Come explore with us the picturesque mountains of Slovenia and sun drenched seacoast of Croatia in our journey across the Balkans!
We’ll ramble through breathtaking landscapes, marvel at the fascinating culture, enjoy the exquisite food and taste world-class wines from some of the regions best producers! This distinctive tour starts in the Julian Alps of Slovenia and winds its way south to the coastal islands of Croatia, exploring the enchanting small towns and marvelous landscapes this region is known for, ending in the charming seaside city of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Along the way we’ll explore natural parks, discover beautiful historic cities and wander into picturesque villages full of culture and charm. Ideal for those who enjoy excellent hiking, superb food, great wine, amazing scenery, and immersing themselves in the local culture.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 - Bohinj
Your Go Get Lost adventure starts this morning at our meeting point, the lobby of our centrally-located hotel in Ljubljana. We'll board our private coach and enjoy a picturesque ride up into the nearby Julian Alp mountains. The Vogel mountain area has a wide range of trail options, all of them scenic, so we have several excellent easy hike options today, based on our group and local conditions.
After our day in the mountains we'll head to our home for the next two nights, a 4 star hotel in a small mountain town. Tonight we'll sit down to an excellent dinner featuring local Slovenian specialties...and of course paired with wonderful Slovenian wine! Slovenia has an amazing wine industry, with thousands of small family wineries producing over 100 million bottles annually. Relax and enjoy!
Today's hike will be about 3-4 hours and is rated EASY. There is about 415 meters of elevation gain/loss, and a distance of about 4 miles.
Day 2 - Triglav National Park
Today after breakfast we'll have a short ride to our trailhead in the Triglav National Park, where we'll spend the day hiking along nature trails rich in natural and cultural attractions. The trail is intended for hikers and runs on undemanding terrain, using the paths along the captivating Triglavska Bistrica river while passing quaint river bridges embedded in dense mature forest in the heart of the Vrata Valley. The path connects the most interesting and mysterious parts of the valley, including the Peričnik Fall, the Galerije, and the majestic north face of Triglav, the largest mountain wall in Slovenia, a true marvel of nature that rises 1200m high and spans 3km wide, traversed by over 100 different climbing routes that are the home of the alpine elite.
Today's hike is approximately 3-5 hours, depending on the route, with an elevation gain of 375 meters and a total distance of 6-9 miles. The trail is rated MODERATE.
Day 3 - Skocjan Caves
Today we make our way south, cross into Croatia and have our hike...underground! From time immemorial, people have been attracted to the gorge where the Reka River disappears underground and wondered at the mysterious cave entrances near the village of Škocjan. We'll solve the mystery as we walk through the incredible labyrinth of the Škocjan Caves - an exceptional system of limestone caves and almost 4 miles of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 meters, many waterfalls and one of the largest known underground chambers in the world.
Archaeological research has shown that people lived in the caves and the surrounding area in prehistoric times – from the Mesolithic, the Neolithic, the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Middle Ages to the present...altogether for more than 5,000 years. The site, located in the Kras region (literally meaning Karst), is one of the most famous in the world for the study of the karstic phenomena. The Caves represent one of the world's largest known underground river canyons, that was cut into the limestone bedrock by the Reka River. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves have been on the UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural World Heritage Sites since 1986. Our path through the caves goes across catwalks suspended over the river, through enormous caverns and through beautiful illuminated passageways.
After our underworld hike we'll continue on to our home for the night, a beautiful 4 Star hotel just minutes from Plitvice National Park.
Today's walk is rated EASY, on catwalks and mostly flat surfaces. The distance will vary from 3-4 miles.
Day 4 - Plitvice
This morning we embark on yet another totally unique hike, in the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is a land of enchantment, with scenery that will take your breath away. The park's crown jewel is the chain of 16 terraced lakes, all joined by a series of over 90 picturesque waterfalls that wind through limestone canyons. As we hike along the meandering walkways and trails, we'll be surrounded by the park's awe-inspiring limestone canyons and sparkling waters that seem to change color with each turn. Get ready to capture some of the most Instagram-worthy shots of your life, as the park's fairytale landscape will leave you spellbound. The hike is crowned by the 230-foot waterfall, a true natural wonder that adds to the already mesmerizing beauty of the area.
