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Croatia/Slovenia 11-day Autumn Gastronomy Food Tour

  • 12days
  • Croatia

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Autumn Food Tour in Croatia and Slovenia

This is a one of a kind opportunity to sit down and talk with the generous and hospitable owners, wine makers and local producers in their cellars, houses, restaurants, shops and mills. A special invitation into peoples’ place of work & passion that focuses on the history, wine making traditions and culinary magic of these countries.

this is a tour designed to showcase the best food, wine and culinary traditions that these diverse regions have to offer. And there’s no better time of year to immerse in this culinary utopia than the harvest season. Most of the tourists have gone home, the leaves are turning color, vineyards are being harvested and the smell of wood stoves and heavenly aromas float through the cool air. This unique tour features a variety of home-cooked dinners, a few very special five-course meals, strolls in the beautiful wine country, ten wine tastings and an array of other tastings including honey, olive oil, jams, fruits and truffles.

Eleven days of stimulating one’s taste buds can be a bit much, so there is time for curious guests to back away from the kitchen table and go explore castles, stroll through old Venetian towns, discover colorful frescoes in tiny churches and make a personal connection between the food, the land and its people

Highlights of the Food Tour:

  • Engage on a personal level with local winemakers in six different micro regions
  • Get your shoes dirty in the forests as you follow truffle-hunting dogs sniffing out your next meal
  • Indulge your sweet tooth with Slovenian 'potica' cakes, homemade ice cream and handmade chocolate truffles
  • Enjoy the secluded view down to the Adriatic Sea from your hotel and Michelin starred restaurant
  • Enjoy traditional home-cooked meals and local spirits at rustic, farmhouses throughout the Slovenian countryside
  • Savour gourmet goat cheeses, olive oils, prosciutto and handmade pasta in Croatia's Istria gourmet region
  • Soak in the atmosphere at a converted 13th century chateau with sparkling wine tastings
  • Discover the nutty flavour of pumpkin seed oil and other traditional dishes with a member of Slow Food in eastern Slovenia's 'chicken-head' region

Included in the Slovenia/Croatia tour:

  • 10 dinners (wine included)
  • 8 lunches
  • 10 nights lodging at B&B and farmhouses (en-suite)
  • 10 wine tastings
  • tastings of olive oil, honey, pumpkin oil and truffles,
  • transport with private guide,
  • transfers to/from airport

Note:

  • Tour begins morning of October 7th. Pick up can be from Ljubljana hotel, airport or train station. Airport LJU
  • Tour ends near the city of Maribor where we can arrange transfers to LJU airport or help you with onward journey to Vienna, Budapest or Zagreb
  • Additional nights in Dalmatia can be arranged

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  • Day 1

    Transfer from Ljuljana airport

    Overview of Slovenian history, wine making and geography and an introduction to Vipava Valley’s predominantly white wines (Pinela, Zelen and Malvazija) at Lepa Vida winery. Extravagant and imaginative welcome dinner at Zemono Michelin-star restaurant, Gault & Millau pick for Slovenia’s top restaurant. Overnight in Vipava Valley

  • Day 2

    Vipava Valley

    Tour and tasting at one of the country’s premiere biodynamic winemakers, Guerila. Visit to hill town of Stanjel in the Karst region, a region dominated by air-dried prosciutto, bold red Teran wines, caves and stone houses. Tasting of Teran (fresh, aged and barrique styles) and Vitovska (indigenous white of the Karst) at CV winery. Four course dinner at Majerija restaurant/homestead, where we overnight in Vipava Valley.

  • Day 3

    Brda region

    Tour of UNESCO protected Skocjan caves, an amazing underground world featuring Europe’s deepest underground canyon. Typical Karst lunch at local family’s agriturismo who make virtually everything on the table, including a killer honey ice cream! Arrive into Brda, Slovenia’s most prestigious wine region and get a great intro to the region’s flagship white, Rebula. Check into lodgings at a villa with patio opening up to rolling hills and olive groves. Five course dinner paired with orange/macerated wines including Tokaj Friuliano, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc all made in macerated style. Overnight in Brda.

