On the sunny northern Dalmatian Coast (and away from the cruise ships), we bring you a journey of vineyard hikes, walks in truffle and olive oil country, island hopping, and seaside rambles along the blue Adriatic. We'll hike to castle-topped Motovun, with a walk on its ancient walls, explore the Kvarner Gulf by sailboat, enjoy swim stops, and see the grand Roman amphitheater at Pula. Along the way, our Trip Leaders introduce us to fascinating people, great wines, and regional delights (think freshly grilled calamari, enjoyed waterside!). Our journey begins in Slovenia's lovely capital, Ljubljana, and our finale is in the medieval island-town of Trogir, a World Heritage Site.
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Split, Croatia
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Old World charm meets modern styling at the Hotel Cubo, set in the center of downtown Ljubljana. With views of the hilltop castle and only a short walk to the Old Town center, the hotel has a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. Spacious guestrooms have plush bedding and chic bathrooms,...
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
The charming Kastel Motovun is a converted castle-fortress perched high on a hill above Motovun, looking out over the green expanse of the Istria valley. The hotel's setting at the top of the hill is just magnificent—sunset views from atop the castle walls are memorable.
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
This small inn nestled in the walled medieval section of Rovinj served as the bishop's palace during Rovinj's 17th century heyday. As with all converted historic buildings, rooms vary in size and shape but all are comfortable. Breakfast is served in the stone-built courtyard.
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
Set on a corner of magical Cikat Bay on the island of Losinj, this 51-room, villa-like hotel is a blend of Art Nouveau architecture and contemporary design that's simply elegant. The full-service spa area includes a heated indoor saltwater swimming pool and fully equipped gym, and the Alfred Keller Restaurant...
Days 8-9 (2 nights)
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 appointed, and most have balconies overlooking the beautiful harbor and the blue Adriatic. The garden dining area is partly enclosed...
Day 10 (1 night)
Located on the waterfront promenade in medieval Trogir, the 15 rooms of this quaint hotel are individually designed, each with modern amenities and private bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the dining room or out on the terrace where you can enjoy the breeze from the Adriatic as ships come and...
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"This was an amazing overview of the region, and we covered a lot of ground and different kinds of territory. The walks were beautiful and the people were great. I really enjoyed my time on this trip!"
New York, NY
"Our guides were superb—professional, friendly, knew their culture, excellent hiking guides, connected openly and warmly with everyone. A+ people and guides all the way around."
"This was our fifth trip with Wilderness Travel and they all have been excellent!"
Santa Rosa, CA
"A terrific trip, with nice diversity of hikes and cultural opportunities."
Charlie and Cathy K.
Santa Fe, NM
"This was a great trip for seeing Croatia. You captured the essence of the country and got us away from the crowds between Split and Dubrovnik."
Carson City, NV
"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!"
"Excellent trip all around. Fantastic guides and great travel companions—our small 9-person group was a plus."
San Francisco, CA
"Great trip, lovely scenery, friendly people, easy hiking—and great seafood almost everywhere!"
San Rafael, CA
"Excellent trip—loved the places we visited!"
"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."
Los Altos, CA
"Thank you for offering this trip. It is wonderfully choreographed experience in beautiful countries that includes hiking, expertly guided tours, a national park visit, boat and ferry rides and showcase of local cuisines. We are very grateful to the leaders, Stan and Ingrid, and to the Wilderness staff for all the work it takes to put together this experience. Thank you very much."
"First-class all the way—a lot of fun!"
"I'm so glad that I chose the Croatia trip. The itinerary was beautiful and provided a mix of hiking, history, culture, and even boating! Both of the trip leaders are top notch. Bravo, Wilderness Travel!"
"I had a blast!"
"This trip delivered so much more than I was expecting! Every day, it seems, I was surprised, impressed, and wowed by something."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.