The Medieval Village of Vrbink, Wine Tasting, and Krk Island Drive
- Vrbink: Perched high above the Adriatic, this medieval village built of stone is an architectural and cultural treasure. Take a guided tour, then explore on your own.
- Wine tasting: The white-wine grapes that produce dry, delicious Zlahtina are grown only in fields around Vrbink. A local winery proudly offers a sampling.
- Krk scenic drive: A steep, rocky coastline, ripening vineyards, lush forests, and rural villages characterize the landscape of Croatia's largest island.
About This Opatija Tour
Wine, language, and song! That's the harmonious trio at the heart of Vrbnik's appeal. The village's medieval charm and local scenery add a lush chorus.
The light, refreshing, easy-drinking wine, Zlahtina, is popular far beyond Croatia now. But Vrbnik's older folks recall when it was simply their local brew. In those days, fields were planted with grains to feed large families, with just a few grapes along the fields' edges for personal use. Now there are thriving vineyards to supply Zlahtina enthusiasts who appreciate its subtle flavors of citrus, apple, and pear.
But the town's true signature comes from a calligrapher. Blaz Baromic, born here in the 1400s, first illuminated manuscripts but became interested in printing technology (such as it was back then) and built a press in 1494. (Johannes Gutenberg invented the press around 1440, so he gets all the glory.) But after Baromic, everybody, not just the rich, had books and could read Croatia's early Glagolitic alphabet. Today Vrbnik is known as the cradle of Croatian literacy, and there's a monument in Baromic's honor.
The famous and popular Croatian song Vrbnik Above the Sea is an ode to the town's beauty. Perhaps your GoBe guide can sing a verse or two. If not, just the sight of Vrbnik emerging from the sea and into the azure sky above may inspire you to hum a happy tune as you explore this enchanting town.
Don't get stuck in Vrbnik
Some travelers say that Croatia's Dalmatian Coast Road along the Adriatic is the most picturesque coastal road in the world. And Vrbnik claims another famous Croatian thoroughfare. They say Klancic ("the little pass") is the narrowest street in the world. You'll find it near the market, just beyond Grskovic Passage – and it's just 20 inches wide. Can you squeeze through?
Make your way to the Main bus station in Opatija (Velog Joze 1) to meet your GoBe representative with the logo sign.
Enjoy scenic views during the 2-hour-long coach ride. Shopping is available independently in the town of Opatija, upon the conclusion of the tour, if desired.
Expect to walk for about .75 miles, over cobblestones/gravel, and climb some steps. If your mobility is limited, you may find it too challenging to keep up with the group and enjoy yourself. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Food & Wine
Beverages - Tasting of Two White Wines, Water
Snack - Local Favorites
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Under 18 years old? Sorry you won't be able to sample wine on this tour. Bring photo ID as proof of age if asked.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the GoTo Crew in advance for any accommodation, if possible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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