Idyllic Islands, Medieval Hilltowns, and Culinary Delights

Overview

We’ve crafted a superb hiking journey on the northern Dalmatian Coast—far from the cruise ships—and filled it with vineyard hikes, walks in truffle and olive oil country, seaside rambles along the crystal-clear Adriatic, island hopping, and enjoying the good life of this history-filled coast. We’ll hike up to the castle-topped hill town of Motuvun, go truffle hunting with a local guide and his dog, explore an immense Roman amphitheater, visit picture-perfect Croatian hamlets, and enjoy private farm-to-table culinary tastings. Along the way, our Trip Leaders introduce you to local people, great wines, and regional specialties (think grilled fresh calamari, enjoyed waterside!). Our journey begins in Slovenia’s jewel-like capital, Ljubljana, and ends in Trogir, a World Heritage Site.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Ljubljana, Slovenia / Motovun, Croatia / Istria

In red-roofed Ljubljana, we stroll the cobbled streets, then cross to Croatia’s Istria Peninsula for a hike through ancient vineyards and a walk through truffle country to the fairytale town of Motovun, entering through the town’s original gates. Here we head out with a truffle hunter and his dog to search for these prized mushrooms.

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Days 4-5
Groznjan / Rovinj / Pula

We visit medieval Groznjan, a town of artists and music, and Porec, where we climb the cathedral’s bell tower for superb views. After a visit to the immense Roman amphitheater overlooking Pula’s harbor, we hike a coastal path through pine forests and rocky coves. Overnights are in Rovinj, a dreamy town of Venetian townhouses on a peninsula jutting into the sea. Local specialties we can try here include Istrian sheep cheese and egg-noodle pastas.

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Days 6-7
Cres

On the rugged isle of Cres, we hike across lavender-scented hills and along the seaside to Veli Losinj, with opportunities for a swim. We also relax with a picnic and sweeping bay views.

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Days 8-11
Rab / Trogir

A private sailboat brings us to the Renaissance-era island of Rab, and we hike in Krka National Park to enjoy its karst landscape of cliffs and canyons. Our trip ends in Trogir, whose medieval Old Town is surrounded by the sea. Depart on Day 11 via Split, or extend to Dubrovnik.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike to the stunning hilltowns of Motovun, Gracisce, and Lubenice
Discover the amphitheater at Pula, whose amazing state of preservation makes the Roman world come to life
Explore exquisite Rovinj, Veli Losinj, and islands of the northern Dalmatian Coast
Go truffle hunting with a local guide, enjoy private tastings of local artisan products

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Split, Croatia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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 if you wish to skip a day’s hike).

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