Natural Habitat Adventures

Wild Nature of Croatia & Slovenia

Explore the Adriatic Coast & Eastern Alps on a Unique, Less-Traveled Itinerary
9 Days
12
From $7995

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Discover little-known corners of Europe on an intimate nature journey through two diverse Balkan countries. The Dinaric and Julian Alps rise above rugged seacoast and glacier-carved lakes, their karst expanse riddled with caves, gorges, waterfalls and crystalline rivers. Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, speckled with a thousand islands and reefs, offers idyllic Mediterranean scenery. On private boat cruises, view a large colony of rare griffon vultures on the island of Cres, and admire rocky headlands, turquoise bays and red-roofed villages that cascade to the sea. In Slovenia, wander mountain trails among flowers and alpine wildlife like chamois, ibex and red deer. Cultural heritage is a rich part of this trip, too, as we visit ancient monasteries and castles, and traditional farms continuing sustainable artisan production of wine, honey and cheese.
    Aerial view of the town of Zadar, Dalmatia, CroatiaSeagulls fly over the sea in Kornati National Park, CroatiaKrupa river in Northern DalmatiaThe city of Motovun, CroatiaAerial view of Kornati Islands National Park, Dalmatia, CroatiaA rare griffon vultures spreads its wings on the island of Cres, CroatiaAerial view of the town of Hum, Istria, CroatiaKrupa Canyon, CroatiaAerial view of Kornati Islands National Park, Dalmatia, CroatiaChurch of Saint John the Baptist with a bridge over Bohinj Lake, SloveniaValley in the Triglav National Park, Julian Alps, SloveniaAerial view of Lake Bled from Mt. Osojnica, SloveniaZadar islands in front of Velebit mountains, Preko, Dalmatia, CroatiaLake Bohinj from Vogel cable car top station, Slovenia, AlpsCable cars overlook Lake Bohinj, SloveniaBohinj lake in Julian Alps, Slovenia

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Dinaric & Julian AlpsBy trail and cable car, discover the rugged beauty of this limestone wonderland, one of Europe's most extensive and unspoiled mountain regions
  • Cruise the Islands of DalmatiaOn two private boat cruises among less-visited isles, explore intimate coves and grottoes, swim from pristine beaches, and visit a griffon vulture reserve
  • Hike and Kayak Lake BohinjIn Triglav National Park, a glacial valley cradles Lake Bohinj, which we admire on high from Mount Vogel and at eye level on a paddling excursion

Discover a Wilder Side of the Balkans

Croatia has become a popular European travel destination, famed for its inviting Mediterranean climate and historic towns, and Slovenia is rapidly rising on travelers' radar, too. Some places in Croatia, like Dubrovnik, have gotten downright crowded, overrun with thousands of daily visitors from large cruise ships. In contrast, we reveal a more secluded slice of this Balkan terrain that highlights gorgeous natural settings and lesser-known wild places. It's a two-country combo expressly designed to delight nature travelers!

 

  1. A Distinctive Focus on Nature
    Croatia is especially rich in history and culture, and that heritage draws plenty of visitors. But our main focus is the natural side of Croatia and Slovenia, from rugged canyons to alpine heights, pine-studded islands in the Adriatic, and dense forests that evoke what much of Europe looked like centuries ago. While we don't skip special cultural highlights, our emphasis is on natural settings off the standard tourist track.
  2. 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 far 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.
  3. Look for Eastern European Wildlife
    Croatia and Slovenia contain some of the most extensive mountain habitat for wildlife in all of Europe. In these extensive, less-impacted ecosystems, keep an eye out for species such as ural owl, golden eagle and chamois. And while we are unlikely to see them, this vast wild region also shelters elusive brown bear, wolf and lynx. On the Dalmatian Coast, look for bottlenose dolphins and endangered loggerhead sea turtles as we cruise the Kornati Islands, and observe rare griffon vultures at a reserve on the island of Cres. 
  4. Options for Active Exploration 
    To get the most out of your Balkan adventure, it's ideal to explore on foot and at eye level by kayak—and we offer opportunities for both. Hike a portion of the Via Dinarica long-distance trekking path through Croatia's Dinaric Alps, paddle a kayak on the sapphire waters of Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, and more...as you wish!
  5. Fabulous Local 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! Savor fresh seafood caught hours earlier, olive oil produced on Dalmatia's islands, artisan honey and cheese, and a renaissance in ancient winemaking. The culinary scene in Croatia and Slovenia is most definitely a highlight!
  6. 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. With a deep knowledge of the coastal and alpine ecosystems in Croatia and Slovenia, 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.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures a Rewarding 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!
  8. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  9. 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 Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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