Saturday, June 16, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Come join us on an epic journey into a gorgeous part of the world! Here is the land where the Adriatic meets the Alps. Croatia and Slovenia were once part of the union called Yugoslavia. But today, that feels like ancient history, as each country is proudly independent. Carefree Croatia, with its long and enticing coastline, beckons vacationers with dramatically scenic terrain, romantic old towns, sunshine bathed pebbly beaches, and an irrepressible seafaring spirit. We will start our adventure in the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, then travel through some of the most scenic off shore islands up the Dalmatian coast to Split. From there we will head inland via Plitvice National Park with its gorgeous lakes and waterfalls and then on to finish in Zagreb. Dubrovnik, whose nickname is "the pearl of the Adriatic," is ringed by a thick wall of medieval ramparts which we will walk along the top and circle the old town. Within the ramparts, the traffic free Old Town is a fun jumble of steep alleys, low-impact museums, al fresco cafes and friendly squares. We will visit the islands of Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Brac; each one beautiful in its own right but each with a distinct personality. Our days will be filled with a combination of culture, walking, relaxing and soaking up the scenery! After our exploration of the islands, we will come ashore and return to civilization in Split with its atmospheric old town. Our guided tour will take in the highlights of the city and expose us to its rich history. After a relaxing night in Split, we will travel on to one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe, Plitvice Lakes NP! It is one of Europe's most spectacular natural wonders. Imagine Niagara Falls diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon. There are 16 terraced lakes separated by natural travertine dams and laced together by waterfalls, boat rides, and miles of pleasant plank walks. The colors are vibrant and fantastic! It has to be seen and experienced to be believed. Come join us! The trip will end in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, a city which began as two separate walled medieval towns separated by a river. In Zagreb, we will find historic neighborhoods and a nearly Prague-like Old World streetscape with virtually no tourists. From here participants will either head home or continue their European vacation by joining the trip leaders on their Slovenia hiking trip which follows a few days after this adventure.