2022 June 14 to 24
Prices listed are per person:
Shared Room: $6898
Private Room: $8698
Hike and Zipline above the beauty of Split!
Experience the rich food and culture of Croatia!
Take a hike through time in the Polijicka Republika!
Raft (or kayak) the amazing Zrmanja river!
Admire the beautiful views on our Paklenica Hike!
Venture along the wooden paths and bridges of the Plitvice Lakes National Park!
Explore the Samobor Highlands and local architecture!
Lavish in the rich culture of the capital city of Zagreb!
Enjoy the 1700-year-old city of Split then fly high above the beautiful terrain on a Zipline. Take a hike in the Polijcka Republika area and witness the remains of Middle Age communities. Experience the cool island terrain of Kornati National Park by speedboat. Take a casual rafting (or kayaking) trip down the Zrmanja River and witness why it’s known for its crystal clear waters. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking views on our Paklenica hike. Walk the handcrafted wooden paths that wind through the beautiful Plitvice Lakes. Hike and enjoy the Baroque architecture in Samobor and experience their famous Kremšnite dessert. Explore the capital city of Zagreb and take in the rich culture. All of this, with unique culinary delights to try along the way!
Day 1: Split and Welcome Dinner
Welcome to the city of Split, a 1700-year-old city that’s splitting at the seams with culture, and will be our home for the first three nights of the tour. This UNESCO location is stunning with landmarks like The Diocletian’s Palace, Peristil, and St. Doimus’s Cathedral. We recommend that you arrive early so you can enjoy the seemingly endless opportunities to experience unique architecture, art, music, and recreation. Split is surrounded by the lush Marjan park forest, known to many as the lungs of the city. Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know our travel mates for the next 11 days.
Day 2: Zip-lining in Omis
After breakfast and a relaxing morning, we will transfer to Omis for hours of the most beautiful zip-lining in the country, if not the world. We will be flying high above the canyon and river, for an amazing bird’s eye view. After the adrenaline has worn off, we will return to Split, then have time to freshen up before enjoying an evening guided tour of Split’s Old Town, followed by dinner.
Day 3: Hiking and Lunch in Poljicka Republika
Following breakfast, we’ll take off for a moderate hiking adventure. A 40-minute drive will take us to border villages that once divided the Turkish and Venetian empires. Our ancient hiking path was populated by a thriving autonomous community in the Middle Ages. The trail winds through nature and sparsely populated hamlets that once served people, trade, transport, outlaws, and livestock. At the end of our trail lies a small abandoned village where we will find a home restored by a local family. We’ll enjoy traditional cooking for lunch and then make our way back to Split!
Day 4: Krka National Park – Hiking
Say goodbye to Split, as today we will travel further up the coast to Krka National Park. Krka National Park is home to the 22nd longest river in Croatia, the Krka River. The Krka River has seven waterfalls with a total drop in altitude of 242 meters. We’ll be taking a trail that passes the Roski slap while we make our way to the Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall of the seven! We will then conclude the day’s adventures by heading to Sibenik where will enjoy dinner with a view of the spectacular St. James Cathedral, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000.
Day 5: Kornati National Park – Snorkeling
After breakfast, we prepare for a day of beauty and speed in Kornati National Park. Bring your suit today for some amazing snorkeling as we head out on an unforgettable cruise through a breathtaking archipelago of 89 uninhabited islands, islet, and reefs. We will cruise beneath high vertical cliffs, some that tower 80 meters above the sea. We’ll experience a truly extraordinary landscape with numerous bays of clear water. It is not uncommon to see gulls gliding on the wind, sea turtles, or a pod of playful dolphins. We will have lunch at a small restaurant, dining on freshly caught seafood, prepared traditionally.
Day 6: Zadar and Rafting the Zrmanja River
Today we move our adventure North. We will say goodbye to Sibenik and take an hour’s drive to the Zrmanja River for a rafting (or kayaking) adventure. Since the Zrmanja River is tame and safe, we will have the opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery. Because of its clear waters, canyon scenery, and majestic waterfalls, Zrmanja is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Don’t be surprised to find a variety of fish and birds. The river trip will take about 4 hours and then we will have lunch in a traditional agro-tourism setting.
After lunch, we will head to Zadar, a city with a rich culture and history spanning over 3,000 years. Here we will have the opportunity to visit the ancient Roman Forum, visit medieval churches, or visit interesting museums in the historic old town.
