Self-guided Truffle hunt Istria

Start early morning from Zagreb. You have a bit less than 3 hours drive, so plan your trip accordingly. Around 11 AM you arrive to truffle tasting and hunting destination. You will be welcomed with strong alcoholic drink – typical for Croatia – and locally homemade: biska (mistletoe rakija!), medica (honey liqueur), višnja (sour cherry liqueur). The certified expert truffle hunter will explain you everything about truffles, their history, how they are traditionally in Istria, how do you search for truffles and you will meet the dogs that are trained for searching truffles. After the explanation you will try all kind of specialities made of truffles: 3 kinds of Istria truffle cheese, truffle sausages, truffle spread, truffle honey, truffle oil and you will be able to observe – and if you wold like – to be part of making big egg omelette full of fresh truffles “fritaja”. With this, you can taste locally made wine Teran and Malvazija. After tasting all this – there is of course chance for shopping! Then follow dog specially trained for truffle hunt to the nearby forest – good luck in searching! After exploring truffle-hunting techniques, it is time to move on to next small city in Istria – Hum – famous as “the smallest city in the world”! On your way you can visit also the Glagolitic alley, telling you a bit more about Croatian history. After a short walk to, and through Hum, go to local restaurant for late lunch / dinner and try some more Istrian culinary specialities, before heading back to Zagreb!

Start from Zagreb, and spend a full day in Istria! Learn all about truffles and search for one yourself in the local forest with a trained dog. Enjoy tasting truffles, truffle specialties and bring some home!
After truffle hunting have a short walk through Glagolitic alley and visit to the smallest city in world – Hum. After a walk in Hum head to cute local tavern for delicious local lunch! Full of experiences return to Zagreb at evening!
  • 08:00 – 11:00 Transfer to small Istrian village for truffle hunt
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Welcome drink, truffle story, degustation of multiple truffle products
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Truffle hunting lessons in forest with trained dogs
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Transfer to Glagolitic Alley& Hum
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Walk through Glagolitic Aley and visit the smallest city in world! Hum
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Delicious local lunch in tavern
  • 17:00 - 20:00 Return transfer to Zagreb
  • Min No of persons: 2
  • Max No of persons: 10
  • Availability: all year
  • Duration: 1 day
  • From: Zagreb/Rijeka
  • Type: GUIDED culinary-walking tour
DEPARTURES Every day 
CODE SGTHI
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PRICE per PERSON

€83 pax 2-4

€65 pax 5-6 per

€56 pax 7-10

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INCLUDED
  • 1 strong alcoholic drink
  • 1 truffle based snack-meal
  • 1 glass of wine
  • Detailed instructions and maps
  • Google maps directions
  • Organization and support during the tour
NOT INCLUDED
  • Transfer from accommodation
  • Extra Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tavern lunch (optional)
RECCOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • Comfortable walking clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bottle for water
  • Jacket
  • Photo camera for memories
OPTIONAL
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Small packable raincoat
  • Spare clothes for change
  • Backpack (available on request)
WATER PURIFICATION INFO
  • Keep in mind during your travel
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Dugi otok and Telašćica nature park

Starting from Zadar (or Sali on Dugi otok). Have a day out of the city, on a peaceful island Dugi otok. Only a short fast boat ride away, you begin your visit to Dugi otok in a magical Sali. From Sali you drive through an island with your friendly guide to the entrance of Nature Park Telašćica. Here you have a free time to visit a view point of magnificent cliffs steep above the sea! Locally called “Stene”. Afterwards you walk to the lake “Mir” (Peace), the unique salty lake inside an island. Depending on your wishes capabilities, you can walk further around the lake, or return back to your transfer and to Sali to have a lunch and swim or relax time before your sunset boarding to boat back to Zadar.