The afternoon will see us at our home for the next two nights, a beautiful 4 star hotel in a great central location in the charming town of Split. The town's historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the Roman era, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery including glimmering pebble coves, pine-fringed shorelines, and soaring mountains with hiking trails crisscrossing throughout. Split is also known for being the gateway to some of the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean. One of the most enthralling areas of Split is the Old Town, a maze of streets and cobblestoned lanes that surround the impressive Diocletian's Palace. This area is steeped in history and is a must-visit for any culture enthusiast. People's Square (Narodni Trg) is the heart of the Old Town, where cafes and restaurants spill out onto the square. And for hikers, towering Mosor Mountain is just minutes away, providing amazing views of the coastline and city.
Today's walk is rated EASY to MODERATE. The distance will be between 5 and 8 miles, depending on which trails we choose, and elevation gain will be between 900 and 1500 feet.
Day 5 - Hvar Island
Today, get ready for an unforgettable adventure as we explore the picturesque island of Hvar. Our journey starts in the charming village of Sveta Nedjelja and takes us to the summit of Sveti Nikola. The climb is well worth it as the panoramic views of the stunning middle Dalmatian islands are simply breathtaking. We'll take a few photos along the way, but as always, the real beauty of this place is best experienced in person. After soaking up the stunning vistas, we'll make our way towards the sparkling Dubovica bay. As we walk, the natural beauty of the island will envelop us, and we'll feel a sense of peace and tranquility in this idyllic setting. Our return journey is equally scenic, as we follow the winding trails that lead us back towards the southern entrance of the Dubovica tunnel. Along the way, we'll marvel at the unspoiled landscapes, dotted with wildflowers and native plants. The hike may be challenging at times, but the sense of accomplishment we'll feel when we finish will make it all worthwhile. Lunchtime will find us sitting down to an excellent lunch at a local cafe, enjoying regional fare and excellent Croatian wines. From there, we will embark on a scenic catamaran ride back to Split, taking in the stunning views of the coastline along the way. The ride back to Split will be the perfect way to relax and soak up the sun, all while reflecting on the unforgettable experience of hiking to Sveti Nikola. We'll arrive in Split with plenty of time to continue exploring this captivating city.
Today's hike will be MODERATE, with a distance of around 7 miles and an elevation gain of about 1600 feet.
Day 6 - Mosor Mountain
Get ready for an exhilarating day of hiking on Croatia's majestic Mosor Mountain! There are several hiking options today, depending on the group. All the trails provide amazing views of the mountain range and the majestic Mediterranean. The adventure begins with a slow climb to about 900 feet above sea level to reach the mountain ridge overlooking Split. All along the path today you'll enjoy breathtaking views of all the Dalmatian islands and the city of Split. Along the way, you'll encounter other backpackers, bird watchers, and hikers, and enjoy the beauty of the trail all year-round. After completing the hike, you'll get to refuel with a delicious lunch at a simple local restaurant. Savor the flavors of traditional Croatian cuisine and indulge in local delicacies that are sure to please your taste buds.
As the tour continues towards Dubrovnik, you'll pass through the stunning peninsula of Pelješac. This mountainous region offers a range of mesoclimates that are perfect for viticulture, making it home to some of Croatia's best-known wines. Dingač, in particular, is a must-try for wine enthusiasts. On the way to Dubrovnik, we'll make a short stop to visit Ston, a charming town situated at the beginning of Pelješac peninsula. Ston is famous for its long city walls, salt production, and delicious oysters. Take a stroll through the town and indulge in the local specialties.
As the day comes to a close, we'll continue towards Dubrovnik and our 4 Star hotel, our base for the next couple of days.
Today's hike can be EASY to MODERATE, depending on the route chosen. The total distance is between 4 and 6 miles, the elevation gain will be 1300 to 1500 feet, and the elevation loss will be 1500 to 1700 feet..
Day 7 - Dubrovnik
Get ready for a day of adventure and breathtaking views as you embark on a hike up Mount Srđ, perched above the historic city of Dubrovnik. The hike is relatively easy, with only 918 feet of elevation and approximately 1.5 – 2 hours required for the roundtrip route. As you ascend, prepare to be blown away by the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. After the hike, you will take a scenic ride down on the cable car and begin a walking tour of Dubrovnik's city centre. This UNESCO-protected city is a treasure trove of cultural and historical heritage, with local Mediterranean cuisine, palaces, galleries, museums, and the iconic city walls that have protected the city for centuries. Founded in the 7th century, Dubrovnik was the only city-state on the Croatian coast from the 14th to the 19th century and has a strong historical background as one of Europe's most important ports and big maritime trade centres. You'll have free time to explore the city further and even take a tour of the city walls.
