Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast

Idyllic Islands, Medieval Hilltowns, and Culinary Delights

Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4895  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Split, Croatia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of easy to moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)


  • Hike to the evocative hilltowns of Motovun, Gracisce, and Lubenice, with sweeping views above terraced vineyards
  • Explore the amphitheater at Pula, whose amazing state of preservation makes the Roman world come to life
  • Visit picture-perfect Rovinj, Veli Losinj, and the less-touristed islands of the Dalmatian Coast
  • Savor grilled calamari and the hand-picked truffles of Motovun, and sample crisp, locally-produced white wines

This was our fifth trip with wilderness travel and they all have been excellent!Carolyn S.—Santa Rosa, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

A dazzling coastline of tiny coves and beautiful islands awaits you in Croatia. We’ve artfully woven together the strands of this exquisite land on a hiking journey that brings youto legendary wine growing regions, undiscovered medieval hilltowns, and along the sunny shores of the famed Dalmatian Coast. Explore the lovely, picture-perfect port of Rovinj, once an outpost of the Venetian Empire, charming Veli Losinj, where pastel houses line the sheltered bay, and the immense Roman amphitheater at Pula, built during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Along the way, savor culinary delights including homemade prosciutto and local cheeses, and the fine wines of Malvasia and Teran. Our journey begins in Slovenia’s jewel-like capital, Ljubljana, and ends in Trogir, Croatia, a World Heritage Site.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Ljubljana, Slovenia / Motovun, Croatia

From beguiling, red-roofed Ljubljana, we head to Croatia for a hike through ancient vineyards to the timeless fortified town of Gracisce. Our base is Motovun, a classic medieval hilltop village.

Days 4-5
Groznjan / Rovinj

After exploring the thriving art community of Groznjan, visit Porec’s majestic cathedral, a World Heritage Site known for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics. Overnights are in Rovinj, a dreamy town of Venetian-style townhouses set on a peninsula jutting into the sea.

Days 6-7

On the rugged isle of Cres, hike across hills scented with wild lavender and along the lungomare (sea promenade) to Veli Losinj, where colorful houses are set around a tiny harbor filled with fishing boats.

Days 8-11
Rab / Trogir

A private traditional boat brings you to the Renaissance-era island of Rab, and you’ll hike in Krka National Park, with its pristine waterfalls, towering cliffs, and canyon streams. Our final explorations are in Trogir with its Romanesque churches and Baroque buildings. Depart on Day 11 via Split or extend your stay with a visit to Dubrovnik.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated a Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. Our town and country walking trip features day hikes of 2-5 hours over often hilly and rocky terrain with many ascending and descending stairs. There are a couple of short downhills—one steep and exposed—on Day 2. Hiking poles and good boots are recommended for the rugged terrain. We carry just a daypack, and our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is usually possible to ride in the van if you want to opt out of a day's hiking. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 p.m.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

May 2-12, 2016

Jun 27-Jul 7, 2016
Aug 26-Sep 5, 2016
Sep 19-29, 2016
Oct 3-13, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4895 (11-15 members)
$5395 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $630
Forced single supplement: $430
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, hotel telephone calls, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Ljubljana, Slovenia (airport code LJU)
Suggested arrival flight time: 1:00 pm or earlier
Split, Croatia
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Split, Croatia (airport code SPU)
Suggested departure time: anytime on Day 11

Hotels in Ljubljana

Day 1 (1 night), Ljubljana, Slovenia

In Ljubljana, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotels in the Motovun area

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Motovun, Croatia

In the Motovun area, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotel Monte Mulini

Hotel Monte Mulini

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Rovinj, Croatia

Our overnights at this chic boutique hotel offer a relaxing and quiet experience. Comfortable guest rooms feature spacious balconies with views of ...
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Hotel Apoksiomen

Hotel Apoksiomen

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Mali Losinj, Croatia

With a great location right on the harbor in the 12th century town of  Mali Losinj, this small, new hotel has a friendly staff and bright, ...
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Hotel Arbiana

Hotel Arbiana

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Rab, Croatia

The Arbiana is a boutique hotel in the historic center of the island of Rab.  Some rooms may be a bit small by US standards but all are well ...
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Hotel Pasike

Hotel Pasike

Day 10 (1 night), Trogir, Croatia

Hotel Pasike is on the tiny island that makes up the fascinating medieval center of the town of Trogir, a mini-Dubrovnik and just as charming. The ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Richard Bell

For a man who has traveled to more than 100 countries, been a trip leader for Wilderness Travel for more than 20 years, and has an ever expanding palate to cook exquisite dishes with global infusion (ask him about his infamous slow-cooked lamb with pomegranates), Richard Bell still takes as much ...
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Ingrid Cercek

Departure Dates: May 2-12, 2016, October 3-13, 2016

Ingrid Cercek was born and raised in Slovenia. After 28 years living in the lovely capital, Ljubljana, she moved with her husband to a small wooden chalet to the countryside. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been exploring the mountains and villages of Slovenia as well as Croatia, Bosnia, ...
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Antonio Dragun

Departure Dates: August 26-September 5, 2016, September 19-29, 2016

Antonio Dragun, a native of Croatia, has a bachelor’s degree in economics with special emphasis on Croatian and European history. Since 2008, he has been guiding in his own country as well as organizing trips in England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the former countries of Yugoslavia, and as ...
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Nena Rifelj

Departure Dates: June 27-July 7, 2016

Nena Rifelj is a passionate adventurer who has enjoyed traveling throughout the world but also loves to introduce visitors to the mountains and cultures of her native Slovenia. Nena was a professional alpine ski racer for nine years and has taught skiing in Italy, the US, and Slovenia. When not ...
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Stanislav Simicic

Departure Dates: May 2-12, 2016, June 27-July 7, 2016, August 26-September 5, 2016, September 19-29, 2016, October 3-13, 2016

Stanislav Simicic, of Croatia, is a graduate of a culinary academy in Osijek. A fine chef, he was awarded a second-place ranking among all young Croatian chefs in a competition in 1997. Stanislav later worked as a chef at a restaurant in Poreé for three years, then began to manage several ...
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Client Comments

This was our fifth trip with wilderness travel and they all have been excellent! Carolyn S., Santa Rosa, CA Great guides, good food, nice hotels, and many beautiful, memorable walks. Lovely mixes of scenery with wildflowers and olive groves, coastal walks with views of the Adriatic, walks with views of villages with red tile roofs—many photographic moments! Dorothy D., Denver, CO First-class all the way—a lot of fun! Ron K., Scottsdale, AZ
We really enjoyed this trip. Itinerary was really well designed with a perfect mix of culture and hiking and swimming. The days went quickly but we never felt rushed. Marcella S., Los Altos, CA I had a blast! Tiffany D., Nashville, TN Excellent trip—loved the places we visited! Karen S., Tesuque, NM