14 Day Croatia & Montenegro Tour

Day Hiking in Adriatica
TOURCODE: XAD

Duration:
14 Days

Activity Level:
3

When To Go:
May, Sep

Countries Visited:
2

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Max Group Size:
16

Tour Style:
Active

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  Overnight in: Dubrovnik, Kotor, Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Split, Plitvice, Zagreb - Centar

Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

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Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active

An Adriatic day hiking trip like no other, our Croatia and Montenegro tour offers myriad enticements for those with a sense of history and adventure.

Known for its air of hospitality, breathtaking scenery and ancient walled city of Kotor (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Montenegro will not disappoint. Croatia, for its part, features wold class cities in Dubrovnik (dubbed the Pearl of the Mediterranean) and Zagreb, with its eclectic mix of Turkish, Italian and Austro-Hungarian influences. Not to mention a wealth of ancient sites, monuments and stunning vistas at seemingly every turn.

Begin in Kotor, a baffling and enchanting maze of alleys that's maintained its medieval character. The city's fortifications and monuments date as far back as The Venetians and you will see the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, with its priceless artworks and frescoes.

Also, during a walking tour of the area, climb the city walls to the Fortress of St. Ivan, pausing to marvel at the Chapel of Our Lady of Salvation. Free time in Kotor allows for exploration of its antique and market stalls.

Our Croatia and Montenegro tour continues on to Dubrovnik, stop along the way to in Perast to see the picturesque chapel Our Lady of the Rock. In Dubrovnik an introductory stroll along the city's walls offers views that many have considered a highlight of the trip. Apt preparation for the next day's walking tour of the city's historic centre. Bombarded by shells as recently as 1992, the site has been restored with baroque buildings and limestone streets that exude intrigue and historical significance.

The breathtaking island of Korcula is a hub for Croatian folk traditions and notable for the clarity of its surrounding waters and thriving farm culture with olive groves and herb gardens the order of the day. The old town is a gem that features a fascinating museum and Venetian Cathedral of St. Mark among its attractions. En route stop in Ston, a major defensive fort with an impressive Great Wall encompassing 5 km.

A half-day hike along Napoleon's Road to Pupnat immerses travellers in the quaint and charming interior, eastern part of the island.

Travel by ferry to Hvar, an astonishingly beautiful island that increasingly attracts a worldly, well-heeled demographic. Walk the narrow streets and visit the old rectory and Franciscan Monastery, with time left over to indulge in the city's bustle as one sees fit. An uphill hike in the morning to the highest part of the island affords an amazing view of the local beaches and vineyards.

Further excursion, by ferry to Brac Island, takes tour participants past Croatia's most famous Beach, the Golden Horn (don't worry there will be time for a swim later). A trailhead leads to the dramatic and inspirational Hermitage of Blaca. Established in a cave as hideout from invading Turks, it has grown to include a church and school and the accompanying museum houses a trove of treasures that include ancient books and artifacts from the last monk to live there.

The remainder of the day is spent, with time for individual exploration, in nearby town of Bol.

Before a return to the mainland, tour Brac island with a stop at its highest peak and the famous marble quarry village of Pucisca.

Following an overnight in the fortified town of Split it's on to explore in two of the nation's National Parks, a highlight on our Croatia and Montenegro tour. There's time for a hike in the stunning surroundings of Plitvice ahead of a visit to the World Heritage designated - and what is undoubtedly Croatia's top natural attraction the terraced lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The literally hundreds of waterfalls linking the water features in this lush valley location are a sight not to be missed and included is a short boat ride across the largest lake.

End your journey on a metropolitan note in the underrated European capital of Zagreb. Familiarize yourself with a city tour that takes in the enormity of Govenor Jelacic Square and buildings of note that include St Catherine's Cathedral and Lotrscak Tower.

 


 

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Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

 

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Arrival in Tivat/Kotor: Due to limited air connections to this destination, some past passengers have had success flying into Dubrovnik instead and making their own way to Kotor.

Optional Single Supplement: $1050 USD (number of singles limited).

 


 

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Day 1 Arrival in Kotor
Today we arrive in Kotor, Montenegro [the closest airport is Tivat (TIV)].*

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kotor was inhabited even at the times of Illyrians and Romans. Its history is also entwined with that of the Venetian Empire. Within its walls, the city of Kotor has retained a mediaeval feel. A map of the old city shows hardly a single right angle; the town consists of a maze of tiny alleys that meet unexpectedly to form "squares" that are anything but square. Overshadowed by both towering cliffs and the high walls of four-storey stone houses, some of these narrow lanes must never see sunshine. One of the great pleasures of Kotor is wandering at random through this little labyrinth.

PLEASE NOTE: We rate this tour as "moderate" in terms of its physicality. Though all of our hikes are "day walks" and therefore optional, in order to fully enjoy the areas visited, you should be adequately fit in order to safely and comfortably participate in each day's activities. If you think that this trip might be too strenuous for you, we recommend our non-hiking Adriatic trips.

* If you are having difficulty finding satisfactory air connections from your home airport, some passengers have had success flying into Dubrovnik instead and making their own way to Kotor.

Overnight in Kotor.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Kotor: Fortress of St Ivan
This morning we enjoy a walking tour* to see a number of the city's fortifications and monuments dating from the time of Venetian rule, including the Cathedral of St Tryphon, which contains a rich collection of artifacts. Older than many famous churches and cathedrals in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Tryphon has a treasury of immense value. In its interior there are frescos from the 14th century, a stone ornament above the main altar in which the life of St. Tryphon is depicted, as well as a relief of saints in gold and silver. The most representative works of Kotor's masters and craftsmen are kept in this Cathedral, making its collection quite unique.

Later we'll climb the city walls to the Fortress of St Ivan, passing the Chapel of Our Lady of Salvation along the way. The steps begin at the northwest corner of the city. It's a stiff climb so don't set off without something to drink: there are 1,350-1,500 steps according to various guidebooks. From the highest point the ground drops away sharply on three sides with the rooftops of Kotor immediately below. To the north you can see the whole inner part of the bay. Look out for a dome near the shore to the west -- it belongs to the implausibly large church in the village of Prcanj.

When we have finished admiring the view we can scramble around the crumbling ruins with a freedom rarely found in more litiginous countries -- the only ones likely to challenge you are the goats. After our hike, you'll have some free time to enjoy Kotor. Browse the town at your leisure and discover souvenir, antique and craft shops, boutiques and market stalls.

* Depending on season and concerns about weather, your Tour Leader may elect to hike first thing and then tour Kotor in the afternoon.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 3 HOURS. Elevation gain/loss 530m/1,738 ft (this is likely the most strenuous hike of our trip, given it's steepness and amount of vertical rise).

Our hikes: Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in.

Overnight in Kotor.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 Kotor - Perast, Montenegro - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Our journey to Croatia travels via Boka Kotorska, the only fjord in the Mediterranean, a bay of 32 km/20 miles cut deep into the stone of the Orjen and Lovcen mountains. We will drive along the coast to the town of Perast where we take a small boat to Perast's most famous site, Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock), a picturesque chapel built on the only artificially built island in the Adriatic. The island was built upon a rock after two Venetian sailors from Perast miraculously found a picture of the Virgin Mary on it in 1452.

We continue to the Croatian border (have your passports handy!) and onto Dubrovnik, ancient Ragusa, whose story begins in the 7th century when it was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire. In the 12th century, Ragusa, formerly an island, merged with mainland settlements and the channel between was filled in with carted-in material. After shaking off the yoke of Venice in 1385, Ragusa became an independent republic and remained one of the most powerful maritime powers in the Mediterranean for over four centuries. After changing hands a number of times, the city was finally ceded to Croatia (the former Yugoslavia), and in 1918 the Slavic name of Dubrovnik was officially adopted.

On arrival we'll walk the walls of Dubrovnik, considered by many to be a highlight of our visit. The total circuit is nearly 2km/1.25 mi, and from the bastions you will have magnificent views of the city's monuments, including the Minceta Tower, Revelin Tower, and the mighty fortress of St. Lawrence, with walls 12m/40 feet thick!

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 4 Dubrovnik: City Tour
This morning features a walking tour of Dubrovnik's historic center. Dubrovnik has been called "Croatian Athens" and the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" for its astounding beauty, sophisticated history and culture, and prosperity.

