Dalmatian Islands to Lake Bled

Dalmatian Islands to Lake Bled

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Dalmatian Islands to Lake Bled

14 Days Starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik

Visiting:

Slovenia

,

Croatia

,

Bosnia

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Moderate

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

DCB

Age range:

16-99

From:

$4200

$4011 (USD)

tourhub discount: $189


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Tour Overview

Spend a week hopping between the beautiful islands of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Wander through ancient terracotta-roofed cities, swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters, and sample a variety of delicious locally-produced food and wine.

Dubrovnik - Explore the Old Town's incredible architecture and sea kayak alongside the city walls

Korcula - Cycle past the vineyards and olive groves of Lumbarda and visit a local winery

Hvar - Walk through rural villages and past lavender fields. Take in the sunset in trendy Hvar Town

Highlights

  • Dubrovnik - Discover the UNESCO-listed Old Town
  • Korcula Island- Cycle among olive groves and vineyards
  • Hvar - Walk through lavender fields and swim in clear waters

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Split

Accommodation:

  Mondo Hotel


Arrive in Split. Our hotel is about 30 minutes drive from the airport.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting. Following this, there is the opportunity for some cheese and wine tasting, a perfect way to break the ice. Nestled amongst the old stone buildings of Split's Old Town, we visit a local bar which provides Croatia's take on a tapas-style experience, offering up the chance to try several cheeses, bread and oils. Locally grown olives and freshly baked baguettes are paired with red and white wines, that have all been produced along the Dalmatian Coast.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Split Airport (SPU). Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

icon Day 2: Morning exploration of Split on foot. Afternoon catamaran ferry to Hvar Island

Accommodation:

  Pharos Bayview Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We wake this morning amongst the terracotta roofs and historic buildings of the port of Split. This charming city has a rich history; originally founded by the Greeks in the 2nd century, the city has seen many empires pass through its walls, having been occupied by the Romans, the Byzantines, and for a large period of history the Venetians. We set off this morning to discover Split on a walking tour starting at the sprawling Diocletian's Palace. Built to honour the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this huge residence makes up around half of the old city and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is widely regarded as the world's most complete and well-preserved Roman Palace, and we will explore much of it this morning. We will also take in the famed Peristyle, the ornate Golden and Silver Gates and the Temple of Jupiter.

There will be some free time for further exploration before we make our way to the harbour and board the catamaran ferry out to Hvar - the first of our Dalmatian Islands. The journey takes us across the azure waters of the Adriatic and we will reach the lively and cosmopolitan town of Hvar in around one and a half hours. After checking in and freshening up, our Tour Leader will take us for sundowners at a bar overlooking the yacht-lined harbour, well-known for its picturesque sunsets.

icon Day 3: Easy walk through rural villages and past lavender fields. Free afternoon with the option for a boat to Pakinski Islands

Accommodation:

  Pharos Bayview Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Nowhere in Croatia is there more of an air of Venetian Renaissance than on the island of Hvar. The island served as an important naval base for the Venetians in the 16th century, and Renaissance-style facades, churches and far-reaching olive groves pepper the landscape.

This morning we drive up into Hvar's rugged interior and to the village of Velo Grabije. This traditional village lies at the heart of the island's cottage industries and lining the streets are stalls selling locally produced honey, rosemary, oils and of course, lavender. We start our walk from here heading out on foot past the beautiful expansive lavender fields that colour the landscape a deep purple over the late spring and summer months. Hvar was once the historic centre of lavender production, and it's easy to sense why with the calming aromas of lavender accompanying us as we walk. We stop at Malo Grabije village for a refreshment, before continuing our walk past olive groves and undulating farmland down to the coastal town of Milna where we break for lunch. We plan to have some free time here to wander around the town and perhaps take advantage of Milna's beaches before returning by local bus to Hvar. The total walk is approximately six kilometres and will last around two and a half hours, with the majority of the walk being gently downhill to the coast.

This afternoon has been left free to relax or to further explore trendy Hvar town. There is also the option to take a boat trip out to Paklinski Islands. Lying a few kilometres off the coast of Hvar, this chain of islands offers beautiful sandy beaches to relax upon and hidden coves to explore. There will be plenty of opportunity for swimming and snorkelling before the boat returns at sunset.

icon Day 4: Morning sail to Korcula Island by Catamaran ferry. Afternoon cycling through Lumbarda with food and wine tasting

Accommodation:

  Marko Polo Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Boarding the catamaran again this morning, we sail down the Dalmatian coast to the island of Korcula, lying in the centre of the archipelago. Korcula is known for its interior of dense pine forests, which once supplied the Venetians with timber for their vast fleets. It's also known for its vineyards, producing some excellent white wines from their indigenous Grk variety of grape. Our base for the next two nights is in the palm-lined streets of Korcula Town, a medieval settlement that enjoys a low-key rustic charm.

