Not so long ago the mention of Croatia would have drawn blank stares, tell your mother you're going to Zagreb and you'd get a look of horror. Today travel magazines are tripping over themselves to proclaim Croatia the next [insert superlative here]. Fact is, the country's status as an Adriatic playground was simply on recess during the Balkan civil war. The azure waters and countless coves of the Dalmatian Coast remain a yachtsman's dream, while medieval Zagreb and World Heritage Dubrovnik oozes romance as much as ever. Best of all, Croatia has finally shrugged off the shroud of war, restoration is well underway (if not already complete), and tourism is quickly returning. Hurry, get here before your mother thinks it's a good idea.
Croatia Active Adventure (ECTT)
Dotted with unspoiled islands, secluded beaches and miles of coastal paths, the Dalmatian Coast remains one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Ideal for frugal travellers looking to try a variety of things in an out-of-the-way place, this idyllic slice of Croatia along the surprisingly balmy Adriatic is practically bursting with outdoorsy potential. Hike or bike the ruggedly beautiful rocky coastlines, paddle a sea kayak to an uninhabited island, or just laze about on the beach and let the time pass. The choice is yours, and the choices are infinite.
Highlights: Enjoying a guided sea kayaking excursion around Dubrovnik city walls, cycling in the Konavle Valley, hiking along Dalmatian cliffs, visiting the island of Kolocep, wandering in Dubrovnik old town.
Croatia and the Balkans (EJBT)
The Balkans rarely come up in conversations about great European travel destinations. We can’t imagine why. 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, geared towards visitors eager to add a little exercise to their travels, showcases the region’s compelling history and scenery by way of 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: Picnicking at the source of the River Bosna, Watching locals dive gracefully from the Novy Most bridge, Kayaking to tiny islands in the crystal waters of the Bay of Kotor, Wandering the medieval streets of old Dubrovnik, Hiking to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, Exploring the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian on a guided tour.