Croatia - Trail to Table on the Dalmatian Coast

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On this tour you will travel by bike and foot to experience the paradise that is called Dalmatia. Learn the history of Raguza as you stroll through the streets of Dubrovnik. Learn about the salt mines, and old family farms on Peninsula Peljesac. Experience the mystery and charm of Korcula ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Foodie Adventure Multisport
  • Availability
    April 8, April 29, September 23, October 14, 2018
  • Duration
    6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Distance
    30km/day

Day 1 - Arrival day to Dubrovnik. City walking tour 1.5 hours.

Meet your guides in the afternoon and start your Trail to Table exploration of Dalmatia with a walking tour of “The Pearl of the Adriatic": ancient Raguza, or as it is known today, Dubrovnik. You'll take a little 'urban hike' atop the ancient city walls and soak in the views of the city and the Adriatic Sea below. You'll descend to the main city street, Stradun, to spend some leisure time exploring its quaint old shops and churches, but leave time to go visit the ancient city port or Rector’s Palace. You will see several inviting restaurants downtown. But don't give in to the temptation! There's a delicious welcome dinner with your first tastes of Croatian cuisine awaiting you in the evening.  

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Day 2 - Peninsula Peljesac. Educational bike ride 1.5 hours.

This morning you depart for the Peljesac peninsula, famous for its red wine Plavac Mali and Dingač. Once on Peljesac, you'll visit salt mines and hear a story of salt production, guided by the mine owner. Then you'll visit the oldest winery on the peninsula with 500-year-old cellars and learn about the wine makers' cherished traditional lifestyle. Surrounded by breathtaking hills and the Adriatic Sea in the heart of the Pelješac peninsula, this family-owned estate is the perfect scenic getaway. You'll visit the vineyard, taste locally grown and made ingredients and dishes, and learn about their methods of wine production. Lunch is followed by a leisurely cycling tour of the vineyard guided by the owner. In the afternoon, we take the ferry to Korcula island, famous for its pine trees, Pošip vineyards and the famous traveler Marco Polo. Tonight’s dinner in Korčula town will be at a historic palace and will feature wine pairing with dishes made from ingredients foraged along the Adriatic coasts with bold flavors from the sea and indigenous produce.

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Day 3 - Island Korcula. hike to Pupnat; 11 km, total vertical climb 420 m, approximately 3.5-4 hours.

Start your day exploring Korcula Town, a striking medieval Dalmatian town with clusters of homes carved out of local stone. To earn your ample lunch spread today, you'll embark on a hike through the local nature park with notable dolomite rock formations and plenty of wildlife sightings in the dense woods. The hike will lead you to the ancient Napoleon path and along olive groves, small vineyards, and beautiful fields of sage, oregano, and other herbs you'll be tasting hints of in almost every meal of this adventure. You’ll take a break at a local food producer's shop and have a chance to taste rakija (liquer), olive oil, homemade marmalade, bread, and herbal tea on a picturesque organic farm estate. Refueled after these samplings, your hike proceeds to its end at the village of Pupnat, where you'll enjoy a unique lunch prepared by the Farac family in their restaurant. Most of the ingredients they use in meals are grown in the fields you walked through. The cook is known as a “magician” for his unique flavors that are herb heavy and feature homemade pasta. You'll then relax during a boat transfer to Hvar town, check into your hotel, and enjoy some independent exploring and dinner on your own (with suggested restaurants provided).

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Day 4 - Island Hvar. Hiking 12 km, total vertical climb 100m, approximately 3-4 hours

  Wake up in the sunniest Dalmatian island - Hvar. This morning, you'll depart for a hike towards Milna and Grablje, located on the southern coast of Hvar. Besides today's exceptional lunch break, the highlight will surely be the stories shared by your local host and guide. He'll share with you not only his cooking secrets, but also what life used to be like in the village of stone houses before it was abandoned, as well as the lifestyle of people today. Upon return back to Hvar town, you may choose to take an optional stroll to Fortica Španjola, a fortress located on the hill above the Hvar town. A hike to the fortress will give you unforgettable panoramic views of the city, surrounding countryside, and the Pakleni Islands. Located in the fortress, there is also a museum with collection of amphorae and other antique exhibits from the Middle Ages. Dinner tonight is at a cozy family-owned and -operated restaurant tucked away on a narrow street. The father was the first master chef in Croatia and the son is a sommelier. Together they have crafted a true foodie destination to savor Croatian cuisine. There's no set menu - they serve whatever is found at the market each day!

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Day 5 - Island Hvar and Split. Bike tour 25km, partly flat-partly hilly, total vertical climb 210m, approximately 2.5 - 3 hours

Today you'll depart for the ancient Greek colony of Pharos, located on the north coast of Island Hvar! In Stari Grad (Pharos), get ready for a leisurely 20 km. loop bike ride. The island is noted for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods, and extensive lavender fields as well as its history dating back to Greek times. Cycle along the scenic and mostly flat roads on the north side of the island and past the coastal villages Jelsa and Vrboska. We will have lunch in Stari Grad Plain, a cultural landscape named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has remained practically intact since it was first colonized in the 4th century BC. Early in the afternoon, you'll board the ferry to Split, a city now 1700 years old and today’s administrative and cultural center of Dalmatia. You'll have the late afternoon and evening free to explore this treasure of a city. Dinner is on your own (with recommendations for restaurants).  

