Food Tours


THE BEST OF CROATIAN AND SLOVENIAN FOOD
STARTING AT 950€ PP

Food Tours

THE BEST OF CROATIAN AND SLOVENIAN FOOD
STARTING AT 950€ PP
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Join us on a five-day food journey from the Western Adriatic to the Julian Alps to uncover the gastronomic and cultural treasures of Croatia and Slovenia. Proper Croatia has cooked up a feast that will bring you into closer community with very distinct, yet geographically connected food regions of Istria Croatia and western Slovenia.

We will take you on the undiscovered bicycle paths that locals use to collect truffles in the hills of Istria, and sample the freshest Adriatic fish hours after it has been caught. We will sip the best wines and olive oils of Istria and get to know the personalities and passions behind the producers. We will take respite near Slovenian alpine pastures, and tour a family owned Tolminac cheese factory. We will let the fresh alpine air inspire us into working up a hearty mountaineer’s appetite before we sit down to sample the creative culinary work of Slovenia’s top chefs and wine makers.

At Proper Croatia, we believe our role is to create a cultural encounter between food and people that makes a lasting impression. We also know that means much more than organizing a list of fantastic Adriatic and Alpine places to eat and sleep. We have carefully combed the back roads, and the most recognized gastro destinations in our region to find authentic connections between people and food, history and culture and tradition and trends, so that we can bring them to the table with you to create an experience of a lifetime. Join us on these unique journey to discover the Alpine-Adriatic gastronomic treasures that world renowned food lovers have just started to notice.



DAY 1
• collection from airports/ferry terminals/train stations and transfer to Oprtalj, Istria, Croatia. Accommodation at Villa Angelica.
• depending on time of arrival, visit to the medieval hilltop of Motovun.
• dinner at Damir & Ornella restaurant, Novigrad. Sample menu on the right.

DAY 2
• breakfast at Villa Angelica
• in the morning, truffle-hunting with the Karlić family in forests off lake Butoniga
• afternoon trip to Rovinj, the Istrian Venice, with stop at two top notch Istrian wineries on the way – Matošević
• dinner at Monte restaurant in Rovinj.

DAY 3
• after breakfast, check-out and trip to alpine Slovenia.
• en-route visit to Škocjan caves, a UNESCO world heritage site.
• en-route light lunch at typical Slovenia agro farm („kmetija“).
• accommodation and dinner at Hiša Franko, Kobarid. SM below.

DAY 4
• breakfast at HF, check out and morning visit to either Kobarid Museum or Tolmin Gorges, depending on personal preference and weather, on the way to Goriška Brda wine-region.
• check-in into Gredič castle and wine-tasting of local varietals with a light dinner.

DAY 5
• trip to Ljubljana after breakfast.
• guided tour in the morning and then late lunch at Na Gradu (SM on the right) before a free afternoon in the city.
• Return to Gredič

DAY 6

• after breakfast, drop-off at the airport or your next connection.

Single occupancy increases total price by 15%.

Everything included in this itinerary is included in the price. All dinners are accompanied by wine. Gratuity is included. All guides, entry fees, tastings, surcharges and lunches are included.

Enjoy the food. Enjoy the sights. Enjoy the people.

First installment of 30% of tour fee due three months before departure. This is non-refundable.

Remaining 70% of tour fee due one month before departure.

Payment can be made via credit card (Visa or Master Card) or direct bank transfer.

Foamy soup of wild seabass

Cuttlefish “al nero“ on potato cream with black Istrian truffle

Ravioli filled with whitefish

Fish fillet with Mediterranean spices

Tastes and smells of lemon – dessert

Wine pairings

Mackerel caramelized in sweet tomato, pumpkin soup

Pasta filled with liquid beetroot, fermented cottage cheese, raw foie gras and smoked eel

Black cod fried in vegetable ashes, 2x cauliflower

Rabbit from the farm, tarragon, hazelnuts and white polenta

Pork neck, black garlic, crispy spinach, candy lemon

Wild raspberry, pine tree meringue, lemon and rose

A big apple

Wine pairings

Grilled octopus salad with exotic fruit and passion fruit sauce

Roasted turbot with clam sauce and black truffle

Homemade ravioli filled with lobster, prawns and lime sauce

Monkfish with “caponata” of zucchini, eggplant and raisins

Wine pairings

Lightly smoked Soča trout with tangerine and celery sauce, sunflower

Pasta filled with cottage cheese, porcini mushrooms, lovage cream and Tolminc (cheese) foam

Piran sea bass fillet with broccoli cream, crunchy cauliflower salad and broccoli, basil

Roasted Bela Krajina lamb with celery purée, carrot pudding and thyme sauce

Trraditional Kobarid walnut dessert with baked apple ice cream

Wine pairings

Detailed tour description


As gastro tourism continues to come of age, the opportunities for travelers to deepen their experience of local cultures through food are endless. We look forward to the time when trendy websites and services that pair locals with visitors become more available in our parts. Until then, the team at Proper Croatia is here to help you uncover the still-undiscovered world of food and culture from the Adriatic to the Alps. As devoted foodies ourselves, we’ve cooked up our own seven-day feast that will bring you into closer community with three distinct, yet geographically connected regions of Istria Croatia and western Slovenia.

