The Chef Mark Allison Taste Croatia Tour

Chef Richard Gruica
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Sep 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16
The Chef Mark Allison Taste Croatia Tour

Chef Richard Gruica
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Sep 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

Chef Richard Gruica and Captivating Croatia Tours cordially invite you to join us and our Chef-Host, the acclaimed Chef Mark Allison and 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 Saturday, September 3rd to Saturday, September 10th. Get ready to explore one of the most beautiful places in the world, as we visit Dubrovnik and the areas surrounding Croatia’s most storied city, brimming with history and lore, while enjoying the very best food, drink, and sights alongside Chef Mark. Experience a luxury holiday unlike any other in the style you deserve. Get ready to Eat-Drink-Explore! 



COVID-19 has devastated the travel and hospitality industry worldwide. 2020 was a year to forget, however, there is hope for travel in 2022, and the entire Captivating Croatia team remains committed to providing the best small group experiences for our guests. In fact, our trips have always been about the private group experience, so we are still absolutely ready to give you an amazing vacation. As with all other companies, we are shifting and evolving in response to the Coronavirus. We are creating new policies and protocols in order to maintain the utmost safety of our guests so that you can have a worry-free experience. I have always told our guests, that once you step off that plane, I want all your worries to go away and that continues to be my belief. We know that things are constantly shifting, evolving, and changing and want you to know that the one constant is our resolve to give you the best experience possible, regardless of the circumstances. 

Many people are unaware that Croatia, was the first European country to open its borders for American’s during times of COVID-19. They love American’s and so look to having you as their guest. 

In response to the current environment, and in a show of total support for you and your comfort, I have revised our policies to give you 100% confidence and flexibility in your decision-making.

For COVID-19 related cancellations, we are offering a FULL REFUND, minus a $100 fee to cover administration purposes, transactions, and other misc. fees. Medical documentation will need to be provided for all participants seeking a refund for COVID-19 reasons. Full Refunds will also apply if Travel Restrictions are in place preventing your tour to take part. All payments can also be applied as credits for future tours with no blackout dates or expiration.

Culinarily yours,

The Captivating Croatia Team and 

Chef Richard Gruica

Chef Mark Allison Taste Croatia Tour

What’s included

  • Chef Time
    The chance to eat, drink, explore, experience, interact and learn alongside Chef Mark personally throughout the trip.
  • 7 Night’s Accommodation
    Luxury accommodation 4 stars or higher
  • All Excursions
    Including food, tastings & classes
  • Private Transportation
    All transportation is included
  • Meals
    All Breakfasts, 7 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
  • VIP Gypsy Table Access
    VIP Access to The Gypsy Table event
  • Airfare
    Airfare is not included. Guests must be in Dubrovnik ready to start the trip by 11 am on Saturday, September 3rd. 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
  • Extra Food/Drink
    Any other food/drink not provided on the tour.

Available options

Single Person Supplement6 left


DAY 1-Saturday, Sept 3rd

DAY 1-Saturday, September 3rd 


Welcome to Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the host location for your amazing adventure with Chef Mark Allison and Chef Richard Gruica with Captivating Croatia. Feel the warm Dalmatian breeze and sun on your face, let it refresh you. Relax and put your thoughts of home away. We will be staying at the famed Hotel More (pronounced Morehh, meaning Sea in Croatian), which is a boutique 5-Star property built on the seaside of Lapad Bay, just outside of the walled Old Town of Dubrovnik. The Hotel More is special in several ways, not only is it an amazing hotel, but it has a Cave Bar that was voted one of the top 50 bars in the world, but Chef Richard happened to spend his summers just down the street at his family house and the area is very near and dear to him. We can’t think of a better way to start, other than with a wonderful cocktail from the famed Cave Bar followed by a dip in the Adriatic Sea. Relax and enjoy before the group departs for a truly special day in the lesser-known and lesser frequented Konavle Valley, just south of Dubrovnik. Before that, we will visit Cavtat for a walk around the charming sleepy seaside town near Konavle, with a stop for a light lunch at one of our favorite spots before heading out to a fully functioning stone mill in the countryside, where we will step back in time to see how things used to be. We will view how water was used to operate the mill in many ways and sustained the local community for ages. 

Then, get ready to experience The Gypsy Table, Chef Richard’s pop-up event concept. The location and menu are secret, the only thing we can say is that there will be copious amounts of amazing wines for everyone to enjoy. As well as, the edible delights being prepared by Chef Mark, Chef Richard and the guest chefs taking part. What a wonderful way to start the Taste Croatia Tour!

Overnight Stay-Hotel More 5-Star 

Your Organizer

Chef Richard Gruica
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!