This afternoon we travel by bus to the village of Lumbarda, located on the very eastern tip of the island. After some time to get comfortable with your bike, making any necessary adjustments, we begin pedalling out into the countryside on smooth quiet roads through pine forests and past the vineyards this region is famous for. There are also pockets of olive groves along the route, and we plan to make a stop on two sandy beaches, before cycling back into the vineyards and ending our cycling at a local winery. Here we learn about some of the fresh produce made in the area and have the chance to try a selection of prosciutto, local cheeses, as well as figs and olives. We will learn about the three varieties of grape grown on the island; the Grk grape which produces a very balanced flavour, where as the native Posip grape gives a much fuller-bodied flavour with tones of apricots and almonds, and is a golden yellow in colour. The Plavac Mali is a dark red producing a warm, fruity and somewhat soft taste. We sample a variety of wines produced from these grapes, before returning by bus to Korcula Town in the late afternoon, where the rest of the day is free.

The cycling is around five kilometres in length, mostly flat and taken at a gentle pace, taking around two hours to complete the whole excursion. The route we cycle is on quiet roads, mainly surfaced with very little motorised traffic. Bicycles and helmets are provided, as well as a specialist cycle guide alongside the Explore Tour Leader.

icon Day 5: Full day excursion to Mljet Island with the option to walk, swim, kayak or cycle

Accommodation:

  Marko Polo Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


This morning we take a 40-minute catamaran out to the lush and beautiful Mljet Island. Awarded National Park status in 1962, the island is the greenest in Croatia and home to just one hotel. It's otherwise made up of verdant green forests, sheltered coves lapped by crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.

The Tour Leader will provide a short orientation walk to get your bearings and will run through your options for today, before leaving the rest of the day free to explore at our leisure. Basing ourselves in Pomena, there are a variety of ways to explore the island's lush interior either by foot or bicycle on well-signposted trails, or perhaps explore the coastline by kayak. There are plenty of beaches to choose to relax on, and a choice of restaurants serving up locally produced food and wine.

The catamaran is due to return at 17.20 this evening back to Korcula.

icon Day 6: Morning sail to Dubrovnik. Walking tour of the city and optional sunset sea kayaking around the city walls

Accommodation:

  Hotel Vis


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We set off by catamaran ferry once more for the scenic cruise through the shimmering blue Adriatic Sea. We travel alongside Dalmatia's rugged and mountainous coastline towards the jewel in its crown, the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik. Like many Croatian cities, Dubrovnik has seen its share of conquerors and settlers, each adding their own contributions to the city we see today. Extensive renovations during the 1990's and into 2000's has meant that the city is excellently preserved, its old walls housing tiled roofs and white-washed buildings in all their splendour that give the illusion of stepping back in time.

Our hotel is in the lively Lapad Bay area, close to many restaurants and a public beach. Dubrovnik Old Town is easily reached by a twenty minute public bus ride and after settling into our hotel we make this journey and start to explore this incredible city on foot. Starting from Pile Square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik, we snake our way through the maze of narrow streets and lively piazzas to take in the Sponza Palace, housing the city's archives, and the intricately carved baroque church of St Blaise. Continuing through the main thoroughfare of Stradun we walk down the Jesuit Staircase, perhaps better known as the 'Steps of the Great Sept of Bailor' used for the 'Walk of Shame' scene in Game of Thrones. Finally we end at the magnificent Rector's Palace, another GOT filming location but an incredible example of Gothic architecture in its own right.

Later in the afternoon there is the option for sea kayaking around the city walls. We climb into our kayaks in Kolorina bay, just outside the Old Town, and after a short safety briefing we begin paddling our way along the coastline, gazing up at the dramatic city walls as they plunge down into the rocks and then the sea. This experience offers an entirely different perspective of the city, especially as the sun starts to dip into the Adriatic and the city lights start to twinkle and glow.