At morning, buy tickets and find your fast boat at Zadar central city harbour (time tables vary on Sunday and National Holiday!). Boat will take you to Dugi otok, place called Sali. Here your local guide – transfer will wait for you, and you will agree the time to start and finish the Telašćica visit. You will buy from him entrance tickets to NP Telašćica, and he will advise you about best place for a lunch and beach depending on your preferences. After short transfer to Nature Park entrance, you have time on your own to visit the magnificent salty lake called “Mir”, walk around and visit viewpoints to breath-taking cliffs and views to National Park Kornati, the most beautiful National Park in Croatia, full of small islands. After the relaxing Telašćica hike, your guide will transfer you back to Sali where you can have lunch/dinner, a swim on the beach and board the boat that will take you back to Zadar.
  • 10:30 (or 8:15 on Sunday/Holiday) Fastboat drive Zadar – Sali (1-1,5h)
  • Sali – Telašćica transfer (20 min)
  • Telašćica hike: Lake Mir, Stene and NP Kornati views (2h)
  • Return transfer to Sali (20 min)
  • Relax, Swim on island beach, Lunch
  • Fastboat drive Sali – Zadar (1h) at 15:50/20:50 (or 18:00/19:50 on Sundays)
NOTE: Boat timetable sometimes changes - you will be noted on exact times after booking the tour, depending on exact dates of your travel.
  • Min No of persons: 2
  • Max No of persons: 7
  • Availability: April - October
  • Duration: Whole day
  • From: Zadar or Sali
  • Type: SELF-GUIDED hiking tour
DEPARTURES Every day 
CODE DOT
PRICE FROM 2 persons 29€ per person
STATUS Guaranteed
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INCLUDED
  • English speaking local guide-transfer
  • Sali – Telašćica transfer and back
  • Google maps directions
  • Detailed instructions and maps
  • GPS tracks for trails
  • Organization and online support during the tour
  • Accident insurance
NOT INCLUDED
  • Fast boat ride &Entrance tickets for Telašćica (approx. 14-16€)
  • Lunch / Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
RECCOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • Water
  • Snack for hike
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Bathing suit &beach accessories
  • Hat / head cover
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Photo camera for memories
  • Spare clothes for change
WATER PURIFICATION INFO
  • Keep in mind during your travel
  • tour in pdf

Neretva Photo Safari and Hidden Sandy Beach

Designed for and travelled by BS and family! A Self-guided culinary tour

Starting from Makarska riviera and heading even more south, in sunny valley of Neretva river! Neretva is famous for interesting wildlife, hidden in its swampy delta. Local specialities include famous eel goulash and frogs, and if you are not fan of frogs - always great cohice - peka (lamb or veal under the bell)! Neretva is a river to have a boat ride on, observe birds and other local wildlife have great meal.
As a contrast of this hot part of Croatia River Neretva, is fresh and cold to swim in! That is the reason that we start a tour with a visit to a hidden, and most beautiful sandy beach in Croatia! Having a bath in this to extraordinary long sandbar, in shallow water and small sand is special also because from one side of sandbar is Neretva river, and other side is sea!

At morning, start from Makarska riviera, after 1h drive you arrive at hidden sandy beach. Relax and enjoy sandy beach with and option of kite surfing (prior notice needed!).
Around noon, further 30min drive to Vid and boarding old wooden boat “Neretvanska lada” where your friendly host will greet you with local specialties, Dalmatian ham and cheese and strong alcoholic drink “Rakija”.
Your trip continues with a boat ride - and photo safari - through swampy area of Neretva, where there is a chance to observe birds and other wildlife, and dip your hands to cold river for refreshment.
After a boat ride, your tasty local speciality lunch waits for you just near the shore of river. After lunch, there is an option for you to visit Narona archaeological museum or return to starting point.
  • 9:00 Drive from accommodation near Makarska area (1h)
  • Swim on hidden sandy beach (kitesurf option)
  • Drive to Vid, Narona
  • Boarding a boat, welcome drink and snack
  • Boat ride, photo safari
  • 14:00 lunch on the river shore
  • Optional visit to Narona archaeological museum
  • Afternoon return to Makarska area
  • Min No of persons: 2
  • Max No of persons: 15
  • Availability: June-September
  • Duration: Whole day
  • From: Makarska and surrounding villages
  • Type: SELF GUIDED boat/culinary/relax tour
  • On unfavourable weather conditions - no swimming on beach!
DEPARTURES On request
CODE NBT
PRICE FROM €59
STATUS Open
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INCLUDED
  • Detailed instructions and maps
  • Google maps directions
  • Organization and support during the tour
  • Full menu lunch – local delicacy options to choose & 1 drink
  • Welcome drink and snack
  • Boat ride – photo safari
NOT INCLUDED
  • Guide - available on request (NOTE in Advance)
  • Transfer (available for organization! PLEASE note in advance)
  • Extra drinks
  • Visit to Narona museum (possible to organize!)
  • Kitesurfing option
  • Gratuities (optional)
RECCOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Bathing suit &beach accessories
  • Hat / head cover
  • Sunscreen  !!! – no shade at the beach!
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Photo camera for memories
  • Spare clothes for change
WATER PURIFICATION INFO
  • Keep in mind during your travel
  • tour in pdf

