Butterfly
Dragonfly Macrophotography
Hungarian dragonfly-safari
In Quest of the „Flying Flowers" (Hungarian butterfly trip)"
Slovenia-Croatia butterfly special with 4 Large Blues pre-extension
Butterflies of Montenegro
Butterflies of Serbia with False Comma
Sri Lanka: Butterflies, Leopards, Blue Whales
Nepal: Butterflying at the Foothills of the Himalaya
Ethiopian Butterfly & Wildlife adventure with Tribal extension
Ghana butterfly adventure
Butterflies, Chimps, Gorillas (Uganda)
Eastern-European
B
irdwatching
Day-birdwatching trips (Hungary)
Bears, Great Bustards… vampires!
( Hungary+Romania)!
The late summer birding trip (Hungary)
Crane weekend of Hungary
Wallcreepers, Ptarmigans, Rock Partridges (Slovenia-Croatia birding circle)
Birding in Serbia
Egypt/Horn/Africa
Birdwatching
"Birds & Pharaos", birding in Egypt
Southern Red Sea birding & diving adventure
Ethiopian birding adventure
Mammals
Hungarian Bat Safari
Big game photosafaris
Hiking, Trekking, Multicultural - Outdoor
Ecoholidays in Hungary
Multicultural Highlights of Dracula country
Castles, Vampires and Counts of the Carpathians
The hidden face of Transylvania and Bucovina
Mediterranean Odyssey (Slovenia, Croatia)
Jump to...
Calendar of tours
Travellers' baglist

Ptuj's inner city near the Drava river
Lipica horses in Lipica
Paklecina gorge, one of the best hiking and birding spot of Croatia
Entrance of the Postojna cave. One of the four World Heritage Site' cave
Predjama castle
Morning mist in the pine forests of the Savinja Alps
Skocjan cave. The ABSOLUTE highlight of Slovenia!!!







 

Mediterranean Odyssey... to feel Slovenia, Croatia.

Summary and recommendation: A 16 day hiking-trekking tour with focus on culture, scenery and wildlife. Hikes are designed specially for people 50 and over.

"...On the last day of Creation, God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath..."
(George Bernard Shaw, after viewing the dazzling archipelago that lies off the Croatian coast)


 
 
 
 Destination countries: Slovenia, Croatia, plus 1 day to Trieste (Italy), 1 day to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and 2 days to Montenegro. Arrive Ljubljana, depart Dubrovnik.

Next schedule: Upon request.

Duration: 16 days.

Price: Ask! Single supplement: TBA. Price includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight, visa, tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other activities of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees, phone calls, etc.

Note: This tours runs extended with 1-1 day to visit Trieste, Mostar/ Bosnia and Montenegro!

Accommodation: Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite.

Numbers: Min.: 5 pax, max. 16 tour participants.

Transport: Minivans or Mercedes bus with up to 10 seats, depend on group size.

Description: "...Journey to one of the most diverse regions of Europe — Slovenia and Croatia. Our adventure begins in Ljubljana, the pleasant capital of Slovenia. If you are a nature lover, the diversity of the parks we visit will surely fascinate you: including the world-famous Plitvice and Krka National Parks, with their impressive falls. Breathe the fresh mountain air of the Slovenian Alps and take in the unforgettable blue color of the Adriatic sea. Explore two enormous caves, Postojna and Skocjan (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with fascinating stalagtites, stalagmites, unique cave animals and giant underground rivers. In Croatia, visit the seaside towns with roots from the Middle Ages, or even as far back as Roman times. Relive history during the walk along the medieval walls of Dubrovnik, a fascinating and fabled city also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, and enjoy the culture, cuisine and hospitality of the locals. Our trip to Slovenia and Croatia is a relaxing blend of walks and hikes to natural wonders and historic sites. Journey with us to one of the least crowded and perhaps the most impressive seacoasts of Europe..."

