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.
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Day 1: Our gulet is at Marina Baotić, about 20 minutes from Split Airport. Welcome drinks and dinner aboard.
Day 2: We cruise to Split, where the enormous Roman Palace of Diocletian was repurposed as a medieval town centre. Here, we accompany a local chef to the markets to buy ingredients for what is to be our lunch of Dalmatian specialities. We make lunch together, in the form of a superb and highly enjoyable cooking class. In the afternoon, we cruise south to the island of Brač.
Day 3: We begin the day ascending the summit of Vidova Gora, the tallest Mountain in the Adriatic islands, to enjoy the splendid view over the Dalmatian coast and islands we’ll be exploring over the coming week. From there we descend to beautiful Bol, on the south coast, for a wonderful wine tasting and to begin our exploration of Croatian wines. We then 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. Later we rejoin our gulet and cruise to the island of Hvar.
Day 4: We head inland to explore the Stari Glad Plain, a UNESCO-listed 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 move on to a wine tasting to sample some lovely Hvar wines paired with chocolates homemade locally and infused with herbs grown on the island. Later we travel up into the hills for lunch at a konoba set amidst olive groves and with breathtaking views over the Stari Grad plain and towards Brač. In the afternoon we cruise to a bay where we overnight.
Day 5: Crossing to the island of Korčula, we visit the sleepy village of Žrnovo, where a local family produces 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. Afterwards, we visit one of the few wineries that grow and produce Grk and sample this prized local wine before heading to the picturesque medieval town of Korčula.
Day 6: After a leisurely start to the day, we go ashore to explore the Dingač region on the Pelješac Peninsula. The local vineyards, set on immensely 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 and then overnight nearby.
Day 7: We journey to one of the area’s famous oyster and mussel farms, set in a shallow inlet. We discover how these shellfish have been cultivated through history and then have a chance to sample them together with a classic traditional seafood dish. We then visit the historic town of Ston, which was strongly fortified by medieval Ragusa (modern Dubrovnik) to guard the area’s resources, especially the enormous local salt pans which we explore before cruising south for our final swim and farewell dinner.
Day 8: Transfer to Dubrovnik airport, about one hour away.
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Arrival and Departure Information
Arrival Airport – Split (SPU)
Departure Airport – Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
Arrival Location – Marina Baotić (approx. 20 mins from airport)
Departure Location – Slano Bay (approx. 60 mins 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.