Over the course of its tumultuous history, the city had to be extensively reconstructed; the earthquake of 1667 destroyed much of the city; and in recent memory, the town was bombarded by over 2,000 shells in 1991-92. After great international efforts, the city has been restored to its former glory, with its towering fortifications, magnificent medieval architecture, red tiled roofs, winding paved streets and picturesque harbours.

The afternoon is yours for independent exploration.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Dubrovnik - Ston - Ferry to Korcula
Today we travel by bus and ferry to the breathtaking island of Korcula. En route we stop at the Peljesac Peninsula where we can walk the city walls of the town of Ston (historically reknown for salt production) and pause for lunch -- the area is known for its wines and oysters! Ston was a major fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls were regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture.

We continue to Korcula via a small ferry. Situated on a small peninsula, the cluster of brilliant red tiled roofs perch above the aquamarine harbour waters, clear to a depth of 21m! Korcula was settled by the Greeks who called the island "Korkyra Melaina" or "Black Corfu" because of the dark appearance of its densely wooded forests. Today the island is covered with olive groves and vineyards. The island is also proud of its heritage -- traditional shipbuilding, stone masonry, and Croatian folk traditions of costume and dance.

Later this afternoon we will have a walking tour of the old town. The street plan of the town is unique and often compared to a fishbone pattern: the north-south streets allowed the defenders of the town to reach the walls and towers, and the east-west lanes were designed to capture the pleasant maestral winds and minimize the force of the cold "bora." The Venetian Cathedral of St. Mark is an architectural delight, squeezed into a small square. Tucked into a narrow lane nearby is the small house where it is believed Marco Polo was born. We will also visit the Treasury and Town Museum with exhibitions of Korcula's history and traditions from prehistoric times to the present (note that recent tours have reported that the museum has been closed due to staffing shortages).

Overnight in Korcula.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Korcula: Walking 'Napoleon's Road'
Today we begin our walk along 'Napoleon's Road' toward Pupnat. We'll detour briefly to see an old everygreen oak (Quercas ilex) forest growing in and around some giant limestone boulders.

Pupnat is a village in the interior eastern part of the island of Korcula, located on the regional road running along the island. The population of Pupnat is about 500, making this the smallest village on the island. The name Pupnat, according to some interpreters, derives from "pampinata," which means vine leaves. The Illyrian lived in the area of Mocila, where remains of Illyrian graves have been found. The location of the village was chosen by its settlers in the hilly part of the island so as to be invisible from the sea and passing pirates.

Our walking route passes small farms and vineyards surrounded by stone walls dotted with "kucice," traditional dry stone huts used for housing livestock. The prehistoric life that existed in the area was found in Jakasove Spila (cave). Zrnovo has numerous small churches that one can see walking along the road.

We transfer by road back to Korcula in the early afternoon (ie in time for you to find some lunch) and have the balance of the day at leisure.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 4 hrs; elevation variation +/- 100m / 330 ft.

Overnight in Korcula.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Korcula - Ferry to Hvar: Walking Tour
Today we travel by ferry to Hvar, "Queen of the Dalmatian Islands," considered one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.

The island of Hvar receives 2,724 hours of sunshine per year, more than anywhere else in Croatia, and is thus called the "Island of the Sun". Greeks from Paros first settled on the island in the 4th century BC in Pharos, the modern town of Stari Grad. In the 13th century, the capital of the island was transferred to the town of Hvar (a mutation of Pharos in Slavic) and prospered during the 3.5 centuries of Venetian rule. This picturesque town and marina is alive with the constant hum of activity.

We will have a walking tour through narrow streets to the 15th century Franciscan Monastery where we visit the Renaissance cloister -- the old rectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books, and the church with its remarkable collection of paintings. We visit St Stephen's Cathedral, and see the Arsenal (perhaps closed for refurbishment), a thick walled fortress overlooking the harbour.

We'll also include a walk up to the Venetian fortress that looms above the town -- definitely one of the highlights of our visit to this stunning place.

