DUBROVNIK – MONTENEGRO – STON – SPLIT – HVAR – ZADAR – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ZAGREB

15 Day Private Journey for 2 – 8 people
Available from April through October

EXCLUSIVE Active Multi-Sport Tour – Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 15 Days

Seeing Croatia and Montenegro for the first time is a life changing experience; to visit time and again is to re-affirm life. Blessed with magnificent scenery and incredible history and enriched with folk traditions and delicious regional foods and wines, here is a region so divine that it has been named one of the best travel destinations in the world. Mediterranean, European, and Balkan influences have formed an ancient and distinctive culture throughout its pastoral countryside to its shimmering coastlines. Powerful mountain ranges have carved legacies in their midst while fairy tale castles and walled seaside villages stand as a testimony to its tumultuous past. Once the site of one of the bloodiest crossroads between Europe and Asia, it is today a gorgeous and peaceful land that beckons passionate travelers from all over the globe. From its lush national parks teeming with flora, fauna, and stunning waterfalls to its glistening chain of lavender and citrus scented islands in the sun-drenched Adriatic Sea, this is truly one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. A journey to the Balkans is a lovely and indelible memory that lives with you forever.

Day 1

Arrival to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline where a treasure trove of cultural and historical monuments were created throughout its thousand-year existence. In its past, it was a City-Republic and, alongside Venice, one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. In more recent times, it has become the center of modern cultural and tourist events: a city of summer festivals,an international parade of top musical and theatrical achievements, and a city of museums and galleries. Dubrovnik is a place that offers a rich selection of experiences filled with excitement but can also provide quiet and calm with its mild Mediterranean ambiance and wonderful seaside landscapes.

Itinerary

  • Upon arrival to Dubrovnik Airport, you will be met by your private activity coordinator/guide for transfer to Dubrovnik hotel
  • Check in at your hotel in Dubrovnik and initial briefing and activity planning
  • Time at leisure and an overnight

Day 2

Dubrovnik

The day begins with a speedboat pick-up in Gruž Harbor where, after 30 min, we arrive on Lopud Island. Our itinerary takes us across the channel, with panoramic views of the open Adriatic, to the island of Šipan where we’ll visit the hidden Green Cave. We’ll tie up our kayaks and get ready for a wonderful morning of swimming and cliff jumping. But first, we’ll grab snorkels and masks and swim down through the cave’s opening. Very few know about this cave… even the locals. Inside, where there is plenty of room for swimming and even standing, this large, and safe cave opens up to reveal an ethereal green light caused by the sun’s reflection off the sandy bottom. The spot is perfect for a cliff jumping challenge, as well. Following a break, our expedition will paddle back to Lopud.

On this private tour to Elafiti Islands, you will be given full safety, skill, and technique instructions before paddling one of the best kayak routes in the Adriatic. You will get a chance to visit legendary Green Cave and enjoy swimming, snorkeling and cliff-jumping in our beautiful Adriatic Sea. The day ends with a speedboat back to Gruž Harbor with the sun on your face and Dalmatia in your heart.

Itinerary

  • Meeting with your guide in the hotel lobby for the private city tour of Dubrovnik (a visit to Rector’s Palace, Dominican Monastery and City Walls)
  • Time at leisure
  • An overnight at the hotel

Day 3

Dubrovnik – Montenegro

Itinerary

  • Meeting with your activity coordinator/guide for a transfer to Montenegro
  • A scenic drive to Montenegro and canyon Nevidio will follow
  • Conquer the mysterious canyon Nevidio (’never seen’), the last conquered canyon in Europe! This canyon with its significant name is 3 km long, with great vertical drop and many waterfalls, and whirlpools. The Komarnica River passes through a gorge with impressive cliff heights
  • The canyon will be passed with the help of professional and experienced guides along with the use of top mountain climbing equipment
  • Lunch after leaving the canyon at about 4pm
  • Return to the camp for dinner and an overnight
  • Assistance and private transfer accompanied by your private activity coordinator/guide

 

Day 4

Montenegro

After a hearty breakfast and gear organization, a 2-day rafting adventure begins! You may either enjoy a day trip in National Park Durmitor or discover the beauties of the lower part of Tara River.

