Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019
Flavors of Croatia Culinary Tour with Chef Maneet Chauhan
Ideal Length:8 Days
Best Time To Go:May - June, September - October
Flight Time:LAX 13 Hours 35 Minutes, CHI 11 Hours, NYC-All Airports 10 Hours 15 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$4,149
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Double occupancy; Airfare not included):$3,949
Explore Croatia history, culture and exquisite cuisine on this 7-day culinary tour, Flavors of Croatia Culinary Tour with Chef Maneet Chauhan. Tour guests will get to sample Croatian dishes prepared by the James Beard Award Winner and Food Network "Chopped" Judge, Croatia's top chefs and Chef Richard Gruica.
Chef Richard Gruica (on the left) organizes immersive, food-centric tours, that offer an intimate perspective of a country that has emerged as a major travel destination in Europe. Explore Croatia's culture and history through this carefully tailored itinerary with an emphasis on culinary traditions and regional specialities.
With your private foodie and history guide, you'll take a "Sights and Bites" tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town to explore its amazing historic landmarks while you sample tasty food along the way.
Visit Mali Ston, a seaside village know for its mussels and oysters. Get a behind-the-scenes demo on oyster farming and production followed by a delicious seafood lunch.
This tour includes unforgettable culinary experiences, including a visit to Pantarul, a Michelin-recommended restaurant that features local specialties prepared with a gourmet twist.
After days of exploring places, like Mali Ston, Pelješac and Korcula, the tour culminates with a decedent Gypsy Table feast held at an undisclosed location with Chef Richard Gruica, Chef Maneet Chauhan and the country's top chefs serving you a delicious blend of traditional Croatian dishes.
Day 1 Welcome to Dubrovnik
After landing at the Dubrovnik Airport, your private transfer will drive you to your 4- or 5-star hotel to relax before meeting the rest of the tour group during welcome cocktails. Next, you’ll watch the sun set over Dubrovnik from the top of Srđ Mountain, followed by a delicious Croatian dinner that will includes peka, a traditional Balkan dish.
Private TransferShare This Activity
Feel the warm Dalmatian breeze and sun on your face as the private transfer for your Captivating Croatia Tour greets you at the airport and takes you to a 4- or 5-star hotel, where you’ll have time to recharge and refresh before meeting the group.
Day 2 Salt of the Earth
Today, the tour group will embark on a scenic seaside drive with a stop and tour of the Arboretum, which includes “Game of Thrones “ filming locations. Guest will then head to Pelješac to sample local Dalmatian food before visiting Ston to see its sea salt pools and its famous attraction, the Walls of Ston. End the day with a decadent homemade dinner served at the homestead of Captivating Croatia Tour’s favorite winemakers.
A Seaside Drive, The Arboretum and “Game of Thrones” LocationsShare This Activity
Head out from Dubrovnik to enjoy a scenic drive with amazing seaside views along the entire route. Along the way, stop at the Arboretum, the oldest one in Europe, for a brief tour of the scenery and major filming locations for Game of Thrones fans. Before heading to Peljesac, indulge in specially prepared local light bites, a sampling of Dalmatian treats.
See the Ston’s Famous Walls and Sea Salt PoolsShare This Activity
Before arriving in one of Croatia’s most beautiful areas for wine sipping and stunning scenery, stop in historic Ston for a tour of the Ston Sea Salt Beds, the oldest still operational salt pools in the world. While others grab a cup of tasty local coffee, adventurous travelers can check out the Walls of Ston, the second longest wall in the world after China’s Great Wall.
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Day 3 The Finest Things
Get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim in the magical Adriatic Sea with a local diver and spear fisherman to help him catch seafood that will be transformed into tasty Dalmatian dishes, such as stewed octopus and black risotto. Afterwards, enjoy a tour and gourmet dinner at the peninsula’s top winery.
Unique Dive in the Dingac Wine RegionShare This Activity
Venture through this wine region where you’ll join a local fisherman who doubles as a free diver and spear fisherman. Take a swim in the Adriatic Sea along with him as he demonstrate his craft and hunt for delicious sea urchin and other edible surprises. You'll enjoy this magical dip to explore the region’s coastline.
Create Dalmatian SpecialtiesShare This Activity
After a dive, take your spoils from the sea to a leafy hidden gem to grill your catch and learn how to make two Dalmatian specialties, stewed octopus and black risotto. Enjoy a relaxing meal under the trees while sipping on wines produced by the area.
Winery Tour and Gourmet DinnerShare This Activity
After your meal and some free time, you’ll head to the peninsula’s top winery for a sunset toast of bubbly and enjoy an amazing wine tasting tour. Your day will conclude with a sumptuous degustation dinner at the winery’s gourmet restaurant followed by some star gazing.
Day 4 Crazy for Korcula
Start the day with a jaw-dropping guided tour of Korcula, a beautiful island located 30-minutes from the hotel. After exploring the city, one of Croatia’s top chefs will serve you a gourmet lunch made from the finest gastronomic products in the country. End the day sampling local jams, preserves and wines, culminating in a laid-back pizza dinner under the stars.
Taste Local Preserves, Wines and PastaShare This Activity
Visit a residence that preserves ancient artisanal crafts, where you’ll also take part in an olive oil tasting and try their jams and preserves – all locally made! Guests will also experience a wine tasting at one of the island’s top wineries, featuring many indigenous varietals. End the day with a pizza-pasta meal under the stars.
Day 5 From Water to Wine
Today, the tour takes you to Mali Ston – known for its oysters and mussels – to learn about local oyster farming and production, followed by a delicious seafood lunch. During your final visit to Pelješac, get a private tour of one of the country’s top winemakers. And finally, sink your fork into a gourmet meal at Michelin-recommended Pantarul.
Oyster Farming and Production with Seafood LunchShare This Activity
Head to Mali Ston, a seaside village known for its oysters and mussels. Enjoy a boat ride along the pristine waters, while you marvel at the famous walls and craggy mountains, where you’ll get an insider’s perspective of traditional oyster farming and production. This unique experience is followed by a delectable seafood lunch.
Dine at PantarulShare This Activity
Venture to Chef Richard Gruica’s favorite restaurant in Dubrovnik, the Michelin-recommended Pantarul, for a meal featuring local specialties prepared with a gourmet twist. And just in case you didn’t know, Pantarul means “fork” in the local dialect. And you’ll sink your fork into the tasty food served here!
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Day 6 The Pearl of the Adriatic
Vacationers have the option to explore Dubrovnik by taking a stroll through Old Town, kayaking along the coast, or learning how to make ancient filigree jewelry. As a group, the tour continues with an immersive culinary tour – designed by Richard Gruica – which allows you to sample the local cuisine in addition to receiving a Dubrovnik history lesson.
Explore Dubrovnik Your WayShare This Activity
Explore Dubrovnik the way you want! Walk along the famed walls of the Old Town, paddle a kayak along the coast of the city or take a class to learn how to make ancient filigree jewelry – a renowned practice in Dubrovnik.
Sights & Bites Walking TourShare This Activity
Prepare to embark on an amazing culinary tour designed by Chef Richard Gruica, founder of Captivating Croatia Tours. With an expert food and history guide, you’ll stroll through the city’s fairytale-like surroundings while tasting the local cuisine and learning about Dubrovnik’s rich history.
Day 7 The Gypsy Table Awaits
On your last full day in Croatia, you’ll enjoy the first half of the day relaxing or spending time exploring Dubrovnik. Rest up for an amazing evening at a pop-up dinner experience at an undisclosed location where Chef Richard Gruica, Chef Maneet Chauhan and the country's top chefs will serve a delicious blend of Croatian dishes.
Experience a Pop-Up Dinner ProjectShare This Activity
Relax for the first half of day to prepare for a late evening. This tour culminates with the Gypsy Table, a pop-up dinner experience in a secret location. With help from Croatia's top chefs and Chef Maneet Chauhan, Chef Richard Gruica pays homage to his mother and blends the best of Croatia in a decadent feast. Enjoy your final night with amazing food, drink and ambience.
Day 8 Day of Departure
Your fun culinary tour has come to an end, but not before you eat a delicious breakfast while reconnecting with your tour group members before you leave for the airport.