XAD Croatia & Montenegro Tour
Day Hiking in Adriatica
Stunning day walks on Croatia's coast; Kotor, Montenegro - Unesco site; Plitvice Lakes: natural wonder; Fairy-tale Dubrovnik; Hvar & Korcula - town tours and area walks
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Dates & Prices
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 the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 27 Sep 2019||Thu 10 Oct 2019||$3700 USD|
|Fri 05 Jun 2020||Thu 18 Jun 2020||$3700 USD|
|Fri 25 Sep 2020||Thu 08 Oct 2020||$3700 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $963 USD (number of singles limited).
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 with a traditional lunch at a local diner included.
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.
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.
Beverly S. (Toronto, ON, CA)
The excursions were excellent. Good pacing, variety, blend of activity, culture, history. Dubrovnik never disappoints, the Plavice Lakes were and absolute and awesome surprise. The Stone Mason school in Brac which we thought would just be a pleasant little experience was one of the real live human moments that was inspiring and taught us so much about the past and craftsmanship. Whew! The guides were professional and informative. Our exceptional Tour Leader, Laura, had a way of bringing out the best in all of us and the guides. Her people skills, gentle respectful manner, and desire to keep learning and growing herself encouraged all of us to show and value the same traits.She automatically put the guides at ease with us and us with them, encouraging questions, comments, interaction - a friendly comfortable learnng and exchange environment. The hotels were totally fine - a good variety of quaint, posh, functional, convenient. The beds were comfortable, the service excellent. There were many more swimming opportunities than the literature indicated which was a pleasant surprise.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharron S. (Alliston, ON, CA)
All excursions were excellent , but our favourites were the small boat trip on the island of Brac followed by the hike to the monastery, followed by swimming in the Adriatic off the Golden Horn. Our second favourite was our hike in Plitvice National Park. The accommodation was far better than we expected. All were modern, clean and well located for walking to our destinations. Laura was warm and welcoming. She has a quiet, easy going demeanor and never became ruffled. She was able to diffuse difficulties easily and never exhibited worry. She knows herself and is self confident in a fresh and unique way. She is professional and showed respect for all. We all enjoyed our time with her greatly.
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.
*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.
As the oldest hotel in Hvar, The Palace is a grand dame framed by Gothic and renaissance architecture. History lovers ... particularly enjoy its central location, which provides romantic views of the ancient piazza and neighboring buildings. The rooms at The Palace have been equipped with modern fixtures and furnishings that provide comfort and convenience while allowing guests to thoroughly enjoy all the natural charm and beauty of this historic hotel.
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Jezero Hotel offers a relaxing and active holiday in a wonderful natural environment. The hotel interior is modern, and its ... contours are perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature. It is located in the central zone of the National Park, approx. 300 m from the vastest lake, Kozjak.
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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.
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. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
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, +/- 24 seats depending 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.
See detailed itinerary for day-by-day summaries.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
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.
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader
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