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Nibs and Sips of Croatia

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DAY 1: Arrival to Bale

Arrival into Pula/Trieste/Venice airport, flight details TBA. Meet your driver for a private transfer to Bale and your hotel – the unique Relais & Chateaux’s Meneghetti Wine Hotel.

This evening enjoy an exclusive food & wine pairing at the Meneghetti’s restaurant and savour delicious tastes of Istria. Overnight in Meneghetti.

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer and food & wine pairing in Meneghetti.

DAY 2: Pula & Rovinj

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Pula and Rovinj (6 h) – shiny Istria gems. On the edge of empires for over 3000 years, the vibrant Roman outpost of Pula boasts with rich cultural heritage. 

A walk around the historic old town reveals landmarks on every step. However, the biggest star of them all is undeniably the majestic Roman amphitheater, also called the Arena of Pula. Built-in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights and knights’ tournaments. 

Enjoy the touch of history before heading to Rovinj. Once a fishermen village, it now offers warm Mediterranean settings to its visitors. Wander around the winding cobblestone streets and delightful passages – the symbols of the most “photogenic town in Adriatic”. Stroll up to the magnificent baroque church of St. Euphemia, the town’s most valuable monument. Soak up the views before leaving for your final stop – quaint Bale village. Here visit a beautiful Grubic family olive farm and enjoy private olive oil tasting in their old oil mill's historical settings. Learn about the entire olive-growing process and how to taste the olive oils like a professional! With happy taste buds, transfer back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private local guide, olive oil tasting & snack and entrance fees.


Day 3: Istria Inland Tour

This morning meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Istria’s inland (8 h). Known best as the truffle region, Istria is a delicate mélange of picture-perfect landscape and exquisite gastronomy. 

After app 1h ride, you will reach the charming village of Buzet. Here you will meet your hosts – a local family Prodan, the third generation of truffle hunters. 

Learn about the history and enticement of truffles in a private truffle hunt, followed by gnocchi cooking class in their home. Let their trained truffle dogs take you into the family’s private woods and enjoy intact nature around you. After the truffle hunt, you will use your catch to make your today’s lunch. With the help of your hosts, learn how to make homemade gnocchi – a real Istrian specialty! 

Spend the rest of the day exploring the blissful Istrian inland of rolling hills, dotted with small towns and hilltop villages. Get lost in the medieval alleyways of artsy Groznjan, shop for unique souvenirs, and immerse yourself in awe-inspiring panoramic views. 

In the Momjan area discovers a small but productive wine region, which even provided an Austro-Hungarian aristocracy with wine. Enjoy private wine tasting at the Kabola family winery and taste their excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 


Services included: Accommodation, private local guide, private transfer. private truffle hunt, cooking class and lunch and private wine tasting

Day 4: Istria – Plitvice

This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Plitvice (app 3 h). Upon arrival, visit the beautiful Ranch Terra, right off Plitvice lakes national park. 

Your hosts, passionate horse breeders, and nature lovers will show you around their farm, set in the idyllic countryside of mountainous Croatia. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch of their local delicacies and private horseback riding lessons in the pristine nature! 

Afterward, transfer shortly to your hotel – rustic Fenomen – and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Plitvice. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private horseback riding lessons, and traditional lunch on a local ranch r excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti


DAY 5: Plitvice – Split

This morning after checking out, meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Plitvice Lakes national park (4 h), a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Harmony of the blues and the greens in the intact nature of deep woodland makes this one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Follow a well-laid out system of wooden walkways through the park and immerse yourself in a true fairy tale. The unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, galleries of lakes, forests, and animal life diversity create a mesmerizing ever-changing landscape that will take your breath away.

Later today, you will continue with your driver towards Split – hub on the Dalmatian coast (app 2,5 h). Upon arrival, check into the boutique Cardo Hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Split. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, local private guide, and entrance fees for the National Park. 


