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There are eight national parks in Croatia, all equally beautiful and amazing: Risnjak, Brijuni, Plitvice Lakes, Sjeverni Velebit, Paklenica, Krka, Kornati and Mljet.

In Paklenica, the flora and fauna are so breathtaking, a visitor feels propelled into an idyllic scene not even an artist could paint.
Brijuni islands offer a view of a sea world as well as cultural and historical heritage dating back to the Stone Age.
Kornati is a wonderland of reefs and islets and offers to those with an interest in ecology the opportunity to view it firsthand. Velebit is a mountain climbers delight as is Risnjak and both are real monuments of the nature.
Mljet island is not only an island lost in the open sea but the most beautiful and the greenest of all Adriatic's islands.
Krka river and Plitvice Lakes, magical kingdoms of water and waterfalls which attract milions of people from all over the world will reveal you the true beauty of nature.

The tour price includes:

  • 11 days
  • 10 overnights - breakfast incl.
  • 4 and 3 star hotels & BB's
  • A/C sedan or minivan transportation
  • Experienced English speaking guide/driver
  • Entrance tickets for all major sights and national parks
  • Sightseeing according to the itinerary
  • Additional meals: Dinner in Zagreb; Dinner in Opatija; Dinner in Starigrad; Dinner in Ston; Dinner in Dubrovnik

 

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  • Price: from 3190 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
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  • Activities:
    • Mountaineering
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing

Day 1 ZAGREB

Your Croatian National Parks tour begins in Zagreb, the Croatian capital. Your ZAGREBTOURS host will welcome you at Zagreb airport and take you to your hotel. After a short rest, we invite you to join us for a pleasant evening walk around city center and for a welcome dinner in one of Zagreb taverns. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 2 ZAGREB – RISNJAK NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we head towards the first of eight national parks that we will visit on our journey. Risnjak National park is situated in the green heart of the Croatia, in Gorski Kotar, only fifteen kilometers away from the sea. It's the third oldest national park in Croatia, founded in 1953. One of the most beautiful natural phenomena in our country, for which experts say that for the real enjoyment of  its beauties you should have a special feeling for the charms of natural beauty. We have no doubt that you have it. After Risnjak, we will drive down to Fužine - little town in Gorski kotar region on the shores of Lake Bajer where we are going to try some specialties of local cuisine surrounded by centuries-old coniferous forests. We will continue our jurney from the mountain rgiong to the shores of the blue Adriatic Sea. In the evening we will accommodate in Opatija, which is one of the oldest and most famous tourist cities on the Adriatic. Overnight in Opatija.

Day 3 OPATIJA – BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK – OPATIJA

Breakfast. Today we are giong to visit the Brijuni National Park near Pula which is the biggest town in Istria. Brijuni archipelago with its 14 islands and islets is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean archipelago with more than 700 plant species and the rich wildlife. Luxury and unique island nature attracted rich patricians in the old Roman times who built their “villae rusticae” there Josip Broz Tito had his famous residence on the island. Brijuni islands were always attractive for many famous names of world elite and aristocracy. On our way back to Opatija, we will stop at one of the small coastal fisherman towns and enjoy some specialties from the sea depths. Overnight in Opatija.

Day 4 OPATIJA – KRASNO – NORTHERN VELEBIT – PLITVICE LAKES

Breakfast. After breakfast we head to the foothills of the largest Croatian mountain Velebit. Visiting of this youngest Croatian National Park will begin in the village Kuterevo or how it’s often being called "the village of bears and people." There we’ll see a shelter for bear cubs - a place where young cubs, orphaned, alone and helpless for independent living, were given an opportunity for survival. Then we will continue along the mountain range towards beautiful to stunning peaks of Velebit. We will walk alonge the Premužić path - the most famous hiking trail on Velebit, which still considered a masterpiece work of architecture because it was built of stone and dry wall. You will definitely enjoy the breathtaking views of the Adriatica sea and islands. After Velebit National Park we head towards the Plitvice Lakes. We’ll check in to a hotel in the Park and rest for tomorrow's exploration of our largest, oldest and most famous national park. Overnight in Plitvice Lakes area.

