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8 days Croatia, Europe
Adventure level: 
4. Demanding
2
2
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
ZEFC

New Trip for 2016

Trip Highlights: 
Get active in Croatia's water wonderland
Make a splash, rafting
Head to the island of Pag , explore its moonlike surface and learn to make its cheese.
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(Departures in 2017)
  • Day 1 - Arrival day
  • Day 2 - Paklenica National Park
  • Day 3 - Krka National Park
  • Day 4 - Paklenica
  • Day 5 - Free Day
  • Day 6 - Sea Kayaking
  • Day 7 - Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Day 8 - Departure
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Day
1
Arrival day

Arrival day

Our group flights go from London Heathrow to Split where you will be transferred to Starigrad Paklenica and your base for the next week. The transfer will take just under 2 hours and we will arrive there late afternoon ready for the welcome meeting at 6 pm.

Apartmani Dinko

Day
2
Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park

After breakfast, it’s time to set off on a hike through Paklenica National Park. The National Park is one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe thanks to its incredible rock formations and stunning natural scenery. Your hike will take you to the edge of the Velika Paklenica Canyon, revealing the most magnificent views of the area.  You’ll pass by Sklopina, a 17th century village where houses were built right into the cracks in the rock. The return path leads you to the very bottom of the Velika Paklenica Canyon and along the creek where you can freshen up. Return to the comfort of your accommodation for a well earned rest.

Note: The route chosen will depend on seasonality, weather conditions and the abilitiy of the group.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
3
Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Today delivers all things wet and wild as you hit the water for an exciting canoe safari or a white water rafting adventure on the Zrmanja River which travels 69 kilometres as it winds along its route from the southern part of Mount Pljesevica towards the sea.
Make your way along perfectly clear and green waters, through karst scenery of narrow valleys and steep sided canyons, passing magnificent waterfalls. The first part of the trip is easy, allowing you to get a feel for your craft and enjoy the surroundings, and then it will gradually get more downhill, with an increase in waterfalls and rapids. Drifting serenely makes this a memorable day of activity.

Note: The activity chosen will depend on seasonality and water levels in the river.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

Day
4
Paklenica

Paklenica

After yesterday’s river adventure, it’s time to head back and explore the mountain paths at Paklenica National Park. The grassy hills and rugged mountain trails of the park make for a great spot to get some mountain biking practice in. Cycle around the countryside and enjoy this breath-taking part of Croatia. The route chosen will depend on the group's ability
All trails travel through the characteristic rocky landscape of Dalmatia, dominated by the view of the slopes of the serrated Velebit mountain peaks and beech and black pine forest and the Adriatic Sea as a constant backdrop.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast and Picnic Lunch included

 

 

Day
5

Free Day

After the last couple of days of frenetic activity today is left free to rest and relax.
Perhaps visit the beach or explore Zadar, the ex capital of Dalmatia which has a thriving cafe culture and some cool historical spots for the kids. l spots for the kids.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
6

Sea Kayaking

Today we head out on a sea kayak adventure in Paklenica Bay. Paddle out on the clear blue sea through the Velebit Channel and spend a day on the water, with the mountains serving as your backdrop while you tour the coastline. Glide along blue satin water that’s often so clear that you can see the bottom. Feeling hot? There’ll be plenty of chances to stop and dive into the water on swimming breaks. Along the way you’ll stop for lunch. Your final destination is the nearby fishing village of Vinjerac across the bay, a picturesque place with neat rows of pastel coloured houses fronting the harbour. Perhaps try some of the daily catch for dinner in one of the local restaurants. You’ll return to Starigrad for the night.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today you’ll continue the water theme with a trip out to the stunning World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). It's one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes. The waters tumble from a high, tree-lined ridge down through the valley and skirt dense forests of beech, spruce and pine. The interplay of water, rock, and plant-life creates a wondrous, dynamic landscape, changing the water colour from azure to bright green, deep blue to grey. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring there’s little impact upon the park. A stroll around this park will leave you feeling very in tune with nature. Even amongst this pristine natural beauty, the Plitvice Lakes are shadowed by the region's history. The 1991 civil war erupted here after rebel Serbs took control of the park's headquarters, holding the park for the duration of the war and devastating infrastructure, though thankfully leaving the natural landscape intact. Return to Starigrad and celebrate your final night with the group.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast and Dinner included

Day
8

Departure

Today, our Croatian adventure comes to an end. Take breakfast with the group this morning before saying your goodbyes to your newly-found friends and heading to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast included