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Savoring Croatia’s Regions of Dalmatia & Istria

PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 8425

Private Tour Highlights

  • With help from your hosts, pick fresh ingredients right from the garden to create local dishes with a traditional house cooking class in Dubrovnik.
  • Stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia for a unique gastronomic experience of combining fine food with excellent wines.
  • Visit Klis fortress, built on a cliff overlooking the city of Split, famous for its use as a location during Game of Thrones filming.
  • Witness the breathtakingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest park in Croatia.
  • Discover the Istria region, one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia from which the finest wines are produced and world famous for its truffles.
  • Before touring Split's open green market, visit Diocletian's Palace, built as a residential summer palace for the Roman emperor.
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Tour Overview

From the southern reaches of Dubrovnik to the northern Istria Peninsula, Croatia’s narrow coastline offers some of the most exquisite culinary delights. From dining on freshly caught seafood to tasting the Country’s flavorful wines, Yampu Travelers will be Savoring Croatia’s Regions of Dalmatia & Istria for an immense 9-day culinary journey.

Starting in Dubrovnik, the capital of Croatia, Yampu Travelers will be greeted by a local family who will welcome them into their home to try their hand at creating local dishes from fresh ingredients straight from the family’s garden. The tour then takes visitors through the city’s old town for a feel of the capital’s long history and walking along the ancient protective ramparts that surround it.

On route to split, the tour makes a quick stop at one of the best wineries in Croatia to explore the cellar and the vineyard before pairing foods with the winery’s own product. Once in Split, travelers will enjoy a walking tour of the city, visiting the summer palace of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian. From Spit, the tour stops in the small and quaint medieval town of Trogir, the birthplace of Diocletian before moving onto one of the most dramatic-looking fortresses in Croatia where Game of Thrones was filmed.

Continuing to the breathtakingly beautiful Plitvice Lakes, explorers will take in the pristine beauty of Croatia’s oldest and largest national park. After soaking in the beauty of the lakes, caves, and waterfalls, travelers continue to Motovun Vineyards, tasting the most excellent Istrian wines and local dishes accented with the region’s famed truffles before capping the tour off tasting their way through Rovinj City.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$8425 £$9758 N/A
Single N/A £$15165 £$17335 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Croatia!

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of Adriatic", is one of the most recognizable destinations in Europe with its gorgeous coastline, historic architecture and collection of cultural festivities year-round.

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of Adriatic", is one of the most recognizable destinations in Europe with its gorgeous coastline, historic architecture and collection of cultural festivities year-round.

Day
2

Dubrovnik Traditional House Cooking Class

This morning, be met at your hotel for a transfer to your Croatian cooking class. With help from your hosts, pick ingredients right from the garden. Utilize all your senses and enjoy the lovely scents of wild spices, the feeling of fresh dough as it is kneaded to make bread and taste the accompanying olive oil all while learning from your hosts. Return to Dubrovnik.

This afternoon, you will have your private walking tour of Dubrovnik's city center. Irish author George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik". The Old Town, protected by city walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk along the ramparts reveals a different view of the Elafiti Islands and Old Town. On your tour with your local guide you will see Onofrio fountain, the city bell tower and numerous medieval buildings. After the tour, take the remainder of the day for exploration of Old Town on your own. ...read less

Day
3

Transfer to Split with Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing

In the morning, after breakfast and checking out of your hotel you will continue to Split.

On route, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia. Located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea, enjoy a tour of the cellar and the winery along with a unique gastronomic experience of combining fine food with excellent wines all produced at this very vineyard.

In the late afternoon you will arrive to Split. After checking in, have some free to familiarize yourself with this amazing city.

In the morning, after breakfast and checking out of your hotel you will continue to Split.

On route, you will stop in one of the best wineries in Croatia. Located on the hills rising from the Adriatic Sea, enjoy a tour of the cellar and the winery along with a unique gastronomic experience of combining fine food with excellent wines all produced at this very vineyard.

In the late afternoon you will arrive to Split. After checking in, have some free to familiarize yourself with this amazing city.

Day
4

Split City Sightseeing Tour

Your day will start with a private walking tour of Split's city center with your guide. The city of Split has evolved over the centuries, offering a perfect mix of history and modern influences, amazing ancient Roman architecture infused with modern bars, restaurants, and vibrant life. Before visiting Split's open green market, visit Diocletian's Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built as a residential summer palace for the Roman emperor.

In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Trogir, a short 30-minute drive north of Split. This small and quaint medieval town connected by a bridge to the mainland was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks. Later rulers were Rome, Byzantium, Venice, and Austria but the deepest cultural expansion has been left by the Croats. Trogir is still very well preserved and is on the UNESCO'S World Heritage list. The city of Salona was built in the 4th Century BC and is situated 9 km from Split on the mouth of the River Jadro and was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311 AD). We will take you on a guided walk through these ancient remains where you will hear about the history of these turbulent times.

Alternatively, we can coordinate a guided visit to the nearby fortress of Klis as well as the Museum of Alka (ancient equestrian chivalry competition) can be visited with lunch in a more rural traditional setting.

Klis fortress (10th century A.D.) is one of the most dramatic looking fortresses in Croatia. Built on a cliff overlooking Split with its extraordinary historical significance, it is also famous for its use as a location during Game of Thrones filming. After your tour of the fortress and small museum we will continue to the small town called Sinj, 20 miles from Split. There we will visit the museum of Alka's, an equestrian competition held in the Croatian town of Sinj every first Sunday in August since 1715. It commemorates a Croatian Venetian victory over Ottomans on August 14, 1715 in which the local Christian population of around 700 Croats in cooperation with a smaller number of Venetians managed to defend Sinj against 60,000 Ottoman soldiers. ...read less

Day
5

Plitvice Lakes Tour

In the morning, you will continue to Istria (approx. 6 hours drive). On your way, you will stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Breathtakingly beautiful, Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest national park in Croatia. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. Walk on wooden bridges and drive on electric boats to experience firsthand nature's wonder.

