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CROATIA NATIONAL PARK HIKING TOUR

Croatia National Park Hiking Tour

This week-long holiday was designed for all those who love to walk through beautiful nature while exploring local culture, history and gastronomy. We have put together an amazing itinerary that includes 5 of the best Croatian national parks and 1 nature park with an accent on a rich variety of landscapes you will get a chance to admire along the way – mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, Adriatic Sea and coast.

Apart from famous hiking trails and hidden gems like the Gorski Kotar area, you will also visit Zadar and Sibenik, real masterpieces of urban art and architecture. Time in between the hikes will be spent enjoying the local atmosphere and experiencing how the people in these regions live, while savoring some tasty berry strudel and forest soup or Mediterranean fish, wine and olive oil.

Come and discover Croatia’s incredibly preserved nature, medieval towns, rustic villages, old monuments, folklore, music, history and tradition more than 2000 years old. Join us on this trip of a lifetime and discover why Croatia is called a small country for a big adventure…

ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Risnjak National Park hiking
  • Day 3: Northern Velebit National Park hiking
  • Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park walking
  • Day 5: Velebit Nature Park – Krupa River hiking. Zadar visit.
  • Day 6: Paklenica National Park hiking
  • Day 7: Krka River National Park walking. Sibenik visit.
  • Day 8: Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY – Croatia National Park Hiking Tour

Day 1: Arrival day

Our first encounter for Croatia National Park Hiking Tour will be in Zagreb or Rijeka. You will be picked up from the airport, bus/train station or your hotel and head to Gorski Kotar.

Gorski Kotar is the mountain region popularly known as the „Green Lungs of Croatia“ because of its magical dense forests and fresh air. The charm of this area also lies in the fact that it’s not very touristy. It’s a real jewel still waiting to be discovered, ideal for a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation.

We will all get together for a welcome dinner, meet our fellow travelers and learn more about the adventures that are waiting for us this week.

Night: guesthouse in Gorski Kotar
Driving: 1h-1h45, depending on the airport

Day 2: Risnjak National Park hiking

This first morning we wake up near the entrance to Risnjak, the National Park that was named after its most popular inhabitant – the lynx or “ris” in Croatian. It encompasses Risnjak and Snjeznik mountain ranges and the source area of the River Kupa. The Park is equally attractive in all seasons: in winter, when covered with snow; in spring, when its meadows transform into carpets of flowers; in summer, when it offers relief from the heat, and in autumn, when the trees bathe in a myriad of colors.

Our goal will be Big Risnjak (1528 m), its highest peak, and we will have time for a deserved break in the hut just below it. Weather permitting, we will be able to admire the views of the Adriatic Sea, neighboring Slovenia and even the Alps. An alternative is a gentler hike in the Kupa River Valley, often described as the magnificent valley of butterflies.

Night: guesthouse in Gorski Kotar
Driving: up to 25 min each way; Hiking: 5-6 hours for the Big Risnjak hike

Day 2: Risnjak National Park hiking

This first morning we wake up near the entrance to Risnjak, the National Park that was named after its most popular inhabitant – the lynx or “ris” in Croatian. It encompasses Risnjak and Snjeznik mountain ranges and the source area of the River Kupa. The Park is equally attractive in all seasons: in winter, when covered with snow; in spring, when its meadows transform into carpets of flowers; in summer, when it offers relief from the heat, and in autumn, when the trees bathe in a myriad of colors.

Our goal will be Big Risnjak (1528 m), its highest peak, and we will have time for a deserved break in the hut just below it. Weather permitting, we will be able to admire the views of the Adriatic Sea, neighboring Slovenia and even the Alps. An alternative is a gentler hike in the Kupa River Valley, often described as the magnificent valley of butterflies.

Night: guesthouse in Gorski Kotar
Driving: up to 25 min each way; Hiking: 5-6 hours for the Big Risnjak hike

Day 3: Northern Velebit National Park hiking

While we like to say that we will conquer a mountain, Velebit is a kind of a mountain that conquers its visitors. Northern Velebit, the youngest Croatian national park, is just one small part of this magnificent mountain and recognized for its preserved biodiversity, richness of the natural phenomena and pristine wilderness.

We will hike along one part of the famous Premuzic Trail which was built at the beginning of the 20th century and named after its constructor. It runs along the mountain ridge through the most beautiful and inaccessible parts of the mountain with the Adriatic Sea and islands stretching on one side and the continental Croatia on the other. Since the trail was engineered to provide gentle hiking without any steep ascents or descents, we will have an easy and pleasant day enjoying beautiful nature.

After the trip we will head to Plitvice Lakes National Park surroundings where we will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Croatian countryside.

Night: guesthouse in Plitvice National Park area
Driving: 2h+2h30; Hiking: 3-4 hours

Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park walking

This morning we don’t have to go too far, we are just a short drive away from the oldest Croatia national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sequence of 16 turquoise lakes linked together with beautiful waterfalls and travertine pools are really as beautiful as in the photos, even more. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife.

We will walk by the lakes, past the waterfalls and the trails will occasionally lead us up to amazing viewpoints where you will be able to admire the complete picture of this amazing natural attraction.

Night: guesthouse in Plitvice National Park area
Driving: 15 min; Walking: 5-6 hours

Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park walking

This morning we don’t have to go too far, we are just a short drive away from the oldest Croatia national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sequence of 16 turquoise lakes linked together with beautiful waterfalls and travertine pools are really as beautiful as in the photos, even more. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife.

We will walk by the lakes, past the waterfalls and the trails will occasionally lead us up to amazing viewpoints where you will be able to admire the complete picture of this amazing natural attraction.

Night: guesthouse in Plitvice National Park area
Driving: 15 min; Walking: 5-6 hours
Day 5: Velebit Nature Park – Krupa & Zrmanja Rivers hiking. Zadar.

Today we head south to explore the gorgeous canyons of Krupa & Zrmanja rivers which are a part of Velebit Nature Park. It’s a real western movie setting and a perfect destination for all trekking lovers.

Our hike starts in Golubici, a small village with a mere population of thirty. From there we head towards Kuda’s Bridge over the Krupa. There is an intriguing and romantic legend about that bridge. After we tell you the story we will continue to the big 13 m waterfall on the Zrmanja River and back to Golubici.

We stay overnight in a little coastal town enjoying the special energy that the fusion between the mountain and the sea creates. If you want, you can spend a free evening in Zadar, an old city on the coast with interesting Roman and Venetian ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants.

Night: guesthouse in Starigrad or surroundings
Driving: 2 hours; Hiking: 5 hours

Day 6: Paklenica National Park hiking

Paklenica National Park encompasses the small and the big Paklenica canyons and their surrounding area. We will hike along the big one (Velika Paklenica) and make our way to one of the nicest huts in the canyon.

Apart from being a paradise for hikers, Paklenica is a worldwide known climbing destination due to its amazing rock formations. If you prefer, you can also decide to rock climb instead of hike (optional).

After the hike we move south to the small charming town of Skradin situated at the doorstep of the Krka River National Park. Skradin is situated on Prokljan, a lake with brackish water formed by the Krka River before reaching the sea. You are welcome to take a swim on the local beach, hike up to the 14th century fortress and check out the town’s marina, some nice local shops, bars and restaurants.

Night: hotel in Skradin
Driving: 1 hour; Hiking: 4 hours

Day 6: Paklenica National Park hiking

Paklenica National Park encompasses the small and the big Paklenica canyons and their surrounding area. We will hike along the big one (Velika Paklenica) and make our way to one of the nicest huts in the canyon.

Apart from being a paradise for hikers, Paklenica is a worldwide known climbing destination due to its amazing rock formations. If you prefer, you can also decide to rock climb instead of hike (optional).

After the hike we move south to the small charming town of Skradin situated at the doorstep of the Krka River National Park. Skradin is situated on Prokljan, a lake with brackish water formed by the Krka River before reaching the sea. You are welcome to take a swim on the local beach, hike up to the 14th century fortress and check out the town’s marina, some nice local shops, bars and restaurants.

Night: hotel in Skradin
Driving: 1 hour; Hiking: 4 hours
Day 7: Krka River National Park walking. Sibenik.

With its seven travertine waterfalls and total drop of 242 m, the Krka River is one of the most beautiful natural and karst phenomena in Croatia. The main attractions are the big Skradinski Buk waterfall, the small island of Visovac with a Franciscan monastery and the Roski waterfall. We will explore the area walking by the refreshing waterfalls and maybe even take a swim in the river if you feel like it.

Since Sibenik town is very close, we will use the opportunity to make a short afternoon visit to walk along the town’s narrow streets, admiring the old stone houses and the famous St Jacob’s Cathedral.

And before you know it, our Croatia National Park Hiking Tour has come to an end. To celebrate our amazing adventure we will have a final dinner together and exchange experiences before saying goodbye to each other.

Night: hotel in Skradin
Driving: 20 min one way to Sibenik; Walking: 2-3 hours (Krka NP)
Day 8: Departure

Today is the last day of our Croatia National Park Hiking Tour and we transfer you to the airport, bus station or your next hotel. Closest airports are Zadar and Split.

