Hiking in Croatia's National Parks

Guided walking and sightseeing

About Hiking in Croatia's National Parks

Summary

Hiking through 5 National Parks in Croatia; experiencing traditional Croatian cuisine and hospitality.

Activity code: CR-TR02

Difficulty: Easy hiking, mostly on National Park prepared paths.

Duration: 8 Days

Croatia - where the Mediterranean, the mountains and the Pannonian plains come together in a unique blend of natural beauty; within just a hundred kilometers you can experience an exciting range of different landscapes. Although a small country, Croatia has a rich variety of beautiful landscapes and preserved natural areas from mountains to plains, from rivers to sea with a long and rich history. Croatia is alive with well-preserved old towns, castles, palaces, monuments and native architecture. Together with the traditional folklore, art and music, Croatia is a unique and exotic place to discover including its eight main National Parks: NP Brijuni, NP Risnjak, NP Plitvice Lakes, NP North Velebit, NP Paklenica, NP Kornati Islands, NP Krka River and NP Mljet Island.

This trip provides an unforgettable hiking adventure in five of those National Parks for flexible, energetic people who like to be active, have an adventurous spirit and a positive attitude. The combination of hiking through national parks, scenery and cultural immersion makes this journey a unique experience of Croatia.

OUTLINE ITINERARY:

  • Day 1: Arrival to destination
  • Day 2: Hiking Risnjak National Park
  • Day 3: Trekking National Park North Velebit
  • Day 4: Walking National Park Plitvice Lakes
  • Day 5: Optional trips day / free day
  • Day 6: Trekking National Park Paklenica
  • Day 7: Walking National Park Krka River
  • Day 8: Departure

Activities: Hiking, walking and sightseeing are included in the program as everyday activities and are suitable for people of all ages who live an active life. Croatia has pleasant temperatures in summer and our routes do not use and dangerous paths or those which are too physically demanding. Although, while exploring the National Parks please make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes.

Activity level: Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Our daily schedule is a mixture of walking, swimming, sightseeing and exploring. The combination of activity, scenery and cultural immersion makes this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.

Group size: Min 4 – max 16 persons per group.

* children 8-12 years of age if accompanied by an adult.

Accommodation: We mostly use either small family-run hotels or private guest houses located outside the popular tourist areas. This will make your experience of Croatia even more complete.

Departure dates 2018:

  • May 28th - VERY LIMITED.
  • June 9th, 30th
  • July 7th
  • August 18th
  • September 8th (FULL), 15th

Other dates (including for 2019) on request.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (just dinner on Day 1 & just breakfast on Day 8)
  • Use of walking poles (with advanced notice)
  • 5 days organized activities
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
  • Skilled, experienced English speaking guide and full assistance
  • Ground transportation

OPTIONAL TRIPS on DAY 5

  • Mountain hiking
  • River kayaking / rafting
  • City sightseeing
  • Day at the beach

NB. This itinerary can be subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Our guides and tour leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for you 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.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Zvecaj

    Zvecaj is a small village by the Mreznica River, not far from the highway connecting the Croatian capital, Zagreb, with the port of Rijeka. Zeleni kut "The Green Corner" is a well-known restaurant and a small family-owned hotel overlooking the green Mreznica River and its waterfall. It was built above an old mill which now supplies electric power. The hotel serves traditional Croatian specialties using fresh water fish from its own fishing ponds, homemade cheese, ham and sausages as well as fresh vegetables and fruit from local farms. In the evening your small group will meet on the terrace overlooking the river for a welcome drink, dinner and brief orientation, where you will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know your guides and fellow travellers.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in the Mreznica River area;
    • Transfer: 1 hr from Zagreb airport, 1.5 hrs from Rijeka airport;
    • Meals: Dinner

  • Day 2: Risnjak National Park [Walking]

    The Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods - the lynx. It is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. This pristine park covers an area of 63.5 km2. It includes both the Risnjak and Snjeznik ranges and the source of the Kupa river. The start of your hike is Vilke which leads to your goal - Big Risnjak, the highest point of the mountain range. Schlosser's mountain hut, situated 100m below the peak, is probably one of the most beautiful mountain huts in Croatia. After resting and enjoying the amazing view over the sea and the peaks of Gorski Kotar it is time to descend slowly back to Vilje and your hotel in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Mreznica River area;
    • Transport: 1.5 - 2hrs each way;
    • Walking: 3 - 4 hrs; well-marked paths;
    • Terrain: easy/moderate
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

  • Day 3: North Velebit National Park [Trekking]

    After breakfast there is a drive to Croatia's youngest national park - North Velebit. The area was designated due to the rich karst phenomena, outstanding biodiversity and exquisitely beautiful nature in a relatively small area. The Park is criss-crossed with numerous mountaineering trails. The most famous is the Premuzić trail, named after its constructor who built it in 1933. The path runs through the most beautiful and the most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings you can have a magnificent view over the Adriatic Sea, its islands as well as the continental side of the mountain chain.

