Taste your way through Croatia — from the foodie haven of Istria to the ramparts of Dubrovnik — sampling wines, truffles, and oysters from the source and cooking Croatian dishes with a local chef.

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 Wine and rooftops, Croatia  Zagreb cathedral and Dolac Market (at left)  Village of Ston with oyster farms in distance  Oyster farm in Ston  Oysters from Ston  Truffles found near Istria  Croatian vineyards  Old wine cellar in Croatia  Walkway through Plitvice National Park  Sibenik in the evening  The harbor in Split  Aerial view of Split, with the remains of Diocletian's Palace  Section of Diocletian's extensive palace in Split  Fort and Old City of Dubrovnik  Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

Croatia's Culinary Delights: A Tailor-Made Journey

10 days from $7,990

Taste your way through Croatia — from the foodie haven of Istria to the ramparts of Dubrovnik — sampling wines, truffles, and oysters from the source and cooking Croatian dishes with a local chef.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Overview

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia

Upon arrival at the airport in Zagreb, you’ll be met by your private driver and escorted to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. You might go for a stroll along Lenuci’s Horseshoe, a landscaped urban garden that links many of the city’s historic sites. Or stop in at one of the city’s renowned museums, such as the Mimara and the Museum of Broken Relationships. (B)

Day 2 – Zagreb / Istria

Start the day on a walking tour of historic Zagreb with your private guide. Visit Zagreb Cathedral and Saint Mark’s Church in the Upper Town before walking the gardens and plazas of the more Austrian-influenced Lower Town. Venture into the lively Dolac market, where vendors sell fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, as well as local handicrafts like baskets and lace. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive to a medieval village on the Istrian Peninsula and settle into an intimate wine estate. (B)

Day 3 – Istria

With fresh seafood, rolling vineyards and olive groves, and centuries of Italian influence, Istria is the gastronomic capital of Croatia. Immerse yourself in the peninsula’s culinary traditions on a full day tour. Set off with a truffle hunter and his dogs to search for these sought-after delicacies growing wild in the forest, and then return to his farm for a tasting of homemade truffle products. Spend time exploring the medieval lanes of Grožnjan, a hilltop village that has been a vibrant artist’s colony since the 1960s. Stop in at galleries and studios and, if you’re lucky, catch an impromptu performance from one of the resident musicians. Finish your day at one of the region’s top wineries for a tour of the property and a tasting of fine Croatian vintages. (B)

Day 4 – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Your driver transports you inland this morning to one of Croatia’s most spectacular natural sites: the World Heritage site of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Meet a local guide to follow the walkways that wind through the maze of interconnected waterfalls and lakes, and take a short boat ride to the upper trails for a different perspective of the beautiful scenery. After the tour, transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 5 – Šibenik

Travel to the picturesque Dalmatian Coast this morning. Along the way, stop at the family-run Vizzulin Winery to meet with the owners and enjoy a tasting of their wines and homemade charcuterie. With a full stomach, continue on to the fortified seaside town of Šibenik, founded by Croats in the ninth century. Check in to your hotel, set within a 15th-century palace in the heart of the charming old town. (B,L)

Day 6 – Trogir

Transfer to nearby Trogir this morning to experience the timeless atmosphere of the open-air market with a local chef. Hear about the role of city markets as social and cultural hubs as you stroll past piles of colorful seasonal produce at the green market. Then learn how to pick the best of the fishmongers’ latest catch. Later, join the chef at a private villa for an interactive five-course cooking experience, paired with local wines chosen by an expert sommelier. Arrive in Split this afternoon (B,L)

Day 7 – Split

Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split dates to the 4th century and is considered one of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world. Discover its highlights and lesser known gems on a private walking tour of the complex with your expert guide, including a visit to the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Meander through a picturesque warren of cobblestone side streets and plazas along the way. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the historic town, or make the short walk to Marjan Hill to take in the sunset over the Adriatic Sea. (B)

Day 8 – Ston / Dubrovnik

A scenic drive along the coast brings you to the wine route of the stunning Pelješac Peninsula. Stop for a tasting at a celebrated winery overlooking the islands of Korčula and Mljet. Then head to the historic town of Ston, situated on a bay with a unique mineral content that harbors some of the most sought-after oysters in Europe. Visit a family-run oyster farm for a demonstration and a sampling of fresh oysters and mussels paired with local wine. Continue to Dubrovnik this afternoon, and settle into your hotel. (B,L)

Day 9 – Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s iconic walls have protected the city since the Middle Ages. Learn the history of this World Heritage city as you walk the walls with a guide this morning. Visit the Rector’s Palace, the Church of Saint Blaise, and the Franciscan monastery before ascending Mount Srd in a cable car for breathtaking city views. Then venture to a family home in the Konavle Valley for a traditional meal. Join your hosts to prepare and eat a local specialty cooked in a cast-iron peka dish, and cap off the meal with homemade rakija, a herb-infused brandy. Enjoy a final evening at leisure in Dubrovnik.  (B,L)

Day 10 – Depart for the U.S.

This morning, take a private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)