If you’re flying in to take part in this unique trip, we suggest you fly into Venice or Trieste airports. The collection from there, or alternatively from those cities’ train stations of ferry terminals, are included in the price.

foodOur first stop will be the small stone town of Oprtalj on the Istrian peninsula, not far from where the world’s largest truffle was discovered in 1999 by Giancarlo Zigante. And while this discovery certainly put Croatia on the truffle map, the experience of hunting for these scented tubers in the dense hazelnut and oak forests is still an activity reserved for the most astute and adventurous of food-ists. Is there any better way to taste a truffle unearthed before your eyes by a truffle-hunting dog in the forest where it was grown? We sure can’t think of any. And while the wafting of truffles dominates most Istrian restaurants during the months of September through October, the region has experienced a renaissance in it’s ages-old culture of olive and wine growing that will leave the most discerning of taste buds seriously impressed.

The next day we’ll make a late morning start with a visit to the medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan. This town is home to an eclectic range of Croatian artists and musicians whose ateliers and galleries we will take in at leisure, along with the splendid views. Along the way we will introduce you to a few of our favorite Istrian vineyards and olive groves. The modern cellars of Kozlović and their famed malvasia varietal, the newly-developed teran-rose from the Veralda wine-makers, and the classic deep reds at Kabola will provide you with a good sampling of the best of Istrian wine-making. Once you spend some time with owners like Luciano Visintin whose passions and family history are deeply enmeshed in the personality of the wines and olive oils they produce, you will understand why Croatia’s greatest treasures come in extra-ordinary digestible forms.

The Croatian portion of our journey will end with a unique seafood dining experience at Damir and Ornella’s in Novigrad. Strictly serving the freshest of fish, Damir prepares the day’s catch at the table, sashimi style, and pairs it with an astute selection of local olive oil and wine. After a light café breakfast the next day, we will head north about an hour’s drive into Slovenia and stop at the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our journey will continue further into the Slovene Alps closely following the emerald green waters of the Soča River. After a quick stop for lunch at the 11th century Dornberk Castle, we’ll carry on to Kobarid, Slovenia as our destination for the next two days.

foodWe will take respite at Hiša Franko, where it is said that Ernest Hemingway also laid his weary head during WWI and may have even penned A Farewell To Arms. The majesty of the Julian Alps will set the tone for enjoying the signature dishes of Hiša Franko’s award winning chef, Ana Roš. Ana will give us a tour of her cheese basement and her herb and vegetable garden in the back, where they also happen to keep their own trout (sample menu below). On the fifth day we will drive into the town of Kobarid and visit the Kobariški Museum, which pays tribute to the rich history of the Soča River and the nearby WWI Front that separated Italy from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. For those seeking a more active start to their day, we will lead a hike along the Tolmin Gorges, that follows a thrilling trail above the river Tolminka at the southernmost entry into Triglav National Park.

The next day we will pack our bags and head toward Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s prime wine-growing region. We will spend our last two nights at Hotel Gredič, a recently renovated medieval castle that is now a boutique hotel with a top-notch wine cellar. The cellar will be the focal point of our castle tour, which houses all the micro-brands in the region. A light lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant, renowned for the creativity of its Italian chef (sample menu below).

  • collection from airports/ferry terminals/train stations and transfer to Oprtalj, Istria, Croatia. Accommodation at Villa Angelica.
  • depending on time of arrival, visit to the medieval hilltop of Motovun.
  • dinner at Damir & Ornella restaurant, Novigrad. Sample menu on the right.
  • breakfast at Villa Angelica
  • in the morning, truffle-hunting with the Karlić family in forests off lake Butoniga
  • afternoon trip to Rovinj, the Istrian Venice, with stop at two top notch Istrian wineries on the way – Matošević
  • dinner at Monte restaurant in Rovinj.
  • after breakfast, check-out and trip to alpine Slovenia.
  • en-route visit to Škocjan caves, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • en-route light lunch at typical Slovenia agro farm („kmetija“).
  • accommodation and dinner at Hiša Franko, Kobarid. SM below.
  • breakfast at HF, check out and morning visit to either Kobarid Museum or Tolmin Gorges, depending on personal preference and weather, on the way to Goriška Brda wine-region.
  • check-in into Gredič castle and wine-tasting of local varietals with a light dinner.
  • trip to Ljubljana after breakfast.
  • guided tour in the morning and then late lunch at Na Gradu (SM on the right) before a free afternoon in the city.
  • Return to Gredič
  • after breakfast, drop-off at the airport or your next connection.
Foamy soup of wild seabass