This evening we'll meet up with the rest of the group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Here you can indulge in delicious local dishes and reminisce about the amazing experiences you've had on this unforgettable journey in the magical Balkans.
Today's hike is EASY, with a total distance of 2 miles and an elevation gain of 918 feet.
Day 8 - Dovidenja (Farewell)
Your Go Get Lost tour ends today after breakfast. Your tour leader can help you arrange a taxi to the airport for your flight home.
Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels
Bohinj - 4 Star Superior Eco Hotel: Bohinj ECO Hotel is located 10 minutes from Lake Bohinj, on the edge of Triglav National Park, the largest national park in Slovenia. Its exceptional location on the doorstep of Julian Alps in cozy rural village has a unique charm. This hotel was designed with a modern Euro motif, and features an exclusive Wellness center on the top floor, restaurant, indoor swimming pools, and even a bowling alley!
Plitvice - 4 Star Hotel Lyra: If you are searching for a perfect getaway spot, you have found it: it's called Lyra and it's the gateway to Plitvice Lakes. The Lyra Plitvice is a is a 4* design hotel set in relaxing green surroundings in the close vicinity of Plitvice Lakes. Designed with the needs of the 21st century traveller in mind, it’s a perfect getaway from which to explore this fascinating part of Europe.
Split - 4 Star Art Hotel: Split is history, is culture, is entertainment, is alive, is voyage, is return… is Art Hotel. Their source of inspiration? Split’s traditional neighborhoods, monuments, symbols and colors, celebrating it inside out and combining traditional and trendy to perfection, well reflected in the preserved historic facade and one of the most beautiful cathedral towers in the world. Three c’s summarize the hotel perfectly: comfort, confidence and centrality. Located at the center, near all attractions, Art Hotel is the ideal choice for those seeking to discover and explore the true magic of the city that was once chosen to be the Home of the Emperor.
Dubrovnik - 4 Star Hotel Valamar Lacroma: The Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel is located on the tranquil Babin kuk peninsula, surrounded by lush greenery and soothing white pebble beaches, only 15 minutes from the old town of Dubrovnik. Renowned for its fusion of nature with state-of-the-art facilities, the hotel offers memorable gastronomic experiences in gourmet restaurants with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands, its modern Balance Mediterranean Spa with indoor pool, and exclusive V Level services. It allows you to create a perfectly balanced holiday in Dubrovnik, with an added touch of luxury.
Dubrovnik - 4 Star Hotel Valamar Argosy: Surrounded by stunning Mediterranean scenery, the Valamar Argosy Hotel is the ideal choice for a relaxing or romantic getaway for couples, located near the old town of Dubrovnik. It's located in the unspoilt nature of the Babin kuk peninsula, just a few minutes away from three attractive Dubrovnik beaches. Valamar Argosy welcomes you with an offer carefully designed to meet the needs of adults in search of perfect peace. Enjoy your stay in a comfortable, stylish room with a balcony, select from the wide-ranging buffet offer in the elegant hotel restaurant with a terrace and sea view, and relax in the wellness zone or by the fantastic infinity pool with a view of the sea and nearby islands.
Dubrovnik - 4- Star Hotel Valamar Tirena: Located in the quiet natural surroundings of the Babin Kuk peninsula, the Valamar Tirena Hotel is ideal for a relaxing family holiday close to the historic centre of Dubrovnik. Enjoy sunbathing by the spacious outdoor pool with water slides or on the nearby beaches. Taste the traditional Dalmatian and international dishes in the Mediterraneo buffet restaurant. Explore the historic city centre or take a boat to the idyllic islands of South Dalmatia.
- 7 Nights, Double Occupancy at listed hotels (or similar)
- 7 Breakfasts
- 6 Lunches
- 4 Dinners
- 1 Wine Tasting
- All transportation once the tour starts,
- All listed activities, tours, visits, as per itinerary
- All tips except for your primary local tour leader
- Local Go Get Lost tour leader
What´s not Included
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary (all group meals include water and local wine, except mountain lunches and lunch boxes, which have no alcohol)
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Single supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.
- Arrival and departure transfers
- International airfare, tour begins in the morning in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Day 1, and ends after breakfast at the hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the morning of Day 8
- Tip for the primary local guide
- Any costs associated with options or free time