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DAY 1: Arrival to Bale

Arrival into Pula/Trieste/Venice airport, flight details TBA. Meet your driver for a private transfer to Bale and your hotel – the unique Relais & Chateaux’s Meneghetti Wine Hotel.

This evening enjoy an exclusive food & wine pairing at the Meneghetti’s restaurant and savour delicious tastes of Istria. Overnight in Meneghetti.

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer and food & wine pairing in Meneghetti.

DAY 2: Pula & Rovinj

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Pula and Rovinj (6 h) – shiny Istria gems. On the edge of empires for over 3000 years, the vibrant Roman outpost of Pula boasts with rich cultural heritage. 

A walk around the historic old town reveals landmarks on every step. However, the biggest star of them all is undeniably the majestic Roman amphitheater, also called the Arena of Pula. Built-in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights and knights’ tournaments. 

Enjoy the touch of history before heading to Rovinj. Once a fishermen village, it now offers warm Mediterranean settings to its visitors. Wander around the winding cobblestone streets and delightful passages – the symbols of the most “photogenic town in Adriatic”. Stroll up to the magnificent baroque church of St. Euphemia, the town’s most valuable monument. Soak up the views before leaving for your final stop – quaint Bale village. Here visit a beautiful Grubic family olive farm and enjoy private olive oil tasting in their old oil mill's historical settings. Learn about the entire olive-growing process and how to taste the olive oils like a professional! With happy taste buds, transfer back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private local guide, olive oil tasting & snack and entrance fees.


Day 3: Istria Inland Tour

This morning meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Istria’s inland (8 h). Known best as the truffle region, Istria is a delicate mélange of picture-perfect landscape and exquisite gastronomy. 

After app 1h ride, you will reach the charming village of Buzet. Here you will meet your hosts – a local family Prodan, the third generation of truffle hunters. 

Learn about the history and enticement of truffles in a private truffle hunt, followed by gnocchi cooking class in their home. Let their trained truffle dogs take you into the family’s private woods and enjoy intact nature around you. After the truffle hunt, you will use your catch to make your today’s lunch. With the help of your hosts, learn how to make homemade gnocchi – a real Istrian specialty! 

Spend the rest of the day exploring the blissful Istrian inland of rolling hills, dotted with small towns and hilltop villages. Get lost in the medieval alleyways of artsy Groznjan, shop for unique souvenirs, and immerse yourself in awe-inspiring panoramic views. 

In the Momjan area discovers a small but productive wine region, which even provided an Austro-Hungarian aristocracy with wine. Enjoy private wine tasting at the Kabola family winery and taste their excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 


Services included: Accommodation, private local guide, private transfer. private truffle hunt, cooking class and lunch and private wine tasting

Day 4: Istria – Plitvice

This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Plitvice (app 3 h). Upon arrival, visit the beautiful Ranch Terra, right off Plitvice lakes national park. 

Your hosts, passionate horse breeders, and nature lovers will show you around their farm, set in the idyllic countryside of mountainous Croatia. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch of their local delicacies and private horseback riding lessons in the pristine nature! 

Afterward, transfer shortly to your hotel – rustic Fenomen – and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Plitvice. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private horseback riding lessons, and traditional lunch on a local ranch r excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti


DAY 5: Plitvice – Split

This morning after checking out, meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Plitvice Lakes national park (4 h), a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Harmony of the blues and the greens in the intact nature of deep woodland makes this one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Follow a well-laid out system of wooden walkways through the park and immerse yourself in a true fairy tale. The unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, galleries of lakes, forests, and animal life diversity create a mesmerizing ever-changing landscape that will take your breath away.

Later today, you will continue with your driver towards Split – hub on the Dalmatian coast (app 2,5 h). Upon arrival, check into the boutique Cardo Hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Split. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, local private guide, and entrance fees for the National Park. 


