Croatia: Culinary and Walking Adventure

Departures: Croatia

Croatia Culinary & Walking Adventure

This active itinerary is privately guided and will explore Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline and experience the local way of life. Traveling from Split to Dubrovnik you’ll visit medieval towns, small villages, walled cities and lovely Hvar and Korcula islands. Daily walks and walking tours bring you to vineyards and olive groves, to UNESCO World Heritage cities, and National Parks. You’ll taste the best Croatian wines, olive oil and cuisine the region has to offer while meeting locals who offer a warm welcome and introduction to their rich cultural heritage.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.

Pricing

$4,290 per person, double*
$600 single supplement

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

April, May, October and November, 2019

Day 1

Arrive Split

Your adventure begins in Split where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the center of the walled town. This afternoon, take a walking tour of this famed Roman city to explore Diocletian’s Palace, built in the 4th century by the Emperor for his retirement and still in use today. Walk the palm lined ‘Riva’ promenade along the waterfront. You may also wish to take a dip in the Adriatic from one of the nearby beaches or head uphill to the Jewish cemetery for a commanding view over the city.

Day 2

Split & Trogir

Today you’ll visit Trogir, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. After a private car transfer and walk through the historical center, meet your host who will take you to visit the vegetable and fish market to purchase items from local farmers. Then walk to her home for a hosted cooking class of traditional techniques and recipes followed by lunch. Enjoy free time to explore Trogir before returning to Split.

Evening at leisure.

Day 3

Split – Hvar Island

This morning depart Split on the morning ferry for a two-hour cruise to Hvar town. After check in at your hotel it’s a short car transfer to a picturesque village in the Hvar hills where you’ll start a guided walk through lavender fields and along dry stone walls to the villages of Brusje, Gablje and Humac. After 10 km arrive at the village of Malo Grablje where you’ll have a traditional lunch in this otherwise uninhabited town, dating back to the 15th century. After a traditional lunch return by car back to Hvar town for an evening at leisure.

Day 4

Hvar – Korcula

From Hvar take the morning ferry to Korcula, a beautiful island with lots of walking trails and beaches. Drive with your guide to the medieval town of Korcula, renown as the birthplace of Marco Polo.

After checking into your hotel, start your guided walk to the island’s interior forested park. Continue to the small town of Zrnovo to where you’re invited to the family home of olive producers, and organic farmers. You’ll taste a selection of their local products: olive oil, cheese, liquor, and homemade bread, then have lunch served in their centuries-old stone farmhouse. Remainder of the day is at leisure in Korcula.

Day 5

Korcula Island

This morning walk with your guide from Korcula town to the eastern tip of the island, the region of Lumbarda. This was originally a Greek settlement and has been farmed continuously since then, in particular, the indigenous white grapevine Grk. After scenic hikes through vineyards and olive gardens, arrive at Lumbarda where you visit a local family on their farm. Enjoy wine tasting and lunch. After lunch, return by car back to Korcula town.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 6

Korcula – Peljesac Peninsula

Continue on your journey to the Peljesac peninsula. Enjoy a few of the peninsula highlights including the longest city walls of Europe in the town of Ston, where oyster and mussels are farmed in a picturesque bay. During the communist era local wine makers were only allowed to produce wine for personal consumption. In the last 30 years red wines made from the Plavac, Dingac, Postup  grapes are now produced commercially and enjoyed throughout Croatia.

After a panoramic drive, stop in the small wine region of Potomje. Walk through the vineyards before continuing along the peninsula towards Ponikve for wine tasting. Drive to the charming town of Ston to sample fresh local oysters followed by a delicious seafood lunch. Overnight in Ston, where you may wish to climb the city walls at your leisure.

Day 7

Ston – Mljet Island National Park

After breakfast, depart Ston for the island of Mljet, covered by lush Mediterranean vegetation. Walk around two salt lakes, climb the highest peak (820’). After your hike, enjoy lunch at the home of a local fisherman. The rest of the day is free for swimming, walking or exploring the national park on your own.

Day 8

Mljet – Dubrovnik

Travel from Mljet to Dubrovnik by car and ferry to arrive in the historic walled city of Dubrovnik where your guide will take you on a short walking tour. View the many different architectural eras from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque as evidenced in the stunning palaces, monasteries and churches located throughout the city.

Afternoon at leisure to relax or for further exploration of the city. Walk atop the city walls which date back to the 16th century or take the gondola to the top of Mt. Srdj for panoramic views of the city and the Adriatic. Take advantage of al fresco dining experiences on the beautiful terraces, romantic squares, alleys and waterfront locations in and around the old city, featuring the freshest regional specialties paired with extraordinary Croatian wines.

Day 9

Dubrovnik – Konavle

On the last full day of your tour, your guide will take you along the wild Dalmatian coast to the forested Konavle valley, just 45 minutes south of Dubrovnik.

Your guided walk in Konavle begins on a trail that follows the coast, through cypress forests and continues above the valley following an old rail line to the picturesque town of Cilipi, a total of 8.5 miles. Continue by car to the next village of Lovorno for a cooking class and tasty  lunch at a family farmhouse. After lunch, drive back to Dubrovnik where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 10

Depart for Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Croatia.

Extend Your Stay

Visit charming Zagreb, enjoy the culinary delights of the Istria Peninsula, cruise gorgeous islands off the coast or explore nearby Kotor, Montenegro.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy, based on a minimum of 4 people traveling together. Airfare not included.