Active Traveler’s Croatia: Thirst for Adventure
13 Day Private Land Tour
Visiting: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ISLAND RAB – ISLAND PAG – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT – HVAR ISLAND – VIS ISLAND – DUBROVNIK – KONAVLE
Day 1 Arrival to Zagreb
Our chauffeur will meet you at the airport for a private transfer to your hotel, which features a rich tradition of hospitality and the hotel’s prime location at Zagreb’s main city square makes it a perfect choice for experiencing the heart of the city. Just a short walk from the hotel, you will find the most important cultural, government and business institutions, the main shopping area, open-air market, lively cafes and taverns, historical upper town, parks, and promenades. Within no time, you will feel like a native city dweller!
Day 2 Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Island Rab
Morning, departure by private transfer to Plitvice National Park, where you will enjoy a hiking tour of the park. The aweinspiring beauty of this area's 16 lakes, complemented by its natural diversity and harmony of shapes and colors during any season, is based on many mutually conditioned natural characteristics. Plitvice Lakes, known as "Falling Lakes", have enjoyed the status of a national park since 1949 and have been under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979.
Late afternoon arrival to Rab town on island Rab. Settle into the hotel in the historic town center, which used to serve as a refuge to the European aristocracy. It is one of the most elite hotels on Rab Island, known for the excellent quality of service. Meet your guide, who will outline your sea kayak itinerary for the next day and answer any questions you might have.
Day 3 Island Rab
Row with us on a magical adventure to discover the original beauty of the flora and fauna of Rab's fabulous coastline. One of the highlights is Kalifront and its amazing array of beaches - sandy, rocky, gravel and everything in between - all lining up one after another in a cascade. The Medova Buža (Bear Hole) is a treasure of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as a protected species of bats. You will enjoy kayaking to various bays and beaches, activities such as swimming, diving, hiking and volleyball and marveling at the astonishing natural life such as dolphins, griffon vultures, and bat colonies. Our expert guides know and love every bit of the area, making sure you’ll have as much fun as they do each and every trip! Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy your last night on Island Rab.
Day 4 Island Rab – Island Pag
Private transfer in the morning to Island Pag. Settle into your charming hotel. Guests emphasize the serenity and extremely peaceful surroundings as the greatest value of this hotel’s accommodation. This hotel also features a remarkable restaurant and a traditional tavern in the basement, which offers a choice of unique ambiance and is a discovery for lovers of traditional and gourmet food and wine connoisseurs. Enjoy a day of leisure on the beaches of Pag and an exclusive wine pairing dinner at your hotel with a private visit to their wine cellar led by the owner himself!
Day 5 Island Pag
Meet your guide in the morning and head for a day of hiking on island Pag! Its moonlike landscape sprinkled with aromatic herbs and unique wildlife was molded by the strong north wind called Bura. Climb the highest peak of the island, Sveti Vid and marvel at the view. There is no better place to observe Pag’s rocky moonscape, its indented coast, the beautiful wall of Velebit mountain, numerous other islands, and crystal blue sea, in which they are dipped, than from Sveti Vid. Return to your hotel for one last night on island Pag.
Day 6 Island Pag – Modrić Cave – Zadar
Our chauffeur will meet you in the morning for a private transfer to Zadar, including a visit to the Modrić Cave. Spelunkers have described caving in the amazing Modrić Cave as one of the best experiences in Europe! This small (only 840 meters long) cave is so beautifully decorated that each step is a unique discovery. The cave is not accessible for large groups of tourists and this ensures a very personal caving adventure.
Upon arrival to Zadar check into your unique city boutique-hotel, which accentuates the cultural heritage of Zadar. Enjoy a private tour of the city in the evening. The historic city of Zadar was the capital of Dalmatia for many centuries. The ancient peninsula still preserves the old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman Forum dating back to the first century AD. The modern installations of the “Sea Organ” and the “Salute to the Sun” only add to the charm of Zadar.
Day 7 Zadar – Krka National Park – Split
Meet your chauffeur in the morning for a private transfer to Split via Krka National Park. On its green path, River Krka has seven falls, the last one being the amazing Skradinski Buk. Thanks to the constant process of travertine building, the Krka River is a karst phenomenon, carving a spectacular canyon on its 70 kilometers journey from the foothills of Dinara mountains to the amazing estuary under the walls of historic Šibenik. Walk the winding wooden paths through the main park area, take a swim under the waterfalls and visit the ethno museum housed in one of the old mills at Skradinski Buk.
