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The art of nature in the national parks - fixed departure

Overview

Nature is certainly the greatest artist in the world. Its creations are unsurpassed, and part of its incredible abundance can be seen on a mountain adventure through four Croatian national parks. Visit Plitvice Lakes, the world-famous national park, whose sixteen smaller and greater lakes connected with cascades and waterfalls will simply leave you lost for words. In the heart of the Gorski kotar region lies the Risnjak National Park, an oasis of natural beauty and a natural habitat for the lynx, wolf and bear, while the Velebit mountain is home to two more national parks: Northern Velebit will enchant you with its botanical park with rare alpine plant species, and Paklenica will show off its wealth of geomorphological forms, its diverse fl ora and fauna and the pristine beauty of its nature. Another very special experience awaits you as well - a visit to the bear cub shelter in Kuterevo. Discover once more the beauty, importance and greatness of nature, and all its creations and creatures.

Discover on foot the most beautiful Croatian national parks. In 8 days we will visit 6 national park: Plitvice lakes, Krka waterfalls, Kornati, Brioni islands, Risnjak, Paklenica.

PLITVICE LAKES
National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park is situated in the mountainous carsic area of central Croatia. The park is formed by 16 lakes interconnected with waterfalls and cascades.

KRKA NATIONAL PARK
Krka National Park is named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka in central Dalmatia, just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Šibenik. The park was formed to protect the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.

KORNATI ISLANDS
The Kornati National park is an archipelago in the northern part of Dalmatia. With 35 km in length and 140 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 km², Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. From northwest to southeast (from the island of Balabra to Samograd), and from northeast to southwest (from Gangarol to Mana) they strech for 13 km. The name of the archipelago is the plural form of the name of the largest island, Kornat.

BRIONI ISLANDS
The Brioni National park or the Brioni Islands are a group of fourteen small islands in the northern Adriatic, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait. The island where a famous holiday resort from the roman times which is testified by remains of numerous roman villas. the islands were forgotten for centuries, only in the 20. centuary they where "ridicovered". They became world famous in the second half of that centuary when they became the official residence of the jugoslav president. After his death the island were proclamed a National park.

PAKLENICA
The Paklenica national park is a carsic river canyon. It is located near Starigrad, northern Dalmatia, at the southern slopes of Velebit mountain, not far from Zadar. It has two smaller canyons: Mala (Small) and Velika (Big) Paklenica. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. The Park area contains 150 – 200 km of trails and paths, from those intended for tourists, leading from Velika Paklenica Canyon to Manita peć cave, Lugarnica forest cottage and the mountain hut, to those intended for mountaineers, leading to the highest peaks of Velebit.

RISNJAK
Risnjak is a mountain in the Risnjak National Park, in the Gorski Kotar region. It belongs to the Dinaric Alps mountain range.The name of the massif comes from "ris", the Croatian word for lynx. The highest peak of Risnjak mountain is "Risnjak" or Veliki Risnjak at 1528 m.a.s.l. (the latter name means "Big Risnjak"), and it is also the highest peak in the Risnjak National Park.

Facilities

1. DAY - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Opatija ( we can organise transfer from any airport, station or port to hotel), meeting with guide and presentation of program. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Transport: Transfer from Rijeka airport or bus/train station included
Meals: Dinner
Accomodation: 3* Hotel , Opatija Riviera

2. DAY - NP BRIONI
Breakfast, today we shall visit the first national park in our program – Brioni. The Brioni archipelago covers a group of 14 islands and islets of exceptional beauty. Brioni were declared a national park in 1984. A ride on a tourist train will take you to the safari park. An expert guide will also show you the remain of a Byzantine fortification, photo-exposition "Tito on Brijuni", the Archaeological Museum and St.German's church. After Brioni we shall visit also Pula with its famous Amphitheatre Arena. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Hiking: 2 hours

Transport: 1 hour 1 hour back
Visit: Brijuni National Park and Amphitheater Pula entrance fee included
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation: 3* Hotel , Opatija Riviera

3. DAY - NP RISNJAK
Breakfast, Transfer to the 2nd national park – Risnjak, a wooded mountain massif to the north of Rijeka; due to its position at the junction between the Alps and the Dinarides, almost all types of forests, as well as many plant and animal species are gathered in this relatively small area, including brown bear, lynxes, leaps, dears, eagles; the beauty of the forest, carst phenomena, beautiful springs and magnificent views attract many hikers. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Zadar

Hiking: 5-6 hours

Transport: 1 hour 3 hours to Zadar
Visit: Risnjak National Park (Entrance Fee Included)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Accomodation: 3* Hotel Mediteran, Zadar

4. DAY - NP PAKLENICA
Breakfast, Transfer to the 4th national park – 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; there are several unusual carstic forms, several caves, and extremely rich and varied flora and fauna; monumental steep rock Anica kuk is the most popular destination for Croatian alpinists training. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Hiking: 4 hours

Transport: 45 min 45 min back
Visit: Paklenica National Park (Entrance Fee included)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Accomodation: 3* Hotel Mediteran, Zadar

