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14 Days Countries of the Adriatic Culinary Holidays

14 Days Countries of the Adriatic Culinary Holidays

  • Zagreb - Ljubljana - Rovinj - Istria - Opatija - Split - Mostar - Duvrovnik

Culture and Culinary Tour of the Adriatic

Visit some incredible places across five countries located on the Adriatic Sea and see some amazing and unforgettable sites as you explore the vast traditions of this diverse European region. Discover a true cultural mosaic with a great variety of religions, landscapes, gastronomy, culture, history, and archeology. This unique holiday will allow you to get a close look of many off-the-beaten-path attractions, get in touch with locals, and learn about their life on a personal basis.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a boat ride to Brijuni National Park
  • Walking tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy Croatian wine tastings in Gronjan and Ston
  • Istria truffle hunt in the forest and truffle delicacies tasting
  • Explore Postojna caves, one of the largest karst monuments
  • Visit four UNESCO world heritage listed sites
  • Spend one full day exploring Venice, Italy
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 13 days with instruction
  • English
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This tour of 5 countries across the Adriatic Coast offers accommodation at charming 4-star boutique hotels in central locations.

Day 1 - Zagreb

Upon arrival to Zagreb Airport (ZAG), you will transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, take a stroll with local guide and discover Zagreb by walking through bustling downtown streets and visiting Zagreb Cathedral, the Stone gate, St. Marks church, the Upper town, the Flower market square, Dolac open market, Tkalieva street, and the central square.

Day 2 - Zagreb, Bled, and Ljubljana

Drive to Slovenia to the glacial lake of Bled, its beauty and natural environment rank Bled among most beautiful of alpine resorts.

Take an afternoon drive to Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, which maintained the relaxed atmosphere of a smaller central European city.

Enjoy sightseeing in the town with a local guide. You will see the Dragon's, Triple, Keychain, and Shoemaker's bridges, the old medieval castle on a hill above the city center, the colorful Baroque faades, and the St. Nicolas Cathedral.

Day 3 - Ljubljana, Postojna, and Istria

  • Drive to Postojna and visit the Postojna caves, one of the world's largest karst monuments.
  • Tour through amazing passages and incredibly diverse cave landscape by train and by foot, where you will admire playful stalactite forms.
  • In the afternoon, drive one hour to Istria.
  • Arrival to Rovinj, an enchanting coastal town.

Day 4 - Brijuni, Pula, and Rovinj

Departure to Brijuni National Park.

After a short boat drive to one of the largest island of this magnificent archipelago, you will have a tour by tourist train to visit the safari park, Byzantine castrum, Roman residential villa, and many other interesting sights.

Return to the mainland and drive to Pula, where you can admire the Roman amphitheater, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which is the starting point of every sightseeing tour and is one of the best preserved in the world.

Day 5 - Full day Venice excursion

One full day trip by fast ferry to Venice. Arrive in Venice at 11:00.

Free time to explore Venice attractions in entire historic center, crisscrossed by canals connected by hundreds of bridges that are treasure from the artistic and architectural point of view.

Return to Istria in the evening hours.

Day 6 - Gronjan, Motovun, and Opatija

Drive through the Istrian interior; its villages situated on the top of hills have a magical charm that will leave you breathless.

Visit Gronjan, an ancient little town famous for its wines. Possible wine tasting at one of regions superb wine producers.

Drive to Motovun, indubitably the most famous Istrian medieval town. Motovun forests are the best-known sites for finding truffles in Istria. You will go to the forest to experience the adventure of the truffle hunt with an experienced truffle hunter and his trained dogs.

After the 45-minute activity of searching for truffles, you will have a chance to taste some truffle delicacies at a local shop.

You will spend the night in Opatija.

Day 7 - Opatija and Plitvice Lakes National Parks

Departure to Plitvice Lakes National Park, listed on the World Heritage Sites list by UNESCO. Upon your arrival and after walking by beautiful lakes of crystal blue and turquoise color, you will see the spectacular cascading waterfalls.

Enjoy the exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colors, forests, and the pure mountain air.

Day 8 - Plitvice Lakes National Parks, ibenik, Trogir, and Split

  • Drive to ibenik, a town famous for its cathedral of St. Jacob that was built in the 15th century and was entered on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Departure to Trogir, another town on UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage as one of the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic towns in central Europe.
  • Short drive to the town of Split.

Day 9 - Split

After breakfast, you will enjoy some sightseeing in Split, a town listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian's Palace walls, such as the Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums, and much more.

You will have a free afternoon for strolling and visiting some of the city museums or galleries.

Day 10 - Split and Mostar

Departure to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Upon arrival to Mostar, you will stroll through the old town with its bazaar; see the original Ottoman residential houses, mosques, and the old bridge.

