Croatian Wine Roads

Croatian Wine Roads

Day 1. arrival at Pula airport, meeting with tour guide and departure towards Motovun, accommodating in hotel. After we take a rest and refresh we will walk through that romantic medieval town and at dinner for the first time meet istrian cuisine and wines.

Day 2. first wine to know will be istarska malvazija. We will see multiple rewarded winery Arman which is known by that sort. Malmsey is the most typical and the most significant wine sort in Istra. It is dry vine, straw-yellow color and belongs to half bouquet sorts. In afternoon we will visit coastal town Porec and Eufazijana, the superior monument of Byzantine culture included in UNESCO’s monumental heritage.

Day 3. today we will dedicate beside wine to other istrian gastronomic treasure, truffle. After breakfast we will go to Momjan, a small place where is raised well known golden momjan muscat, superior dessert wine. We will visit winery Kabola, well known vine maker Marin Markezic, who got the golden medal for his muscat. At return we will visit Livade, istrian capital of truffle. Family Zigante will transfer us all their love and knowledge about that delicacy. After we find out everything that can be found out about truffle we will feast us with delicious dinner and taste the most precious istrian red wine.

Day 4. after breakfast we will go toward Slavonia, panonic part of Croatia, but before we leave Istra, we will visit Hum, the smallest town in world. After we get to know with old script at the Alley of Glagolitic monks, we will salute Istra with biska, a brandy for which they say it heals and has effect like aphrodisiac, and it is made on base of recipe 3 000 years old which Celts left to old Istrian. We will get to vinarija Zdjelarevic in the evening, settle in vineyard and take a rest with true slavonian dinner.

Day 5. today we will visit golden valley of Pozega, Valis aurea. With horse drawn cart we will look up the greatest vineyards in Croatia, and when we get on belvedere and feast us with rich slavonian breakfast, which is Plata Cica Mata (KULEN- paprika flavored sausages, pressed tongue, bacon, dry smoked neck…) with various brad (corn- , rye- ), and vine and home made cake (walnut loaf, poppy seed cake). After that we will visit Cistercian wine-cellars from 1232. year and taste vines from Kutjevo guided by eminent experts. When we return to our hotel we will get to know vines from Sava river valley in vine cellar of our hosts, family Zdjelarevic.

Day 6. we continue our journey on Slavonia and leave to Ilok, romantic town on river Danube. But just before that we will visit Osijek, walk through fortress Tvrda, secession avenues and drink coffee on banks of river Drava. After Osijek we will stop by in city of Vukovar- the heroic town of Croatian War of Independence. In the evening hours we will get in our hotel situated on bank of Drava, have dinner and take a rest.

Day 7. after breakfast we will get to know the beauty of Ilok. We’ll begin with church Sv Ivan Kapistran,city walls and castle of counts Odescalci and finish with walk along Danube river. In the afternoon we will visit eminent wine cellars in Ilok and taste well-known traminac. Traminac precisely in Ilok shows the best sort feature and confirms status of royal wine, that is why winemakers of Europe call it the king of wines. After we take a rest and refresh in our rooms, we will have rich slavonian dinner and song of tamburitza players till late in the night.

Don’t Leave Home Without These Travel Tips!

Don’t Leave Home Without These Travel Tips!

When flying as most are aware, the aftermath of September 11th has impacted the airline industry and everyone who flies. Therefore, leave sufficient time to check in for your flight as well as for inspection of your bags and person. Many airlines offer web or remote check in which can help speed up the process; this is especially advantageous if you do not have luggage to check. When packing, carefully review TSA and specific airline rules for acceptable carry on items. Typically disallowed in carry on bags are: sharp objects of any kind, lighters or anything that may be construed as a weapon. Comply politely with requests made by security personnel and be prepared to have your bag searched. It is a good idea to purchase a TSA approved locking mechanism to for your checked bags as TSA may break any locks if your bag is chosen for a random search.

Most airlines provide a light beverage and small snack such as a granola bar or peanuts, but food service is not guaranteed even on longer flights. Plan accordingly with easily accessible, nutritious snacks for yourself and especially young children. Also, be considerate of your flight neighbors – cramped conditions are not enjoyable for anyone and are made less so by thoughtless seatmates. Abide by rules of common courtesy and remember to bring entertainment – a book, magazines, puzzles or a laptop with headphones for music or movie DVDs.

