Day 1- Saturday: Arrival to Korana Village
Leaving Zagreb or Zadar airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village of Korana, located in a picture-perfect riverside setting near Plitvice Park. Here we have a unique opportunity to spend a week with local residents in their private guesthouses. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the river-side hacienda for a welcome drink and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travellers.
Meals: dinner; Van ride: 2 hours one way
Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park
We start our day walking / hiking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river just in front of your house.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Walking / hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well marked paths.
Day 3: Una River rafting
Una River is a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with her virgin beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. Una is rich in water even in the summer so the rafting is possible all year round. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels. There will be time for famous Turkish coffee break in Bihac - the economic and cultural center of this part of Bosnia.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Van ride: 1h one way; Rafting: class I-III, 2-3 hours.
Day 4: Cycling / biking to Barac caves
Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on roads that are nearly traffic free through forests, between hills and across green fields. Cycling / biking through traditional villages, we reach Barac Caves, where we stop for a guided underground tour of some fascinating karst formations. According to local legend, a man named Barac fought heroically and defeated a raging Turkish giant near these caves, which were thereafter named in his honor. After visiting the caves, we’ll have a picnic lunch and time to relax in a local park. In the afternoon we bike back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Cycling / biking: 4 hours; Terrain: rolling hills. Please note that cycling the entire route may be too difficult for small children, but the support van can pick them up and take them to the village if they are tired.
Day 5 - Optional trip day
On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling / biking tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Kayaking trips on the Mrežnica and Zrmanja Rivers will be proposed, as well as several walking, Zadar sightseeing or beach trips, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own); Van ride: max 2 hours one way. (Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx 50€ per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.)
Day 6 - Velebit area walking / hiking with a visit to the Adriatic coast
Today we go south and spend the day walking / hiking in the Velebit Nature and National Parks area. You will enjoy the spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and the four-hour hike in pristine, unspoiled nature will leave you feeling healthy and refreshed, and there will be time for a swim in the warm Adriatic before returning to Korana Village for dinner.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Van ride: 2 hours one way; walking/hiking: moderate, 4 hours
Day 7 - Upper Mreznica canyon
We are back on the water this morning in upper Mreznica canyon. We start our expedition upstream, traveling through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Bypassing cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we head downstream and finish the adventure back where we left our vehicles. Tonight, weather permitting; our hosts prepare a riverside barbecue.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Van ride: 1 hour one way; Canoeing / kayaking or rafting: class II-III, 3-4 hours.
Day 8 - Departure day, departure for the airport and flight home.
You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books. Meals: breakfast
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. The trip provider reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
Tours always start on Saturdays.
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