While Croatia remains a below-the-radar destination for many Canadian travelers, this eastern European gem and home to dozens of sites in the HBO series Game of Thrones is a must-see that offers plenty of immersive experiences – especially for epicures.
YYZ Travel Advisors are ready to share their experience and knowledge with you.
There is an amazing tour of the food-centric Istria peninsula, which included a hunt for white truffles in the village of Livade and a private winetasting in Momjan, epicenter of Istria’s wine country. We recommend a visit to the Kabola Winery to sample its muscat, malvasia, and teran vintages. The cellar is located underground and the wine undergoes a prolonged fermentation in amphorae [two-handled storage jars] – a process that goes back millennia.
Your trip can also include opportunities to sample Croatia’s regional specialties, many of them seafood based, including a memorable meal in Rovinj featuring a fusion of traditional and modern Mediterranean dishes.
FEASTS FOR THE EYES:
Our Travel Advisors’ list of must-see attractions is the UNESCO-designated Plitvice Lakes National Park. It comprises 16 distinctively colored lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland populated with wildlife and rare bird species. Each turn brings yet another picture-perfect photo op.
Another favorite destination: the island of Hvar. It’s especially popular in summer, when the small harbor is dotted with celebrities’ yachts. To get there we suggest you flying via floatplane from Split , to take advantage of the spectacular views of the Croatian archipelago.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE A WEEK:
Our Travel Advisors recommend building your itinerary around Dubrovnik (Croatia’s best-known port), Hvar, Split, and Plitvice Lakes National Park. If time permits, add Istria and Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Game of Thrones enthusiasts can visit settings featured in the series, including Dubrovnik’s Bokar Fortress (King’s Landing), nearby Trsteno Arboretum (the Red Keep’s gardens), and Split’s Diocletian’s Palace (site of many of Daenerys’ scenes).
WHEN AND HOW TO GO:
April through June and September through October are ideal months to visit.
To Book a Trip to Croatia,
Call our Travel Advisors: 1-800-668-8401