This program will show you the full scale & diversity of Croatia’s Natural Heritage, as well as take you on a voyage through the history, culture and traditions (including cuisine) of Croatia – from its north (more influenced by Austro-Hungarian heritage) to its coast, marked by centuries of Venetian rule. From the streets of Old Town of Zagreb, over emerald lakes & forests of Plitvice lakes to the rocky karstic world of Paklenica national park, this program takes you through several wonders of Nature, one of them even recognized by UNESCO (Plitvice). At the end of the week, you will again enjoy the world of karstic rivers & waterfalls at the National park Krka. On the last day, relaxed atmosphere, swimming options and the traditional cuisine in the restaurants of Biograd na moru, a small town on the coasts of the Adriatic, will make a beautiful end of this hiking adventure.
Arrival to Zagreb and accommodation in the hotel (bed & breakfast).
NOTE ABOUT ARRIVAL FROM ZAGREB AIRPORT:
Morning free for a visit of Zagreb City. Optional lunch in one of the local restaurants, tasting traditional cuisine (to be reserved in advance).
Afternoon bus to Plitvice Lakes. Overnight in the hotel.
Full day visit of the NP Plitvice lakes (Upper and Lower Lakes). Overnight in the hotel.
In the morning, enjoy some additional time around Plitvice Lakes National Park. You might want to hike around Kozjak lake (if you haven’t done it yesterday) or perhaps do a nice 3h hike to Medvjedzak hill, ending near the Big Waterfall. In the early afternoon, private transfer to Starigrad Paklenica and free time to relax on the coast of Adriatic (although possible, bus connections from Plitvice to Starigrad Paklenica are unreliable and time-consuming, so we include this transfer for your comfort). Accommodation in Starigrad Paklenica, overnight.
In case you are active and keen on more hiking, with a small supplement for the transport company, you can also visit the Krupa river canyon, an amazing piece of karstic nature! For more info about Krupa supplement see under ‘WHAT’S INCLUDED – Optional services’ and for more info on what’s interesting there see HERE
A full day hike visiting sacred sites and old villages as well as discovering the stunning Velika Paklenica canyon, before going back down to the coast again. When the hike reaches the main canyon, option for a traditional lunch at Ramica Dvori local tavern. In the late afternoon, return to the hotel, overnight.
It is possible to pre-book lunch at Ramica dvori – please inquire at our Adventure Consultant Team on email@example.com
Morning transfer by the old panoramic Majstorska road, to the area of Tulove grede – towering over southern Velebit, Tulove grede area offers amazing views to both the inner lands as well as Northern Dalmatia Adriatic basin. This visit includes a relatively short but exciting morning hike (1:30h-2:00h) combined with splendid photo opportunities and the option to ride along the road that was built in Austro-Hungarian times. After the visit, we continue towards Zadar, the main town of Northern Dalmatia. Free time for optional lunch and a stroll through the Old Town, taking you through history, from the time of the Roman Empire, through centuries of Venetian rule up to the present day. Don’t forget to visit the Zadar Sea Organ and relax on its ‘riva’ (coastal promenade), from where it is said that famous director Alfred Hitchcock saw ‘the most beautiful Sunset in the world’. Early evening transfer to Biograd na moru, a small coastal town southeast from Zadar and our base for the last 2 nights of the program. Overnight.
In case you are active and keen on more hiking, with a small supplement for the transport company, you can also visit the Krupa river canyon, an amazing piece of karstic nature! For more info about Krupa supplement see under ‘WHAT’S INCLUDED-Optional services’ and for more info on what’s interesting there see HERE
Local bus to Sibenik and continue to Skradin and National park of Krka. Visit the national park. Optional: boat to the island of Visovac and to the Roski Slap. In the afternoon, return to Biograd na moru. Optional dinner (with a supplement, see more under What’s Included’) in one of the local restaurants, offering traditional Dalmatian cuisine. We encourage you to taste some of the Dalmatian wines on offer – beloved even by the Romans, wine from Dalmatia has reached all parts of the Globe – and for a reason! Overnight in Biograd na moru.
