Croatia national parks walking holiday

“A week of walking in Croatia’s national park nirvanas, fully guided in a small group. Staying in different hotels and homestays along the way.”

Highlights

Zagreb or Rijeka airport and transfer to Zvecaj | Mreznica River | Risnjak National Park | Risnjak mountain range | Big Risnjak | Northern Velebit National Park | Plitvice Lakes National Park | Paklenica National Park | Krka National Park | Skradin

Description of Croatia national parks walking holiday

On this week long Croatia walking holiday we cover five of the country’s most magnificent national parks: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka. Staying in a variety of accommodation so that we easily access our chosen walking routes, but also feel immersed in Croatian rural heritage, we are able to walk for five days of the itinerary, with routes that vary from 2- 5 hours every day, and so not too strenuous.

On our walking holiday we also want to introduce you to traditional Croatian culture, taking time to enjoy fine local food and wine in some of the spectacular places we visit. And as we travel with expert local walking guides who share their wide knowledge of local flora and fauna, they also know the best places to meet local people who will always welcome walkers with open arms.

Along the way, the landscapes you will enjoy include the numerous lakes of Plitvice Lakes NP, the dramatic travertine waterfalls and river valley of Krka NP, the karst wilderness of North Velebit and Big Risnjak, the highest point of the eponymous mountain range and national park.

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2021: 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 11 Sep
Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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Environment
On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike off the beaten paths and forewarn our guests not to feed, fish, hunt or disturb animals. Traveling on foot produces no carbon footprint, unlike using all-terrain-vehicles, moto-cross bikes, or other modes of industrial transportation. Also traveling on foot slows your pace down so you take in more of the nature that surrounds you. By buying local products you are supporting this country's economy and helping Croatia stand on its feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

Safety is our first concern: while we take pride in offering "off the beaten path" holidays, we do make sure to stick with routes we are 100% sure are safe, even for families with children. We believe sticking to these hiking trails is very important, as it keeps our guests safe, as well as preserves the environment and leaves it undisturbed.

On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike off the beaten paths and forewarn our guests not to feed, fish, hunt or disturb animals. Traveling on foot produces no carbon footprint, unlike using all-terrain-vehicles, moto-cross bikes, or other modes of industrial transportation. Also traveling on foot slows your pace down so you take in more of the nature that surrounds you. By buying local products you are supporting this country's economy and helping Croatia stand on its feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers, we use either a family owned hotel or home stay with a local family), and most of all by minimizing the negative environmental impacts. Other than that we use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycling. We do not take commission from restaurants or owners of rooms or apartments that our guests stay in. We make living by providing kayak and related services and believe in fair revenue distribution.

As a company, we support local community by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers. In order to preserve travertine barriers on Zrmanja River we have built wooden detour bridges.

Zeleni kut is a small family hotel that directly or indirectly employs many local people and in that way is irreplaceable in the community. Our hosts in that small family restaurant prepare breakfasts and barbecue dinners with their own home grown food and fish from their own pond.

The Korana Village has less than a dozen houses and it is situated on both sides of a small river of the same name, at the end of a dead-end road in Plitvice Lakes National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel agencies or tour operators never showed interest in the place that cannot accommodate more than 20 tourists and whose road is too narrow for a tourist bus. Like in no other hotel room you have stayed in, these traditional houses are perched on the very edge of the river bank. We are happy to say that we brought much needed business to this and many similar places in Croatia.

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14 Reviews of Croatia national parks walking holiday

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Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was walking in the National Parks Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

Absolutely fantastic. This tour allowed us to get a good taste of some of the range of natural beauty of Croatia that we could not have obtained under our own steam. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2019 by

Hiking in such varied National Parks left us overwhelmed by the exceptional beauty and variety of the landscapes. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by

The holiday was brilliant, views were varied and awe-inspiring with so much green and waterfalls, lakes and trees. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by

Beautiful mountain walks and views. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2018 by

10/10- our guide Mikey was awesome and the tour well planned with a good variety of activities and accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2018 by

Our guide Mikey was fabulous Read full review

Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by

Most memorable was reaching the summit in Velebit National Park Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2017 by

We really liked all sections as each one had something different to offer. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

The whole holiday lived up to expectations Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2015 by

The national parks were stunningly beautiful. The guides shared the history and culture of the place. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2015 by

Excellent. The areas of the 6 National Parks we visited each have their own character. The guides have an excellent knowledge of Croatia, are very familiar with the itinerary and drive very carefully. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2013 by

Every day was the most memorable one! If I needed to mention, it would have been a day trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina. A big waterfall in Una River was absolutely worth to see...our lovely and professional guide Zeljka made us feel good. It was a great week! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2013 by

very good Read full review

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