with Caprial and John Pence
$4699 based on double
$1000 for single occupancy
AUG 31-SEP 11, 2022
What do you expect to eat in Croatia? Because of its long Adriatic coastline, fish and seafood abound. The wines are hard to pronounce but you will be dazzled by their quality and will wonder why you have not discovered them sooner. But do you anticipate cheeses and truffles to tantalize your tastebuds? There are traditional foods such as peka (prepared in hot embers under a metal or clay bell), as well as creative chefs making a mark in the modern world.
The breathtaking scenery gives plenty clues as to what awaits your fork and glass. The ingredients are as stellar as the views. Warm sun, islands dotting the vista, magnificent waterfalls, stunning lakes, and clear air are all layers of the confection called Croatia. It’s history, both ancient and modern, is the filling. The friendly people, and the palace of 4th century emperor are the whipped cream and cherry on the top.
We will cover the capital city of Zagreb and the Istrian Peninsula with its fantastic food scene, as we make our way south to everyone’s favorites, Split and Dubrovnik. The mix will include cities, seaside towns and a national park. The focus is on food and wines but there is so much else that makes Croatia worth a visit. It is less frantic, and more unspoiled than most of Europe, setting it apart from many other places you have been. There is something about it that is still a bit rustic.
Join Caprial and John for their 10th trip with You Go Tastefully. We think we have the recipe for mixing food and fun with the best travel friends.
11 nights in first class hotels
2 Snack/light dinners
Oyster Farm visit
Private cooking class
Croatian certified guide
Any required COVID testing
Items of a personal nature
A $500 deposit holds your space. Final payment due July 1, 2022.
Itinerary subject to change without notice. Any changes will be substituted with an option of equal value. No credit is issued for missed or skipped activities.
All guests must provide proof of complete COVID vaccination, agree to any required testing, and be willing to mask as requested.
Participants must be able to ascend and descend uneven stairs without railings, walk moderate distances on uneven surfaces, and embark and disembark buses, trains, and boats without assistance. There are no accommodations in Croatia for people with physical challenges.
Special dietary requests will be accommodated as available and incur a $100 surcharge.
Travel insurance is recommended to protect your investment.
Wednesday, August 31 (D)
Arrival Zagreb – the largest city in Croatia
Welcome dinner and introductions
2 nights Zagreb
Thursday, September 1 (B,L)
City tour of Zagreb with a memorable lunch featuring a very impressive menu
Friday, September 2 (B,L
Depart for Opatija with local lunch at a tiny restaurant putting out interesting meals. Visit to a small chocolatier. Opatija is a coastal town with Hapsburg-era villas and a lovely promenade.
3 nights Opatija
Saturday, September 3 (B,L,S)
Beginning with a hands- on cooking class with chef David Skoko’s, we then navigate to Porec which features gem studded Byzantine mosaics. Wrap up the day with a visit to Kozlović winery serving a tapas snack.
Sunday, September 4 (B,L)
A remarkable day in Motovun, with a truffle hunt and lunch featuring truffle products, followed by a short visit to Pula’s Roman ruins.
Monday, September 5 (B,L)
Plitvice Lakes Park is the crown jewel of Croatia. Explore it with a short walk rewarded by a lunch on the way to Zadar. Squeaky cheese could be on the menu here.
1 night Zadar
Tuesday, September 6 (B,L)
Zadar city tour and Sea Organ visit. Lunch and tasting at Bibich winery – their experimental molecular gastronomy will keep you from being distracted by all the celebrities who visit here. The 7- course lunch will satisfy you for the day.
3 nights Split
Wednesday, September 7 (B,L)
Split city tour and Diocletian’s Palace with a guide that makes it come alive. Wine tasting with charcuterie lunch. This city is hard to leave.
Thursday, September 8 (B,S)
City tour of Trogir with free time for lunch. Stop at Stella Croatia for olive oil tasting and estate tour.
Friday, September 9 (B,L)
Hodilje visit with boat ride to the oyster farm where you are greeted with a grappa and lunch. Winery visit at Miloš on the road to Dubrovnik.
2 nights Dubrovnik
Saturday, September 10 (B,D)
City tour of Dubrovnik with afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner with local entertainment.
Sunday, September 11 (B)
Time to say goodbye to Croatia with a suitcase full of memories.
B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner S=Snack