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Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Plitvice Lakes

Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Biking·
Hiking·
Kayaking
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Start: Zadar
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End: Starigrad Paklenica

Enjoy trekking, biking and kayaking on this active Croatia adventure

Activity
LocationPlitvice Lakes
Duration8 days
Start / EndZadar / Starigrad Paklenica
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Plitvice Lakes

Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Biking·
Hiking·
Kayaking·
8 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Zadar
·
End: Starigrad Paklenica

Description

Croatia is home to some of the most beautiful national parks, waterfalls and mountains in Europe. Many of its most stunning natural features can be found in and around Paklenica National Park. Get your heart pumping as you hike, bike, raft and kayak amongst some of the country’s most gorgeous surrounds. There’s also plenty of time to enjoy fresh, local cuisine, see the sights and enjoy some dow...

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Itinerary

Day 1Zadar
Arrive in Zadar. Ease into things with a welcome meeting, where you’ll get acquainted with the rest of the group. The evening is spent at your leisure exploring the streets of Zadar. Perhaps head out with your group for dinner at a traditional restaurant and sample local favourites such as lamb in red wine, njoki (gnocchi) with Dalmatian ham or fresh fish. Don't forget to try the famous liqueur, Maraskino, made from locally-grown maraschino cherries according to a centuries' old secret recipe. This unique drink was a favourite at European imperial and royal courts and has been produced in Zadar since 1821.
Day 2Zadar / Starigrad Paklenica
For centuries, Zadar was the capital city of Dalmatia and the city's rich heritage is visible at every step. An important coastal town, the musical steps of the ‘Sea Organ’ on Zadar's waterfront is both fascinating to hear and express the city’s important relationship with the sea. In the morning, trace marble streets through the Old Town and discover Roman ruins in amongst medieval churches on an orientation walk with your leader. After lunch, take a local bus to Starigrad Paklenica, a small town in a harbour that sits at the foot of the World Heritage-listed Velebit Nature Park. This is your gateway to the Paklenica National Park – two canyons divide this mountainous region, filled with gorges, and cliffs that reach up to 400 metres in height. The evening is spent at your leisure exploring the streets of Starigrad (literally 'Old Town'), one of the oldest towns in Europe, built on the historic Roman settlement of Argyruntum. Relax harbourside tonight before all your activity this week.
Day 3Hiking in Paklenica National Park
After breakfast, it’s time to set off on the first active day of the trip. Paklenica National Park is home to incredible rock formations, stunning natural scenery and one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe. Get acquainted with the area on a hike through the Velebit mountain range in Paklenica National Park. Your hike will take you by the right edge of the Velika Paklenica Canyon and reveal some of the most magnificent views of the park. Have your camera at the ready to capture the lush surroundings, which are a result of the pure spring water that flows through the area, blossoming the trees and meadows. When you arrive at a mountain lodge there’ll be time for a traditional lunch (optional). After lunch, why not try the homemade brandy of the region. Alternatively, try some of the herbal tea, made from the region’s famous Velebit herbs. Back on the track, you’ll drop by a 17th century village, Sklopina, which consists of houses built into the cracks in the rock. The return path leads you to the very bottom of the Velika Paklenica Canyon, along the creek where you can freshen up before returning to the comfort of your Starigrad accommodation.
Day 4Mountain Biking in Paklenica National Park
It’s time to head back and explore the mountain paths in or around Paklenica National Park – except this time it’s on two wheels. The grassy hills and rugged mountain trails of the park make for a great spot to get some mountain biking practice in. Cycle around the countryside and enjoy this breath-taking part of Croatia. The trail travels through the characteristic rocky landscape of Dalmatia, dominated by the view of the slopes of the serrated Velebit mountain peaks and beech and black pine forest. Ride through untouched nature, and diverse flora and fauna, thousands of plant species, 79 of which are endemic to the area. Cycle along dry stone walls through picturesque villages, characterized by traditional stone architecture, and pass many cultural and historical sites, with the Adriatic Sea never far away. The afternoon is free for you to either continue exploring the area by bike, or relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Day 5Free Day / Starigrad Paklenica
Enjoy a free day to get active however you choose. Those in search of a thrill can go on an exciting canoe safari or a whitewater rafting adventure, taking you from Kastel Zegarski on a 14-kilometre/9-mile journey, past magnificent waterfalls and stunning karst scenery of narrow valleys and steep-sided canyons, to Obrovac. During rafting season, the rapids will be grade 2 or potentially even grade 3. The first part of the trip is easy, allowing you to get a feel for your craft and enjoy the surroundings, and then it will gradually get more downhill, with an increase in waterfalls and rapids. Seasonality and water levels in the river will determine whether rafting or canoeing can be offered. Your leader will be able to assist you with booking this activity. Otherwise, return to Paklenica National Park for some more hiking and biking, head to Zadar or simply relax on a beach.
Day 6Plitvice Lakes National Park
Today take a trip to the stunning World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). It's one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes. The waters tumble from a high, tree-lined ridge down through the valley and skirt dense forests of beech, spruce and pine. Return to Starigrad in the afternoon. In the evening, perhaps come together for a traditional Croatian dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7Sea Kayaking to Vinjerac
This is a place where the mountains meet the sea, and today you’ll hit the beach and then keep on going for a sea kayak adventure in Paklenica Bay. Strike out on the clear blue sea through the Velebit Channel and spend some time on the water. The Velebit mountains will serve as your spectacular backdrop as you glide along the blue satin water and tour the coastline. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop along the way, for a lunch break, to swim and simply to soak in the stunning surrounds. Continue until you reach your final destination, the nearby fishing village of Vinjerac, known for its neat row of pastel coloured houses fronting the harbour. The rest of the day is free until the evening when we meet up for an included traditional Croatian dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 8Starigrad Paklenica
After breakfast it’s time to bid a fond farewell to this active Croatia adventure. If you would like to stay longer in Starigrad Paklenica we are happy to book you additional accommodation (subject to availability). A departure transfer is not included but can be booked at an additional cost to both Split Airport or Zadar Airport.