Day 5 PLITVICE LAKES – STARIGRAD PAKLENICA

Breakfast. As already mentioned, today we introduce you to the most visited and most beautiful national park in Croatia - Plitvice Lakes. Once upon a time this hidden wilderness was called the "Devil's gardens" and today is a magical oasis, a mixture of blue and green, the combination of the gorgeous waterfalls and virgin nature. Whether you come here out of curiosity, romance, tradition or education, the Lakes will not leave you indifferent. Enchanted  by true beauty, we continue our journey again to the shores of Adriatic. We will accommodate in the small seaside town Starigrad, located at the foothills of the famous mountain Velebit. Here we’ll have a relaxed evening, enjoying traditional specialties of Dalmatian cuisine. Overnight in Starigrad.

Day 6 PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK – ŠIBENIK

Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the Paklenica National Park. This park is situated in the southern part of Mt. Velebit and after the Plitvice Lakes is the second oldest national park in Croatia. It’s famous for its amazing canyons of Small and Large Paklenica where in a small area we can meet a diverse wildlife, breathtaking scenery and unspoiled nature. All of this makes this park an ideal place to enjoy nature and have active holidays. In the afternoon we continue along the Adriatic coast to one of the oldest Croatian towns - Šibenik. After check into a hotel, we recommend that you take stroll along this beautiful city and see some of its landmarks, such as Cathedral of St. Jacob under the protection of UNESCO. Overnight in Šibenik.

Day 7 ŠIBENIK – KORNATI NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast. Today we take you on a boat trip to the Kornati islands - the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic Sea. Because of its beauty and richness of the marine ecosystem most parts of Kornati archipelago were declared a national park. Famous Kornati "crown" - the cliffs facing the open sea are definitely the sight you shouldn’t miss. This words, written by George Bernard Shaw best describe the beauty of this national park: "On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath". You will enjoy the crystal clear water and fish dishes of our island hosts. In the late afternoon we return to Šibenik. Overnight in Šibenik.

Day 8 ŠIBENIK – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – STON

Breakfast. After breakfast we leave Šibenik and we head for the seventh national park on our tour. It’s Krka River National Park. Beautiful and wild, Krka River on its way to the Adriatic Sea is forming numerous cascades and waterfalls of which Skradinski buk is the highest chalk barrier in Europe and most famous in the Park. Old mills, a small island Visovac with a Franciscan monastery and a diverse flora and fauna are among many uniqueness in this National Park. We'll track the Krka River to its confluence with the sea, to the little town Skradin where we’ll taste some specialties of Dalmatian cuisine and try some of the finest Dalmatian wines. Later in the afternoon we continue towards the south and to the Pleješac peninsula, where lies a small town Ston known for its Ston Walls, the second largest in the world after the Great Wall of China and the most tasteful oysters in the world. This little town will host us for next couple of days. Overnight in Ston. 

Day 9 MLJET NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast. Today we are visiting the last of eight Croatian national parks, and believe us only a few of the brave and lucky can be proud about visiting all eight. Mljet National Park – the island lost at sea for many people, but we will discover you even this spell of Croatian heritage. On this island the diversity of its secrets are still hidden by the Big and Little salt Lakes, a wonderland of Mediterranean rainforests, the Mediterranean monk seal, the story of St Paul and the legend of Ulysses and the nymph Calypso. On the way back from Mljet, we will visit one of the old households on the Pelješac peninsula for its famous wines and traditional local cuisine. Overnight in Ston. 

Day 10 STON – DUBROVNIK

Breakfast. After breakfast, we leave Stone and head towards the final destination on our journey – the old city Dubrovnik, or as we like to call it - the Pearl of the Adriatic. We will walk the city walls which withstand centuries against various troubles and hard times. We will discover the secrets of the magnificent palaces and enjoy the daily life of Dubrovnik. We also recommend you that you spend your last evening walking along small, cobbled streets of this beautiful city. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 11 DUBROVNIK

Breakfast. Eleven beautiful and richly-filled days came to an end. Your guide and a friend will take you to the Dubrovnik airport and wish you a safe journey and goodbye!

