Culinary & Cultural Croatia

10 days from $6,520 per person*
  • Enjoy a private truffle hunting demonstration with hunter and dog.
  • Sip Croatian wines during tastings.
  • Visit Pag Island with private guide, complete with a cheese tasting.
  • Indulge in an oyster tasting in Ston, famous for their oysters.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Croatia is slowly revealing itself to more travelers who are eager to explore hidden parts of Europe. Within Croatia is the stunning coastal area of Istria which is a veritable feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.

The beauty of Rovinj-Rovigno calls out from the vast blue horizon, spinning you through its narrow winding streets and twirling you into the warm embrace of Lim Bay. Medieval ruins, stone walled towns, Mediterranean cuisine with a certain unique twist and friendly locals all make this region a fascinating and rewarding place to relax and unwind. Luxurious, creative hotels (some of the best in the country), knowledgeable guides and drivers and a balance of guided and independent time along with some culinary delights make this trip an obvious choice for travellers who love culture, food and fabulous places to stay! ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Venice to Rovinj
    Venice to Rovinj
    • Venice - Rovinj [2.5 hrs] - Luxury Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Croatia - Welcome Package(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Rovinj
    Rovinj
    • Tour - Private - Istria with Truffle Hunting (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Rovinj to Zadar
    Rovinj to Zadar
    • Rovinj - Zadar [with Plitvice Lakes National Park (8hrs)] - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Zadar
    Zadar
    • Tour - Private - Pag Island with Cheese Tasting (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Local Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Zadar to Split
    Zadar to Split
    • Zadar - Split [Sibenik & Trogir] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Split
    Split
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (3hrs) - Guide
  • Day 7 Split to Dubrovnik
    Split to Dubrovnik
    • Split - Dubrovnik [3.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Tour - Private - Dubrovnik Walking Tour & Ston Oyster Tasting (with Lunch, 8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Tour - Private - Konavle Region with Cavtat (with Lunch, 6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik
    • Transfer - Private - Airport Departure - Vehicle/Driver(2)
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Day 1: Venice - Rovinj

Relax on your transfer from Venice to Rovinj with a private vehicle and driver. The approximate transfer time is 2.5 hours.

Please note that drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer, this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)

Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the Monte Mulini hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. At the same time it is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. The hotel features a bold architectural concept, with warm, natural materials, carefully selected details and a perfect synergy of design, functionality and elegance.  Featuring modern French cuisine and boasting the widest wine list in Croatia, the restaurants at the Hotel Monte Mulini have helped redefine the area’s culinary scene. Meanwhile, the spa which was inspired by the Mediterranean, is made up of a three-story Art, Wellness & Spa Centre and includes hydrotherapy pools, saunas, relaxation zones and 12 treatment rooms. With four pools and a range of sun loungers and bar seating, the 4,300 square-foot pool complex overlooks the sea and Lone Bay and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind!

Monte Mulini
Monte Mulini

Day 2: Rovinj

This morning your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel to begin your exploration of the Istrian Peninsula. This region has always attracted those who consider gastronomy as one of the most important reasons for traveling. As you drive through the rugged and hilly terrain you will come to the village of Livade, one of the most important centers of truffle farming in Europe. Here you will enjoy a private truffle hunt demonstration with hunter and his dog who will explain how the truffles are harvested. A short ride away, you will discover the medieval ruins of the town of Motovun, an excellent example of the ancient townships that dotted the Istrian peninsula. You will continue to a charming village of Momjan for a private wine tasting in Kabola Winery. Later this afternoon, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel. Includes private local guide, private car and driver for 8 hrs, private truffle hunting demonstration, entrance fees for Motovunprivate, wine and olive oil tasting with snack.

Accommodation: Monte Mulini (5*)
Truffle Hunting
Truffle Hunting

Day 3: Rovinj - Zadar

Take your time as you leisurely transfer from Rovinj to Zadar today with a guided stop at Plitvice Lakes, a complex of 16 lakes located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters that carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of the nature. (approx. 8 hrs). Entrance fees included.

Accommodation: Bastion (4*)

Hotel Bastion is a unique city boutique-hotel which accentuates the cultural heritage of the city of Zadar.It is located in the historic center, and is built on the remains of the medieval fortress “Kastela” from the thirteenth century; an invaluable monument of medieval fortification in Zadar. The property offers 28 luxury equipped rooms, each with rooms with hand-made furniture and LAN Internet access, an assortment of gastronomic delicacies and a wellness center. It is a mere stone's throw from the Cultural monuments of Zadar and the renowned "Sea Organ" and "Greeting to the Sun". Choose to dine at the Kastel restaurant or on one of the sunny terraces of the hotel and enjoy the menus which are based on Mediterranean cuisine, with local dishes and healthy foods. The aperitif bar "Kristal" offers a wide array of cocktails, afternoon tea or coffee - the perfect early evening backdrop after doing some exploring.