Day 7: Paklenica National Park – Hiking – All-Terrain Vehicles
Today we depart Zadar in all-terrain vehicles and head up to the Veliko Rujno plateau. This will be a 60-minute drive including periodic breaks to gaze out at the breathtaking sights of the Zadar archipelago and hinterland. Then we hike through Veliko and Malo Rujno. Along the way we will see unique summer homes, both old and new, revealing the passage of time and the Our Lady of Assumptions Church, greatly admired by the locals. We will have a 2-hour walk uphill as we continue our hike towards Paklenica National Park which will bring us to Strazbenica, one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Paklenica Pinus Nigra. Lunch will be served in a mountain hut, and then it is time for the downhill journey, a lovely 2.5-hour hike.
Before heading to Velika Paklenica Gorge, we’ll take a break for refreshments, then hike along Velika Paklenica Creek to a point where we will descend through the impressive gorge and after 6-7 hours and a lovely day we will enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 8: Plitvice National Park Hiking and Zagreb
Croatia’s capital Zagreb will be our final destination today. Along the drive, we will stop at Plitvice National Park. Here we will take a day hike along wooden paths and bridges around the Plitvice Lakes. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we’ll be able to see more than 90 waterfalls, numerous caves along with the exquisite series of 16 emerald green and blue travertine lakes. At the end lies a panoramic boat and train ride, ready to take us back to the start.
We will then head to Zagreb, stopping for lunch along the way, enjoying the exquisite scents and flavors of local Lika cuisine. Tonight we are free for an evening of exploring the city.
Day 9: Samobor Highlands Hiking
Today we set off toward the town of Samobor, where we will enjoy a leisurely hike less than an hour drive from Zagreb. The Zumbeaka and Samobor Highland Nature Park stretches over the hilly slopes of the Zumberak Mountain. The large variety of hiking trails attracts hikers, climbers, and nature enthusiasts from central Croatia.
After our hike, we will take some time to visit the small town of Samobor – where we can take in the beautiful Baroque architecture. They say you cannot visit Samobor without stopping for coffee and Kremšnite, a puff pastry with a delicious custard cream filling. We will definitely stop for a coffee break and a tasty treat.
Once we arrive back in Zagreb you will have time to explore, relax, or try some of the wonderful restaurants that capture your interest.
Day 10: Explore Zagreb
Following breakfast we’ll have a guided tour of the Old Town, so you don’t miss any of the exciting sights. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, so you will have the opportunity to explore the city until your heart’s content. Later on, we will have a farewell dinner at one of the city’s most delicious restaurants.
Day 11: Departure Day
Today we have breakfast then check out of the hotel. There will be two transfers to the Zagreb airport depending on your schedule.
Price includes: Airport transfers in and out of Croatia; Accommodations in a shared room; All activities as listed in the itinerary; All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners; Services of knowledgeable local guides, and the services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare to and from Croatia; Lunch on 2 Days, Dinner on 5 nights; Gratuities to the national guide and HE Travel host; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1800 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
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Stay longer and join our Grindelwald Tour
The Swiss Alps were made for hiking, and no region of Switzerland offers a more picturesque setting than the Bernese Oberland. Our hiking trip is set deep in this mountain valley, in the centuries-old village of Grindelwald. To the south rise some of the best-known alpine peaks: The Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau, and three glaciers. Unfolding more gently to the north are the meadows of wildflowers, forests, and mountain lakes that have made Switzerland such a favorite with calendar illustrators.
We’ll hike into both of these alpine worlds, walking along the base of the intimidating Eiger North Wall, near frosty glaciers, and through acres of green pastures dotted with brown cows and inquisitive goats.
When you take two tours Back-to-back, you get a discount! Contact us for details.
- What if I am traveling alone?
- Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
- What is the physical activity level of this tour?
Physical Activity Level
The main daily activities involve hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, zip-lining and walking around town on guided tours. You should be comfortable hiking many miles on uneven surfaces and going up and downhill. We recommend hiking poles.
- Where does the tour start and end?
- This tour begins in Split, Croatia, and ends in the capital city of Zagreb.
- What will the hotels be like?
- We will be staying at four different hotels along the way. We have selected boutique hotels which have great locations in each city.
- Additional Questions
- For answers to your additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-294-8174
“Croatia will exceed your every anticipation. The scenery is exquisite, the people beyond friendly, and the food is delicious.” Jim – California