Croatia & Slovenia small group holiday
Description of Croatia & Slovenia small group holiday
This eight day Croatia and Slovenia small group holiday starts in the ancient city of Split, on the Dalmatian coast, where we have time to take in some of its fine sites as well as soak in the Adriatic atmosphere of this, Croatia’s second largest town. Heading north, you will see that this coastline is not only peppered with islands, but also with other medieval beauties, as we spend a day and a night in Zadar, Croatia’s oldest town, with a Roman forum and pre-Romanesque St. Donat's church. It is also gateway to the Zadar and North Dalmatian archipelagos, and we take a day trip out to the island of Pag to enjoy its idyllic swimming spots.
Croatia isn’t all about the coast, however, as we discover on our day in Plitvice Lakes National Park, where we can hike along some of the walkways that lead to at least one of the sixteen freshwater lakes and ninety waterfalls that make up this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, don’t think that because we have moved inland you can put your swimwear away. Plitvice is for plunging into.
Continuing north, Pula is the capital of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and, with more Italian influences, it is also a wonderful place to see Roman remains. We take our Croatian farewell in Rovinj, an idyllic peninsula with beaches and ancient villages.
We spend two days in Slovenia, where the landscape changes from marine to mountains, as we travel through the Julian Alps en route to Bled. Many of our guests extend their trips to enjoy the vast array of outdoor adventures on offer around Bled. Most famous for its lake, enveloped by the Alps, gorges and gushing rivers, this is the perfect landscape for hiking, biking, rafting, swimming or just chilling on a boat ride across the lake. Believe us, Slovenia always leaves you wanting more.
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We take care to use local transport throughout, including Ferries and buses and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes a stay in a family run guesthouse on Pag Island. This overnight stay is a great opportunity to learn more about the local farming community and the way of life from the perspective of our hosts.
We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans. You will get the opportunity to taste one of Croatia’s most renowned and prized cheeses, paški sir or Pag cheese. This distinctive cheese with its, salty, sharp and tangy flavour comes from Pag island's sheep, who roam the rocky island eating aromatic herbs and grass on slopes coated in salt deposits by strong sea winds.
Recruitment of our ground team comes from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.