Izleti

Trekking
Multi day trip: 8 dana

Saturdays from May 21-Oct 1

The trip starts in Zagreb or Rijeka

min 4 - max 16 persons

larger groups on inquiry

About

OVERVIEW
This week-long holiday was designed for all those who love to walk through beautiful nature while exploring local culture, history and gastronomy. We have put together an amazing itinerary that includes 5 of the best Croatian national parks and 1 nature park with an accent on a rich variety of landscapes you will get a chance to admire along the way - mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, Adriatic Sea and coast.

Apart from famous hiking trails and hidden gems like the Gorski Kotar area, you will also visit Zadar and Šibenik, real masterpieces of urban art and architecture. Time in between the hikes will be spent enjoying the local atmosphere and experiencing how the people in these regions live, while savoring some tasty berry strudel and forest soup or Mediterranean fish, wine and olive oil.

Come and discover Croatia's incredibly preserved nature, medieval towns, rustic villages, old monuments, folklore, music, history and tradition more than 2000 years old. Join us on this trip of a lifetime and discover why Croatia is called a small country for a big adventure...

Itinerary

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival

Our first encounter will be in Zagreb or Rijeka. You will be picked up from the airport, bus or train station and head to Gorski Kotar, the mountain region popularly known as the „Green Lungs of Croatia“ because of its magical dense forests and fresh air. The charm of this area also lies in the fact that it's not very touristy. It's a real jewel still waiting to be discovered, ideal for a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation.

We will all get together for a welcome dinner, meet our fellow travelers and learn more about the adventures that are waiting for us this week.

Night: guesthouse in Gorski Kotar

Day 2: Risnjak National Park

This first morning we wake up near the entrance to Risnjak, the National Park that was named after its most popular inhabitant – the lynx or “ris” in Croatian. It encompasses Risnjak and Snjeznik mountain ranges and the source area of the River Kupa. The Park is equally attractive in all seasons: in winter, when covered with snow; in spring, when its meadows transform into carpets of flowers; in summer, when it offers relief from the heat, and in autumn, when the trees bathe in a myriad of colors. Our goal will be Big Risnjak (1528 m), its highest peak, and we will have time for a deserved break in the hut just below it. Weather permitting, we will be able to admire the views of the Adriatic Sea, neighboring Slovenia and even the Alps. An alternative is a gentler hike in the Kupa River Valley, often described as the magnificent valley of butterflies.

Night: guesthouse in Gorski Kotar

Day 3: Northern Velebit National Park

While we like to say that we will conquer a mountain, Velebit is a kind of a mountain that conquers its visitors. Northern Velebit, the youngest Croatian National Park, is just one small part of this magnificent mountain and recognized for its preserved biodiversity, richness of the natural phenomena and pristine wilderness. We will hike along one part of the famous Premužić Trail which was built at the beginning of the 20th century and named after its constructor. It runs along the mountain ridge through the most beautiful and inaccessible parts of the mountain with the Adriatic Sea and islands stretching on one side and the continental Croatia on the other. Since the trail was engineered to provide gentle hiking without any steep ascents or descents, we will have an easy and pleasant day enjoying beautiful nature.

After the trip we will head to Plitvice Lakes National Park surroundings where we will settle in one of the villages and feel the peaceful life in the Croatian countryside.

Night: guesthouse in Plitvice National Park area

Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park

This morning we don't have to go too far, we are just a short drive away from the oldest Croatian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sequence of 16 turquoise lakes linked together with beautiful waterfalls and travertine pools are really as beautiful as in the photos, even more. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We will walk by the lakes, past the waterfalls and the trails will occasionally lead us up to amazing viewpoints where you will be able to admire the complete picture of this amazing natural attraction.

Night: guesthouse in Plitvice National Park area

Day 5: Velebit Nature Park – Krupa River, Zadar.

Today we head south to explore the gorgeous Krupa River canyon which is a part of Velebit Nature Park. It's a real western movie setting and a perfect destination for all trekking lovers. On its path to the river Zrmanja, the Krupa forms 19 waterfalls. The highest one is 13 meters high, enough for local people to run watermills and irrigate gardens. Our hike starts in Golubići, a small village with a mere population of thirty. We continue towards Kuda's Bridge. There is an intriguing and romantic legend about that bridge. After we tell you the story, there will be time to refresh, have a short picnic break and head back to Golubići.

