Idyllic Islands, Medieval Hilltowns, and Culinary Delights

Overview

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 youto legendary wine growing regions, undiscovered medieval hilltowns, and along the sunny shores of the famed Dalmatian Coast. Explore the lovely, picture-perfect port of Rovinj, once an outpost of the Venetian Empire, charming Veli Losinj, where pastel houses line the sheltered bay, and the immense Roman amphitheater at Pula, built during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Along the way, savor culinary delights including homemade prosciutto and local cheeses, and the fine wines of Malvasia and Teran. Our journey begins in Slovenia’s jewel-like capital, Ljubljana, and ends in Trogir, Croatia, a World Heritage Site.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Ljubljana, Slovenia / Motovun, Croatia

From beguiling, red-roofed Ljubljana, we head to Croatia for a hike through ancient vineyards to the timeless fortified town of Gracisce. Our base is Motovun, a classic medieval hilltop village.

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Days 4-5
Groznjan / Rovinj

After exploring the thriving art community of Groznjan, visit 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 set on a peninsula jutting into the sea.

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Days 6-7
Cres

On the rugged isle of Cres, 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.

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Days 8-11
Rab / Trogir

A private traditional boat brings you to the Renaissance-era island of Rab, and you’ll hike in Krka National Park, with its pristine waterfalls, towering cliffs, and canyon streams. 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 Dubrovnik.

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Highlights

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 sample crisp, locally-produced white wines

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
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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