There is no shade on the sandy beach, so take care to put sunscreen and cover your head, especially if travelling with kids!!

There is a guided tour with transfer option - please ask!

Hidden Gems of Croatia: Sea, Islands & Lakes

Custom - designed for A&T, the true adventurers! A Self-guided hiking tour

 Starting from famous Dubrovnik, with stone city walls, you run away from the crowds on island Hvar. Here you stay in peaceful Stari Grad, hike to Velo Grablje, mystic old village built of stone houses! In Stari Grad, your hosts prepare a dinner in small bay Veli Dolac – your table and the sea with top Croatian delicacies! Next, you move to Zadar, and from here, you visit fantastic Dugi otok (long island) and nature park Telašćica, where you find out about salt lake incorporated in the island, and on the other side steep cliffs to the sea! There are also stunning views on National Park Kornati and cute little town Sali! In Zadar you have a walk on the scaled solar system and watch the most beautiful sunset with a play of a sea organ! Magic! Then you hike UNESCO site National Park Plitivce lakes and sleep in a city from fairitale – Ogulin. Next you hike most beautiful trail between Bijele and Samarske stijene, Vihoraški trail! On your way back to Dubrovnik, you visit fantastic UNESCO site Split, and have a rest in Tučepi, Villa Ban with famous sunset over Brač and Hvar islands, just from your terrace. Then you plan your next trip in Croatia, while leaving it from Dubrovnik!

Dubrovnik, by the locals called also “Grad” meaning “the City” is famous for its walls that surround the city. After a must-have walk around the walls, you can feel the city inside, walk the stone streets, drink from fountain, squeeze through tiny narrow streets or have a lunch in one of them. Find “Buža” (Eng. Small hole) bar and beach or go above the city with cable car. Rent-a-car pickup and self-driving from Dubrovnik, over ferry (Drvenik – Sućuraj) to Stari Grad on island Hvar (4h, 191km). Passing BIH border in Neum might cause some delays. Relax and walk in Stari Grad by the sea, depending on arrival time.
  • Driving: 191km /118 miles (4h)
  • Accommodation: Private apartment
  • All meals are self-catering.
Hike the beautiful trail from Stari Grad to mystic old village build from stone houses called Velo Grablje. Depending on the season, you will pass the lavender fields and enjoy the purple flowers. Enjoy the village and have lunch in local tavern.
Lunch or dinner in Stari Grad local restaurant or in secret bay visited by boat or hike outside of village.
  • Activity: Hiking 13km/ 8mi (5h), Climb 479m
  • Accommodation: Private apartment
 
Relax day, take a walk near the sea, and enjoy lunch in Veli Dolac bay or in local restaurant. Then take the afternoon ferry to Split and proceed to Zadar.
  • Driving: 204km/126 miles (2h ferry+1:40 car)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Zadar
  • Activity: None
  
Today start early to catch a speedboat (8:00) to Sali, Dugi otok (Long island). Boat ride goes from Zadar centre, directly to Dugi otok, between two islands Pašman and Ugljan and under the famous bridge “Ždrelac” connecting them. Small city where boat stops – Sali has its special peaceful magic. Here you will meet the transfer to Telašćica Nature park. Nature Park Telašćica has special sea-cliffs (called locally “Stene”) and salt lake “Mir” (Peace), plus extra nice view on National Park Kornati.
Keep in mind that your last boat to the mainland leaves at 7:55 PM! (B)
  • Driving 15km/9 miles plus sea and short transfer (2h total)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Zadar
  • Activity: Walking 2-3h, 8km, altitude climb 305m