Itinerary

  • After breakfast, you are provided with the best rafting equipment (neoprene suits, special shoes, safety belts, helmets)
  • Transport by terrain vehicles to Brstanovica, the starting point of the rafting
  • Rafting starts, you continue the rafting on exciting waterfalls and rapids to Scepan Polje
  • Return to the base camp, changing clothes, lunch
  • Free time
  • The camp is above the river; you can swim, go fishing, walk on the great paths around the camp, rent a hydro speed, mountain bike, and many other things, make your first mount-climbing steps on natural cliffs, etc…
  • Dinner and an overnight

 

Day 5

Montenegro

Today may be filled with another round of rafting experiences, unique hiking moments or jeep safari rides along the edges of the magical Tara canyon.

Day 6

Montenegro – Ston – Split

In the year 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the entire Roman world at that time, decided to build his leisure palace with the intention of spending the rest of his life there.  He knew exactly where to build it, in the very heart of Dalmatia, in the bay of Aspalathos. There it would be well protected from the sea by the islands of the Split archipelago, and defended on its landward side by high mountains. Diocletian created a special point on the map of the Adriatic: the future city of Split. Today the current city of Split is interwoven with remnants of the Emperor’s palace, one of the only places like it in Europe.

Itinerary

  • Meeting with your activity coordinator/guide for a private transfer from Montenegro to Split with an en route stop in Hodilje, a small town near Ston. Hodilje has been known for its excellent wines since ancient times as well as oyster harvesting
  • Oyster harvesting and a traditional lunch
  • After lunch, drive to Split
  • Bike tour of Split. Cycling takes place by the sea through most of the ride while you visit the Split bays, beaches and harbors, the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace and the park-forest Marjan
  • Time at leisure and an overnight at the hotel

Day 7

Split – Hvar

Conde Nast’s signature travel magazine calls Hvar “one of the “best 10 islands in the world”. A vacation on the lavender island means extraordinary experiences every day; from visiting an ancient olive grove and learning about what Homer called “liquid gold”, taking a Jeep safari to discover hidden inland Hvar, to exploring a castle, visiting the oldest theater in Europe or tasting spectacular wine and local delicacies at an award-winning vineyard.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meeting with your private guide for a walking city tour of Split (included: official English speaking guide)
  • Fast ferry from Split to Hvar town on Hvar island
  • Fast ferry assistance and tickets

Day 8

Hvar

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and a meeting with your guide/instructor for a cycling tour of Hvar (it’s a moderate type of tour on asphalt)
  • Time at leisure
  • An overnight at the hotel

Day 9

Hvar

The gently rolling hills, spectacular beaches, lush vineyards, and vibrant nightlife of Hvar make it the perfect island getaway. Take a stroll down the medieval streets of this lovely island and you will encounter imposing fortifications that testify to the island’s ancient history.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and time to explore the island on your own
  • Time at leisure

Day 10

Hvar – Zadar

Zadar has a trove of archeological structures and monuments of the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of sv. Donat [St. Donatus], where every summer the sounds of Zadar’s musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga – the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an archeological museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums…). In a city with the most beautiful sunsets, a maritime archipelago protects the city from the strong winds. You may enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Pozdrav suncu [Greeting the Sun] near the new harbor for cruise ships as you watch the sunset.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Fast ferry from Hvar town to Split
  • Fast ferry assistance and tickets
  • Arrival to Split and a short walk to the rental company (near the disembarkation point)
  • Rental pick up and a self-drive to Zadar with an optional en route stop in Trogir or Krka National Park waterfalls
  • Time at leisure and an overnight at the hotel in Zadar

Day 11

Zadar – Paklenica National Park – Zadar

Paklenica is a Croatian national park that covers the most attractive parts of southern Velebit, as well as its highest peaks, all located in Lika region. Paklenica is an area of unusual contact between the sea and the mountain, rich in natural forests of beech, black pine and mountain pine. The main attraction of the Paklenica National Park are two impressive canyons, Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain from the sea to the Velebit’s highest peaks. Walking is the only true way to get to know the park. It has between 150 and 200 km of paths, from tourist ones, which lead from the canyon of Velika Paklenica to the Manita pec cave, the forest lodge “Lugarnica” and the mountaineers’ refuge hut, to mountaineers’ paths leading to Velebit’s highest peaks. All paths in the park are marked with signs and tables. The walk from the canyon to the hut takes around two hours.