Short drive to Blagaj, a town where a historical tekke, also known as a tekija or Dervish monastery, is situated at the spring of the Buna River. Built around 1520, with elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style, it is considered a Bosnian national monument.

Day 11 - Mostar, Ston, and Dubrovnik

  • Drive through Herzegovina to Croatia with a short stop in Ston, a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe, with 5 and a half kilometers in length.
  • Possible oyster and wine tasting at a local restaurant.
  • Drive to Dubrovnik.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to visit the most spectacular Mediterranean medieval town.
  • You will spend the night in Dubrovnik.

Day 12 - Dubrovnik

  • After the sightseeing tour with a local guide, enjoy some free time on your own to explore Dubrovnik.

Day 13 - Full day Montenegro excursion

Drive to Montenegro and enjoy the scenic drive around Kotor Bay with its numerous small settlements including Risan, once the seat of the Illyrian queen Teuta, and picturesque Perast.

Take a break in the medieval town of Kotor, encircled by walls and fortresses and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the afternoon, drive back to Dubrovnik.

Day 14 - Dubrovnik departure

  • Transfer to the airport.

Drive through Herzegovina to Croatia with a short stop in Ston

Drive through the Istrian interior

Drive to Montenegro and enjoy the scenic drive around Kotor Bay

Drive to ibenik

Enjoy a walking tour with local guide to enjoy the most spectacular Mediterranean medieval town of Dubrovnik

Experience the adventure of a truffle hunt with an experienced truffle hunter and his trained dogs in Motovun

Explore Dubrovnik with a sightseeing tour and a local guide

Explore Venice

Guided walking tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Have a tour by tourist train to visit the safari park, Byzantine castrum, Roman residential villa and many other interesting sights

Sightseeing in Split

Stroll through the old town in Mostar with its bazaar and see the original Ottoman residential houses, mosques and the old bridge

Take a break in the medieval town of Kotor

Take a stroll with local guide and discover Zagreb

Visit Gronjan, an ancient little town famous for its wines

Visit Postojna and the Postojna caves

Visit Trogir

This tour will take place along the Adriatic Coast, visiting Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Brijuni

Brijuni is a group of 14 small islands placed across the town of Faana on the coast, with Mali and Veli Brijun being the largest. This small area has about a hundred monuments, the oldest coming from the Neolithic period. Today, Brijuni is a national park, arranged for visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of the park, the safari park, and to see the olive tree that is allegedly 1700 years old. The island of Veli Brijun contains about two hundred dinosaur footprints. It is recommended to see the church built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages, remnants of the villa from the Roman era and settlement from the bronze era. In the summer, Brijuni islands are often a venue for theatre shows and open-air concerts.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a town that was separated from the rest of Croatia. Dubrovnik is a popular topic of travel magazines. Its fortresses and defense walls make it one of the best-preserved defense systems in Europe, built mostly during the Renaissance. Nowadays it is a cultural monument visited by tourists who enjoy the panoramic view of the town and the Lokrum islet nearby. Fortresses Lovrijenac and Mineta are famous as venues for concerts and theatre shows. In Stradun, the main street in the old part of the town, you will find the Orlando's Pillar, depicting this medieval hero, alleged nephew of Charles the Great.

Nearby there is a well, Onofrijeva česma, from which drinkable water pours up to this day. In the Sponza Palace, from the Renaissance period, it is possible to find out how Dubrovnik was developing economic, trade, and political relations with the rest of Europe. In the Franciscan monastery, there is a large library and the oldest pharmacy in Europe still open. The Rector's palace is one of the key monuments. Many travel magazines have named the beach under the walls as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, because of the view of the walls and the old town, but there are some other nice beaches on the nearby islets, connected with regular boat lines.

Pula

Many people know Pula for its arena located in the town center, one of the best-kept monuments of this kind built in the first century. It used to be a venue for gladiator fights, then for tournaments in the Middle Ages, whereas today it is a venue of film festivals and different concerts. The Golden Gate, also known as Zlatna Vrata, the lighthouse Porer, on the island with the same name, and the town Bale, in which the time seems to have stopped, are all recommendations for a visit.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a town on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, recognizable by the monumental church of St. Euphemia, standing on the top of the hill. A visit to the church will also give you panoramic sight of the city. The older part of Rovinj is known for its many small galleries, restaurants, and bars with terraces on narrow cobbled streets. The Red Island, an island right across the mainland, is actually made of two islands, and is a very famous spot for taking a bath.

As destinations definitively worth visiting, two places stick out: the Channel of Lim, where it is absolutely compulsory to stay and try shells, and the Palud swamp. Deep sea divers can enjoy diving to a wrecked ship, the Barron Gautsch, lying in the sea area of Rovinj. Also, during summer months, the Franciscan monastery is a venue for classical concerts.

ibenik

ibenik is a town in the heart of Dalmatia, founded by the Croatian king Petar Kreimir IV. There is a famous renaissance building called St. Jacob's Cathedral which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fact that it had been built for more than hundred years says how much effort, patience, and energy has been given to this beautiful building. Nearby, there is the Duke's Palace, also known as Kneeva palaa, where you can find the Ethnographical, Archeological, and Cultural-historical Museum. The Renaissance town has one of the most beautiful city halls from the renaissance period and since it is near the cathedral, all together, it makes one of the most beautiful renaissance squares in Europe.

