Culinary Tour to Croatia By Chef Virginia

Special Tour 8 days 7 nights Availability: 2018-10-27
Croatia Zagreb, Northern Croatia Tour Guide: Richard Gruica

Flavors of Fall to Croatia By Chef Virginia


Chef Virginia Willis will be our Chef-Host for this culinary excursion, which takes place Saturday, October 27th to Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. Get ready to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world as we visit several regions in Croatia, each brimming with culinary history and lore.

Captivating Croatia’s chef led tours gives the other guests the added value of a culinary masters’ perspective and input. With this tour, Chef Virginia 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 Virginia for 8 days and even take part in several classes and workshops with her. In addition to the above, guests will experience numerous other excursions including truffle hunts, winery visits, tastings, secret pop up dinners and much more!

Our home base for half 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 home for the remainder of the tour will be Central Croatia, where Croatia’s extraordinary coastline sparkles with jewel-like emerald hues. 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 these areas.

This tour is so unconventional, we consider it ‘The Un-Tour- each group is limited to 12 people, and this chef led tour, like all our tours, will be intimate and completely hands on, with the bonus of experiencing it firsthand with Chef Virginia. Guests get the most unique and personalized interactions, from the vineyards to exploring the roads less traveled, and you get to take it all in -one bite at a time. You will get an authentic look into the lives of artisanal producers, winemakers and people of Croatia. This will be a truly behind the scenes vacation, one to nourish the body and the soul. Come ignite your passions with our land, our people, our food, our drink, our heritage, and experience a trip of a lifetime with Chef Virginia! The Tour is being led by us, cooked by us, and savored by YOU. So, pack those bags and get ready for adventure … Croatia is calling you!

Trip Price
The price of this trip is $3595 per person or $6695 per pair. 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 Virginia throughout the trip
  • 7 nights accommodation 4 stars or above
  • All excursions, including all food and wine tastings
  • Private Luxury Transportation throughout the tour
  • All breakfasts, at least 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 Dean
  • A Croatian-American guide, who also happens to be a chef
  • Airport Transfers
  • All classes and tours

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

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Flavors of Fall Trip to Croatia Led by Chef Virginia Willis

Day 1
Arrive at the Zagreb airport and immediately get whisked off for a sweet pick me up to the nearby town of Samobor where we will stretch our legs and get a sugar rush as we sample some of the best desserts and pastries in Croatia paired with some delicious coffee and the imbibe in Bermet, at the world’s oldest producer, where we will sample this deliciously tasty spiked wine. (Will have to make changes based on arrival times, but most flights come in between 10 and 12, so this usually works) Afterwards, we will check into our hotel and enjoy a break to unwind and freshen up before we head out for dinner in the wine country just outside of Zagreb, where we will experience an introductory taste of Croatian cuisine served up with a gourmet twist and a view to die for. We will head back for to the hotel so that everyone can rest up for our adventure tomorrow.
Overnight-4 Star Hotel in Zagreb

Day 2
Check Out
Our day begins with a tour of the heart of Zagreb, including the Dolac Farmer’s Market, Croatia’s largest market where you will get a perspective of all the variety being offered seasonally. After leaving Zagreb, we will drive to the Istrian Peninsula. Istria is one of Croatia’s most revered spots, with some saying it is Croatia’s most amazing region, brimming in history. It is the PERFECT setting for our gourmet food and wine adventures, especially as the theme of the remainder of the day is TRUFFLES! We will venture through the countryside dotted with hilltop villages until we get to our luxury villa. After settling into our luxury villa, we will gather for a short trip to start our truffle adventure. We will partake in a truffle hunt led by the cutest truffle hunting dogs and after the hunt, we will enjoy a cooking lesson in front of the fireplace on how to best prepare these edible treasures as we indulge in a truffle degustation meal, featuring EVERYTHING Truffle.
Overnight-Luxury Villa in Istria

Day 3
Two things that pairs the best with truffles are wine and cheese and today, we have crafted an amazing day featuring the best of these elements with the added bonus of some history. 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 food/history tour of the arena and the antiquities as we stroll the city streets, stopping at several spots for food and drinks along the way. 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 and tasting of his award-winning wines. The day is capped off in fine style as we 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.
Overnight-Luxury Villa in Istria

Day 4
Meat and cheese is the theme of the day as we visit the area’s best meat and cheese producers for tasting of their products. 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 before visiting the most picturesque town in Croatia for a meal…featuring truffles! Yes, once wasn’t enough!
Overnight-4 Luxury Villa in Istria

Day 5
Today, we will be experiencing a brand-new area in Croatia as we venture along the gorgeous Adriatic coastline until we visit Rijeka for a lunch/cooking class featuring local seafood we pickup. from the fish market. After lunch, we will venture down the coastline to Nin, one of the oldest salt works in the world and take part in a tour featuring history dating back several thousand years. We will then visit Zadar, a historic old town full of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes where we will stop and enjoy two of Croatia’s most famed and unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation before continuing down the coast to Sibenik, our home for the rest of the tour.
Overnight-4 Star Luxury Hotel

Day 6
We will get on the water and get a firsthand peek at the mussel and oyster production famous from the area. Get ready for a seafood tasting straight out of the sea, all the while working up our appetites for our short trip to Croatia’s premier winery, where we will enjoy a wine and food pairing lunch of your dreams. We will cap off the day with sunset boat trip along the coast and get to visit an abandoned fortress from the time of Napoleon.
Overnight-4 Star Luxury Hotel

Day 7
Today, we experience Krka National Park, which 1 of the 2 Croatian National Parks that contains lakes and waterfalls and is always featured in videos on Croatia. Our time here will be spent exploring the walkways full of lush vegetation and scenic beauty. We will enjoy a gourmet lunch after leaving the park, before heading back to the hotel in preparation of tonight’s Gypsy Table dinner at a secret location being prepared by Chef Virginia, Chef Richard and some of the best culinary minds in Croatia. Be prepared for a culinary adventure unlike any other.
Overnight-4 Star Luxury Hotel

Day 8
Check Out
Departure Day-Guests will gather for breakfast at their own leisure, before departing for the Split Airport via private transfer.

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.

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