Walking Croatian National Parks

Walking Holidays - Croatian Amazing National Parks
Departing Dublin
30 May 2019 for 9 nights
€ 1203 per person
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This programme is a well balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture.

 

Where we visit

Opatija - Istrian Peninsula

Spending Section of Itinerary

'The First Lady', 'Old dame', 'Queen of Tourism' - these are just some of the names given to Opatija. Guarded by a backdrop of densely-wooded hills, it sits where the ...more info


The highlights of this walking holiday include walking in the area of five national parks with breath taking views and stunning scenery of Croatia: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes (a World Heritage Site that plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests), Paklenica and Krka River.

Accommodation for the first two nights is in 4-star Hotel Royal, followed by two nights in Zvecaj Village by the Mreznica River. Zeleni kut ("The Green Corner") is a well-known restaurant and a small family owned hotel overlooking the river. The hotel serves traditional Croatian specialties using fresh water fish from its own fishing ponds, home-made cheese, ham and sausages as well as fresh vegetables and fruit from local farms.

After that you will be transferred to a pleasant guest house in Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the river in Plitvice Lakes National Park for three nights. The peaceful atmosphere makes for 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 fairy tale. Please note that each house in Korana Village has 2-4 bedrooms, and that sometimes two rooms share one bathroom.

Last two nights of the active part of your holidays will be spent in 3-star Hotel Skradinski Buk in Skradin.

Daily walking routes during the active week are between two and five hours on easy to moderate terrain and leave enough time for relaxing in the evening.



Day 1
Arrival in Pula Airport and transfer to lovely and modern 4-star Hotel Royal in Opatija.

Day3
Transfer from Opatija to Zvecaj Village and stay in a small family run Hotel Zeleni Kut. During the evening meal, there will be a brief orientation meeting of the upcoming active week with the guides and fellow travellers.

Day 4
Walking in Risnjak National Park, named after a lynx, a rare animal that inhabits its woods. The park is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of Croatia and it includes both the Risnjak and Snjeznik ranges and the area of the Kupa river that flows through a picturesque valley, also known as the mysterious valley of butterflies.

Day 5
The area of North Velebit National Park is rich in karst phenomena and outstanding biodiversity. There are numerous mountaineering trails of which the most famous is the Premuzic trail, named after its constructor who built it in the late 1933.

Day 6
Visit to the most beautiful and stunning National Park of Croatia - Plitvice Lakes and walk along the wooden paths and bridges in and around the Lakes. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, numerous waterfalls and caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Panoramic boat and train rides.

Day 7
At your leisure. Relaxing by the river, swimming, cycling in the nearby area or taking some optional excursions (payable locally).

Day 8
Paklenica National Park is a part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a favourite hiking and climbing destination. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Mount Velebit and the broader surrounding area.

Day 9
The last day of this active holiday takes you to Krka River National Park with its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. Boat ride to a little Visovac Island and its Franciscan monastery.

Day 10
Transfer from Skradin to Split Airport for your flight back home. Transfer time approximately 1 hour.

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 and interest. Our guides reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group (minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s)).
  • Return flights
  • All transfers
  • 9 nights in double/twin rooms (single rooms on request and at a supplement)
  • 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 5 days organized activities
  • Use of walking poles (with advanced notice)
  • Local taxes and permits
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance.


Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • Beverages
  • Optional visits
  • Travel insurance.
 

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