Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo and New Orleans are just a few cities that come to mind when you think about the most popular food destinations in the world. These are places that serve up some of the world’s tastiest cuisine and have avid foodies coming back for more. What you may not know is that Croatia, and its neighbor Slovenia, are emerging as hot culinary destinations, too! Not only do these unique travel destinations have rich histories, but they are also growing in popularity among adventurous foodies. And Vacation.com is now featuring 2 fabulous culinary tours you should consider booking now!
The Grand Moto Food Tour of Slovenia and Croatia
September 1-8, 2019
Join Chefs Claudio Aprile, Scott Crawford and Chris Duffy on this luxury tour to explore the culture, beauty and flavorful cuisine in Slovenia and Croatia. Not only will culinary connoisseurs enjoy this ultra-exclusive tour, but motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy being 1 of 7 lucky riders – along with 7 support staff – to see both countries from the seat of a Ducati Multistrada, the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles,” or ride in a luxury van.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime, 8-day moto tour to visit Ljubljana, Bovec and Bled – all located in Slovenia – and Motovun, Croatia. In addition to get you get to glean some amazing culinary knowledge from 3 chefs who are also along for the ride. You rub elbows with Chef Claudio Aprile, Canada’s most celebrated and visionary chefs; Chef Scott Crawford, a world-renowned restaurateur and 5-time James Beard semifinalist; and Chef Curtis Duffy, who received Michelin’s highest 3-star rating for 4 consecutive years. Prepare to dazzle your taste buds with traditional dishes, and some prepared by the chefs offering their own unique culinary twists.
In addition to staying in luxury hotels along the way, guests on this tour will have the opportunity to visit and eat at the best restaurants in both countries, such Atelje, where Chef Jorg Zupan will introduce you to Slovenia’s traditional cuisine before your brief Ducati Multistrada orientation. Guests will embark on a long list of VIP activities, including a visit to the Predjama Castle, Postojna Caves, the Grom Motorcycle Museum, dinner at a 500-year-old olive oil press, truffle hunting, grape picking in the Goriska Brda Wine Region, taking a Slovenian cooking class, and cheese-tasting at a local farm. But before you leave, indulge in an amazing farewell dinner you won’t soon forget.
The Flavors of Croatia Culinary Tour with Maneet Chauhan
September 28 – October 6, 2019
For this VIP tour, guests will embark on an 8-day cultural and culinary tour of Croatia and visit cities and towns, including Dubrovnik, Peljesac, Ston, Korcula and Mali Ston. Chef Maneet Chauhan, a James Beard Award Winner and judge on Food Network’s TV show Chopped, will join you on this luxury culinary tour, where she and Chef Richard Gruica and Croatia’s top chefs will prepare traditional Croatian dishes for you.
Start your journey in Dubrovnik where you’ll be whisked away to the top of Srđ Mountain for a welcome cocktail and a jaw-dropping view of the sun setting over the city. Afterwards, guests will head to the Konavle Valley for the quintessential Croatian meal, Peka, the famous Balkan dish cooked under coals. It’s the perfect welcome to Croatia!
And that’s just the first day! Guests will then head out of Dubrovnik for a scenic seaside drive (via private transport) to the oldest Arboretum in Europe, which coincidently is near a few locations where Game of Thrones filmed. In addition to this breathtaking excursion, this tour features a variety of not-to-be-missed experiences, including a tour of the Ston Sea Salt Beds; taste a homemade meal at a 700-year-old homestead; dive for sea urchins and other edible surprises; learn how to cook Dalmatian specialties; take a winery tour followed by a gourmet dinner under the stars; and enjoy a seafood meal in Mali Ston after learning about oyster farming.
Guests also embark on the Sights & Bites Walking Tour of Dubrovnik to learn about the city’s history while sampling local food along the way. And to wrap up this exclusive culinary itinerary, Chef Maneet Chauhan, Chef Richard Gruica and some of Croatia’s top chefs will join you at the Gypsy Table, a pop-up dinner experience in a secret location, where they will prepare a decadent feast to showcase the best of Croatian cuisine. If you’re a foodie who enjoys unique luxury experiences, this tour is for you!
Cure your hunger to explore Croatia and Slovenia! Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with our Croatia travel specialists to book you on one of these amazing trips.