A magical rainbow of flavours
This programme has been designed to showcase the unique gourmet food of northwestern Croatia and the Varaždin region. This culinary history is based around traditional meals, as well as dishes served at feasts hosted by the area’s guilds and noble families during the golden age of Varaždin. In the 16th century, Varaždin was the capital of Croatia and the centre of the country’s social life, and according to surviving records, the feasts, food, and drink of the time were world class. The feasts held by the members of local craft guilds were especially notorious – the butchers’ guild even held feasts that were known to last for days. The guests of these feasts would enjoy dozens of specialties made from local ingredients: pork and beef, fish, poultry, wild game, and more… Our food guide will tell you a part of the story, and you will experience the other part as you enjoy dishes prepared according to centuries-old recipes at select restaurants bearing the Flavours standard. This programme will allow you to experience the magical flavours of 60 traditional local meals and desserts while simultaneously getting to know northwestern Croatia.
Day 1 Arrival in Varaždin and accommodation. Brief sightseeing and a ‘lordly’ seven-course welcome dinner in the very centre of town. Day 2 Visit Lepoglava, a nature park, and Trakošćan castle. Six-course lunch. Return to the hotel for a brief rest. Departure to Varaždinske Toplice, visit the Roman baths, and a ‘noble’ nine-course dinner. Day 3 Visit the ‘honey house’ to sample honey and honey brandy. Traditional five-course lunch at a farm restaurant. Visit the Međimurje wine route. Dinner and return to the hotel. Day 4 Visit the town of Ludbreg, the ‘centre of the world’. Lunch at a farm restaurant in Prigorje. Return to Varaždin for a ‘Katarina Patačić’ nine-course dinner. Day 5 Visit Zagreb. Lunch with a selection of Croatian national dishes. Return to Varaždin for a gala dinner – “Varaždin Guild Feast” – and 11-course dinner featuring a selection of 18th century dishes. Day 6 A small cooking workshop to learn to make Varaždin’s famous klipić pastries, or a free afternoon. Lunch – traditional dishes from the town of Varaždin prepared in the modern style. Departure.
A true traditional experience
The fascinating cuisine of central Croatia consists of everything from peasant food to luxurious dishes once served at the region’s noble courts. Even though numerous meals from this region feature nearly the same ingredients, they are so different that each destination will provide you with a new, unique culinary experience amidst breath-taking, pristine natural surroundings. Within a circle 100km in diameter, we will take you to fifteen of the best-known and most beautiful rural tourism destinations in Central Croatia, where each day you will encounter the flavours of at least 10 select local, traditional meals paired with the region’s world-class wines.
Day 1 Arrival in Varaždin, Day 2 Međimurje, Day 3 Zagorje, Day 4 Podravina and Bilogora, Day 5 Zagreb region, Day 6 Moslavina, Day 7 Zagreb, Day 8 Departure.
Golden hands for golden flavours
The food and drink of every region is a component part of its culture, heritage, traditions, and everyday life. This programme will introduce you to the particularities of the cuisine and life of the people of the regions of Varaždin, Zagorje, and Međimurje. As a part of the programme, you will also learn how to prepare ten local dishes from chefs who have won some of the most important culinary awards in Croatia, members of the national culinary team, and members of the Croatian Culinary Academy. Through three gourmet workshops, you will learn the secrets to ten local dishes, cakes, and desserts. In the evening hours, you will enjoy a selection of traditional dishes prepared for you by world-class chefs at restaurants bearing the Flavours standard.
Day 1 – Arrival in Varaždin or Trakošćan. Seven-course dinner, selection of traditional holiday dishes. Day 2 – Culinary workshop to learn to prepare 3 traditional dishes from Zagorje. Lunch. Seven-course dinner, traditional dishes from the Varaždin region prepared in the modern style. Day 3 – Culinary workshop to learn to prepare 3 traditional dishes from the Varaždin region. Lunch. Six-course dinner, selection of dishes from Međimurje. Day 4 – Culinary workshop to learn to prepare 3 traditional dishes from Međimurje. Lunch. Seven-course dinner, selection of dishes from the town of Varaždin. Day 5 – Breakfast. Visit Zagreb. Day 6 – Seven-course lunch, selection of Croatian national dishes. Departure.
A trip through the flavours of Croatian tradition
Croatia, although a small country, is simply full of variety in its nature, geography, and culture – a fact reflected in its truly diverse cuisine. Croatia can be roughly divided into its continental and Mediterranean parts, and further into regions – Slavonia, Posavina, Podravina, Međimurje, Zagorje, Lika, Istria, Kvarner, Gorski kotar, and Northern, Central and Southern Dalmatia – each of which is special and unique. Throughout Croatia, however, the cuisine strongly reflects the “art of peasant cooking” – the art of using simple, ‘ordinary’ ingredients and a little village ingenuity to design dishes that are simple, and yet unique and delicious. Enjoying Croatian traditional cuisine means enjoying complex dishes and specialties, designed in the kitchens of the wealthy bourgeoisie and nobility by skilled chefs. Culinary heritage and traditional cuisine are one of the yet undiscovered gems Croatia has to offer its visitors.
If you want to experience a part of this rich tradition of world-class dining and gourmet delights, join us on an unforgettable journey where you will experience the best of Croatian cuisine prepared with loving care at select restaurants bearing the Flavours of Croatian Tradition standard.
During your trip, in addition to the magical scents and flavours of more than 100 select dishes, you will also encounter the most beautiful parts of Croatia – its national parks, nature parks, cultural monuments, and its people and traditions.
Day 1 F. Tuđman Airport, Zagreb - Međimurje (Sveti Martin), Day 2 Varaždin and Zagorje, Day 3 Podravina and Vallis Aurea, Day 4 Slavonia (Osijek and Kopački rit park), Day 5 Syrmia (Vukovar and Ilok), Day 6 Brodska Posavina, Day 7 Zagreb, Day 8 Plitvice Lakes (national park), Day 9 Lika – island of Pag, Day 10 Zadar, Day 11 Šibenik (Krka National Park), Day 12 Split, Day 13 Dubrovnik, Day 14 Dubrovnik Airport – departure
Day 1 . Tuđman Airport, Zagreb - Međimurje (Sveti Martin), Day 2 Varaždin, Day 3 Zagorje, Day 4 Zagreb, Day 5 Gorski kotar, Day 6 Istria, Day 7 Kvarner, Day 8 Plitvice Lakes (national park), Day 9 Lika – island of Pag, Day 10 Zadar, Day 11 Šibenik (NP Krka), Day 12 Split, Day 13 Dubrovnik, Day 14 Dubrovnik Airport – departure
Day 1 Zagreb – Međimurje, Day 2 Zagorje –Varaždin, Day 3 Zagorje, Day 4 Zagreb region – Samobor, Day 5 Kvarner – Rijeka-Opatija, Day 6 Island of Krk, Day 7 Islands of Cres and Lošinj, Day 8 Krk Airport – departure
Day 1 Zagreb – Međimurje, Day 2 Zagorje – Varaždin, Day 3 Zagorje, Day 4 Zagreb region – Samobor, Day 5 Posavina, Day 6 Vallis Aurea, Day 7 Slavonia, Day 8 Zagreb, Day 9 Departure
Programme organisation: Basic packages can be designed to be shorter than foreseen, with a minimum of three nights. Programmes can be organised throughout the entire year for groups of two or more.