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12 Days Culinary Holidays in Dalmatia & Istria, Croatia

Croatian Cooking Holidays

There is hardly a better way to indulge in a new destination than savoring its cuisine. Discover the tastes that Central Croatia, Dalmatia, and Istria has to offer. Well teach you how to interpret historical and cultural influences of surrounding countries and past empires embedded in traditional meals of Croatian cuisine. Roll up your sleeves and prepare a traditional meal like the locals do. We guarantee that it will become a highlight of your Croatian journey!


  • 2 cooking classes, baking class
  • 3 wine tastings, 2 market visits, 2 wine tours
  • 4 restaurant visits, traditional lamb dish cooking demo
  • Motovun forest truffle hunt experience, Dubrovnik foodie tour
  • Award winning cheese factory visit, cheese tasting
  • Olive oil production tour, olive oil tasting
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, dinner


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria ****, Zagreb, Croatia / 2 nights

A quiet spot in the middle of the Croatian capital, this hotel offers the ultimate comfort and service for the business and leisure traveler. Elegance and tradition combined with modern technology will make your stay unique and unforgettable. The hotel features in-room Internet access, mini-bar, exclusive bathroom amenities and complimentary selected cable television channels.

Hotel Bokinac ****, Pag island, Croatia / 2 nights

Each of the eight spacious rooms and three suites tells a story, and together they represent the island in its original environment. Equipped with carefully selected materials and handmade furnishings, their design is reminiscent of the island's ethnographic heritage. Every room includes an office corner, sofa area, mini bar, safe, satellite television and wireless internet, air conditioning, Washroom with two sinks and a bathtub, hair dryer.

Hotel Paike ****, Trogir, Croatia / 3 nights

It opened in 2004 after the renovation of the old house of the Buble family. It is located just a step from the riva, in the area of Pasike, where they have been building houses of stone. In the centre of the area, is the tavern Paike, with domestic specialties, authentic cuisine and fine wines. And just as in a real Dalmatian tavern there is the music of the klapa (a Dalmatian folk singing group).

Importanne Resort Hotel Neptun ****, Dubrovnik, Croatia / 2 nights

The highest hotel in Dubrovnik, providing its guests with comfortable accommodation and a stunning panorama of the sea and reefs as well as the Elaphiti islands. Guests can reserve one of our 91 rooms and suites and enjoy a wide range of amenities and services. This is an excellent choice as our location on a Blue Flag beach and our balconies offer the ideal conditions for such a holiday.

San Rocco Heritage Boutique Hotel ****, Brtonigla, Istria, Croatia / 2 nights

The traditions, fragrances and flavours of Istria together with a a family environment brought the Hotel and Restaurant San Rocco to the top position of the Istrian and Croatian scene. Immersed in tradition, the Hotel San Rocco is perched on a hill , in the typical Istrian village of Brtonigla wherefrom the sea can be reached through the surrounding fields and unspoiled nature in just a few minutes.


Day 1: Arrival, excursion


Arrival to Zagreb airport, transfer to your hotel.

Evening walking tour through the city center with a local guide.

Day 2: Market visit, cooking class, wine tasting, free time


Our Chef will meet you at a downtown caf to discuss the menu of the day. Youll visit Dolac farmers market to get fresh provisions for your meal: seasonal organic vegetables, meat or fish, spices and herbs and take them to our nearby kitchen where cooking classes are held. As you learn how to prepare a meal like a local, you can taste Croatian wines.

Free evening to enjoy Zagreb.

Day 3: Transfer, baking class


On your way to Adriatic coast youll have a two hour stop in Gorski Kotar region to visit a restaurant specialized in mountain and forest region cuisine. Traditional food here consists of venison (wild game hunters specialties): deer, bear and wild boar dishes.

Youll have one hour hands-on presentation of baking a wild berry cake.

While waiting, an assortment of homemade specialties will be served: deer sausages, wild boar prosciutto, and mushrooms.

Continue the drive towards Istrian peninsula.

Accommodation in a beautiful traditional hacienda style villa.

Day 4: Olive oil tour, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, truffle hunting, free time

Istrian interior: Brtonigla-Gronjan-Motovun

This whole day is dedicated to exploring the nature, heritage, and cuisine of this extraordinary diverse region.

Visiting tiny medieval hilltop towns and an olive plantation with a presentation of olive oil production and tasting.

Visit to a local vinery & tasting followed by a truffle hunt searching for truffles in Motovun forest with a help of trained dogs.

Return to your hotel.

A short drive to the picturesque fisherman's town of Rovinj is possible in the evening.

