Spend a glorious afternoon visiting our friends and family all over the island – Experience the essence of authentic Hvar island gastronomy.
The concept of this tour is to showcase the inspired tastes and flavours of what makes island cuisine so fabulous. Not just to nibble and enjoy, but to welcome you into the kitchens, homes, groves, gardens and vineyards to meet and talk with the local “wizards” who are responsible for their creations.
From €200 per person
– Unique experiences
– Stunning secret locations
– Best guides in the market
– Hand picked tours and activities
We will visit some of these talented locals in their family homes and meet with others at their small production facilities to see, taste and enjoy what it takes to create a perfect honey, olive oil, wine and fascinating sweet delicacies that have been made for hundreds of years.
Our culinary journey through beautiful Hvar island begins with a stop at one of the island’s most scenic olive groves, just 3km from Hvar Town.
Here we will briefly introduce you to the oldest cultivated fruit on the planet—the ancient “Mother” of Mediterranean gastronomy—the olive.
Later at the Lacman Family Winery, the olive oil pressed from the trees in these ancient groves will be presented, tasted and paired with local traditional delicacies and natural wine.
After our olive grove visit, we will go to the village of Brusje to meet the Hure family, the island’s foremost beekeepers. Here we will learn about how honey is made on Hvar and the extraordinary role bees play in the life of our planet.
Next, in the hilltop hamlet of Selca, we will visit the Lacman Family Winery where you will learn about how natural wines are being produced and enjoy a glass or three with a rustic field lunch served up family style. A bountiful table full of traditional island specialties like aged smoked ham; home-made salami; gorgeous, aged sheep cheese from the island of Pag as well as the local “catch of the day“, tapas, crusty loaves of bread and seasonal inspirations prepared by members of the Lacman family and their friends.
Our last stop is the tiny village of Vrisnik. Here we will visit Teta Anita (Auntie Anita) in her home where she will treat us with the traditional sweets of Hvar. The island’s most celebrated sweet is starogrojski paprenjok – made out of flower, olive oil, saffron and honey.
Here, in the garden shade of her olive trees and vines, we will not only enjoy her paprenjok, with a glass of her delicious prosek – sweet dessert wine, but other sweets as well.
Sitting together, Teta Anita will gladly share her knowledge about living the island life and baking Hvar sweets. Born and raised in Stari Grad, Teta Anita has continued the tradition of making paprenjok since she was taught at her mother’s knee, and her mom before going back to before the Renaissance. A lovely way to end your extraordinary day discovering the culinary delights of Hvar!
We will meet you at the agreed place: your accommodation front office desk; your yacht; our office on the main Hvar Town square or elsewhere.
Our first stop will be an olive grove 3km from Hvar town where you will learn about olives and olive culture.
Then next stop is at the village of Brusje, just 2km from the Olive grove, to the honey farm of the Hure family, where we will be welcomed with sweets and then spend time learning about how honey is made and the extraordinary role bees play in the life of our planet.
Just 6km away from Bruje is the Lacman Family Winery, specialised and dedicated to natural wine production. Here we will serve and pair the wines with local traditional delicacies and the olive oil from the farm we visited.
Our final stop is to visit with Teta Anita at her home in Vrisnik to enjoy her classic starogrojski paprenjok and other sweets that she makes in her “kitchen laboratory”.
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or agreed pick-up location. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
Lunchtime 12 noon – 2 PM and evening 6 – 8 PM. This tours can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know.
Island Culinary Picnic Menu:
Selection starters: local cheese with island extra virgin olive oil, anchovies grilled in the pepper and cheese, pate tris: olive, fish & vegetables, pure fish, homegrown olives
Barbecue veal, lamb, chicken, served with side dish which depends on the season; can be grilled vegetables, or vegetable stew and seasonal salad which is always included
Homemade local cakes or biscuits, caramelized almond – a traditional Hvar type of candy
Grappa – local brandy, local wine, water, coffee
Gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use.
Air conditioned vehicle, with driver (our fleet consists of a luxury Mercedes V-Class or Viano, Toyota Landcruiser and Nissan Patrol), refreshments along the tour, COVID disinfection kit.
5 – 12 people: € 200 per person
2 – 4 people: € 230 per person
Min. pax: 2 people
Activity level: Light
Disabilities friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
** CANCELATIONS CAUSED BY COVID
FULL REFUND in case of any reason related with COVID 19 (travel ban, infection, any objective reason that prevents service delivery) – upon presented evidence/proof/official medical COVID test report.
Such a unique experience
‘’Everything was fantastic…… The food at the abandoned village was great, and it was such a unique experience. Our tour guide for the day was knowledgeable and friendly, and we learned a lot about Hvar and Croatian wine… We’d highly recommend Hvar Tours for anyone looking for a daytime excursion in Hvar.’’
Above and beyond the normal tour
“We booked with this company 3 times and each one was better and better. Ivana was super helpful and accommodating… Our guide Leo was outstanding and incredibly knowledgeable about wine and the history of the island. He went above and beyond the normal tour and showed us significant historical sights, stopping for us to take photos whenever we wanted … each vineyard has a fascinating story behind it … stunning hill-top views of other islands … These tours were above and beyond what I would have expected.”
A travel through time
“From breathtaking sceneries to amazing wine, Boris takes you on a travel through time! Not to miss during your trip on Hvar if you want to get a real flavor of the island!! Thank you both for the great time, we’ll definitely come back.’”
Unmatched thoughtfulness and care
“The thoughtfulness and care that Hvar Tours put into planning this day for us was unmatched. Our guides were so knowledgeable, kind, and passionate about their homeland. They shared music, culture, food, wine, and love for this precious island with us. We left with full hearts and memories we will cherish forever.”
Great and informative tour!
‘’ We really loved Violet – she was friendly and you could tell she was passionate and knowledgeable …The drive was beautiful – high up in the rocky mountains of Hvar, away from the hustle … We stopped on the way at a scenic overlook and it was beautiful. We visited one of the top three wineries in Hvar and the tasting was done in a cave. Pretty cool … We also got to try 4 different kinds of olive oils with a side of cheese and bread…. the atmosphere of the wine cellar (think romantic candle light surrounded by oak barrels) …’’