Day 1. Slavonia county – Town Osijek
Arrival in Osijek, your starting tour point. Meeting with your english speaking Tour escort. Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Osijek is the largest city in eastern Croatia, beautifully settled on the banks of Drava river. Osijek remains a popular tourist destination. His baroque style, open spaces and various recreational opportunities attract many visitors. Sightseeing tour of Osijek starts on the central square where you will get to know the modern Osijek and its curiosities. Church of St. Peter and Paul is very important sacral building, with a multi-tiered 90 metres spire made of red-brick in neo-Gothic style. This building is a city’s trade-mark. Church was built in the 1890’s on the initiative of energetic Đakovo-based Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, who reckoned that a 3000-capacity parish church was just what a growing town like Osijek needed. By walking through the shades of the trees and parks and European Avenue – one of the most beautiful art noveau streets in this part of Europe you reach the old baroque citadel – Tvrđa. Our guide will revive the vivid history of this area through visit to the monumental buildings of the citadel, stories about battles, fairs, unfortunate romances… Wines in Slavonia and Baranja cultivated for centuries. Tradition and experience of viticulture that create a precious drop of wine. Winemakers are discovering how to exploit our rich tradition and are willing to offer what they know best – quality wine and warm hospitality. Visit Regional Winery in Old town Tvrđa, where there are presented the finest winemakers from Slavonia and Baranja. This is the first stop in learning about wines of Slavonia and Baranja and tomorrow you will have the opportunity to taste wines from many winemakers and different regions. Dinner at the local restaurant in Osijek with live traditional music. Overnight.
Day 2. Baranja county – Kneževi vinogradi, Suza, Zmajevac
Breakfast at hotel. We will visit wine cellar Belje for a wine tasting. Cellar dugs deep into a hill of the center of the Prince vineyards. Belje wine area covers three acres. Proceed to the spot which overlooks over the Belje vineyards and surrounding villages. Continue driving towards the place Suza (Tear), where you will visit building of the former “Exchange”. Peasants there did their exchange of goods, especially flour in the old mill. Traditional workshops and art pottery “Asztalos” will impress you and leave breathless with its handmade ceramic objects. The workshop began its work 14 years ago and the unique items are beeing made on a potter’s wheel. If you wish to create your own pieces of ceramics – a cup, bowl, plate, it is possible at “Old Mill” studio. Free time for sightseeing and souvenir shopping. In Suza place there is a Kolar family farm which offers a traditional cuisine and wines from their cellar. Kolar family is one of the few families that produces wine from two different grapes that are rare in this Baranja area – Pinot Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine tasting. The trip continues to Zmajevac to “Josic” wines for tasting and dining. Here you can experience hundreds of years old tale of Baranja surduci. It will bring to life the flavors of traditional Baranja cuisine with an emphasis on high quality of all the food prepared. Late return to Osijek. Overnight.
Day 3. Serbia – Subotica, Palić, Kelebija
Breakfast. Full day trip to Serbia. We start with Subotica – a town of particular and very beautiful arhicteture. Locals called it the “Pannon Barcelona” for its similar architecture and details tha thave beeing used in Barcelona by famous A.Gaudi . Short city tour: City Hall, museums, theatre, libraries, Reich palace decorated with Zsolnay ceramics, fountains, … We go to the winery DiBonis where natural wealth associated with modern technology. Although Palicki wine region is famous for its white grape varieties, vinery DiBonis planted red varieties.
Wine tasting in the rustic cellar. Going to a favourite resort – the Palić lake. Free time for lunch. Vineyard of Palić has a 2000 years long tradition of winemaking region. We will visit Zvonko Bogdan Winery which was built in the Art Nouveau style. Interior hides the latest french technology and is decorated as the lines of the French castles. Noblest grapes for centuries provide quality white wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay) and red varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Franconian). Harmonic taste and intense aroma, soft tannins characterize wines of Serbia. Visiting the vineyards, wineries and barrique cellar with wine tasting. Departure to the village Kelebija. Visit the largest Lipizzaner stud farm in Serbia: the museum with working and parade equipment, collection of more than 20 coaches, “karuca”, “ceza”and sleigh. Not far away from Kelebija is a small winery Čuvardić with an old family vineyard, basement from 1928. Here you will taste award winning wines. RFeturn back to Osijek in the night. Overnight.
Day 4. Hungary – Villany
Breakfast at your hotel. Full day trip to Hungary. Morning drive to Villany – a village of vineyards, wines and grapes. This wine region offers excellent quality wines awarded by experts and consumers. Here you will discover the famous wine cellars. Tour begins at the newly built Gere Attila Vinery, at the border of Villány next to the beautiful vineyard. A winery tour and wine tasting. We continue to Bock family winery. Established in 1850. A love for wine and skills in winemaking are transmitted from father to son and so fo a nine generations. A tour of cellar and wine testing, where you can observe the various phases of winemaking. A 100-metre-long cellar leads to circular cellar with its remarkable acoustics. Lunch in restaurant of Bock winery. Leisure in the Villany. Make your own walking tour through this charming village, visit some others little wineries where You can also taste and buy some wines. Return back to Osijek late in the evening. Overnight.
Day 5. Đakovo
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Morning departure to Đakovo. When you approach Đakovo from either side you will see the brightness of the bricks of the two towers and cupolas of the most beautiful cathedral in the area from Venice to Istanbul – St. Peter’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is the town’s most famous landmark and the most important sacral object, not only in Đakovo but also in the whole Slavonia region. The Cathedral was built from 1866.-1882. under Josip Juraj Strossmayer, then the Catholic bishop of Đakovo and Srijem. Follows visit the Lipizzaner stud farm, one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. Lunch in traditional restaurant. Transfer to your departure point.
Packages are available throughout the year, for groups of between 2 – 50 people. Accommodation is provided at 3 or 4 star hotels in Osijek and the surrounding area. Transport is possible with own vehicle, by bus, minibus or van. Professional guides are available in Croatian, English, German, and other languages upon request. All information provided is of a general character only and is not binding, and it is therefore necessary to request a final offer.
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