    Accommodation in Plitvice Lakes National Park is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the Korana River. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes the village an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area – Korana Village has no pubs, restaurants, shops, schools, not even a church - it's just a village as small and wonderful as it can be, an ideal setting for a fairytale.

    • Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks;
    • Transfer: 2.5 hrs each way;
    • Walking: 4–5 hrs;
    • Terrain: easy/moderate, well-marked paths;
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

  • Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park [Walking]

    Today you will visit the most beautiful and stunning national park of Croatia - Plitvice Lakes. The day begins with a walk along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes 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. Today's picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature is something special. Panoramic boat and train rides will take you back to the start. Later in the afternoon you can return to your accommodation in the village just in time to enjoy a quick swim before dinner.

    • Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks;
    • Transfer: 15 min each way;
    • Walking: 4-5 hrs;
    • Terrain: easy, well-marked paths;
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

  • Day 5: Optional Trips 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 an optional cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Several river, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, 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.

    • Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks;
    • Transfer: max 2 hrs each way;
    • Walking: optional
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

    Optional trip possibilities:
    Mountain hiking
    River kayaking/rafting
    City visit with optional sightseeing
    Visit the Adriatic coast

  • Day 6: Paklenica National Park [Trekking]

    After saying goodbye to the village hosts you'll head south to Paklenica National Park, part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a favorite hiking and climbing destination. Paklenica National Park covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Mount Velebit and the broader surrounding area. This relatively small area offers exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the locals mostly engage in nomadic stock herding, which can be seen by their mountain shepherd residences. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica National Park. There are several wonderful hikes through beech and black pine forests to choose from. The most popular is the trail leading to Borisov Dom, a mountain hut popular among mountaineers. After descending all the way to the sea you will be driven to Skradin for the evening.

    • Accommodation: 3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin;
    • Transfer: 2 hrs + 1hr;
    • Walking: 4-5 hrs;
    • Terrain: moderate, well- marked paths;
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

  • Day 7: Krka River National Park [Walking]

    The last day of the journey takes you to Krka River National Park with its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. The day begins with an exploration of the park's extensive waterways and complex history dating back to late 10th Century and first Croatian kings. One of the options is a visit to Skradinski Buk waterfall, the place where the World's second hydroelectric plant was built, just a few years after the one at Niagara Falls. A boat will take you to Visovac island and and its Franciscan monastery. After walking, return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon in the old town before the final evening dinner and a celebration of an amazing adventure.

    • Accommodation: 3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin;
    • Walking: easy, 3 hrs;
    • Terrain: easy, well marked paths;
    • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner (picnic lunch on your own)

  • Day 8: Departure day

    Depart from Skradin to the airport and your 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;
    • Transfer time: Split / Zadar - 1 hr each or Rijeka / Zagreb - 3.5 hrs each

  • Important Information:

    • Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups on request.
    • Minimum age: 8 years
    • Children discount: valid for children 8-12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room.
    • Rooms: Zeleni kut hotel offers rooms from 1 to 4 beds. Please note that each house in Korana Village has 2-4 bedrooms, and that sometimes two rooms share one bathroom. Single use rooms are available upon request, at an extra charge (20%). Sharing a room with another person is possible.
    • Walking Poles: Please inform us in advance (at time of your booking) should you require walking poles Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
    • Meals: The meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats, breads and pastries, pastas and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.
    • Weather: The summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Prices

Hiking in Croatia's National Parks

8 Days inclusive holiday. Single supplement - 20%

Children can take part in this activity. Prices for children of 12 and under will be discounted by 10%

Small Group Hiking in Croatia - available between 01/05/2018 and 02/06/2018

1 to 16 people
£ 699

Small Group Hiking in Croatia - available between 03/06/2018 and 30/06/2018

1 to 16 people
£ 801

Small Group Hiking in Croatia - available between 01/07/2018 and 25/08/2018

2 to 16 people
£ 894

Small Group Hiking in Croatia - available between 26/08/2018 and 15/09/2018

2 to 16 people
£ 801

Small Group Hiking in Croatia - available between 16/09/2018 and 30/09/2018

2 to 16 people
£ 699

All prices are per person

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