Small group walking vacation in Croatia

“8 day small group walking vacation, hiking along the coast, to islands, and up mountains. With visits to two national parks of Paklenica and Krka.”

Highlights

Dubrovnik | Paklenica National Park | Krka National Park | Biokovo Mountains | Island of Brac | Bathing in Skradinski buk waterfalls | Split

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Our top tip:
Prepare for all weathers. This is a mountain and maritime trip, with changeable weather on both.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate. 7-13 kms/day.
Accomm:
Small 2* and 3* hotels.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, transport, tour leader.
Meals:
Only breakfasts included. Budget £25-35 per day for others.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome for small surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

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Environment
Activity:
As the itinerary is mainly based on trekking and sightseeing Dalmatian coast, we have a low impact on the environment. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is actually really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural gems. The ancient, heavily walled city of Dubrovnik, for instance, benefits from tourist fees which go towards upkeep of the buildings. Clients are free to visit the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Stradun and the fortified walls themselves. Not only does this help preserve and celebrate Croatian culture history, but the locals benefit from tourists spending on souvenirs and food. Similarly, we visit Krka National Park and Paklenica National Park and by doing this we contribute to the maintenance of these beautiful natural areas.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle and provide clean water in large bottles to facilitate this. We recycle our plastic and are sure to dispose of any litter on tour in an appropriate place.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip you will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We tend to avoid the larger chains and to invest in the smaller businesses, where our money stays local. We also try to use accommodation with an awareness of sustainability e.g. Hotel Vicko in Paklenica has energy reduction and waste recycling policies. All breakfasts and one picnic lunch is included. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing a mixture of dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Your guide is local and will be able to recommend or arrange for you to eat in some unique, community-central restaurants or markets. For example, in Ston, the group can stop to try oysters or have a coffee.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Great hiking especially in the Paklenica National Park

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Have a reasonable level of fitness and you will enjoy the hikes without being too challenging. Some slippery terrain (so take poles) but I never felt unsafe on
the slopes

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not sure

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great!

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing Kravica Waterfall and swimming in the lake, followed by lunch alongside the river in Blagaj.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Although the activities themselves are not arduous, the agenda is pretty full-on. Great in that you see and do so much in ten days, but be prepared for not
having lots of free time. Also, the walk down Rakitnica Canyon , which is wonderful, is not for those who have not done some hiking before or are not very fit
(you do have option to stay in Lukomir village but there's very little to do there).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - trips to several local businesses, such as vineyards, and we ate out at local restaurants nearly all the time, never at the hotels (except breakfast). We also
had a couple of lunches with families in villages. Both Montenegro and Bosnia seem very dependant at the moment on income from tourism, so it's good to
buy whenever possible from local traders (plenty of opportunity in Sarajevo and Mostar for souvenirs).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great - definitely exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Alen was excellent and imparted so much knowledge about the history of the region, from the middle
ages through to the recent conflicts after the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all gorgeous, but I really loved Starigrad and hill walking in that region.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You need good boots and walking poles. The terrain is rough and rocky underfoot, and is better negotiated with this basic gear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think our local guide made good choices about where we were accommodated, where we ate and where we walked with these considerations in mind.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a wonderful trip. Our guide, Mario, was so great at engaging with everyone in the group and accommodating us.

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