TOP 5 NATIONAL PARKS OF CROATIA…where pure beauty is preserved…

Trip name: Hiking Top 5 National Parks – 8 days trip
Activities: hiking, walking, sightseeing and swimming
Activity level:   easy/moderate
Accommodation: 3***hotels and private guest house
HIGHLIGHTS: 5 National parks of Croatia and traditional Croatian cuisine.

Day 1: Arrival to destination - Zagreb
Day 2: Hiking NP Risnjak
Day 3: Trekking National Park North Velebit
Day 4: Walking NP Plitvice Lakes
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Trekking National Park Paklenica
Day 7: Walking NP Krka River, visit Šibenik
Day 8: Departure


1.Short description:
Croatia - where the Mediterranean, mountains and the Pannonian plains come together in a unique blend of natural beauty. Within just over a hundred kilometers, you can experience an exciting range of different landscapes. Although a small country, Croatia has rich variety of beautiful landscapes and preserved natural areas from mountains to plains, from rivers to sea with a long and rich history. Croatia is alive with well-preserved old towns, castles, palaces, monuments and native architecture. Together with the tradition, folklore, art scenes and music, Croatia is a unique and exotic place to discover. There are eight national parks: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit. This specialized trip gives you the insight of the five most popular Croatian National Parks: Plitvice Lakes followed by North Velebit, Risnjak, Krka River and Paklenica gorge.
This adventure is all about exploring five national parks and conquering the most beautiful parts of Croatia. Hauntingly rugged beauty awaits, as our itinerary leads us from Zagreb, the capital city, all the way to the Adriatic coast. We will spend the days enjoying charming hikes through Croatian Nature and National Parks and admiring stunning views over the countryside.
2. Activities:
Hiking, walking, sightseeing and swimming in the Adriatic Sea are included in program as everyday activities and are suitable for all ages. Croatia has pleasant temperatures in summer and our program is not dangerous or physically demanding. While exploring the National Parks make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or you will miss a lot. A great thing about hiking the hills by the coast or on islands – you always end on the sea level, and relaxed swimming in this warm sea is great for your tired feet and body..

3. Activity level:
Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Our daily program is a combination of walking, swimming, sightseeing and exploring. The combination of activity, scenery and cultural immersion makes this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.
4. Group size:
Min 4 – max 16 per group; larger groups are on request.NOTE: if the departure has less than 4 person signed up and the clients still want to do the trip rather than cancel we charge 20% extra
5. Accommodation:
Accommodation is provided in different locations ranging from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, all the way to Trogir, south Dalmatia. We use mostly small family run hotels that are located outside the tourist mass. Only in the Plitvice Lakes region we will use private guest house accommodation, which will make your experience even more complete.


Activities day 1: Arrival to destination 

Hovestel i KroatienZagreb, the capital of Croatia. Our trip begins in Zagreb. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the hotel lobby for an informal welcome drink. You will have the chance to discuss the upcoming itinerary with your guides and get to know your fellow travelers.
Hotel in the Mreznica River area; Van ride: 1h from Zagreb airport, 1.5 h from Rijeka airport; Meals: D

Activities day 2: Hiking NP Risnjak

Hiking NP Risnjak 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 for dinner in the late afternoon.
Hotel in Mreznica River area; Van ride: 1,5 h - 2 each way; Walking: 3 - 4 h; Terrain: easy/moderate, well marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 3: Trekking NP North Velebit

National park North Velebit, activities in KroatienThis walking adventure is intended for those who want to experience a different type of walking, since it includes the most famous, and one of the most beautiful trekking paths - the Premužić path. Velebit is known for its unusual diversity of plant and animal life, wealth of forests, canyons, cliffs and caves that delight visitors. Besides all the aforementioned, Velebit is also home to one of the most famous Croatian endemic species, Velebitska degenija. Due to its magnificence, it’s considered as a national Croatian symbol and as such is mentioned in numerous songs, stories and legends. It is characterized by an elongated shape with steep sides. On our way there are several points that open up a view towards the Zadar archipelago, the path is drawn so that there aren’t any big climbs so it is pleasant for walking, and passes through dense forest of old pine, fir and beech. We finish up our day with a drive towards our next destination. Novigrad little fisherman’s village situated right on the sea front. We’ll enjoy dinner on the hotel terrace with a stunning view of the Velebit mountain range.
Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Van ride: 2.5 h each way; Walking: 4 – 5 h; Terrain: easy/moderate, well-marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 4: Walking around NP Plitvice Lakes

National park Plitvice LakesHaving today’s itinerary in mind, we put smiles on our faces and head out into the wild. We start our day with a van drive southwest towards NP Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Our day is dedicated to hiking in and around the park making breathtaking pictures. 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 enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river just in front of your guest house. 
Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Van ride: 15 min each way; Walking: easy, 4-5 h; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 5: Optional trip day

Optional trip dayOn the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Several river, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer. Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx. 50 € per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.
Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Van ride: max 2 h one way; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 6: Paklenica National Park Trekking

National park Paklenica, trekking in KroatienIf there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning.  Our small expedition leads us into National Park Paklenica, the most famous hiking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of 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 residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. 
3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Van ride: 2h + 1h; Walking: 4 - 5 h; Terrain: moderate, well- marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 7: Walking and exploring National Park Krka River

National park Krka, activities in KroatienWe will spend the day visiting the Krka River National Park. A short boat ride will take us from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall. We will continue by motor boat to the island Visovac to visit the Franciscan (Catholic) monastery. After the walk around the Roski waterfall, with its numerous mills, streams and cascades, optionally one can continue by boat to visit the St. Archangel (Orthodox) monastery in the upper canyon of the river. There will be time for lunch and a swim. You will be able to admire the Park’s abundant wildlife, particularly birds – more than 200 different species. Upon our return we enjoy the rest of the evening in Skradin, a unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary, on the very edge of the national park. We will take a drive to Šibenik town for another inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination. 
3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Walking: easy, 3 h; Terrain: easy, well marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Activities day 8: Departure

Activities i KroatienDepart for the Split or Zagreb airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. 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


Note on Itinerary
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek 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. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

 All prices are per person in EUR.
 Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
 Children discount is valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. 1 child enjoying discount shares parents’ room, 2 or more children can have their own room. 
 Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible.
 Air Travel: Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
 Meals: The meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, breads and pastries, pastas and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.


Price includes: 
 7 nights in double/twin room
 Accommodation as noted in the itinerary (hotels or private guest houses)
     2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 8)
 Meals as noted in itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 5xD=dinner)
 6 days organized activities
 Park entrance fees 
 Saturday transfers from Zagreb and Split airport, bus or train station
 Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
 Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
 Local taxes

Not Included:
- International airfare to/from Croatia;
- Alcoholic beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary (last dinner on your own)
- Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s).

Weather - the summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Questions - Feel free to call us at +45 60 14 16 16; if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you.


Departure calendar:

May       18  
June       01   22  
July      16    
August      17    31
September                14    

Other dates on request

Half board as noted

June 29 - Aug 23                                                          € 979,00
June 08 - July 28 and Aug 24 - Sept 13 € 905,00
May 18 - June 07 and Sept 14 - Sept 20 € 805,00


Single rooms, 20% supplement

Children 8-14 years 10% reduction