11 Days Food and Wine Tour in Croatia

  • Rovinj - Plitvice National Park - Hvar Town, Hvar Island

Culinary Tour in Croatia

Croatia is a land of many wonders, with layers upon layers of history, extraordinary natural beauty, wonderful wines, and delicious food. This excursion will be an exploration of the tastes, sights, smells and sounds of this remarkable country. You will be blown away by the beauty of the country, the friendliness of its people and how eager they are to share their culture, making you feel more like part of a group of friends getting together for a fun adventure, rather than part of a tour.


  • Tastings at several wineries
  • An afternoon at Plitvice National Park
  • Visits to food artisans with tastings of regional specialties
  • A visit to Stari Grad Plain, an agricultural area which is a UNESCO world heritage site
  • An afternoon boat trip and picnic off the beautiful town of Rovinj
  • Guided town walks in Rovinj, Split, and Hvar Town
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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The lodgings are comfortable, clean and basic. Hotels and pensions will have private rooms with bathrooms. In Croatia, Grapehops will sometimes book apartments, but you will always have your own bedroom and bathroom unless you are willing to share. You will spend 4 nights in Rovinj 2 nights at Plitvice National Park, and 4 nights in Hvar Town, Hvar Island.

The tour starts with a visit to the Istrian peninsula where you will set-up base in the gorgeous old Venetian town of Rovinj, and make day trips to several wineries, food artisans and small, intriguing towns. There, you will also experience an afternoon on the water, witnessing Rovinj and the surrounding lands as the Venetians and many sea travelers for centuries afterwards viewed them. From Rovinj, you will head to the Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and then on to Split, where the remains of an ancient Roman palace are just part of the allure. Lastly, the journey will take you to the Hvar Island for several days, one of the most beautiful places in the world with a wine history dating back to the Greeks. Because you will cover so much ground on this tour, Grapehops has added extra days and plenty of free time for you to decompress and enjoy the cafes and scenery on your own.

  • A visit to Stari Grad Plain
  • An afternoon at Plitvice National Park
  • An afternoon boat trip and picnic off the beautiful town of Rovinj
  • Guided town walks in Rovinj, Split, and Hvar Town
  • Visits to numerous food artisans

This tour will take place across Croatia, starting with the Istrian peninsula and the town of Rovinj, before exploring the town of Split and ending with the Hvar Island.

  • Boating nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / Tour
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby

Generally speaking, dont expect haute cuisine in a quiet room. Expect lots of courses of tasty local foods accompanied by plenty of beverages. Meals will consist of mostly traditional and local cuisine. However, they will all be handled by experienced and talented chefs, so prepare your taste buds for a vacation, because they are in for a treat.

Take a four-day trip to Dubrovnik on October 7, 2017 for USD 950 . This will include a guided tour of the city, a walk around the old city wall, visits to a couple of great bars, and some excellent meals as well as a day trip to the Peljeac peninsula where will visit wineries and eat some great regional foods. You will also have some time to walk around this unique city on your own. Accommodation and all tastings and planned events are included in the price, as well as all breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners.

  • 2 nights accommodation at Plitvice National Park
  • 4 nights accommodation in Hvar Town
  • 4 nights accommodation in Rovinj
  • 6 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • 10 breakfasts
  • All guides, and services of your tour guide, including help planning the rest of your trip
  • All tastings and other events included in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation from the start of the tour to the end
  • Airfare
  • Any activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Beverages besides host ordered beverages
  • Cost of any extras in your hotel room such as phone calls and minibar
  • Meals on your free time
  • Transfer to / from Rovinj or Dubrovnik at the start and finish of the tour
  • Travel insurance


  • Review by Eden from California
    10 out of 10

    "Shannon thought of every detail to make this trip remarkable! I knew my first ever visit to Venice would be memorable because that’s just the way I choose to see things. But doing it with GrapeHops and with Shannon at the helm was an experience beyond my expectations. If ever one feels she or he deserves to treat him or herself to an awesome vacation, go with the Taste of Venice Tour by GrapeHops! You’ll be wanting for more."

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  • Review by Tony and Sue N. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "This was our second trip with Shannon and as with our first trip, everything was done to ensure that it was a total success and a great experience. We and our friends had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I attribute this largely to Shannon’s flexibility in meeting individual needs, her hard work and conscientious approach and her knowledge of the areas visited. While we had been to Venice before, Shannon took us to places and venues that normal tourists would not know about or visit. It was a totally different experience of Venice. In addition, visiting with Shannon who has lived in the city and also previously led visitor groups, meant that the insights and comments that she was able to provide added greatly to our experience. Totally different to our previous visits! All in all, a great trip and most enjoyable."

