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8 Days Mediterranean Culinary Vacations in Montenegro

8 Days Mediterranean Culinary Vacations in Montenegro

  • Villa Sveti Nikola, Prijevor bb Budva 85310 Montenegro

Culinary Holidays in Montenegro, Europe

This culinary holiday is your way to master the preparation of some of Montenegrin dishes and dazzle your friends with a home cooked Mediterranean feast! Join our chef, young but experienced and enthusiastic and discover the secrets behind delicious Montenegrin recipes. Meet with another culture, understand lifestyle, customs and believes, learn new skills in a new environment and enrich your point of view with different perspective in one of the most attractive destinations in the heart of Europe, Montenegro.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes
  • Visit to a family-run olive oil mill
  • Wine, olive oil and brandy tasting
  • Dinner in a coastal Montenegrin village
  • Visit to Plantae vineyards and wine cellars
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome gift
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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The accommodation and hands-on cooking classes will be organized in a family-run house just outside of Budva in a stunning viewpoint site, looking over the beach Jaz. Big, modern, equipped kitchen, terrace with barbecue and jacuzzi make a perfect setting for you to have fun and learn how to prepare some local dishes under the guidance of experienced chef. Impress your friends back home with homemade Mediterranean dishes!

Villa Sveti Nikola

Villa Sveti Nikola in village Prijevor is less than one mile from the Jaz Beach, Riviera of Budva. It offers free Wi-Fi, barbecue facilities and a big terrace overlooking Jaz beach. All studios and apartments are air conditioned and equipped with cable TV, desks and a kitchenette with fridge. Sea view balconies are furnished with a table, chairs and sunshades. Free private parking on site with camera-surveillance. Trsteno beach is 3.2 kilometers from the villa and the center of Budva is only 3.2 kilometers away.

Sunday

  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome dinner

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch
  • Olive oil mill tour

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch
  • Free time. Suggestion: Austro-Hungarian market road tour

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Plantae wine road tour
  • Cooking class
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch
  • Free time. Suggestions: Boka bay cruise tour

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch
  • Montenegrin village tour and dinner

Saturday

  • Free day. Suggestion: Skadar lake tour

Sunday

  • Departure

Plantaze on the table

  • Tour through the vineyard by tourist train
  • Visit of the wine cellar ipanik with the guide
  • Guided wine tasting of five premium wines and food pairing
  • Duration: 2 hours. Tour through vineyard lasts approximately for 1 hour.
  • 09:30 - Departure from the hotel
  • 09:30 - 11:00 - Drive from Budva to ipanik wine cellar by bus
  • 11:15 - 13:30 - ipanik: wine tasting and vineyard tour
  • 13:30 - 15:00 - Drive from ipanik to Budva by bus

Menu:

  • Crnogorski val and canaps of cottage cheese covered with sour apple
  • Lua and canaps of fish pate and smoked salmon
  • Vranac pro corde and beef rolls canaps
  • Vladika and prosciutto and olives canaps
  • Vranac reserve and canaps of combination of cheese

Family run olive mill on Lutica peninsula

Located in the spectacular region of the BokaKotorska, a visit to family-owned and operated estate in Lutica is an exquisite opportunity to explore the rich abundance of one of Montenegro most famed olive growing areas. Intimate and acclaimed olive oil tour offers a warm, gracious and informative escape from the everyday. We invite you to taste the difference.

Tour will start with visit to olive grove where you will be offered a welcome drink and where you will learn about olive cultivation, harvest and artisan methods of olive oil production. The tour proceeds with walk toward village Tii, visit to new olive mill and old stone olive mill where you will have an intimate and informative estate olive mill tour and guided tasting of our artisan olive oils. Savor local artisan breads and brandy as well as the seasons freshest fruit and vegetables.

Duration: 90 minutes. Arrival and olive grove tour: 15 minutes. Walk toward village: 10 minutes. New mill tour: 10 minutes. Old mill tour: 10 minutes. Olive oil tasting and snack: 1 hour

  • 15:00 - Departure from the hotel
  • 15:00 - 15:45 - Drive from Budva to Lutica by bus
  • 16:00 - 16:15 - Walk through the olive tree grove in Lutica
  • 16:15 - 16:30 - Walk through the village in Lutica
  • 16:30 - 17:00 - Mills tour in Lutica
  • 17:00 - 18:00 - Olive oil tasting and snack in Lutica
  • 18:00 - 18:45 - Drive from Lutica to Budva by bus

Menu:

  • Welcome drink: fritters and honey, domestic brandy Maginjaca, still water
  • Snack: organic olive oil; bread, doughnuts and cheese pie; cheese, smoked ham prut, table olives, eggs; seasonal salad; dessert of apple pie
  • Beverage: red and white wine, homemade pomegranate juice and/or lemonade, sparkling and/or still water, coffee

Montenegro is a magnificent combination of contrasts - sea, bays, mountains, rivers, lakes and canyons. Its diversity is breathtaking. Just imagine skiing on the snow-capped peaks and then, the same day, getting down to the shore and diving into the crystal clear blue waters of the Adriatic. This alone makes Montenegro one of the most attractive destinations in the heart of Europe. Whether you are looking for refuge from the hectic pace of the worlds big cities, the stress of modern life or an active holiday with the touch of adrenaline, Montenegro will surely be your memorable adventure.

