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

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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Zagreb, Croatia

Situated among historic buildings in the center of Zagreb, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel was originally built to host travelers on the Orient Express.  The hotel has been the centre of Zagreb's tourism and social life since it opened in 1925, welcoming presidents, politicians, and celebrities. Its common areas capture the glamour of the early 20th-century and beautifully appointed rooms feature modern amenities and marble bathrooms.  The hotel is home to a bistro and bar and lounge as well as one of the top restaurants in Zagreb. A health club and spa services are also offered on site.

Number of nights: 1

Meneghetti Wine Hotel

Bale, Croatia

Set among vineyards and olive groves near the Istrian coast, Meneghetti Wine Hotel is an intimate and luxurious wine estate with a colorful history. The stunning main mansion and surrounding villas are built from local stone, and spacious rooms feature exposed beams and elegant furnishings. Two outdoor swimming pools with sundecks offer views of the countryside, and the spa includes a sauna, indoor pool, and a variety of treatments. The gourmet restaurant showcases local ingredients and wines and olive oil produced at the estate.

Number of nights: 2

Fenomen Plitvice

Poljanak, Croatia

The Fenomen Plitvice is a luxury accommodation located amid the spectacular lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park. Wood-built studios and suites offer rustic elegance and a range of accommodation options, and the main lodge features an inviting lounge with a fireplace and an excellent restaurant. The hotel proposes a number of activities, from bike rides and trekking to a table tennis and a sauna.

Number of nights: 1

Life Palace Heritage hotel

Šibenik, Croatia

In the heart of  Šibenik’s Old Town, the Life Palace Heritage Hotel is housed within a 15th-century palace with just 17 guest rooms. Each room is designed with a nod to its Renaissance roots, with original architectural details and period furnishings, as well as hand-painted murals. The hotel features a.wellness area with a hot tub and Finnish sauna, a coffee shop that offers cakes and pastries, and a hotel terrace where guests can enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine..

Number of nights: 1

Hotel Marmont Heritage

Split, Croatia

Hotel Marmont Heritage offers a perfect base for exploring the Old Town of Split. Just a minute’s walk from the World Heritage site of  Diocletian’s Palace, the hotel offers modern amenities and well-appointed rooms with lovely views. The restaurant offers Mediterranean fare with Dalmatian flavors, served in an inviting space within 15th-century walls. Guests can relax in the handsome bar and lounge or a terrace overlooking the cathedral and the rooftops of the Old Town.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Excelsior

Dubrovnik , United States

Originally an early 20th-century royal villa, Hotel Excelsior is perched on the shores of the Adriatic with extraordinary views of the ancient walls of Dubrovnik—which are just a short walk away. The hotel stylish blend of historic and contemporary has drawn the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. Guests enjoy access to the beach, serene gardens, and three restaurants, as well as a gorgeous terrace overlooking the sea. Rooms are decorated with elegant simplicity, and hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a golf course, a glamorous spa, and a fitness centre.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

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.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.