5. DAY - NP KORNATI
After Breakfast full day boat trip to National park Kornati. Kornati is a unique island group in the Mediterranean. The archipelago is situated among the islands of Žirje, Dugi otok and Pašman, and it was named after the biggest island, Kornat, which presents 64% of the total area of the Kornati archipelago. Out of 152 islands of the Kornati archipelago, 89 of them are specially protected, as belonging to Croatian and world natural heritage, and made into a National Park. Lunch in the Mir Bay followed by a walk to the salt lake Mir. We explore its banks and climb to the cliffs. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Hiking: 1 hour

Transport: 5 minutes local transport from Hotel to Port and Boat Trip
Visit: Kornati National Park (Entrance Fee included)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation: 3* Hotel Mediteran, Zadar

6. DAY - NP KRKA WATERFALLS
Breakfast, the most beautiful carsic river in Croatia, occupies the area between Knin and Skradin; deep canyons carved in limestone plateaus; among many waterfalls, the most famous are Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap; between these two wonderful waterfalls is located Visovac Lake and the Franciscan monastery on a island in the middle of the lake. In afternoon walking tour of Šibenik. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Hiking: 2 hours

Transport: 70 min 70 min back
Visit: Krka Waterfalls National Park (Entrance Fee included)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation: 3* Hotel Mediteran, Zadar

7. DAY - NP PLITVICE LAKES
Breakfast. Plitvice lakes are considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomen in the world. The sixteen lakes, connected by waterfalls, cascade through the picturesque surrounding. Plitvice Lakes were declared a national park in 1949. A guided tour of the park lasts about 6 hours including panoramic train, boat and a walking tour. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Hiking: 4-5 hours

Transport: 110 min
Visit: Plitvice National Park (Entrance Fee included)
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation: 4* Hotel Degenija, Plitvice

8. DAY
Transport:Transfer Plitvice-Zagreb 140 min drive
Transfer Plitvice-Rijeka 150 min drive
Meals: Breakfast

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Essentials

Included

  • 2 x overnight in Opatija or Lovran in hotel 3*
  • 4 x overnight in Zadar in hotel 3*
  • 1 x overnight in Plitvice in hotel 3*
  • 2 x dinner ( welcome and farewell dinner )
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • All transfers in minivan/ minibus
  • 6 walking/hiking excursions
  • Entrance fee in national parks: Brijuni, Risnjak, Kornati, Paklenica, Krka, Plitvice lakes
  • Boat trip to Kornati
  • Boat trip to Visovac in Krka
  • Boat trip to Brijuni islands
  • 6 x lunch at local restaurant or picnic lunch
  • Transfer from airport Rijeka to hotel and from hotel to Rijeka or Zagreb on departure
  • Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Gratuites
  • Flight tickets to and from Croatia
  • Transfers from other airports possible on request
  • Meals and drinks if not mentioned in itinerary
  • Pickup Instructions

    PICK UP / DROP OFF We can organize transfer from any nearby airport or bus/train (Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula,Venice, Trieste, Ljubljana). Nearest airport is Pula: You can take local bus from Pula airport to Pula bus station and from bus station to Opatija. The best way is to take transfer

    Restrictions

    No special skills are required for this trip.

    Extras/Upgrades

    GROUP SIZE:

    Minimal number of participants: 4 persons
    Maximal number of participants: 12 persons

    Essentials

    ESSENTIAL INFO
    Supplement for small groups (per person):

    By 2 persons EUR 500.-

    by 3 persons EUR 350.-

    (Guaranteed departure from 2 persons with supplement)


    Who carries my luggage?
    On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night's accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by Fiore Tours, by  sometimes we use also the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Bags should be ready for collection by 09:30am and will be at your next overnight stop by 3pm.

    What equipment/clothing do I need to bring with me?
    Comfortable clothes for hiking. Sunglasses, sunscreen
    Can I organize a trip with just my friends or family?
    Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organize a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.
    What is the accommodation going to be like?
    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.
    What is the food like?
    Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some groups tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en route. Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages ("half pension") are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
    How far in advance do I need to book?
    We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Istria is extremely popular over the summer months.
    When is the best time of year?
    Traditionally April, May, June, September and October  have always been the most popular time of year because the weather is better and on the road is less traffic. In July and August air temperature and humidity are higher and more traffic on the roads.
    When do I get my tour documents?
    You receive tour documents, including your hotel list and information on how to get to your starting town and hotel, tour operator contacts, packing tips, and other helpful information, about 2-3 weeks before your tour. You get packets with maps, route instructions, and sightseeing information at your start hotel.
    What is the size of the group on a guided tour?
    We usually take between four and twelve guests on each guided tour. If we have a larger group, we'll have additional leaders so that we can split up if necessary. With this size of group, we can cater for individual needs and still ensure the whole party is well looked after.
    How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader?
    The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting.

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    - Customer Reviews

    Reviewed by Teresa Santos on
    FIORE Adventure organized a tailor made tour for me and a group of riends, we were 20, that guided us in Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik and five Natural
    Parks (Risnjak, Plitvice, Paklenica, Kornati and Krka).
    The organization was perfect, they are very good professionals that show us the best of the best everywhere.
    Our guide, Ivan, was a well informed person and someone who always is lookong for the welfare of
    The group.
    I highly recommend FIORE to everyone who wants to visit Croatia
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