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YOGA ADVENTURE IN CROATIA WITH BRITTANY TORSTRUP

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16-23 Sept 2023

8
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If you wish to experience the best that Croatia has to offer and give yourself a well-deserved unwinding holiday with daily yoga practice, look no further! This yoga adventure is a match!

Croatia is a small Mediterranean country that offers a stunning variety of landscapes. The beautiful Adriatic coastline with more than 1000 islands is just the beginning. Rugged mountains that arise directly from the sea provide shelter for stunning rivers, lakes and waterfalls with clear turquoise water. Warm friendly people and rich gastronomy evidence the culture and history more than 2000 years old.

Each day of this trip from Zagreb to Dubrovnik will be filled with activities such as sightseeing, walking and easy cycling through river canyons, National Parks, local villages, medieval towns, Adriatic coastline and islands. You will explore not only hot tourist spots but also hidden treasures and the way real Croatian people live.

You will be in good hands with our amazing yoga teacher Brittany Torstrup and our local guide that will lead you through the experience.

With all these different activities, varieties of landscapes, rich culture and gastronomy we promise you this will be a journey you will never forget!

The retreat is suitable for beginners to advanced students alike.
ABOUT BRITTANY
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BRITTANY TORSTRUP

Brittany Torstrup is a full-time yoga teacher and yoga retreat leader from the NYC/NJ area. She has over 5 years of experience in being a lead teacher, having obtained her 200-hour YTT in Goa, India which really sparked her love for yoga and traveling.

 

Brittany has lead retreats in Africa, The Grand Canyon, The Finger Lakes, California, India, etc. & her passion for experiencing new cultures and countries with fellow like-minded yogis is extremely inspiring and invigorates each of her students' lives.

 

Brittany loves to accommodate, host, makes people feel safe and at home & cannot wait to explore Croatia and all its beauties with an exclusive group of amazing humans. No travel or yoga experience required, Britt will hold your hand through it all.

 

Brittany's retreats are full of fun, freedom, joy & transformation.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to Zagreb airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city.

 

In the evening we will meet for a welcome yoga class, dinner and chat about our upcoming adventure.

Zagreb is a lively capital with a rich history, culture and gastronomy. If you have time, we suggest you arrive a day or two earlier to explore it on your own. Feel free to contact us if you wish to extend your stay in the same hotel.

Best arrival airport: Zagreb

Included meals: Dinner

NIGHT: Zagreb

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Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

After a good nights' rest, we start our journey down south to Plitvice Lakes, the oldest Croatian national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The Park encompasses a sequence of 16 turquoise lakes linked together with beautiful waterfalls and travertine pools surrounded by beech and pine forests that are home to extensive wildlife. We will walk by the lakes and waterfalls and up to amazing viewpoints where we will be able to admire the complete picture of this amazing natural attraction.

 

After exploring the Park, we will retire to our accommodation situated nearby to enjoy a relaxing yoga class and immerse ourselves in the peaceful countryside atmosphere.

Walking: 4 hours

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

NIGHT: Plitvice Lakes

Day 3: Krka River National Park

After morning wake up yoga, we move to our next destination, the Krka River National Park. With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 793 ft (242 m), it is one of the most beautiful natural and karst phenomena in Croatia.

An easy bike ride will take us from charming Skradin town to Skradinski buk waterfall, following the shores of the Krka River (it's possible to take the boat if you don't want to cycle).

 

Once we reach Skradinski buk waterfall, we will park our bikes and visit the waterfall area on foot, including the ethno village that will give us a fascinating insight into the former way of life in what used to be a rural area. Today, the old mills in the ethno village present a rare opportunity to witness the entire process of milling wheat, along with an impressive array of traditional crafts and activities that include washing and pounding of cloth, fabric weaving, ploughing, and horseshoe smithing.

After returning to Skradin by bike, we will hop into our vehicle and drive to Roski waterfall for lunch in a traditional family mill. Local cheese (and prosciutto for non-vegetarians), home grown vegetables and wine are on the menu!

 

Next stop is the famous city of Split and its ancient Roman palace protected by the UNESCO, with rich history dating back to the 4th century. Great bars, restaurants and shops are also the highlights of this vibrant place.

Biking: 45 min

Walking: 1.5 hours

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

NIGHT: Split

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Day 4: Brac Island

Today we start our island-hopping adventure by taking the morning ferry from Split to the lovely nearby island of Brac that will enchant you with its beautiful beaches, incredibly clear sea and relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere. The island was blessed with an abundance of sunshine and the kind of nature where the sound of crickets, smell of pine trees and view of olive groves & vineyards work together to create a magical experience.

