Ljubljana will act as the starter course on our culinary tour. We will stroll through its lovely city center, and visit the Central Market on the way because as any true foodie knows, the key to a great dish is good local produce!
We’ll get to know Ljubljana, all its more and less famous treasures, as well as its food scene. Apart from learning about Ljubljana’s food, you will try it during the lunch that is included in the tour. After sightseeing and filling our bellies, you will be able to cook up an afternoon to your tastes. Enjoy a free afternoon or opt for a cooking class or wine tasting experience in Ljubljana.
Overnight in Ljubljana
Lunch on Ljubljana Food Tour
Ljubljana Food Tour
Ljubljana city center
Ljubljana’s Central market
Food scene of Ljubljana
Ljubljana Castle entrance fee
Boat ride on Ljubljanica River
We continue our exploration of Slovenia’s menu in the beautiful Alps. We will start with a feast for the eyes with the breathtaking Lake Bled, the historic castle that lies on its shore, and the island in the middle of the lake which we will reach with a traditional “pletna” boat.
After taking in the views we will visit a local beekeeper and learn about the honey-making traditions of Slovenia. We will also taste local honey, and potica, a traditional Slovenian walnut roll dessert.
In the afternoon we will head to Lake Bohinj where we will visit a local cheesemaker and try their cheese while learning more about cheese making and classic Slovenian cheeses. We will stay the night in Bohinj, which will give you the opportunity to take a walk on the shores of Lake Bohinj, a mesmerising and expansive glacial lake.
Honey & potica tasting
Bled Castle entrance fee
Pletna boat ride to Bled island
Traditional pletna boat
Triglav National Park
Entrance fee to the church on Bled Island
The third day of our tour will be dedicated to Slovenia’s wine. We will visit two different wine regions, Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley. Goriška Brda is an idyllic wine-making region, with rolling hills covered in vineyards that bask in the sun as far as the eye can see. The vines grow on the slopes, where they can catch the most sunlight to grow the most delicious sweet grapes, while the tops of the hills are reserved for little villages full of authentic architecture and family winemakers. The fairest of them all is the medieval village of Šmartno, a small, stone-paved settlement encircled in walls. Here we will have a wine tasting which will introduce us to all the best and most typical wines of the region, and to the wine-making tradition in Goriška Brda, as the winemaker will also show us their wine cellar.
The second part of our day will be dedicated to the Vipava Valley. All wine lovers will know that drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea, so we will enjoy a home-cooked meal along with our wine tasting at a local Vipava Valley winemaker.
Overnight in Vipava Valley
2 wine tastings
A home-made meal in Vipava Valley
2 wine tastings and winery visits
Goriška Brda wine region
Vipava Valley wine region
Traditional wine cellars
Local wine production
After the capital, the mountains, and the sunny wine countries, our final day in Slovenia will be spent on the coast. To start, we’ll get up our appetites with an olive oil tasting as part of a gourmet tour of olive groves. Apart from some of the best views of the Slovenian coast, we will also enjoy a traditional Istrian lunch here.
We will continue our day in Piran, the prettiest coastal town in Slovenia. We will also visit a Fonda fish farm for a sea bass and sea salt tasting.
Overnight in Istria
Olive oil tasting
Traditional Istrian lunch
Sea bass & sea salt tasting
Vintage gourmet tour at olive oil producer
Fish farm visit
Slovenian olive oil
Visit to an organic fish farm
Slovenian salt production
The next day we will cross the first border on our tour and head to Croatia, but we will stay in the Istria region. We will visit the heart of the Istrian peninsula where we will discover the towns of Hum, the medieval Grožnjan, and Motovun, which is also home to an annual Motovun film festival.
After exploring these wondrous ancient settlements, we will head out on a truffle hunting experience with the best four-legged truffle hunters out there. After our foraging adventure, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor and enjoy some truffles along with other traditional Istrian dishes.
Truffle hunting experience
Our next stop is the Plitvice National Park in Croatia, a natural wonder that is under UNESCO heritage protection. We will spend the day marvelling at the pristine environment full of breathtaking lakes and rivers. Wandering through the incredible terrain of the park is sure to work up our appetites, but we do not have to fear going hungry! We will sit down for a traditional lunch right next to the park, and enjoy some lamb which will be authentically prepared over an open fire. Afterward, we will take a ride to Zadar, one of Croatia’s beautiful historic harbour cities, and get a good night’s rest there.
Overnight in Zadar
Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
We will continue our Croatian culinary tour in the Dalmatian city of Zadar. Our morning will be dedicated to a cooking class that will introduce us to local ingredients, dishes, and some historical background to Dalmatian cuisine. You can look forward to cooking up some amazing fresh seafood dishes!
After our Zadar experience, we will drive to Trogir and make a stop there to enjoy the afternoon while exploring the old town. Then we will continue our journey to Split where we will spend the night.
Overnight in Split
Trogir Old Town
We will start the day with a tour of the Roman ruins of Salona, near Solin. After letting our imaginations roam free among the ancient ruins, and learning about the lives of its past inhabitants, we will continue on our way. Our next stop will be a family-owned olive oil-making business. We will go on a tour of their property, learn about olive oil, and try some of their products. We will combine this with a tour of the Klis Fortress, another incredible remnant of the long history of these parts. We will visit a local tavern for a traditional lunch which will further convince us of the magic of top-quality olive oil. After this comprehensive tour, you will have a free rest of the day in Split.
Solin entrance fee
Tour of a local olive farm
Klis Fortress entrance fee
Roman ruins of Solin
Traditional olive farm
After spending the night in Split, we will drive to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the third Balkan country on our list. Our goal will be Mostar, a city famous for its Turkish influences that date back to the Ottoman Empire, and its incredible stone bridge that connects the two parts of this glorious city built around the Neretva River.
