Natural Habitat Adventures has launched its newest trip, Wild Croatia by Land & Sea, a 10-day Adriatic adventure designed to go beyond the standard cruise and motor coach vacation and explore Croatia’s most secluded mountains, forests and islands in a small-group setting.
Travelers will join two naturalist expedition leaders for a personalized journey (12 people max) that begins with birdwatching with a local ornithologist in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, the largest protected wetland in the entire Danube Basin. They will then enjoy wilderness walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, noted for its turquoise travertine pools, 300-plus butterfly species and shy population of 50 endangered European brown bears. Guests then step aboard Fortuna, a private, 108-foot mahogany yacht, for a sailing among the Dalmatian Coast’s 1,100-plus islands and reefs. They can take in the splendid Mediterranean scenery while sea kayaking the shores of secluded limestone islands, each with its own unique offering of coves, caves, private beaches and dolphin populations.
The 10-day trips also includes cultural tours and culinary discoveries. The group will explore Split’s Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with an expert guide. They can stroll through Vis, a tiny 5,000-year-old town replete with wild rosemary, sage, olive groves and lemon orchards, stopping at a farmhouse for a dinner of peka (a Dalmatian delicacy of vegetables, lamb and octopus roasted in an open fire). In the seaside town of Jelsia, they will sample the wares of a winemaker who is leading the area’s viticulture renaissance of indigenous varietals, and enjoy a farm-to-table garden dinner with a local family who has lived on the island for generations.
Wild Croatia by Land & Sea runs September 5-14 and October 3-12, 2019. All activities, accommodations, entrance fees, taxes, permits and service fees are included, along with two Expedition Leaders and local guiding, and most meals, gratuities, and airport/train station transfers.