What You’ll Love About Your Week in Croatia

First of all,  you will love Croatia. Secondly, (for most people) it will probably be the first time you’ve traveled in Croatia and experienced its history, culture, food and wine — and it is always wonderful to learn new things and have new adventures. 

Dubrovnik and Split are charming, with beautiful architecture, winding streets, all within view of the Adriatic Sea. We’ve chosen other places and people to visit that round out a start at understanding the foodways and culture of this beautiful country, and that will give you (at least) one of those pinch-me days – when you know you are so lucky to be where you are.  

We hope you will join us for another—in the words of Oldways’ founder Dun Gifford—Oldways trip of a lifetime!

The Croatia Culinaria awards 14 CPEUs in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s CPEU Prior Approval Program.

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Day-by-Day in Croatia


Sunday, October 27, 2024

Check in at the spectacular Bellevue Hotel in Dubrovnik, where everyone will have a room with a seaview. 

We’ll get together for an early evening welcome at the hotel, where you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers.  We’ll also enjoy a wine tasting before we have our welcome dinner at the Bellevue.



Monday, October 28, 2024

Enjoy a guided cultural tour of  Dubrovnik, learning about the city’s history and culture, as well as local food traditions.  We’ll stop for a long fish lunch at Proto, a restaurant started in 1886 and located in the heart of historical Dubrovnik. You’ll be free in the afternoon and evening, to try the Dubrovnik restaurant scene.  




Tuesday, October 29, 2024

In the morning we will head to Konalve, the region south of Dubrovnik rich in history, art, and cuisine. First, we will stop at a multi-generation family winery for a tasting of 3 wines, along with some cheeses and olives.  Next, we will drive 5 minutes south to visit a family run restaurant to learn about Peka, a traditional Croatian dish which literally translates to “cooking under the lid.” There we will enjoy lunch with regional wines and enjoy folklore musical entertainment. After free time in the afternoon, we will gather again for dinner at Pantarul Restaurant in Dubrovnik.   

Wednesday, October 30, 2024

We’ll check out of the Hotel Bellevue and drive north. En route, we will stop in Mali Ston for a special Oyster Experience. You’ll enjoy oysters fresh out of the water and a traditional mussels stew along with local beverages like Rakija. We’ll also learn about salt as Ston is a city of salt (it was a form of currency in the Middle Ages). After lunch and our salt and oyster experiences, we’ll continue driving to Split for check in at the Hotel Ambasador for a room with a view. You’ll be free in the evening to explore Split and its restaurants.

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Thursday, October 31, 2024

Today we will start with a walking food and cultural tour of Split.  We’ll have tastings at the Green Market and then go to a cheese shop for samplings of cheese. You’ll be free for lunch and in the early afternoon, and then we’ll gather in the late afternoon for a Hands-On Cooking Class and Dinner at the Split Cooking Class.

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Friday, November 1, 2024

We’ll be on the water today!  We’ll take a ferry to the island of Brač, where we’ll visit a Stone Masonry school, a monastery with Croatian Baroque art and an Olive Oil Museum, where we’ll have a tour, learn about the harvest and finish with a light lunch.  You’ll be free for dinner in Split.

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Saturday, November 2, 2024

For our last day, we’ll start at a special one of a kind place in Gata, where we’ll learn how to make Soparnik, a traditional Croatian dish – a swiss chard pie, cooked in a wood fire. We’ll also have tastings of local fruit liqueurs.  Then we’ll drive down the mountain to Omis, to take a river cruise up the Cetina River Canyon to a very special restaurant, Restoran Kaštil Slanica for a “Bread Under the Bell” demonstration and a spectacular Farewell Gala Lunch. After lunch, we’ll return to Split and you’ll be free to rest, shop, pack and enjoy the city before departure. 

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Photo courtesy of Restoran Kaštil Slanica
Sunday, November 3, 2024

Departures or additional travel on own


See Your Beautiful Accommodations

Bellevue Hotel—Dubrovnik 

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Photo Courtesy Hotel Bellevue

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, a five-star boutique hotel is carved into a cliffside, with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the vast Adriatic Sea.  The seaside retreat features a pool and spa and is just around the bay from Dubrovnik’s a magnificent 6th-century Old Town. 

Upgrades at the Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik:

 The Bellevue has offered our group 6 upgraded rooms:  2 Junior Suites and 4 Executive Suites.

The additional cost to upgrade for the entire 3-night stay is:

For a Junior Suite:  $1250 for double occupancy and $1300 for single occupancy

For an Executive Suite:  $1600 for double occupancy and $1650 for single occupancy

If you are interested, please contact Abby Sloane.

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Photo courtesy of Hotel Ambassador

Ambasador Hotel—Split 

Located in the heart of Split on the West Coast promenade, Hotel Ambasador is a five star luxury hotel overlooking the Adriatic Sea.  The Ambasador Hotel has a spa, gym and outdoor pool.

Meet the Guides You’ll Be Traveling With

We will have the pleasure of collaborating with local chefs in Croatia – friends that we have met while planning the Culinaria. We’ll be working with local guides, and you will have the team of two Saras— Sara Baer-Sinnott and Sara Fetbroth, who will make sure your week in Croatia is perfect.  

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You should fly into Dubrovnik (DBV) and out of Split (SPU).  It is possible to do this with just 1 connection on British Airways (One World), Iberia (One World), KLM (Sky Team), and Lufthansa (Star Alliance).  

Pricing & Tour Registration

Please download and complete the registration form below, which includes instructions for how to submit the form and deposit to Oldways.

Price per person from $5,550 per person


If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

Prices are based on rates of exchange, taxes, and other costs as of the tour publication date. We reserve the right to correct errors and changes, and to increase program prices to cover increased costs, tariffs, and taxes received after prices are published and to reflect currency fluctuations.


Medical Insurance

Oldways has procured medical and evacuation insurance for all Culinaria participants while traveling on one of our Culinarias with an Accident & Health policy from The Hartford.  Additionally, Hartford partners with International Medical Group (IMG), a leading global assistance provider, to give us 24/7 access to medical and travel assistance services anywhere in the world.  The policy also gives you as a Culinaria participant insurance for medical expenses, evacuation, and repatriation. 

Since 1990, IMG has offered travel assistance services and a global network of medical providers to millions of people in nearly every country around the world. Working across time zones and in different languages, IMG’s commitment to “Being There” provides end-to-end coordinated care – so you can feel secure while traveling. 

Please let us know if you need more information about the medical insurance.  

Travel Insurance

While we cannot offer travel insurance for the cost of the trip or your air travel, here are three widely used travel insurance companies:



Travel Guard by AIG