Do you know that Chardonnay and Zinfandel wines (or Primitivo) have Croatian roots? Croatia is still one of the best-kept-secrets when it comes to vineyards and wine. Imagine sipping on your bitter wine with spectacular views of the Dalmatian Coast on your very own luxury yacht, touring around the best vineyards and restaurants, while exploring Croatia's heritage, like UNESCO's World Heritage cities.
Day 1. Bale
Transfer from the airport to Bale, a charming little village in Istria region. Enjoy a memorable wine pairing dinner.
Day 2. Istria Inland Tour
A private tour of Istrian Inland. Idyllic interior of rolling hills, dotted with small towns and hilltop villages while the coastline boasts with quaint seaside retreats. Enjoy private wine tasting at the Kabola family winery and taste their excellent teran, muscat and malmsey, carrying their own label. Proceed to the charming hilltop town of Groznjan where you will enjoy its artistic atmosphere, as it abounds in quirky galleries and art studios.
Day 3. Rovinj & Pula
A private tour of Rovinj & Pula – shiny gems of Istria. Stroll around the vibrant historic towns of Rovinj and Pula, boasting with rich cultural heritage. With a visit to the majestic Roman amphitheatre, built in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights and knights tournaments. Wander around the winding cobblestone streets and enjoy vistas of the most “photogenic town in Adriatic”. Finally, taste some award winning wine and olive oil in an old winery.
Day 4. Bale - Plitvice - Zadar
Private transfer to Zadar. En-route, you will stop to visit Plitvice Lakes national park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Harmony of the blues and the greens in intact nature of deep woodland makes this one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Follow a well-laid out system of wooden walkways through the park and immerse yourself into a true fairy tale. The unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forests and diversity of animal life creates a mesmerizing ever-changing landscape that will take your breath away.
Day 5. Zadar
A private tour of Zadar. An ancient Illyrian foundation under the name of Iader and later an important jewel in the Venetian crown as Zara, Zadar is a town-monument with rich historical and cultural heritage. Relax at the peaceful waterfront promenade and discover Zadar’s contemporary attractions – the sound-andlight spectacle of the “Sea Organ” and modern installation of the “Greeting to the Sun”. Afterwards, join your driver and take a short drive to Kraljevski vinogradi winery, where you will taste some of the finest Croatian wines and tour their vineyards.
Day 6. Zadar - Split
Transfer to Split, meet your host and your culinary adventure can start! Your host today is a local celebrity chef, who will take you around the delightful green market. Together you will shop for the best local ingredients that will serve to make your today’s lunch. Then you will tour the beautiful old town of Split. This unique 1700-years-old town features a living monument of the Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Then tansfer you to your unique lunch venue on the slopes of Kozjak Mountain. Your chef and sommelier will take you for an exclusive gourmet experience in an exquisite food & wine pairing. After lunch your guide and driver will take you to Split port where your private motorboat awaits. Hop onboard and spend night in Split.
Day 7. Split - Brac
Sail out towards Brac, famous for its radiant white stone and its glittering beaches, this island is a beautiful Mediterranean discovery. Visit the town of Bol – a real Mecca for all the sea lovers. Hidden in the solitude of the southern coast, Bol is home to the word-famous beach: the Golden Horn. The shape of this fine pebble beach constantly changes, conforming the waves and gentle sea currents. Don’t miss an opportunity to swim in the picture-perfect beach! Also, here is located the first Dalmatian wine cooperative, more than 100 years old! Momentarily it’s the home of Stina winery, where you will try their awarded wines.
Day 8. Hvar & Pakleni Islands
Sail out further to the south. Enjoy a half day cruise around Pakleni Islands, a chain of eleven playful islets watching over the Hvar port. This breathtaking archipelago with intact nature and sapphire waters is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Enjoy the azure waves, beautiful coves surrounded by pine forests and gentle breeze scented by aromatic herbs. Ride through the beautiful landscape of vineyards, olive-groves and lavender fields to Jelsa, small town with a long winemaking tradition. Visit gorgeous wine cellars of Tomic family, modeled on Ancient Roman dining rooms, and enjoy a private wine tasting with a light snack. Your island exploration ends in the shiniest island gem – the town of Hvar.
Day 9. Hvar - Korcula
Sail further south towards Korcula. On the way enjoy a cruise around charming Scedro Island and stop for a swim in one of the gorgeous beaches on Korcula Island. Have a private walking tour of Korcula town. Did you know that Korcula is known as the hometown of Marco Polo – the famous world traveler? This was allegedly the origin of his Silk Road. Your tour will end in a superb seaside restaurant for some delicious food and wine pairing. The Chef and the Sommelier will take you for a journey through finest local bites and wines of this divine island.
Day 10. Korcula - Peljesac - Dubrovnik
Your skipper will take you across to the mainland and the village of Orebic. Transfer to Dubrovnik through Peljesac Peninsula, the best wine-growing region in Croatia. The rugged terrain and rocky coastline create a dramatic backdrop to the cultivation of centuries-old vines in the “Croatian Napa Valley”. In the village of Orebic, you will visit Korta Katarina estate and winery for private wine tasting.
Day 11. Dubrovnik
A private walking tour of Dubrovnik. Famed for its sheer beauty, glorious history of a onetime republic and majestic ramparts, Dubrovnik righteously bears the title of the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. The UNESCO-protected Old Town features mediaeval stone buildings, red-tiled roofs and narrow passageways with beautiful views of the Adriatic.
Day 12. Departure
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your flight back home.