DAY 1 – ARRIVAL ZAGREB – CROATIA (16 KM) (D)
Today you arrive at the largest city in Croatia, Zagreb. After arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. After check-in at your hotel, take a relaxing walk in the modern Donji Grad, or Lower Town. The current street pattern dates from the 19th century. This area is home to many urban and historical monuments of the city. After this you will continue to Gornji Grad or the upper town. In this older part of the city there are two medieval settlements, Gradec and Kaptol. One of the highlights of the upper town is the high double spiers of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, an old church dedicated to the Ascension. Free afternoon to explore the rest of the city on your own. At the end of the afternoon you are expected in one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in the city with a view of the centre. Later you will be expected for dinner in a wine restaurant.
Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 – ZAGREB – PLITVICE (171 KM) (B, L, D)
Today you will leave Zagreb and travel towards the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way you stop at a winery where you are offered a tour and a wine tasting. The grape varieties grown here include the Welsh Riesling, Grüner Silvaner, Kerner and the Rhine Riesling, as well as Pinot Blanc and Portugizac. After this, you will travel to another family winery in Pavlovcani. For more than three generations, this family has owned their own vineyards and cultivated the Rajnski Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Black, and Plavec Žuti. During the wine tasting that will be organized for you here, you will have the chance to taste some of their sparkling wines. In the afternoon you will arrive at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here, nature has created 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. One of the highlights is the 78-meter-high waterfall called Veliki Slap. The tour of the park includes a walking tour, a boat trip and a panoramic tour of the area. Tonight you will have dinner at a restaurant where you can taste many delicacies of the Lika region, made using traditional recipes and products including prosciutto, cheese, iron bell baked lamb, grilled dishes, roasted potato halves, trout, fermented milk, Lika fritters, Lika cheese, apple or plum strudels, Croatian wine …
Overnight in Plitvice.
DAY 3 – PLITVICE – SPLIT (251 KM) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel from Plitvice to the village of Nadin in Zadar county where you will visit a winery making organic wines. This winery offers you an authentic Dalmatian atmosphere, an award-winning wine selection and homemade specialties. The organic Škaulj wines Merlot, Syrah, Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maraština have been recognized and praised by a number of leading oenologists. Then continue to Split, an old town, one of the richest archaeological sites in Croatia. In this city you can feel the Roman and early Christian spirit that takes you back to the past as you walk along the ancient Basilica Urbana, the Baptistery, the Forum … One of the three Roman amphitheatres on the eastern Adriatic coast gives you the opportunity to experience the emotions of the ancient gladiators who pervaded this beautiful construction. In front of the Tusculum is a beautiful garden where you can relax. In the evening you will be a guest at a wine workshop and restaurant famous for its history of 1700 years. Here you can choose from a combination of different Croatian wines and real Dalmatian dishes. A professional sommelier will introduce you to the best wines and tell you all about the history of this region in the field of winemaking and grape picking.
Overnight in Split.
DAY 4 – SPLIT – DUBROVNIK – TREBINJE (264 KM) (B, D)
After breakfast, start with a morning drive from Split to Dubrovnik Old Town. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been remarkably well restored. Here you have free time to explore the city with a prior explanation from the tour leader. From Dubrovnik you travel to the nearby town of Trebinje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your panoramic city tour starts at the ancient fortresses and the old stone Arslanagić bridge from the 16th century, then you will see the old clock tower, the 18th century city castle, the 18th century Osman pasha mosque and the city walls, and a square surrounded by 115-year-old plane trees. Tonight, you will be a guest at a family winery. Their tradition of wine production goes back hundreds of years. They produce different types of wine, including Zilavka, Vranac, Chardonnay, Merlot and Rose. Their latest innovation is an organic wine produced with a mix of old vine varieties. In addition to making wine, they also produce house brandy and bitters.
Overnight in Trebinje.
DAY 5 – TREBINJE – MOSTAR (171 KM) (B, L)
After breakfast you travel to Mostar, a city that was besieged for 18 months in the 1990s. Much of Mostar was ruined during this period. But the city still has a very Ottoman vibe with its winding cobbled streets and skyline dotted with domes and minarets. Here, take a look at the bazaar, at a mosque, and in the old town and see one of the country’s most famous landmarks, the Stari Most (the Old Bridge). This bridge is a reconstruction of the original Ottoman bridge that was built in the mid-16th century, but was destroyed by shelling in 1993. In the afternoon you visit a winery with restaurant. Your visit begins with a tour of the harvest yard and the barrel room, where the wine-making process is explained. Afterwards, you will participate in a wine tasting with wines such as the Blatina, Zilavka, Plavac and you will have the chance to try some local refreshments. Free evening.
Overnight in Mostar.
DAY 6 – MOSTAR – BANJA LUKA (239 KM) (B, L, D)
After breakfast you travel today to Banja Luka in the north of Bosnia. The winery you visit today is part of the wine route of the Banja Luka region and offers visitors the opportunity to taste their local wines. The wines of this region are full of flavour and have floral aromas. Moreover, you can fully enjoy and relax here thanks to the beauty of the vineyards and soothing landscapes. In the vineyards on the slopes of Sikar you will find red varieties of vines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Blue Frankish, but also white varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Rhine Riesling. After this, you will leave the winery to visit the city itself. After checking in at the hotel, you will start an orientation walk through the city. Tonight, dinner will be offered to you in a restaurant where you can taste local specialties and even more wines from this region.
DAY 7 – BANJA LUKA – MOSLAVINA – ZAGREB (220 KM) (B, L, D)
After breakfast you travel to the Croatian capital Zagreb. Along the way you will explore the Moslavina region, full of picturesque towns, family farms and amazingly beautiful wildlife. The local vineyards are all about the native white variety Škrlet, a light and fresh dry wine with floral aromas. There are also the usual continental varieties typical of Central Croatia: Graševina, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Furmint, Muscat, Pinot noir, Blaufraenkisch. Today’s excursion is for the truly curious wine lover looking for new experiences off the beaten track, but also for those who love rural tranquillity. Specialties you can taste on this excursion include: Moslavina version of orange wines, especially Škrlet, homemade brandy (cherry, honey, peach, strawberry, cornelian), combined with cheese and meat. Then you travel to Zagreb. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner in some of the wine restaurants in Zagreb.
Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 8 – ZAGREB – ZAGREB AIRPORT (16 KM) (B)
After breakfast, and depending on your flight times, you will get a transfer to the airport for your flight back home… or an extension of your trip to one of the other beautiful wine countries near Croatia like Montenegro or Slovenia. Ask us about the possibilities for a non-binding customized quote.
Included / Excluded
What’s included / not included in this wine tour ?
- 8 wine tastings and wine cellar visits
- Transfer airport – hotel – airport
- 7 nights in a standard double room in good quality hotels
- Meals where indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Transport as described in the program
- Experienced English-speaking guide unless otherwise stated, other languages on request
- Entrance fees to the listed sights
- Specialized wine guide
- Single room surcharge
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks unless explicitly stated
- Meals other than mentioned in the program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Cancellation and travel insurance (we can arrange this for you if desired)
- Taxes to be paid locally, such as the tourist tax
- Everything that is not reported under the heading including
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