Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast

Idyllic Islands, Medieval Hilltowns, and culinary delights

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4895  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Split, Croatia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of easy to moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Hike to the evocative hilltowns of Motovun, Gracisce, and Lubenice with sweeping views above terraced vineyards
  • Explore the amphitheater at Pula, whose amazing state of preservation makes the Roman world come to life
  • Visit picture-perfect Rovinj, Veli Losinj, and the less-touristed islands of the Dalmatian Coast
  • Savor grilled calamari and the hand-picked truffles of Motovun, and sip crisp locally-produced white wines


Excellent trip—loved the places we visited!Karen S.—Tesuque, NM

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A dazzling coastline of tiny coves and beautiful islands awaits you in Croatia. We’ve artfully woven together the strands of this exquisite land on a hiking journey that brings you to the legendary wine growing regions of medieval hilltowns and along the sunny shores of the famed Dalmatian Coast. Explore the lovely port of Rovinj, once a post of the Venetian Empire, charming Mali Losinj, where pastel houses line the sheltered bay, and the immense Roman amphitheater of Pula, built during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Along the way, savor culinary delights like homemade prosciutto and local sheep cheeses, and the fine wines of Malvasia and Teran.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Ljubljana, Slovenia / Motovun, Croatia

From beguiling, red-roofed Ljubljana, we enter Croatia for a hike below limestone cliffs through ancient vineyards to the timeless fortified town of Gracisce. Our base is Motovun, a classic medieval village on a hilltop overlooking vineyards and fields.

Days 4-5
Groznjan / Rovinj

After exploring the thriving art community of Groznjan, we enter the coastal world of the Adriatic, with a visit to Porec’s majestic cathedral, a World Heritage Site known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. Overnights are in Rovinj, a dreamy town of Venetian-style townhouses and colorful fishing boats set on a peninsula jutting into the sea.

Days 6-7
Cres / Mali Losinj / Veli Losinj

On the rugged island of Cres, you’ll hike across hills scented with wild lavender and along the lungomare (sea promenade) to Veli Losinj, where colorful houses are set around a tiny harbor filled with fishing boats.

Days 8-11
Rab / Trogir

Cross to the Renaissance-era island of Rab aboard a private traditional boat, and hike in Krka National Park, with its pristine waterfalls, towering cliffs, and streams cascading through winding canyons. Our final explorations are in Trogir with its Romanesque churches and baroque buildings. Depart on Day 11 via Split or extend your stay with a visit to fascinating Dubrovnik.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated a Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. Our town and country walking trip features day hikes of 2-5 hours over often hilly and rocky terrain with many ascending and descending stairs. There are a couple of short downhills—one steep and exposed—on Day 2. Hiking poles and good boots are recommended for the rugged terrain. We carry just a daypack, and our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is usually possible to ride in the van if you want to opt out of a day's hiking. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 p.m.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 6-16, 2015  Ingrid Cercek
Jun 17-27, 2015  Stanislav Simicic
Sep 23-Oct 3, 2015  Stanislav Simicic
Oct 4-14, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4895 (13-15 members)
$5195 (10-12 members)
$5495 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $720
Forced single supplement: $520
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 3 dinners
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, hotel telephone calls, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25.0% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Antiq Hotel

Antiq Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Ljubljana, Slovenia

A small and charming hotel in Ljubljana’s Old Town, the Antiq sits on beautiful, quiet Gornji Trg square, right at the base of the ...
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Kastel Motovun

Kastel Motovun

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Motovun, Croatia

There’s only one hotel in this terrific little hilltop village and it’s the charming Kastel Motovun,  a converted castle-fortress ...
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Hotel Monte Mulini

Hotel Monte Mulini

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Rovinj, Croatia

Our overnights at this chic boutique hotel offer a relaxing and quiet experience. Comfortable guest rooms feature spacious balconies with views of ...
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Hotel Apoksiomen

Hotel Apoksiomen

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Mali Losinj, Croatia

With a great location right on the harbor in the 12th century town of  Mali Losinj, this small, new hotel has a friendly staff and bright, ...
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Hotel Arbiana

Hotel Arbiana

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Rab, Croatia

The Arbiana is a boutique hotel in the historic center of the island of Rab.  Some rooms may be a bit small by US standards but all are well ...
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Hotel Pasike

Hotel Pasike

Day 10 (1 night), Trogir, Croatia

Hotel Pasike is on the tiny island that makes up the fascinating medieval center of the town of Trogir, a mini-Dubrovnik and just as charming. The ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ingrid Cercek

Departure Dates: May 6-16, 2015

Ingrid Cercek was born and raised in Slovenia. After 28 years living in the lovely capital, Ljubljana, she moved with her husband to a small wooden chalet to the countryside. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been exploring the mountains and villages of Slovenia as well as Croatia, Bosnia, ...
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Stanislav Simicic

Departure Dates: June 17-27, 2015, September 23-October 3, 2015

Stanislav Simicic, of Croatia, is a graduate of a culinary academy in Osijek. A fine chef, he was awarded a second-place ranking among all young Croatian chefs in a competition in 1997. Stanislav later worked as a chef at a restaurant in Poreé for three years, then began to manage several ...
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Client Comments

Excellent trip—loved the places we visited! Karen S., Tesuque, NM I had a blast! Tiffany D., Nashville, TN We really enjoyed this trip. Itinerary was really well designed with a perfect mix of culture and hiking and swimming. The days went quickly but we never felt rushed. Marcella S., Los Altos, CA
First-class all the way—a lot of fun! Ron K., Scottsdale, AZ Great guides, good food, nice hotels, and many beautiful, memorable walks. Lovely mixes of scenery with wildflowers and olive groves, coastal walks with views of the Adriatic, walks with views of villages with red tile roofs—many photographic moments! Dorothy D., Denver, CO