Croatia – A Culinary Experience

8 Days Zagreb to Dubrovnik. 

Highlights Include: Zagreb, Kumrovec, Samobor, Opatija, Pag, Zadar, Murter, Krka Falls, Split, Ston, Dubrovnik

An 8-day tour taking in the highlights of Croatia with particular emphasis on the country’s excellent gastronomy.

Croatia – A Culinary Experience

DAY 1 ARRIVE ZAGREB, CROATIA: Upon arrival at Zagreb airport you will be welcomed to Croatia in the arrivals hall by your local representative, and transferred to your hotel where you will be assisted with check-in procedures. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Authentic dishes from the Zagreb area are known as burghers, and are based on Austro-Hungarian cultural heritage. We will taste delicious Zagorje style strukli – pastry stuffed with fresh cottage cheese, grilled duck with apple and red wine sauce accompanied by an excellent Istrian Merlot wine, followed by apple strudel for dessert. 
Hotel Name: Hotel Regent Esplanade. (D)

DAY 2 ZAGREB / KUMROVEC / ZAGREB: Today, embark on a full day trip to the picturesque Hrvatsko zagorje region stretching northwards of Zagreb, with its rolling hills and vineyards, old wooden houses and castles. Enjoy a visit to the gallery of the Croatian sculptor, Augustincic, and the open air ethno village of Kumrovec.
For lunch, we will taste roast pork with sautéed potatoes and excellent corn bread baked in the baker’s oven accompanied by the Frankovka wine from the Moslavina region, with poppy seed strudel for dessert.
Return to Zagreb followed by dinner at a local restaurant. This evening, we shall enjoy turkey with broad home-made noodles, and Ilocka Grasevina white wine.
Hotel Name: Hotel Regent Esplanade. (B/L/D)

DAY 3 ZAGREB / SAMOBOR / OPATIJA: This morning, we shall enjoy a morning sightseeing in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, including the Upper Town, St. Mark’s church and the Cathedral. We shall then leave for Samobor, a picturesque town where we will have lunch at a famous restaurant which preserves the tradition of the ancient Croatian dishes: strukli soup, fillet Zagreb style with a Pinot wine from Zumberak, a hilly region in the Samobor area.
After lunch, we shall continue to Opatija, an elegant destination, once the favorite resort of choice for the Habsburgs and European Royalty. This evening, we shall take dinner at a restaurant in Lovran on a seaside terrace: a selection of fresh grilled fish with the Malvazia wine from Pazin, Istria.
Hotel Name: Hotel Millennium. (B/L/D)

DAY 4 OPATIJA / PAG / ZADAR: Leave for the island of Pag, famous for its lamb meat and famous Pag cheese, a result of the quality of aromatic herbs in the vicinity of the sea. Enjoy lunch at Pag, served with the Plavac wine at a typical local restaurant.
The Pag area is also famous for its long tradition of lace-making and we shall see this delicate local craft at first hand. We shall then continue to Zadar, located in the very center of the Croatian Adriatic overlooking the Kornati islands.
This evening dinner will be at leisure.
Hotel Name: Hotel President. (B/L)

DAY 5 ZADAR / MURTER / KRKA FALLS / SPLIT: This morning, we shall enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zadar, including the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, St. Donatus Church and the Roman Forum from the 2nd century B.C. We shall then leave for the island of Murter where we will enjoy an excellent fish stew, brudet, with polenta made from white maize, accompanied by a Zlahtina wine from Vrbnik.
We shall then continue to the Krka Waterfalls National Park to view the falls before continuing on to Split. We shall make one further stop en route at Trogir, a lovely medieval town dominated by the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its famous Romanesque Portal, the Town Loggia and Renaissance palaces.
Dinner this evening will be sea food specialties at a local restaurant.
Hotel Name: Hotel Le Meridien Split. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 SPLIT / STON / DUBROVNIK: This morning, we shall take a sightseeing tour of Split, including a visit to Diocletian’s Palace with its cellars and gates, St. Duimus church, the Peristyle and Jupiter’s Temple. There will be free time for lunch at leisure in Split before we drive along the Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik. There will be various stops en route to admire the view and take photographs.
We shall stop en route for an early dinner at Ston, well-known for its outstanding oysters. We will taste black risotto (cuttle-fish and shell-fish), Korcula Posip wine and a traditional local dessert, Ston macaroni cake.
Hotel Name: Hotel Excelsior. (B/L/D)

DAY 7 DURBOVNIK / KONAVLE / CAVTAT / DUBROVNIK: This morning, enjoy a city tour of Dubrovnik including the Franciscan monastery with the Old Pharmacy, St. Blaise’s church, the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace.
Late morning we shall leave for an excursion to the region of Konavle where we shall enjoy lunch at the Konavoski Dvori restaurant. Here we shall sample its excellent smoked ham and cheese, veal baked under an iron bell covered with hot coals and local nut cake. From here we shall continue to Cavtat, a picturesque town with charming cobble-stone streets, churches and a Franciscan monastery.
This evening we shall enjoy a farewell dinner at Nautika Restaurant including lobster salad, grilled stuffed squid and boiled fish served with Marastina wine.
Hotel Name: Hotel Excelsior. (B/L/D)

DAY 8 DEPART DUBROVNIK: This morning transfer to Dubrovnik airport and your return flight home. (B)

Customize to Suit

The above suggested itinerary can be customized to suit; more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Please call 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.


  • Private airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Twin-bedded rooms in the 5-Star hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 7 breakfast
  • 6 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Services of an English-speaking local travel expert
  • Travel by private, luxury, air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents
  • 24-hour emergency customer service while in Europe

Private Departures

Please Call 1-855-220-6450 for Group Rates on this Custom Group Journey

This suggested itinerary can be customized to suit; more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Please call 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Group Discounts

On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements. Typically, travel with a group of 20 and the 21st traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land portion of the vacation price. A second traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land on a group of 40 paying passengers.

*Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.

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