Day 1 – Zadar
Arrival to Zadar and accommodation in a hotel.
Day 2 – Leisure day in Zadar
Zadar is a beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years Zadar has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing it.
Day 3 – Hiking and walking around National Park Plitvice Lakes
Heading out into the wild with a van drive southwest towards NP Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s premier National Park. The 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. A picnic lunch along the trail. Later in the afternoon return to Korana village in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river.
Hiking: 5-6 hours; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths
Day 4 – Optional trip day
Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
Day 5 – Kayaking on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers
Early in the morning a drive towards the little village of Kaštel Žegarski and starting of the expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be raft, canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending upon the river conditions. Pushing off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm and green waters of these Croatian rivers, considered two of the most beautiful in Europe. Waterfalls and easy rapids, hidden swimming pools, steep sided canyons… It doesn’t get better than this!
Kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5h
Day 6 – Cycling day in National Park Krka River and visiting Visovac Island
A bike tour from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall visiting one of Croatia’s most popular National Parks, the Krka River National Park. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. This is the famous place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing and taking breathtaking pictures, a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. After this relaxing first part continuation of the cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the National Park Krka River. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the park then cycling. This biking route leads thru Croatian history enjoying the landscape of forests and hills to the shores of Visovac Lake where the boat takes you to Visovac Island and Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and the museum return to the shore for a beach break and picnic lunch. Continuing back to Skradin for a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over the Prokljan Lake.
Cycling: 4-5h, moderate – van support if needed
Day 7 – Visit Split UNESCO town
A drive to Split or Trogir. In Split free time to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century or Trogir another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience.
Day 8 – Departure day
Depart Split/Trogir for the airport and flight home.