Day 5: Transfer, ferry ride, wine tasting

Brtonigla-Pag Island

Drive through scenic roads of Istria, Kvarner bay, and along the northern Adriatic coast to Prizna harbor to take a ferry to Pag island, a renowned gourmet Mecca.

You will be accommodated in a charming boutique hotel with a fabulous restaurant and a winery of its own.

Wine tasting upon arrival.

Day 6: Cheese production tour, excursion, cooking demonstration

Pag island tour: Novalja-Kolan-Pag

Explore the hidden gems of Pag island.

Drive to Kolan village to see a production and taste islands most renowned product: sheep cheese.

Visit of lace and salt museums, and a walk to a convent where the nuns bake a traditional biscuit.

Upon return to your hotel youll watch the preparation of an exquisite traditional lamb dish.

Day 7: Transfer, excursion

Pag-Zadar-Primoten Burnji-Trogir

Drive to Zadar to meet a local guide for a two hour walking tour.

After hearing the unique Sea Organ played by the rhythmic movement of the waves, drive to Primoten Burnji village in Dalmatian hinterland where people still live the traditional way.

Visit to a local family on a two century old homestead to try fabulous peka meal, a roast of meat, vegetables and potatoes covered with iron lid (a peka bell) with hot ashes on top.

There, the food is slowly simmering and baking, keeping all its natural juices.

Drive to a heritage hotel in Trogir.

Evening walk through a maze of narrow, cobbled streets.

Day 8: Market visit, cooking class


Our chef will meet you in the farmers market to get all the provisions and fish for your cooking class, taking place in a traditional stone house.

Your host is of younger, very innovative generation of Croatian chefs, who enjoy cooking as much as writing culinary books.

Day 9: Excursion


A full day excursion to a nearby city of Split, a magnificent roman built town where a vast Roman Emperors palace is still being inhabited.

Guided walk through the historical city centre.

We suggest having lunch in a modest tavern where locals enjoy their meals.

Visit to Ivan Metrovi gallery, a famous Croatian sculptor and architect.

Return to Trogir.

Day 10: Ferry ride, wine tours, wine tastings, oysters mussels farm, excursion, transfer

Trogir-Peljeac Peninsula-Dubrovnik

Drive to Ploe harbor to take a ferry to Peljeac peninsula, renowned for its wine producers and indigenous grape varieties.

Visit to two different vineries a traditional and a modern one with a tasting of their fabulous wines.

Drive to Ston bay where oysters and mussels are farmed to try them fresh out of the sea.

Visit to the ancient salt pans, still in use today.

Continue the drive to Dubrovnik.

Day 11: Foodie tour, restaurant visits, free time


Old town sightseeing with a local guide on our special Taste of Dubrovnik walking tour.

It includes visiting cozy restaurants and talks about culinary tradition in Dubrovnik in the past up to the present.

You'll visit four restaurants and taste traditional snacks accompanied with a glass of wine.

Free afternoon to climb the magnificent city walls; possible ride with a cable car to the top of the mountain offering spectacular views of the town; or a boat ride to the nearby island of Lokrum. Possible visit to hinterland Konavle.

Day 12: Free time, departure


Free time until the transfer time to Dubrovnik airport.

Flight check in, departure.


Cities we visit

Cavtat: In the most southern region of Croatia, Konavle, there is Cavtat, a town established in the ancient times, when it was called Epidaurum. During history, in times when Dubrovnik used to be a republic, Cavtat was the second most important centre of the Republic of Dubrovnik at the times of its existence. Later on it was a city dedicated to culture and science, whereas today it is primarily a tourist destination.

Dubrovnik: At the very south of Adriatic there is Dubrovnik, a town that was geographically separated from the rest of Croatia Its fortresses and defence walls make one of the best preserved defence systems in Europe, built mostly in Renaissance time. Nowadays it is a cultural monument visited by tourists who enjoy the panorama of the Town and the Lokrum islet nearby. Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the feast of St. Vlaho (St. Blaise) are two manifestations whose tradition is kept and celebrated.

Gronjan: A typical Istrian hilltop town in the continental part of the peninsula, built in the 12th century. Gronjan is famous in the world of artisans, since there is the International cultural centre for young musicians. Great starting point for cycling tours, trekking or cave researching. There are a couple of restaurants at the foot of the hill, offering typical domestic Istrian specialties. Wine exhibitions are often organized, with a possibility of wine- and truffle tasting.

Motovun: Medieval hilltop town in the middle part of Istria, known as a film festival hub showing avantgarde and independent production movies. Among the inhabitants of Istria it is known as the Town of Veli Joe (Joe the Great), a giant who represents people facing challenges of life. Motovun has a unique charm cobble paved streets leading to the top of the hill, parts of town built during the Renaissance period, and terraces with the views over Motovun forrest.

