Croatia · September 18-26, 2017

When?

September 18-26, 2017

Why?

Croatia (just like the entire Central European region) has a colorful and complex history, which is reflected in its food and wine traditions. Though it is not a big country, its landscape, climate, history, cooking, and wines change dramatically from region to region. We’ll experience a few of these varied regions. The capital, Zagreb, combines Habsburg and Ottoman heritage, while the Istrian peninsula (which is said by locals to be the gourmet capital of the country) has a cosmopolitan history, and combines Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian influences. Its emblematic dishes and ingredients rival those in neighboring Italy: truffles, Boskarin beef, oysters, Adriatic seafood (even raw fish), cheese, aged prsut, olive oil, and homemade pasta. Of course there will be plenty of the local wine —Malvazia and Terran—to accompany this great food.

Who?

We keep the group small. Up to 15 guests traveling with two experienced hosts.

The trip is designed for experienced travelers with a passion for great food and wine that is still is deeply connected to the people and culture of the place. This tour is particularly multi-cultural because of the continued influences of the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and Italian residents. We will be highlighting these ongoing culinary traditions.

Our guests are adults of all ages who enjoy traveling with a small group, and also enjoy exploring places on their own. Our guests enjoy walking, and are able to walk on uneven ground and up and down the steep hills of some of the towns. Guests on this tour should come with an open-mind, as travel in this region (former Yugoslavia) still has vestiges of a more difficult past. It’s one of the elements that makes this an interesting journey.

What Is Included?

Behind-the-scenes visits to artisanal producers of excellent traditional food and drink, including an olive orchard, goat farm, vineyard, oyster farm, distillery and more.

Most meals – we will enjoy traditional regional specialties made from local, fresh ingredients.

Unforgettable experiences such as hunting truffles in the woods and enjoying a cooking demonstration with a local chef.

Explore beautiful old towns, including Rovinj, Zagreb, Trieste, and Pula, as we walk the historical sites, markets and scenic landscape.

A quick trip to Italy! We’ll visit the culturally related city of Trieste to see how cuisine connects across national borders.

Accommodation in comfortable, 5 star hotels.

A Zingerman’s tour host and our local guide, will be at your disposal at all times.

Transportation by air-conditioned private bus during the tour.

What Is Not Included?

Airfare

Alcoholic beverages (other than beverages with dinner or when they are specifically included in the itinerary)

Personal spending money.

A few meals on your own, which will be indicated in the itinerary.

What About Accommodations?

Istria is a relatively small geographic area, so we will begin in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and then base ourselves in Rovinj, one of the most beautiful small towns in the area. We will be staying in five star hotels in both of these locations.

How Much Does It Cost?*

$4,800 per person sharing a room, $5,200 per person traveling solo

*Prices subject to change.

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