Chef Jamie Lynch's Croatian Seaside Culinary Tour

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Chef Richard Gruica
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11 reviews
Aug 11 - 18, 2024
Group size: 1 - 16
Chef Jamie Lynch's Croatian Seaside Culinary Tour
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Chef Richard Gruica
  • Email address verified
11 reviews

Aug 11 - 18, 2024
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

 Chef Jamie Lynch's Croatian Seaside Culinary Tour


August 11th to August 18th, 2024


Embark on an exhilarating and exceptional culinary journey as we invite you to join Chef Jamie Lynch's Croatian Seaside Culinary Tour from August 11th to August 18th, 2024. This meticulously crafted experience is brought to you by Chef Richard Gruica, the visionary behind Captivating Croatia Tours, in collaboration with The Gourmet Vacation.


Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Croatia while joining the celebrated Chef Jamie Lynch, the corporate chef-patron of the renowned 5th Street Group. This week-long gastronomic vacation promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, featuring a tantalizing array of cuisine, awe-inspiring vistas, and unforgettable moments along the pristine Adriatic coastline.


Our journey will take us to Dubrovnik, often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic, followed by an exploration of Croatia's most famous wine region, the Pelješac Peninsula, with a special focus on this area. We will also discover the hidden treasures of the Island of Korčula and much more.

Prepare to embark on a sumptuous holiday like no other, where every moment has been meticulously curated to perfection. It's time to savor, sip, and explore to your heart's content!


Day 1 - Sunday, August 11th: Embracing the Charms of Rural Dubrovnik: A Celebration of Wine, Water and Fire…


Welcome to the captivating city of Dubrovnik, a world-renowned gem, and the starting point for your culinary adventure alongside Chef Jamie Lynch and Chef Richard Gruica. Let the gentle Dalmatian breeze caress your senses and allow the enchanting beauty of Dubrovnik to work its magic. Your luxurious haven is none other than the distinguished Hotel More, a boutique 5-star establishment gracing the picturesque shores of Lapad Bay, just beyond the ancient walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town.


Hotel More not only offers exceptional accommodation but is also home to the unique Cave Bar, a place honored among the top 50 bars globally. This holds a special place in Chef Richard's heart, as he spent his summers in the vicinity at his family's house. To commence our journey in style, savor a refreshing cocktail at the Cave Bar and take a leisurely dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Relax and cherish this moment before we embark on an extraordinary day in the lesser-explored Konavle Valley, situated to the south of Dubrovnik.


Our exploration of Konavle commences with a visit to a family-owned winery, where you'll have the opportunity to sample their exceptional wines and delve into the secrets of their time-honored winemaking traditions, with a legacy spanning over six centuries. Our journey then takes us deeper into the countryside, where we'll discover a fully operational stone mill—a fascinating window to the past and a testament to the community's sustainable water use throughout history.


Finally, we'll convene at an age-old stone homestead for a sumptuous feast, with the centerpiece being meats prepared using the traditional Peka method. Peka is a beloved Croatian cooking technique passed down through generations, involving slow-cooking meat, often lamb or veal, along with vegetables in a covered, dome-shaped baking dish. The outcome is a succulent, richly flavored dish where the meat becomes incredibly tender and juicy, while the vegetables absorb the delicious marinade's essence. This unhurried culinary process results in a symphony of harmonious aromas and flavors.Peka is not just a culinary method; it's a social and cultural experience, often reserved for special occasions or gatherings that bring family and friends together in anticipation of a shared feast. The unveiling of the Peka, with its aromatic steam escaping, is a moment of excitement and anticipation, signaling the delightful meal that awaits. You'll have the privilege of savoring this unique experience.

What an extraordinary way to commence your journey on the Taste of Croatia Tour! So, prepare to be entranced by the culinary wonders, cultural encounters, and breathtaking landscapes that await you on this exceptional voyage through Croatia.

Please note, that all guests should arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia within their own timeframe with the tour beginning on Sunday, August 11th. We will have an estimated 2 pm departure time from the hotel lobby to start our adventure. Due to the nature of the ongoing travel industry, we advise that our guests arrive no later than Saturday, August 10th. 

