We offer fun and interesting 6 hour journey with a driver that knows where he is driving and always has stories to tell. Visiting a swamp, while on holidays? Why not! Especially if it reveals to us wonderful animals, plants, and nature, which seem yet to be untouched by a human hand. The Golden Valley and Croatian California are common nicknames for the Neretva Valley. Given due to its exceptionally rich soil and golden mandarin fruits grown on endless plantation. From October to November, we organize a unique tourist event – Mandarin harvest.
Neretva, also known as the ‘mandarin valley‘, is hosting more and more tourists every year. Tourists that are into an active vacation as well as sustainability and giving back, will love this tour!
In the whole Neretva area, there are around 1.3 million seedlings of mandarins, which give up to 60 tons of fruit each year. The locals came to an idea to get a chance for the tourists to join their harvest, enjoy nature and come back home with a bag full of mandarins.
Starting from main meeting points in Split or Dubrovnik region, we’ll begin our full day experience discovering the wildness of the Neretva Valley. Our air-conditioned coach takes the scenic route along the new highway and as we slowly move to the coastal road it opens up the amazing panoramic views of Dalmatian islands and the wonderful delta of the river Neretva with the endless fruit and vegetables fields which represent the main living economy of this beautiful area. This region is culinary known for specialties like frogs and eels.
Route: Dubrovnik – The Neretva Valley – 1 hr 30 min
Route: Split – The Neretva Valley – 1 hr 30 min
Our trip starts in the charming city of Opuzen. The Neretva Valley is famous for its mandarin plantations, Season starts from first of October until end of November. It is often called Croatian California. You will join for 1 hour in the mandarin harvest at local farm OPG Kežić with the owners. Believe us, you’ll return full of impressions but also vitamin C, ideal for strengthening the immune system before winter time.
We board on traditionally boat called Ladja – small wooden boats from which are some even 120 years old. They were used for transport of people and goods, but today they have a touristic purpose. You will have your appetizer served in the boat while strolling down little channels on Norin river and enjoying the nature.
After photo safari you will visit Narona Archeological Museum is the first in-the-site museum in Croatia and one of the only ones in the world. The museum is built directly on the ancient temple dedicated to Augustus, the first Roman emperor in the modern city of Vid. After that enjoy in traditionally lunch in local restaurant!
Frog and eel specialties dominate the traditional Neretva cuisine, such as the inevitable frog and eel stew, breaded frogs, eels on a spit. Or perhaps you prefer boiled coot. When it comes to Dalmatian brudet (fish stew), the Neretva variety is different.
It’s spiced with hot peppers, which give a specific and delicious taste. It can be very hot, so those who don’t like spicy food should order theirs to be prepared a bit milder. The Neretva cuisine is unthinkable without frogs. The crackling of frogs from the swamp turns into a rhapsody of frogs on a plate in dishes like frog risotto, breaded frogs, frogs in prosciutto. Homemade hearth bread is usually served with those dishes. Apart from untouched nature, the Neretva boat rides, local delicacies and exploring flora and fauna of the wetland area, the Neretva valley has a lot more to offer.