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Slovenia & Croatia
Out of my comfort zone and into adventure
My first reaction to the idea of
taking BikeHike’s active, adventure tour to Slovenia and
Croatia (The Alps to Istria)
was: “What?”, “Where?” and “Why?” While I am
healthy and reasonably fit, I thought I might be too old (over
40) for an adventure tour. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
In fact, more and more people over 40, 50, 60 and even 70 are
choosing tours that take you outside the gates of an
all-inclusive and into an incredible, active, authentic and
connected experience. After all, 60 is the new 40! The fact
that BikeHike Adventures is celebrating their 20th anniversary
this year tells me that
they have lots of experience with these types of tours.
This tour is defined
as “moderate,” which means you need a reasonable fitness
level because you bike, kayak or hike for up to five hours per
day. The good news is that a support vehicle follows the group
in case someone needs a break. The activity level is enough to
make you feel like you accomplished something (and appreciate
the glass of wine or cold beer at the end of the day), but
doesn’t push you beyond your limits. It offers a good
balance of activity, relaxation and time to explore local
This eight-day group
trip, one of BikeHike’s most popular European tours, begins
in Slovenia and wraps up in Croatia. BikeHike’s maximum on
any trip is 12 people, with a minimum of two, so it is always
a small group. The “land only” cost is $2,999 U.S. per
person (with no single supplement). It covers almost
everything once you are on the ground, including the tour
guide, transportation of your luggage, support vehicle, bikes,
kayaks, most meals and accommodation.
Slovenia and Croatia
are largely undiscovered gems, which means it is still
possible to have an authentic, “non-touristy” experience.
The regions visited on this tour are a culinary and wine
lover’s paradise. They could be compared to some parts of
Italy for food, wine and history,
but with their own unique and – as yet – undiscovered
Along the way, there
is an overnight stay in a mountain hut in the Julian Alps,
hiking through green pastures and alpine mountains, cycling
and several wine tastings through the Brda wine region (known
as “Slovenian Tuscany”). This itinerary goes through lands
of castles, vineyards, small white churches and friendly
villages. It is a perfect balance of the road less travelled
and the opportunity to step into a magical world full of
history and charm – one that hasn’t been overwhelmed by
tour buses and big groups.
In Croatia, there is
more vineyard cycling on the legendary route of the Parenzana,
called “The Railway of Wine” – with a rich history of
its own. Visiting local villages and medieval towns along the
route brings the past alive.
making friends in the small tour group, and stepping into
moments right out of history creates once-in-a-lifetime
memories different from anything you could possibly expect.
Sometimes moving out of your comfort zone takes you into
amazing experiences that you never could have imagined and,
now, never want to forget.
The Alps to Istria
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