Located on the Balkan peninsula and stretched out along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is a unique meld of cultures. While this is most clearly seen in the beginning and end of our trip, the contrasting cities of Split and Dubrovnik, every place we go has its own unique feel. We'll visit Diocletian's Palace in Split, learn about traditional life away from the coast and the Alka Tournament in Sinjin, sea kayak in the Pakleni Islands, learn about lavendar production on Hvar, sample local specialties on Korcula, taste wine and oysters on the Peljasic Peninsula, and walk the walls of Dubrovnik. We'll go beyond sightseeing as we journey off the beaten path on little-known hikes. And at the end we'll have a new appreciation of this area that only twenty years ago was largely unknown to modern travelers. Maximum group size: 12
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This trip is designed for active women in good physical condition who want to combine hiking off the beaten track in Croatia, with learning about its history and local culture, visiting two of its best known cities, and savoring fresh cuisine. Rating: 1  3 4 5 A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. These trips typically involve 3 to 5 hours of daily activity.
On this trip we experience the culture and cuisine of Croatia with plenty of activity, including hiking and sea kayaking. All activities are at an easy to moderate level and suitable for both those with and without experience.
We will be staying in double occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms in small 3 star hotels as specified in the itinerary and below.
Split - Hotel Slavija (http://www.hotelslavija.hr/)
Hvar - Hotel Palace (http://www.suncanihvar.com/the-palace-hvar.html)
Korcula - Hotel Korcula (http://www.hotelkorcula.com/)
Dubrovnik - Hotel Lero (http://www.hotel-lero.hr/?file=home)
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
We stayed in lovely accommodations, had wonderful food, and a wonderful guide. We were introduced to many of the local artisans, families, and food. Loved the kayaking and the luncheon spot. Everything was well organized and ran smoothy. Just wish we had had more hiking, but the weather prevented some of the hiking plans. Vedran was an excellent guide--very well spoken, organized, and flexible.
Best trip ever! Our guide Vedran, our small group of 6, our hiking and cultural experiences and the scenery.
Absolutely love meeting in the Homes of Croatian people. They were so gracious. Vedrans extensive knowledge of the history and culture was invaluable, no price could be put on that. Love the 2 city tours. Nevis has a dry wit while communicating her expertise.
Would like to have done a little more hiking but weather did not cooperate. Overall a great trip, however.
Meeting local Croatians in the countryside to enjoy their marvelous lunches.
The food and meeting people in small villages
Food Guides Scenery Unique Experiences Swimming in the Aegean Sea The hiking difficulty surprised me, as did the virtual dearth of scheduled free time ("you have an hour" or less, to rest, look around, swim at the hotel, repack, shower, see the town, etc. felt minimal.) I know some people love to move and "do" something every second, (there was a comment from a non swimmer that being in the Sea for more than 45 min was too much time "to not be doing anything." hmmmm, I thought i was doing something, just not hiking, one of my favorite times on the trip. No matter what trip I go on, I value and appreciate some personal time. Constant "doing", well, That is not me. Is that the idea with AGC trips? I guess I would like to know that going forward.
Highlights - The three 'farm' lunches that were integrated with cultural history and local families; the silk demonstration, kayaking. Disappointment - A more-than-average number of the participants did not appear to be prepared for the trip's activity level. Ambivalent about the wine tasting.
Cultural immersion for activities (silk), families (meal/experience venues that would never be found in tourist books)
I like learning about the culture of the area so the interaction with local folks - those presenting meals and those presenting cultural facts - was great. I like that we change venues periodically. I was disappointed that the hiking took up so much of our time that we did not have as much "free" time on our own to visit or tour around the areas we visited .
Beautiful locations and great food
Lunch in small farms and intimate settings with a lot of healthy food, a lot of it organic. Beautiful scenery. Korchula (sp?) island was probably my favorite. I love being near the water. Both guides were great. Vedrun had a group of middle age and up women figured out very quickly. He kept things fun and interesting. Deb is great, I've been on other trips with her, always great.
Sorry this took a while but I only just got home. I am usually a solo traveller but a friend persuaded me to come with her to Croatia. The planning and the guide were excellent, and I enjoyed getting off the beaten track with some fun women. I will always remember the lunches we shared at the homes in remote villages.
I was very pleased with the trip. It was definitely a level 2 hike and that's what I expected. I liked the size of the group. We saw a nice mix of that part of the Croatia. Our guides were excellent.
I was not quite sure what to expect from Croatia, but it was wonderful!!! The trip was a good mixture of physical activity alternating with other stuff - appropriately labeled a "2".
Each day was a new cultural experience. I learned so much about Croatia and its history. The presentations of the food and wine culture were the best of any AGC trip I have taken (see my food comment). I also enjoyed the "silk making" presentation. This was so special...a look back at the life of a 19th century Croatian woman and how the making of her life garments prepared her for future married life.
Split: exploring the walled city; visiting the monastery and being served grappa! Beautiful seaside walks; hearing the a cappella singers Hvar: beautiful walk to ancient village where were serenaded by a man playing the accordion Grappa! Day 3: the finest dining all prepared by a chef who is also a vintner The best white wine I've ever tasted Spectacular hike along the coast; discovering a beach with rounded rocks Korcula! scenic hiking capped off by a 5-star homemade multi-course meal served by 2 friendly hosts Dubrovnik: the silk museum; the salt mine and spectacular scenery, interesting tour and such amazing dining! this trip is tops!
All the hiking and kayaking w/the beautiful coastline in view....the wonderful leadership that made Croatia come alive for us.
This was the smoothest "first trip" I've been on (and I've been on several). I credit both our guides for making this a seamless experience. The food was great, the scenery out of this world. I loved the hiking and the sea kayaking. Olive oil tasting/lunch, the lunch on day 3 halfway through the hike (where the afternoon was optional), wine tasting were my favorite lunch/meals. Opportunity for improvement: A couple of days were a little too packed - so we really didn't have time to wander the towns. I would recommend elminating some items. My recommendation - On Hvar, we had 2-3 hours but didn't know there were streets to wander. On Korcula, we didn't have any time to explore - maybe cut out oyster tasting from that day so more time to explore (a lot of people don't eat oysters - and having wine tasting followed by oysters followed by lunch was a bit much). Day to Dubrovnik, eliminate fortress, but keep spinning.