Croatia·September 7 - 16 2025

Taste and Feel Croatia

Discover the authentic side of the Adriatic and indulge in the flavors and culture of Croatia and Slovenia

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Overview

Croatia, a land of natural wonders and cultural treasures, is a must-visit destination for any traveler. Its picturesque coastlines, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters make it the perfect place to indulge in the authentic flavors and culture of this part of the Adriatic. From the historic walls of Dubrovnik to the charming villages of Istria and the castles of Slovenia, our 10-day tour will take you on a journey through the heart of this enchanting region. Croatia and Slovenia have a unique combination of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and delicious cuisine. On this trip, we will take you on a culinary and cultural journey where you can taste and soak in the region's authentic flavors. You'll savor traditional dishes, cook with local chefs, and explore bustling markets while immersing yourself in the local way of life. Whether you're swimming in the Adriatic or walking through National Parks, you'll discover the genuine side of Croatia and create unforgettable memories. Join us and taste and feel Croatia and Slovenia like never before!

Highlights

Visit the famed ''Pearl of the Adriatic'' - Dubrovnik

Visit the famed ''Pearl of the Adriatic'' - Dubrovnik

Swim in the crystal clear Adriatic sea

Swim in the crystal clear Adriatic sea

Visit picturesque villages far away from the crowds

Visit picturesque villages far away from the crowds

Learn how to cook famous Croatian specialities and taste superb Croatian wines

Learn how to cook famous Croatian specialities and taste superb Croatian wines

Visit a traditional market to experience the local way of life

Visit a traditional market to experience the local way of life

Explore charming Hvar island and discover local secrets

Explore charming Hvar island and discover local secrets

Go truffle hunting with a local family

Go truffle hunting with a local family

Walk through some of the most famous National Parks

Walk through some of the most famous National Parks

Learn the myths and legends of the Slovenian castles

Learn the myths and legends of the Slovenian castles

Stay at charming boutique hotels

Stay at charming boutique hotels

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Day 1

Our adventure begins in the famous city of Dubrovnik. You'll be picked up at the Dubrovnik airport and taken to the Rixos Premium Hotel, perfectly located with amazing sea views. 

After a brief refresh, we'll explore ancient Dubrovnik. Since the 13th century, Dubrovnik has been one of Europe's most important republics. The impressive Old Town, surrounded by ancient walls, was the city's crowning glory of the city. Our local guide will take you to discover incredible Renaissance palaces and lead you on a stroll along the city walls.  

Today, we'll enjoy a delicious seafood lunch after our walk. The menu includes delicacies like black risotto and fisherman's stews combined with a delectable choice of wines.  

You'll enjoy some free time after lunch. The hotel has a lovely spa with a sea view - a great way to fight off jet lag. 

At sunset, we'll head to a small hill above Dubrovnik's old town. Here, we'll enjoy a local meal served with Croatian wine as we say cheers to our first day in Croatia!

Included

Airport transfer

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Day 2

Today, we'll get to know the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and its hidden islands. After breakfast, we’ll take a short and enjoyable boat ride to explore Šipan, Koločep, and Lopud, little-known to tourists. We'll meet the local islanders and immerse ourselves in their way of life. 

The highlight of the day is lunch. We'll indulge in the freshest seafood prepared by a local chef. Grilled with olive oil and sea salt, it's the simplest and most authentic way to taste the flavors of Dalmatia. Chilled local wine will complement the meal to make us feel like true Dalmatians! 

We return to the city by boat after exploring the islands and soaking up the sun. 

Take the evening to relax and unwind at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.

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Boat Trip

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Dinner

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Day 3

Our first stop after breakfast today is the historic city of Ston, where we'll take an exclusive tour of the ancient saltworks. Here, we'll discover the fascinating history of the second longest wall in the world, built to protect the "white gold" - sea salt in production. 

Next, it's time for our first gastronomic adventure of the day. We'll head to a private oyster farm located in Maloston Bay. Here, we have the unique opportunity to try the world-renowned, protected endemic oyster species found only in this area. We'll also enjoy an exclusive cooking class with local fishermen tasting the freshest oysters possible! 

Pelješac is Croatia's most famous wine region, and we're about to taste its award-winning wines. A sommelier will take us on a vineyard tour and guide us through the world of Croatian wines. Our gastronomic adventure culminates in the middle of the vineyard, where we'll taste the best of these regional wines. 

After a day filled with history, culture, and gastronomic adventures, we head to our next destination, Split. This city is known for its lively atmosphere and stunning architecture. After checking in at the Heritage 19 Hotel Split, we'll freshen up and head out for a welcome dinner at one of the best restaurants in Split, with modernly presented local cuisine. The view is spectacular as we raise our glasses to another perfect day in Croatia!

Included

Oyster Tasting

All Meals

Wine Tour & Tasting

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Day 4

Today, we explore the historic city of Split. 

We start with a delicious breakfast. Then, our adventure will begin with a guided tour of Diocletian's town. Here is where the great Roman Emperor, Diocletian, chose to retire. We'll learn the secrets of the ancient palace, including the world's oldest cathedral, Diocletian's cellars, and the ancient thermal baths.

