Croatia’s amazing nature is a heavenly setting for many adventures. The suggested itinerary represents a mixture of must-see spots and off-the-beaten path adventures in pristine nature, but can always be modified to your group, level of ability and preferred adventurous activities. Whether you are keen on adrenaline or just wish to get some fresh air and relax in nature, all you need to do is let us know.
Start your journey with an introduction to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, a charming central European city with a bustling present and an enthralling history. After a relaxing arrival day, enjoy a guided hike to Medvednica, Zagreb’s favorite mountain and a park of nature.
As you move from continental Croatia to the Adriatic coast, enjoy a change of pace and scenery. En route, stop to hike in one of Croatia’s National Parks and our most visited natural wonder, the Plitvice Lakes. Expect to be stunned by the ethereal beauty of these sixteen cascading lakes and their powerful waterfalls, enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage since 1979.
Rab Island is your first Adriatic stop and hiking its rugged terrains will introduce you both to its lushly green nature and to some amazingly hospitable locals. Then kayak from Rab to Goli Island, a barren landscape and a ghostly site of a former Yugoslavian political prison. Returning to the coast, get settled in and introduced to Zadar, an upcoming Croatian tourist destination, and an ideal starting point for exploring the Northern Dalmatia.
Start with adventurists’ favorite NP Paklenica on Velebit Mountain. With 150-200 kilometers of trails and paths, and two river canyons, it attracts hikers, climbers and mountaineers alike. You will enjoy a half-day guided hike before heading for a caving adventure – spelunking at the Modrić cave. Then enjoy some sea action aboard a private motorboat, exploring the dreamscapes of perhaps the most mesmerizing Adriatic site – the 140 uninhabited islands of the Kornati archipelago.
As you head south on the ninth day, stop at Krka River and Waterfalls National Park to get immersed in nature once again. Ride a boat under the waterfalls and take a light hike to visit wonderfully restored water mills. After a divine 6-course lunch in Pelegrini’s in Šibenik and a visit to the local falconry center, arrive to Split, the capital town of Dalmatia.
The next two days will have adrenaline and action fans ecstatic. Your guided rafting experience down the river Cetina will reveal a fresh, intact and unseen Dalmatia, and zip-lining on eight wires in its canyon will get you high on adrenaline and impressed with fresh perspectives. Your encounter with Cetina lasts for another day, when you will cycle in the Dalmatian hinterland, behind the mountains of Split, enjoying the fresh air of rugged landscapes and a traditional picnic lunch!
After all the excitement, enjoy a relaxing visit to an oyster and mussels farms in Ston, en route to Croatia’s furthest south – Dubrovnik. Experience the Old Town from its two kilometers long City Walls, but also from below, in a kayaking tour to Lokrum Island. Conclude your Croatian adventure with a traditional lunch deep in Konavle hills before leaving from Dubrovnik International Airport on day 12, feeling invigorated.
Arrive to Croatia’s bustling capital and get swept away by its central European charm, lively squares and vibrant open air markets, romantic city parks and urban spirit. Get settled in the renowned hotel Esplanade 5*, built to host Orient Express travelers. Spend the evening exploring the lively center of Zagreb, from the historic Upper town to the square of Ban Jelačić.
Meet your guide in the morning for a hike to Zagreb's own mountain. Just 1.035 meters high, this is a popular getaway for people of Zagreb with numerous trails and great picnic spots. It is also a great place for mushroom picking in the fall! Return to Zagreb in the afternoon hours.
The Island of Rab
Your chauffeur will meet you in the morning for a private transfer to the island of Rab. As you drive from Zagreb to the coast, you will also enjoy an easy hike in the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. Reach Rab in afternoon hours and get settled in hotel Arbiana, before spending a relaxing evening in beautiful Rab town.
Hiking on Rab
After enjoying your breakfast over the Mediterranean scents of Rab, meet your guide for a private hiking tour of the island. Explore the rugged terrain of one of Croatia's most fascinating islands, known for historic forests, karst landscapes and the longest sandy beaches in the country. After the tour, enjoy a lovely seaside evening on your own.
Sea kayaking off Rab
Meet your guide in the morning to embark on a unique adventure. You will kayak to Goli Otok. The island is best known for its dark ages as an infamous political prison in the second half of the 20th century. As the days of "Alcatraz of the Adriatic" are gone, you will probably be accompanied only by local sheep.
Arrival and walking tour of Zadar
Arrive to the uprising gem, the city of Zadar. Once the capital of Dalmatia, today Zadar is cherishing a Renaissance, with new worthwhile venues popping up and more and more people coming to hear the tunes of the Sea Organ. Perfectly positioned to explore the North Adriatic, Zadar is your home for the next few days.
