After finally arriving back home from our adventures, we are often bursting at the seams with new experiences and exciting places to share. This time is no exception as I recently returned from one of the most phenomenal adventures of my life (!!), a 3-week exploration of the Balkan nations of Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.While we’ve been sending travelers on adventures in Croatia for quite a while, we’re excited to officially add the other two countries to our collection! I experienced as much as I possibly could during my time there (and made notes of where I’ll be returning!), as well as made many friends along the way. There is so much to see and do in the Balkans, so clear some space on your calendar and let’s get planning. I brought home a profound appreciation for not only the physical beauty of the Balkans (which is jaw-dropping at every turn), but the warmth of the people, graciousness of the culture, extraordinary cuisine, and world-class wines of the region.Along the journey, it wasn’t long before certain themes presented themselves, ideas that returned daily, with each new place I visited…
The Music of Water was first and foremost. From the emerald green Soča River of Slovenia, roaring through the rugged Julian Alps, to the countless waterfalls and terraced lakes of Croatia’s National Parks, and finally the manmade counterpoint of the Sea Organ musical sculpture in Zadar. The siren song of water is never far from a traveler’s ear.
In this region, borders and country names have shifted countless times. But what remains is the grit and grace of the people, enthusiastically reclaiming their incredible food and wine as agro-tourism redefines these idyllic places. Through mountain valleys and ancient fishing villages, we celebrate outstanding, award-winning cuisine and world-class wine.
I am thrilled to share our brand NEW Best of Slovenia: Alps to the Adriatic, an 8-day journey from the hip baroque capital of Ljubljana to the fairytale beauty of Lake Bled. And – along the way – dinner at Hiŝa Franko, helmed by Ana Roš, named the World’s Best Female Chef 2017 by The Diner’s Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and featured on Netflix “Chef’s Table.”
The Balkans have definitely captured my heart and my appetite for adventure. As you read this, I am working on some new itineraries that you’re going to LOVE, including hut-to-hut treks in the Julian Alps as well as a few trips that combine the best of 2 or 3 of these countries. But for now, check out or 3 great itineraries in Croatia and our new Best of Slovenia: Alps to the Adriatic and then let me know when you want to start planning!