Croatia & Montenegro: Kayak & Hike the Best of the Balkans
Paddle the Sun-Soaked Adriatic & Explore the Wild High Country of Durmitor National Park
Few places on earth rival the Dalmatian Coast for sea kayaking. With more than 1,200 islands and reefs from Croatia to Montenegro, it's perfect for a paddling idyll. And the scenery is the best in the Mediterranean, with rocky headlands, sandy beaches, turquoise bays, and red-roofed towns that cascade to the sea. Our base is a deluxe private sailing catamaran from which we launch our kayaks at a new destination each day, navigating intimate coves and grottoes and exploring ashore on foot. Dubrovnik and the villages of ancient Dalmatia are a highlight, too—cultural and architectural treasures as seductive as the landscape and sea. But we don't stop there: this unique adventure also includes two days in Montenegro's Durmitor National Park, hiking amid lakes, mountains and some of the deepest gorges on earth, and kayaking in stunning Kotor Bay.
- Sail the Adriatic aboard our private catamaran – an exclusive, small-group adventure for just eight guests
- Kayak among forested isles and turquoise coves along a coastline steeped in history, with some of the best local food and wine in the Mediterranean!
- Hike and paddle little-traveled Montenegro, from the lakes and canyons of Durmitor National Park to the dramatic Bay of Kotor
What Sets this Adriatic Adventure Apart from the Rest?
The Dalmatian Coast is one of the world’s most up-and-coming travel destinations. Yet our multisport itinerary is an exclusive small-group experience in “hidden” locations you won’t find on any conventional tour. For that reason—and these below—you should make this trip your choice if it’s a unique active nature adventure you’re seeking!
- Travel with Just 8 Guests!
Our very small group offers an intimate opportunity to explore more remote locales and stay in places that larger tour groups and cruise ship passengers will never see.
- A Private Catamaran Offers Flexibility and Seclusion
We sail aboard a beautiful new catamaran that offers us freedom to explore Croatia's coast away from tourist crowds, with access to smaller islands and hidden coves that larger ships can’t reach. When we’re traveling from place to place, our guests can relax on deck, rather than inside a bus. With just eight passengers aboard, we enjoy an intimate environment that feels like a private yacht—because it is!
- We Pioneered Sea-Kayaking Trips in the Dalmatian Archipelago
Natural Habitat Expeditions' CEO (Chief Exploratory Officer) Olaf Malver pioneered guided yacht-based sea-kayaking trips in the islands off the Croatia coast, starting in 1995. We have more experience with paddling tours here than anyone else, which means we’ve been able to hone our itinerary and operations over the years to provide a superlative experience!
- Varied Activities for a Truly Diverse Adventure
We’ve crafted this unique itinerary to feature the perfect mix of active pursuits and cultural encounters, for the most well-rounded experience of Croatia and Montenegro you’ll find anywhere! Croatia has become very popular—that’s why we go to less-visited areas of the Dalmatian Coast. While we don’t skip major highlights, such as Dubrovnik’s Old Town, our focus is on smaller locales where you’ll meet local people, not other travelers. And we include Montenegro, which is just coming onto the radar of travelers looking for less-discovered destinations. As an ideal counterpoint to paddling Croatia's idyllic coast, we hike amidst the peaks, plateaus and deep gorges of Montenegro’s Durmitor National Park, far from the typical tourist track.
- Fabulous Food and Wine
In contrast to cruise ships that ply the Dalmatian Coast or bus tours that dine at nondescript hotels, our smaller, more local approach means local food and wine, too—and these are a real highlight! We savor meals that feature fresh fish caught daily, locally grown fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oil, home-baked bread, and locally produced wines. If you’re an adventure traveler who’s also a bit of a gourmand, this trip will delight all your senses, including taste!
- The World's Finest Guides
The Natural Habitat family is known worldwide for employing the best-trained, highest-quality guides in the industry. Additionally, our Expedition Leaders receive exclusive resources from WWF’s foremost scientists. Our philosophy on this is pretty simple: An adventure is only as good as the guide, so we simply must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and on this adventure you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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