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

(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.)

Day 1 / Venice/Trieste/Friuli (Sept 9th)
This afternoon we will meet at the Venice airport for a private transfer to our first home base in Trieste, Italy. Upon arrival you’ll be able to check in and get ready for our welcome dinner and a get to know your fellow travelers.

Day 2 / Trieste (Sept 10th)
After breakfast we’ll head out into the lively city of Trieste, Italy. Nestled in the this Venetian influenced bay we’ll take a historical walking tour with a local guide through the city itself learning about the rich history and setting the story for the coming days.
After our walk we’ll enjoy lunch at one of our favorite casual haunts known for it’s Austro-Hungarian influences and also a favorite of the locals.
The coming afternoon we’ll take a dive in the the local coffee and pastry culture of this area before heading into the hills for a beautiful meal showcasing some of the local wines along with an approachable introduction to the grape varieties and wine history of the region.

Day 3 / Friuli – San Daniele and wine (Sept 11th)
After breakfast we will set out to discover one of the biggest treasures of Friuli – San Daniele prosciutto and Wine! We’ll start the day with our first or two wine tastings finishing with a lunch and one of our favorite local wine producers. From there, we’ll visit a local prosciutto producer and take a deep dive into learning what makes this cured pork so famous and special.
Tonight we’ll have a light lunch in the hills of Friuli before returning back to Trieste for the night.

*Tomorrow we head to Slovenia!

Day 4 Slovenia – Orange wines (Sept 12th)
After breakfast we’ll start the day traveling to Slovenia. By now you’ll have a good grasp on the local wine varieties of the region and some of the basics in the local culinary history. From here we’re going to introduce you to another world in wine. Orange Wine! Getting its reputation by leaving the grape skin in contact with the juice creating a beautiful orange like liquid this experience is sure to stick in your memory. During our visit we’ll meet a few of the local producing some of our favorite wines in this region and enjoy a lovely lunch in the vineyard before heading back to Trieste for an evening on your own to shop and pack up and grab your passports because tomorrow we head to Croatia!

Day 5 / Truffles & Rovijn (Sept 13th)
After breakfast we pack up say ciao to Italy and depart for Rovijn, Croatia. We’ll set out to discover two of the biggest treasures of Istria: olive oil and Truffles! We will visit one of Istria’s most well known olive oil producers and their olive orchards (and see some of the traditional stone sheds called kazun, that dot the landscape), learn about the soil and the trees, and find out how this first class olive oil is produced. If we’re lucky, the harvest will be in full swing and we’ll observe some of the pressing and production. We’ll return to their estate for an olive oil tasting and lunch in their tasting room. In addition to olive oil, the producers will fill us in on the local history and politics.

Day 6 / Rovijn & Adriatic Sea (Sept 14th)
We’ll spend today on our own, enjoying the sea, resting or shopping in Rovinj. This is a good opportunity to reflect and take note of the past 5 days.
That evening we’ll meet up for a special dinner together which is always a highlight of the trip. Want more details? Sorry! Enjoy the mystery. We like to keep you on your toes..but trust us, this is a good evening!

Day 7 / Day at Sea – Oyster farm – Seafood lunch – Traditional dinner at an Agriturismo
(Sept 15th)
Get ready for a big day! We’ll start the morning with breakfast on your own and perhaps a dip in the Adriatic if you’re game. Then we’ll meet up for a private boat ride on the canal followed by a lunch featuring local oysters and a visit to an oyster farm. From there we’ll take a short walk to enjoy a seafood lunch at a locally and lively Viking restaurant. We’ll stop by a winery owned by two brothers who are making their mark with the local varieties that do well to represent the local terroir. After that, we’ll have dinner together at a family-run agriturismo establishment where they make everything from scratch, from bread to prsut and olive oil to pasta. Dinner will be a selection of local ham and cheese, carpaccio of boskarin (a local breed of cattle) with truffles, fuzi with truffles, and gnocchi with boskarin. Afterwards we’ll drink walnut and mistletoe liqueur made by the locals.

Day 8 / Rovinj – Pula – Fazana (Sept 16th )
After breakfast we’ll start the day at the local market in Pula with our local chef and instructor for the day. We’ll explore the offerings of the market while picking out our ingredients for today’s cooking lesson.
From there we’ll head back into Pula for a tour of the local amphitheater. Pula lays claim to the 6th largest surviving Roman arenas in all the world. After our history lesson, we’ll return to Goran’s home and spend the afternoon cooking and learning a few new Istrain tricks to take back to our home kitchens. We’ll have a hand at making some local pasta with truffles and learn to cook fish in a crupnija (a clay bell), a traditional method of cooking in Istria.

Day 9/ Kumoparicka farm (Sept 17th)
We’ll meet in the lobby this morning after breakfast and make our way to our favorite goat farmer in the region. Kumparicka Goat Farm is a beautiful farm tucked in the forested hills between Mutvora and Krnica. The farm itself is 200 hectares and is home to over 250 goats. We’ll spend the afternoon walking around the farm, learning about the herd and meeting his dogs. From there we’ll head to the production facility where we’ll taste a variety of his cheeses and enjoy a beautiful home cooked meal with the owner. Afterwards, make our way to a local winery focusing on Malvasia and the local Teran. From there we’ll return back to Rovijn for our farewell meal of fresh seafood and, of course, Malvasia.

Day 10/ (Sept 18th) – Thursday, September 18th – Transfer to Venice through Trieste and Udine

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