Adventures in Croatia
HIKING, KAYAKING, SWIMMING, CAMPING, CAVING – AN ACTIVE HOLIDAY IN CROATIA!
Hike to peaks of mountains to enjoy views of the Adriatic islands scattered in the distance, kayak on archipelagos, or simply spend a lot of pleasant time outdoor – the possibilities for adventures in Croatia are endless for nature and adrenaline lovers.
Chase adventure both in the hinterland and along the Adriatic Coast, and explore renowned sites like Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik, and Hvar, along with some very special experiences such as Modrić Cave spelunking, hiking in Paklenica National Park and rafting on Cetina River. As you travel to popular cities like Zagreb, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik, try to cross-reference their histories to get the full picture of Croatia.
PROGRAM IN BRIEF
Historic Zagreb & Medvednica mountain
Sea kayak on Rab Island
Visits to Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park
Private boat trip to Kornati National Park
Hiking at NP Paklenica gorge
Spelunking at Modrić cave
Cycling in Dalmatian hinterland
Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik
Private transfers throughout
Entrance tickets to all attractions
Tastings and meals per itinerary
Savour the local cuisine prepared by famous Croatian chefs, paired with superior local wines selected by Croatian winemakers themselves. Culinary and wine enthusiasts will appreciate this gourmet itinerary featuring the finest flavors of Croatia!
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, built originally in 1925 and designed to accommodate passengers from the Orient Express, the Hotel Esplanade is known for its impeccable service, high-quality restaurant offer, and luxurious accommodation. Esplanade is one of the finest hotels in the region and has received numerous awards for consistent quality.
Hotel Arbiana 4*, Rab
Arbiana Hotel is located on the greenest island of Croatia 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 quality of service that creates an unforgettable experience for its guests. Hotel staff ensures that each guest has a memorable stay along with complete relaxation for body and soul.
Hotel Bastion 4*, Zadar
Built on the remains of the 13th-century medieval fortress “Kaštela”, this boutique hotel is situated minutes away from the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Comprising of 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 an 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.
Croatia’s amazing nature is a heavenly setting for many adventures. The suggested itinerary for adventure tour of Croatia, 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.
Welcome to Zagreb
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. Your chauffeur will take you to settle in the renowned Hotel Esplanade, once built to host the Orient Express travelers. Enjoy a pleasant evening stroll in the city center.
Meet your guide in the morning for a hike to Zagreb’s very own mountain. 1.035 meters high, Medvednica 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 and walk the lively center, from the historic Upper town to the square of Ban Jelačić.
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.
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 long over, you will probably be accompanied only by a wandering sheep or two.
Walking tour of Zadar
Arrive to the uprising gem, the city of Zadar. Once the capital of Dalmatia, 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 northern Adriatic, Zadar will be your home for the next few days.
Hiking Paklenica & Modrić cave
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!
Motorboat tour of Kornati National Park
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
Visit another stunning nature site, Krka River and its seven waterfalls, the largest one called Skradinski Buk. Visit the small island of Visovac, with its Franciscan Monastery from the 15th century. Hike through nature to visit the renovated historic water mills. After the tour, enjoy a 6-course slow-food lunch at Pelegrini restaurant in Šibenik, before heading to Split.
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 ideal for cycling and hiking. The signature feature of all our cycling trips is a memorable gourmet picnic lunch prepared by your guide Dom.
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 the tour, set out to wander the streets of the old town.
Sea Kayak & Konavle
Feel very much like the pirates used to, standing small underneath the mighty City Walls of Dubrovnik. You will pass underneath them 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!
Adventures in Croatia can range from easy hikes to extreme cave diving for serious adrenaline junkies. Tell us your passion and we will create something unique specially for you!
BEFORE YOU GO
This adventure-packed program offers everything from walking tours of cities’ highlights to adrenaline boosting actvities, such as kayaking, hiking, zip line, spelunking, etc. Croatia has an incredible diversity of landscapes and interesting locations which will certainly be a heaven for all adventure seekers. There are numerous activities and experiences available within this program, and it can all be further modified for a private tour based on your preferences.
When to Travel
Adventure in Croatia itinerary is available year-round, with May, September and October being the best months we recommend for outdoor activities. For this program, consider visiting in spring, or early fall, since this is when the weather is pleasant enough for spending majority of time outside and in the nature. If you prefer water activities, and this is what you want your program to be focused on, summer would be the perfect time to visit.
50% deposit payment is due upon booking of this program. After we have received the payment, you will be sent an official confirmation to your mail. Balance payment is due one month prior to arrival. We accept wire transfer and major credit cards through our secure payment gateway (Visa, Amex, Mastercard). In case of significant changes after finalizing the trip, there will be a 250€ surcharge. For more information on Payments, visit our Terms and Conditions page.
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