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A Foodie-Focused Tour of Peru Ends in Machu Picchu

A Foodie-Focused Tour of Peru Ends in Machu Picchu


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Getting to Machu Picchu has never been easy, but there has never been a better time to visit. Once at the base of the site, the ruins can be reached by an impressive five-mile hike, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link the settlement’s different levels located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. The best part of your visit, though, could very well be the food.

You're likely to start in Lima, where foodie hotspots include Central, Maido, and Cosme. A stay at the Country Club Hotel (one of the Leading Hotels of the World) is a must, if only for a table at Perroquet, considered one of the best restaurants in Lima. Try its ceviche bar, helmed by chef Jacinto Sanchez, and Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado, a stir fry that combines marinated beef with onions and tomatoes, the restaurant's best-selling dish.

From Lima, visitors travel to Cusco via commuter flight before moving onto Aguas Calientes by rail. While any car on the Inca Rail will provide stunning views along the way, the first-class car will also include a traditional Peruvian meal capped off with live music and open-air views courtesy of the cocktail car.

Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the Sumaq Hotel is just a short walk from the train station. Located at the base of the cloud forest that surrounds Machu Picchu, the hotel offers stunning views of Urubamba River and valley, a still-sacred Inca landscape. What makes Sumaq special, aside from that stunning view, is the hotel’s dedication to sustainable travel and local traditions. The resort has partnered with social organizations such as the Chef’s Alliance (Alianza Cocinero), and Andrés Ugáz, a 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Award recipient, has trained Sumaq chefs in gourmet bread baking. More than 30 varieties of bread are prepared with regional ingredients such as kiwicha, yellow peppers, and chicha de jora.

Sumaq Hotel guests don't just ascent Machu Picchu alone; they go with a shaman who offers a mystical tour of the area focusing on the spiritual significance of the site. He practices healing and energizing rituals along the way that will make this a tour you will never forget. Back at the hotel, indulge in a traditional Peruvian lunch known as the pachamanca. Prepared by Sumaq elders-in-residence, the meal includes meats and veggies wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on hot stones underground. While the meal cooks, guests are offered instruction on how to make traditional chicha de jora (fermented corn beer) and chicha de quinua (beer made from quinoa). Once the brew is ready, a small amount is poured out as an offering to pachamama (mother Earth) before consuming. Then, lunch is dug up, unwrapped, and served.

Just when you think the Sumaq couldn’t introduce you to any other traditions, your day at Machu Picchu is capped by a “Payment of the Earth” ritual. The shaman-led ceremony offers guests the opportunity to reflect on the wonder and traditions they have experienced the entire day and share their intentions for the days, months, and years to come during an offering that includes traditional Peruvian corn, tea, and herbs.

Culinary additions to the program include cooking demos for both adults and kids, pisco sour tutorials, private chef dinners and a “Tour of Peru” at the hotel’s Qunuq Restaurant — a collection of flavors from the Peruvian coast, highlands and jungle, presented in seven dishes served with a select variety of international wines.

Hungry yet? Peru is waiting.


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world


Culinary Tour of Slovenia & Croatia

This private tour includes in-depth culinary touring in Slovenia and Istria (Croatia)—both renowned foodie destinations—as well as exploring the food and wine traditions of the Dalmatian Coast in Split and Dubrovnik.

Begin in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia. During private touring, explore the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in the historic center enjoy a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city visit Ljubljana Castle for panoramic views over the capital from a forested hilltop tour the National Gallery of Slovenia browse local markets and shops and enjoy leisure time to relax at local cafes and restaurants.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to the beautiful Julian Alps. At iconic Lake Bled, ride in a private pletna (flat-bottomed wooden boat) to a tiny island with a picturesque church and bell tower. Also see Bled Castle, which perches atop rocky cliffs overlooking the water. Nearby, visit a beekeeper to learn about this popular Slovenian pastime and taste local honey. Continue to Lake Bohinj, a picture-perfect mountain lake surrounded by the rocky peaks of Triglav National Park. Visit a cheesemaking farm or the Museum of Alpine Dairy Farming to learn about and taste local cheeses. Perhaps opt for a scenic walk on a lakeside trail, or ride a cable car for incredible bird's-eye views over the lake and mountains.

Another day, take an excursion to the beautiful Goriska Brda wine region to see charming medieval hill towns and sample Slovenian wines at top wineries tucked into the rolling landscape. Also enjoy regional culinary highlights such as olive oil and seasonal fruit. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can request a lunch reservation at a top local restaurant.

Continue to Croatia and travel down the Istrian Peninsula, a bucolic region of oak forests, olive groves and pebble beaches. Stay at an upscale hotel and winery in the countryside, and enjoy activities that highlight local food and wine traditions such as hunting for Istria's famed truffles and sampling Istrian olive oil and wines. Also visit Rovinj, a picturesque jumble of pastel Venetian buildings on the Adriatic waterfront.

Next, transfer to the ancient city of Split for private touring of Diocletian's Palace, one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your private guide, walk through this living archaeological site, and see highlights such as the Peristyle, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the bell tower. Also take an excursion to nearby Trogir, a UNESCO-listed island town that preserves atmospheric Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. Meet a chef to shop for ingredients at a local market, and then enjoy a lunch with paired wines at a beautiful countryside venue.

End your tour in Dubrovnik, a beautiful historic city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. With your expert private guide, explore the highlights of the Old City of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with medieval city walls, white limestone streets, and well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Walk atop the ramparts, visit historic palaces and monasteries, and explore the most interesting neighborhoods and backstreets. Also browse for unique crafts, olive oil and other Croatian specialties at local shops. One day, tour the mountainous peninsula of Peljesac. Enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, and meet a local oyster farmer and sample some fresh seafood. Also see the ancient salt pans and impressive city walls in the seaside village of Ston. Another day, take a private excursion into the countryside to see village life amid vineyards and olive groves and enjoy a cooking lesson in a local home.

This tour can be further customized to include additional time in Croatia or neighboring countries such as Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro.

Arrive Ljubljana, Slovenia

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Julian Alps

Full-day private excursion

Ljubljana & Goriska Brda

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits

Ljubljana – Istria, Croatia

Private transfer to Bale for 3 nights, with Istrian hill towns and truffle hunting activity en route

Morning private excursion to Rovinj. Afternoon at leisure

Half-day estate tour with wine and olive oil tasting

Istria – Split

Private transfer to Split for 2 nights

Split & environs

Morning private culinary touring. Afternoon private walking tour

Split – Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour

Dubrovnik & Peljesac Peninsula

Full-day private excursion, including winery visits and oyster boat tour and tasting

Dubrovnik & environs

Half-day excursion to the countryside for private cooking lesson

Depart Dubrovnik

Per person (double occupancy)

All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.

The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
  • Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
  • Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world



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