 

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  • Price: from 3190 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Mountaineering
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing

Šibenik

Šibenik

Šibenik is Croatian town more than 1000 years old, located in the naturally protected harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and at the estuary of the Krka River.
It was founded as early Croatian fortress at the bottom of St. Michael castle which still dominates the town. Šibenik was mentioned for the first time in 1066 in the document of King Petar Kresimir IV, the most important Croatian ruler. At the entrance to the sea channel you will see the most important renaissance fortress on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea - St. Nicholas' which during the night looks as an amazing alighted island.
Šibenik St. James cathedral had been build for a hundred years at the turn of 14 to 15th century and in its architecture we can see both gothic and renaissance style.
Šibenik has also a very impressive archipelago among which Kornati are the most famous. The Kornati National Park's 150 islands can provide an unforgettable sailing experience as you anchor at any of the hidden beaches, sandy inlets and tiny ports.

Zagreb

Zagreb

Zagreb has a rich cultural heritage dating from prehistoric ages. The very first findings of human habitants in the area date all the way to the Stone Age, around 35000 B.C. Zagreb arise from two settlements Gradec i Kaptol. Kaptol developed as a spiritual centre, where clergymen were given land to live on, and where they built curies. Somewhat later than the Kaptol settlement, the settlement called Gradec was established on the west side of the Medvescak creek. In 1242 king Bela IV, in order to thank for the shelter and to strengthen the country's defense, gave the habitants of Gradec the Golden Bull. The Golden Bull was the privilege which excludes Gradec from the governor's rule and obliges them only to army duty for the king. Simultaneously, under the influence of the Cistercians, restoration and fortification of Kaptol commenced. The city of Zagreb, with its cultural and historical legacy and significance, is one of the most vital cities in Europe.

NP Plitvice Lakes

NP Plitvice Lakes

National Park Plitvice Lakes is a special geological and hydrological phenomenon. It consists of 16 lakes, which gradually blend into one another in a long series of more than 5000 m. The vast forest areas of exceptional natural beauty, lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting colors of autumn or spring, forest trails and wooden bridges are protected by the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. According to legend the Plitvice lakes formed after the terrible long drought. People, animals and plants have yearned and prayed for a drop of water. Then in the valley appeared mysterious Black Queen with her magnificent retinue and mercy to the people. With strong wind and thunder rain came to the ground. It was raining so long and strong, until the water level has not grown enough to create lakes.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (Ragusa) is a city on the south of Croatia and one of the most important historical and tourist centers. As other six Croatian destinations, Dubrovnik was also in 1979 included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. In the middle ages Dubrovnik was independent  Republic of Ragusa, the only city-state on the east coast of the Adriatic rival Venice. The beautiful city walls built from 13 to 17 century are a favorite spot for sightseeing and weddings. Be sure to visit the tower Minceta and Bokar, fortresses St. John and Revelin, Imperial fortress, the Prince's Palace, the Pile gate, the gate of Ploce, the cathedral and the church St. Blaise. Except for its cultural and historical sites, Dubrovnik is inexhaustible source of interesting stories. Tourists love it because it has more than 250 sunny days a year and beautiful preserved beaches.

 

Opatija

Opatija

Opatija is one of the first touristic towns in Croatia. It’s located on the east coast of Istria peninsula and at the foot of the mountain Ucka, Nature Park. Impressively decorated parks and gardens, long promenades, remarkable centuries-old Austrian villas, beautiful beaches and the warm climate are the reasons why tourists come to Opatija, last several centuries. The Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I used to spend in Opatija several months during the winter, because of its incredibly mild micro climate. Opatija is well known for its sculpture Minden with a seagull, which is positioned on a promontory close to the Juraj Sporer art pavilion. Maiden with a seagull is today a symbol of Opatija.

NP Krka

NP Krka

National Park Krka is named after the river Krka, which pass through the park. Park is located in the central Dalmatia and is well known for its large number of lakes and waterfalls. Natural heritage of the park makes 860 plant species; numerous endemic animals 4; around forty caves and holes; and seven turquoise waterfalls. Cultural heritage includes a Roman military camp Burnum with recently discovered amphitheater; a medieval fortress; the traditional water mills; a beautiful small island Visovac with the Roman Catholic Monastery founded in 15th century; Serb Orthodox Monastery founded in 14th century; and  hydropower Krka from 19th century.  