Overnight in Hvar.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Hvar & Sveta Nedelja Hike
Hvar is a set on an east-west ridge of Mesozoic limestone and dolomite, which was part of the mainland until approximately 11,000 years ago. Around that time, sea levels rose, filling the valleys that are now the channels between the islands. Hvar has a typical karst landscape, which means limited or no surface water, despite adequate rainfall, which disappears quickly into crevices in the ground. Farming in such areas requires careful conservation of water, and protection of the soil against erosion. The water cisterns in the fields and the dry-stone walls/terracing on the slopes are necessary for the continued success of agriculture on the island. The island has a typical Mediterranean vegetation, mostly bare with woody scrub at higher, steeper elevations, turning to pine forests on the lower slopes.

This morning we drive to the village of Sveta Nedelja where we begin our uphill hike.* We then walk to the highest part of the island; you will enjoy beautiful scenery, a cave with a monastery, views of beautiful beaches, and vineyards. From (near) the top, we are met by our vehicles and transferred back down to Hvar (45 min) with time at leisure to enjoy this charming town.

* Please note that we choose to walk uphill as past travellers and guides have noted that we are less likely to slip on loose material than if we descended. This is one of the most beautiful walks of the tour, but it is also the most "technical" in that you need to be steady on your feet on some sections of crumbling limestone that require alertness. In consultation with your Tour Leader (who will be familiar with your capabilities by this point), if you'd prefer something a little easier, there is plenty of alternative walking in and around Hvar and it's waterfront.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 3 HOURS, 6 km / 3.73 miles. Elevation gain 550 m / 1,804 ft.

Overnight in Hvar.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Hvar - Ferry to Brac Island & Hermitage of Blaca
This morning we will take an early ferry to the town of Bol on nearby Brac Island, the highest and third largest island in the Adriatic.

Today's excursion takes us on a relaxing and panoramic boat ride along the coast of Brac to a hiking trail that leads us up to the intriguing Hermitage of Blaca, now a museum. Departing from Bol, our boat will pass Croatia's most famous beach, the Golden Horn (Zlatni Rat), before continuing past pine forests, olive groves and coastal vineyards to the trailhead in Blaca Bay.

The reward for our 45-minute uphill climb is a visit to the dramatically situated Hermitage of Blaca, whose stone structures cling to cliff overlooking a dry ravine. The hermitage was established in the 16th century by monks from the mainland town of Polijice who sought refugee from invading Turks. Originally situated in a cave, the hermitage was built up over the centuries to include a church, school, astronomical observatory and library. Today the museum houses a unique collection of ancient books, clocks, astronomical instruments and artifacts from the life of the last monk to inhabit Blaca, Niko Milicevic.

After a tour of the hermitage we return to our boat in travel back to Bol, where you have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the town or stroll/swim at Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn). Even if you're not a "beach person," this stunningly unique stretch of idyllic sand is not to be missed. Considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, the strand has become an iconic symbol of Croatia and the whole of the Mediterranean.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 2 hrs; elevation variation +/- 250m / 820 ft

Overnight on Brac.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Brac: Island Tour - Ferry to Split
After breakfast we'll explore Brac with its stone landscapes, olive groves, and sheep dotting the hillsides. Our bus tour starts begins with a long but gradual climb to the ridge of the island, across Brac to the village of Pucisca, home to a famous marble quarry. Stone from Brac has been used in the a number of famous buildings, including Diocletian's Palace, the parliament buildings of Vienna and Budpest and the Canadian WWI memorial at Vimy Ridge.

We also make a stop at the Museum of Olive oil located in the picturesque small village of Škrip. This museum is an amazing place, not only for olive oil lovers, but also for those interested in its historical and cultural monuments. The museum exhibits inlcude an olive mill, olive press, spindle for tightening the press screw, bags, a fireplace for heating the water, and all traditional tools for transport, production and storage of olive oil. We'll be able to taste olive oil and other local food products based on the Mediterranean diet.

Our next stop will take us to Vidova Gora (778m / 2,567 ft), the highest point on the island offering spectacular views. We continue to Supetar, where we board a ferry for Split, located on the mainland.

