Croatia and Slovenia are beautiful countries with picturesque and stunning landscapes. We will experience pristine lakes, waterfalls, and coastline vistas. Our journey will take us off the beaten path as well as explore historic cities. Local experts, including renowned tour operator Backroads, will help guide our excursions. High quality bikes are provided by the tour, and electric assist bikes are available.
Our trip begins in Ljubljana where we will take a bus to Lake Bled with the fairy tale island, a 1000 year old cliff-hanging medieval castle, and a lakeside promenade. We’ll spend our first evening and the next full day at Lake Bled.
Our first morning will begin with a group excursion via pletna boat to the Church of the Assumption. The remainder of the day will give you numerous options to explore and discover this gem of a destination. You can hike around the lake, swim, tour the 12th Century castle with stunning views, or take a trip to Vintgar Gorg. You will not want to leave Lake Bled before indulging on the Bled cream cake and Union beer.
We will do a short tour of Zagreb before traveling to stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park–one of Europe’s most spectacular wonders. Imagine a Niagara Falls mashup with the Grand Canyon. Plitvice has 16 named lakes plus several smaller lakes. The park welcomes nearly a million visitors a year, yet few from the USA. While Plitvice never fails to astound visitors, our trip from Zagreb will take us through portions of Croatia with scars from the war.
After Plitvice we make our way to vibrant Split, whose history stretches back to the Roman Empire yet throbs to a modern, youthful beat. The maze of narrow alleys of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace today is home to boutiques, galleries and cafes.
We will experience the Dalmatian Coast biking on Hvar, the archipelago’s swankiest island, hiking along sheltered bays on Brač Island, paddling in secluded coves and soaking up the charms of Dubrovnik.
Our Backroads portion begins by pedaling through the Damara Mountain karst landscape, taking a dip in the Adriatic Sea, and ending in the peaceful village of Duce. We get two boat rides–first to Brac Island and then to Hvar Island. We’ll hike and bike the scenic coastline and enjoy local foods, wines and gelato. A two-hour sea kayaking trip will be followed up with a boat trip to the Korcula Islands. A bike trip to Dubrovnik will includes several stunning vistas. We’ll pedal through grapevines, olive groves, and almond trees. The island includes one the many reputed birthplaces of Marco Polo.
Our Backroads portion will conclude with a tour of Dubrovnik-Pearl of the Adriatic. You have the remainder of the day to explore the traffic-free, walled Old Town portion of the city. We’ll gather for a group farewell dinner in the evening.
Michon and David will provide optional readings about the practice of field journaling. Michon will lead field journaling activities to help travelers observe deeply, savor and remember. A field journal is a notebook in which one records experiences, observations, and questions in the form of writing, drawing, diagraming, poetry, and collecting. When travelers walk into the world with their journal, they have the opportunity to make observations, forge connections, and ask questions that will deepen their understanding of the world. David will introduce travelers to the spiritual practice of awareness, from the Jesuit tradition.
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