Active in Croatia: Split to Split
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,475
Hike, raft, kayak, and bike your way through one of Europe’s emerging stars on this Croatia tour that showcases this Balkan gem’s natural beauty, starting in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split.
This is a small-group adventure with a focus on an authentic experiences, value for money and responsible travel. Groups are led by an expert local guide with a maximum of 16 people (the average tour has around 10 people). Accommodation varies from modest guesthouses, to homestays and hotels.
This 8-day Croatia trip gets your heart pumping and your eyes bulging as you explore the country’s most picturesque natural sights, reached on foot, on the water, and by bike.
Consider booking an extra day or two in Split to see what all the fuss is about (when you arrive and catch your first glimpse of the ancient buildings and sparkling coast, you’ll wish you had). Then transfer to Starigrad, ready for your first hike. Explore Paklencia National Park, one of Europe’s most scenic climbing regions. Next, hit the crystal blue waters of the Zrmanja River, admiring the surrounding cliffs as you canoe or white water raft your way through them, subject to conditions.
This is also a superb region for biking. Return to Paklencia, this time cycling the trails for a different look at the mountainous landscape. Feel free to push yourself, because your reward is a rest in the azure waters of the Adriatic, and some time to explore the charming town of Zadar. Now that you’ve got a taste for these beautiful waters, enjoy a day out on them with a sea kayaking adventure in Paklenica Bay.
Finally, visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a bona fide Croatian treasure known for its range of lakes and waterfalls. Spend a day surrounded by nature, then return to Paklencia for departure.
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,475
Itinerary View Trip Map
Starigrad Paklenica - Arrival Day
Today you will arrive in Split and take a transfer to Starigrad. Ease into things with a welcome meeting, where you will get acquainted with the rest of the group. The evening is spent at leisure exploring the streets of Starigrad, one of the oldest towns in Europe.
Starigrad Paklenica Hiking
After breakfast it's time to set off on the first active adventure of this trip. A hike through the Paklenica National Park is a great way to get familiar with the area, one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe and home to incredible rock formations and natural scenery.
Starigrad Paklenica Canoeing/Rafting
Zrmanja River travels 69 kilometres as it winds along its route from the southern part of Mount Pljesevica into the Adriatic Sea. Today delivers all things wet and wild as you hit the water for an exciting canoe safari or a white water rafting adventure (seasonal availability).
NOTE: The activity today will either be canoeing or rafting, depending on the weather conditions.
Starigrad Paklenica Mountain Biking
After yesterday's river adventure it's time to head back and explore the mountain paths at Starigrad Paklenica National Park - except this time it's on two wheels. 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 breathtaking part of Croatia.
After the last few days of action it's time for a rest! There are no shortage of options - a dip in the azure blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, a doze on the sandy beach or perhaps head out and explore the nearby town of Zadar. If action is still the order of the day, there are many optional activities that can be undertaken in the national park. In the evening, come together for a traditional Croatian dinner at a local restaurant.
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Starigrad Paklenica Sea Kayaking
Hit the beach and then keep on going for this sea kayak adventure in Paklenica Bay. Strike out on the clear blue sea and spend a day on the water, the Velebit Mountains your backdrop as you tour the coastline. Visit the nearby fishing village of Vinjerac across the bay.
Starigrad Paklenica to Plitvice Lakes National Park
Continue the water theme with a trip out to the stunning World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the oldest national parks in south-east Europe and the largest in Croatia. Famous for its cascading lakes and waterfalls, a stroll around this park will leave you feeling very in tune with nature.
After breakfast it's time to bid a fond farewell to this active Croatia adventure. The tour ends at your accommodation in Starigrad Paklenica. You are free to make your onward travel arrangements from here.
2017: 20 May; 17 Jun; 01 Jul; 26 Aug; 09 Sep.
- 7 nights accommodation in a Guesthouse
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 1 dinner
- Minibus transportation
- Activities (mountain biking in Paklenica National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, rafting on Zrmanja River, and sea kayaking)
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Group size: Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
Physical Rating: Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday. The trip is graded as active and requires no previous experience although an ability to cycle is essential for the mountain biking. Days of mountain biking, walking and rafting can be a rigorous test of stamina, but with full vehicle support we believe anyone in good health should be capable of participating. The difficulty of the walks and rides will depend on the ability of the group and will be adjusted accordingly.
Meals: Please budget around 240 Euro for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
Visas: Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
Tipping: If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
9 Sep 2017