1. Arrival to destination – Plitvice Lake area
Leaving Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village, located near National Park Plitvice Lakes. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the evening for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program.
Meals: D; Van ride: 2 hours one way.
2. Walking 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 home for dinner.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); walking / hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths.
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 Bihać - the economic and cultural center of this part of Bosnia.
Meals: B and L (dinner on your own); Van ride: 1h one way; Rafting: class II-III, 3 hours.
4. Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area (Barać caves)
Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on the roads that are nearly traffic free through forests, between hills and across green fields. Cycling / biking through traditional villages, we reach Barać Caves, where we stop for a guided underground tour of some fascinating karst formations. According to a local legend, a man named Barać 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 in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Cycling / biking: 4 hours; Terrain: rolling hills
5. Optional trip day
On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer. (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.)
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van ride: max 2 hours one way.
6. NP North Velebit area hiking
This walking adventure is intended for those who want to experience a different type of walking, since it includes the most famous, and one of the most beautiful trekking paths - the Premužić path. Velebit is known for its unusual diversity of plant and animal life, wealth of forests, canyons, cliffs and caves that delight visitors. Besides all the aforementioned, Velebit is also home to one of the most famous Croatian endemic species, Velebitska degenija. Due to its magnificence, it’s considered as a national Croatian symbol and as such is mentioned in numerous songs, stories and legends. It is characterized by an elongated shape with steep sides. On our way there are several points that open up a view towards the Adriatic archipelago, the path is drawn so that there aren’t any big climbs so it is pleasant for walking, and passes through dense forest of old pine, fir and beech. In the afternoon we return to home for dinner.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van ride: 1:30 min one way; moderate, 5 hours.
7. Upper Mrežnica canyon
We are back on the water this morning in upper Mrežnica 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 Mrežnica (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, we will drive to Rastoke village and have our farewell dinner in the beautiful setting on the river bank.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van ride: 1 hour one way; Kayaking: class II-III, 4 hours.
8. Departure day
Depart 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: B; Van drive: 2 hours one way
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