Zadar
Zadar
Bastion Hotel
Bastion Hotel

Day 4: Zadar

This morning meet your guide and driver for a full day tour of Pag Island, an oasis of wild beauty. Unusual shapes, long coastline rich with coves, bays, beaches, and capes, abundance of cultural monuments, and the paradise for food lovers – all this will make your visit to Pag into a once in a lifetime experience. Upon arrival in the Renaissance stone town of Pag, your guide will take you to a local cheese factory for a cheese tasting. Gourmand experts and food lovers all around the world agree that Pag cheese is one of the best in the world! Its solidity, saltiness, and the essential oils give it a specific taste and fragrance with a recognizable flavour. Time for lunch at Boskinac restaurant to taste the famous Pag lamb on a spit, one of the most famous local specialties (not included). In the afternoon your guide will take you for a walk through the town, famous for two things: salt and lace. Pag is a town of handworks and the famous Pag lace has been cherished for centuries, each lace is unique and this handwork is still alive today in the narrow streets of the old town. Later this afternoon your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Bastion (4*)
Pag Island
Pag Island

Day 5: Zadar - Split

This morning meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Split. On your way you will visit Šibenik, a mediaeval town with the famous Cathedral of St. Jacob. A view of Šibenik reveals the unique harmony of urban poetics of the town and its natural surroundings. The walk through town with your guide will unveil the beauty of Šibenik and its landmarks. The most famous monument is by all means the St. Jacob’s Cathedral, a Gothic-Renaissance masterpiece that has earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. After the tour, you will continue to Trogir. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir is a tiny charming town surrounded by impressive fortress walls. As you enter the fortified town through the Land Gate, you will stroll along its narrow streets, flanked by ancient stone houses. After the tour, your guide and driver will take you to Split. Entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Vestibul Palace (4*)

The Vestibul Palace in Split is superbly located in the heart of the Diocletian Palace between the emperor's chambers and the emperor's square. The property was created by merging three palaces from different periods in history; Roman, Gothic and Renaissance with wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from Roman times. The modern design of the interior is interwoven with the original walls and the furniture is handmade and remarkably crafted. The Vestibul Palace is located at the heart of the Diocletian’s palace between the emperor's chambers and the emperor's square, Peristile, a place which used to be reserved only for the gods. The hotel was created by merging three palaces from three different periods: Romantic, Gothic, and Renaissance with the wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from Roman times.

Split
Split
Vestibul Palace
Vestibul Palace

Day 6: Split

An English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a private walking tour to explore the city that is dominated by the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the historical part of the city. The Palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Visit the Silver Gate, the Cathedral, and the Bell Tower of St. Dominus. Discover the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Entrance fees to the Diocletian's Palace substructure and Cathedral are included.

After the tour, you will have some time at leisure to immerse yourself in the town’s famous Mediterranean charm. 

Accommodation: Vestibul Palace (4*)
Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace

Day 7: Split - Dubrovnik

A transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*)

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Meet your private driver and guide this morning for a fun filled day taking in a walking tour of the thousand-year-old city of Dubrovnik (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), followed by an oyster farm tour and tasting in the historic town of Ston.

You'll begin with a walking tour in Dubrovnik, strolling down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Little Brothers”. Continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. Discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo.

From here, you will be driven to Ston whose 41 towers, 7 bastions, and 2 forts make it one of the largest and most intriguing defensive structures in the world. Ston is also known for its salt works, being the oldest salt mine in Europe, dating back 4,000 years. Here you'll receive a private tour onboard a private traditional fishermen's boat and get first hand information of a Ston oyster farm and do an oyster tasting. Ston oysters are considered to be the best aphrodisiac - even by Romans! Enjoy a glass of wine while you slurp on some of the freshest oysters you have ever tasted and take in the sea views.

Having had your aperitif of wine and oysters, continue on to a local restaurant for lunch (included) before returning to your hotel. (Entrance fees, oyster tasting and lunch are included).

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)
Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town

Day 9: Dubrovnik

This morning meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private tour of the Dubrovnik Hinterland – the region of Konavle. The region of contrasts and exceptional beauty, mountains and valleys, green hills and naked stone; inclines down to the cozy coves of small fishermen villages. Your first destination is the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. Like many Dalmatian towns, Cavtat began as a Greek settlement, called Epidaurus, and later became a Roman colony. At the beginning of the 7th century, Avars and Slavs invaded Cavtat and destroyed the town. Refugees from the town formed another settlement - Dubrovnik. Since those times, Cavtat has always been inseparably bounded with the history of Dubrovnik. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town – its cobbled streets with traditional red-roofed houses, narrow stairways and charming promenade along the shore. Your walk will take you to the top of the hill, where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of Račić Family, a work of Ivan Meštrović, the most prominent Croatian sculptor. After the walk, you will continue your exploration of the countryside of Konavle. In the village of Čilipi, you will be welcomed by a local family on their humble rural estate of Bakicevo. You will enjoy their hospitality in a unique ambiance of a traditional stone-built house. Your hosts will take you around their garden where they grow various sorts of vegetables in an old-fashioned way. The ingredients that will be used for your lunch today come from their garden. With the alluring scents of the local cuisine, your hosts will prepare the traditional Dalmatian specialty of peka – food prepared under the iron bell, for you. After this delicious lunch, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Excelsior (5*)
Cavtat
Cavtat