Primoten: The name of this town on the coast of northern Dalmatia means, "connected by the bridge." It was established on an islet near the mainland. Today it is a small, quiet, town with a long pebbled beach and known by its wineyards where Babi, a famous wine sort is grown. Visitors and travellers can expect peaceful and quiet atmosphere and a great possibility to taste local specialties in restaurants and taverns.

Split: A town established in the ancient Roman period. The Roman emperor Diocletian chose this location for his senior days and the rest is history. Today, the remnants of the palace are the most important cultural monument, protected by UNESCO. In the cellars there is a number of small galleries with paintings, sculptures, jewellery and other nice things that can be souvenirs. The exit from the cellars leads to the waterfront, the center of the social life during the day.

Zadar: A town in Northern Dalmatia, surrounded by natural beauties. There are five national parks around Zadar- Paklenica Gorge, Kornati Ilands, Northern Velebit, Plitvice Lakes and Krka Waterfalls. All these national parks are also an incentive for a visit, as they are all relatively close to Zadar, and there are organized daytrips. Another great attraction is St. Donat's church. It is built on the Zadar Forum, from the Roman period, built by the Roman emperor Augustus.

Zagreb: The capital and also the largest city in Croatia. It is relatively well connected with European cities. A typical middle European city. At a first glance it will remind you of Vienna or Prague, since the architecture of the old part of town was built according to the architectural patterns of those cities. The new parts of town have features of modern architecture. While staying in Zagreb it is recommendable to to visit the old parts, Gradec and Kaptol, which are from the medieval period.

Regions we travel trough

Central Croatia: Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, also a center of business life. Zagreb still has traces of Austrian Hungarian Monarchy so it is often compared with Vienna or Prague, in the architectural sense. Northern Croatia with its two regions Zagorje and Meimurje, is the hilly part of Croatia, decorated by many castles. In the last few years it is offering a growing number of wellness and spa centres, because of the large number of thermal wells.

Dalmatia: This region is a narrow stretch off the Croatian coast. Hot summers, red wines, light, healthy and tasty Mediterranean food, historic towns and islands of an untamed beauty, scent of herbs, and sounds of crickets make the patchwork of a Dalmatian atmosphere. As you walk in the shade of the narrow, windy streets of Dalmatian towns in the heat of the summer, you will hear the buzz of cicadas and feel the fragrant scent of rosemary and pine.

Istria: Pleasantly connects two faces of Croatia the coastal and the continental. The coast of Istria offers mild Mediterranean climate, whereas in the continental part you can enjoy hilly landscape, traditional cuisine along with teran and malvazija, local sorts of wine. Although a peninsula, Istria is actually more like an island in its own right. It shows in local customs, music, history and legends, the architecture of its towns, and traditional dishes and indigenous wines.

The island of Pag

Pag has some fantastic food to offer that is a fact. Cheese from Pag, for a start, is a sheep cheese with a special taste and saltiness, owing it to a special blend of herbs growing on the island. It is usually served with prut (prosciutto) and olives. White wine called utica, specific yellow colored, is another typical product from the island of Pag. There is also lace, an authentic product whose production can sometimes be seen on the streets of the town.

In the last few years Pag is a popular party destination Zre beach in the town of Novalja reminds much of the beaches in Ibiza and similar places. A definitive recommendation for those who love that kind of entertainment and partying. For people who like cultural monuments, there is the Kneev dvor (Duke's palace) and the Benedictine monastery, where the bakotini shortbreads are being baked. It is interesting to visit Lun, the most northern town, with remnants of the ancient town nearby.

What's included

  • 12 days rent-a-car car (B category Opel Corsa or similar), unlimited mileage, airport and local fees, insurance CDW and TP, additional driver)
  • 11 nights accommodation in specially chosen 4* hotels on bed and breakfast basis
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel English speaking local guides in Zagreb, Istria, Pag, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
  • Cooking classes in Zagreb and Trogir
  • Fuine homemade delicacies tasting & berry cake preparation
  • Motovun forest truffle hunt experience Istrian olive oil production experience and tasting
  • Wine tastings in Istria, Pag & Peljeac peninsula
  • Cheese factory visit & tasting on Pag island
  • Gourmet experience in Pag hotel Primoten Burnji traditional lunch in a century old homestead
  • Entrance fees: Metrovi gallery in Split, salt pans in Ston Specialized walking tour in Dubrovnik with 4 restaurants snacks and wines tasting
  • All hotel taxes per this itinerary
  • Detailed Tureta tailor made itinerary and organizing services

What's not included

  • international or national flights
  • travel insurance
  • extra car insurance
  • fuel
  • road tolls
  • parking fees
  • ferries
  • beverages
  • tips
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