If it’s a gourmet feast you want, a gourmet feast you shall get! This food-inspired escapade through Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia includes visits to salt pans, a truffle farm, wineries, fishing villages and more. Discover why Istria is considered one of the world's leading producers of quality olive oil; eat mouth-watering, slow-cooked meat cooked Dalmatian-style under a metal bell; and raise a glass of refosk (Slovenian wine) or slivovitz (plum brandy) and shout ‘zivjeli!’ to the simple, home-style cuisine this region is famous for.

Highlights

Explore the major foodie regions of Istria (prsut ham, olive oils, wine, truffles) and Dalmatia (sheep’s milk cheese, lamb, maraschino cherrys)

Delve into the diverse world of food that lies beneath Slovenia’s fairytale landscape, and find out why this country has more than 20 distinct culinary regions

Get to know some of the emerging heroes of the Eastern European wine scene – teran, refosk, grk, marastina, and kurtelaška bijela (and try to pronounce them after a few glasses)

Discover why the Balkans are the next big thing in food – drink boza, rakija and wine, and taste pinjur, makalo, bieno cheese, ckembe corba and more in this adventurous foodie destination

Learn how to make the regional specialty of pastries with local village women in Janche

Meet a local beekeeper and get the buzz on honey in a bee master class

Taste one of the newest players on the world wine scene – sample Macedonia’s finest drops with a celebrated local expert

Explore a world hams and cheeses in a centuries-old smokehouse, and olive oil in local farm outside of Kotor