Difficulty Level: easy Private Tour: Yes Accommodation: No Duration: 9 days Availability: from 01.08.2019. Season: April/May-October City: Zagreb, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik National Parks: Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica, Krka
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During the Zagreb to Dubrovnik Private Adventure we will visit five most famous Croatian cities, explore three national parks, get the dose of adrenalin in one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe, walk the second largest wall in the world and discover two islands on the far south of Croatia.

This trip is designed for everyone who wants to get the most out of the holiday in Croatia and experience the local life. Private character of the tour gives us the ability to customize tour activity level according to your needs in order to give you the best possible experience.

We are starting our adventure from the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb making our way south towards the most beautiful national park in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes. Second national park on our list is Paklenica, a paradise for nature lovers and rock climbers. In between our outdoor activities we will visit two cities of extraordinary beauty and historical significance – Zadar and Šibenik. Rafting on Zrmanja river with one of the most impressive canyons in Croatia will give us adrenalin rush while cycling through unique landscape of Krka National Park will reward us with a positive feeling of oneness with the earth. We will visit the biggest Croatian coastal city Split where you will discover magnificent ruins of ancient Diocletian’s Palace and have the most amazing view over the city from top of the Marjan hill. Continuing south we will pass trough the most famous wine region in Croatia – Pelješac Peninsula where we will stop for wine tasting and to walk the medieval Walls of Ston which once guarded the northern boarder of Dubrovnik Republic. As a cherry on top, Dubrovnik is the last city on our list. We will end our adventure kayaking around the Elaphiti islands to experience the magnificent Adriatic sea and discover hidden caves, cliffs and beaches.

This is a private tour meaning you have your own private guide during the entire tour and you are welcome to contact us if you have any suggestions to our itinerary.


Day 1

Arrival to Zagreb

We will welcome you at the airport/bus station/train station and take you to your hotel in Zagreb city centre.Depending on your arrival time hopefully you will have enough time for a sightseeing tour of Zagreb.In the evening hours your guide will meet you at your hotel and walk with you to the restaurant for a welcome dinner. We will use dinner time to get to know each other and discuss details about the adventure in front of us.

Day 2

Rastoke and Plitvice Lakes Walking Tour

On the next morning guide will pick you up at your accommodation and you will start a pleasant drive south.First stop is a watermill village of Rastoke in Slunj. This historical village of extraordinary natural beauty and tradition is built where river Slunjčica flows into Korana river forming several waterfalls and lakes. We will have a walk past the waterfalls and a coffee in one of the waterfront cafes.Around 30 minutes after Slunj we will reach Plitvice Lakes, the oldest and most popular National Park in Croatia. Walking through this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will enjoy in close views of the waterfalls, beautiful lakes, have a boat ride across the biggest lake and a panoramic bus ride back to the starting point. After visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park we will have a short drive to your accommodation. It is possible to arrange dinner upon request in one of the local restaurants serving traditional Croatian food.

Day 3

Paklenica National Park Hiking and Zadar

After breakfast we will leave Plitvice and have around 1 hour drive to Paklenica National Park. Paklenica has unique natural features and is best known for distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit what makes it a paradise for rock climbing. National park offers more than 500 m of climbing routes and 150 km of hiking trails. We will take one of the most popular hiking trails up to the mountain hut were a picnic is planned. From Paklenica we have about 1 hour drive to Zadar where we will be staying for the next two nights. City of Zadar is known for the beautiful old town with remains of ancient Roman civilization, pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches and Venetian architecture. Your guide will tell you more about the city and places worth visiting as well as some restaurant recommendations.

Day 4

Zrmanja River Rafting and Zadar Sightseeing

Forth day of our trip is time for some river adventure and adrenaline rush suitable for everybody (no previous rafting experience needed). We will start after breakfast with an hour long drive towards our starting point in the village Kastel Zegarski. Please note that in case of lower water levels kayaking boats are used (usually from min July to the end of September). Trip includes 2-3 hours of rafting, swimming and a picnic in a fascinating scenery. Return to Zadar is expected in the afternoon hours what leaves you plenty of time for sightseeing of this charming Dalmatian town.

