An Active Adriatic Adventure Exploring the Sun-Soaked Dalmatian Coast & Rugged Interior
Discover Croatia’s wilder side as we focus on its natural diversity. Few places rival the Dalmatian Coast for sea kayaking—with more than 1,100 islands and reefs, 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 stone villages that cascade to the sea. Based aboard a private wooden sailing yacht, we launch our kayaks at a new destination each day, navigating intimate coves and grottoes and exploring ashore on foot. Split and the villages of ancient Dalmatia are a highlight, too—with cultural and architectural treasures as seductive as the land and sea. And there’s much more for nature lovers that lies inland: this unique adventure also explores Croatia's mountains, forests and wetland nature reserves, including Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites on Earth.
- Sail Aboard a Private YachtLeave the big cruise ships behind and sail the Adriatic aboard our luxurious, privately chartered mahogany yacht—an exclusive adventure for just 12 guests!
- Paddle by Day, Feast at NightKayak among forested isles and turquoise coves along a coastline steeped in history, with some of the best local food and wine in the Mediterranean
- Discover Mountains, Lakes & WildlifeExplore the enchanting travertine pools and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes, watch birds in the largest wetland in the Danube Basin, and visit a European brown bear sanctuary
A More Personal Approach to Croatia for Nature Travelers
Croatia has become a popular European travel destination, famed for its inviting Mediterranean climate and historic towns. Some places in Croatia, like Dubrovnik, are getting downright crowded, with multiple daily visits from large cruise ships. But we show active travelers a more secluded slice of Croatia that highlights its gorgeous natural settings. Read on to learn more:
- A Distinctive Focus on Nature
Croatia is rich in history and culture, and that heritage draws plenty of visitors. But our main focus is Croatia's natural side, from pine-studded islands scattered in the Adriatic Sea to the terraced turquoise pools of Plitvice Lakes National Park, wild marshes filled with hundreds of bird species, and dense forests that evoke what much of Europe looked like centuries ago. While we don't skip special cultural highlights, our focus is Croatia's most beautiful natural settings.
- Spend Six Nights Sailing aboard a Luxury Yacht
Standard Croatia tours get around by motorcoach. And even most multi-sport adventures utilize buses or vans between locations. But we get you away from it all on a private chartered sailboat. A luxurious wooden yacht is our base for sailing and paddling among the idyllic isles of the Dalmatian Coast
- Travel with Just 12 Guests...and TWO Expedition Leaders
Our small group size allows the opportunity to explore more remote locales and stay in traditional places that bus-based tour groups and passengers aboard big cruise ships don't have access to. With fewer people, you get a much more peaceful experience—essential to rewarding nature travel. And, with two guides for just 12 guests, we can divide the group for different activities and ensure exceptional attention in every context.
- Explore by Kayak for an Eye-Level View of the Adriatic
Each day we are aboard our chartered yacht, we discover another island by kayak, typically going ashore after a paddling stint for a walk through scrubland, orchards and villages, and often with a chance to swim, too. These Adriatic waters are impossibly clear, and the visibility from your kayak seat is exhilarating. There will generally be other opportunities to explore on foot, too, if you opt not to kayak a given portion.
- Fabulous Food and Wine
Our guests don’t tend to choose our nature adventures primarily for the food, although it’s generally excellent. On this adventure, however, dining is a hallmark! From fresh seafood caught hours earlier to olive oil produced on Dalmatia's islands and a renaissance in ancient winemaking, Croatia's culinary scene is most definitely a highlight.
- Visit Three Diverse UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Our itinerary includes three very different World Heritage Sites of global distinction. Diocletian's opulent 4th-century marble palace in Split is one of the world's best preserved Roman ruins. The Stari Grad Plain is a farming colony that has remained virtually intact since it was first colonized by the Greeks in the 4th century B.C. And Plitvice Lakes National Park holds world-class status for its incomparable natural beauty.
- Outstanding Naturalist Expedition Leaders
We're known for the quality of our guides, and you'll find that the leadership on this trip is no exception! From expert kayak guiding and instruction to a deep knowledge Croatia's diverse ecosystems, your Expedition Leaders enhance your adventure in a way that makes you feel safe, cared for and enlightened. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Rewarding Croatia Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you get our exclusive guarantee, promising that we will meet the lofty expectations set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most impressive guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and 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. And we continue to set the bar higher in sustainable travel practices worldwide.
- 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!