Itinerary:

Day "0": Pre-extension.

Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Welcome to Slovenia! Upon arrival in Ljubljana, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Smlednik (outside of Ljubljana).

Day 2: Ljubljana sightseeing, Lake Bled. To Lake Bohinj. Today we explore the sights of Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. We have a walk through the city center and around castle hill — an impressive castle that dates back to the 9th century. Climb up to the High Tower, for incredible views of Old Ljubljana, the green park (Tivoli), and the city’s famous Baroque style monuments. In the afternoon, we drive to Lake Bled, a picturesque green lake surrounded by the Slovenian Alps. We visit Bled Castle. Perched on a cliff high above the lake, it offers spectacular views of the town, lake and countryside. From here we see the small Church of Assumption on a tiny tear-shaped island — the only true inland island of Slovenia — called Blejski Otok. Overnight in Bohinj.

Day 3: Hike around Lake Bohinj, Mt. Vogel cable car and Savica Falls. We begin today with a hike around the beautiful glacial lake of Bohinj. After lunch a cable car takes us high to Mt. Vogel where we enjoy spectacular views over the snow capped Julian Alps and Lake Bohinj below. We can see Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia (2,864 meters/9,396ft). The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or take a hike to Savica waterfalls, the highest in the country and one of the sources of the Sava River. Overnight in Bohinj.

Day 4: Visit Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle. Following breakfast we drive to the caves of Postojna. Hidden deep within these world- famous caves lies a rare beauty created over millions of years; carved, shaped and created by water — year after year. A small electric train shuttles us into the cave and from inside the cave we can witness the incredible stalactites shaped like needles, icicles, and even columns and pillars. Another highlight of the cave is a small tank filled with pink Olms (fully aquatic, blind cave salamanders). These bizarre little animals are also named the “human fish” (Proteus Anguinus) and inhabit only 2 or 3 caves of the Dalmatian coast. After a picnic lunch we visit Predjama Castle, situated in the mouth of a hillside cavern. We will hear the legend of the famous robber baron Erazem Lueger, a maverick knight who became Slovenia’s Robin Hood by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. We continue on to our hotel, which is located deep in the forest. Those who feel energetic may hike to the nearby Rakek River to see two natural rock bridges. Tonight we enjoy a campfire cookout. Overnight in Rakov Skocjan.

Day 5: Skocjan Cave, Lipica Stud Farm, Mt Nanos. In the morning we walk 3kms through the incredible Skocjan Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will walk 90 meters above the giant underground River Reka and finish our trip on the bottom of the deep dolina sinkhole, from where a cable car takes us back to the starting point. After picnic we visit the stud farm of Lipica, from where the famous Spanish and Austrian horses “Lipizzaners” originate. En route back to Rakov Skocjan, we stop on the high plateau of Mt Nanos to enjoy a hike; Mt. Nanos is like a secret garden hidden from the surrounding plains. The mountain is home to golden eagles, chamois and lynx. Overnight in Rakov Skocjan.

Day 6: Trieste Italy. This morning we cross the Italian border heading for the Adriatic Coast and the grandeur of Trieste. We will have a guided tour covering the most important sites including the Basilica of San Guisto with it’s 13th century frescoes and mosaic of St Justus, the town’s patron saint. There are the 1st and 2nd century remains of the Roman theatre and time to explore the largest seaside piazza in Europe- Piazza dell’Unita. Of course no visit to Italy would be complete without sampling some of her gastronomic treats and having time to relax and soak up the atmosphere. Overnight in Rakov Skocjan.