Split

Split is a town that was 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 an important cultural monument protected by UNESCO. In the cellars, there are a number of small galleries with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and many other things. The exit from the cellars leads to the waterfront, the center of the social life during the day.

Ston

Ston is on the Peljeac peninsula and it is famous for having the second largest defense walls in the world. When looked at from a bird's eye view, they are reminiscent of the famous Great Wall of China. Apart from the walls, Ston is famous for the oldest salt factory in Europe. In a town with a long history, reaching to ancient times, many rulers have come and gone. A turbulent history was settled after building the defense walls in the fourteenth century, when Ston became almost impossible to conquer.

Togrir

Another name of Trogir is the museum town. It seems that every little street and square has a great significance in the town's history and this is why UNESCO has decided to put the whole old town center on their World Heritage Site list. In a small town with a long history, a relief depicting Kairos is very significant. Kairos is a god of fortune, being depicted as a young man with wings on his feet, bringing luck to anyone who manages to catch him by his hair, while he is off in constant hurry. It is a symbolic message that happiness is a moment and a chance that has to be recognized and captured. Other significant cultural monuments are the church tower of St. Lawrence's Cathedral and Kamerlengo Fortress.

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and also the largest city in Croatia. It is relatively well connected with European cities. It is considered a typical middle European city. At 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 visit the old parts, Gradec and Kaptol, which are from the medieval period.

Dalmatia

You should try fresh fish, prut, cheese kept in olive oil with freshly baked bread. Or later in the day, when the sun is already behind the horizon, something more substantial such as lamb or octopus under the peka, grilled specialties, and much more. When you get thirsty, there is a wide variety of local wines, many of which have reached international esteem.

Dalmatian cuisine is light, simple, and healthy; abundant in fish and vegetables, and prepared in simple ways, with some olive oil, salt, and garlic. Every meal begins with a drink, usually a strong alcoholic drink like grappa or brandy, rakija in Croatian, and then continues with fish, a glass of wine, followed by a light dessert.

Dalmatian paticada is a meat dish made of marinated beef filled with bacon and garlic, cooked for a couple of hours, with seasonings and spices, served with gnocchi, and a glass of strong red wine. Dessert includes krotule, a simple dessert with a lot of sugar, followed by proek, a sweet dessert wine.

Central Croatia

You will enjoy watching people walk by through Zagrebs' central square, many of them carrying baskets bursting with fresh fruits, vegetables, hot bread, and other provisions bought for lunch. Nothing can whet your appetite more than shopping on Dolac farmers market. There, you can feel a scent of freshly picked vegetables, haggle over the price of fresh fish or try the cottage cheese brought in on the early morning train from Zagorje, the area of undulating hills north of Zagreb, an area of tiny farms and romantic castles.

Istria

Manetra s bobii, ombolo, and frkanci are a few examples of the names of Istrian specialties which taste as if they had fallen right off the tables of the ancient gods. Oysters, fish, seafood of all kinds and varieties, wild asparagus, and Maruni chestnuts, are there too. And, of course, the Tuber magnatum pico, the white truffle. Istria is also the homeland of some of the world's best wines and olive oils. You will be able to taste, enjoy, and learn about them.

Lika and Kvarner Bay

The realm of turquoise lakes, connected by hundreds of waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park, again fits with the idea of Lika as region where ancient Slavic gods were thought to live. It is the perfect spot for anyone who likes tranquility and relaxation combined with hedonism. You will not want to miss out lamb on the spit, various kinds of venison, or dishes made with mushrooms and fruits collected in the nearby woods.

Attend the Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Attend the Medieval festival of ibenik in September

Climb the Medvendica Hill

Climb to the top of the mountain with a cable cart to enjoy spectacular view over the old town rooftops in Dubrovnik

Dive to a wrecked ship lying in the sea area of Rovinj

Swim in the Zagreb sea

Take a bath in the Red Island

Take a daytrip to iovo islet

Take a daytrip to the island of Bra

Take an excursion to the islands near Dubrovnik

Try the oysters of Ston

Visit Croatian National Theatre, Archaeological Museum, and the Pavillion of Arts in Zagreb

Visit Samobor

Visit the St. Lawrence's cathedral and the Kamerlengo Fortress

Visit the zoo in Zagreb

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All required entrance fees per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking driver and tour leader at disposal during the tour
  • English speaking licensed local guides
  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • National and international flights
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Zagreb Airport (ZAG). Tureta Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.