A Gastronomic Gulet Sailing Cruise in Croatia
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There are many great reasons to visit Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: 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, a major attraction for the traveller in itself.
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 and North Italian, Balkan, Slavic and Central European, Ottoman Turkish and Austrian influences have all made their contributions.
On this cruise, 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 eating and drinking.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Single Supplement: £875
Day 1:Split, Croatia
Our gulet is at Marina Baotic, about 20 minutes from Split Airport. Welcome drinks and dinner aboard.
Day 2:Split, Croatia
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 Brac.
Day 3:Brac Island, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
After a leisurely morning and opportunities to swim, we explore the island’s interior. Lunch is at a traditional olive press in the tiny and extraordinarily beautiful village of Skrip, with a chance to taste local cheeses, prsut (cured ham), wine, oil and jams. Close by is the delightful local archaeological museum and a whole series of fascinating historic buildings. We head up to Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic islands, for breathtaking views before descending to a small farmstead set in a forest clearing, where we help to prepare dinner, using a peka, the metal cooking bell so distinctive of Dalmatia and the Balkans.
Day 4:Hvar, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
After a leisurely morning with time to swim, we go inland on the island of Hvar, 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. Later we head up into the hills to one of the most traditional surviving konobas in Dalmatia. Here we sample homemade wines and learn of the local culture of the konoba and the customs surrounding the drinking of wine.
Day 5:Korkula, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia
After a long and relaxing crossing to the island of Korcula, we’ll visit the sleepy village of Zrnovo, 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. After a thorough tasting, we drive to the picturesque medieval town of Korcula and enjoy dinner in one of the island’s best local restaurants.
Day 6:Peljesac, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
After a leisurely start to the day, we go ashore to explore the Dingac region on the Peljesac 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 Dingac: an intensely aromatic dark red dry wine of profound flavours. We visit a winery to see the vineyards and sample their produce before cruising on to overnight in a pretty bay.
Day 7:Ston, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
We journey on to the historic town of Ston, which was strongly fortified by medieval Ragusa (Dubrovnik) to guard the resources of the area, especially the enormous medieval salt pans and the vineyards of Peljesac. We tour the historic salt works and visit one of the area’s famous oyster farms, set in one of the nearby shallow coves. After a wonderful seafood lunch in the Old Town, we return to our gulet and continue southward to the bay of Slano.
Day 8:Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia
Departure transfers to Dubrovnik airport, about 40 minutes away.
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