Northern Croatia National Parks Guided Walking Tour Zagreb to Zagreb 7nts (Saturdays; on request)
Activity Level: 3
- Departs From: Zagreb
- Location: Risnjak, Velebit, Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka
- Duration: 8 days
- Availability: SELECTED SATURDAYS, May - Sep
Activity Level: 3
- Departs From: Zagreb
- Location: Risnjak, Velebit, Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka
- Duration: 8 days
- Availability: SELECTED SATURDAYS, May - Sep
- Hiking tour of 5 national parks from the mountain regions to the Adriatic coast
- UNESCO World Heritage Site – Plitvice Lakes National Park.
- Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka National Parks
- Includes arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka and departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split
- 2-5hrs walking on easy terrain
8 days from (Zagreb) Zvecaj, Risnjak, Kupa River, Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Barac Caves, Paklenica, Krka River, Skradin and to Zagreb/Split
This trip will show you stunning sceneries and landscapes of 5 Croatian National Parks. It is perfect for those who like to enjoy the great outdoors on foot, no matter the age. All the way from Croatia’s inland mountain region to the Adriatic coast through five national parks: Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka. The daily walking routes between two and five hours on easy to moderate terrain with enough time for evening relaxation. We will stay in a family run hotel on a river bank, charming Korana Village guesthouses and a hotel in the town of Skradin on Krka River
Itinerary8 days from (Zagreb) Zvecaj, Risnjak, Kupa River, Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Barac Caves, Paklenica, Krka River, Skradin and to Zagreb/Split
Open age tour for 8yrs and above, physically challenging. Double/twin rooms. Solo travelers can book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement or share with a stranger. Arrival transfer from Zagreb and departure transfer to Zagreb or Zadar
2019 departures: May 18, Jun 1 & 22, Jul 6, Aug 17 & 31, Sep 14
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Day 1 Arrival and Transfer to Zvecaj Village
Zvecaj is a small village by the Mreznica River, not far from the highway connecting the Croatian capital city of Zagreb with the harbour of Rijeka. We will meet you at the airport, railway station or in the harbour. Zeleni kut (“The Green Corner”) is a well-known restaurant and a small family owned hotel overlooking the green Mreznica River and its waterfall. It was built above an old mill which now supplies electric power. The hotel serves traditional Croatian specialties using fresh water fish from its own fishing ponds, homemade cheese, ham and sausages as well as fresh vegetables and fruit from local farms. In the evening we will meet on the terrace overlooking the river for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our guides and fellow travelers.
Accommodation: Zvecaj hotel; Meals: D; Drive: 1h from Zagreb airport, 1.5 h from Rijeka airport.
Day 2 Walking in Risnjak National Park
The Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods – the lynx. It is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. The pristine park covers an area of 63,5 km2. It includes both the Risnjak and Snjeznik ranges and the source area of the Kupa River. We start our hike from Vilje which will lead us towards our goal – Big Risnjak, the highest point of the mountain range. Schlosser’s mountain hut, situated 100m below the peak, is probably one of the most beautiful mountain huts in Croatia. After resting and enjoying the amazing view over the sea, other peaks of Gorski Kotar and even the Alps, we will descend slowly back to Vilje. After hiking we will return back to our hotel in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Zvecaj hotel; Meals: B; Walking:3-4 h, easy/moderate, well-marked paths; Drive: 1.5h-2h each way.
Day 3 Walking in Northern Velebit National Park
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Croatia’s youngest national park – Northern Velebit National Park. The area was designated a national park due to its richness of karst phenomena, outstanding biodiversity and exquisitely beautiful nature on a relatively small area. The Park is crisscrossed with numerous mountaineering trails. The most famous is the Premužic trail, named after its constructor who built it in the late 1933. The path runs through the most beautiful and the most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings you can have a magnificent view on the Adriatic Sea, its islands and the continental side of the mountain chain. Accommodation in Plitvice Lakes National Park is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the Korana River. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes the village 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…
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Korana Village; Meals: B, D; Walking: 4 – 5 h, easy/moderate, well-marked paths; Drive: 2.5 h each way.
Day 4 Walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Today we visit the most beautiful and stunning national park of Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park. We start our day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature. Panoramic boat and train rides will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon we return to our accommodation in the village just in time to enjoy some free time before dinner.
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Korana Village; Meals: B, D; Drive: 15 min each way; Walking: 4-5 h, easy, well-marked paths.
Day 5 Optional trip day
For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time (transfer to Zagreb airport is included in the price). The rest of the group continues the trip. On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. Several river, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Korana Village; Meals: B, D; Drive: max 2 hours each way.
Day 6 Paklenica National Park Walking
After saying goodbye to our village hosts we continue south to Paklenica National Park, part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a favorite hiking and climbing destination. Paklenica National Park covers the area of torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Mount Velebit and the broader surrounding area. This relatively small area offers exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the locals mostly engage in nomadic stock herding, which can be seen by their mountain shepherd residences. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica National Park. The most popular trail is the one leading to Borisov Dom, a mountain hut popular among mountaineers. After descending all the way to the sea we drive to Skradin for the evening.
Accommodation: 3 star Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Meals: B; Walking: 4-5 h, moderate, well-marked paths; Drive: 2h 1h.
Day 7 Krka River National Park Walking
The last day of the journey takes us to Krka River National Park with its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. We explore the park’s extensive waterways and complex history dating back to late 10th century and first Croatian kings. One of the options is a visit to Skradinski Buk waterfall, the place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, just a few years after the one on Niagara Falls. A boat will take us to Visovac island and its Franciscan monastery. After walking, we return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon in the old town before the final evening dinner and a celebration of an amazing adventure.
Accommodation: 3 star Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Meals: B, D; Walking: 3 h, easy, well-marked paths.
Day 8 Departure
Depart from Skradin to the airport and flight home. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit – especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.
Meals: B; Drive: Zadar 45 min, Split 1 h, Zagreb 3.5 h
• 7 nights’ accommodation
• meals as noted in itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 5xD=dinner)
• activities and use of equipment (kayaks, bikes, paddleboards, snorkelling gear, catamaran)
• use of walking poles (with advanced notice)
• 5 days organized activities
• National Parks entrance fees
• local taxes and river permits
• local transfers
• Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
• Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
• skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
• ground transportation
• drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
• tips and other personal expenses
• optional trips
Private guesthouses in Korana Village
3star Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin or similar
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 of interest, etc. Tour guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Operator reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
- • 7 nights’ accommodation
- • meals as noted in itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 5xD=dinner)
- • activities and use of equipment (kayaks, bikes, paddleboards, snorkelling gear, catamaran)
- • use of walking poles (with advanced notice)
- • 5 days organized activities
- • National Parks entrance fees
- • local taxes and river permits
- • local transfers
- • Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
- • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
- • skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
- • ground transportation
- • insurance
- NOT INCLUDED:
- • airfare
- • drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
- • tips and other personal expenses
- • optional trips
Extras & Upgrades
Single use rooms are available upon request with a 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing.
Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by an adult
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- Day 1 Arrival and Transfer to Zvecaj Village
- Day 2 Walking in Risnjak National Park
- Day 3 Walking in Northern Velebit National Park
- Day 4 Walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Day 5 Optional trip day
- Day 6 Paklenica National Park Walking
- Day 7 Krka River National Park Walking
- Day 8 Departure