Croatia · September 17th - 26th, 2018 · 9 Spots Left

 When?

September 17th – 26th

(Departing on the morning of the 27th)

Why?

Croatia (just like the entire Central European region) has a colorful and complex history that’s 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. The capital, Zagreb, combines Habsburg and Ottoman heritage, while the Istrian peninsula (claimed 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 amazing food.

Who?

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, adventurous spirits and a deep passion for traditional foods. Our guests are adults of all ages, who enjoy walking, and enjoy 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 multi-cultural because of the continued influences of the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Italian residents. We encourage open minds, adventurous spirits and a deep passion for traditional foods.

Activity Level: Medium

Expect some long strolls of 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. We’ll be taking a long walk though one of Croatia’s National Parks, trekking across different elevations for up to 3 hours.

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.

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

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.

How Much Does It Cost?*

$6600 per person double occupancy

$6900 per person single occupancy

*Prices subject to change.

 

(One thing to note: this itinerary is the current plan, and, things may change. We will make every effort to provide the tours and experiences that are described below. However, the nature of the places we’ll be visiting — not typical tourist destinations — means plans may change at the last minute. Also, you always have the option of skipping a particular excursion, but please note that we will be unable to make refunds for any missed meals or other events.)

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