NATURE ESCAPE CROATIA
October 13-20, 2019
April 25 - May 2, 2020
October 18-25, 2020
Or Custom Dates
April 25 - May 2, 2020
October 18-25, 2020
Or Custom Dates
Seasonal cuisine, ancient historic sites, & sunsets on the Adriatic Sea
An 8-day cross-country route from Zagreb to Zadar, Split to Dubrovnik, traversing Croatia's diverse and stunning natural landscapes. We explore Zagreb’s many historic sites, take in nature's beauty with light hiking at Plitvice Lakes, and admire the scenic coastline from Zadar all the way to Dubrovnik. En route we stop in Split to see the ancient Diocletian’s Palace and learn about ocean conservation then drive through Bosnia-Herzegovina with a stop at the Mostar bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine along the way as well as charming bed & breakfasts throughout the country.
starting at $2495 per person
Montenegro Add On Available
7 nights accommodation in boutique, centrally-located hotels
Ground transport between each destination in comfortable, privately rented vehicles (Zagreb>Zadar>Split>Drubrovnik)
Airport transfers upon arrival in Zagreb and departure in Dubrovnik
Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park with hiking & picnic
Guided walking visit of Zagreb to learn about its historical significance with option to visit multiple museums & sites
Time to soak in the sun and salt of the Adriatic Coast
Historic walking tour of Zadar, an ancient Roman city full of unique hidden gems
Visit to Diocletian’s Palace in Split to learn about this important ancient Roman emperor
Visit to the Mostar bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina to learn about its recent war history and time to explore the Old Bazaar
Stopover in the historic village of Ston with the option to hike the fortress wall
Historic walking visit of Old Town Dubrovnik with multiple nearby hiking options
Daily breakfasts + 3 dinners + 1 lunch
Oyster & local wine happy hour in Mali Ston
Day 1: Arrival in zagreb
Arrive at Zagreb international airport (ZAG). Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be transferred to our centrally located boutique hotel to join your new travel mates and guide for the week. Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city is alive with culture, arts, and gastronomy. We’ll walk to dinner through the lively nightlife area of Upper Town and enjoy our Welcome Dinner of modern traditional Croatian specialties made from fresh ingredients from the famous Dolac Market.
Day 2: explore historic zagreb
We’ll start our explorations with a guided walking tour starting at Jelacic Square, learning about the rich history of the two olds towns that now make up the city of Zagreb as we pass by famous landmarks such as Lotrscak Tower and St. Mark’s Church. Our local guide will give recommendations for myriad cultural and gastronomical options for your free afternoon and evening. Consider visiting the Homeland War Museum or The Museum of Broken Hearts, or stroll through the city center, enjoying 17th Neo-Baroque architecture found at the Zagreb's Art Pavilion and Croatian National Theater. Rest and relax in one of Zagreb’s many lush city parks, such as Maksimir, and make time to grab a coffee and people watch at one of the city’s many cafes.
Day 3: Plitvice lakes
Today we’ll pack up and get an early start along the Adriatic Coast to the world famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, an UNESCO heritage site with 16 natural lakes of stunning turquoise waters. Here we find the most breathtaking views of all of Croatia and will spend a few hours hiking, enjoying the changing autumn colors and a picnic lunch. We’ll start by hiking the lower lakes, which takes about 1- 1½ hours, then we’ll enjoy our picnic lunch together. We’ll then cross by boat to the upper lakes, where you’ll have the option to relax at the park café or spend another 1½- 2 hours hiking. We will depart mid-afternoon and drive through the beautiful countryside en route to Zadar, where we will enjoy a traditional meal from the Dalmatian Coast.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: zadar
Rise & shine in Zadar, an ancient Roman city and the historical center of the Dalmatian Coast, famous for its picturesque coastline full of islands and vibrant blue waters. We’ll take a morning walk around the city, to learn about the history and landmarks and visit the Sea Organ, a unique seaside audio installation that makes sound by a combination of the waves and the wind. We’ll then head to Split, where you have the option to join at one of our favorite restaurants tucked in an alley and serving seasonal, locally sourced cuisine and a variety of botanical rakija infusions. Settle in to your hotel, take a walk along the riva, and stock up on some local specialties such as spinach-filled burek or meats, cheese & fruit from the market and join for a hike up Marjan hill for spectacular sunset views.