Traveling by car If you are driving any distance, verify that your vehicle is in good working condition, and that all fluids have been topped off and tires inflated properly. Be sure that your spare tire is ready to use and that you have all necessary emergency road equipment – crow bar, jack, flares, etc. Keep proof of your insurance and drivers license handy and provide your children with age appropriate safety seats, which are mandatory in many U.S. states. Snacks and water for the trip will help you avoid driving delays, and entertainment for your passengers is also a good idea, as noted above for flying. Remember, don’t leave valuables or keys in your vehicle and always lock your car.

Safety in your Hotel and Elsewhere

A House Painters Caboolture guru suggested that once you have arrived at your destination, be aware of your surroundings so that you can take note of any suspicious or unusual activity. Be especially cautious at night and before entering parking garages or other secluded areas. When in public, always make an effort to appear confident and purposeful in order to thwart scam artists on the lookout for “tourists”. As with money, don’t display your hotel keys in public or leave them where they may be easily stolen. Don’t invite strangers to your room or needlessly reveal your personal details to anyone, and always verify the identity of any hotel employees before allowing them to enter. Also, when you are in your room, be sure to close and lock the door and check that all connecting doors are also secured. And never leave children unattended or trust them to the care of someone you don’t know!

Making the most of these traveling tips will help you better prepare for your journey and make your experience safer and easier – leaving you with more opportunity to enjoy yourself on both the journey and at your destination once you arrive.

How To Plan Your Vacation?

How To Plan Your Vacation?

Planning a vacation or going on business out of town? Whether this is your first trip or the fortieth, a nod to common sense and a few practical pointers will not only streamline your journey, but also enhance your experience by making it safer, easier and more fun.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with your destination. The Internet is an excellent resource for researching the area you will be visiting, and many visitor centers will also send a welcome packet for a nominal fee – as well as answer any questions by phone. Things that you should know before you leave include: the address and specific location of your hotel, the exact route to get there and hotel check in time. Also be aware of any specifics you might need en route, such as money for cab fare or toll roads, and carry a decent map of the region in case all else fails and you get lost. A cell phone is always a good idea in case of complications as well – be sure to have emergency numbers handy to contact your family, employer, etc. if necessary.

Consider your transportation needs. Is this an extended stay? Will you need a vehicle to drive or does the area have adequate public services such as busses, subways and commuter trains? Familiarize yourself with available transport as well as related costs and be sure to keep a copy of the bus or subway schedules with you if you plan to ride instead of drive.

Select your lodging with your specific desires and needs in mind. For example, if you want the convenience (and lesser expense) of being able to store and prepare your own food, choose accommodations with a kitchenette, or at least a refrigerator and a microwave. If you are traveling with small children and want to lighten your load, many hotels offer cribs, which will save you the trouble of packing one. In the U.S. hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, personal toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and lotion, as well as optional laundry and dry cleaning services for an additional fee have become standard in many hotels, though you should first verify with your specific location before relying on any of these options.

Be certain that you have adequate funds for any emergencies on your trip. Always keep enough cash to call home, get transportation and a meal. Keep your money safe and on your person in a money belt or small wallet and don’t display needlessly. A credit card or access to traveler’s checks for unforeseen large expenses or emergencies is also necessary. If you are outside of your country, be certain that you have an adequate grasp of currency conversions.

Before you leave properly prepare for your journey. If you are leaving your country, you must have a valid passport, be current with your immunizations and should familiarize yourself with relevant foreign customs regarding appropriate behavior. Also become acquainted with all pertinent laws according to your destination. Many books are available to give guidance for new visitors to just about every country in the world.

Take care of business on the home front. Put your mail and newspaper delivery on hold and leave a light on in your home for an “occupied” look. Also, ask a neighbor or friend keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. For a very extended vacation, consider paying someone to housesit – to attend to pets, plants, lawn care and other incidentals. Adjust your heating or air conditioning to minimum levels while you are gone and verify that all appliances and electrical equipment are turned off. Double check that your doors and windows are secure and don’t leave extra house keys in obvious places such as under the welcome mat or above the entry – would-be thieves are as aware of these places as you are. Remember to give your itinerary, destination and several contact phone numbers to someone that you trust. Get plenty of rest the night before you depart – last minute planning and packing is not only stressful but leaves you prone to forgetting something. While traveling, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, but dress well enough to appear respectable in case of an unforeseen situation. Always keep your wallet, keys, ID, necessary medications and anything of importance, value or difficult to replace on your person, this is especially important when flying as airlines do occasionally make mistakes and lose luggage.