After our history lesson, we'll stroll the charming streets of Split and absorb the spirit of the Mediterranean. We'll try local specialties and embark on an adventure of our own. 

At lunch outside the city, we'll sample the famous lamb bursting with flavors to tantalize the taste buds.

After lunch, the Klis fortress beckons. Here, we'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Dalmatian coast and all its islands and learn a bit of Croatian history.

Tonight, enjoy time and dinner on your own.

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Dinner

Hvar

Day 5

After a delicious breakfast, we'll take a local ferry to one of Croatia's most famous islands – Hvar. We'll wander the winding streets of the ancient town of Pharos, founded by the Greeks during their campaigns. We'll explore the oldest public theater in the world, a Greek shipyard still in operation, and enjoy the smell of the Mediterranean. The tour will culminate in a visit to the small fortress of Fortica. The breathtaking views will leave you speechless.

Next, we're off to an abandoned village to visit a small household run by a local, the only remaining village resident. This is the perfect opportunity to taste homemade extra virgin olive oil and other local delicacies. An entertaining host will lead us through a cooking class, where we'll learn the secrets of island cuisine and enjoy the local wine.

Enjoy some free time exploring the town of Hvar before we return to Split by ferry. Upon our return to Split, we'll enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Included

Cooking class

All meals

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Day 6

After breakfast, we'll venture over to Skradin, a charming fishing village where the Krka River meets the sea. We'll explore this magical place by boat. 

Krka National Park boasts a beautiful blend of the Mediterranean climate and lush vegetation. Hundreds of small waterfalls surround us as we make our way to the main attraction - Skradinski Buk, the area's largest and most famous waterfall. We’ll walk a trail through untouched nature, enjoying the view.

It's time for some authentic, homemade food. We'll visit a small household in a remote location, where we'll try handcrafted prosciutto, pancetta, aged cheeses, and local wine while enjoying the peaceful sound of the tinkling waterfalls around us.

For the rest of the day, we'll explore the region's heritage. The watermill complex at the Roški slap waterfall is one of Dalmatia's most interesting ethnographic monuments.

After a full day, we'll ride back to Split for free time at the hotel before dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Included

Boat ride

All meals

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Day 7

After check out and breakfast in Split, we continue our journey around Croatia. Today, the only slightly longer ride awaits us. It takes 3 hours of pleasant driving to reach the Istrian peninsula. But once we come, you won't want to leave this paradise. The first destination is Hum, better known as the smallest city in the world. Yes, even the Guinness Book of Records officially declared it. A charming little place on top of a hill will serve us as an ideal starting position to introduce you to Istria. During a pleasant walk, we will also do a tasting of local liqueurs (the best aperitif for the guests that follow). And something fantastic is coming! Did you know that Istria is the second largest truffle region in Europe? That! Let's meet a local family that has been hunting truffles for generations. They will introduce us to their little helpers, trained dogs, and take us into the forest to try to find that precious mushroom. All the more reason not to return empty-handed is that your period is the best season for truffle hunting. After a pleasant walk and hopefully finding truffles, let's cook them the local way. A local family will also help us there. A spectacular cooking class includes making homemade pasta or gnocchi and combining it with fresh truffles. So together we will make a homemade 3-course lunch and pair it with local wines.

Eh, speaking of wines…Our next stop is a small boutique winery. Known to all gourmets from this area. The friendly host will reveal to you the secret of making the local Malvasia, a famous white wine. Of course, we will try all his products and conclude this gourmet story in a wonderful way.

The last stop today is the magical Motovun. A place that, like in a fairy tale, was located on top of a hill back in the ancient Middle Ages. We will take a leisurely walk, hear local myths and legends and head to our accommodation nearby – Villa Menenghetti, part of the famous Relais & Châteaux group. Their chef will welcome us with light local dinner for the end of this amazing day!

Included

Exclusive truffle hunting

Cooking class & tasting of traditional products

All Meals

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Day 8

We start our new day in Istria in the beautiful gardens of Villa Menenghetti and with a farm to table breakfast. Today our first stop will be the one of the highlights of this whole vacation- 3 starts Michelin restaurant ''Hiša Franko''. On this trip, you got used to the flavors of the sea, the flavors of Croatia. Now something different follows. Slovenia is a mountainous country, and the food here is much stronger than in Croatia. We won't tell you much except that it's very tasty. And our food will be prepared by one of the world's best chefs, and the only woman with 3 Michelin stars– Ana Roš. 10 courses lunch experience is waiting for us!

It's time to get back to Croatia – Let's go to Rovinj! The charming fishing village has become a frequent advertisement for postcards due to its colorful houses and special shape. Together with the guide, we will explore all the small streets of this beautiful coastal city. This is followed by a relaxed walk and free time in Rovinj.

What follows is perhaps the crowning glory of the entire trip. Rovinj fishermen have been known for centuries for their traditional boats with sails. At the sunset time, local fisherman will bring us to exactly one of these and take us around Rovinj Old Town. Sunset sail with glass of wine to circle whole experience today sounds like a perfect plan!

