Highlights & Delights of Croatia

05 June 2020 - 13 June 2020
Dubrovnik, Istria & Mali Losinj
  • Culinary Experience
  • Culture and History
  • Cooking class
  • Outdoors
  • Wine Education
A taste of
8 Nights
3 Homes
3 Destinations

"Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik & Croatia” - George Bernard Shaw

Uncover Croatia's highlights and delights on this small curated journey. Experience with us the treasures it boasts, from its Northern border with Slovenia to its southern shores its shares with Montenegro. From mystical Dubrovnik to the island of Vitality and truffle-lovers lover paradise Istria, we have something for everyone.

You may enjoy strolling through Dubrovnik with our local guide to see the Dominican Monastery, the Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral - or maybe seek to indulge in an oyster-farm experience in Ston followed by wine tastings at the local estates is more your thing? How about a relaxing 3-days on the island of Vitality (Mali Losinj) filled with outdoor activities, spa treatments and even a full day playing celebrity aboard our very own yacht? Hang on, we are not done yet. Our incredible journey concludes with the discovery of Istria, where wine tasting, truffle-infused dinners and excellent sea food are just part of daily life.
On this journey, you will experience everything from culture to history, from food to new wine regions, all while enjoying incredible scenery and sites.

Highlights & Delights of Croatia

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Highlights

A taste of everything Croatia

While it would take weeks to cover this beautiful nation, this journey is the perfect appetizer for a future, more in depth discovery of Croatia. We will touch on Culture, History, Food, Wine, Scenery and Outdoors. Perfectly balanced to give each guests some time to enjoy and relax, our program is truly a taste of everything Croatia has to offer

A culinary culture on the rise

Led by our executive Chef, who has been to Croatia several times, you will indulge in some of the best cuisine the country has to offer. A mix of international flavors combined with some of their ancestral recipes. And the wine will not be left behind as the country is becoming a force to be reckoned with in that area. Truly enjoy and learn about the fantastic and fresh seafood, goat meat, excellent cheeses, truffles and much more.

Itinerary

Welcome to Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik

Day 1

After being picked up at the airport by our chauffeur, your host welcomes you to "The Pearl of the Adriatic" with an afternoon private guided tour of this incredible town. Learn about its history and uncover its secrets through the eyes of a local. Tonight, we host you for a traditional Croatian welcome dinner, paired with Italian and Croatian wines (included).

Oyster, Wine & coastal beauty

Oyster, Wine & coastal beauty

Day 2

This morning, we spend the day in Pelješac peninsula, the second largest in Croatia and a land mass crammed with history, culture and plenty of wine and food. We stop in the bay-side town of Ston, famous for its oysters, which we taste at one of their local farms before enjoying a sea food lunch. On our way back to Dubrovnik, we pay a visit to two family-run wineries. Tonight is at leisure, armed with our dinning recommendations.

Private flight towards paradise

Private flight towards paradise

Day 3

This morning, we start our journey to Mali Losinj. The first leg, by road, takes us to Zadar, where we board, for our second leg, a private scenic flight to the island of Losinj. Upon our arrival on the "Vitality island", we have arranged for a special welcome with a spa treatment. Tonight, we gather for a three-course dinner with wine pairings on our private beach (included), overlooking the bay of Cikat. 

Play it cool on our yacht

Play it cool on our yacht

Day 4

After a lazy morning (yoga, paddle boarding, massage or simply sleeping in), we are picked up at the dock where we board our private yacht for a tour of the island, and a stop at several incredible spots for a swim in the crystal clear blue waters. On board, bubbly and wine await, while for lunch, we have planned for you a picnic to be had on one of the isolated beaches. Late afternoon and evening at leisure. Tour the island on a bike before stopping by one of the several eateries around for sunset, or simply enjoy a private and romantic dinner at the property's gastronomic restaurant.

Vitality is also eating well

Vitality is also eating well

Day 5

This morning, join our Chef Kevin as well as one of the local Chefs from Villa Alhambra for a unique experience at a local family owned farm that deals with vegetable produce. We continue with a visit of the town's fish market where we pick up ingredients to be used for today's cooking class at the Villa. It is followed by lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Let us organize tours and activities, take advantage of the property's bikes, paddle board in the bay of Cikat, or simply relax by the pool. Tonight, we travel to the highest point on the island for a lovely Sundowner before a tasting dinner at the property, paired with local and Italian wines.

Truffles & wines, here we come

Truffles & wines, here we come

Day 6

After a traditional breakfast, we depart for Istria. We reach the Roman town of Pula around 1pm, and have lunch (at leisure) before some time to uncover this beautiful seaside town of Northern Croatia. We reach our property by the end of the afternoon and after some time to unwind (maybe a spa treatment?), we invite you to join us for a welcome dinner with wine pairings.

Woods, dogs and filled tummies

Woods, dogs and filled tummies

Day 7

It's all in the nose...the dog's that is. We start our morning with a fun and teachable moment, "hunting" for truffles. we continue our experience with a cooking class where we learn the best use of this other kind of black gold. Our day would not be complete without a stop by 2 of the local wineries and the famous hilltop town of Groznjan (city of artists). Tonight, dinner is at leisure. Enjoy a romantic one at the property, or head to the local town of Bale, walk its cobblestone streets and enjoy a casual dinner at one of our favorite eateries there.

