This tour will show you Croatia’s highlights over an 9-day period while keeping you active though various daily excursions. You will visit some of the most beautiful parts of that country as we start from Dubrovnik and slowly travel north, visiting Split, Zadar, National park’s Krka, Paklenica and Plitvice Lakes. Our tour ends in the most beautiful continental region Zagorje. Croatian food and wine are an inevitable part of this trip and together with the itinerary guarantee a beautiful, authentic Croatian experience.
Arrive in Dubrovnik- the Pearl of the Adriatic, a city with a warm cultural and historical heritage. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers. After dinner Hotel spa and wellness services will help you to relax and rejuvenate. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Sea Kayaking Kolocep. We will set off in our kayaks from Zaton Bay and paddle across to and around Kolocep. Discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs, sandy beaches, romantic villages and pleasant walks. We stop for a mid-day break and lunch in a little village on Sipan called Sudurad. On paddle back we visit uninhabited Ruda island with an optional stop for a swim and paddle into a cave facing Lopud. We’re back on Lopud in time for the ferry for Dubrovnik. After the sea kayaking spend the evening in Dubrovnik Old Town with local guide. Dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast departure for Split. Rafting on the Cetina River. We drive north towards a small village near Omis, where our adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear green water, jungle-like forests, caves and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. The trip ends at Radman Mills, a national restaurant in a beautiful setting of old mills once powered by the waters of the Cetina River. After lunch, we continue towards Split. Check in. Later in the afternoon our local guide will show you the historic city centre. Enjoy the immense history, charm and activity of one of the Adriatic’s most amazing seaports. Free evening and dinner on your own. Overnight in Split.
We will spend the day visiting one of Croatia’s most popular national parks: the Krka River National Park. A short boat ride will take us from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk Waterfall. Fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. This is the famous place where the second hydroelectric power plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. There will be time for lunch and a swim. You will be able to admire the Krka River National Park abundant wildlife, particularly birds – more than 200 different species can be seen. Today activity program is a well-balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture. After trekking departure to hotel in Zadar and enjoy a late afternoon in the old town and a walk in the Park with local guide. Free evening and dinner on your own Overnight in Zadar.
Today we take bikes and explore the Paklenica Riviera. We start bikeing through small villages under the mountain. The road will take us to the entrance of the NP from where we will take a walk to an archeological exploration of Paklarić fort where the prehistoric and medieval ceramics were discovered. Standing on the fort we will enjoy a magnificent view of the Paklenica Riviera. From there we will follow an educational track following the boarder of the NP and leading us through old villages all the way to Reljan village.
The educational track “A Short Journey through History” is part of pedestrian and bike track. It is equipped with five boards presenting the history of the area from prehistoric times to date. Going back to Starigrad we will use small roads enjoying the view. There also might be time for swimming and relaxing on one of the beaches.. Free evening for relax. Dinner. Overnight in Zadar.
In the morning, depart for Plitvice Lakes National Park. Today we walk / hike along the wooden paths and bridges of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make Plitvice Lakes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. Our local guid will show you hidden places and caves and we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Dinner. Overnight in etno village.
Departure to Gorski kotar. Canyoning in the Devil’s passing is unforgettable. Steep cliffs and wild nature are everywhere around us and crystal mountain lakes remind us that we are part of something special. The path takes us through a bed of mountain stream Jasle which was created by thousands of years of persistent water breakthrough that is now providing refreshment and shade. Upstream, we climb cautiously, but persistently, and we admire the cliff rocks that show us our path. After a short break, under the remains of the old mill we start our descent with “water slide”. We continue to drive towards the Zagorje. After dinner Hotel spa and wellness services will help you to relax and rejuvenate. Overnight in Zagorje.
Today we’re going to ride a horses through predominantly forest and hilly area between the valley of the river Sutla and valley of the river Horvatska. The second section passes through rural, hilly region with smaller groves on the hilltops and hamlets surrounded by fields and vineyards. The trail ends in Klanjec in the river Sutla valley, below the wooded hill of Krunplovo. The trail connects the wine cellar Grešna Gorica at the castle of Veliki Tabor and the village of Desinić with the Villa Zelenjak-Ventek in the river Sutla valley near the village of Mihanovićev Dol. After a relaxing ride we will have dinner in a typical restaurant with local food. Enjoy your last night in the excellent food and listen sound of instruments typical of this part of the Croatia.
After breakfast transfer to Zagreb. Fly out.
All transfers (including airport transfers upon arrival and departure)
English/Spanish speaking director throughout
Accommodations in hotels 4* – double rooms with breakfasts or half board
Sightseeing tours with local guides in Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, National park Plitvice lakes, National park Krka, National park Paklenica
Kayak tour + lunch + ferry ticket in Dubrovnik
Rafting tour + lunch on river Cetina (Split)
Trekking tour + lunch in National park Krka
Cycling tour + lunch in National park Paklenica
Hiking tour + picnic in National park Plitvice lakes
Climbing and canyoning tour + lunch in Gorski Kotar
Horse riding + lunch in Croatian Zagorje
Entrance fee to NP Krka
Entrance fee to NP Plitvice lakes
Entrance fee to NP Paklenica
Farewell dinner with traditional dances, music and food (Free of charge)
All local taxes
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International flights (possible to provide)
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Any other items not mentioned above