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Trip title

Croatia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Trip code

ZMXC

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Croatia is home to some of the most beautiful national parks, waterfalls and mountains in Europe. Many of its most stunning natural features can be found in and around Paklenica National Park. Get your heart pumping as you hike, bike, raft and kayak amongst some of the country’s most gorgeous surrounds. There’s also plenty of time to enjoy fresh, local cuisine, see the sights and enjoy some down t... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Active Adventures,Explorer,Walking & Trekking

Transport

Private vehicle,Public bus,Bicycle,Kayak,On foot

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a decent level of fitness will help you get the most out of this tour. An ability to cycle is essential for the mountain biking activity. If you’re already a regular exerciser, you’re probably good to go. If you’re not, it might be an idea to add it into your routine in the weeks leading up to your depar... Read more

Joining point

Boutique Hostel Forum

Joining point description

Boutique Hostel Forum is situated in the core of the Zadar’s historical peninsula, just a stone’s throw away from the Roman Forum and all the other landmarks, many of which can be seen from the window of the rooms. At this modern hostel you will stay in a private room equipped with an ensuite. We do not use the dormitory-style rooms.

Joining point instructions

At Zadar Airport (airport code ZAD) taxis are readily available. If you decide to take a taxi, be sure to pay no more than 170 kuna. The drive into town takes about 20 minutes. Please tell the driver to drop you at the Sea Gate (Morska Vrata in Croatian). Alternatively there are buses that coincide with arriving flights. Get off at the last stop and you'll find yourself near the Sea Gate. Enter th... Read more

Finish point

Argyruntum Apartments

Finish point description

The Argyruntum Apartments are a family run business, located a few minutes walk from the beach and the entrance to Paklenica National Park. The property has a garden for guests to enjoy and free wifi. Breakfast will be arranged and served in a nearby local restaurant. For more information please see argyruntum.com.

Finish point instructions

If you are making your own way to Zadar Airport (ZAD) your leader will be able to help organise a transfer for you. Alternatively local buses are travelling along the coast and can be stopped when they pass through Starigrad Paklenica. Buses take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. In Zadar you can change to connecting buses to the airport, Split or further afield. Additionally, we are able to pre-arra... Read more

Important information

LOCATION Starigrad Paklenica, the base for this trip from day 2, is located approximately 150 kilometres north-west of Split, and 50 kilometres north of Zadar. Arrival transfers to the starting location in Zadar are available for purchase from the airports of both cities. LEVEL OF FITNESS This multi-activity trip requires a good level of fitness and health. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A Single Supplement ... Read more

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips in Europe are accompanied by one of our local European group leaders. ’Local’ in this context means a leader who lives in Europe. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations ma... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Get into the heart of Paklenica National Park on foot and by bike, a place where the mountains meet the sea, where stunning deep gorges, lush forests, and lost villages wait to be explored

Is this trip right for you

This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, kayaking and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you'll need to be a confident swimmer. The trip involves some early starts and long days, because the itinerary is packed with lots of exciting activities. Starigrad Paklenica, the base for... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat togeth... Read more

Money matters

CURRENCY The official currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). CASH The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies ea... Read more

What to take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Many travellers carry their luggage in a bac... Read more

Climate and seasonal

SUMMER Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. SHOULDER SEASON In contrast, weather in shoulder season can be unpredictable, and snow is not unheard of at higher alt... Read more

A couple of rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the loca... Read more

Feedback

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Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. TWIN SHARE BASIS Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis. Please note there may be times where ... Read more

Transport notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER Arrival transfers to the starting location in Zadar are available for purchase from the airports of both Split and Zadar Airports. DEPARTURE TRANSFER Starigrad Paklenica, the base for this trip from day 2, is located approximately 150 kilometres north-west of Split, and 50 kilometres north of Zadar. A departure transfer is not included in the trip price, but can be booked at an a... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

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