Chef Richard Gruica and Captivating Croatia Tours cordially invite you to join us and our Chef-Host, the acclaimed Chef Scott Crawford and escape with us to exotic Slovenia and Croatia for a week-long, food-centric vacation of a lifetime. Come, experience the ultimate culinary adventure which will take place from Sunday, August 29th to Sunday, September 5th, 2021. Get ready to explore some of the most beautiful places in the world, as we visit the raw beauty of Slovenia and explore Istria, Croatia’s Tuscany. We will visit these regions' most storied areas, which are brimming with history and lore while enjoying the very best food, drink, and sights alongside Chef Scott. Experience a luxury holiday unlike any other in the style you deserve.
The Chef Scott Crawford Savor Slovenia/Istria Tour begins in our arrival city of Venice, Italy where a luxury van will gather all guests to begin our journey to Slovenia. Along the way, we will build up our appetites before stopping for lunch in Slovenia’s famed wine country for a gourmet meal full of local delicacies and try the world-renowned natural/orange wines of the region with amazing views of the vineyards from the scenic terrace. After lunch, we will experience scenery that is truly majestic to behold as we make our way through the mountains until we join renowned Chef Ana Ros (check out her Chef’s Table episode on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/watch/80075153 ) and her sommelier/cheesemaker husband Valter at their boutique country inn, which has been voted one of the best in the world where we will be staying the next two nights. Once settled in, we will sit down to enjoy the degustation menu dinner at their two Michelin starred place called Hiša Franko, which at present, is the 38th best restaurant in the world.
Please note, all guests should arrive in Venice, Italy at their own timeframe with the tour beginning on Sunday, Aug 29th. We will have an estimated 11 am departure time from the Tronchetto area reserved for buses. Please make sure to arrive no later than Saturday, Aug 28th in order to make sure we all leave together promptly on the 29th. Those guests that are not present upon our intended departure time will have to make their own arrangements to arrive at our first hotel stay in Slovenia.