The Chef Bob Cook Continental Croatia Food & Drink Tour

Zagreb, Croatia

Chef Richard Gruica
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Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
Group size: 1 - 17
The Chef Bob Cook Continental Croatia Food & Drink Tour
Zagreb, Croatia

Chef Richard Gruica
  • Email address verified
  • Twitter verified
11 reviews

Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022
Group size: 1 - 17

About this trip


The Chef Bob Cook Continental Croatia Food & Drink Tour

Lovingly Curated by Chef Richard Gruica and Captivating Croatia

Chef Richard Gruica and Captivating Croatia Tours cordially invite you to join us and our Chef-Host, the respected and much-loved Chef Bob Cook, partner and Chef at Edmunds Oast in Charleston, South Carolina to escape with us to exotic Croatia for a week-long, food-centric vacation of a lifetime. Come, experience the ultimate culinary adventure which will take place from Sunday, October 30th to Sunday, November 6th, 2022. Get ready to explore an area that most guests coming to Croatia overlook. While most people think of the sea, islands, and the Croatian coastline, we are heading inland to explore and visit Continental Croatia, brimming with history and lore, it is a land of legends, with its myths and secrets proudly passed down through the generations. Here the locals fiercely uphold their traditions, such as harvest festivals, traditional dress, and feature some of the most flavorful foods in all of Croatia. Let’s not forget the wines, the heartland offers a plethora of wine options that we will be enjoying daily. So, get ready to enjoy the very best food, drink, and sights alongside Chef Bob. Experience a holiday unlike any other in the style you deserve. Get ready to Eat-Drink-Explore!

Sunday, October 30th to Sunday, November 6th, 2022

Please note- We kindly ask that all guests on Chef Bob’s tour arrive in Zagreb no later than Saturday, Oct 29th as we have an early start on Sunday, October 30th. We will assist guests in all arrangements. 

What’s included

  • Chef Time
    The chance to eat, drink, explore, experience, interact and learn alongside Chef Bob personally throughout the trip.
  • 7 Night's Accommodation
    Luxury accommodation 4 stars or higher
  • All Excursions
    Including food, tastings & classes
  • Private Guide
    Your guide (Chef Richard Gruica) is Croatian-American and also a chef!
  • Transportation
  • VIP Access Gypsy Table
    VIP Access to The Gypsy Table event
  • Airfare
    Airfare is not included.
  • Travel Insurance
    This is very STRONGLY recommended.
  • Extra Food/Drink
    Any other food/drink not provided on the tour.
  • Extra Tips/Gratuities
    Any extra you wish to tip on your own.

Available Packages

Trip Price
Deposit: $500

Available options


Day 1
What is Old is New Again

Day 1-Sunday, October 30th 

What is Old is New Again

Welcome to the start of the Chef Bob Continental Croatia Food and Drink Tour. Our trip will begin from the Hotel Academia in Zagreb, a 4-star hotel, located just steps away from Zagreb’s most famous street full of cafes and restaurants. Our luxury transportation will pick the group up and head to Kutjevo, a charming town in Eastern Croatia located in the Slavonia region, which is most known for its long and storied history of wine production, dating back hundreds of years.

We are starting the tour with a bang as we will be visiting the Krauthaker Winery, one of Croatia’s most award-winning and respected wineries for a tour/tasting and lunch. This is a truly special treat as they will be preparing some local specialties to be paired with their wines. 

Afterward, we will head to Kutjevo Castle , built-in 1232 on the site of a Cistercian abbey, which will be our home for the next two nights. In 2015, the castle was renovated and the interior of the castle was upgraded to include luxurious rooms, a wellness center, a restaurant, and more. Also, the exterior has been decorated with a beautiful garden full of flowers, greenery, and breathtaking trees. Feel free to enjoy our lovely surroundings before meeting for a short stroll to our next stop, the Galic Winery where we will tour one of Croatia’s most state-of-the-art wineries and we will enjoy a private winery tasting/tour finishing off with our welcome dinner. 

Overnight Stay-Kutjevo Castle

Your Organizer

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!


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 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