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There are many great reasons to come to the Dalmatian Coast on our Gastronomic tour of Croatia: a beautiful maritime landscape, numerous picturesque old towns and cities, with the various treasures they contain, and the fascinating and convoluted history of a region that has often been at the intersection between different cultural spheres. It is this setting between cultures that has created Croatia’s wonderful cuisine, in itself a major attraction for the curious traveller.

Croatian cooking is based on the excellent produce the country provides, both from her shores and inland regions: a vast array of fish and seafoods, excellent local meats, vegetables a-plenty and a great range of fruit, pampered by the many days of sunlight that Dalmatia is famous for. But it is the way these ingredients are used that makes Croatian food so distinctive: over the centuries, Croatians have incorporated influences from all over the map into their local cuisine. Mediterranean, Adriatic and Venetian, Balkan, Slavic and Central European, Ottoman Turkish and Austrian influences have all made their contributions.

On this, one of our classic gulet cruises in Croatia, we will explore the food and cuisine of Dalmatia, Croatia’s most maritime region. Travelling on an elegant gulet, with ample opportunity to swim in blue Adriatic waters, to admire the scenery and to simply relax aboard, but also to marvel at some of Dalmatia’s cultural wealth, we will discover the gastronomic riches of islands and mainland in the most insightful and enjoyable fashion possible. Visiting local producers, sampling the most authentic regional dishes, the area’s finest wines, best liqueurs and most exquisite olive oils, participating in cooking classes led by experts and eating at selected konobas (a unique Dalmatian phenomenon that has evolved out of traditional wine cellars) and restaurants, you will spend a week discovering the delights of Croatian cooking – and doing so, you will gain a deep understanding of the region’s past and present.

Join us on an unforgettable experience for all the senses.

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Day 1: Our gulet is in Zaton Bay (approx. 40 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport) Welcome drinks and dinner on board.
Day 2: We cruise to the Broce in the area of Ston, on the isthmus that connects the Pelješac Peninsula with the Dalmatian Mainland. We visit the enormous historic Salt Flats of Ston, going back to the Roman era, to learn about this valued natural product. We visit a lovely former salt warehouse and then head out by boat on an inlet to enjoy a lunch of the area’s famous maritime produce, including oysters and mussels and buzara, a typical Dalmatian dish of local seafood cooked in oil and wine. We have a chance to walk around the tiny historic town of Mali Ston, and then picturesque Ston itself. Rebuilt as a planned town after an earthquake in the 1250s. Ston was heavily regulated by medieval Ragusa to guard the peninsula’s resources, especially the salt pans and the vineyards further west. Later, we set out for a quiet cove on the island off Mljet.
Day 3: Today is devoted to the western part of the Pelješac Peninsula, and especially to the Dingač region, perhaps the most famous wine terroir in Croatia, to begin our exploration of the country’s wines. The local vineyards, set on breathtakingly steep south-facing slopes, receive over 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, its intensity increased by reflection from the sea. From the Plavac Mali grape, local winemakers produce one of Croatia’s most celebrated red wines, known as Dingač: an intensely aromatic dark red dry wine of profound flavours. We visit a winery to see the vineyards and sample their produce. The day also includes another fine local lunch, and a look at the famous Postup vineyards near the town of Orebić. We re-join our gulet to spend the night off a small island near the island of Korčula.
Day 4: We begin the day by touring the serenely beautiful town of Korčula, one of the loveliest places in all of Dalmatia’s islands. Then, we visit the sleepy village of Žrnovo, where a local family makes an amazing array of organic products from exclusively local sources: olive oil, vinegar, dried fruit and fruit preserves, candied citrus peels, liqueurs and vermouth, herbal teas, capers, pickled onions and much more. We tour the property and lunch on its bountiful produce, perhaps washed down with a glass of Grk, the local white (its name betraying its supposed origin). In the afternoon, we make a crossing towards a cove on Scedro Island, with a chance to swim.
Day 5: In the morning, we disembark at the historic town of Hvar and make our way to the historic Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where today’s farmers still grow their vines, fruit, vegetables, and grains in a system of fields set up by ancient Greek colonists 2,400 years ago. We then participate in a cooking class focused on the peka, a cooking technique known in the Balkans since prehistory, where food is placed under a hemispherical dome (nowadays made of metal) that is then buried in glowing charcoal. Having enjoyed the fruit of our labours, we head to the village of Vrboska to taste local wine (descended from the grapes introduced by the settlers of the Plain) and chocolate. Later, we reembark and head to a bay near the town of Stari Grad.
Day 6: North to the island of Brač and after a morning swim, we head for lunch and a tour of a restored traditional olive oil mill in the charming village of Škrip, with a chance to taste local cheeses, pršut (cured ham), wine, oil, and jams. In the afternoon, we ascend the summit of Vidova Gora, the tallest Mountain not just on Brač but in all of the Adriatic islands, to enjoy the splendid view over the Dalmatian coast and the islands we have been exploring during the previous days. From there, we descend to beautiful Bol, on the south coast, for a wonderful wine tasting. Later we re-join our gulet and spend the night in a beautiful bay.
Day 7: We cruise to Split, where the enormous Roman Palace of Diocletian (built in the early fourth century AD) was repurposed as a medieval town centre. Here, we accompany a local chef to the local markets to buy ingredients for what is to be our lunch of Dalmatian specialities. What could be a better opportunity to learn about the various products of a region than choosing them alongside an expert from the area? Then, we make lunch together, in the form of a superb and highly enjoyable cooking class. In the afternoon, we cruise westwards to spend some time in a cove off the Island of Fumija, for a last chance to swim. Depending on the weather and timings, we may spend the night in Marina Baotić near the medieval town of Trogir. Final dinner on board.
Day 8: Departure transfers to Split airport, about 20 minutes away.