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Day 6 - Split. Guided Tour, Cooking Class.

Today is a particularly special day on this tour with a foodie itinerary you won't find in any travel guide! Start with a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, where you discover the buzz of Split’s local food markets. Then you’ll meet your local chef and discuss a strategy for your cooking class while drinking coffee in one of the numerous charming squares in Split. After finalizing the meal plan, you'll continue to the Green market (Pazar), Fish market (Peskarija), and butcher (Mesnica), where you will choose and buy the freshest ingredients for your lunch. Mingle and talk with the local producers and experience a day at the market like a Split native while buying fresh groceries. Next, enjoy the preparation of your meal guided by the chef in a family home in Varos, one of the oldest parts of the town.This is a personal and intimate cooking and eating experience, unlike any other in Dalmatia. With a full stomach after your culinary adventure, the afternoon is free for exploring. We'll all meet back for a memorable farewell dinner at the end of the day.

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Day 7 - Split and departure.

Today your tour ends after a final taste of Dalmatia over breakfast. (If you have time try to “squeeze in” another coffee on Riva before departing!)  

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 6 nights in 3* and 4* accommodation in Dubrovnik (1 night), Korcula (1 night), Hvar (2 nights), Split (2 nights)
- All transportation except airport transfers in Split or Dubrovnik
- All lunches and dinners with wine as stated in itinerary
- 1 wine tastings, 1 olive oil tasting
- Equipment rentals
- 1 Cooking class in Split
- Guided sightseeing of Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
- 1 tour leader through the whole tour

Not included services;

- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Tips or any kind of gratuity for tour leaders

Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in charming 3 and 4 star hotels. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Nederland*** (Upgrade: Hotel Fantinello****)
- Hotel Ai Dogi*** (Upgrade: Hotel Ai Dogi - Superior room)
- Hotel Eliani*** (Upgrade: Hotel Laguna Palace****)
- Albergo al viale*** (Upgrade: Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta****)
- Hotel Tartini*** (Upgrade: Hotel Piran****)
- Hotel Cittar*** (Upgrade: Hotel Nautica****)
- Hotel Angelo d'Oro**** (Upgrade: Hotel Adriatic****)
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Croatia Trail to Table Taste of Dalmatia (rates per person based on double occupancy)
3335 Euros
 
April & May
September
October
4 Pax3850 Euros 3999 Euros3850 Euros
6 Pax3632 Euros 3791 Euros3632 Euros
8 Pax 3172 Euros 3172 Euros
12 Pax TBD Euros TBD Euros
Euros1671 Euros 1890 Euros
Other Seasons inquire inquire
Hybrid bike rental Included Included
Road bike rental Included Included
Single Supplement 420 Euros 420 Euros 420 Euros
*Single supplement is based on more than 2 travelers. Group departure requires 6 pax minimum.

Custom groups of 4 or more possible:Larger groups save.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Arrive in Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic. We recommend a day early to visit.
- Ride and stay along the Adriatic seaside
- Experience the sights and flavors of Dalmatia
 
Need to Know:
- Arrival and departure transfer NOT included in tour price - options exist
 
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Level: Level 3+ Moderate; terrain is flat to rolling; itineraries can be adapted for longer ride options.
 
Dates: April 8, April 29, September 23, October 14, 2018 We can also organize guided trips for any private group and accommodate custom requests; please inquire

 
General Croatia Travel Information
Departure: From Split in Croatia, you can travel on or depart from Split.
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    GUIDE - Katja:
    Hi! I'm Katja, professional and licensed tour guide. Since I have university degree in English and German, I also work as a teacher, translator and interprete, as well as cultural manager, since I am really an art lover & big literature fan as well. I also speak French, do yoga and spend my free time mountineering, jogging and bike riding. More than 10 years of experience in tourism, as well as my communication skills and most of all - my great interest in people coming from different cultural backgrounds - make me an excellent guide, at least that's what my guests say :) I love my job, among my other interests, which I think is a great formula to do my tours so passionately over and over again. Every new group is a new experience for me and an opportunity to grow and give my best. See you in Croatia!

    Reviews

    "Well maintained hybrid bikes were perfect for this tour."
    -Robert Primeau
     
    "the cue sheets were excellent."
    -Rosslyn Selzer
    Bikes for the cycling portion of the tour: : Bike rentals available are hybrid and MTB style bikes for the riding we do on this tour. To keep costs down, we source bikes locally at each ride and we don't carry them throughout the tour.

    All equipment is included. In Stari Grad; Day 5, we do an island bike tour (25km, partly flat-partly hilly, total vertical climb 210m, approximately 2.5 - 3 hours) using bikes like this below:

    WILIER 503 XT SHIMANO XT HYDRAULIC BRAKE SHIMANO DTSWISS WHEELS 29"

    Riding consists of a 1.5 hour light ride on Day 2; an educational bike ride along vineyards of Peljesac with the wine producer (1-1.5 hours).

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