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Croatia Hiking & Kayaking Private Adventure

The Best of Croatia from Zadar to Dubrovnik

 

Discover the extraordinary beauty of Croatia on this unforgettable private journey from the ancient walled cities of Zadar and Split to Dubrovnik - the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Along the way, follow trails through limestone gorges in Paklenica National Park and hike to spectacular falls in Krka Waterfalls National Park. Try spelunking in Modric Cave, go off the beaten track in the Dalmatian Hinterland, and sea kayak to picturesque islands on the glittering coast. Step back in time as you stroll through historic city streets and savor traditional local delicacies, from oysters to olive oil. At night, unwind at superb four-star heritage hotels. This is Croatia at its very best.

  • Experience the cultural wonders of three historic walled cities, including magnificent medieval Dubrovnik

  • Hit the trail to explore Paklenica and Krka Waterfalls National Parks, and the rugged Dalmatian Hinterland-then sea kayak on the coast!

  • Delight in warm Croatian hospitality, savor traditional local delicacies, and enjoy the comfort of luxurious four-star hotels

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Arrive:

Zadar,Croatia

Depart:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Price: from $4,695

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-8

Min Age:

12 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

Easy to moderate hiking on gently rolling terrain for up to 6 hours in national parks and the Dalmatian Hinterland. Also enjoy a 4-hour sea kayaking adventure, an optional caving experience, and a chance to harvest oysters. Expect some uneven paths and cobblestone streets when touring the historic cities.
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  • Arrive in Zadar & Historic Walking Tour

    Day 1

    Welcome to Croatia! Arrive at Zadar airport for a transfer to your boutique hotel in the heart of the historic city. Settle in and enjoy welcome drinks before an evening stroll of the ancient Old Town with its Roman ruins, medieval churches, and picturesque cafe-lined streets. Then experience the sound-and-light wonders of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation - two impressive art and music installations - at sunset. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bastion

    The 4-star Hotel Bastion is a boutique property located in Zadar's historic center. Its comfortable rooms blend traditional elements with modern style for a classy feel, and come with all the amenities you'll need for a luxury stay. You may also choose to pamper yourself at the Castello Spa, where a wide range of massage and spa treatments are available - including a Turkish steam bath.

  • Hike in Paklenica National Park & Explore Modric Cave

    Day 2

    Set off on a private hiking tour to Paklenica National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and top destination for hikers and climbers. Follow your guide on well-marked trails high above the coast and take in dramatic views of the rugged Velebit mountain range and the Adriatic Sea. Hike through gorges and past streams before enjoying lunch at a family run restaurant in nearby Rovanjska village. Then it's off to Modric Cave for a superb (but optional) caving experience! Return to Zadar for an afternoon and evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bastion

    The 4-star Hotel Bastion is a boutique property located in Zadar's historic center. Its comfortable rooms blend traditional elements with modern style for a classy feel, and come with all the amenities you'll need for a luxury stay. You may also choose to pamper yourself at the Castello Spa, where a wide range of massage and spa treatments are available - including a Turkish steam bath.

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 490' elevation gain & loss; optional cave experience

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Journey to Split & Tour Krka Waterfalls National Park

    Day 3

    After breakfast, begin your journey to Split and enjoy a private guided hiking tour of Krka Waterfalls National Park on the way. Starting from Kljucica, a medieval fortress perched above the river in Pokrcj, hike to a lush area of the park - home to its famous waterfalls. Follow winding wooden paths that traverse emerald pools to a series of scenic viewpoints. Continue to the small fishing town of Skradin for lunch and then head to Split. Settle in and enjoy some time at your leisure before meeting up with your local guide for a look around Split's Old Town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marul

    Culture lovers will enjoy a stay at the four-star Hotel Maruk In the historic heart of Split. The hotel's 14 comfortable and well-appointed rooms exude an age-old charm, and is only a 7 minutes' walk from Diocletian's Palace, the former residence of the Roman emperor. Head to the balcony for great views overlooking old part of town and hotel's lovely garden.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/2-3 miles hiking with 650' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Discover the Dalmatian Hinterland

    Day 4

    Go deep into the mountains above Split and discover the lesser-known Dalmatian Hinterland on a moderately paced guided hike. Start at the Cetina River gorge and take in dramatic views of the towering Dinaric Alps as you follow quiet wilderness trails along rivers and through forests. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a family owned tavern in historic Sinj before returning to Split.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marul

    Culture lovers will enjoy a stay at the four-star Hotel Maruk In the historic heart of Split. The hotel's 14 comfortable and well-appointed rooms exude an age-old charm, and is only a 7 minutes' walk from Diocletian's Palace, the former residence of the Roman emperor. Head to the balcony for great views overlooking old part of town and hotel's lovely garden.

    Activity: 2 hours/1.5 miles hiking with some stairs

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike on Brac Island or Go Sea Kayaking

    Day 5

    After breakfast, head to Brac for a guided day hike exploring the island's historical treasures. See the age-old village of Škrip, pass ancient Illyrian ruins, and visit a medieval fortress that houses the Island of Brac Museum. Continue down the canyon to Pustinja Blaca with its jaw-dropping 16th-century monastery and visit the stone masonry school at Puscica. Feast on a traditional slow-roasted Peka lunch at a hillside tavern before returning to Split.