Overnight Stay-5-Star Hotel More 

http://www.hotel-more.hr/ 


On Day 2 - Monday, August 12th: The Jewel of the Adriatic: Discover the Splendors of Dubrovnik, the Real King's Landing

Prepare to dive headfirst into the enchanting beauty of Dubrovnik, as we embark on a day brimming with exploration and culinary indulgence. Following a delightful breakfast at Hotel More, our journey commences within the ancient confines of Dubrovnik's Old Town, steeped in history dating back to the 13th century. As we stroll leisurely along the historic walls, be ready to capture unforgettable moments against the backdrop of the city's magnificent vistas.

Next on the menu is Chef Richard Gruica's exclusive "Sights and Bites" culinary and historical walking tour—an endeavor close to his heart and Croatia's pioneering Food Tour. Be prepared to experience a gastronomic odyssey, where your taste buds will dance to the tune of traditional flavors and customs that define the Old Town. While winding your way through the gleaming white limestone streets and captivating narrow alleys, you'll find yourself immersed in a storybook-like ambiance. This distinctive tour offers you the opportunity to savor the essence of the Old Town, sipping and savoring its rich history and culinary heritage.

Following the culinary tour, you'll have some leisure time to explore Dubrovnik at your own pace. Whether you yearn to delve into its compelling history, meander through its charming streets, or uncover hidden gems, this is your chance to craft your personal Dubrovnik adventure. For those wanting a little bit more adventure, we will experience the enchantment of Dubrovnik like never before with a Sunset Kayaking Tour. We will embark on a serene journey along the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Paddle gently beneath the ancient city walls, watching as the warm hues of twilight paint the sky. With the tranquil sea beneath and the city's majestic silhouette above, this tour promises a magical and unforgettable Dubrovnik sunset. The night is yours to do as you wish. 

We recommend comfortable walking shoes, sneakers, or sandals to ensure that you can fully relish the city's cobblestone streets and picturesque corners. Get ready to be spellbound by the enchantment of Dubrovnik as we delve into its history, relish its culinary treasures, and etch unforgettable memories along the way.

Overnight Stay-5 Star Hotel More

http://www.hotel-more.hr/ 


On Day 3- Tuesday, August 13th: Our Wine Country Adventure Awaits: Delight in Croatia’s Coastal Scenic Wonder

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Get ready for an incredible journey as we head to the beautiful wine country. We'll be driving along the scenic coastal road with stunning views, heading to the famous Pelješac Peninsula, less than a couple of hours away from Dubrovnik. Our cozy retreat for this part of the trip is the Aminess Grand Azur Hotel, right by the Adriatic Sea in Orebić.

Our day begins with a visit to Mali Ston, a charming seaside village known for its delicious oysters and mussels. We'll hop on a boat and cruise through the pristine waters, surrounded by quaint villages and majestic mountains. You'll get to see how they farm and harvest oysters, a tradition that goes way back to ancient times. These oysters are so good that even ancient Roman emperors were fans!

As we continue our journey through Pelješac, we have a fantastic treat in store for everyone at the Milos winery, one of Croatia's most respected. We're excited to visit their newly opened tasting room to try their famed wines. After settling into our hotel, we'll gather for a private wine tasting, in the home of an organic family winery where we will have a chance to savor their wines while we enjoy a homemade dinner filled with Croatian flavors and warm hospitality, with most of the products coming from the family. 

This day is all about immersing yourself in the world of wine, surrounded by the beauty of Pelješac, and savoring the delicious wines it produces. It's a day that combines natural wonders, great wines, and exquisite food for an unforgettable experience.

Check-In and Overnight Stay-The Aminess Grand Azur 4-Star 

https://www.aminess.com/en/aminess-grand-azur-hotel


On Day 4- Wednesday, August 14th: From Water to Wine and some Pizza!

Today, we embark on an exhilarating journey through the Dingač wine region, starting with a boat trip along the glistening Adriatic, immersing us in its vibrant blue expanse. Accompanying us is a skilled local fisherman, a master of freediving and spearfishing. We'll have the privilege of witnessing his expertise firsthand as he showcases his craft, all while we bask in the refreshing Adriatic surroundings, leaving room for a refreshing swim.

