Croatia · September 9 - 18, 2019 · 12 spots left


September 9th – 18th, 2019 (Departing on September 18th)


Friuli and Istria (just like most of Central Europe) have colorful and complex histories that are reflected in their food and wine traditions. Though not large, their landscapes, climates, cooking, and wines change dramatically from region to region. These locations combine Habsburg and Ottoman heritage while the Istrian Peninsula (claimed by locals to be the gourmet capital of the country) has a cosmopolitan past, with Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian influences. The emblematic dishes of the peninsula, rich in truffles, Boskarin beef, oysters, Adriatic seafood (cooked and raw), cheese, aged prsut, olive oil, and homemade pasta, rival those in neighboring Italy:. Of course, there will be plenty of the local wine—Malvazia and Terran—to accompany this amazing food.


The trip is designed for experienced travelers with a passion for great food made the traditional way—food that is deeply connected to the people and culture of the place. We encourage open minds and adventurous spirits.. Our guests are adults of all ages, who enjoy walking and exploring places on their own as well as with the group. We keep the group small—no more than 12 guests will travel with with two experienced hosts. This tour is particularly multicultural due to the continued influences of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires as well as Italian residents.

Activity Level: Medium

Expect some long strolls lasting up to 3 hours, standing for periods while cooking/baking in the kitchen, walking on uneven ground with occasional steep hills, and plenty of stairs. We will be truffle hunting during this tour which will include fast-paced walking through the forest while keeping up with our truffle dogs. This tour also includes a few boat trips in the Adriatic for several hours at a time.

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, and more.
  • Most meals—we will enjoy traditional regional specialties made from local, fresh ingredients.
  • Unforgettable experiences, such as hunting truffles in the woods, boat rides on the Adriatic Sea, and enjoying a cooking demonstration with a local chef.
  • Explore beautiful old towns, including Rovinj, Trieste, and Pula, as we walk the historical sites, markets and scenic landscape. We’ll also be visiting Slovenia and the region of Friuli, Italy.
  • You will be staying in clean, comfortable, conveniently located, unique accommodations with private baths.
  • A Zingerman’s tour host and our local guide are available at your disposal at all times.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned private bus during the tour.

What Is Not Included?

  • Airfare
  • Personal spending money.
  • A few meals on your own, which will be indicated in the itinerary.


How Much Does It Cost?*

$6950 per person

*Prices subject to change*

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