After your tour and on route to Istria, stop for lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area serving traditional local food with a modern twist. Upon arrival to your hotel in Istria, check in and enjoy the evening at leisure. ...read less

Day
6

Motovun Vineyards Tour

In the morning, discover Istria region, one of the most beautiful parts of Croatia, often called Tuscany as it once was. The first stop will be at Motovun, overlooking the Mirna River valley, surely the most famous and picturesque Istrian medieval town. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian peninsula. Motovun is surrounded by vineyards from which the finest Istrian wines are produced and is world famous for its truffles. After your tour of Motovun we recommend a truffle-based lunch in a local traditional tavern. On your way back to the hotel, stop at Groznjan, another hilltop medieval town filled with art galleries in which you can wander and find a perfect souvenir to take home. Arrival to your hotel in the afternoon. ...read less

Day
7

Rovinj City & Wine Tasting Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a private guided tour of the ancient city of Rovinj (45minutes from Motovun), one of the most spectacular locations in all of Croatia. Explore this amazing city with your guide with some free time for lunch. On the way back to your hotel, take part in a wine tasting in one of the best Istrian wineries, Kozlovic.

Alternatively, instead of wine tasting, your final dinner can be organized in San Canzian's amazing restaurant.

After breakfast, enjoy a private guided tour of the ancient city of Rovinj (45minutes from Motovun), one of the most spectacular locations in all of Croatia. Explore this amazing city with your guide with some free time for lunch. On the way back to your hotel, take part in a wine tasting in one of the best Istrian wineries, Kozlovic.

Alternatively, instead of wine tasting, your final dinner can be organized in San Canzian's amazing restaurant.

Day
8

Departure

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Pula airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Pula airport for your flight home.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Ístria, Croatia

Places You'll See

  • Dubrovnik

    Located in southern Croatia on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has been deemed as one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Once serving as an important seaport, Dubrovnik is now Croatia’s leading holiday destination with its Azure waters, quaint old town, and ancient city walls.

  • Split

    Dating back to Roman times, Split is one of the oldest cities in Croatia and the second largest after Zagreb. Visitors will enjoy the history of Split’s old town, its ancient Roman ruins, and the bustling coastline where restaurants catch their daily specials. For some of the best views of the city, hike up to the hilltop fortress of Kliss for a panorama of Split and the Dalmatian Coast and to see the Game of Thrones filming location for Meereen.

  • Istria Peninsula

    Jetting out from northern Croatia into the Adriatic Sea, Istria Peninsula may look small on a map but there is much to see and do! Take in the gorgeous sea views with pristine beaches and quaint light houses lining the shore. Visitors will not be disappointed with the numerous outdoor activities throughout the region’s unique landscapes. Those who visit Istria can reward their palettes after a long day of exploring with high quality Istria cuisine and regional wines.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Dubrovnik : Royal Neptun Hotel

Split : Heritage Hotel Antique

Istria : Blubini Heritage House

5 Star Properties

Dubrovnik : Villa Argentina

Split : Hotel Park Split

Istria : San Canzian

Testimonials

Holly H.

Traveled November, 2012

Everything went smoothly

Everything went smoothly. We were very pleased with Cecil, our guide in Rio, and India, our guide in Iguazu. Also in Iguazu, the driver, Aloisio(?), was a delightful guy. The day trip to Petropolis was very pleasant. We had a truly outstanding meal, one of the best in Brazil (and we ate at DOM in Sao Paulo and other top restaurants there), at the Leopoldina in the lovely Solar do Imperio Hotel. The best thing about the Porto Bay, by far, was the Copacabana location and the roof deck with spectacular views. Otherwise, the rooms were very plain and the Internet was costly and the connection was quite poor. We liked the Santa Teresa neighborhood and the hotel was great. Unfortunately, there were a couple of holidays and some closings of good spots with the best views. We can recommend a little seafood place near the hotel, Sobre Natural.Iguazu was stunning. Das Cataratas a super place. We liked being able to walk to the Falls just outside the hotel. The day trek and zodiac on the river was a fun adventure. Happy to answer any questions happy to recommend our itinerary and Yampu.

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Wafa A.

Traveled

Great experiences

Great experiences, with Yampu tours the staff are very professional and helpful and they provide timely services and try to find solutions and alternatives

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Kurt & Rosabel, family of 5

Traveled August, 2010

I consider using your company again

The trip was fantastic. No complaints about the accomodations and I was truly impressed with the transportation arrangements. The guides from the various companies were courteous, polite and extremely helpful whenever a problem arose. The atmosphere on the Caribbean coast (Tortuguero) was completely different from that encountered on the Pacific coast (Guancaste), as was each location along the way. I honestly can’t say I preferred on spot over the others, though perhaps I was little more outspoken about the comforts of Arenal Springs compared to rest. The two beach spots along the Pacific were memorable for the ocean and all the things we did there.All the above said, I have no problem recommending your firm, and yourself in particular, to any of my friends and acquaintances regarding having you help them with their travel plans. Indeed, I have done so repeatedly today and will continue to do so into the future. It also goes without saying that I consider using your company again when Rosabel and myself start planning our next vacation or adventure trip.

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