Amid our aquatic adventure, we'll also savor the excitement of hunting for delicious sea urchins and other surprising Adriatic delicacies. After a thrilling coastal experience, we'll return to land, hopefully with a bountiful catch, to a hidden oasis surrounded by lush greenery. Here, we'll grill our freshly caught treasures, paired with the savory delights of stewed octopus and black risotto, both renowned Dalmatian specialties. Shaded by trees, we'll relish the family's exquisite wines, elevating our meal even higher. 

Following this gratifying feast, we'll retreat to our hotel for some leisurely downtime, allowing us to recharge and prepare for the perfect evening finale. Beneath the enchanting night sky, we'll wrap up the day with a memorable dinner featuring mouthwatering pizzas and pasta, savoring every delectable bite.

Overnight Stay-The Aminess Grand Azur 4-Star 

https://www.aminess.com/en/aminess-grand-azur-hotel


On Day 5-Thursday, August 15th: Krazy for Korcula…Marco or Marko?

On this special occasion, we'll set sail aboard a car ferry, transporting us to the illustrious island of Croatia known as Korčula, a place intricately linked to the legacy of Marco Polo, who may surprise you with his Croatian origins. Our journey through Korčula begins with a guided tour of the city, where we'll meander through its historic, narrow streets.

Later, we'll be treated to a truly exceptional gourmet experience at the renowned LD Restaurant, boasting a prestigious Michelin star. Here, Chef Marko Gajski, one of Croatia's esteemed culinary maestros, skillfully melds the country's finest culinary treasures, offering a symphony of flavors in a multi-course meal paired with some of Croatia's finest wines.

Following this exquisite feast, we'll make our way to one of the island's most distinguished wineries, where you'll have the pleasure of indulging in a delightful wine tasting. Immerse yourself in the aromatic notes and rich heritage of Korčula's celebrated wines, savoring every sip.


As our time on the captivating island of Korčula draws to a close, you'll have some leisurely moments to explore, shop, and savor a personal culinary adventure before we regroup to board the ferry that will whisk us back to our hotel.

Overnight Stay-The Aminess Grand Azur 4-Star 

https://www.aminess.com/en/aminess-grand-azur-hotel


On Day 6-Friday, August 16th: One with the Land 

Indulge in a leisurely morning as we embrace a later start to our day. With the Pelješac Bridge seamlessly reconnecting mainland Croatia, we are delighted to introduce our esteemed guests to a realm of extraordinary new experiences. Today, we set forth into the bountiful heart of Southern Dalmatia, where the enchantment of the Neretva Valley awaits. This area is the agricultural hub of Southern Croatia and home to the country’s renowned citrus production. 

Our journey unfolds with a visit to the captivating Narona Archaeological Museum, which unveils the remarkable discovery of an Augusteum—a temple devoted to the veneration of the Roman Emperors, erected around 10 BC. Here, we shall immerse ourselves in the tapestry of the region's illustrious history.

Our odyssey continues with another delightful maritime escapade, as we glide gracefully aboard the "copulas" or "lada's" through the tranquil freshwater, weaving through the famed mandarin groves. A rustic culinary feast beckons, harmoniously set against the backdrop of the meandering Neretva River, accompanied by wines hailing from a local winery, offering an authentic taste of the region's genuine flavors.

We'll return to the hotel with ample time to relish the captivating surroundings before the sun sets. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or simply lounge by the water's edge, enjoying the serene ambiance of the Adriatic Sea. 

Overnight Stay-The Aminess Grand Azur 4-Star 

https://www.aminess.com/en/aminess-grand-azur-hotel


On Day 7-Saturday, August 17th: The Best of What is Around…BOWA, Our Island Oasis

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As we return to Dubrovnik, we'll embark on another unforgettable culinary voyage, via luxury speedboat, this time setting our course for the captivating island of Sipan, where BOWA awaits us, reminiscent of a Caribbean paradise. In this seaside haven, the owners personally catch the finest fish, ensuring the freshest culinary delights for our pleasure. The experience unfolds to the rhythm of Mother Nature, allowing us to savor leisurely swims between courses, fully embracing the tranquil atmosphere.