We will walk through Mostar to take in some of its best sights and then commence on our food tour. This experience will be a great introduction to the multiculturalism of Balkan cuisine, with some classic Balkan meat dishes like “čevapi”, and the strong Ottoman influences that are a consequence of the Turkish invasions. These influences are present everywhere, with the popular “burek” savoury pastry and Turkish coffee as just two examples.
Overnight in Mostar
Traditional lunch on the food tour
Food tour of Mostar
Mostar Old Town
The next day we will head back to Croatia, to the famous city of Dubrovnik. On the way, we will stop in Ston for an oyster tasting. Once we reach Dubrovnik we will go on a walking tour to get to know the city and its famous city walls.
Despite the beauty of Dubrovnik, the highlight of our day will definitely come in the evening when we have dinner with the locals. We will have the privilege of enjoying some Dalmatian home cooking. We will also be able to take part in making fresh local delights, like the “Croatian peka” which includes lamb, veal, and roasted potatoes. Our meal will be accompanied by authentic wines and homemade liquors.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
Dinner with locals
Oyster tasting in Ston
Dubrovnik walking tour
Dubrovnik Walls entrance fee
Dinner with locals
Ston Old Town
Dubrovnik old town
On the eleventh day of our tour, we will visit our fourth country, Montenegro. First, we will drive around the spectacularly beautiful Bay of Kotor, and explore Kotor’s historic city center.
We will then visit the Njeguši tourist village which is famous for its prosciutto “Negoški pršut”. Of course, we would not want to miss an opportunity to taste this local delicacy so we will visit a smokehouse, and have a “pršut” tasting.
Overnight in Kotor
Visit of Njeguši village
Bay of Kotor
Kotor Old Town
Smokehouse & traditional Montenegrin cuisine
We will spend one more beautiful day in Montenegro, and stop at a local family farm for an authentic organic lunch. We will then head to the Black Lake, located in the Durmitor National Park. This is the largest lake out of the whooping eighteen glacial lakes in the park.
We will continue with our exploration of the great outdoors across the border in Serbia in the Zlatibor National Park, known for its awe-inspiring mountains, breathtaking scenery, and traditional villages such as Drvengrad. We will also spend the night in Zlatibor, to really soak up all its beauty.
Overnight in Zlatibor
Black Lake visit
Traditional village in Zlatibor
Durmitor National Park
We will dedicate the last two days of our tour to Serbia. We will start day thirteen by driving towards Belgrade. On the way, we will stop to have some sarmas for lunch. This is a traditional dish made of rice and meat rolled into fermented cabbage leaves, a favorite among locals and tourists alike. On our way, we will also stop at the historic town of Smederevo, to explore the Smederevo fortress and enjoy a wine tasting on the riverbanks of the Danube River. We will finish the day by arriving in Belgrade and taking some time to relax and reminisce about the amazing two weeks we have just had.
Overnight in Belgrade
Smederevo Fortress entrance fee
Vineyards by the Danube River
Our final day will be spent in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. This mighty and magnificent city will offer us plenty to see, and plenty to taste as well! We will get familiar with Belgrade’s culture and cuisine on a food tour, which will round up our knowledge of the Balkan culinary world. We will also enjoy a delicious lunch on our food tour.
Lunch on the food tour
Belgrade food tour
They say that smells make the strongest memories. Well, with all the delectable dishes and their mouth-watering aromas, the Balkan Foodie Discovery tour will offer a lot of incredible everlasting memories.
Our culinary Balkan travel adventure will take us through all the flavours of the Western Balkans, starting with Slovenia. Slovenia is a small country at the northernmost point of the Balkans. One of its neighbours is Austria, and this is apparent in Slovenia’s cuisine, as the presence of Austrian and central-European cuisine is just as strong as its Balkan influences. We will therefore have the chance to explore this mixture of cultures and food and ease our way into proper Balkan cuisine.
As we approach the Slovenian coast that is part of the Istria region we will also see in Croatia, we get more of the Mediterranean influences, in food as well as in Slovenia’s amazing wines. The sea air in Slovenia will acclimate us for our tour of Croatia. From Istria to Dalmatia, Croatia is famous for its beautiful beaches and brilliantly blue seas that are home to a number of delicious fish. We will get our fix of great, fresh seafood, and also see how the more meaty Balkan tendencies are incorporated into the lighter Mediterranean diet. During our Croatian adventure, we will also hop into Bosnia and Herzegovina for a day, to get a taste of the delicious Turkish-Balkan cuisine in Mostar.
Now, despite its fame, Croatia isn’t the only Balkan country boasting beautiful beaches. Montenegro also has a lot to show for itself, from perfect vacation spots to mouthwatering food. With its amazing olive oil, fresh fish and vegetables, and inclusion of typical Balkan meat dishes, Montenegrin cuisine is in a way quite similar to Croatian, but it also has some distinctive features of its own, like the delectable kajmak.
The final days of our Balkan trip are dedicated to Serbia, the best representative of the most iconic part of Balkan cuisine: čevapčiči. With its wide range of finger-licking good grilled meat dishes, an incredibly delicious and comforting bean dish called prebranac, the tasty dairy spread kajmak, that Montenegrins also claim as their own, the refreshing and delicious condiment named ajvar, and burek, the savoury pastry you’ll always be in the mood for, Serbian cuisine is the intersection of all the best of Balkan food and the perfect way to end our tour.
Join us in discovering the flavours of the Balkans, and enjoy/dober tek/prijatno!