Montenegro is also one of the oldest European countries with approximately 14,000 kilometer square and only about 670,000 inhabitants. Its contribution to world cultural heritage is remarkable. Centuries marked history of this country made it one of the brightest examples of defiant and heroic struggle for freedom. Due to this fact, it is also a huge mosaic of broad impact - Christian, Muslim, Illyrian, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish and Slavic civilization and spirit. Its history, culture, architecture, art and a specific kind of modus vivendi were formed, thanks to this, in a fascinating and harmonious whole.

Traditional dishes in Montenegro are the result of both the countrys geographic position and its interesting history. Montenegros natural resources and location on the Adriatic has done more than just attract visitors to explore the varied landscape. It has also produced bountiful supplies of fresh fish, meat, vegetables and other tantalizing produce, which, cooked using a mixture of traditional methods, has put Montenegrin cuisine on the culinary map. The cuisine in the coastal area differs from the one in the northern highland region. The coastal area is traditionally a representative of Mediterranean cuisine with seafood being a common dish, while in the continental and northern regions, one can savor delicious meat delicacies.

Find out what makes Montenegro a perfect combination of the Mediterranean, Latin, Muslim and Balkan cuisines; and how, throughout history, numerous pretenders to these regions left marks not only in architecture, culture, art and mentality but in philosophy of food as well. Why we believe that the olives can cure just about anything and why the recipe for a long and healthy life is a glass of red wine a day? Why we say health comes through mouth? Why families used to leave their doors open during meal time? Or even how we didnt allow George Bernard Shaw to go about exploring our country on an empty stomach, and how he found poetic beauty in our even most simple dishes.

Traditional dishes

Although Montenegrin specialties vary according to region, there are some key traditional dishes to try, perhaps one of the better-known being, Kacamak. Kacamak is a weighty dish consisting of mashed potatoes, wheat and corn flour, served with cheese and milk, and is a popular dish among Montenegrins. It is seen as a great source of energy and the perfect sustenance for a long day exploring the country.

Aside from its key traditional dishes, Montenegro is also famous for its prosciutto, known locally as njeguki prut, and its cheese, njeguki sir. Both of these products come from the village of Njeguki, which is known as the birthplace of the Montenegros royal dynasty. This prosciutto has a dry consistency and is a rich red in color.

When we are talking about the meals made under the iron pan, it would be interesting to mention the very process of preparing. The meals made under the iron pan are by far more tasteful than all other meals because they are put under an iron pan, the so-called sac, which is then covered by ember, live coal and ashes. In this way, the aroma is being kept and the meal is equally fried in a natural way. Lamb, for example is most tasteful if it is prepared in this way.

Montenegrin national restaurants prepare it in this way even today. When it comes to sweet delights, one of Montenegros better known dishes is priganice. These small airy doughnuts are prepared with flour, water, oil, salt and sugar and are traditionally served with honey. But, priganice can also be enjoyed as savory dish.

Austro-Hungarian market road Only 2 peppers; its homemade!

Back in Austro-Hungarian times, the main market road connecting the continental parts to the coast was this road from Kotor to Njegui or Cetinje. Peasants selling their local products of cheese, ham, meat, vegetables and honey were taking this steep, windy road, usually on donkeys, down to Kotor and nearby coast markets offering their goods to aristocracy and noble families from Boka bay region. The road was one of the most expensive engineering endeavors in the whole Austro-Hungarian monarchy - 1 gold ducat for 1 meter of the road!

On your way, just as in those times, youll have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Boka bay. The tour includes guided visit to Kotor, a UNESCO site. This is a walking tour of the old town with visit to St. Triphon cathedral and the maritime museum, a step into the rich and turbulent history of this magnificent town, its culture, atmosphere, conquerors and eternal Mediterranean charm that keeps fascinating visitors from all over the world.

We then take the steep road to village of Njegui, enjoying on our way a view of the bay in whole of its beauty. A sunset dinner in Njegui follows, at the restaurant in Bride of the Adriatic, a name given to Boka bay by one of the most famous poets in love with all the wonders that captured his poetic imagination. See for yourselves whether you agree with his metaphor!

Price: EUR 65 per person. Minimum number of people: 5.

The price includes transfers Budva - Kotor - Njegusi - Budva, guided visit as described above with entrances to the old town, cathedral and the museum, welcome drink and dinner at Nevjesta Jadrana restaurant. This does not include drinks at the restaurant and personal expenses.

