14 Days: Croatia Adventures- Istria, National Parks, Dalmatia, Islands

Total Croatia experience in 14 days is what you can expect on this trip. Its combined from the first-hand experience to show as much of possible of Croatia. You will see different regions of Croatia, From North to West and South. You will see such a big variety and differences on such a small area of Croatia! Different scenery, nature, cuisine, wines... And you will see what regular tourist do not see, as you will explore backroads, some hidden gems,and  best of nature in National parks! Zagreb, Istria, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik and much more.

Why us and why this tour?  This is a rich trip that covers a lot of Croatia and combines  guided activities in the attractive nature  of Croatia on known and unknown locations. Its done by  local born, experienced and awarded licensed guides who mostly work via word of mouth! Its all-inclusive trip with no hidden fees, and because we care and give flexibility like no other. All pictures are our own, 100% authentic, and represent the trips as it is!


Day 1: Arrival in Croatia - Zagreb

After airport pick-up and depending on your time you may take some time to enjoy Zagreb. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and its picturesque center is perfect for sightseeing and long walks among its numerous historical monuments, parks and beautiful Secessionist and Neo-Baroque architecture. If you by any chance get in Croatia in the morning you would explore area Northern from Zagreb and local castles.

Day 2: Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Motovun - Poreč

We will go to Istrian inland towards some of the most interesting and beautiful small towns in the area, Brtonigla, Oprtalj, Grožnjan, and Motovun. We will have a short stop to explore in each one of them. Thanks to its natural beauty this area is quite often called "little Tuscany". According to some research, this is one of, if not the most, densely area with the truffles. One of the biggest truffles ever, 1.2 KG /2.7 LB. was found in the area around Motovun in the small place Livade. If there is a place to do cycling in Istria this is it!

Day 3: Rovinj - Pula

Rovinj is a charming town situated on the north Adriatic Sea, on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Narrow cobbled streets lead you past numerous cafes, restaurants, art galleries, small piazzas and next to large Venetian style houses. Originally the peninsula on which the city lies was an island, separated from the mainland by a channel that was filled in 1763 Pula is the largest old city in Istria County. The city was built 3000 years ago and as a result of its rich political history, Pula is a city with a cultural mixture of people and languages from the Mediterranean and Central Europe, ancient and contemporary. This symbol of Pula, popularly called the Arena, is the sixth largest remaining amphitheater in the world.

Day 4: National Park Plitvice Lakes

Today's activity is hiking in the most famous Croatian National park – Plitvice Lakes. The lakes of Plitvice are a unique design of nature famous across the globe for its beauty. Since 1979 the Park has been a part of the UNESCO World Heritage register. Plitvice is home to about one-third of all known orchids in Croatia. Plitvice lakes as nature unique place are part of a river that forms beautiful waterfalls, and 16 lakes. We will choose a combination of many walking paths in the park to show you the most attractive views.

Day 5: National Park Northern Velebit

After the area of Plitvice Lakes we will explore the biggest and the longest mountain in Croatia – Velebit. The whole mountain has been declared as a Nature Park, with two areas holding the even greater status of National parks. During this day we will visit one of the two National parks – Sjeverni Velebit (North Velebit). Along the National park, Sjeverni Velebit lays one of the most beautiful hiking paths in Croatia – Premužić trail. It was constructed in 1933 and named after its constructor Ante Premužić, a forestry engineer, and a passionate mountaineer and lover of Velebit. While walking on this path you can’t avoid appreciating all the passion and hard work that was implemented in this path. On this enjoyable hike, you will see in the distance inland Croatia on one side and occasionally Adriatic sea on the other side of the path.

Day 6: Zrmanja river, rafting or kayaking

During this day we will experience the excitement of paddling on the river Zrmanja and the beauty of Velebit’s karst landscape. Depending upon the water level, today’s activity will be either rafting or kayaking. Even though the beauty of Zrmanja is well known, not too many people are acquainted with the interesting fact that a couple of decades ago the area around the river functioned as the set for the filming of the German movie Winnetou, based upon the famous character by Karl May. Zrmanja is considered as one of the most attractive rivers in Croatia, thanks to the rugged scenery in a Canyon through which Zrmanja runs in its second half.

Day 7: National Park Paklenica

Another National park awaits. This time the destination is the National park Paklenica, situated on the Velebit mountain. We will visit and hike through its most attractive part – Big Paklenica canyon – the most famous location for rock climbing in the region. We start our hike at 160 ft, and we end up on 1800ft in a very small place called Ramići where we will have our lunch. The path is well marked, stone path and gravel, with flat and shady parts. While hiking next to the creek, if you look carefully you will notice abandoned water mills, remnants of life in the secluded places of the mountain not so long ago.