Cuttlefish “al nero“ on potato cream with black Istrian truffle

Ravioli filled with whitefish

Fish fillet with Mediterranean spices

Tastes and smells of lemon – dessert

Wine pairings

Mackerel caramelized in sweet tomato, pumpkin soup

Pasta filled with liquid beetroot, fermented cottage cheese, raw foie gras and smoked eel

Black cod fried in vegetable ashes, 2x cauliflower

Rabbit from the farm, tarragon, hazelnuts and white polenta

Pork neck, black garlic, crispy spinach, candy lemon

Wild raspberry, pine tree meringue, lemon and rose

A big apple

Wine pairings

Grilled octopus salad with exotic fruit and passion fruit sauce

Roasted turbot with clam sauce and black truffle

Homemade ravioli filled with lobster, prawns and lime sauce

Monkfish with “caponata” of zucchini, eggplant and raisins

Wine pairings

Lightly smoked Soča trout with tangerine and celery sauce, sunflower

Pasta filled with cottage cheese, porcini mushrooms, lovage cream and Tolminc (cheese) foam

Piran sea bass fillet with broccoli cream, crunchy cauliflower salad and broccoli, basil

Roasted Bela Krajina lamb with celery purée, carrot pudding and thyme sauce

Trraditional Kobarid walnut dessert with baked apple ice cream

Wine pairings

Detailed tour description


As gastro tourism continues to come of age, the opportunities for travelers to deepen their experience of local cultures through food are endless. We look forward to the time when trendy websites and services that pair locals with visitors become more available in our parts. Until then, the team at Proper Croatia is here to help you uncover the still-undiscovered world of food and culture from the Adriatic to the Alps. As devoted foodies ourselves, we’ve cooked up our own seven-day feast that will bring you into closer community with three distinct, yet geographically connected regions of Istria Croatia and western Slovenia.

If you’re flying in to take part in this unique trip, we suggest you fly into Venice or Trieste airports. The collection from there, or alternatively from those cities’ train stations of ferry terminals, are included in the price.

foodOur first stop will be the small stone town of Oprtalj on the Istrian peninsula, not far from where the world’s largest truffle was discovered in 1999 by Giancarlo Zigante. And while this discovery certainly put Croatia on the truffle map, the experience of hunting for these scented tubers in the dense hazelnut and oak forests is still an activity reserved for the most astute and adventurous of food-ists. Is there any better way to taste a truffle unearthed before your eyes by a truffle-hunting dog in the forest where it was grown? We sure can’t think of any. And while the wafting of truffles dominates most Istrian restaurants during the months of September through October, the region has experienced a renaissance in it’s ages-old culture of olive and wine growing that will leave the most discerning of taste buds seriously impressed.

The next day we’ll make a late morning start with a visit to the medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan. This town is home to an eclectic range of Croatian artists and musicians whose ateliers and galleries we will take in at leisure, along with the splendid views. Along the way we will introduce you to a few of our favorite Istrian vineyards and olive groves. The modern cellars of Kozlović and their famed malvasia varietal, the newly-developed teran-rose from the Veralda wine-makers, and the classic deep reds at Kabola will provide you with a good sampling of the best of Istrian wine-making. Once you spend some time with owners like Luciano Visintin whose passions and family history are deeply enmeshed in the personality of the wines and olive oils they produce, you will understand why Croatia’s greatest treasures come in extra-ordinary digestible forms.

The Croatian portion of our journey will end with a unique seafood dining experience at Damir and Ornella’s in Novigrad. Strictly serving the freshest of fish, Damir prepares the day’s catch at the table, sashimi style, and pairs it with an astute selection of local olive oil and wine. After a light café breakfast the next day, we will head north about an hour’s drive into Slovenia and stop at the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our journey will continue further into the Slovene Alps closely following the emerald green waters of the Soča River. After a quick stop for lunch at the 11th century Dornberk Castle, we’ll carry on to Kobarid, Slovenia as our destination for the next two days.

foodWe will take respite at Hiša Franko, where it is said that Ernest Hemingway also laid his weary head during WWI and may have even penned A Farewell To Arms. The majesty of the Julian Alps will set the tone for enjoying the signature dishes of Hiša Franko’s award winning chef, Ana Roš. Ana will give us a tour of her cheese basement and her herb and vegetable garden in the back, where they also happen to keep their own trout (sample menu below). On the fifth day we will drive into the town of Kobarid and visit the Kobariški Museum, which pays tribute to the rich history of the Soča River and the nearby WWI Front that separated Italy from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. For those seeking a more active start to their day, we will lead a hike along the Tolmin Gorges, that follows a thrilling trail above the river Tolminka at the southernmost entry into Triglav National Park.

The next day we will pack our bags and head toward Goriška Brda, Slovenia’s prime wine-growing region. We will spend our last two nights at Hotel Gredič, a recently renovated medieval castle that is now a boutique hotel with a top-notch wine cellar. The cellar will be the focal point of our castle tour, which houses all the micro-brands in the region. A light lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant, renowned for the creativity of its Italian chef (sample menu below).

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