Depart Dubrovnik in the morning and head to the small picturesque seaside village of Trsteno and its historic Arboretum - a Renaissance estate with a botanical garden and two 500-year old gigantic monuments – Asian plane trees. This was the summer residence of the Gučetić-Gozze noble family and its garden has been continually cultivated from the 15th century to present day!
The estate comprises lush gardens surrounding a simple but elegant summer residence, a stone aqueduct which powered the lush blossoms, olive oil mill, private chapel, Neptune's fountain and the pavilion overlooking the sea and the island, and is considered one of the finest samples of Dubrovnik summer residence and landscaping architecture. The Arboretum has long been a place of admiration and recently a Game of Thrones filming location as well!
Strolling through the Arboretum you will reach the traditional family residence of your host Katija. Katija grows an organic garden by her house, which is where you will pick vegetables and herbs for your dinner. It's a seasonal selection so your menu will very much depend on the time of the year you are visiting. But, everything fresh and homegrown! Katija's father loves to fish and knows many local fishermen to get the catch of the day from.
Together with Katija, in her family home, you will prepare a traditional Dalmatian meal in the way families have been doing for centuries here, including baking your own bread under the iron bell, locally known as peka.
This is an experiential tour which will require you to work in order to get the best out of it. But, it will be worth the effort in the end!