Subsequently, we'll make our way back to Hotel More, our former sanctuary in Dubrovnik, where we'll reconvene for a brief stroll to catch the mesmerizing sunset, before embarking on a leisurely walk to one of our cherished restaurants in Dubrovnik for our farewell dinner. It's a moment to raise our glasses, toasting to an extraordinary adventure with the heartfelt Croatian expression, "Zivili!" Here's to an incredible week, and a perfect conclusion to our journey.

Check-In and Overnight Stay-5 Star Hotel More 

http://www.hotel-more.hr/


On Day 8-Sunday, August 18th: Till the Next Time…

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 Guests will gather for breakfast at their leisure, before departing for the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) via private transfer to the airport.

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-As with any trip of this nature, we are at the discretion of Mother Nature and the schedule might change based on weather or other variables outside of our control. Captivating Croatia strives to give all guests the best possible experience, so rest assured that even if things happen you are in very capable hands.

We look forward to hosting you alongside Chef Jamie…

Culinarily yours,

The Captivating Croatia Team, The Gourmet Vacation and 

Chef Richard Gruica

What’s included

  • Chef Time
    The chance to eat, drink, explore, experience, interact and learn alongside Chef Jamie personally throughout the trip.
  • 7 Night’s Accommodation
    Luxury accommodation 4 stars or higher
  • All Excursions
    Including food, tastings & activities
  • Private Transportation
    All transportation is included
  • Meals
    All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Private Guide
    Your guide (Chef Richard Gruica) is Croatian-American and also a chef!
  • Airport Transfers
    Pick up and drop off at the designated group airport

What’s not included

  • Airfare
    Airfare is not included. Guests must be in Dubrovnik ready to start the trip by 10:30 am on Sunday, August 11th. We highly recommend getting in a day earlier to acclimate and to avoid issues.
  • Travel Insurance
    This is very STRONGLY recommended.
  • Tips/Gratuities
    These would be optional additional tips for guides/hosts/servers
  • Extra Food/Drink
    Any other food/drink not provided on the tour.

Available Packages

Trip Price
Available until July 12, 2024
$5,249
Deposit: $1,000

Available options

Single Person Supplement
$1,000
6 left

Single person per room

Itinerary

Day 1-Sunday, Aug 11th
Embracing the Charms of Rural Dubrovnik: A Celebration of Wine, Water

On Day 1 - Sunday, August 11th: Embracing the Charms of Rural Dubrovnik: A Celebration of Wine, Water and Fire…


Welcome to the captivating city of Dubrovnik, a world-renowned gem, and the starting point for your culinary adventure alongside Chef Jamie Lynch and Chef Richard Gruica. Let the gentle Dalmatian breeze caress your senses and allow the enchanting beauty of Dubrovnik to work its magic. Your luxurious haven is none other than the distinguished Hotel More, a boutique 5-star establishment gracing the picturesque shores of Lapad Bay, just beyond the ancient walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town.


Hotel More not only offers exceptional accommodation but is also home to the unique Cave Bar, a place honored among the top 50 bars globally. This holds a special place in Chef Richard's heart, as he spent his summers in the vicinity at his family's house. To commence our journey in style, savor a refreshing cocktail at the Cave Bar and take a leisurely dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Relax and cherish this moment before we embark on an extraordinary day in the lesser-explored Konavle Valley, situated to the south of Dubrovnik.


Our exploration of Konavle commences with a visit to a family-owned winery, where you'll have the opportunity to sample their exceptional wines and delve into the secrets of their time-honored winemaking traditions, with a legacy spanning over six centuries. Our journey then takes us deeper into the countryside, where we'll discover a fully operational stone mill—a fascinating window to the past and a testament to the community's sustainable water use throughout history.


Finally, we'll convene at an age-old stone homestead for a sumptuous feast, with the centerpiece being meats prepared using the traditional Peka method. Peka is a beloved Croatian cooking technique passed down through generations, involving slow-cooking meat, often lamb or veal, along with vegetables in a covered, dome-shaped baking dish. The outcome is a succulent, richly flavored dish where the meat becomes incredibly tender and juicy, while the vegetables absorb the delicious marinade's essence. This unhurried culinary process results in a symphony of harmonious aromas and flavors. Peka is not just a culinary method; it's a social and cultural experience, often reserved for special occasions or gatherings that bring family and friends together in anticipation of a shared feast. The unveiling of the Peka, with its aromatic steam escaping, is a moment of excitement and anticipation, signaling the delightful meal that awaits. You'll have the privilege of savoring this unique experience.


