatia and dining alongside chefs and locals alike is like taking a trip through tastes and time.

Other Tours

Zdravo/ Hello!

Sign up to learn more about Croatia and receive updates on newly minted trips.

Leave this field empty if you're human: