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|TOUR DIFFICULTY: ★★★☆☆||
• HIGHLIGHTS •
Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik
Zrmanja River kayaking
Snorkeling in NP Kornati
Trekking in NP Krka
Hiking in NP Paklenica
Trekking in Plitvice Lakes NP
Split & Diocletian palace
Sibenik & Zadar & Zagreb
TOUR LENGTH: 9 days, 8 nights
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE POINT: Dubrovnik / Zagreb
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: 8 nights in three and four star hotels,
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: Five dinners, personal spending
ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Double or twin rooms in chosen three
TOUR PRICE: 14300 HRK / 1900 € / $2040 / 1680 £
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 2300 HRK / 300 € / 330 $ / 270 £
*** we require a minimum of 4 people to run this tour, so if you
Prices are fixed in Croatian Kuna (HRK). Prices in other currencies are informative and liable to exchange rate fluctuations.
If adventure tours had their own ranking chart, Best of Croatia, being our most popular multisport tour, would be rockin’ at the top of the pops this season!
Over the course of a week on the Best of Croatia Tour, you will enjoy Croatia through more activities than many people undertake here in a lifetime. We will take you to epic spots for sea kayaking, river kayaking, trekking, biking, and boating, and to top it off we’ll also show you four National parks — Krka, Kornati, Paklenica, and Plitvice Lakes — and an itinerary full of Dalmatian cities: Dubrovnik, Lopud, Split, Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, Sibenik, and Ston.
You can also check our Presenting Best of Croatia Adventure Tour blog post for more details :)
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THIS TOUR
“Highly recommend the “Multisport Tour: Best of Croatia” as it was an amazing week long adventure trip. Everyday we did something different: sea kayaking, whitewater canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, speed boating, and I didn’t have to do anything more than show up as our excellent guide Vedran took care of all the logistics and equipment. Vedran is a skilled guide- providing everything from great kayaking instruction to delicious wine recommendations.”
Visited September 2014
“My boyfriend and I went on the trip in October. The weather was beautiful, around 60s and 70s. While our trip was really active (thank goodness since the food was delicious and plentiful), I think Vedran would adjust the itinerary to best meet the needs of your group. As someone who was a little concerned that the trip might be all adventure and not enough culture, I was pleasantly surprised that we had time to tour an island monastery in Krka national park, and see the cities of Trogir and Split. I would recommend that participants arrive a day early or stay a day late to see Dubrovnik.
I saw more on this trip than I could ever have if on my own and ate far better food as well. Outdoor Croatia has put a lot of thought and effort into crafting a great itinerary and it shows. I could not think of a better way to see Croatia than with Outdoor Croatia!”
Visited October 2014
Arrival day: Airport pick-up – Come together dinner in Dubrovnik
Breakfast – Ferry to Lopud island – Sea kayaking day trip with lunch – Free evening in
Breakfast – Morning drive to Peljesac peninsula- wine and oyster tasting – drive to Split
Breakfast – Trekking in NP Krka with lunch – Dinner in Sibenik
Breakfast – Boating in NP Kornati with lunch – Free evening in Zadar
Breakfast – Hiking in NP Paklenica with picnic lunch - Free evening in Zadar
Breakfast – Kayaking on Zrmanja river – drive to Plitvice Lakes – Free evening
Breakfast – Trekking in Plitvice NP – afternoon drive to Zagreb – Farawell dinner
Departure day: Breakfast – transfer to airport
After we pick you up at the Airport, we’ll drive you to Dubrovnik’s Old Town and escort you to your private accommodations. At orientation dinner that night, the group will go over trip logistics, discuss any necessary arrangements, talk about Croatia, and get to know one another.
Following breakfast, we’ll board the charming local ferry (you can find out more about Postira Ferry here) and begin our adventure with one of the best kayak routes in the Adriatic. There will be a thorough explanation of safety techniques, paddle strokes, and kayak management. After, we’ll paddle across the channel to Šipan — the largest island in the Elaphiti Archipelago — and, continuing on in a southwesterly direction, to the Green Cave. Sporting masks and snorkels, we’ll swim underwater and into the cave’s entrance, which opens into a large space big enough to stand in. From inside we’ll have a perfect vantage point to see the glorious sunlight which reflects against the cave’s sandy bottom and illuminates the grotto in a surreal green glow.
After a break for swimming and cliff jumping into safe, deep waters, we’ll paddle back to south side of Lopud, along amazing limestone cliff and to a wonderful sandy beach, Šunj, where we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Relaxation complete, we kayak back to Lopud and enjoy the sunset on our way back to Dubrovnik. Free evening
• Main Activity: Sea kayaking
After breakfast we’ll drive northwards toward Split, but on our way’we’ll visit medieval town of Ston that has second longest walls in the world and is famous for it’s oyster beds. So, naturally, we’ll stop for sightseeing and tasting. And that’s not all! Ston is at the beginning of Peljesac peninsula which is one of Croatia’s best wine regions and it would be a sin to drive there without tasting local Croatian wine. Although not as well known as French or Californian wines, Croatian wine tradition is huge and some of the wine we produce are great.
After gourmet stop in Peljesac peninsula we’ll continue driving to Split where we’ll check in our hotel and than go for easy bike ride along the water to Marjan park. Free evening.
• Main Activity: Oyster and wine tasting, biking
After breakfast, the group heads to the peninsular town of Šibenik — famous for its UNESCO world heritage Cathedral of St. James for sightseeing and lunch before moving on to Krka National Park. We will make an easy trek to the Krka River, where we’ll see one of world’s most amazing collection of waterfalls! The seven falls include Bilušića Buk Brljan, Manojlovac slap Rošnjak, Miljacka slap, Roski, and Skradinski buk, which is the highest in the Mediterranean, measuring 46 meters. The park has some 860 different species of plants and 200 different birds. Following this amazing tour of nature’s power we drive back to Šibenik and reconvene at dinner
• Main Activity: Trekking
Another day, another amazing national park: Kornati: the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. Completely protected and largely uninhabited, Kornati is an example of pristine beauty and you’ll get the sensation of how life must have felt here centuries ago. Olive groves and unattended herds of sheep roam the unsullied chain of islands. After a few really active days, today we’ll have a chance to sit back and just enjoy the boat ride through this amazing maze of little islands.
We will spend the day swimming, cliff jumping, snorkeling, enjoying the perfect scenery, taking epic photographs, and recording memories which will last a lifetime. We end our full day in city of Zadar, where we’ll eat dinner, talk about Croatia, and get ready for the next day’s adventure. Free evening.
• Main Activity: Boating
Today’s national park — Paklenica — is one of the most beautiful places in the entire region. The name Paklenica refers to both the national park, which is about an hour away, and the two canyons that comprise it. The park is renowned for its cliffs, some 400 meters high, and for being one of the premier climbing locales in Europe. These cliffs soar from the sea, which we will have great panoramas of, and are perpendicular to the mountain range that surrounds them. We’ll hike through this outdoor wonderland and stop for lunch at the Paklenica mountain hut … a great treat in its own right.
After enjoying the view and relaxing, we’ll return to park’s entrance where we parked and drive back to Zadar. Guests will have a free evening for a tour of this ancient town stuffed with Roman ruins.
• Main Activity: Hiking
After a short drive from Zadar (approx one hour), we’ll arrive to the starting point of today’s main activity – kayaking on Zrmanja river. Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls.
You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. Second part of the river is a bit more dynamic with few waterfalls perfect for jumping and swimming. Upon finishing our day trip we will drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park where we’ll have some dinner and spend the night.
• Main Activity: River kayaking
Upon breakfast we’ll head to Plitvice national park and explore its nature wonders. NP Plitvice is is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage among the first natural sites worldwide. The national park is world famous for its 16 lakes arranged in cascades. Sightseeing is circular and includes the Lower and Upper Lakes area, and a combination of walks and electric-boat rides, while the return to starting point will be mostly by panoramic train.
Enjoy the beauty of the largest and most attractive waterfalls and countless smaller waterfalls, as well as the lakes. In the afternoon we will drive to Zagreb- Croatia’s capitol and fastest growing tourist destination in Croatia. We will have a walk around the center and farewell dinner.
• Main Activity: Trekking
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to Zagreb’s airport or to your hotel in case you are staying on after the tour.
2017 DEPARTURE DATES
Please inquire by email to learn more about availability of non published dates
HOW TO PACK
- First and foremost, bring water bottles. If you don’t already have your own, you can buy cheap bottled water at any market or kiosk and you can reuse the bottle. Croatian water (from the sink) is very clean.
- Sun block, lotion, and protection is only slightly less important than water. The sun here can be very strong, especially in hot summer months. Sunscreen is for more than making sure you have a great tan. It could save your vacation.
- We also suggest a hat, sunglasses (with a leash), and a long-sleeve T-shirt if you are particularly sensitive to the sun.
- Bathing suits should be worn under your clothes.
- Usually the only thing you’ll need for a kayaking day out is a small towel.
- We provide dry bags for your belongings but boat space is limited. In these bags you can place wallets, clothes, and cameras without fear of water.
- For trips that include hiking or biking, a solid pair of light hikers or sports shoes are sufficient. You’ll need some sort of water shoes as well – Teva style sandals will suffice. For trips that start later in the season se suggest bringing shoes resistant to water due to possibility of rain.
- Windstopper jacket for the speedboat ride and a raincoat
- Small backpack for biking
- Cash is still the best kind of money in Croatia. Markets will take credit cards but many small restaurants will not. During day trips lunches are included in the tour price, but for any refreshment, gelatto or other snacks you will need a small amount of cash money every day.
- Athough we are in the European Union, Croatian currency is still Kuna (1EUR= 7,67HRK). If you didn’t have time to exchange money before you arrived in Croatia, you can do so at the airport. Exchange rates are more or less the same everywhere. There is also an ATM machine on Lopud island, but no bank or exchange office.
- Mosquitoes are a common summer pest in Croatia, so bring an efficient bug spray with you, it will make the evenings and nights here more pleasant. You can also buy it in local shops in Dubrovnik, but make sure to have it with you before you reach Lopud island, as there is only one shop there and the prices can be very steep during the high season.
TALK TO US
If you would like to call us instead, you can reach us on any of the following telephone numbers:
May 1st - October 31st:+385 (0)20 418 282;
November 1st - April 30th: +385 (0)91 182 8772 or +385 (0)98 919 8968
We are also on Skype: outdoor.croatia; Facebook: /OutdoorCroatia;
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