It is my pleasure to announce our mycology and cultural tour to Croatia in the autumn of 2019. This is a 12-day visit to explore a selection of the diverse forest habitats in this geographically diverse country, which has been at the crossroads of empires for centuries. The rich heritage of the Ottoman and Hapsburg empires and the spectacular natural beauty of coastlines and mountains provide great opportunities for mushroom exploration and gastronomic discoveries. We will travel with Croatian guides, who are experts in forestry and mycology and fluent in English.


October 24 to November 4, 2019

Make your travel plans to arrive in Zagreb, the capital city, and we will meet you at the airport before a welcoming feast and the start of our journey to Slavonia, the most eastern of the regions of Croatia. It is a region of rivers, deep soils and extensive woodlands, many of which are centuries old. We will foray in beech, hornbeam, oak and fir forests, and visit the famous Papuk Mountain Nature Park.

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The oak and beech forests offer a rich diversity of fungi.

The oak and beech forests offer a rich diversity of fungi.

Following our time in Slavonia, we will return to Zagreb for an opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the capital city. This will give us some perspective on the history and culinary wealth of the Balkan region.

Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

After departing Zagreb we’ll journey south to the Lika Region, an area that is marked by the Dinaric Alps, a rough calcareous range whose western slopes are rich with several species of oak and beech forests. In addition to mycological forays here we will visit the city of Gospic, near the birthplace and memorial site of Nikola Tesla.

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Our adventures will lead us westward to the Adriatic coast with a foray site and lunch along the journey to Buzet in Istria, the most western region of Croatia. Here we will meet local truffle hunters and chefs at the White Truffle Festival in celebration of Tuber magnatum.

The White truffle festival is an annual event every November with visits to the Karlić truffle company in Paladini.

The White truffle festival is an annual event every November with visits to the Karlić truffle company in Paladini.

Ivan Karlić with his favorite truffle dogs brings his youthful enthusiasm to the 3 generations of the Karlić family truffle projects.

Ivan Karlić with his favorite truffle dogs brings his youthful enthusiasm to the 3 generations of the Karlić family truffle projects.

There will be 4-day pre-trip excursion for the more adventuresome folks who want to hike the outstanding Velebit mountain Premužić trail and explore the mycology in the virgin forests near Plitvitce lakes.

The moss-covered karst landscape supports the giant spruce and beech trees here near Plitvice lakes.

The moss-covered karst landscape supports the giant spruce and beech trees here near Plitvice lakes.

A spectacular view of Plitvice lakes.

A spectacular view of Plitvice lakes.


WE TAKE CARE OF:

  • All transportation starting from and returning to Zagreb for 12 days.

  • Hotel accommodations with breakfast for 11 nights.

  • Guided mushroom forays to explore oak, beech, hornbeam, fir, spruce and pine forest habitats.

  • Daily luncheons with regional specialties & wines.

  • Guided visit to the cities of Zagreb and the Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre in Smiljan.

  • Celebrating the White Truffle Festival in the Istrian town of Paladini.

Trip Cost in euros:
3200€ per person (double occupancy).
3400€ per person (single occupancy).

A 600€ deposit/person toward the total trip price will reserve your place. Reserve my place.



Pre-trip Excursion

Oct. 20-23, 2019: This is a 4-day pre-trip excursion to the Velebit mountains and a mycology foray in the virgin forests near Plitvice lakes. We will explore the famous Premužić Trail for a 5 to10-mile hike (depending on the group pace), and visit the city of Zadar on the Adriatic coast. Participants should anticipate some steep slopes in the virgin forest and exceptional landscapes!
Good hiking boots are required.

All transportation starting from and returning to Zagreb is included as well as hotels, breakfasts and mid-day meals.

For questions: Contact us HERE.


Pre-Trip Cost in euros:
1200€ per person (double occupancy).
1350€ per person (single occupancy).

A 200€ deposit/person toward the pre- trip price will reserve your place. Reserve my place.

Forest scientist and expert mycologist Željko Zgrablić will join us for this adventure.

Forest scientist and expert mycologist Željko Zgrablić will join us for this adventure.

Plan on finding some big surprises in Croatian forests.

Plan on finding some big surprises in Croatian forests.

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Feasting on traditional cuisine is a highlight for visitors to Croatia.

Feasting on traditional cuisine is a highlight for visitors to Croatia.

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Expect to meet local mycologists and foresters along the way, with opportunities to learn new local names for mushrooms we know and love as we explore distinct forested regions. We have chosen hikes that will give us time to appreciate the magnificent forest canopies of old forests and the diverse plant communities along the forest paths.

Come explore the diverse and extensive forests of Croatia.

Come explore the diverse and extensive forests of Croatia.

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