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EXPERIENCE CROATIA THE LOCAL HEROES WAY

Come and explore Croatia away from the crowds.

Come and explore Croatia with Local Heroes away from the crowds.

Join Daniel for an electric bike ride along the magical Kamenjak Peninsula coast in the southern tip of Istria, or ride through totally different landscapes in the north of Istria: on the famous Paranzana, a former rail track that connects Triest and Porec: visit picturesque towns and villages, cross bridges, pass through tunnels and enjoy the omnipresent vineyards.

Go truffle hunting with a pack of dogs or go on avery special wine excursion with Goran, a true specialist.


In the hinterland of Split we organise a truly special quad bike tour through an enchanted world in which you won’t meet any other tourists, not even in the peak of the season: you’ll encounter hills and valleys, on gravel and backroads, through meadows and along a crystal clear river. Topped of by an amazing local lunch in a beautiful setting.


Let’s get you a Mini Cooper Cabriolet to explore the island of Brac with the wind in your hair, or organize a trekking on Hvar, showing a side of the island that most tourists never get to see.

 NATURE & ACTIVE 

 

National Park Plitvice Lakes Walk

PICTURE PERFECT HIKING

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers and already in 1979 it appeared on the Unesco World Heritage list. The park covers a relatively small area and staying away from the crowds is not easy. But your guide knows Plitvice like no other will lead you smoothly through the park and make sure you have the best possible experience.

River Mrežnica

FAMILY KAYAKING ADVENTURE

Krka National Park is a very large park and here it is relatively easy to stay away from the large stream of day visitors. We organise a wonderful ride on electric mountain bikes through this impressive park, far from the crowds. You bike through beautiful landscapes, visit ancient Skradin, enjoy a wonderful lunch after which you have a relaxing boat ride back to your hotel through the Skradin Channel.

e-biking around Šibenik

THE BEST OF NATIONAL PARK KRKA

Krka National Park is a very large park and here it is relatively easy to stay away from the large stream of day visitors. We organise a wonderful ride on electric mountain bikes through this impressive park, far from the crowds. You bike through beautiful landscapes, visit ancient Skradin, enjoy a wonderful lunch after which you have a relaxing boat ride back to your hotel through the Skradin Channel.

Quad biking in Split hinterland

AWAY FROM THE CROWDS

Krka National Park is a very large park and here it is relatively easy to stay away from the large stream of day visitors. We organise a wonderful ride on electric mountain bikes through this impressive park, far from the crowds. You bike through beautiful landscapes, visit ancient Skradin, enjoy a wonderful lunch after which you have a relaxing boat ride back to your hotel through the Skradin Channel.

 ADRIATIC SEA 

 

Croatia is blessed with a beautiful coastline and hundreds of islands, all surrounded by crystal clear waters. No wonder it is a sailor’s paradise. Snorkeling, swimming, diving or just lazing around. Enjoy a great lunch on board or visit one of the amazing pop up restaurants on the islands. A great time is guaranteed.

Kornati Archipelago National Park Sea Adventure
ISLAND HOPPING IN A NATIONAL PARK

The best way to explore the amazing Kornati and Šibenik Archipelago is to go on board captain Šime’s boat. Travel in the most beautiful way: with your own speedboat along the coast. Captain and his skippers know every island, bay and restaurant in this amazing part of the Adriatic Sea. You can swim and snorkel and you will enjoy beautiful landscapes everywhere you look. We guarantee an unforgettable day at sea.

Kornati Archipelago National Park Sea Adventure
DAY-TRIPS ON THE ADRIATIC

Local Heroes offers almost endless opportunities to explore these beautiful water’s on a day trip. You can go kayaking around Dugi Otok with Filip near Zadar or go on a day tour from Zadar to Šibenik and vice versa. On Hvar you can cruise around the island and party in an exclusive beach club with Pascal. From Dubrovnik you can explore the Elafiti Islands with one of Niksa’s amazing speed boats.

Discover Adriatic Sea
MULTIPLE DAYS SAILING TRIPS

But we also offer a lot of multiple day trips, where you live the luxury life at sea. This can be on board a luxurious yacht, a glamorous catamaran or an impressive goolet, which are mostly rented per week. But we also offer shorter trips: Two, three or four days on a sailing boat from Zadar where you explore the bay, or a two day trip combining Sibenik and Zadar, staying overnight in a unique glamping site on Kornati Archipelago National Park . We can also organize three or four day trips, sailing from Split to Dubrovnik in ultimate James Bond style, on board an impressive speedboat. Just let us know what suits you best and Local Heroes will find the best possible solution.