  • Day 4

    Brda region

    Optional visit to outdoor First World War museum before exploring the narrow streets of Brda’s most charming hill town, Smartno. Lunch of traditional white polenta in a sauce of prosciutto and peas with a surprise dessert that will prompt you to ask the chef for her recipe. Explore the originator of orange wines on the Italian side of Brda (known as Collio) before sitting down for wonderful comfort food at a Slovenian family-run restaurant in Italy. Overnight in Brda

  • Day 5

    Brda region

    Start the day with Slovenia’s best sparkling wines and a tour of the region’s oldest cellar at Bjana winery. Mouthwatering cheeses (herbal, aged and fresh cheeses) at BIO-certified dairy before exploring an Italian city founded by none other than Julius Caesar himself and meet with a local Friulian family that helped save the most typical indigenous red wine of the region called Schioppettino. Arrive back in Brda for a home-cooked dinner and samplings of more wines. Overnight in Brda

  • Day 6

    Istria region

    Visit to gorgeous little seaside town of Piran. Learn about organic farming and olive oil production at an olive farm situated on the Adriatic with views down to 14th century Venetian salt flats. Tour of farm followed by a beautiful lunch of all eco certified products. Overnight in Istria

  • Day 7

    Istria region

    Morning to browse the shops of Groznjan and try a hot-out-of-the-fryer fritule (Croatian doughnut hole). Get your taste buds ready for a wholly unique pairings of honey and wine – served as one spoonful together – from a great central Istrian winemaker who also keeps bees.

    Epic goat cheese feast at Kumparicka farm that is far off the tourist grid with home cooked stews, soups and tasty surprises, not to mention about a dozen types of soft and semi-hard goat cheeses to go with hot-out-of-the-oven bread. Consistently one of our guests’ favorite experiences on any of tours! Later afternoon visit to historic Venetian town of Rovinj, Croatia’s most beautiful seaside town. Enjoy a light dinner or night cap on your own.. Overnight in Istria

  • Day 8

    Kvarner region

    Browse the hill town of Motovun with glorious views all around. Head to the forests with a local truffle hunter and dogs to sniff out lunch. Regardless of what we find there will be a truffle-themed lunch in the countryside. Chill out with fantastic views down to the sea at our secluded hotel perched up on Mt. Ucka. Relax with your favorite wine and watch the sun go down over the Adriatic. Four course seafood dinner at a one-star Michelin restaurant. Overnight in Kvarner region

  • Day 9

    Jeruzalem village

    Cross back into Slovenia to discover the oldest still-producing vine in Europe (400 years old) before an introductory tasting of wines from Slovenia’s Štajerska region and lunch at Joannes winery. Visit to Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town situated on the Drava river.

    Arrive into perhaps Slovenia’s most idyllic micro wine region of Jeruzalem. Meet with owner of Kupljen winery and taste his macerated and experimental twists on many of the classic wines (Renski rizling and Šipon) of eastern Slovenia, not to mention his love of Star Wars that has made a mark on the wines. Dinner at his restaurant, surrounded by terraced vineyards. Overnight in Jeruzalem region Slovenia

  • Day 10

    Jeruzalem village

    Discover the flavors of of what is affectionately known as the ‘chicken head’ of the country in the Prekmurje region. Start things off with some 360 degree views and sparkling wines at Doppler winery. Then learn all about the delicious nutty and smokey taste of pumpkin seed oil, the ubiquitous speciality of the region. Meet a young Slovenian couple producing amazing chocolates, marmalades, and fruit juices. Their chocolate pralines feature very local items like Traminer grapes, pumpkin oil, dried pears and elderflower.

    Farewell dinner at family-run Gostilna Rajh that serves up quintessential dishes such as bograc, a spicier, thicker cousin to goulash, and gibanica, a multi-layered cake which seemingly has every ingredient packed into it. Overnight in Jeruzalem, Slovenia

  • Day 11

    Farewell

    Day of departure after breakfast

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Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Oct 07 2021 Oct 17 2021 10 Single rooms 3,610€
Double rooms 3,110€

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