This afternoon we tour Split (ancient Spalato), the second largest city of Croatia. The historic city center actually lies in the walls of the enormous retirement palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built between 295-305 AD. The palace served as a palace, military fortress, and later, a fortified town. The city is enclosed by huge walls, pierced by 4 main gates.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy exploring the streets of the former imperial city.

Overnight in Split.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 11 Split - Paklenica National Park Hike - Plitvice
Today we travel to Plitvice via Paklenica National Park where we enjoy a hike.

The park is situated south of the Velebit range of mountains (the largest in Croatia) and covers an area of just under 100 square km, with a mixture of high peaks with stunning views, deep gorges, and beech and pine forests. We take the trail that leads from the main entrance, along a dry creek bed in the shade of mostly Adriatic black pine trees. The section of the route that we cover is called "The Educational Trail" and is full of information boards describing the natural and cultural features of the area.

Next we come to an area where rock climbers from all over the world come to scale the limestone cliffs, making this National Park and UNESCO world Heritage site one of the best-known rock climbing places in all of Europe. Next comes a steepi-sh uphill section of switchbacks that eventually takes us to a shaded, flatter trail. And finally we come to a simple hut that serves cold beer and simple home made food.

After a break here we descend on foot using the same trail we came up.

Our final destination for the day is Plitvice, where 16 lakes, each at a different level, join each other in a series of cascading waterfalls.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 4 HOURS. 8 km / 5 miles. Elevation gain 200 m / 656 ft.

Overnight at Plitvice.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 Walking Plitvice Lakes National Park - Zagreb
Travertine terraces have been continuously reforming themselves over 10,000 years as calcium carbonate dissolves and settles, forming barriers and cascades. Imagine Niagara Falls diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon. This lush valley of terraced lakes is laced together by waterfalls and miles of pleasant wooden-plank walks. Countless cascades and strangely clear and colourful water make the Plitvice Lakes National Park a misty natural wonderland. The ever-changing fluid landscape -- created by water, gravity, limestone and time -- is mesmerizing.

Look for wildlife as you hike. The park is home to deer, wolves, wildcats, wild boar, and more than 160 species of birds (from eagles to herons to owls). The lakes (and local menus) are full of trout. The entire area is protected as one of UNESCO's Natural World Heritage Sites. We will follow wooden paths on our walk around the Lower and Upper Lakes, ending with a short boat ride across the largest lake.

In the late afternoon we will drive to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

TOTAL WALKING TIME +/- 4 hours (leisurely, easy)

Overnight in Zagreb.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Zagreb: City Tour
Today's city tour* features Governor Jelacic Square, undoubtedly the very heart of the capital. Located in Zagreb's center, the square is dominated by the statue of Josip Jelacic who became the governor of the triple Kingdom of Dalmatia, Croatia, and Slavonia on the 23rd of March, 1848.

In the District of Gradec, we take a funicular from the Lower Town to the Upper, which for centuries has connected the old part of town with Ilica Street, the main shopping area. We will then stroll back down to Kaptol, St Catherine's Cathedral, Church of St Mark, St. Stephen's Church, and Lotrscak Tower.

As part of our tour, we plan to visit the popular Museum of Broken Relationships, where you can find yourself lost in all of the featured sad, funny, and highly personal stories of heartbreaks from over the world. This visit is certain to send you down memory lane, mentally revisiting all of the relationships in your own past.

After our tour you will have time at leisure to explore, shop, relax, visit museums etc. Your Tour Leader can help plan your afternoon.

* PLEASE NOTE: In 2000 the region experienced an earthquake which damaged 2,000 buildings in Zagreb, many of which are still closed off for repairs. This means that many/most of the buildings, including museums (except the M of Broken Relationships), that we may have planned to visit were still closed as of our 2022/23 season, without a clear time frame for when this may improve. This note will be updated as conditions warrant. That said, the city is still a stunning place with great views, wonderful architecture, pleasant walking, and friendly people.

This evening we convene for our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Zagreb.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 Departure
Departure from Zagreb.

SRETAN PUT!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily.

All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Lunches,

Tour Leader Gratuities, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable) and any excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in late spring and late summer/early fall when temperatures are relatively mild, crowds thinner, and airfares lower.

Late spring is popular with visitors who enjoy green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs, long hot and dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into late October. Showers are possible in spring and possible, though less likely, in fall.