 GOURMET EXPERIENCE 

 
BEST OF BALKANS CULINARY WALK

But we also offer a lot of multiple day trips, where you live the luxury life at sea. This can be on board a luxurious yacht, a glamorous catamaran or an impressive goolet, which are mostly rented per week. But we also offer shorter trips: Two, three or four days on a sailing boat from Zadar where you explore the bay, or a two day trip combining Sibenik and Zadar with captain Vojo, staying overnight in a unique glamping site on Zjut island. We can also organize three or four day trips, sailing from Split to Dubrovnik in ultimate James Bond style, on board an impressive speedboat. Just let us know what suits you best and Local Heroes will find the best possible solution.

Truffle hunting in Istria
WALKING THE DOGS

After a small briefing about the phenomenon of truffle and how the tradition came about, you start a real truffle hunt together with the guide and the tracking dogs. You set off and when they arrive in the forest, the extremely enthusiastic dogs start their diligent research. After a leisurely walk through the richly variegated bushes, the "hunt" is ended, and it is time to eat the loot. Enjoy delicious local cheese and ham, richly supplied with truffle and accompanied by a carafe of red and white wine, which comes from the own vineyard. A perfect gourmet experience in the heart of Istria!

Wine adventure
DISCOVER ISTRIAN WINE MAKERS

Get to know several wineries that not only produce extraordinary wines, but also use completely different methods of wine production. The variation in unique grape varieties in Istria is enormous. The same grape on a different soil, height, or position in relation to the sun can lead to a completely different result. Your guide Goran provides insight into the secrets of winegrowing and the tour is never the same. Don’t expect a standard story from a bored winegrower, but enthusiastic people who want to surprise you and Goran with the best possible products. You will get to know from a hobbyist with a tank in the garage to a hypermodern winery, where the most modern techniques are used. 

 

Culinary masterclass among the olive trees
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF LOCAL CUISINE

Choose from the best that Istria has to offer: fresh fish, oysters from Lim and other shellfish from the Adriatic, as well as delicious products from the surrounding hills: truffles, mushrooms, pure meat and artisanal cheeses, the famous pršut, the local raw ham... After visiting Pula market, head to an idyllic cottage surrounded by olive trees where some of the secrets of the local cuisine will be revealed. The cooking class is always tailor-made and you will certainly learn to prepare a traditional pasta or, for example, a traditional žgvacet (a typical local meat dish) or a brodet, which is somewhere between a fish goulash and a bouillabaisse.  

Zagreb Food Tour
BEST OF BALKANS CULINARY WALK

Set off for a delightful walk through this ever-changing city. Eat your way through the market stalls, taverns, and local restaurants of Zagreb on a foodie adventure filled with some of the best local dishes in the city. As you eat you learn the stories behind the many distinct culinary traditions of Croatia. You will be introduced to specialties such as štrukli, gemišt, sir i vrhnje, purica s mlincima and knedle sa šljivama - currently incomprehensible and exotic but soon part of your favourite flavours. You will not be thirsty either, because you will have a wine tasting. But this experience is more than just eating and drinking. You will also get to know the city, its inhabitants, and history. You will set off with knowledgeable guide who is flexible. A wonderful day in Zagreb!

 CULTURE & CITY 

 
Walk 2000 years back in past
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DIOCLETIANUS

The most remarkable thing about Split is that the classic sights are placed in a still very vivid context. The city was founded almost 2000 years ago when the resident, Emperor Diocletian, opened the gates to the inhabitants of the inland villages escaping the barbarians from the hills. The palace is now an organic part of the old city and people still live there. In Split, the tourist flows mix smoothly with the local residents. You will not only see the monuments on this private tour, but also walk through the fish market and the vegetable market where the locals buy their fresh goods. Through all kinds of streets, alleys and squares you will arrive at the lively boulevard: Riva. Hear everything and everyone who wants to see and be seen comes together to enjoy the national drink on one of the many terraces: a delicious cup of coffee.