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8 Day Culinary and Wine Holiday in Split-Dalmatia, Croatia

Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia

Cultural Wine Tasting Holiday

Zinfandel - this noble wine sort much appreciated on all continents - is the main inspiration for this tour. Wandering through ancient wine paths, vineyards, and cellars will give you the opportunity to meet Dalmatia in all of its glory and taste some of the best that this region has to offer. Blending in with the local culture in combination with trying some of the most complex wine sorts of exceptional taste while learning rich Dalmatian history and heritage will satisfy even the most demanding explorers.

Highlights

  • Original Zinfandel tasting
  • Wine tasting on the island of Hvar
  • Walking tour of Split with wine tasting for a finish
  • Private cooking class and learning how to prepare traditional Dalmatian dishes
  • Discovering rich culinary and wine heritage of the island of Brac
  • Exploring island of Hvar (sunniest island of Croatia)
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Split Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation throughout the tour will be at boutique hotels in central locations in Split and Hvar. Taste Dalmatia will give you the best hotel available at the time of your booking.

Program

Heritage (for those who seek context)

You will visit Diocletian's Palace in Split; the City Hall, the Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral and Bell Tower, the Basements, Grgur Ninski Statue and many palaces in Gothic; Renaissance and Baroque style, Venetian streets, houses, and architecture in Hvar; Hvar Fortress (Citadel), Saint Stephen's Cathedral and the Main Square.

Culture (for an authentic experience)

You will visit Ivan Meštrović Gallery Split; Emanuel Vidović Gallery Split; Archeological Museum; Ethnographic Museum; Hvar Heritage Museum, Franciscan Monastery whose collection of artwork includes works by Ivan Meštrović, the most famous Croatian sculpture; and enjoy Dalmatian klapa - band singing a cappella - and Dalmatian folklore dances.

Gastronomy (for discerning palates)

You will taste Dalmatian pašticada, Dalmatian pršut (smoked ham), homemade goat and sheep milk cheese, grilled quality fish with homemade olive oil, grouper brodetto, gregada of Hvar, octopus baked under a baking lid, cuttlefish risotto, salads made of spider crab, lobster or scampi with capers and olives, almond cake, and gingerbread of Stari Grad.

Experience (for the memories to take home with you)

Savor some of the best autochthonous Dalmatian wines - Crljenak, Pošip, Bogdanuša, Prč, Plavac Mali, buy fresh vegetables on famous green market in Split; hear Dalmatian song echoing narrow ancient streets, get a comprehensive view of the traditional techniques that make wine so special, and learn how to make traditional Dalmatian dishes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Croatia welcomes you

Upon arriving in the sunny city of Split, you will be transferred to one of Split's central hotels. After you are well rested for the adventure ahead, it's time for welcome drink and snacks where you will meet your tour guide and find out everything you want to know concerning the itinerary.

Day 2: Discovery of Zinfandel origins

Your wine trails of the day will start with the early breakfast and head up to Kaštela, home to Crljenjak, ancient but not forgotten wine sort. Its exceptional historical taste precedes only its importance because it is the father of widely known and appreciated sorts Zinfandel and Italian Primitivo. You will visit several vineyards and cellars to taste the soft differences of every single grape which arise due to the different preparation and other conditions. While enjoying your wine, you will be introduced to the rich Dalmatian history of winemaking and the specialties that lie in the mere process.

Day 3: Hvar Island and wine tasting

After a short catamaran trip after your breakfast you will continue the tour on the island of Hvar, the sunniest island in the whole Croatia, a home to the icon wine of Dalmatia, Plavac Mali, a cross between ancestral Zinfandel, Crljenak Kaštelanski, and Dobričić grapes. This wine truly reflects the character of Dalmatia - hot, temperamental, gorgeous, sharp, slightly rustic and absolutely unique. Apart from Plavac Mali, you will have the chance to taste other exquisite wine sorts indigenous to Hvar island, Bogdanuša and Prč. Light lunch will be served while tasting wines. Overnight stay on Hvar island. Free evening.

Day 4: Hvar Island

After breakfast, meet up with your tour leader and continue your adventure on the streets of Hvar, an ancient city with rich history. The city of Hvar is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage. Hvar gained glory and power during middle ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is center of island’s tourism and one of the favorite destinations in Dalmatian riviera. After the morning walking tour of the city, afternoon will be at leisure while the return to Split is planned by evening catamaran.

Day 5: Split exploration and wine tasting

In the morning, Taste Dalmatia will pamper you with a private guided tour of the ancient Roman city of Split. 1,700-years-old Diocletian's palace will be your first stop, where you will learn more about the history of one of the best preserved Roman residences in the world. Saint Duje's Cathedral, Jupiter's Temple, green market are only several places that you will visit during the tour. After you get a glimpse of Split's culture and history, you will finish the tour at Paradox, Dalmatia's finest wine and cheese bar, situated in the mere heart of Split Old Town. At the Wine and Cheese Bar Paradox, you will have the opportunity to choose some of the most exquisite wines from the very luxurious wine list, accompanied with some of the ripest and unique cheese blends Dalmatia has to offer. Bon Appetit!

Day 6: The Island of Brač

Continue your adventure on the island of Brač and its vineyards. Brač is the largest island in Dalmatia, just off the coast of Split. In landscape, Brač is similar to its well known neighbor Hvar with its rolling hills, pine and fig trees, isolate bays and clear water. Brač is famous for its wines, the most famous being Bolski Plavac. After the wine tasting, lunch with a variety of traditional Dalmatian dishes and some of the best wines will be served in one of the Brač taverns. Return to Split is planned in the evening.

Day 7: Cetina River Canyon traditional cooking class

After breakfast you will take a short 30-minute ride to nearby town of Omis and Cetina river canyon in the hills around it. Enjoying breathtaking views you will descend to Radmanove Mlinice, traditional restaurant with centuries old history. There you will have a Soparnik cooking class followed by your farewell lunch. Soparnik is a traditional dish, once regarded peasant food and now perfect example of using local, organic ingredients in Dalmatian cuisine. After lunch return to Split. Free late afternoon and evening.

Day 8: Departure day

Depending of your departure flight, transfer to the airport.

Location

This tour takes place in central Dalmatia-Split area and islands of Hvar and Brac in Croatia.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners. During this tour you will taste local traditional dishes. Savor some of the best autochthonous Dalmatian wines - Crljenak, Pošip, Bogdanuša, Prč, Plavac Mali; buy fresh vegetables on famous green market in Split; hear Dalmatian song echoing narrow ancient streets; get a comprehensive view of the traditional techniques that make wine so special; and learn how to make traditional Dalmatian dishes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Options in Split and rest of Dalmatia are abundant. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and as such offers numerous museums to visit, shopping, and other activities in the area. Or, you can just enjoy your free time in amazing Diocletian’s palace, perusing the streets, drinking wine, and relaxing while being part of rich local life.

What's included

  • Wine tasting and cooking class as stated in the itinerary
  • Guided tours with tickets per itinerary
  • VAT
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 2 dinners

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Airfare
  • Other meals and wine tastings not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Split Airport (SPU).

Airport: Split Airport Airport transfer included: Split Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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