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  • Review by Randi from New York
    10 out of 10

    "Our tour was a fabulous experience, which felt more like a group of friends traveling together in a fun and adventurous way. The itinerary was a great mix of activities and there was a sense of spontaneity which pervaded the whole experience. Shannon made the whole trip look like it was effortless, but it was abundantly clear that a huge amount of hard work went into it seeming that way! Jay and I would without hesitation do another trip with GrapeHops in the future."

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  • Review by Paul and Linda H. from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Traveling with Shannon in Spain was like traveling with a like-minded close friend who had done all of the hard work research for you before the trip. Everything felt so considerate of our personal interests. And with the smaller group, it is not so much like a tour as like a fun outing with friends. Shannon knows not only the best places to visit, but when and how to visit them. When the trip is done, you smile and anticipate the next trip. Our small group of new friends from the Catalonia tour now feels we are likely to see each other again and again on Shannon trips for many years to come."

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  • Review by Nancy Klug Hollowell
    10 out of 10

    "I speak from experience when I say that Croatia with GrapeHops, led by Shannon Essa, is the place to be in the spring! I was on one of last May's tours, and it was sublime! Gorgeous scenery, delicious food, and of course great wine! I wish i was going again this year! "

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  • Review by Judy R. from United States
    10 out of 10

    "What makes the Grapehops experience special? After being part of two fabulous tours (to Galicia and to Croatia), I think it is in large part Shannons ability to build warm relationships with locals, and her passionate desire to share unique experiences with us. We are never just on a tour, we are part of a circle of friends: vintners, local guides, restaurant and apartment owners, coach drivers and more, who are all committed to sharing what is special about their world and welcoming us into their lives for a while."

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  • Review by Colleen K. from Massachusetts, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Its hard to relay just how much fun Shannons Croatia tour was without gushing. Shannon does a superlative job of finding the best accommodations, restaurants, wines, guides, local color, and not-to-be-missed sights. The people she has befriended across Croatia go out of their way to provide unforgettable experiences.I was blown away by the beauty of the country, the friendliness of its people, who all seem to speak English, and how eager they are to please tourists and share their culture. The balance between seeing well known sights and unique, places you would never find on your own was perfect as was the amount of planned tours and free time. Simply an amazing trip. I would love to do it all over again."

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  • Review by Bill R. from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "What an amazing introduction to Croatia! Some well-known places, but other out-of-the-way places that you might never find on your own. Towns, wineries, and restaurants that charmed and delighted. The accommodations were perfect, the guides excellent and knowledgeable, and of course a generous and excellent hostess. It couldnt have been better!"

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  • Review by Jan M. from Minnesota, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My trip to Croatia was the first time I had taken an organized group tour. I was prepared to have a good trip, but I wasnt prepared to be blown away. I enjoyed the trip so much that it was hard to pick a single favorite experience. The Croatian tour has it all: wine tastings in a variety of venues and locations, excellent food ranging from fish to roasted meats to pasta to vegetables to great desserts, walking tours in each of our five locations (including the not-to-be-missed Plitvice National Park), and free time.I cant find the words to express what a great job Shannon did on putting the tour in Croatia together. Her careful planning and continuous work during the tour resulted in a very enjoyable time for all. Bravo, Shannon! I cant wait to join you on another trip!"

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  • Review by Margo and Leon from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was our third Grapehops tour with Shannon Essa. We did not think that the Grapehops experience could get any better, but Shannon really outdid herself this time! Croatia is a truly beautiful country and Shannon really showed us its magic, from the beautiful island ports of Rovinj and Hvar, to the walled city on the sea, Dubrovnik, and many notable stops in between.Plitvice National Park was a highlight - a magical land of waterfalls. The accommodations and local guides were excellent and the food was truly fantastic. We felt that we were able to see the real Croatia and interact with the lovely people who live there. This was our third Grapehops tour, but it wont be our last!"

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  • Review by John and Moyra from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Going through the photos of our Croatia trip, we cant believe what we saw, what we ate, and what we drank. It was truly amazing and of course it was all due to Shannon. All our Grapehops tours have been great with the latest one always seemingly even better than the last."

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Grapehops tours are for travelers who love a little culture and activity mixed in with their wine and food experiences.

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11 days / 10 nights


Arrival: Wednesday September 27, 2017
Departure: Saturday October 7, 2017

Special discount

Groups of 7 or more are eligible for a special discount of 100 USD per person.

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