Public bus to Split/Zagreb and flight back.
Transfer time to Split is about 3h. The transfer time to Zagreb is about 4h.
Number of days walking: 5
Level: easy to moderate
Average daily distance: 12 km / 7,45 miles
Terrain: medium altitude differences (up to 700m); trails passing green forests but also rocky limestone areas
1 night in ZAGREB – HOTEL CENTRAL 3*,
Bed & Breakfast service.
Located in the very heart of Zagreb opposite the main railway station and close to the bus station and the terminal for Zagreb Airport. Only a 10-minute walk from the hotel through Zrinjevac Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Zagreb, will bring you to the main square and the historic center of the city. Popular coffee shops, well-known museums, galleries, shops, the Dolac market, and sights of the medieval area of the city are all within easy reach.
– Free Wi-Fi
– Laundry service
– Air conditioning
2 nights in PLITVICKA JEZERA, HOTEL PLITVICE 2*,
Hotel Plitvice was designed by a renowned Croatian architect, Marijan Haberle, and constructed between 1954 and 1957. At the time it was built, it was the first hotel of the so-called „A“ category both in Croatia and in the region. The building represented one of the best architectural pieces (public use buildings) of post-WW2 time in Croatia. The hotel includes a car park and a souvenir shop, and provides luggage carry services, a reception desk open 24/7, an exchange office, a safe, laundry services, room service and internet access.
– Free Wi-Fi
– Some rooms also offer spacious balconies
2 nights in STARIGRAD PAKLENICA, PANSION TINKA ,
Tinka guest house is situated in a peaceful place, 200 m far from the main road. It is ideal for those who want to spend their holidays immersed in a natural, quiet surrounding. It has a beautiful garden with a lot of trees. There is a parking place and a big garage for 4 cars. In addition to walking along long sandy beach, swimming in crystal clear seawater and resting in the shadow of tamarisk trees, you may also visit Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons, where griffons inhabit and the remote hamlets situated at the foothill (ethno villages), in which you still may find a rare older native who will gladly chat with you, offer you brandy and dried figs.
– Air conditioning
2 nights in BIOGRAD NA MORU, VILLA MAIMARE,
VILLA MAIMARE is a small family hotel built in 2006 with an attractive appearance and pleasant atmosphere. It is situated in the center of Biograd, near beaches and pine trees surrounding tennis courts ( 50 meters ). Villa Maimare is an ideal place for those who want to relax in quite surroundings and yet be in the center of the town’s events. Modern, comfortable and luxuriantly equipped rooms will make your stay pleasant and relaxing.
– Free Wi-Fi
– Air conditioning
– Rooms also offer balconies
– If needed Baby cribs
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts are included throughout. This program will give you a chance to taste the gastronomical variety of different Croatian regions – from the light Mediterranean cuisine in Biograd na moru and Starigrad to the strong cuisine of the green Croatian continent – everything from the sea and river fish, calamari and squids to the lamb and veal meat, potatoes, cheese, local grown vegetables and fruits.
Vaccinations and Visa
Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities. There are no specific health risks.
This program is dedicated to nature lovers who like to do medium difficulty walks, usually up to a 12-13km distance, with an altitude difference of a maximum of 750m (mostly up to 500m). Trails vary from rugged rocky limestone terrains to dense forests and easy paths following the lakes and rivers of the national parks.
Some hiking experience is desirable, although anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do the program.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to contact us
This is a self-guided holiday but if you want our expert local guide please contact us for details. More about our guides on https://vmd.hr/eng/about-us/our-guides/
Weather & seasonality
This tour takes you from the capital of Zagreb to the seaside through 3 National parks. 3 different climates will offer something for everyone. If you like green forest paths, or rocky mountains, beautiful beaches or walks in the big cities in this program you will find everything. Climate can be various but our tours are run in periods when the weather is usually stable, be sure to be ready for sun & rain. Warmer clothes for the Plitvice lakes and National Park Paklenica (depend on the date of traveling), but also a hat and sunglasses for the strong Adriatic sun.