The kayaking lasts for approximately two hours and is dependant on local sea conditions at the time. No previous experience is required and a full safety briefing is given.

icon Day 7: Cable car up Mount Srd and walk back down into Dubrovnik's Old Town. Free afternoon

Accommodation:

  Hotel Vis


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


This morning we make our way by public bus to the cable car station at the foot of Mount Srd. We take the short cable car ride to the hilltop, which offers fantastic views over Dubrovnik and the bay it sits within. We then make our way back down the hill on foot, snaking down the hillside and then following the ancient city walls back into the Old Town of Dubrovnik. From here we go on to discover this incredible city on foot. Starting from Pile Square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik, we snake our way through the maze of narrow streets and lively piazzas to take in the Sponza Palace, housing the city's archives, and the expertly carved baroque church of St Blaise. Continuing through the main thoroughfare of Stradun we walk down the Jesuit Staircase, also known as the 'Steps of the Great Sept of Bailor' used for the 'Walk of Shame' scene in Game of Thrones. Finally, we end at the magnificent Rector's Palace, another GOT filming location but an incredible example of Gothic Architecture in its own right.

This afternoon has been left free for further exploration, visiting one of the nearby beaches or perhaps just sitting in one of the many cafes and taking in the scenery. It is also possible to arrange an optional walk in the beautiful nearby Konavle Valley.

icon Day 8: Morning drive into Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an afternoon exploration of Mostar

Accommodation:

  Hotel Mostar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We set off this morning by bus, shortly crossing the border into neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, passing rolling countryside on our drive to the UNESCO-listed city of Mostar.

Set on the banks of the Neretva River, Mostar is the epitome of modern-day Bosnia, one lying at the crossroads of Europe, but also at the crossroads of cultures, of shared histories and religions. The city itself is cut in half by the Neretva, with Croat communities on one side and Bosnian Muslims on the other, reflecting this rich cultural heritage.

The town and the Stari Most - its famous 16th century Ottoman bridge - suffered badly during the 1990s Balkan conflict. The bridge and much of the old city, the former capital of Herzegovina, was painstakingly rebuilt after the war and has been restored to its former glory. The five year-long programme of reconstruction went a long way to restoring peace to this shattered region, with international and ethnic cooperation helping to rebuild bridges both literally and figuratively.

Today, we walk the city's old cobbled streets with an expert local guide who will paint a picture of both ancient and more recent history as we take in the buildings, the old Bazaar and the iconic Turkish House. We end our walk at the Stari Most Bridge, which as well as bringing together communities, also serves as a venue for bridge jumping competitions during the summer months.

The rest of the day is free for further exploration and to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city.

icon Day 9: Drive to Krka National Park for walks and waterfalls. Then continue on to Zadar

Accommodation:

  Hotel Porto


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Crossing the border back into Croatia, we make our way by bus to Krka National Park. Less well known but just as beautiful as Plitvice, Krka National Park is host to a series of seven cascading waterfalls, as the Krka River cuts its way through the thick forest of oak and ash. We explore these beautiful surroundings on foot, along single-track trails and across boardwalks to the most scenic of waterfalls - Skradinski Buk. There's plenty of time here for some food, photos and perhaps even a refreshing dip. The walk is a total of two hours, covering around five kilometres and is almost entirely flat.

We continue by bus north to Zadar, reaching the city by the early afternoon.

Zadar's Old Town juts out to sea on a small peninsular and is an enchanting mix of Roman ruins, terracotta-tiled roofs and medieval churches. After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we take a short tour of the Old Town this afternoon, taking in the 3rd century Roman Forum and St Donatus Church, which dominates views over the Forum. We then make our way to the seafront to take in the experimental artwork of the unique 'Sea Organ' (a musical staircase) and the 'Sun Salutation', which is a solar light and sound display.

icon Day 10: Drive into Istria, stopping for a farmhouse lunch and truffle hunting. Continue on to Vrsar

Accommodation:

  Aminess Hotel Laguna


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Continuing north, we hug the rugged Dalmatian coastline as we make our way into the Istrian Peninsular. Istria's rolling farmlands and historic ties with Italy make it somewhat of a gastronomic haven, with quaint hilltop villages and rural farmhouses serving up excellent local produce and many varieties of tipple.

We make several stops as we travel through the countryside, first stopping at the Aura Distillery, famed for its brandy as well as its locally-made jams. We learn about the entire process from fermentation, distillation in hand-made cauldrons to fruit maceration and ageing. We have the chance to sample three different types of jams and a variety of brandies varying in age and strength.

Next we enjoy a farmhouse lunch - freshly made Istrian pasta with truffles is highly recommended! After lunch we proceed to the nearby village to try our hand at truffle hunting. Setting off on foot into the nearby woods, we learn from a master-family that have been hunting truffles in this region for generations. Alongside a team of dogs we learn the tricks of the trade and what to look out for, hoping to spot some elusive but much-prized truffles.