Hiking Paklenica trails and Modrić cave adventure
With your private chauffeur, set out for a day of true adventures! With two river gorges cutting into the Velebit Mountain, Paklenica is a stunning visual site and features almost 200 kilometers of paths ranging from active walks to mountaineering trails. At your Modrić cave spelunking adventure, get all propped up with hard hats and head lamps, as true explorers!
Kornati National Park Private Motorboat Trip
This unique maze of islands, rocks and crystal clear sea is best enjoyed by boat. See the cliffs of Dugi otok, lighthouse of Sestrice, movie set ruins on Mana and one of Croatia's most beautiful beaches Lojena. Kornati are a pure Mediterranean pleasure! Return in the afternoon hours for your last night in Zadar.
Krka River National Park
Another natural site to behold: Krka River and its seven waterfalls, with the largest called Skradinski Buk. Visit the small island Visovac, with its Franciscan Monastery from the 15th century, sitting amidst the lake. Take a hike through nature to visit renovated historic water mills. Enjoy a 6-course slow-food lunch at Pelegrini’s in Šibenik, before heading to Split.
Cetina river rafting and zip line adventure
No time for rest! Morning is reserved for adrenaline-powered rafting on Cetina river, followed with even more exciting zip-lining! Afternoon at leisure to catch your breath!
Cycling in Dalmatian Hinterland
Find a completely different world as you cross the mountains above Split. An area of many springs and creeks, Dalmatian Hinterland is a mostly flat, scenic landscape just ideal for cycling and hiking. The signature feature of all our cycling trips is a memorable gourmet picnic lunch.
Dubrovnik Urban Adventure
Morning departure from Split to Dubrovnik. Stop en route for oyster tasting! The King’s Landing, as it is nowadays often called, the Old Town of Dubrovnik is an amazing medieval town embraced by two kilometers of stone walls, and bound to leave you in awe. After your tour, set out to wander the Old Town grid of streets.
Sea Kayak & Konavle
Feel very much like the pirates used to, standing small underneath the mighty City Walls of Dubrovnik. You will pass underneath when you paddle from St. Jacob's beach to the island of Lokrum. Stop to take a walk through the island's botanical garden and have a swim, before a lunch in the countryside!
Private transfer to the airport is planned in time for your international flight. Doviđenja until we see each other again!
Modern comfort and characterful ambiance of the chosen hotels deliver relaxing evenings for you to unwind from all the adrenaline of your adventurous days and to prepare for the upcoming ones. Centrally located, these hotels place you in the right spot for some spontaneous exploration on your own.
Hotel Esplanade 5*, Zagreb
Housed in an elegant and distinguished building originally built in 1925 and designed to accommodate passengers from the Orient Express, the Esplanade Hotel is known for its impeccable service and luxurious accommodations. Esplanade is one of the finest hotels in the region and has received numerous awards for the consistent quality.
Hotel Arbiana 4*, Rab
Arbiana Hotel is located on the greenest island of Croatia, and in one of the sunniest parts of Europe. You can find it just behind the city walls, in its own park, on the edge of the crystal clear sea. Hotel Arbiana distinguishes itself with exclusive care and excellent quality of service that creates an unforgettable experience for its guests. It is a perfect ambiance even for the most demanding of clients. Hotel offers to its clients an excellent service ensuring that each guest has a memorable and charming stay, together with complete relaxation for body and soul.
Hotel Bastion 4*, Zadar
Built on the remains of the 13th century medieval fortress “Kaštela”, this unique boutique-hotel sits in Zadar’s historic core, minutes away from contemporary Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Comprising 28 luxuriously equipped rooms, an assortment of gastronomic delicacies, a wellness center and a videoconference room which turns business into pleasure, Bastion charms with a world-class feel of its intimate atmosphere.
Hotel Judita Palace 4*, Split
Judita Palace Hotel is a place for lovers of culture: the facades of this extensive four-story building display the fundamental historical and cultural periods of medieval and modern Split. But Judita is not only a building, it is a boutique hotel of the finest service and most welcoming staff. It's unbeatable, central location on Split's main square makes it ideal for exploring Split's historic quarters!
Hotel Excelsior 5*, Dubrovnik
The iconic Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, in operation for over one hundred years, is one of the finest five star hotels on the Mediterranean according to the eminent Sunday Times. Just a few steps from the UNESCO listed Dubrovnik Old Town, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the hotel combines a stunning location, sophisticated elegance and Mediterranean charm into an outstanding experience of superior quality.