Croatia: Town and Country

For culture, adventure and gastronomy, Dubrovnik, Opatija and Rovinj respectively are an incentive planner's dream

Adventure in Opatija

Day One: Arrive at Pula Airport and transfer to Opatija, staying at the four-star 50-room Astoria Design Hotel. Enjoy panoramic views of the city on a two-hour sea-kayaking trip along the coastline. Groups can also opt to ascend Mount Ucka - the climb begins at approximately 1,000 metres, with the opportunity to experience the region's history and geography. At the summit, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the region from the Italian and Slovenian Alps in the north to the Kvarner islands in the south. For dinner, try Evergreen or Restaurant Kamelija for meat and fish dishes.

Day Two: Prepare for an early start with a boat trip to Cres Island, with welcome drinks, local music and entertainment on board. Cres is one of the last habitats of the rare griffon vulture. Visit Beli, one of the oldest settlements on Cres, designed in the style of an acropolis. After lunch on board the boat, relax, swim and sunbathe before returning to Opatija in the late afternoon. Head to Volosko for dinner, a fishing village nearby, which has some of the region's most exclusive restaurants, such as Le Mandrac and Amfora.

Gastronomy in Rovinj

Day One: Land at Pula airport and transfer to the fourstar 325-room Eden hotel, located on the water's edge, or the luxury 113-room Monte Mulini Hotel, which has a small meeting room that seats 20 people theatre-style. Travel by coach to the Motuvun Forest, including the village of Vrh, where groups can take part in truffle hunts and sample local delicacies, such as cheese with truffles. In the evening, dine at The Wine Vault in Rovinj, which offers French cuisine and more than 500 wines.

Day Two: Leave early in the morning to visit some of Croatia's best-known wine-makers. The first stop is Ivica Matosevic's wine cellar, sampling some of the country's best wines and various local delicacies. At lunch, indulge in fresh mussels and oysters at the Viking restaurant in Lim Fjord, north of Rovinj. Continue to the Pilato family's wine cellar, known for its Chardonnay. Return to Rovinj in the early afternoon and spend the rest of the day exploring its cobbled streets, with dinner at one of the many tavernas offering Istrian specialities.

History and culture in Dubrovnik

Day One: Arrive at Cilipi International Airport and transfer to the 201-room Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Hotel, enjoying welcome drinks on the private terrace. Experience Dubrovnik's history with dinner at Konavoski Dvori, a restored watermill.

Day Two: A walking tour of the Old Town includes sights such as the Franciscan and the Dominican monastery, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, the City Walls and St Blaise's Church. Finish up in Roko Street for an informal street party lunch, with pizza, chilli dishes and salads. Return to the hotel for a relaxing spa, or remain in the Old Town for shopping. In the evening, board the historic galleon ships, known as Karaka and Tirena, to sail along the Dalmatian coastline enjoying drinks and canapes on board. The ships moor by the Admiral Hotel for an informal beach party buffet dinner around the pool.

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Contact: Dive Zuber
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Email: dive.zuber@htz.hr
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