We stay overnight in a little coastal town enjoying the special energy that the fusion between the mountain and the sea creates. If you want, you can spend a free evening in Zadar, an old city on the coast with interesting Roman and Venetian ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants.

Night: guesthouse in Starigrad or surroundings

Day 6: Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park encompasses the small and the big Paklenica canyons and their surrounding area. We will hike along the big one (Velika Paklenica) and make our way to one of the nicest huts in the canyon.

Apart from being a paradise for hikers, Paklenica is a worldwide known climbing destination due to its amazing rock formations. If you prefer, you can also decide to rock climb instead of hike (optional).

After the hike we move south to the small charming town of Skradin situated at the doorstep of the Krka River National Park. Skradin is situated on Prokljan, a lake with brackish water formed by the Krka River before reaching the sea. You are welcome to take a swim on the local beach, hike up to the 14th century fortress and check out the town's marina, some nice local shops, bars and restaurants.

Night: hotel in Skradin

Day 7: Krka River National Park. Šibenik.

With its seven travertine waterfalls and total drop of 242 m, the Krka River is one of the most beautiful natural and karst phenomena in Croatia. The main attractions are the big Skradinski Buk waterfall, the small island of Visovac with a Franciscan monastery and the Roski waterfall. We will explore the area walking by the refreshing waterfalls and maybe even take a swim in the river if you feel like it.

Since Šibenik is very close, we will use the opportunity to make a short afternoon visit to walk along the town’s narrow streets, admiring the old stone houses and the famous St Jacob's Cathedral.

And before you know it, our journey has come to an end. To celebrate our amazing week we will have a final dinner together and exchange experiences before saying goodbye to each other.

Night: hotel in Skradin

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Zadar, Split, Zagreb or Rijeka.

If you have time, we suggest you extend your stay and explore some more locations on the Croatian coast like Split and its surrounding islands (Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Vis...). We will be happy to give you some good recommendations, so feel free to contact us for advice and travel arrangements.

Trip details

SHORT ITINERARY:

  • D1: Arrival
  • D2: Risnjak NP
  • D3: Northern Velebit NP
  • D4: Plitvice NP
  • D5: Velebit Nature Park
  • D6: Paklenica NP
  • D7: Krka NP
  • D8: Departure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/moderate

SEASON: May-September

2019 DEPARTURE DATES:

  • All Saturdays from May 21-Oct 1
  • Other dates on request

2019 DEPARTURE DATES:

  • All Saturdays from May 21-Oct 1
  • Other dates on request
  • All prices are per person

    Single room supplement: 20%
    Family discount: 10%
    Child discount: 10%

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:

  • The itinerary is subject to change without prior notice. Our primary concern is the safety and comfort of our guests. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as planned, but alterations may still occur due to weather conditions, water levels, group preferences and abilities and other exceptional situations.
  • Group size: 4-16 persons.
  • Minimum number of participants: 4 persons. In case your booked departure doesn't reach the minimum number of persons, we will offer you another tour package or full refund.
  • Smaller or bigger groups on request (might be subject to surcharge).
  • Child discount: 10 % off for children 8-12 years old

Please note that all children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. One child enjoying discount shares the room with the parents; 2 or more children can have their own room.

  • Single supplement: 20 %

If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room with another fellow traveler, that might be possible; please contact us for details.

  • Group discount: 5 % off for groups of 6 people or more
  • Meals: The price includes halfboard meals. Our guides will be happy to recommend you a local restaurant or grocery store for the meals that are not included in the tour. We can provide vegetarian meals with advance notice. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Accommodation marked as guesthouse in the itinerary can sometimes be a B&B type of stay or typical homestay where local hosts rent out rooms with en-suite bathroom or studio apartments. For families or groups of friends, it is sometimes possible to get a whole private house or apartment just for you with 2 rooms sharing 1 bathroom. If you prefer to have a hotel stay throughout the trip, please contact us for details and surcharge.

We recommend you to purchase additional travel insurance. All our guests are insured from personal injuries that may occur during local transfers or while participating in our organized open air activities at the maximum amount up to 20,000 Euros.


Prices

  • Adults: 4810 €

Includes

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Two meals per day
  • Transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka Airport
  • Transfer to Zadar, Split, Zagreb or Rijeka airport
  • Transport during the journey
  • Use of walking poles
  • National Parks entrances
  • English Language Guide
  • Basic insurance
  • Local taxes

Does not include:

  • Airfare to/from Croatia
  • Beverages
  • Rock climbing in Paklenica NP (D6)
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