Day 10: Dubrovnik

A private transfer will be provided for you today between your hotel and Dubrovnik airport in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Monte Mulini (5*): Rovinj

Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the Monte Mulini hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. At the same time it is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. The hotel features a bold architectural concept, with warm, natural materials, carefully selected details and a perfect synergy of design, functionality and elegance.  Featuring modern French cuisine and boasting the widest wine list in Croatia, the restaurants at the Hotel Monte Mulini have helped redefine the area’s culinary scene. Meanwhile, the spa which was inspired by the Mediterranean, is made up of a three-story Art, Wellness & Spa Centre and includes hydrotherapy pools, saunas, relaxation zones and 12 treatment rooms. With four pools and a range of sun loungers and bar seating, the 4,300 square-foot pool complex overlooks the sea and Lone Bay and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind!

Monte Mulini
Monte Mulini
Monte Mulini - Lounge
Monte Mulini - Lounge

Bastion (4*): Zadar

Hotel Bastion is a unique city boutique-hotel which accentuates the cultural heritage of the city of Zadar.It is located in the historic center, and is built on the remains of the medieval fortress “Kastela” from the thirteenth century; an invaluable monument of medieval fortification in Zadar. The property offers 28 luxury equipped rooms, each with rooms with hand-made furniture and LAN Internet access, an assortment of gastronomic delicacies and a wellness center. It is a mere stone's throw from the Cultural monuments of Zadar and the renowned "Sea Organ" and "Greeting to the Sun". Choose to dine at the Kastel restaurant or on one of the sunny terraces of the hotel and enjoy the menus which are based on Mediterranean cuisine, with local dishes and healthy foods. The aperitif bar "Kristal" offers a wide array of cocktails, afternoon tea or coffee - the perfect early evening backdrop after doing some exploring.

Bastion Hotel
Bastion Hotel
Bastion Hotel
Bastion Hotel

Vestibul Palace (4*): Split

The Vestibul Palace in Split is superbly located in the heart of the Diocletian Palace between the emperor's chambers and the emperor's square. The property was created by merging three palaces from different periods in history; Roman, Gothic and Renaissance with wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from Roman times. The modern design of the interior is interwoven with the original walls and the furniture is handmade and remarkably crafted. The Vestibul Palace is located at the heart of the Diocletian’s palace between the emperor's chambers and the emperor's square, Peristile, a place which used to be reserved only for the gods. The hotel was created by merging three palaces from three different periods: Romantic, Gothic, and Renaissance with the wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from Roman times.

Vestibul Palace
Vestibul Palace
Vestibul Palace Guest Room
Vestibul Palace Guest Room

Excelsior (5*): Dubrovnik

Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions.  Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.

Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*)
Excelsior (5*) Terrace
Excelsior (5*) Terrace
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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  • Betty H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again Kensington did a magnificent job for us. They planned the tour around just what we wanted to see. The guides were very knowledgeable. The drivers were always on the dot and excellent as well.

  • Connie P. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The sunset cruise on the island of Santorini was fabulous!

  • Elijah S. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Once again, Kensington Tours did not disappoint. Our accommodations in Greece were marvelous, the private vehicles were comfortable, and the selected itineraries were well planned. What truly made our vacation memorable were the tour guides. Everyone was professional, courteous, friendly, and possessed an impressive knowledge of history and culture. Our guides added a new level of appreciation and depth to our travels through Greece. We're already planning a repeat visit. Highest possible recommendation and bravo!

  • Andrea H. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    We really enjoyed our experience. Our guides were fantastic in each place we went and the hotels were also superb. Great experience.

  • Glen G. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Theresa planned a wonderful trip for us. The additional stopovers in Bratislava and Cesky Krumlov were fantastic. Guides were exceptional and really made the travel day worthwhile. All hotels were excellent. Well located within easy walking distance of prime city tourist areas, excellent breakfasts, very clean and comfortable. All of our guides were good - feel Monica in Vienna was exceptional - she really knew her stuff and was a wealth of knowledge.

  • Catherine B. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    Andreia and Jose, our driver, were very professional. Andreia was knowledgeable, spoke very good English, and was very understanding and very helpful. Jose was an excellent driver. The car was very clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed and appreciated the personal attention and the tours provided at our own pace.

  • David J. — May 19, 2016 — Europe

    The hotels were 3 star and in the center of the most interesting parts of the cities - just as I prefer. Guide Ion Dima was 5 star and a pleasure to be touring with.

  • Connie S. — May 18, 2016 — Europe

    Both my guides were extraordinary in their knowledge, rapport and professionalism.

  • Emese P. — May 18, 2016 — Europe

    The two ladies, Rita and Teresa, with the cooking presentation were excellent. Now they will have a new place in downtown Lisbon. I recommend to use them in your further tours. It was a very pleasant trip.

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