Eat your way from Ljubljana to Split via Motovun, Pula and Zadar
If it’s a gourmet feast you want, a gourmet feast you shall get! This food-inspired escapade through Bled, Piran, Motovun, Pula, Zadar and Split includes visits to salt pans, a truffle farm, a winery, fishing villages and more. Discover why Istria is considered one of the world's leading producers of quality olive oil; eat mouth-watering, slow-cooked meat cooked Dalmatian-style under a metal bell; and perhaps slurp down an oyster or two...or three. Raise a glass of refosk (Slovenian wine) or slivovitz (plum brandy) and shout ‘zivjeli!’ to the simple, home-style cuisine this region is famous for.
Discover why the Balkans are the next big thing in food – explore the major foodie regions of Istria (prsut ham, olive oils, wine, truffles) and Dalmatia (sheep’s milk cheese, lamb, maraschino cherrys)
Delve into the diverse world of food that lies beneath Slovenia’s fairytale landscape, and find out why this country has more than 20 distinct culinary regions
Taste some of the newest players on the world wine scene – teran, refosk, Marastina, and Kurtelaška bijela (and try to pronounce them after a few glasses)
Root out the reasons why Croatia has become the Italy of the East – world-class olive oil and truffles abound
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of this region's cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. The Croatian coast is also very hilly and mountainous, so many steps are a feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines, so packing light is recommended. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Croatia's topography very demanding.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single supplement room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
Days 6 & 7: Zadar
Day 8: Split
Our Real Food Adventure - Slovenia & Croatia trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
We enjoyed sharing this fun and informative introduction to local Slovenian, Istrian, and Croatian food and wine -- and their production -- with other passionate foodies. Highlights for us included truffle-hunting and a delicious truffle-laden lunch in Motovun, a tour and wine-tasting in a boutique winery in the southern Istrian peninsula, a hike through Plitvice National Park in Croatia, and a cooking class in Split.
Review submitted 20 Jul 2017
Truffle hunting and boutique winery experiences were highlights of this tour. From wandering through the forest hunting for truffles, getting to eat your finds and sitting under a cherry tree for hours sampling wines. This tour was delightful and provided wonderful experiences to interact with locals and discover the way they eat and drink. It was only enhanced by the people on the tour who you already had two things in common with - the love of food and travel!
Review submitted 17 Jul 2017