If you wish to spend more time Croatia and for example visit Split or Zadar region feel free to contact us for recommendations.

NOTE

The itinerary of this Croatia National Park Hiking Tour is subject to change without prior notice. Our primary concern is the safety and comfort of our guests. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as planned, but alterations may still occur due to weather conditions, water levels, group preferences and abilities and other exceptional situations.

PHOTO GALLERY

PHOTO GALLERY

  • Big waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia adventure tours
  • Hiking in Krupa River Canyon, Croatia
  • Hiking Camping Velebit Nature Park, Croatia
  • Islands Hiking Hour, Croatia, olives
  • Walking Tour Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Deserved hiking break, Croatia
  • St Donatus church in Zadar, adventure tours Croatia
  • St Donatus church Croatia, Croatia adventure tours
  • Snorkeling Adriatic Sea Croatia
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Paklenica NP
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, donkey in Paklenica NP
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Paklenica NP
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Paklenica NP mountain hut meal
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Paklenica NP mountain hut
  • Hiking Tour Croatia, Paklenica NP

ACCOMMODATION EXAMPLES

  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia Hiking & Multisport Tours, Guesthouse Starigrad
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Risnjak NP guesthouse
  • Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, Risnjak NP guesthouse
  • Guesthouse courtyard, Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
  • Twin room Plitvice guesthouse, Croatia
  • Dinning room, guesthouse Plitvice, Croatia

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PRICES & DATES – Croatia National Park Hiking Tour

April, May, October

890per person
  • Children 8-12 years: 800 € per person
  • Single room: 1070 € per person

June-September

990per person
  • Children 8-12 years: 890 € per person
  • Single room: 1190 € per person

April, May, October

890per person
  • Children 8-12 years: 800 € per person
  • Single room: 1070 € per person

June-September

990per person
  • Children 8-12 years: 890 € per person
  • Single room: 1190 € per person

ALL PRICES INCLUDE

– 7 nights’ accommodation
– halfboard meals (breakfast+lunch or breakfast+dinner)
– transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
transfer to Zadar, Split, Zagreb or Rijeka airport
– private transport throughout the trip
– activities and equipment
– National Parks entrances
– English speaking guide
– use of walking poles (upon request)
– basic insurance
– local taxes

NOT INCLUDED

– airfare to/from Croatia
– beverages
– optional rock climbing (D4)
– optional oyster farm visit in Ston

NOTES ON PRICES

– Prices are fixed in Euros

If you wish to pay in another currency than the Euro, the exact value will be calculated according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank on the day of booking.

– Base price is per person in a Double/Twin or Triple room, minimum group size 4 persons

Child discount (8-12 years) is approximately -10% and Single room supplement is approximately +20%

– Children price: 8-12 years old

Please note that all children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to participate in Croatia National Park Hiking Tour. One child enjoying discount shares the room with parents; two or more children can have their own room.

– Single room price

If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room with another fellow traveller to avoid paying the single room supplement, that might be possible – please contact us for details.

– Family and group discount

Feel free to send us your family/group details and we’ll let you know if we can offer a discount for those dates and group size.

DEPARTURE DATES 2021 (standard – Saturdays)

APRIL: 24
MAY: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
JUNE: 5, 12, 19, 26
JULY: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
AUGUST: 7, 14, 21, 28
SEPTEMBER: 4, 11, 18, 25
OCTOBER: 2, 9, 16

DEPARTURE DATES CAN BE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

If the majority of you trip happens on summer dates (Jun-Sept), summer prices apply.

The trip can be organised all year round, with some itinerary modifications in winter time.

DETAILS – Croatia National Park Hiking Tour

  • Group size: 2-8 persons (we usually work with small groups in order to provide high quality service, but we can also accommodate bigger groups on request).
  • Feel free to contact us for a quote in case you are interested in a private trip.
  • Meals: The price of Croatia National Park Hiking Tour includes halfboard meals (breakfast+lunch or breakfast+dinner each day). Our guides will be happy to recommend you a local restaurant or grocery store for meals that are not included in the tour. We can provide vegetarian meals with advance notice. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Accommodation marked as guesthouse in the itinerary of Croatia National Park Hiking Tour can sometimes be a B&B type of stay or typical homestay where local hosts rent out rooms with en-suite bathroom or studio apartments. For families or groups of friends, it is sometimes possible to get a whole private house or apartment just for you with 2 rooms sharing 1 bathroom. If you prefer to have a hotel stay throughout the Croatia National Park Hiking Tour, please contact us for details and surcharge.

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