What an extraordinary way to commence your journey on the Taste of Croatia Tour! So, prepare to be entranced by the culinary wonders, cultural encounters, and breathtaking landscapes that await you on this exceptional voyage through Croatia.


Please note, that all guests should arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia within their own timeframe with the tour beginning on Sunday, August 11th. We will have an estimated 2 p.m. departure from the hotel lobby to start our adventure. Due to the nature of the ongoing travel industry, we advise that our guests arrive no later than Saturday, August 10th.  


Overnight Stay-5-Star Hotel More 

http://www.hotel-more.hr/ 

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Chef Richard Gruica
11 reviews
From an early age, Chef Richard Gruica saw how food and drink could unite people, regardless of their backgrounds, making everyone happy. With his passion for gastronomy, he decided to create the most incredible of edible journeys. Through extensive research, he presents some of the finest examples of tradition, craft and small producers from across the globe to the guests of his tours. More significantly, guests get to meet and enjoy the people that have a true passion for what they do. Forget ordinary, experience extraordinary!

Reviews

FG
Excellent food and wine knowledge. Chef Gruica was a great guide. Chef Ricky Moore is amazing and curated a feeling of togetherness in a tour of what was primarily strangers. Over that week we became friends. Many stepped outside of their comfort zones and tried (and loved) food that they'd never before imagined. Croatia is beautiful! I look forward to the next food & wine (and Pepsi!) tour!!
By Felice G for The "Kroatia Kool" Thousand Island Food & Wine Tour w/Chef Ricky Moore on Nov 07, 2023
This was not just any ordinary trip. It was a culinary adventure in a beautiful country with amazing people unlike anything we have ever experienced. Every day Chef Richard curated unique tasting experiences off the beaten path. His delicious collections blended the freshest local food from small wineries, local eateries, and farms in stunning surroundings. Every day presented unique activities exploring the real people and places that most tourists never see. I would have never imagined eating a spectacular meal in a charming winery that was prepared by the owner and his family or hunting for truffles out in the woods and having an al fresco dinner prepared right there at dusk. Day after day, the combination of food, wine, and activities was unique and different from the previous day. We absolutely will be returning for more tours with Chef Richard and definitely this Croatia tour is one of a kind and not to be missed!
By Joseph M for A 'Taste of Southern Grace' Croatia Tour w/ Chef Steven Greene on Oct 14, 2023
Beyond what we had anticipated! The immersion in the local culture made this a very special trip! We would definitely travel with Richard again!
By Karen F for The Chef Chris Coleman Taste of Croatia Tour on Aug 01, 2023
I will literaly remember these countless experiences for a lifetime. Richard's genuine enthusiasm for food, wine, and culture shined bright. My wife and I truly experienced what it means to be a world traveler. We would do another trip in a heartbeat. Thanks Richard!
By David W for Chef Sam Diminich Back to Roots Slovenia & Croatia Tour on May 06, 2023
Thank you so much for those super kind words. I love doing what I do and crafting wonderful experiences for my guests. It was a pleasure having both of you guys. Peru in 24!
By Chef Richard Gruica on May 08, 2023
I met 12 Fantastic people who have become friends and Richard was fantastic, well informed and not a "boring tour instructor". The buses that we had were extremely comfortable and classy. We were able to take our time at each spot which was important to me. Excellent time.
By Diane E for Chef Sam Diminich Back to Roots Slovenia & Croatia Tour on May 04, 2023
Thank you Diane...it was wonderful having you and so appreciate you for coming on the tour. He re is to a great trip, to new friends...loads of memories and to what the future has in store for us.
By Chef Richard Gruica on May 08, 2023
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What a trip! Richard created an amazing itinerary that included something for everyone. His connections to local chefs, farmers, tour guides, etc made this an unforgettable trip. Accommodations were first class, beautiful hotels and very comfortable transportation along the way. We look forward to another trip with him!
By Lewis W on 10 May, 2023