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, rafting, trekking, biking, and boating, but we’ll also show you three National parks and Croatia’s biggest natural lake — Krka, Kornati, Paklenica, and Vransko Lake — and an itinerary full of Dalmatian cities: Dubrovnik, Lopud, Omis, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, Sibenik, and Ston.
Starting with orientation dinner on Lopud island, the group will go over trip logistics, discuss any necessary arrangements, talk about Croatia, and get to know one another.
The next day, following breakfast, we’ll 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, we are all about saftey, after all.
Depending on the weather and group’s preferences there are a couple of possible kayaking routs. If the sea is warm enough (depending if the tour is scheduled in summer months or September and October) we’ll do the Arches, Caves, and Islands route. Starting from Lopud Island, we’ll paddle across to Šipan Island, and visit the big limestone arch, after which we’ll continue towards the Green Cave.
There we’ll leave the kayaks, and go swimming, snorkeling and cliff jumping. The next stop will be Sudurad village, our lunch stop. After lunch there will be some free time for sightseeing or strolling around. On the way back to Lopud, we’ll stop at another small island called Ruda and visit another cave.
Other option is doing a mix of kayaking and cycling, a preferable option if the sea gets too cold for relaxed swimming and snorkeling. Again, we’ll start from Lopud, paddle across to Sipan, this time directly to Sudurad village, and switch our kayaks with bikes. There a couple of possible cycling routes which you can discuss with your guide on the spot.
On day three we hit the ground running for a big day of rafting or canoeing, depending on the water level, on day three. We’ll take the first morning ferry to Dubrovnik and have breakfast when we reach the port of Gruž. After, we drive — via mini-bus — to Omiš (about 3.5 hours north along the Dalmatian Highway). At noon, we gear up and get ready to hit the rapids on the Cetina River.
We’ll even have to get out of our boats to pass through a cave-like passage and emerge beneath one of the waterfalls.
Rejuvenated with the feeling of rocking the Cetina, we enjoy a late lunch at an agro-tourism resort before continuing to Split for some sightseeing of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace.
Exhausted but smiling, we continue onto the ancient town of Trogir, UNESCO world heritage where we’ll check into private accommodations and get ready to toast the day at dinner.
On day four, 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 to the town of Murter, on the edge of Kornati National Park, check into our night’s lodging, and reconvene for dinner.
Another day and 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 speed boat ride through this amazing maze of little islands. We will spend the day swimming, snorkeling if the weather permits, or simply enjoying the perfect scenery, taking epic photographs, and recording memories which will last a lifetime. We end our full day back in Murter, where we’ll eat dinner, talk about Croatia, and get ready for the next day’s adventure – PAKLENICA 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 the first part of this outdoor wonderland, pass by steep cliffs and enthusiastic climbers, 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 to nearby city of Zadar for a tour of this ancient town stuffed with Roman ruins and dinner.
On our last active day, we’ll be leaving town to continue our journey to LAKE VRANSKO: the largest natural lake in Croatia. Birders, pull out your binoculars because this phenomenon is a perfect habitat of water birds.
Of the park’s 57 square kilometers, some 30 square kilometers belongs to the lake, which sits parallel to the coast just one kilometer away. We’ll lunch next to the lake and then tour the area by bike with an expert guide.
There are over 50 kilometers of the bike routes going all around the Vransko Lake. We’ll start ou tour in Vrana, going over Majdan and following the trail all around. After the tour we’ll drive down to Split or Dubrovnik, depending on the groups flight arrangements, where we’ll spend our last evening together.
• 7 nights of private accommodation (Guest house double rooms with attached private bathrooms)
• All parks entrance fees (Krka, Paklenica, Kornati, Vransko lake)
• 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
• Top-end equipment (sea kayaking, cycling, rafting/canoeing)
• Professional instructions
• English-speaking guide
• Airport & Ferry transfers
• Personal spending & drinks on any meals except breakfasts
***Best of Croatia tour does not include guided sightseeing tours in any of the towns we visit (Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Šibenik and Zadar).
• 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 cycling
• Bathing suits should be worn under your kayaking clothes
• We don’t provide wetsuits, but we do provide Palm raincoats for kayaking
• We provide dry bags for your belongings but boat space is limited. In these bags you can place wallets, dry clothes,
and cameras without fear of water
• A hat, sunglasses (with a leash), sun screen, water bottle
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