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Croatia Wine Tour | September 28 - October 6 2019


The total price of $2,900 per person includes:

  • 8 nights of accommodation in 3 and 4 star boutique hotels

  • Bus transport to and from all destinations

  • Two dedicated local guides (an American and Croatian)

  • Daily breakfasts

  • 3 exclusive dinners, including cooking class

  • 5 regional wine tasting experiences with food

  • 3 specialty food tastings

  • Taxes, VAT


The trip does not include

Travel Insurance

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The Itinerary

Prepared by Alexandra Schmidt for Blue Ice


Day 0

Saturday Sep 28: Zagreb (Palace Hotel Zagreb)

Upon arrival to the Zagreb International Airport, guests may take a taxi to Palace Hotel Zagreb.
Check in is anytime after 2 p.m. Shuttle transport for airport may be arranged for an additional charge.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at Pod Zidom is tucked away in the quaint Upper Town area of Zagreb.
The restaurant sources all of its ingredients from the local Dolac market and with a wide selection of domestic wines.


Day 1

Sunday Sep. 29: Motovun (Kastel Hotel)

  • Breakfast: Provided by Palace Hotel Zagreb.

  • Leave Zagreb and board bus by 10 a.m. 3-hour drive from Zagreb to Motovun.

  • Arrive in Motovun by 2 p.m. and check in to Kastel Hotel in Motovun.

  • Lunch/Supper: The afternoon is free for guests to explore Motovun, a hilltop village overlooking the Istrian landscape. Indulge in a late lunch or supper at any of the rustic and scenic restaurants.

  • 5 p.m. take bus to the Franc Arman WineryRelish in the flavors of Istria at the Franc Arman Winery while overlooking the sunset. Free to stay for 2-3 hours.

  • Return to Motovun by bus in evening.


Day 2

Monday Sept. 30: Truffle Tour and Porec (Kastel Hotel)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Kastel Hotel in Motovun.

  • Leave Motovun at 8:30 a.m. for Truffle Tour in Plovanija.

  • Truffle tour and lunch with Tartufi Truffles from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • After lunch the group will head to the Vina Laguna Wineries in Porec. Wine tasting from 1:30 p.m-4:30 p.m.

  • Dinner: Guests are free to explore Porec, known for its rich history and seaside views.

  • Bus departs back to Motovun by 8 p.m.


Day 3

Tuesday October 1: Zadar (Hotel Kolovare)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Kastel Hotel Motovun.

  • Depart from Motovun by 8 a.m. 4 hours from Motovun to Zadar.

  • Arrive in Zadar by 12 p.m. and check into Hotel Kolovare.

  • Lunch: Kraljevski Vinogradi wine tasting.

  • The afternoon is free for individuals to explore Zadar’s many, magnificent churches, Roman ruins, and of course the Sea Organ and Sun Salutations installation.

  • Dinner: local dinner at Kornat Restaurant next to hotel, included in trip.


Day 4

Wednesday October 2: Split (Hotel Cvita)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Hotel Kolovare.

  • Depart Zadar by 10 a.m.

  • Lunch: Stop at Stella Croatia for tour and tasting of Dalmatian specialties.

  • Check into Hotel Cvita by 3 p.m.

  • Guests are free to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Split. Stroll down the Riva promenade and explore the legendary Diocletian’s Palace. For a panoramic view of this Dalmatian city, I recommend climbing to the top of the Bell Tower (near Diocletian’s Palace) or hiking up to the top of Marjan Hill.

  • Dinner: Guests are free to explore many of the restaurants in Split. I recommend Kitchen 5, located in Split’s Old Town, for Dalmatian specialties with seasonal, local ingredients.


Day 5

Thursday October 3: Brac (Hotel Cvita)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Cvita Hotel.

  • Leave Cvita Hotel at 10 a.m. with bus.

  • Take car ferry from Split to Brac.

  • After departing the ferry near Supertar, head to explore the sandy beach of Lovrecina Bay and the 6th century basilica.

  • Head to Brachia Olive Oil Experience for a lite snack and Olive Oil Tasting.

  • Lunch: Guests are free to have lunch along Zlatni area, the picturesque beach known as the “golden horn.”

  • Wine tour: Afternoon will be spent at the Stina Winery, before heading back to Split on the ferry.


Day 6

Friday October 4: Peljesac (Hotel Mlini)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Cvita Hotel.

  • Leave Split by 10 a.m.

  • Stop at the Rizman Winery by 12 p.m. on the way to Ston.

  • Lunch: Stop in Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, famous for its wine, oysters, and the second largest fortress wall in the world (only second to the Great Wall of China!). Lunch will be on your own from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

  • Oyster and wine experience in Ston at 4:15 p.m.

  • Depart Ston by 6 p.m.

  • Arrive in Dubrovnik by 7:30 p.m.

  • Dinner: Guests are free to explore Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. For dinner, check out Horizont, Restaurant Dubrovnik, Above 5, or Taj Mahal (Bosnian Cuisine).


Day 7

Saturday October 5: Dubrovnik (Hotel Mlini)

  • Breakfast: Provided in Hotel Mlini.

  • Free day to explore the beauty of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and surrounding areas. From Hotel Mlini, you will be able to take a scenic boat ride into the Old Town that lasts roughly 20 minutes. Hike the City Walls in the late morning for a scenic walk along the Adriatic Sea and Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World-heritage site. Wander through the polished streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

  • Lunch: Guests are free to explore lunch options on their own. I recommend taking the cable car to have lunch on top of Mount Srj for the best panoramic view of the Adriatic. You may also visit the Homeland War Museum up here that took place less than 30 years ago.

  • Dinner: Cooking class and farewell dinner with Dubrovnik Food Tours.

Day 8

Sunday October 6th: Departure day