WHATSCOOKIN in Croatia
with Britt Bunyard
October 9TH - 17TH 2019
Fuzine (3 nights)
Day 1 – Wed, Oct 9
Meet at Arrivals in Zagreb airport at 2 pm and transfer to hotel in Fuzine, a pleasant mountain village located in the stunning region of Gorski Kotar, also known as the Croatian Switzerland and as a mushroom mecca. Check into rooms and go on an orientation walk around the town. Welcome dinner.
Day 2 – Thurs, Oct 10
After breakfast meet local mycologists and go on a mushroom foray in forests near Fuzine. Have lunch in a local 'gostiona'. In the afternoon admire the stalagtites and stalagmites of the Lokvarka Cave, one of the biggest and most beautiful karst caves in Croatia. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 3 – Fri, Oct 11
After breakfast go on 2nd mushroom foray on the island of Krk, Croatia's biggest and most popular island with a very varied landscape. Though only an hour away from Fuzine the vegetation here is very different, so expect to find different species of mushrooms from the day before. We'll take advantage of being near the sea to have a fish and seafood lunch. Return to Fuzine in the late afternoon/early evening.
Osijek (3 nights)
Day 4 – Sat, Oct 12
After breakfast transfer to Osijek making a few pit stops along the way. Our first stop will be in the town of Karlovac to visit the unique fresh water fish aquarium, Aquatika. Afterwards we will continue our journey eastbound and stop for lunch in a country tavern followed by a foray in the Moslavačka gora mountain, a popular destination for mushroom hunters. Arrive at new hotel in Osijek in the late afternoon/early evening. Handsome Osijek is the fourth largest city of Croatia; it has several fine buildings you can admire and a lovely main square.
Day 5 – Sun, Oct 13
After breakfast spend the day looking for mushrooms in the Baranja region and visiting the UNESCO-established Ramsar site and beautiful wetlands area of the Nature Park Kopački rit. Have lunch in a local gostiona. Return to Osijek.
Day 6 – Mon, Oct 14
After breakfast go on foray in the forests near Lake Borovik. Have lunch in a local tavern. On our way back to hotel visit Đakovo with an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral completely decorated with colorful frescos. Check out the town's Lipizzaner horse heritage at the State Stud Farm where these sought-after purebreds are trained.
Zagreb (2 nights)
Day 7 – Tues, Oct 15
After breakfast transfer to Zagreb. Foray in the Papuk Nature Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in Europe, surrounded by centuries-old beech forest. Have lunch in Kutjevo and enjoy a wine tasting in one of the many wineries along the way to try the prize-winning Graševina wine. Arrive at hotel in the late afternoon/early evening. Check into rooms and go on an orientation walk.
Day 8 – Wed, Oct 16
After breakfast visit Croatia's vibrant capital. Stroll through the lovely red-roofed, cobblestoned upper town peppered with church spires, domes and fancy buildings and discover the lower town's neo-Baroque and Art Deco buildings. Enjoy farewell lunch in one of the city's excellent restaurants. In the afternoon we recommend a visit to Zagreb's very cool museum of broken relationships as well as a mushroom museum, Muzej gljiva, that has an extraordinary collection of real, freeze-dried mushrooms. Make sure to say farewell to all your traveling companions on this evening as you may not have the chance to do so the following morning.
Day 9 – Thurs, Oct 17
Departure from Zagreb airport. We recommend you book a flight that departs around noon (11am – 1pm). We will only offer a limited amount of transfers to airport therefore if you remain within our suggested time slot you can avoid having to wait at the airport for a long time if your flight departs very late or having to reach hotel by your own means if your flight departs very early.
In the next few weeks more specific information will be added regarding the afternoon activities and the mycological outings
“Time spent amongst trees is never time wasted.”
FUN. REAL. ENLIGHTENING.
- ALL BREAKFASTS AND DAILY LUNCH OR DINNER
- ALL TRANSPORTATION MENTIONED IN ITINERARY
- ENTRANCE FEES TO ALL ACTIVITIES MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY;
- WALKING TOURS THROUGH ALL THE TOWNS;
- 6 MYCO FORAYS.
*All activities are subject to change on the basis of which options are deemed to be the most suitable in terms of current culinary standards, the weather conditions on a given day, and other relevant criteria.
Rates per person
€ 2750 SINGLE
€ 2300 SHARING