Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to Zaton, a charming and picturesque bay, only 8 kilometers from Dubrovnik. All three villages – Zaton Mali, Zaton Veliki and Stikovica have cozy waterfront restaurants where one can savour Croatian and Dalmatian specialties. 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. Zaton will be our base for the first two nights of the holiday.
Note: If you wish to spend more time in Dubrovnik, we recommend that you plan your arrival one day earlier. In that case we will provide transfer from your accommodation in Dubrovnik to Zaton Bay.
Accommodation: homestay in Zaton Bay; Meals: D; Van ride: 30 min.
B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner.
Day 2: Sea Kayaking Kolocep
For kayakers and divers, Kolocep is the most interesting of the 13 Elafiti Islands. Discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs, sandy beaches, romantic villages and pleasant walks. You won’t encounter cars, only calm atmosphere ideal for relaxing vacations. The trip is perfect for families with children but also those who want to explore unspoilt nature and relax in quiet surroundings without traffic noise. We will explore the silent underwater world in one of its most interesting spots and have a rest on the beach. For those who wish to spend the evening in Dubrovnik after the sea kayaking, your guide(s) will be happy to provide the transfer to and from the Old Town.
Accommodation: homestay in Zaton Bay; Meals: B, L; Sea Kayaking: 3-4 h, easy/moderate.
Day 3: Mostar visit and canoeing on the Trebizat River
This morning we head out to Mostar, the cultural and economic center of Herzegovina. The town is over five centuries old and situated between high mountains divided by the Neretva River. Without question the highlight of Mostar is the Old Bridge (Stari Most), which was originally built in 1566 while this area was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Destroyed during the war in 1993 but rebuilt in 2004 in its original form, the Old Bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will drive to Ljubuski and enjoy a trip on narrow Trebizat River surrounded by lush forests teeming with birds and the stunningly beautiful karst landscape formed by the river over thousands of years. Our tonight's accommodation is a nice and friendly family-run hotel by the river serving traditional meals and local specialties.
Accommodation: hotel in Ljubuski; Meals: B, D; Canoeing: class I-II, 1 h, easy; Van ride: 2 h to Mostar + 45 min to the Trebizat.
Day 4: Rafting on the Cetina River and Split sightseeing
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 Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. 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 and Trogir. In Split you are free to take a walk on its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century. Later in the afternoon we continue towards Trogir, another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience.
Accommodation: 3*** or 4**** hotel in Trogir; Meals: B, L; Rafting: class II-III, 2-3 h, easy/moderate; Van ride: 1h30 to the Cetina + 45 min to Split + 30 min to Trogir.
Day 5: Zrmanja River kayaking
This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in Velebit Nature Park. Perfectly clear and green waters, rapids and waterfalls, hidden swimming pools and steep sided canyons will steal your heart and make this excursion an unforgettable experience. No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim. We use open canoes or sit-on-top kayaks for 2 persons with optional child seat. Rafting boats are used during high water season (usually before May and after September, but the water level can vary a lot in spring and in autumn). After an amazing day on the river, we will return to our vans and drive to a hotel in Novigrad where we will spend the night. Enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Novigrad; Meals: B; Kayaking: class II-III, 4 h, easy/moderate; Van drive: 1h40 to the Zrmanja River, 45 minutes to Novigrad
Day 6: Paklenica National Park trekking
Our small expedition leads us into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit Mountain and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. We will have a traditional Croatian lunch in Paklenica National Park surrounded by nature. Afterwards we drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the river. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple, clean and comfortable rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Accommodation: homestay in Korana village; Meals: B, L, D; Hiking: 3-4 h; Van drive 30 min to Paklenica National Park + 1h30 to Korana Village.
Day 7: Plitvice Lakes National Park hiking
We start our day walking 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 makes 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 right in front of your house.
Accommodation: homestay in Korana village; Meals: B, D; Hiking: 4-5 h, easy, well marked paths; Van ride: 10 minutes each way.
Day 8: Departure from Zagreb
Transfer to Zagreb airport for your flight home. If you wish to spend some time in Zagreb, our guide(s) will be happy to transfer you to your accommodation in the city.
Meals: B. Van ride: 2 hours.
Note on the itinerary:
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Our 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. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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