This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkan's own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour—you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 29-days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.
Highlights: Wander beautiful medieval cities, hike in the Carpathian Mountains, kayak the Bay of Kotor, hike to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split
Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
The Balkans are just getting noticed as a great European travel destination - we can’t believe it took so long! Situated on the balmy shores of the Adriatic and home to some of the most wondrous landscapes, monuments and villages you’ll ever see, this part of the world still feels like a well-kept secret. This adventure showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery and allows time for outdoor pursuits like kayaking and hiking. You may not know much about Croatia and the Balkans now, but once you’ve been, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop talking about them.
Highlights: Kayak to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor, wander the medieval streets of old Dubrovnik, hike to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, explore the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour
Croatia Truffle Festival (ECTF)
Prized by epicureans for their flavour and scarcity, the elusive truffle is the rock star of the fungus world. And nobody celebrates this most exalted of tubers quite like Croatia, home to the annual Truffle Days Festival. Beginning on the island of Cres, our adventure here will introduce you to the idyllic seaside communities of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast and let you partake in a genuine truffle hunt with a professional tartufalo before delivering you to the culinary tuberpalooza itself in Livade. Don’t forget to pack your appetite. (In fact, pack a spare, just in case.)
Highlights: Sample local delicacies at the world-famous Truffle Days Festival in Livade, taste fresh olive oil in Cres, search for truffles with a professional tartufalo, experience Groznjan's thriving art scene, visit medieval Hum (the world’s smallest town)