Day 8: National Park Krka

During this day we will visit yet one more of Croatia’s highlights – the National park Krka, named after the river Krka. Apart from the beautiful scenery you will also see and learn how people used to live in the old days along the banks of Krka by visiting the ethnic-village. We will also visit a place which used to host the oldest power plant in Europe. The Park is also well known for its multiple endemic species of birds and amphibians.

Day 10: Korčula and Pelješac

Today you will be given maximum flexibility in terms of what to do. Sightseeing, cycling, hiking, kayaking, you name it! We suggest visiting Korčula in the morning or evening. Korčula as the name stands for two things, the island and the town on a same-named island. The name itself derives from the Greek- Korkyra, which gives you an idea that this island was already inhabited in B.C by the Greeks. Korčula is known for its natural beauty, beaches, great for cycling and for authentic local white wines Grk and Pošip. Town Korčula is one of the finest examples of Venetian architecture on the Dalmatian coast, and most likely it is the birthplace of Marko Polo. Old town Korčula is on the UNESCO waiting list. Pelješac is the second biggest Croatian peninsula( after Istria), and its known for its natural beauty and 2 brands: Ston and the most famous wine growing region in Croatia! If you would like to do red wine tasting in Croatia this is the place! Pelješac is home of the most famous red wine in Croatia - DINGAČ, named by unique position on the seaside of the peninsula where vineyards grow on a slope up to 70 degrees. This area is one of the most scenic cycling areas you will find anywhere. Imagine vineyards around you and sea views all along the way. Between Ston and neighboring village Ponikve, you can do a hike on an Old Napoleon road through local vineyards, enjoy a sea view, and end up in some vinery again! From Ston, you can also do some kayaking in Ston bay, famous for growing oyster and mussels since the Roman times. You would kayak between oyster and mussels farms and have views of the walls from the seaside! Whatever you do it will be a fun day. So many options to spend 3 days here.

Day 11: Lopud island

Today we will visit the island in the Elaphiti archipelago – Lopud. Name of the island, Lopud comes from Greek Delafodia, which gives you an impression of how long is it known. Our main activity for the day will be hiking. We will do a loop around the larger part of the island to see its most attractive sights and to experience the beautiful scenery. We will visit local family at their farm for a lunch on halfway. The island once functioned as the summer residence for Dubrovnik’s nobility, while also being an important agricultural spot, but nowadays tourism became the focal point of the local economy. There is only one village on Lopud and we will pay a visit to its beautiful promenade.

Day 12: Koločep island

This time on our schedule we have sea kayaking. We will go to kayaks around the southernmost inhabited island in Croatia named Koločep. This is one of the islands in the Elaphiti archipelago group of islands close to Dubrovnik with only two villages upon it and with no cars whatsoever, which makes it a great place for a peaceful repose. It's only 1.5 square miles big. You will explore local coves caves and kayak around the island if the winds permit. We will have lunch on the island at a small family owned restaurant which is known for great seafood. After lunch, you will go for a short walk or hike to the South side of the island!

Day 13: Dubrovnik

Today is your day to explore Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik- as Lord Byron said: The Pearl of the Adriatic, UNESCO site with the biggest walls in Europe. We suggest walking the city walls, the second biggest in the world. At places, the wall is approximately 75 ft high, which makes it a great sightseeing point to take photos of beautiful scenery. We are sure you would like to explore the city and do not be afraid to get lost in many stone streets, and if not tired, guided tour in the evening might take place to introduce you to a rich history of this unique place! You will also go for a panoramic ride on the tip of the Srđ hill from where you will see Dubrovnik and area like on your palm.

Day 14 - Departure

Thank you very much for visiting Croatia and for choosing us as a partner. We hope you enjoyed your stay and that you will return home with fond memories.

Price includes:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary
  • National parks’ entrance fees
  • Local taxes and permits
  • Ground transportation
  • Boat ferry rides
  • Organized activities and equipment ( kayaking, rafting, biking)
  • Guided city tours of Split, Zagreb and Dubrovnik
  • Basic insurance
  • Licensed English-speaking local guide
  • Airport transfers, to/from
  • VAT

Not included:

  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional trips
  • Item of a personal nature

 

May - September
14 days
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