Itinerary

  • Self-drive towards Paklenica National Park
  • A visit to Paklenica National Park
  • Return to Zadar for an overnight

Day 12

Zadar – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s best known national park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The main attractions of this park are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. This national park encompasses the source of the river Korana, located in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir, and spruce. There are also several caves in the park, as well as springs and flowering meadows. The brown bear stands out as one of many protected animal species. The popularity of this park is also boosted by the ecological means of transport used to shuttle visitors around: the panoramic electric trolly-trains and the noiseless electro-powered boats. By a network of paths, visitors can get around and access the numerous waterfalls and cascades by a network of paths.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and a checkout
  • Self-drive Plitvice Lakes National Park and a hike through the park (on your own)
  • Accommodation and an overnight at the hotel

Day 13

Plitvice Lakes National Park   

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Bike by pastoral villages and unspoiled landscapes near Plitvice Lakes (without a guide).
  • Accommodation and overnight at the hotel
  • Rent-a-car (automatic transmission, medium class, GPS included)
  • Bike ride through Plitvice Lakes National Park area (bike rental, helmets, and insurance)
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Plitvice area, double room

 

Day 14

Zagreb

Unveil the secrets behind the old facades, discover the hidden courtyards and revive the stories from the past. We’ll give you a completely new perspective of Zagreb City. The walking tour of Zagreb starts with the main square of Ban Jelačić, Cathedral, Tkalčićeva Street, the Stone Gate, Upper Town, historical center of the city, St. Mark’s Church with its famed multi-colored roof. Using the funicular, close to the Lotrščak Tower, you can go down to the Lower town to see a part of famous Ilica Street, the Croatian National Theatre, University and so much more.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and a checkout
  • Self-drive to Zagreb
  • Rental drop off in the city center and accommodation in a centrally based hotel in Zagreb
  • Rent-a-car (automatic transmission, medium class, GPS included) Rental drop off in Zagreb city center
  • Meeting with your guide for a walking city tour of Zagreb
  • Accommodation and overnight at a centrally situated hotel

Day 15

Zagreb – Departure day!

Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.

 

The package includes:

  • Private transfer upon arrival where you’ll be met with your private activity coordinator and driven to your hotel
  • 2 nights in a 5* hotel in Dubrovnik, double room, BB basis
  • Exclusive sea-kayaking and speedboat transfer in Dubrovnik
  • Official English speaking guide for the city tour of Dubrovnik
  • Entrance tickets for sightseeing places in Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Dominican Monastery, City Walls)
  • Three days activity program in Montenegro: Canyoning & rafting with your private activity coordinator/guide
    (accommodation based on full board in a camp with bungalow, private bathroom)
  • Private transfer from Montenegro to Split with en route stop in Ston accompanied by your private activity coordinator/guide
  • Private oyster harvesting (Ston Area) and a traditional lunch
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Split, double room, (BB basis)
  • City biking tour of Split accompanied by your private activity coordinator/guide
  • English speaking guide for a walking city tour of Old Town Split
  • Fast ferry tickets and assistance with your luggage to Hvar island from Split and vice versa
  • Cycling tour of Hvar island accompanied by a guide
  • 3 nights in a 4* hotel in Hvar, double room, BB basis
  • Rent-a-car, medium class, automatic transmission, GPS included for 5 days
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Zadar – double room, BB basis
  • Entrance tickets to NP Paklenica
  • Entrance tickets to NP Plitvice Lakes NP
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Plitvice area, double room, BB basis
  • Bike ride through Plitvice Lakes NP (bike rental, helmet, and insurance)
  • 1 night in a 5* hotel in Zagreb, double room, BB basis
  • English speaking guide for Zagreb
  • Private transfer to Zagreb Airport upon departure
  • City taxes
  • VAT

The package DOES NOT include:

  • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services

 

EXCLUSIVE Active Multi-Sport Tour – Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 15 Days

  • Available from April through October
  • Private Journey for 2 – 8 Persons Maximum
  • Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel
  • Hotels are not guaranteed until confirmed

 

If you are interested in booking this trip or would like more information, please fill out and submit this contact form. Someone will contact you within 24 hours:

Email:
info@adventurescroatia.com

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