Itinerary:

15:00 - Departure from the hotel

15:00 - 15:30 - Drive from Budva to Kotor by bus

15:45 - 17:15 - Tour of the old town with visit to the cathedral and maritime museum in Kotor

17:15 - 18:00 - Free time in Kotor

18:00 - 19:00 - Drive from Kotor to 25th hairpin bend and restaurant by bus

19:00 - 20:30 - Dinner

20:30 - 22:00 - Drive from the restaurant to Budva by bus

Skadar lake tour Relax, here we dont carp about anything!

Skadar lake is one of the five national parks in Montenegro since 1983 in the RAMSAR list of wetlands of international importance since 1996. It is also the largest lake in the Balkans and one of the last fresh-water swamps, the last habitat of the pelicans and the biggest bird preserve in Europe of some 270 species of birds. It is at the same time a large and rich treasury with over 48 kinds of fish. Carp, which can weigh from 1 to 7 kilograms, and small bleak, which is caught in large quantities and therefore dried, are most often caught. There are occasionally sea fish in the lake such as gray mullet and sea bass, thanks to the river Bojana.

Specialties of the lake cuisine are carp, prepared in different ways with dried plums, apples, fried and smoked, and eel. This is also the wine region, the birthplace of Vranac red wine. On this tour you can enjoy a beautiful scenery travelling from the coast over the mountains with a stop in a local small winery for wine tasting, snack and a short tour, continuing afterwards to the lake, where our host shall greet us with a welcome drink in Virpazar, a small, picturesque village on the lake located practically on the railroad tracks.

A boat cruise then awaits; clear water everywhere, lush lake vegetation, birds, fish as we glide among scattered islands in the lake. There are some 50 islands, as monuments to Montenegrin history and tradition; islands with monasteries, royal summer residences, fortresses, old prisons. After about an hour of lake sightseeing well enjoy a stunning scenery of the beach Pjesacac, owned by 3 brothers who were born and raised there and decided to share all the beauty of the lake with people who wish to visit this extraordinary paradise. A buffet dinner consisting of lake specialties shall then be served as we soak in the remains of the day and almost a poetic sunset.

Price: EUR 89 per person. Minimum number of people: 5.

The price includes transfers Budva - Skadar lake - Budva, entrance fee to Skadar lake national park, guided visit, winery visit with tasting and snack, welcome drink at Virpazar, lake cruise with priganice served on board and buffet dinner in Pjesacac. The price does not include drinks in Pjesacac restaurant and personal expenses.

Boka bay cruise Prego signorina

Embark on this Mediterranean-Renaissance adventure! Discover all the secrets, legends and traditional tales of sea captains, their journeys, conquerors, impossible and forbidden young love secluded in this mysterious and exotic botanical garden, the Bay of Boka Kotorska, a Montenegrin gem resembling Norwegian fjords. It will fascinate you!

It looks as if the mountains have cracked and let the sea in. This is the southernmost fjord in Europe. The high mountains bend over the thin coastline thus protecting it from the severe climate from the north. That is why Boka is an oasis of Mediterranean vegetation: agave, palm, mimosa, oleander, kiwi, pomegranate and medicinal herbs.

When its peaks are covered with snow, the roses bloom in the foothills. The bay of Kotor region is under the protection of UNESCO due to its very rich cultural heritage. The Boka region has a long naval tradition and has harbored a strong naval fleet since the Middle Ages. The fleet reached its peak of 300 ships in the 18th century when Boka was a rival to Dubrovnik and Venice.

The cruise starts in Kotor, next to the Old Town. We stop at a picturesque small church Our Lady of the Rocks situated on a small, man-made island of the same name. Gospa od krpjela is particularly interesting given that it is the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic with an area of 3,030 meter square. It was built upon a rock ( krpjel) after two Venetian sailors from Perast found a picture of the Virgin Maryon in 1452. The tour continues with guided visit of the church and its museum.

From there, we continue our cruise to one of the pearls of Boka, the town of Perast. Perast is one of the oldest settlements in this region which reached its peak in the 17th century as birth place of world famous sea captains and admirals with outstanding baroque palaces and history between Venetian and Ottoman dominance which will enchant you! In Perast, lunch is served in restaurant Conte, one of the most beautiful restaurants on the coastline. Then, we head back to Budva after this eventful day.

Price: EUR 94 per person. Minimum number of people: 5.

The price includes transfers Budva - Kotor, Perast - Budva, boat cruise Kotor - Our Lady of the Rocks island - Perast, visit to the church and the museum on the island, Perast guided visit, dinner in restaurant Conte. The price does not include drinks at the restaurant and personal expenses.

  • 2 guided visits to Plantae and olive oil mill tours
  • 4 lunches and 1 dinner prepared together with our chef
  • 7 nights accommodation in a family run villa
  • 12.5 hours of cooking classes (2.5 hours a day for 5 days)
  • All the ingredients necessary for the classes
  • Dinner in a coastal village in a family house
  • Montenegrin cuisine and recipe brochure
  • Tourist taxes
  • Welcome dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome gift
  • Airport transfers. This can be organized upon request.
  • Dinners, except welcome dinner and dinner as part of the tour
  • Drinks in restaurants chosen as optional tours
  • Personal expenses