Day 5: split & Diocletian’s palace
We’ll spend the morning with our community partner, first exploring Diocletian’s Palace and the complex Roman history of the area before learning about local initiatives in sustainable tourism practices to protect coastal communities and natural resources. The afternoon is yours to explore. Consider ferrying to the nearby islands of Hvar, Brac, or Vis or head to Klis, a medieval fortress situated in the hills above Split. Dinner is on your own to choose from the many seafood and Italian-inspired Dalmatian specialties.
Day 6: dubrovnik via mostar, bosnia-herzegovina
Today we’ll get up nice and early for our costal drive toward Dubrovnik, which is split by a section of land belonging to Bosnia-Herzegovina. After the border crossing, we’ll stop in the capitol city of Mostar for Bosnian coffee & baklava while learning about the recent war history of the area. You’ll then have time to explore the Old Bazaar. You can also climb up the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque for a spectacular view of the famous Stari Most bridge, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in the car, we’ll cross back over the border to Ston, where you have the option of hiking up the longest fortress wall in Europe. Or, stay back and enjoy a coffee in the quaint village below. After, we’ll enjoy a happy hour with Dalmatian wine and fresh oysters. Our last leg is a short drive to Dubrovnik, with time for an evening stroll and perhaps a stop for gelato.
Meals: B, happy hour
Day 7: dubrovnik
After breakfast we’ll head to the Stari Grad (Old Town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former independent republic of Dubrovnik. We’ll learn about several important sites, and from there you can choose to take the hour walk around the old fortress wall with unbelievable views overlooking the charming old town and Dalmatian coast. You’ll have the rest of the morning and afternoon to wander through the cobblestone streets, do some shopping and enjoy local cuisine. Or, consider a hike up Mt. Srj for spectacular views. We’ll reconvene in the evening for Farewell Dinner of local specialties.
Meals: B, D
Day 8: departure or optional Montenegro add-on
Depart at any time with transportation to the Čilipi Dubrovnik airport (DBV) arranged and provided for you — or join for our Montenegro add-on.
If continuing on…
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Dubrovnik for the 3-hour drive to Zabljak. We will start our excursion on a beautiful hiking trail from the viewpoint Momcilov Grad where you have a wonderful view of the biggest glacial lake in Montenegro, Black Lake. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the Durmitor National Park Durmitor and enjoy the view on the highest peak in Mne. We’ll end our hike at Black Lake where we’ll transfer to our bungalow accommodations and enjoy a free evening.
Meals: B, L
Day 9: Skadarsko Lake & Budva
After breakfast, we’ll drive about 2½ hours to Virpazar, a small town beside Skadarsko Lake, the biggest lake in the Balkans and in one of the five national parks in Montenegro. We’ll enjoy a boat tour on the lake going through a narrow channel that takes us to the Lesendro Fortress. We’ll finish with a visit to a private wine cellar for a tasting and lunch made with fresh fish from the lake. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the charming village of Budva where you’ll have the evening free to stroll and enjoy a meal of your choice.
Meals: B, L
Day 10: Kotor & Perast
After breakfast we’ll make the short drive to the beautiful coastal town of Kotor. We’ll start with a visit to Perast, a tiny village nestled on the bay and dating back more than 1,000 years. It’s also the biggest shipyard in the region known as the place where Russian nobles sent their sons to go to a most prestigious naval school of that time. After, you’ll have free time to explore. Don’t miss Our Lady of the Rocks, the Old Town, and a fresh bite to eat. In the late afternoon, we’ll transfer back to Budva for a free evening.
Day 11: Departure from dubrovnik
After an early start, we’ll return to Dubrovnik going directly to the Čilipi Dubrovnik airport (DBV) or your hotel if you will stay on longer. Plan your departure flight for after 12:00 noon.
Trip price based on double occupancy. You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.
$2495 per person - double occupancy
+$495 single occupancy 'My own room' option
+$200 per person for custom dates (min. 4 people)
Add-on option is available for after the trip with our fantastic local guide. Refer to days 8-11 above or download the itinerary.
+$895 per person
Roundtrip Dubrovnik transportation + transit between activities.
3 nights’ bungalow & boutique B&B accommodations
Entry and hike at to Durmitor National Park
Boat ride on Skadarsko Lake
Guided visits in Budva and Perast
Wine cellar visit and tasting
Daily breakfast + 2 lunches
Local tour host throughout your visit
Trip Does Not Include:
Additional meals, excursions and activities not listed
Alcohol, unless specified
Required travel insurance
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