NB: The itinerary on this cruise is likely to change slightly according to the weather conditions. Some modifications regarding the order or days of crossings, or visits may occur.

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Arrival and Departure Information

Arrival Airport – Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

Departure Airport – Split (SPU)

Arrival Location Zaton Bay (approx. 45 mins from airport)

Departure Location Marina Baotić (approx. 20 mins from airport) or Stobreč Bay (approx. 30 minutes from airport)

Embarkation and departure is planned for approx.17:00. You are more than welcome to arrive earlier to drop off your bags, but please be aware that the crew will be busy cleaning and tidying making everything ready for your group so you will not be able to settle into your cabin.

If your travel plans or flights do not allow you to arrive before 17:00 we recommend arriving the day before the tour starts. This would also allow time to relax, recover from any jet lag and arrive at the boat on time for embarkation and departure.

If you arrive at the gulet after 17:00, we will do our best to enable you to join the tour at a later time and place.

Please Note: Departure time is subject to change depending on weather, harbour, or other conditions.

Disembarkation is around 09:00. We will arrange local transfers on the first and last day of the tour.

Booking Flights: If you are staying in or connecting via Zagreb then the easiest way to get to and from the gulet is to fly. The main domestic airline in Croatia, Croatia Airlines, has a wide selection of flights .

Please note: Flights are subject to change. Please contact the airline for exact details.

If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend specialists in a number of countries around the world, please contact our office for more details.

Travel Insurance:We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. You should ensure that you take out a suitable policy, to make sure that your trip is properly covered.

Visas: Citizens of the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. For more details, please visit the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Custom tours or additional travel in Croatia: If you are planning to spend any additional time in Croatia before or after your gulet trip, we are happy to assist you either directly or via our trusted family-run partner agency in Croatia. In addition to our gulet trips, we also offer personalised tours and travel arrangements throughout Croatia. Whether you’re seeking a bespoke tour or simply need recommendations on things to see and do, we’re dedicated to making your Croatian experience unforgettable. Please contact us, we’ll be delighted to help.

Tour Includes:
Full board accommodation with water, tea and coffee and wine with dinner
Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour
Travel by private minibus
Harbour fees and crew services
All entrance fees and tips on land
The services of your expert tour leader throughout the entire trip
WiFi (coverage permitting)

Not included:
Flights and airport taxes
Visas
Travel insurance
Gratuities on the gulet. It is customary to tip the crew at the end of a tour (we recommend a minimum of 30Euro per day per guest)
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Mislav Files

Mislav Fileš is currently finishing his PhD. in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Zagreb, where he also completed his graduate studies. He has received a series of scholarships and Excellence Awards for his academic achievements to date. Mislav has extensive experience in archaeological excavations, having participated in numerous projects in Croatia and abroad and has directed a number of them personally. For three years Mislav worked on the Living Danube Limes project, researching, preserving and promoting this Roman frontier in Europe. He was one of the lead organisers and participants in the reconstruction of a classic Danube Roman boat and its journey under oars down the Danube. Recently, Mislav has set up his own company, providing consulting services for the preservation and management of cultural heritage sites. In addition to his archaeological pursuits, Mislav is a licensed ski instructor and an apprentice in alpine mountaineering.

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