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Dalmatia is considered one of the most popular regions in Croatia because of its variety of culture, history and nature. While on this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover all of it! Zadar is your first stop and it will surprise you with its towering Roman ruins, interesting museums, the famous “Sea Organ” and more, all set on this small peninsula. To get a good dose of outdoor activity, we will hike in Paklenica National Park and pay a visit to Krka Waterfalls, sure to impress! On your way to the southern part of Dalmatia, you will visit Trogir – a small town with rich history. Its impressive architecture, located inside towering medieval walls, tells the story about the Venetian impact on this area. Then it is time for some leisure on the islands of Hvar and Vis: crystal clear water and magnificent nature, you will be astounded by their beauty. Another “must-see” spot in Croatia is the magnificent city of Split. Visit Diocletian’s summer home, which features the world’s most impressive Roman monuments, various cultural happenings, and delicious restaurants. And as if you didn’t have enough excitement, the day before your departure you will have an amazing, adrenaline-filled day on the Cetina River!
Fly in/out of Split for tour’s start and finish. All airport transfers are included.
Included Standard Hotels:
About: All hotels are located convenient to the route and activities. Rooms have a private bathroom, many amenities, including breakfast daily. Please book early to secure space.
Local Expert: My name is Vlatka Pehar Matić and I’m a licensed tour guide for the City of Zadar and its wider region. During two decades of working in tourism, I have spent time in all segments. The last few years I have worked exclusively as a licensed tour guide in Croatian, German, Italian and English. I love my job and I take pride in familiarizing guests from all over the world with our rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage. I was recently awarded the “Best Tourist Guide in Zadar County” award!
Need to Know: High tourist travel months are July, August and September. Book early!
Today you arrive to Split and will be transferred to Zadar. Zadar is a city of rich history and culture, spanning over 3,000 years. Take a walk along the ancient cobblestone streets and explore the ancient Roman Forum, which is one of the largest public squares in this part of Europe. Visit one of the numerous medieval churches or maybe even one many interesting museums situated in the historic old town. The romantic seaside promenade of the city hides many surprises. Experience the beautiful sunsets or just relax on the waterfront, listening to the sea and its peaceful sounds. When Alfred Hitchcock visited Zadar in May 1964, he said: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than Key West, Florida, applauded at every evening.”
Highlights: exploring Zadar, welcome orientation
The Velebit Mountain and Paklenica National Park are rich in hiking trails for every skill level, from accessible footpaths to demanding mountain trails, leading to the highest peaks of Velebit. The attractive karst nature and unique landscapes make hiking here an incredible experience. Today is a full day, guided hiking tour through Paklenica Woods, Velika Paklenica Gorge and Paklenica National Park. Departure from Zadar in all-terrain vehicles (Land Rover Defenders) up to the Veliko Rujno plateau, where we begin hiking. After 2 hours of uphill hiking, we come to a beautiful viewpoints of Paklenica. We then hike down through beech forests to a rural household. After a refreshment break, we proceed toward Velika Paklenica gorge following the path along the Velika Paklenica creek. See the highest cliff in Paklenica, known for its many climbing routes. Descend through the impressive gorge and after 6-7 hours, we are at our finish point.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Distance: 11 km / 7 mi, +1,130 m / – 1,283 m
Highlights: guided Paklenica National Park
Krka National Park is a vast, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value, and includes one or more preserved ecosystems. It is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities such as visiting and sightseeing. Explore the National Park on your own, visiting Skradinski Buk waterfall and getting on a boat ride to Skradin. Continue to Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches.
Highlights: self-guided Krka National Park, Skradinski Buk waterfall, Trogir
After breakfast, depart to the port of Split, where you will board a ferry to Hvar. The City of Hvar is often described as a true “fairy-tale” city with its architecture, beautiful nature, and mild climate. It is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage. Today, it is the center of the island’s tourism and one of the favorite destinations in Dalmatian Riviera – a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost solely dedicated to tourism. If the weather is not too hot, you can go for a hike this afternoon. Several options exist, including a hike to the lovely coastal town of Milna or hiking the “Lost Villages of Hvar.” We will provide needed transfers.
Optional services, advance booking required:
-Transfers for self-guided hiking
-Taxi return from Milna, if desired
Distance/Elevation: varies – approx 11-12 km / 7 mi
Highlights: explore Hvar, self-guided hiking option
Today you will board a private sailing yacht with a skipper and depart on a sailing adventure from Hvar to Vis island. Imagine an island which was closed to foreigners until just 25 years ago, due to its submarine base and secret military installations. Today, it is an island of fabulous wine, food, tradition, sailing, natural beauty, traditional stone Dalmatian stone villages and fertile fields. After 1.5-2 hrs of sailing, we reach the town of Vis, where we will stop and explore this fantastic place. Our stop will include a wine tasting and lunch at small local agro-tourism. After, we will depart from Vis and sail to Hvar. On the route, we will have the opportunity to stop for swimming in the perfectly clear water. Today is a full day of adventure, from 10 am to 6 pm. Finish in Hvar, where you spend the night.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, wine tasting
Highlights: private sailing Croatian islands, wine tasting, agro-tourism lunch
Today your morning will be spent on a guided sea kayaking adventure in Hvar. Explore the myriad of the Pakleni Islands, divine collections in front of Hvar, whose pine trees provide shade to numerous idyllic coves. The tour duration is 3-4 hours so there is enough time to swim, snorkel, relax, and get a coffee or refreshing drink at the beach bar. Kayak slowly back to Hvar in the early afternoon. In the afternoon, we will return to Split by ferry. This 1700-year-old city is one of the most beautiful UNESCO Sites; it is simply stunning in its beauty. Visit the Diocletian’s Palace, Peristil, St. Doimus’s Cathedral, the Piazza… to name but a few unique monuments. Whether you like culture, fine arts, music, recreation, or good food and drink, you have the afternoon in Split to explore on your own!
Highlights: sea kayaking Pakleni Islands, explore Split
Join us on this great adrenaline-filled day that includes rafting the Cetina River and ziplining! Tours are ideal for all age groups, including families; you only need swimming experience for the rafting. Discover the beauty of Cetina and its rapids on a 10 km stretch. Over thousands of years, the Cetina River has made this area the deepest canyon in its region, which is most suitable for our rafting adventure. Our guides will teach you about appropriate equipment that is provided (boat, paddle, helmet, life vest). After around 4 hours of this adrenaline rush and a lunch break, we continue on for our zip lining adventure! We have eight wires running a total of 2100 meters. The highest one is 150 meters above the river canyon.Enjoy 2.5 to 3 hours of pure fun, with a healthy dose of adrenaline to satisfy even the most demanding thrill junkies. For both tours, it is advisable to wear athletic shoes/clothing, bring a set of dry footwear and clothing, day pack and drinking water.
Other Activity Options Exist – please inquire at time of booking:
-Canyoning Only – No Zip Ling (about 4.5-5hr with transfers)
-Rafting Only (5 hr with transfers)
-Zip Line Only (4 hr with transfers)
-Cycling (6 hr with transfers)
-ATV (4.5 hr with transfers)
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Highlights: rafting, zipline or other optional activities
Today is the end of your tour and we will provide a shuttle from Split to the airport. Please let us know if you would like to extend your stay in the area or elsewhere. We are happy to provide our recommendations and assist you with booking your arrangements!
Tour Rates: (per person based on double occupancy)
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