Today is a rest day. Recommended is a walking tour near the sea to the city centre, which takes around 1h, and gives a great way to get to know the city.
Do not miss visiting “The greeting to the Sun”, “Sea organ” and the sunset from that place! Option is to take a guided city tour. (B)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Zadar
  • Activity: Zadar City tour
After breakfast, drive to National Park Plitvice, UNESCO protected nature site. After entering, a trail will lead you to the big waterfall, and back, and then further to the other part of the lakes where you board the boat when you are tired you catch small train to drive you back. Another 1:40 min drive will take you to magical small city Ogulin. Here enjoy the dinner in hotels restaurant, and arrange picnic packing for tomorrow all-day trekking! (B)
  • Driving: 149+85 km/92+52 miles (2:00h+1:40h)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ogulin
  • Activity: Hiking Plitvice 4-5h
--- guided tour day ---
After early breakfast, at 8:00 start of 50 min drive to the start of the trail. Your guide will meet you in hotel. We carry food and water (2l min) for all day. We will combine 2 cars for less walking on our way back.
Trail starts easy with 1:30 h hike to Bijele stijene (White rocks), from where first great view is shown. Then we follow wild, green and magic Vihoraški trail that takes us next 4-6h depending on our capabilities. Picnic lunch during the trekking, and snacks when we have low energy feeling. Vihoraški trail is the wildest and the most beautiful trail in Croatia. Trail goes between the rocks, through narrow passages in the rocks, and includes a lot of scrambling – climbing short distances on the rocky area.
When not on rocks, trail goes through magic green meadows and valleys with astonishing views on surrounding shining white rocks and blue sky. This is true wilderness, with a high chance to see a snake or some other wild animal. Final destination of this magic wild trek is romantic shelter located in the rock, very special and unique.
Full of experiences but tired you return to hotel for a dinner and sleep. (B)
  • Driving: 68km/42 miles (2:00h)
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ogulin
  • Activity: Trekking & Scrambling: 6-8h

Early start and drive to Split (3h). Enjoy your day in Split. Do not miss a walk in Diocletian palace and coffee on Split seafront.
After a great day, head to Tučepi to find your accommodation, this will take you another 1:30h.(B)
  • Driving: 318km + 70km/197mi + 43mi (3h+1:30h)
  • Accommodation: Apartment in Tučepi
  • Activity: Split city tour 2-3h
After breakfast, when ready - start your drive back to Dubrovnik. Follow the D8 by the sea - do not take highway, and stop for a break when needed.
  • Driving 147km/91 miles (2:20h)
  • Activity: none.
  • Min No of persons: 2
  • Max No of persons: 8
  • Availability: from 1. May to 1. November - depending on weather conditions
  • Duration: 9 days
  • From: Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik
  • Type: SELF-GUIDED, SELF -DRIVING hiking/trekking tour
  • Activity Level: 4 – Moderate to Strenous.
DEPARTURES Every week
CODE HGC
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PRICE FROM (From 2 persons) €593
STATUS Open
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INCLUDED
  • 3 nights private apartment
  • 5 nights hotel
  • Breakfasts in hotels (B-breakfast)
  • Guided tour of Vihoraški trail
  • Detailed instructions and maps
  • Google maps directions
  • GPS tracks for trails
  • Organization and support during the tour
  • Insurance
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights
  • National / Nature park entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks not stated in program
  • Tours not stated in program
  • Telašćica tour
  • Guide, except when noted
  • Car rental &Gasoline
  • Ferry and boat tickets
  • Highway tolls
  • Gratuities (optional)

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OBLIGATORY EQUIPMENT
  • High trekking shoes
  • Long hiking pants
  • Comfortable walking clothes
  • Hat/Buff
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen
  • Small packable raincoat
  • Backpack
  • Bathing suit (summer tours)
  • Photo camera - for your memories!
WATER PURIFICATION INFO
  • Keep in mind during your travel
  • tour in pdf
Guided tour option - available!