Day 5

Krka National Park Cycling

Following breakfast and farewell to our hosts in Zadar we are driving around 1 hour to Krka National Park. Depending on your wishes and fitness level, which will be discussed on our welcome dinner and along the way, we will decide which bike route to take. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore magical scenery of Krka National Park. Depending on the route we choose we will have a chance to visit ethno exhibition within the Park and explore Oziđana cave dating from the Neolithic period. However, regardless of the route you will witness a unique natural and karst phenomenon with series of travertine waterfalls. Perfectly clean and warm water of Krka river is also suitable for swimming. In the afternoon hours we will take a highway to Split. In case you won't feel too exhausted after our cycling trip we can make a short stop in Šibenik, a picturesque city with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Upon arrival to Split we will check in to our accommodation and you will have a free evening for walk around this ancient city.

Day 6

Split Sightseeing and Marjan Nature Park Cycling

Split is second largest city in Croatia famous for the complex of Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD. Diocletian’s villa was transformed into a vibrant city with layers of Romanesque, Gothic and other architectural styles up until the modern times. Today you will have the opportunity to explore bustling narrow streets of Split old town full of interesting cultural sites, charming cafes, shops and restaurants. In the late afternoon we will start our cycling tour from the main seaside promenade towards Marjan Hill which is a protected nature park and the lungs of the city. We will climb up to the highest point for a beautiful view over the city and hopefully end the day with a breathtaking sunset.

Day 7

Pelješac Peninsula and Walls of Ston

Leaving Split behind we are heading to the southernmost region of Croatia – Dubrovnik Neretva County. On our way from Split to Dubrovnik we will visit beautiful Pelješac peninsula. Pelješac is the most famous wine region of Croatia where some of the best Croatian wines are produced. You will have the opportunity to taste authentic Croatian wines and learn about wine producing process in one of Pelješac family owned wineries. Passing by Mali Ston Bay you will see oyster farms spreading all over the bay. This area is a paradise for oyster farming due to unique blend of salty water and water from nearby delta of Neretva river (it is possible to arrange oyster tasting or lunch in some of the supreme local restaurants). We will stop in the ancient city of Ston and walk the 15th century walls of Ston which are the largest walls in Europe and the second largest in the world right after the Great Wall of China. From the wall we will be able to see the ancient salt pan complex, which once provided great revenues and has been producing salt till today. In the afternoon hours we will finally reach Dubrovnik, the most popular tourist destination in Croatia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After we check in to our accommodation for the next two days you will have the opportunity to explore Dubrovnik Old Town, walk the famous Dubrovnik City Walls or have dinner in same of the best Dubrovnik restaurants. Check here for the best things to do in Dubrovnik.

Day 8

Elaphiti Islands Sea Kayaking

Week into our adventure it is finally time to explore some of the most beautiful Croatian islands. Lopud and Šipan islands are part of Elaphiti archipelago situated northwest of Dubrovnik. In the morning hours we will take a charming local ferry from Dubrovnik Port to the island Lopud. From here we start our kayaking adventure to discover hidden caves and beaches. Besides kayaking you will have the chance for swimming in crystal clear Adriatic sea and for cliff jumping. We will have a break in a fishing village on the island of Šipan where your guide will recommend you a local seafood restaurant for lunch. After kayaking tour we will take an evening ferry back to Dubrovnik and call it a day.

Day 9

Departure Day

On your departure day we will take you to Dubrovnik airport, bus station or your next hotel (it is possible to arrange transfer to other cities upon request).
  • Experienced and first aid trained license holder guide (English)
  • 8 nights accommodation*
  • Meals (8 x breakfast, 2 x picnic lunch, welcome dinner)**
  • Entrance fee for all National Parks in the itinerary
  • Rafting tour and equipment on Zrmanja river
  • Cycling tour and equipment in Krka National Park
  • Cycling tour and equipment in Split
  • Entrance fee for Walls of Ston
  • Wine tasting on Pelješac Peninsula
  • Round-trip public boat tickets for Lopud Island
  • Sea kayaking on Elaphiti Islands
  • All transfers between locations and from/to the airport/bus station/next hotel
  • Basic insurance

* B&B type of stay or typical homestay where local host rents out rooms with en-suite bathroom or apartments (depending on a group size)

**additional meals can be arranged upon request


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