After the hunt we continue by bus to our final destination, the beautiful coastal town of Vrsar.

icon Day 11: Morning tour of Rovinj and Pula. Free afternoon with optional paddleboarding or kayaking

Accommodation:

  Aminess Hotel Laguna


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We set off this morning to explore two important Istrian towns; the beautiful port town of Rovinj, and the ancient settlement of Pula.

We start just a few kilometres down the coast in the charming town of Rovinj. Pastel painted stone houses vie for position over the picturesque harbour and the town's historic centre is compact, with its old cobbled streets easily explored on foot. The church of St Euphemia is a beautiful baroque-period building that dominates much of the town's skyline, and its bell tower offers excellent panoramic views over the sea of red roofs below. We spend time exploring the church, its bell tower and cellar, as well as the town's charming piazza before travelling down the coast to the tip of the peninsular and to historic Pula.

In Roman times Pula grew to become an important trading port for the empire, and much of this evidence still remains today. The town's amphitheatre is its main focal point - it is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre in the World to have all four sides intact, and it is still in use today for concerts and events, some 2,000 years later. After some time taking in the great amphitheatre, we follow Pula's old Roman walls to the imposing Temple of Augustus and then on to the stone arch Gate of Hercules.

After lunch, we make our way back to Vrsar, where the afternoon is free to relax at the beach, or perhaps try out some optional stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking around the rugged coastline.

icon Day 12: Drive into Slovenia to Lake Bled, stopping at Piran en route

Accommodation:

  Hotel Savica Garni


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


We leave Croatia behind today, driving north and cross the border into Slovenia. We soon reach the coastline and the charming Riviera town of Piran. We have some time to explore this ancient town and its piazzas, patrician villas and pretty harbour. Having been part of the Venetian Empire for a large part of its history, Piran is more Italian in feel, and to get a true flavour of this chic seaside town be sure to try some home-made gelato by the seafront.

We then continue our journey by bus, arriving beside Lake Bled just after midday.

Lake Bled's turquoise waters are set to a backdrop of jagged mountains, and set in the centre of the lake is the 16th century Church of Assumption. It's easy to see why Bled was one of the most fashionable European resorts in the early 20th century and was even the summer of former Yugoslavian President Tito. We explore the lake this afternoon along with Bled Castle, a medieval fortress perched atop a rocky outcrop with a towering view of the lake and town below.

icon Day 13: Explore Triglav National Park and take a cable car into the mountains. Free afternoon around Lake Bled

Accommodation:

  Hotel Savica Garni


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


For those interested in photography, or just want to take in the view there is the option this morning for an early morning walk up to a viewpoint over Lake Bled to witness sunrise. The walk will be 4 kms and with around 600 metres of ascent, and we will plan to arrive back to the hotel in time for breakfast.

We then drive out to Vintgar Gorge inside the Triglav National Park. Carved out by the glacial Radovna river, this natural gorge is 1.6 kilometres in length with near-verticle walls. We take the trail that runs along boardwalks deep inside the gorge and ends at the 13 metre high Sum Waterfall.

We then continue by bus through the National Park and onto Lake Bohinj, which is fed by glacial melt that runs down from the mountains high up above. From here we take the Vogel Cable Car which elevates us over 1,000 metres above the lake-side in just four minutes, up to the Vogel Ski station at 1,535 metres above sea level. From here there are panoramic views over the lake and out to far-reaching mountains, and we plan to take a short walk to make the most of the mountain views. The two-kilometre loop takes us past a mountain pasture and provides excellent opportunities to spot the flora and fauna of this high mountain area.

Heading back down the mountain we drive back to Bled where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax in the tranquil surroundings, or if you are feeling active there are plenty of options. There is a six kilometre walk or cycle around the lake, rowing boats can be hired or you can take a swim in the lake's warm thermal waters. It is also possible to take a traditional gondola across to the island to explore inside the Church of Assumption.

icon Day 14: Tour ends in Bled

Meals Included:

  Breakfast


The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Bled.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Bled at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Ljubljana International Airport (LJU), which is 30 minutes drive from the hotel.

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Dalmatian Islands to Lake Bled

14 Days Starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik

Visiting:

Slovenia

,

Croatia

,

Bosnia

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Moderate

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

DCB

Age range:

16-99

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$4200

$4011 (USD)

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What do you love most about Puducherry?

"‘Pondy’ as it’s known locally, is an Indian city with French flair. Filled with leafy boulevards, bright bougainvillea, cathedrals, and colonial buildings, White Town is like a welcoming oasis of calm "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Discover the simple joy of being “blessed” by Laxmi the elephant at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. •Enjoy the food - a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean influences. "

What was Pondy’s original name?