Upon arrival to Split check into one of Dalmatia’s most exciting and fashionable boutique hotels, standing in the place of a refurbished factory-built almost 100 years ago. Within steps of the ancient city of Split, you can now enjoy old world charm and state of the art luxury. The hotel features comfortable and modern rooms, a cozy wellness area, dining room and lobby bar with a view of the city life of Split. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
Day 8 Split – Cetina River
Your adventure begins in the early morning with a transfer from Split to Omiš. The three to four-hour long rafting trip takes you down a 10 kilometer long part of the Cetina River. Water levels will determine if you will be rafting or kayaking.
The Canyon of the Cetina River has a long history of adventure. It was a perfect strategic getaway for the famously feared pirates of Omiš who were skilled enough to attack and loot Venetian trade ships in the 13th and 14th centuries. They would attack at the mouth of the river Cetina and then quickly retreat up the river with their small boats as the ships could not follow. When rafting on Cetina River you will be maneuvering through the same twists and turns as the Omiš pirates once did!
Crystal clear and pleasant for swimming, Cetina River today represents the genuine experience of the intact nature with its 180 meters high cliffs, lakes, basins, wild rapids, and subterranean tunnels. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon for one last night in Split.
Day 9 Split – Hvar Island
Departure for Hvar town on Island Hvar aboard a catamaran. Your guide will assist you with the transfer and tickets. Upon arrival, take your time to situate in the historic hotel located in an ancient palace, built in the 14th century, once the rich and magnificent residence of an aristocratic family and now completely restored as the elegant as a refined hotel.
Called the ‘Croatian Madeira’, as it receives 2724 hours of sunshine each year, island Hvar is a unique experience. Between protective pine‐covered slopes and the azure Adriatic, medieval Hvar town exudes more than a whiff of Venice. It was under Venetian rule that Hvar’s citizens developed the fine stone‐carving skills that resulted in a profusion of beautifully ornamented buildings.
After an afternoon of leisure enjoy a wonderful sunset hike. As we wind our way through villages, you’ll see wonderful examples of Hvar’s traditional architecture and way of living and learn about medicinal herbs.
Day 10 Hvar – Vis
Motorboat transfer to islands Vis and Biševo in the morning. The islands are famous for their inlets and caves, most famous being Modra Špilja (the Blue Cave) in the Balun Cove, accessible only by a boat. On a sunny day, when the sea is calm, especially at noon, sunbeams penetrate through an underwater opening, and the effect of the sea bottom reflecting and illuminating the cave with azure color is incredible. Also, visit the Green Cave. Berth in the ancient harbor of Vis, famous for being the site of the first Greek colony in 4th century B.C. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and last night on island Hvar.
Day 11 Hvar – Dubrovnik
Leave Hvar bright and early in the morning on a catamaran and arrive in Split an hour later. Our chauffeur will meet you on the port for a private transfer to Dubrovnik. On your way, stop at Mali Ston, an area known for the best seafood in Croatia! Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, check into your delightful hotel. Surrounded by ancient gardens with rich Mediterranean vegetation the elegant building stands proudly on the coastline. The building was fully restored to its former glory in 2008. The hotel offers luxuriously furnished rooms located in two wings connected by the building's original stone staircase which has been preserved as a reminder of times gone by. Your hotel is classified among the 30 most charming hotels in Europe and it's no wonder that it has received such significant praise since it's a place where charm and the rich wealth of tradition are intertwined with the simplicity and elegance of the modern age.
Join your guide for a private late afternoon walking tour of this incredibly romantic city. George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, saying "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik", as well as, famously describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun.
Day 12 Dubrovnik – Konavle
Morning at leisure. Leave Dubrovnik in the afternoon to visit the beautiful interior of the area known as Konavle. Framed by the southern mountains of Herzegovina and Montenegro, its small population lives in some 32 picturesque villages scattered across this southeastern tip of Croatia. Enjoy the views on a 2.5 hour horseback riding adventure while on an 11 km trail along the sea coast. Afterward, experience a Konavle signature culinary dish in an authentic village konoba deep in the hillside; the finest lamb slowly roasted under a thick iron pan covered in hot coals. Yours to savor with a glass of delicious local wine for a farewell dinner! Return to Dubrovnik late evening.
Day 13 Dubrovnik
Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.