Day 7: Hrastovlje, Salinas, to Croatia, Hum. This morning, we drive to Hrastovlje and visit the small-fortified church that is unique due to its 15th century frescoes. All the walls of the church are covered in scenes from both the Old and New Testaments, with the Dancing Death fresco being the most famous. We visit the old “salinas” that were established during the Roman ages, where people made salt from seawater. We then cross the border into Croatia and on to Hum known locally as “the smallest town in the world”. This fortified hilltop town has a medieval Bell Tower which overlooks the picturesque valley. We will have time to explore Hum’s shops where we will find local brandies and paintings. Arriving on the Adriatic coast’s Opatija Riviera, we check into our hotel where we stay for 3 nights. Overnight in Lovran.


Day 8: Istria Peninsula. A long and rewarding day today exploring the Istria peninsula, an archipelago of 13 islands, offering incredible flora, fauna and beaches. We travel along the scenic roads for 90minutes to Pula, which is famous for its 1 st century Roman Amphitheater overlooking the harbor. We will tour the ruins to see the limestone 30-meter high outer walls that could enclose 20,000 spectators. We wander through the Temple of Augustus; see the statue of James Joyce and head to Rovinj for lunch in this charming fishing village. We will have a chance to see St. Euphemia’s Church, which is named after a martyr saint from the 6th century and has a commanding hill top location. After some freetime in Rovinj we travel to Porec to see a 6th century B.C. UNESCO World Heritage Site basilica and it’s Byzantine gold mosaics. We return to Lovran for a late dinner. Overnight in Lovran.

Day 9: Cres Island. In the morning, we take the ferry to the second largest of the Adriatic islands, Cres Island, and visit one of the oldest settlements — the picturesque seaside town of Beli. Beli has been the center for monitoring and protecting the endangered Griffon vultures since the mid 1980’s and is an ideal place for observing these graceful creatures in flight. Our visit to a small museum illustrates the efforts made towards saving these majestic birds. After picnic we take a walk in the surrounding protected forest, known for its remarkable variety of oak trees. Return to the mainland by ferry. The remainder of the afternoon is free for independent exploration. Overnight in Lovran.

Day 10: Waterfalls of Plitvice National Park. Today we travel to Plitvice National Park and on to Starigrad, this day is one of our longest travel days, however we have several stops to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Our first stop is at Senj. Senj was once the stronghold of the Uskoks, the pirates of the Adriatic. We cross the high pass of Severni Velebit National Park, and we visit the old watermills in the valley of the Otocac River. The river also ranks as the best fly-fishing area of Europe, mainly for Red-spotted and Rainbow Trout. After a picnic lunch we drive to see the Plitvice Waterfalls, located in a valley situated between high-forested mountains and surrounded by sixteen crystal clear blue- green lakes. They are fed by many small streams and brooks and eventually form dramatic cascades and thundering waterfalls. Due to their unique evolution and beauty, in 1979 the Plitvice Lakes were entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The exceptional beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, forests of incredibly contrasting colors and the pure mountain air attract nature lovers from all over the world. We arrive into Starigrad early evening. Overnight in Starigrad Paklenica.

Day 11: Paklenica Gorges National Park. In 1978, the area of Paklenica National Park was put under the protection of the United Nations program “Man and the Biosphere”. With its two monumental canyons, the second largest European preserve of Austrian fir, ancient beech forests and steep cliffs, this natural phenomenon is touted as one of the most beautiful national parks of the northeast Mediterranean. Many species, particularly reptiles and birds, have been recorded here, including some rare and endangered species of birds. We have a strenuous 3-hour hike in the gorge. After freetime in the afternoon, we drive up to the high plateau of the Mt. Mali Alan for a panoramic view and, weather permitting, a toast to our wonderful adventure. Overnight in Starigrad Paklenica.

Day 12: Zadar, Sibenik. In the morning, we drive to the city of Zadar, where we will have a guided tour of this historic city. The Roman forum is well preserved and the Venetian walls still stand, as do ancient Croatian churches, monasteries and palaces. Zadar has always been outward looking and has shared agriculture, shipbuilding, shipping and trade with people of the Mediterranean. Later we picnic at the fresh-water lake of Vrana, situated only 2 kilometers from the coast. Lake Vrana is an important ornithological refuge, with several protected bird species. We continue to Sibenik where we explore the sights before dinner, incl. the Gothic Renaissance St Jacob’s Cathedral, the product of a long-running saga that stirred the immaginations and emtied the pockets of the townspeople during the 15th century.
Overnight in Skradin.

