The program includes a tour of sites in Central Dalmatia where vines are traditionally grown and produced, it includes tours of vineyards, lectures by winegrowers and tastings. The backbone of the program is a unique story about the zinfandel variety and determining its origin. Zinfandel is one of the most important varieties of the United States, especially California and the Napa Valley. After an extensive search for its origin, which has become one of the most interesting wine stories of modern times, it has been determined that zinfandel originates from Croatia, specifically that it is variety Crljenak from Kaštela. The program includes a tour of winemakers from the area of Kaštela, Imotski region, and the islands of Brač and Hvar. The tours are accompanied by experts who have extensive knowledge and are directly involved in the cultivation of vines and wine production.
DAY 1 - Split
Arrival to Split and accommodation in a hotel. City of Split is the largest city on Croatian part of Adriatic. Visit to Split will offer a unique opportunity to learn what lead to construction of Diocletian’s Palace. This place is one of the most important roman palaces in the world because of its historical significance. A tour around Diocletian’s Palace and medieval part of Split with local tourist guide. Diocletian’s Palace is part of UNESCO protection as a world heritage site. During tour the group will enter St. Domnius Cathedral and Temple of Jupiter (Baptistery of the Cathedral) and visiting other main highlights of Split such as: Peristil, Vestibul, Central substructures of Diocletian’s Palace, Golden Gate, Cardo, Decumanus, Pjaca Square, Renaissance clock tower, Fruit Square, Venetian castle are other points of interest. Dinner in one of Split's restaurants. Overnight stay.
DAY 2 - Trogir - Kaštela
After breakfast departure to Trogir. Meeting with the local tourist guide. Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. In Trogir, entire historic old town is a defined as an UNESCO site and sightseeing will include a visit to St. Lawrence’s Cathedral, one of the best-preserved structures of the Romanesque art on the Adriatic coast. Sightseeing will also include Camerlengo fortress, City Hall, City Loggia and St. Lawrence square. Drive to Kaštela where there will be a tasting of local wine varieties and lunch in one of the restaurants. Lunch will be followed by a meeting with an expert winemaker from this area, who will present a story about the origin of the Zinfandel wine variety. Return to the hotel.
DAY 3 - Island of Brac
Breakfast is followed by a ride to Split and a ferry to Supetar on the island of Brač. A walk through Supetar and continuing to wine tour over the island, visiting winemakers who grow the Plavac mali variety, related to Zinfandel, with a tasting, as well as other grape varieties. Lunch in one of the island's restaurants, with traditional specialties of the island of Brac. Continuing driving to Bol, in which the the most famous beach on the Croatian coast is located. Accommodation in a hotel.
DAY 4 - Island of Hvar
Breakfast is followed by a cruise on an excursion boat to the island of Hvar. Next is a drive around the island and a visit to some of the most famous vine growers on Hvar with a tasting of wine varieties grown on Hvar. A visit to the town of Hvar and a tour with expert guidance. After sightseeing a lunch of seafood specialties will be served in one of Hvar's restaurants. Return to the hotel in Bol.
DAY 5 - Imotski
Breakfast. Drive to Supetar and continuing by ferry to Split. Drive to town Imotski. Meeting with a local guide and a tour of the town old centre and the Franciscan monastery. Visiting two unique natural phenomena - the Blue and Red Lakes located in the immediate vicinity of the city. A tour of the surrounding villages where the traditional way of life has been preserved with visiting crystal clear river Vrljika. Lunch, which consists of traditional specialties of this region, will be served in one of the restaurants in the Imotski region. Tasting of the famous Imotski cake and tasting of wine varieties grown in this area. Accommodation in a hotel.
DAY 6 - Omis - Radman's mills
After breakfast drive to Omiš a picturesque town on the mouth of beautiful Cetina river. A walk through the city and a boat ride on the river Cetina to the Radman’s mill picnic area. Is located in a unique location in a canyon on the banks of the river Cetina. In Radman’s mills, in the restaurant, a lunch will be served made from local specialties. Return to the hotel.
DAY 7 - Split - Klis
Breakfast. Tour of the Museum of the City of Split with expert guidance. Drive to Klis Fortress and tour of the fortress with expert guidance. Visit to Stella Croatica – an estate for the production of unique delicacies and natural cosmetics inspired by Dalmatian tradition. Return to Split and wine tasting and lunch in one of Split's restaurants. Return to the hotel.
DAY 8 - Split
Breakfast. Leisure time in Split and return