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DAY 1: Arrival to Bale

Arrival into Pula/Trieste/Venice airport, flight details TBA. Meet your driver for a private transfer to Bale and your hotel – the unique Relais & Chateaux’s Meneghetti Wine Hotel.

This evening enjoy an exclusive food & wine pairing at the Meneghetti’s restaurant and savour delicious tastes of Istria. Overnight in Meneghetti.

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer and food & wine pairing in Meneghetti.

DAY 2: Pula & Rovinj

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Pula and Rovinj (6 h) – shiny Istria gems. On the edge of empires for over 3000 years, the vibrant Roman outpost of Pula boasts with rich cultural heritage. 

A walk around the historic old town reveals landmarks on every step. However, the biggest star of them all is undeniably the majestic Roman amphitheater, also called the Arena of Pula. Built-in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights and knights’ tournaments. 

Enjoy the touch of history before heading to Rovinj. Once a fishermen village, it now offers warm Mediterranean settings to its visitors. Wander around the winding cobblestone streets and delightful passages – the symbols of the most “photogenic town in Adriatic”. Stroll up to the magnificent baroque church of St. Euphemia, the town’s most valuable monument. Soak up the views before leaving for your final stop – quaint Bale village. Here visit a beautiful Grubic family olive farm and enjoy private olive oil tasting in their old oil mill's historical settings. Learn about the entire olive-growing process and how to taste the olive oils like a professional! With happy taste buds, transfer back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private local guide, olive oil tasting & snack and entrance fees.


Day 3: Istria Inland Tour

This morning meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Istria’s inland (8 h). Known best as the truffle region, Istria is a delicate mélange of picture-perfect landscape and exquisite gastronomy. 

After app 1h ride, you will reach the charming village of Buzet. Here you will meet your hosts – a local family Prodan, the third generation of truffle hunters. 

Learn about the history and enticement of truffles in a private truffle hunt, followed by gnocchi cooking class in their home. Let their trained truffle dogs take you into the family’s private woods and enjoy intact nature around you. After the truffle hunt, you will use your catch to make your today’s lunch. With the help of your hosts, learn how to make homemade gnocchi – a real Istrian specialty! 

Spend the rest of the day exploring the blissful Istrian inland of rolling hills, dotted with small towns and hilltop villages. Get lost in the medieval alleyways of artsy Groznjan, shop for unique souvenirs, and immerse yourself in awe-inspiring panoramic views. 

In the Momjan area discovers a small but productive wine region, which even provided an Austro-Hungarian aristocracy with wine. Enjoy private wine tasting at the Kabola family winery and taste their excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti. 


Services included: Accommodation, private local guide, private transfer. private truffle hunt, cooking class and lunch and private wine tasting

Day 4: Istria – Plitvice

This morning meet your driver for a private transfer to Plitvice (app 3 h). Upon arrival, visit the beautiful Ranch Terra, right off Plitvice lakes national park. 

Your hosts, passionate horse breeders, and nature lovers will show you around their farm, set in the idyllic countryside of mountainous Croatia. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch of their local delicacies and private horseback riding lessons in the pristine nature! 

Afterward, transfer shortly to your hotel – rustic Fenomen – and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Plitvice. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, private horseback riding lessons, and traditional lunch on a local ranch r excellent Teran, muscat, and malmsey, carrying their own label. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure—overnight in Meneghetti


DAY 5: Plitvice – Split

This morning after checking out, meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a private tour of Plitvice Lakes national park (4 h), a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Harmony of the blues and the greens in the intact nature of deep woodland makes this one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Follow a well-laid out system of wooden walkways through the park and immerse yourself in a true fairy tale. The unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, galleries of lakes, forests, and animal life diversity create a mesmerizing ever-changing landscape that will take your breath away.

Later today, you will continue with your driver towards Split – hub on the Dalmatian coast (app 2,5 h). Upon arrival, check into the boutique Cardo Hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Split. 

Services included: Accommodation, private transfer, local private guide, and entrance fees for the National Park. 


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