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, or the history of the salt mines and the old family farms on the Peljesac Peninsula. Experience the mystery and charm of Korcula and hear the stories of Marco Polo's adventures. Learn ancient cooking secrets on the island of Hvar and tour Diocletian's Palace in the city of Split. After each day's activities enjoy fine local wines, olive oils tastings, and authentic Croatian cuisine!
You will be accommodated in charming three and four stars hotels. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Hotel Zagreb offers its guests a blend of modern amenities and historical traditions. The hotel is located in a comfortable and historic private residence, surrounded by a magnificent garden. It is situated within walking distance of the sea and a short bus trip of historic Dubrovnik. They pride themselves on creating a friendly atmosphere and offering a personal touch for each of their guests.
The Korčula De La Ville Hotel building has a new tale from 2015, a tale based on its intriguing past. Visit the oldest town hotel surrounded by the Korčula's stone monuments and share the experiences of its most common or famous visitors. Go out on the spacious terrace and enjoy the traditional seafood specialties complemented by a glass of Korčula wine and a magical sunset.
Be a part of the Korčula De La Ville Hotel's story, newly-renovated in 2015, the villa is located by the sea in the old heart of the town of Korčula, with views of the sea, boats, and a spectacular sunset. The villa is the first town hotel on the island of Korčula (1912) and serves first-class seafood specialties.
Riva landmarked building with its unique and edgy design signed by Jestico and Whiles reflects a boutique nouvelle vague indulgence. Its prime location in the middle of Hvar's pulsating heart attracts a star-studded clientele since back in the day when the hotel was firstly opened in 1927.
Hotel Slavija is the oldest hotel in Split. The history of the building can be traced back to the end of the 16th and early 17th century when above the western Diocletian baths, built in the 4th century, the complex of Renaissance-Baroque palace was built. In the early 20th century, the Renaissance-Baroque Palace was adapted to Hotel Slavija and it was the first hotel in Split and was home to a lot of famous poets, artists, athletes.
Renaissance stairs lead inside Hotel Slavija, these stairs are the last monument of this kind within the walls of the palace. Hotel Slavija is protected by the Republic of Croatia as a national cultural heritage. Due to its location within the Diocletian’s palace, Hotel Slavija is also protected by the Unesco as an international monument of culture.
The name, Slavija, means the land or nation of Slavs. You can see how Hotel Slavija looked in the 20th century on the postcards that we have found all over the world. Once you arrive at the hotel, you will see that the exterior hasn’t changed at all. The reason is simple, as a national heritage building, they are not allowed to do any changes to the building.
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.
%On this morning, you'll 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 winemakers' 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, you take the ferry to Korcula island, famous for its pine trees, Pošip vineyards and the famous traveler Marco Polo. This day'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.
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 (liqueur), 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 Suggested restaurants provided.
Wake-up in the sunniest Dalmatian island of Hvar. On 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 a collection of amphorae and other antique exhibits from the Middle Ages. Dinner will be 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!
On this day, 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 kilometers 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. You 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 B.C. 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 at your own expense with recommendations for restaurants.
This day 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. You'll all meet back for a memorable farewell dinner at the end of the day.
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.
More consistent rolling countryside and some notable hills with longer distance rides. Longer rides or hikes like 45 to 60 kilometers for cycling and 12 to 20 kilometers for hiking, four to six hours. Preparation for this tour should include cycling at least 80 to100 miles per week including hill climbing or combining other workout activities. Walking or hiking at least three hours with a small backpack with water at least two times per week.
Bike rentals available are hybrid and MTB style bikes for the riding we do on this tour. To keep costs down, Pure Adventures source bikes locally at each ride and they don't carry them throughout the tour. All equipment is included. In Stari Grad on day five of the tour, you will do an island bike tour (25 kilometers, partly flat-partly hilly, total vertical climb 210 meters, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) using this bikes: Wilier 503 XT Shimano XT hydraulic brake Shimano DTSWISS wheels 29 inches.
This cooking and wine tour will take place on the Dalmatian Coast, in beautiful locations such as Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, and Split.
Croatia is one of Europe’s most beautiful and under-appreciated travel destinations. Located on the northeastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, across from Italy’s east coast, south of Hungary, and west of Yugoslavia. Croatia is a lovely surprise with more than 1000 miles of coastline along the mainland and with over 1100 islands, 66 of which are inhabited, adding another 2500 miles of coastline.
While it’s easy to understand why Croatia’s main tourist attraction has always been its beaches there are also several carefully conserved national parks and an abundance of architectural and cultural history to discover.
You will be served with daily lunches, dinners, and wine as mentioned in the itinerary. You will also enjoy some special meals made with mostly organic ingredients.
Pure Adventures recommends flying into Dubrovik Airport (DBV) and out of Split (SPU). Transfers from and to both cities are not included.
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