We will explore the island by car, starting with a visit to Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all Croatian Islands. The peak offers an amazing view over the Golden Cape beach in Bol town, as well as surrounding islands and coast.

We then continue to the Olive oil museum in the center of the island where we will learn how the oil is traditionally made and enjoy olive oil tasting, followed by savoring some great local wines.

The evening will be spent in our seaside village, with yoga on the beach and serene island atmosphere. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

NIGHT: Brac Island

Day 5: Hvar Island

Situated in southern Croatia, Hvar Island is considered the sunniest island in the country with an annual average of 2800 hours of sun! Traveler Magazine has put it on the list of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. This kind of unique harmony combining magnificent nature, architecture and rich history is rather hard to find.

 

A morning ferry will take us from Brac Island to ancient Hvar, the most popular town on the island. We will have a free day to explore its narrow streets and stone houses, famous cathedral of St Stephen, bars, restaurants, shops and beaches, and maybe even walk up to the Fortica fortress offering an amazing view over the old town and surrounding islands. Evening yoga class together.

Included meals: Breakfast

NIGHT: Hvar Island

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Day 6: Dubrovnik

We embark on a morning ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We will settle in one of the seaside villages in Dubrovnik surroundings that we will be our base for the next two nights, close to the old town but away from the city hustle.

After lunch, rest, beach time and SUP yoga in our village we will head to the Old town for a free evening walking down its famous promenade, admiring the mighty walls and stunning architecture.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

NIGHT: Seaside village in Dubrovnik surroundings

Day 7: Dubrovnik Islands

Today we will have the option of choosing which island in Dubrovnik surroundings we want to explore. 

Lopud Island with its amazing sandy beach of Sunj or Lokrum Island Nature Reserve. We will have time for driving up to Mt Srd or taking the cable car, with an amazing view over the Old town.

To celebrate our adventure, we will have a final dinner together and exchange experiences.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

NIGHT: Seaside village in Dubrovnik surroundings

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Day 8: Departure

Our amazing yoga adventure ends with a final morning yoga class, followed by a transfer to Dubrovnik airport or any other location of your choice in Dubrovnik.

Best departure airport: Dubrovnik

 

You can also book a return flight to/from Zagreb and then take a local flight Dubrovnik-Zagreb with Croatia Airlines on Day 8 of the trip to catch your plane back home from Zagreb.

PRICES
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PRICES PER PERSON

Shared Double/Twin room: 2100 $

Single room: 2450 $

INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accommodation in charming 3-star and 4-star guesthouses and hotels

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 3 lunches & 4 dinners

  • Yoga program with Brittany

  • Local guide throughout the trip

  • National Park entrance fees

  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary

  • Wine and olive oil tasting on Brac Island

  • Private land transport throughout the trip

  • All ferry tickets (fast public ferries)

  • Transfer from Zagreb airport (or any other location in Zagreb) to the hotel on Day 1

  • Transfer to Dubrovnik airport (or any other location in Dubrovnik) on Day 8

  • Use of yoga mats 

  • All taxes

  • Basic insurance

 

NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Airfare

  • Some meals, as described in the itinerary and "included" section

  • Optional tips for your guide

  • Travel insurance

BOOKING CONDITIONS

 

  • Deposit to secure your spot: 500 $

  • Balance by August 15th

CANCELLATIONS

 

  • The deposit is non-refundable

  • Balance payment is refundable in case you cancel before August 15th

FOOD

Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and is known as a cuisine of the regions, since every region has its own distinct culinary tradition. Since we are visiting different regions during this yoga adventure, you will get the chance to experience the great diversity of local specialties, tastes and flavors.

 

In continental regions meat dishes are dominant, accompanied by potatoes, other root veggies and lots of cabbage. Mediterranean areas focus more on fish, green veggies, olive oil and Mediterranean herb seasonings like rosemary, sage and oregano.

Excellent cheese and charcuterie are a part of the Croatian culinary tradition in all regions.

 

Blessed with a perfect climate, Croatians also nurture a long tradition of wine and olive oil making, focusing on quality over quantity. Dipping your bread in exceptional virgin olive oils and trying the long-established local types of wine will definitely be a part of your culinary experience.

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and all other dietary requirements can be accommodated, just let us know upon booking.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in charming 3-star and 4-star guesthouses and hotels, perfectly located for our activities. We will be sending the Final bulletin with exact hotel names and addresses 1 month prior to departure.

In the meantime, here are some photo examples of hotels that you can expect during the trip:

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