Coastal towns/cities are busy with cruise passengers in September; October is a quieter month in this regard.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Most land transport is by private air-conditioned motor coach, the size of which will depend on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Some shorter journeys via public bus or taxi.

OUR HIKES
Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in. Please note that some surfaces feature loose material (ie stones, gravel, sand etc) which can be slippery. Good footwear/tread and walking poles will help to steady you and support your knees.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our walks/hikes that go beyond town/city walking tours on pavement or cobblestones, to hiking on "natural" surfaces (ie gravel) and pathways that feature some elevation gain/loss as opposed to reasonably flat terrain. Such hikes are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way. Though our walks/hikes do not occur every day, even when not on a "hike" we will be on foot quite a lot with town walking tours, site visits, and plenty of places with uneven surfaces and stairs. Participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in some remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip.

This is a hotel-based tour with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.

For daily summaries of our hiking activities, please refer to the tour itinerary.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels and inns (3&4-star) used throughout. Some hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver(s), local step-on guides in various locales.

Group Size
Maximum group size can range from 16 to 18 depending on room configuration and availability at smaller hotels outside of major towns and cities.

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Croatia and Montenegro


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Boutique Porto Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
In a commercial neighborhood, this contemporary hotel is a 12-minute walk from Bellevue Beach, a kilometre from Dubrovnik Port and 2 km from the Old Town.
Hotel Marija
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kotor
Country: Montenegro
Hotel “Marija” is located within the walls of the Old Town Kotor, a town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Situated in a beautiful baroque building, in which an Austrian Emperor Franjo ... once stayed, Hotel Marija operates since 1995 and through all these years can be characterized best by satisfied customers, domestic and foreign, who keep coming back, as well as many prestigious awards which have marked its business: SACEN-golden charter, The best hotel in SRJ in year 1996, Novi Sad Fair - silver medal in the year 2003 and 2004.
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Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Hvar
Country: Croatia
Located in a private bay, featuring an exquisite cascading pool and offering a wide range of activities suitable for couples, families and business events.

This unique resort is located just a
... minutes away from the city center, in a peaceful picturesque bay, next to a natural pebble beach. Guests are able to enjoy stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and Paklinski islands, together with mesmerizing views of the cascading pool below.
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Hotel Jezero
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Plitvice
Country: Croatia
Hotel Jezero (***) is located in the central zone of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, about 300 m from Lake Kozjak. The combination of quality service offers a relaxing and comfortable retreat ... the guests, in a calm and welcoming environment.

Hotel Jezero offers a total of 205 rooms and 19 suites, two of which are adapted for disabled persons. Rooms have an LCD cable TV, a safe to store valuable items, a minibar, and free Wi-Fi. On request, we offer an automatic wake up service and a crib with no extra charge.
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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

