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Hiking In Croatian National Parks
Guided Walking Tour 2016

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Routing:

Opatija – Učka – Lovran – Risnjak – North Velebit – Starigrad  Paklenica – Paklenica – Plitvice Lakes – Zagreb

Participants:

Minimum 4 / Maximum 14

 

 

Includes

• Airport/Bus/Train Station transfers at start (Pula) & end of tour (Zagreb)
• Local transfers as per itinerary
• 8 nights in 3* accommodation
• 8 breakfasts (B)
• 7 lunches (picnic or in mountain lodge) (L)
• 8 dinners (D)
• 6 trekking trips
• Tour Guide – English speaking
• Residence tax

Not Included

• Transfers from other airports/bus/train stations with supplement

Entrance Fees

• Risnjak NP
• Paklenica NP
• North Velebit NP
• Plitvice Lakes NP

Accommodation (or similar)

• Opatija Riviera (Lovran) – Hotel TBA (3*) 
• Zavižan – Mountain Hut 
• Starigrad Paklenica – Hotel Vicko (3*)
• Paklenica – Mountain House
• Plitvice (Rakovica) – Hotel Degenija (3*)
• Zagreb – Hotel Dubrovnik (4*)

This hikking adventure takes you accros the mountains that surround the Kvarner bay in the northern Adriatic. First we start with the Učka mountain. Učka mountain means mountain of the wolwes, taking the name of the animals once numerous in this area. After Učka we move to another mountain that got its name from an animal, its Risnjak. The name arrive from the lynx, in croatian ris, so “Risnjak” means a place where lynxes live. From Risnjak the tour takes us to the youngest national park in Croatia – “Northern Velebit”, with numerous endemic species and specific geomorphological phenomenon. From Northern Velebit we will go further south, to the National Park “Paklenica”, its canyons and paths are ideal for hikking. After Paklenica the adventure continues to the oldest croatian National Park “Plitvice lakes”, one of the most beautiful natural phenomenon in the world. The last day of this tour is rederved for historical sightseeing in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, its medieval and modern city center.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Twin ShareSingle
Jun 202,3302,695
Private tour option available for 2 - 3 people

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Opatija

Arrival in Opatija, meeting with a guide and program presentation. Dinner and overnight . Possibility to organise transfer from any airport/bus/train station to the hotel. (D)

Day 2: Učka – Lovran

Due to its outstanding natural characteristics, Učka mountain and a part of Cicarija massif, with a total area of 146 km2, were proclaimed a nature reserve park in 1999. The length of this mountain range is 20 kilometres, and between 4 – 9 kilometres in width. The eastern slopes of Učka are mostly covered by forest and descend sharply towards the sea. The western side along the main ridge with its height approximately 300 metres below the peak is unusually steep, after which the ground unfolds into raised terrace of the continental Istria. Breakfast, dinner and overnight in Lovran. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 4-5hours

Day 3: Risnjak – North Velebit

After breakfast 40 minutes transfer to the mountain massif Risnjak, was proclaimed a national park in 1953. It offers walking tours through untouched nature, along marked pathways away from civilisation where you have the opportunity for a pleasant and relaxing holiday. A great number of unique geographical, geological, biological and climatic phenomena are found in a comparatively small, easily accessible area. We should point out ten different wooded areas, fifty-one bird species, many mammals, a highly educational pathway Leska, Veliki Risnjak peak (1528 m) as one of the most beautiful Croatian gazebos. After an 1,5 hour hike, a transfer is organized to the next destination – “Northern Velebit” national park. Dinner and overnight in mountain house “Zavižan”. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 5-6hours

Day 4: North Velebit – Starigrad Paklenica

After breakfast we will hike the most famous and widely known Premužić’s trail, named after its constructor, the BSc forestry Ante Premužić who built it in the late 1933. This park covers the surface of 109 km2, and inside there is the Hajdučki & Rožanski Ledges Strict Reserve, famous for its geomorphological phenomena – the pits. Until now, there are more than 150 pits discovered, out of which the most famous is Luke’s pit, discovered in 1992. Inside the reserve there is a widely known Velebit Botany Garden, founded by the pharmacology professor Fran Kušan in 1967. The path runs through the most beautiful and the most interesting parts of the park. After the hike an 1,5 hour transfer to Starigrad Paklenica. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 5-6hours

Day 5: Paklenica

Breakfast, hiking through Mala Paklenica Canyon, the dry riverbed, toward Njive Lekine and Grabove doline (the old villages of Jurline and Škiljići) up to Velika Paklenica. Mala Paklenica, a national park on the southern side of Velebit, the largest mountain massif of Croatia. Two impressive canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain from the sea to the peaks are the main attraction of the park. Dinner and overnight in mountain house “Paklenica”. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 5-6hours

Day 6: Paklenica

After breakfast we will descent towards Starigrad. There are numerous unusual carsic forms, including many caves, and extremely rich and varied flora and fauna. One of the main sights is the monumental steep rock Anica kuk, one of the most popular destination among Croatian alpinists. In the afternoon free time for relax on the beach. Dinner and overnight in Starigrad. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 2-3hours

Day 7: Paklenica – Plitvice Lakes

Breakfast, 1,5 hour transfer to next destination – “Plitvice lakes” national park. This national park is considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomen in the world. Sixteen lakes on the Korana river, interconnected by waterfalls, cascade through the picturesque surrounding. Plitvice Lakes were declared a national park in 1949. A guided tour of the park lasts about 5 hours including panoramic train, boat and a hiking tour. Dinner and overnight in the Plitvice area. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 4hours

Day 8: Plitvice Lakes – Zagreb

After breakfast transfer to Zagreb. On the way we will stop in a water mill village Rastoke, where green water of the Slunjčica river rushes steeply into Korana over a number of travertine barriers and waterfalls. The Afternoon we will spend in Zagreb, captial of Croatia, including the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center: St. Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theater and the University. Celebration dinner will be organized in local tavern. Overnight in Zagreb. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 2.5hours

Day 9: Zagreb

After breakfast transfer ot station/airport in Zagreb (B)

 

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