Ride back to Villa Menenghetti (30min)

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Sailing experience

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Dinner

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Day 9

It's time to say goodbye to beautiful Istria, and today we're going to visit our neighboring country, Slovenia. After breakfast and check out, we leave for the city of Bled (1.5h ride). But, before Bled, we have to stop at one spot in Croatia- Pula.

When you type Croatia into Google, one of the first images will be the famous amphitheater in Pula! Let's take a tour with a local guide who will reveal all the secrets of the sixth largest amphitheater in the world. After the amphitheater, a pleasant walk around the coastal town of Pula leads us to the other remains of the ancient Roman city.

Bled and Lake Bled are the most famous tourist destinations in Slovenia, and for good reason. A small glacial lake is located between the massive Alps, and we will make a circle around it to begin with. Then we take a small wooden boat and go explore the lake that way. As you can see, there is also a small island with a monastery on the lake. That will be our next destination. Well, now we can start with our gastro story. Great specialties are associated with Bled, but what is really unique and special is the Bled Cream Cake. There is nothing better than trying it with a coffee on the shore of the lake.

Free time at Bled lake.

Quick ride to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Our guide will show us all highlights of this beautiful town. Yesterday we had gastronomic experience in Hiša Franko, so today we gonna try some traditional Slovenian food. Near city centre, there is a one family owned bistro and they are preparing traditional menu according to fresh market each day.

Free time in Ljubljana and ride to Zagreb.

Our stay in Zagreb is something special. Hotel built to be a rest station for clients of Orient Express. The old school charm is still here.

We hope that with this trip we brought you closer to the tastes, customs and culture of our country. The purpose of everything is to leave people with good memories and that's all we want! We invite you to a pleasant walk through the capital and an exclusive dinner to toast the last day in Croatia together!

Thank you and cheers!

Included

Boat ride

Exclusive lunch with chef Ana Roš

All Meals

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Day 10

We'll enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Esplanade Hotel, among the best in Europe.

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye and head for the airport. Airport transfers will be organized based on your flight details, so we can relax and enjoy the rest of the day stress-free.

The holiday is over but your memories will last a lifetime.

Included

Breakfast

Airport transfer

You'll Be Staying Here

Rixos Premium Hotel

Rixos Premium Hotel

A premium, lifestyle hotel, the Rixos Premium Hotel close to the Old Town is the perfect springboard into the surrounding areas. Step onto the beach and into elegant restaurants and the on-site spa.

Heritage 19 Hotel

Heritage 19 Hotel

A hop and a skip from Diocletion's Palace, the Heritage 19 Hotel, offers you all the modern day comforts in an old-world environment, overlooking the water. 

Menegheti Hotel and Winery

Menegheti Hotel and Winery

Relax on a beautiful Istrian winery at the Menegheti Hotel and Winery. Enjoy tranquility and luxury in this historical building in the heart of the winelands.  

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Close to all the major attractions, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel will wrap you in luxury. Enjoy fine dining and a relaxing spa without leaving the hotel. 

Price

Reserve your spot

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We're not quite ready to publish this trip, but you can reserve your spot with a FULLY-REFUNDABLE deposit of $250.

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Private Room

Private Room

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FROM$9,835

Embark on a Culinary and Cultural Journey Through Croatia and Slovenia

Savor the Flavors and Traditions of the Adriatic Coast

In Croatia, we'll visit the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik, and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. We'll explore picturesque villages far away from tourist crowds and learn how to cook famous Croatian meals. We'll also visit traditional local markets, experience the local way of life, and indulge in world-famous Croatian wines.


Moving on to Slovenia, we'll explore some of the most famous National Parks, visit charming Lake Bled, and learn about the myths and legends of Slovenian castles. We'll stay at authentic boutique hotels, where you'll have the chance to relax and unwind in style.

Savor the Flavors and Traditions of the Adriatic Coast

What's Included

What's Included

Airport transfers

Everything specified in the itinerary

All meals (except where indicated), including beer & wine with dinner

Accommodations at unique, 4-star or better hotels

All transportation during the trip (except where indicated)

Expert guides and trip leaders

A small group experience

Round-trip airfare to Dubrovnik

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

All personal souvenirs

Travel and medical insurance (required)

Reviews

"Traveling to Croatia with Girls Guides was just what I needed to relax (which is not a natural state for me to be in). The prearrangements were detailed. The balance between guided time and free roaming time was just right for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the history and beauty of Croatia, the great wine, meeting wonderful fellow traveling women and laughing, lots. I would not have been able to plan this on my own for one. I have already recommended Girls Guide to select family and friends, and I hope to see more of the world with Doni and GG soon."

Deirdre, Sept 2023 on Trip Advisor

FAQs

If you are traveling across an ocean to get to Croatia, you may want to consider arriving a day early. That way you'll have time to relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. If not arrive before 8:00 am on Day 1. 

You are going to want to fly into the Dubrovnik Airport and out t of the Zagreb Airport.

The weather will be pleasant with a high of 75F and a low of 61F,.

We will have a zoom call about 8 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips. 

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Taste and Feel Croatia

Croatia· September 7 - 16 2025· 9 nights

FROM$9,835/pp