 

NP Risnjak

NP Risnjak

National Park Risnjak is located in Gorski Kotar and it’s about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. Main part of Park’s area is based on the mountain massif Risnjak 1528 meters high. The park is divided into two zones: a zone of strict protection and zone moderate protection. In a strict zone you can see many natural sits whose extremely rare beauty is reason why the Park is included in nature heritage with the highest level of protection. The river Kupa has its source at the park's lowest point in an oval pond some 50 m wide. View on the turquoise blue water is a good beginning of the nice walk to Schloserr house, shelter for hikers located at the peak Risnjak.

NP Paklenica

NP Paklenica

National Park Paklenica is located on the southern side of the mountain Velebit. The basic phenomena of NP Paklenica are amazing forests and geomorphologic features of the park. In Paklenica you can see the forest of black pine, beech and pine curve. Also this National Park is the habitat of many endemic plants and animals. Most impressive scenery are the canyons of Small and Large Paklenica, which cuts deep into the Velebit mountain. The highest peaks are Vaganski peak (1757 m) and Sacred Hill (1753 m) and they are worth of hiking.

NP Kornati

NP Kornati

National Park Kornati consists of 150 small islands in the central Dalmatia, west from Sibenik. Due to the exceptional beauty, interesting geomorphology, indented coastline and especially the rich biodiversity of the marine ecosystem in 1980 greater part of the Kornati archipelago was declared a national park. The park area is only about 1/4 the mainland, while the rest of it is amazing, crystal blue see. Vertical cliffs, called "the crown" of the Kornati islands, are facing the open sea and are the most popular phenomenon of this park.

NP Mljet

NP Mljet

National Park Mljet isnorthwestern part of the island of Mljet. It encompasses around 5000 hectares of protected land and surrounding sea and represents the first institutionalized attempt to protect an original ecosystem on the Adriatic. Its outer coast, open to the south, it’s extremely steep and full of impressive caves, while the coast facing the mainland, open to the north, is lower and more approachable. The system of the Great and Little Lakes represents a unique geological and oceanographic phenomenon of worldwide importance. The St. Mary Island, on the Great Lake with a Benedictine monastery and church of the 12th century, along with the Roman palace in Polace are places to see.

NP Brijuni

NP Brijuni

Brijuni Islands are national park in the Adriatic Sea, west of Istria. They consist of 14 islands and islets and the largest two are Great and Little Brijuni. Known traces show that human activity on the island of Brijuni started in the third millennium BC. In the first millennium before Christ Histri, Illyrian tribe, came to Brijuni and later Istria was named after them. The most famous and best preserved cultural and historical sites are Roman country manor house with spa from 2nd century, Temple of Venus, Byzantine Castrum, the Basilica of St. Mary church from 5th century and St. Germania church from 15th century. Because of its well indented coast, impressive history, and diverse flora and fauna Brijuni are often called "paradise on earth." Brijuni had once been Tito’s private resort and were closed to the public.

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  • Price: from 3190 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Mountaineering
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing

All prices are expressed in euro and all specified prices are based per person.

If you would like to customize your Croatian tour (eg. add new places, extend your stay), please feel free to contact us at igor@zagrebtours.com so we can make an offer that fits your wishes.

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3 - 4 3590 €
5 - 6 3190 €

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  • Share it:
  • Price: from 3190 €
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departure: on request
  • Group size: 2 - 6 persons
  • Show route on map
  • Activities:
    • Mountaineering
    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing
Barbara & Bill
Canada
17.11.2011

Davor & Roni, thank you both for organizing our trip to Croatia and guiding us through your beautiful country.

We invite you to visit our Croatia trip web site. We were pleased to have many photographs to record our adventures.
http://web.ncf.ca/eb317/Croatia/croatia.htm

Roni, being chauffeured by you made our trip flow smoothly – we were grateful we did not have to negotiate through narrow streets, and park, on our own. We certainly appreciated your historical and geographical expertise and your attention to our requests (more hiking! special beer!). THANKS!