Day 13: Boat cruise, Krka Falls, Torak springs. This morning, we take a 1-hour boat trip on the Krka River to Visovac Island, for a short-guided tour of the Franciscan Monastery. After our boat trip, we then walk in the National Park to see hundreds of beautiful small waterfalls, deep in the river gorge. In the afternoon we walk to the top of a 100 m-high cliff overlooking stunning scenery and the emerald-green Torak spring at the bottom of the canyon. Some free time to enjoy Sibenik before dinner. Overnight in Skradin.

Day 14: Trogir, Solin & Split. Our first stop today is the town of Trogir, one of the most enticing towns on the Dalmatian coast. A compact beige- colored welter of palaces, jutting belfries and winding streets fan out from an antique central square. Its beautiful Romanesque churches compliment the Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. This is a wonderful place to wander and soak up the atmosphere. We then drive to Solin, which used to be the capital of Dalmatia in Roman times, but was abandoned in the 7th century. After walking in this ancient site, we continue on to Split, which is the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Split made its mark on the map in the 4th century, when Roman Emperor Diocletian had his retirement palace built here. Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in the world. More a fortress than a palace, it contained the imperial residence, temples and a mausoleum. We will see the vestibule of the original palace, the fortress’ colonnaded square, the Temple of Jupiter and the remains of Diocletian’s Mausoleum, now a cathedral. In this part of the old town, everyday life bustles along in an open-air museum setting. Overnight in Brela.

Day 15: Ancient fortress of Ston, Dubrovnik. We begin our day with a long picturesque drive to Ston, a coastal town that dates back to Roman times, and is known for its natural salt production. We will walk part of the 3-mile stonewall originally built to protect the salt works, whose product was known as “white gold.” This afternoon we arrive in the fabled city of Dubrovnik. Its motto is “Libertas” (liberty), because for several centuries the city-state of Dubrovnik (the so-called Ragusa) managed to preserve its independence while the coast fell under the sway of foreign powers. At its 16th-century height, the Republic had the third largest merchant fleet in the world. Only a few will notice any remaining signs of the 1991-1992 siege, during which over 2000 enemy shells fell on the old city. Reconstruction was undertaken with astonishing speed and the old town again resembles its former self. We walk along the main street to the Luza Square, originally the medieval town, where St. Blaise’s Church and Orlando’s Column stand. There will be free time to explore independently before our farewell dinner this evening. Overnight in Mlini (just outside Dubrovnik).

Day 16: Depart Dubrovnik. Following breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends and transfer to the airport for your international departure flight.

Extensions: 1-2 days are recommended to stay both in Ljubljana and Dubrovnik!

 
   



Upcoming trips & Expeditions

Slovenia butterflying (21 - 28 July, 2022)

Bears and Butterflies o Transylvania. With Danube Clouded Yellow and High Carpathian extension; 30 July - 06, Aug. , 2022)

Crane weekends of Hungary (October, 2022)

2023' dates are coming in late August

Full tour calendar


Rovinj, pearl of the Istrian peninsula
Julian Alps is possibly the most beautiful part of the all Alpin range
Bled
Historical festival in Bled
Brezice castle
Biking in the alpine foothillsl
Dobrovo castle restaurant
Stalagmites in the Postojna cave
The Karst area is full with strange dolinas and other limestone formations
Dubrovnik
Roofs of Rovinj
Gorenjska area of Slovenia
Sailboat on the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea lagoon
Open-air swimming pool in Lepena
Slika palace
Adriatic sea kayaking
Click here to go top of this page.
Click here to go top of this page.