GLUTEN FREE TOUR OF CROATIA
Gluten Free Travel-Us is pleased to present a very exciting destination...CROATIA. It is the only Slavic country which proudly holds such a long Mediterranean coastline (together with islands and mainland coast, it is more than 4,000 km!) situated between Middle Europe and Balkans. The country is touched by a hint of Balkans, Austria, Middle Europe, Mediterranean charm and Slavic tradition. The neighbors are colorful just like Croatia itself, from the former Yugoslavian Republics on the east, through Hungary in the north, to sharing the Adriatic Sea with Italy. Europeans have been visiting Croatia for many years. It is only recently that it has become a "hot spot" for the American traveler. Wouldn't you love to be on the cutting edge of travel?
Celiac disease has been more recognized in Croatia over the past decade. They have great doctors and good medical care with a national center for treatment and research. But since the cuisine still has a focus on wheat flour, travel on your own would not be as easy. So, we are delighted to be working with Anamaria Laslo, our Croatian gluten free guru, who has Celiac Disease herself and will make this experience work for you! She even teaches gluten free cooking classes in the city of Istria.
Please Note: We have not included hotels as we prefer to give you options based availability at time of booking. As for pricing, that is also determined by the length of trip, number of participants and time of year. Again, this is just a SUGGESTED itinerary and can be altered based on your preferences. Contact Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-337-9235.
DAY ONE -- Truffle Day (Northwest Istria)
Morning: Visit northwest Istria, its medieval towns and villages, Motovun and Oprtalj region, overlooking the river. Mirna valley -- the famous truffle region. Possibility to arrange truffle hunting demonstration with truffle hunter and his (or her) trained dogs.
Lunch in Motovun for gluten-free truffle specialties.
Afternoon: A short ride to the next hilltop and you reach Groznjan, art gallery and music town, famous for its cultural heritage and natural beauty. After stroll through Groznjan, enjoy a late afternoon snack and a glass of wine on the little town`s square under the centuries old chestnut tree.
Dinner and overnight in Porec.
DAY TWO -- City Tour and Cooking Class (Porec)
Morning: Take a stroll through old town of Porec, including Basilica Eufrasiana (UNESCO).
Early afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon hands-on cooking class in the typical Istrian family farmer`s tavern in the heart of Istra, nearby the village of Zminj. Theme: Istrian homemade gluten-free pasta, different styles.
Dinner at the same farmer`s place. Overnight in Porec.
DAY THREE -- Wine and Meat (Wine Region West Istria)
Morning: Individual mosaics workshop in Porec or visit the historical and cultural society. Giostra to look at the historical costumes. Lunch at the restaurant by the sea in Porec with typical Istrian dishes and ox meat prepared in the traditional style.
Afternoon: Visit an award winning winery. Enjoy a wine tasting with a snack (canapes).
Dinner and overnight in Rovinj
DAY FOUR -- Oyster and Fish Day (Lim Channel -- West Coast)
Morning: Visit Lim Channel (oyster and sea bass farming site) by boat. The farmer will take you through and explain the process of farming. Fish lunch at the restaurant at the very peak of the channel.
Afternoon: Take a guided tour through the streets of Rovinj, the most picturesque and romantic town on the Croatian Adriatic coast.
Dinner and overnight in Rovinj
DAY FIVE -- National Park Brijuni and Fazana
Morning: Visit the National Park Brijuni with a local expert guide.
Afternoon: Late lunch in Fazana, the little fisher village nearby -- try their specialties pilchard prepared in a gluten-free style.
Overnight in Pula
DAY SIX -- Roman Pula, Olive Oil, and Istrian Prociutto Day (South Istria and Pula)
Morning: Visit Pula with Roman and Austrian Architecture, the beautiful Austrian marketplace building,and the Forum Romanum.
Afternoon: Visit Olive gardens and a prosciutto manufacturer in the area of Pula. Olive Oil and prosciutto tasting with canapes and light snacks.
Overnight in Pula
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS (for swapping days or adding additional days)
Labin (east coast of Istria): Beautiful historical little town, unfairly underestimated - 1 hour*
Pazin: Extremely interesting history - 30 min*
Dvigrad (for more adventures clients): The "cursed" town - 30 min
Hum: The smallest town in the world, according to the Guinness book of the records - 1 hour*
Opatija (Austro-Hungarian former summer resort) and Rijeka (3rd largest town in Croatia, big port town) and Kvarner Bay (islands Krk and Cres) -- 1 hrs 15 min one way*
Plitvice lakes National Park (UNESCO world heritage) - 4 hrs one way*
Zagreb: (Must see -- wonderful mixture of Croatia and Middle Europe) - 3 hrs one way*
Postojna cave, Piran, Koper - 1 hrs 30 min one way*
Trieste. shopping spree for Croatians - 1 hrs 20 min one way*
Venice by speed boat - 2 hrs one way*
*from Istria, west coast
Once again, contact Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us for further information and detailed pricing -- or any other itinerary you might be interested in putting together.