"The original name of the territory, Putucceri, is derived from the Tamil words putu “new" and ceri “village". The French corrupted this to Pondichéry. Or Pondicherry in English. "

Favourite time of year to visit Puducherry

"Weather-wise it’s great to visit between October and March. The monsoon is between July -September and the town can receive some heavy rainfall. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Discover Auroville, a utopian community founded as an experiment in universal living. An easy day trip from Pondy. "

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Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain

Peru

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before, even Lake Titicaca and Colca Valley, if you are going to visit that area, to acclimatize to the altitude (5.000 mt. approx)."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Don't waste too much time if there is a queue at the base of the mountain. The best photos are with the animals and on the mountain in front of you."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"If you can, talk to your guide about going to the Red Valley. It is not very physically demanding and the experience is incredible."

What do you love most about Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain?

"The experience is unique, there are no tourists and the hike and views are incredible."

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    North Pole

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Uzbekistan

Benefits of a tour guide for Uzbekistan

"The language barrier is tough and a guide is almost essential at times. Most people only speak Russian or Uzbek and both use the Cyrillic alphabet."

@zoegoesplaces's Top Tips

"Travel by train. It's quick, cheap and easy. Plus, first class is especially affordable here. "

Must pack items for Uzbekistan

"Conservative dress is respectful to the local cultures, make sure you cover your shoulders and down to your knees. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Sampling the culinary delights of the Silk Road with the infusion of flavours and dishes from many countries. That and the beautiful architecture of the religious buildings. "

What do you love most about Uzbekistan?

"Uzbekistan is such an underrated country. There's so much to see and do, it's like nowhere else in the world."

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    French Polynesia

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Peak District National Park

United Kingdom

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Countryside walks, there are so many to choose from!"

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    French Polynesia

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Dolomites

Italy

What do you love most about Dolomites?

"The stunning scenery! It's simply one of the most breathtaking places on earth."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The best way to see the mountains is hiking! There are plenty of iconic walks including Seceda and the Tre Cime loop. You can even stay in rifugios along the way and see the sunrise over the peaks. "

@Realworldrunaway 's Top Tips

"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

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    Italy

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    Japan

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Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

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    India

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    Mauritania

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Abruzzo

Italy

What do you love most about Abruzzo?

"This area is among the most beautiful in Italy for admiring foliage. We are on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo and here it's possible to admire Autumn in its maximum power."

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    New Zealand

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  • I am a software developer, content creator and traveller. I am constantly looking for adventures, living my life and sharing the sensations it gives me every day.

Alicante

Spain

What do you love most about Alicante?

"Alicante is the perfect size; the city centre with bars, restaurants and shops is only a few minutes walk from the amazing beach and waterfront where you can sunbathe, swim and relax!"

Any must-dos for first-time visitors to Alicante?

"Be sure to climb the historic Santa Barbara Castle above the town centre for panoramic views. Take some drinks and enjoy the sunset for a true Alicante experience!"

Favourite time of year to visit Alicante

"Spring or Autumn are both great times to visit, the weather is warm and sunny. There are also fewer tourists about so you can better enjoy the beaches and bars."

What else can I see in the area?

"The whole coastline north and south of Alicante is stunning, with sandy beaches and amazing rock formations, or you can take a day trip on the ferry to the heavenly island of Tabarca!"

Favourite way to spend a day in Alicante?

"Head to the beach and play some volleyball at the free public nets, jump in the sea to cool off between games and then stroll to a local bar for tapas and a jug of tinto de verano in the evening."

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Portugal

What do you love most about Portugal?

"There's always something new to explore in the Algarve area, hidden beaches, natural arches, caves and more"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Waking up early to go surfing will make your day!"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Visit Playa Falesia, it's such a unique beach!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Portugal is such a small country, you can do day trips to nearly anywhere! For example, spend a day in Porto and do a port wine tasting!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Strolling around the narrow streets of Lisboa"

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    Mexico

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    Brazil

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Morocco

Must pack items for Morocco

"Warm clothes as it gets really cold in the desert at night as well as up in the High Atlas Mountains"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Aït Benhaddou is one of the most stunning places I've ever seen! A city completely built out of clay!"

What do you love most about Morocco?

"I love all the crafts and art that people sell on the streets"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Spend at least one night in the Sahara Desert – it will be incredible and you even get to see the Milky Way!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Exploring the streets of Marrakesh "

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