What People are Saying
John F.
Damascus, OR - US
We enjoyed all of the excursions. The tours around the towns which highlighted the old parts of the town were excellent. The tour guides in each town were very knowledgeable and personable. It was great doing the physical hiking up steep steps or grades to get to the places we were to tour. Each restaurant that we ate at was prepared for our group and made delicious, local meals for us to enjoy. The buses were clean and air conditioned, with good drivers who never got lost. The vans were similarly pleasant. The ferries were the most fun. As were the boat rides. All meals represented local fare and were delicious. Excellent tour, will heartily recommend it.
Sandra K.
Elora, ON - CA
It was one of the highlights of my life. The small-group experience led by knowledgeable leaders plus active hiking/walking each day allowed me to experience a part of the world I did not know in a way that will be part of me forever. Breakfasts were very good on the whole. Having breakfast and dinner or lunch was wonderful. Our tour leader gave us some amazing lunch/dinner experiences that added immensely to our trip. All transportation was impressive. The two bus drivers were amazing...safe and helpful. The ferries were wonderful and I loved experiencing all the different sizes.
Steven S.
Woodbury, MN - US
I enjoyed all the longer hikes and the local guide led excursions around the cities. All local guides were excellent. Their knowledge of local history was excellent and was extremely helpful. The guide in Split was excellent PLUS. Transportation was very comfortable and efficient. Our tour leader Peter was friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. Each day went like clockwork. He was available for assistance when needed and conversed well with ALL the guests. He added additional depth to our understanding of the country and the cities we visited.
Ken S.
Woodbridge, ON - CA
All excursions were good - guides knowledgeable and concise. Liked all local guides. Excellent transportation. We have been on more than ten tours with AA and on several others with other tour companies. Peter was the best tour leader yet. A wonderful tour.
Dennis R.
West Bennd, WI - US
Really,.... enjoyed all excursions. But a May visit to the Plitvice National Park was magical, and blew us away. Wow! Peter exceeded my (our) expectations. He was genuine and personable to everyone. Really, it was just wonderful. We had a great time and were very pleased with everything for the price of the tour.
Douglas P.
Travelers Rest, SC - US
Excellent - primarily because of the niche market of walking/active tours and also going to places not covered by most tours - but still covering the basic places all want to visit. Peter, our tour leader, was very well organized and excellent at communicating the plan; so that everything was clear and went very smoothly. Peter also had strategies to improve the visits to particular places (such as starting time and logistics). Thus, we were able to do more and enjoy it more! The meal plan met, or exceeded my expectations. Went to Plitvice National Park (by far the highlight of entire tour - no words or even pictures can describe the experience of being amongst the waterfalls as you can do on the boardwalks at Plitvice)- Plitvice is a treasure of the world and Croatia is being a good steward.
Elizabeth P.
Travelers Rest, SC - CA
Enjoyed all excursions. All local guides were superb. Drivers were all excellent. The meal plan vastly exceeded my expectations. Everywhere Peter, our tour leader, went the local people he interacted with treated him like a long lost son/brother. They obviously liked him as much as we all did. One member of our tour said she just signs on for whatever tours Peter leads. He was wonderful.
Elizabeth H.
Harrow, ON - CA
All the local guides were great particularly Dianja. Transportation was great. All meals were excellent. Everything you needed Peter, our tour leader, was there to help. Hopefully the next trip I book Peter will be the guide. Everything was done to perfection. Peter s attitude is exceptional. I don t think any of us have laughed so hard and had a such a great time on a tour. Peter was an outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable and very personable. Fabulous tour.
Caryn Barlow
Burnaby, BC - CA
Enjoyed all the excursions! I thought all local guides were very good to excellent! All vans and buses were very comfortable and generally clean. I felt safe with the competent drivers. Loved that most vehicles were Mercedes Benz! Yes, very delicious and healthy dinners! Lots of choice and generous portions. Peter, our tour leader, was friendly, helpful, caring, mature, responsible and fun. Would be very happy to have Peter as a Tour Leader on a future Adventure Abroad tour. Adventure Abroad is a very good travel company to do business with/use for my travel experiences. There were ten other people on the tour and a number of them were repeat customers several times.
Allan S.
Toronto, ON - CA
The excursions we enjoyed most on the tour were walking the walls of Dubrovnik, the walk in Plitivice lakes park, all the tours of the walled towns and visits to the islands. Laura was very well organized but also very flexible and friendly - we really enjoyed her company as she was cheerful and had a great sense of humour. She is an exceptionally mature young woman. Laura was exceptionally knowledgeable about all topics - history, current events, geography, art and architecture, even botany and chemistry at times. For such a young woman her breadth of knowledge was incredible yet there was never any ego involved when sharing it.
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Croatia; Montenegro.
Activity Level: 3

These tours are considerably more strenuous than our Level 1 & 2 "cultural" tours and feature walks/hikes on undulating and uneven pathways for 3-7 hours at a leisurely pace. We don't hike every day, but participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. Altitude may also be a factor on some tours, though none of our hiking tours currently occur above 3000m/10,000 ft. These are hotel-based tours with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.
Tour Style: Active

This small series of itineraries are more physical than our Cultural Journeys, as all feature hiking/walking excursions that are an integral part of the overall experience. As with our cultural tours, all of these tours feature three- and four-star hotels (no camping), and all hikes are designed such that you need only carry your day pack—your luggage either stays at our hotel base or is transported ahead for us. Our active days are well-spaced time set aside for either travel or more leisurely cultural activities and sightseeing.
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