Not just another pretty town

Not just another pretty town

Day 8

After a morning at leisure, we invite you to join our host for a visit of the town of Rovinj where lunch recommendations will be made. The old town stands on a headland, with houses tightly crowded down to the seafront. A tangle of cobbled streets leads to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose towering steeple dominates the skyline. South of the old town is Lone Bay, one of the area’s pebble beaches. We head back to our property through some of the beautiful countryside of Istria. There, after some time to unwind, maybe pack or indulge in a spat treatment, join us for our farewell dinner in the vineyards.

Time to say...no, don't say it!

Time to say...no, don't say it!

Day 9

All good things must come to an end, and while we don't want to say it, it is the sad truth. We take comfort in having introduced you to what we truly believe is paradise on earth. This morning, arrangements are made to take you to your airport. Looking to extend? Check out our add-on(s) or have us design your very own extension. Slovenia and Zagreb are two of the many wonderful options available.

Accommodations

Hotel Excelsior

Hotel Excelsior

The spectacular seaside setting overlooking both the Adriatic and the ancient Old Town, combined with flawless service and an illustrious history of royal and celebrity guests, mark five-star Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik as a landmark hotel which has welcomed famous guests from the start, including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor.

This beloved Dubrovnik landmark now begins a new chapter in its storied history, unveiling the final stage of interior refurbishment. With its prestigious location, just steps from the UNESCO Old City of Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior is ready to show its revamped grandeur as one of the most lavish hotels on the Adriatic. Housed in a former 1913 royal villa and built to take full advantage of a west-facing view of the glorious Old Town, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik enjoys the most enviable location of any hotel in the city – just a five-minute walk from the medieval fortress walls.

 

Boutique Hotel Alhambra

Boutique Hotel Alhambra

Discover the boutique luxury of Lošinj’s most elegant hotel and private villa, situated on the idyllic Čikat Bay, surrounded by pines, palm trees and crystal clear waters.

Behind the restored Austro-Hungarian façade, you’ll find every luxurious comfort you’d expect from a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. From the tasteful decor of the deluxe rooms and suites, to the exclusive natural bathroom amenities, the beauty of Hotel Alhambra lies in the detail.

Downstairs, take your place in the stylish lounge bar for cocktails, then discover the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar and a la carte menu – showcasing the rich abundance of local ingredients and specialty dishes.

Pull up a lounger and relax around the heated indoor seawater pool, or head down to the hotel’s private beach. Alternatively, relax or invigorate mind and body in the Alhambra Spa, with saunas, massages and a range of treatments inspired by the scents and aromas of the island. If you enjoy luxury without compromise, then it’s time to discover the Hotel Alhambra.

Wine Hotel Meneghetti, Bale

Wine Hotel Meneghetti, Bale

The superb white stone mansion is a foretaste of the country stay to come: the singing of the crickets, the tranquil beauty of the vines and olive trees, the gentle caress of the sea breeze and an entrancing Mediterranean atmosphere.

Merely a handful of guest rooms are available in this heavenly setting guaranteeing a secluded stay at Wine Hotel. This will give you total peace and quiet to soak up the sun beside the pool, stroll through the grounds, or sample the restaurant’s delights: healthy, fragrant Mediterranean cuisine which showcases local ingredients (including home-produced olive oil) served with the property’s own wine.

The hotel aims to source as much food as possible from within a 50km radius—an approach that sits naturally with suppliers on the peninsula, where close human contact and cooperation has long been vital for the community to thrive. Meneghetti works in partnership with suppliers who provide it with fresh organic vegetables, homemade pasta, award-winning cheeses (sourced from a local dairy – Latus), yoghurt, and naturally, milk truffles—an Istrian delicacy.The chefs turn these high-quality ingredients into Istrian haute-cuisine as part of their quest to reconstruct and reinterpret the area’s traditional recipes. And, every dish is skillfully matched to the hotel’s own range of wines and one of the four varieties of olive oils the estate produces.

This journey includes

Nights

2 nights in Dubrovnik (Hotel Excelsior - Superior room)

3 nights in Mali Losinj (Hotel Alhambra - Superior sea-view room)

3 nights in Istria (Villa Hotel Meneghetti - Superior room)

Meals

8 breakfasts

5 dinners with wines

3 lunches, including two with cooking classes

Activities

Private walking tour of Dubrovnik, highlighting history and culture

Oyster farm & tasting

Wine tastings in Peljesac and Istria

Cooking classes (2)

Truffle hunting

Yacht outing with picnic

Paddle boarding, biking & kayaking available in Mali Losinj

One massage/spa treatment in Mali Losinj

Extras

Private airport transfers from Dubrovnik and to Venice, Pula or Zagreb (additional cities/destinations may incur a small supplement)

Transportation in Luxury vehicles throughout

Private scenic flight

Services of an Art In Voyage host/Chef as well as local trusted partners

All taxes

Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight to and from Croatia may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement.

Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests

How about extending?

Come early, or leave late. Allow our consultants to customize a pre- or post- extension to your journey.

Why travel with us?

Expertise

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Smallprint

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit of $2000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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