    For those who prefer to get out on the water, there's an alternative sea kayaking excursion today, which begins on the beach near Blaca and follows the coast to Bol.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marul

    Culture lovers will enjoy a stay at the four-star Hotel Maruk In the historic heart of Split. The hotel's 14 comfortable and well-appointed rooms exude an age-old charm, and is only a 7 minutes' walk from Diocletian's Palace, the former residence of the Roman emperor. Head to the balcony for great views overlooking old part of town and hotel's lovely garden.

    Activity: 30 - 60 minutes walking; alternative 1.5 to 2 hour sea kayaking excursion (extra cost)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Head to Dubrovnik & Harvest Oysters

    Day 6

    Today, it's off to the UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Along the way stretch your legs with an easy hike around ancient Walls of Ston and sample local delicacies - from oysters to olive oil - in Mali Ston. Take a boat ride to the oyster beds in nearby inlets and harvest oysters straight from the sea! Continue to Dubrovnik and settle into your four-star hotel for an evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kompas

    Experience four-star luxury at Hotel Kompas, ideally located on the seafront overlooking Lapad Beach and the blue-green Adriatic. Looking out over glistening clear waters and unspoiled beaches, glorious views greet you with vast floor-to-ceiling windows in the grand reception and Zenith Bar. The hotel offers a luxury spa, outstanding dining and exemplary service, and is located under three miles from Dubrovnik's magnificent medieval Old Town city center.

    Activity: 1-1.5 hours walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Dubrovnik by Sea Kayak & On Foot

    Day 7

    Start the day with a fun sea kayaking experience from Banje beach to Lokrum, a pretty island known as the "emerald of Dubrovnik." Along the way, you'll paddle beneath the ancient city walls, and explore unreachable caves and hidden beaches. Stop for refreshments on Lokrum and visit the romantic hilltop ruins of a Benedictine monastery. Return to your hotel for a rest before enjoying a pleasant guided stroll through Dubrovnik's Old Town. Marvel at its marble streets, baroque buildings, splendid churches, and finely carved stone facades. Feel the buzz of the main pedestrian Placa (Stradun) with its mix of cafés and shops, and enjoy a farewell dinner in the Old Town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kompas

    Experience four-star luxury at Hotel Kompas, ideally located on the seafront overlooking Lapad Beach and the blue-green Adriatic. Looking out over glistening clear waters and unspoiled beaches, glorious views greet you with vast floor-to-ceiling windows in the grand reception and Zenith Bar. The hotel offers a luxury spa, outstanding dining and exemplary service, and is located under three miles from Dubrovnik's magnificent medieval Old Town city center.

    Activity: 4 hours sea kayaking; afternoon city tour

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart from Dubrovnik

    Day 8

    Bid farewell to Croatia as you transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

Croatia Hiking & Kayaking Private Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been crafting unique private adventures for over 50 years, working with top local guides for an immersive experience.

Reason #02

This journey perfectly blends cultural exploration in Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik with excellent hiking in scenic national parks and sea kayaking on the coast.

Reason #03

You'll experience warm Croatian hospitality at superb four-star hotels, chosen by our travel experts, and enjoy traditional local fare.

Meet your guides

Natasa Fiolica

Natasa Fiolica

Natasha has over 15 years of experience guiding adventure tours in Croatia, Iceland, Indonesia, China, Tibet, Nepal, New Zealand, Kyrgistan, Thailand, and Cambodia. She enjoys being in nature, meeting interesting people, hearing stories and music, and tasting food from all over the world. She likes all outdoor sports (Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Biking, Kayaking, Diving, Horseback riding) but also reading a good book by the fireplace, doing Yoga and cooking. When she is not on the road she is working as a landscape architect, growing an organic garden and spending time with family and friends.

Activities

Enjoy hiking, sea kayaking and cultural touring for 4-6 hours per day in ancient cities and national parks, and on the coast. Also includes an optional caving experience!

Lodging

Rest up at excellent four-star hotels all located in the historic heart of each city. Includes two boutique heritage hotels and one 18th-century villa fit for nobility.

Climate

Croatia's coast has Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, and relatively mild weather in winter. Expect temperatures around 70-90°F.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will be met by your guide or an MT Sobek representative at the Zadar Airport (ZAD) upon arrival and transferred to our group hotel in Zadar.

Where does this trip depart from?

This trip departs from the Dubrovnik Airport on the morning of day-8.

Is this trip family friendly?

Yes. If your children ages 12 and up like to hike, kayak and explore, this is a great trip for your family.

What is the kayaking like on this trip?

We have very stable double sea kayaks. The water is calm and this activity is suitable for beginners.

What is the hiking like?

The hiking on this trip is not strenuous, but the terrain will be rocky and uneven, with some uphill and downhills. You should have good balance, and enjoy hiking.

What kind of food can we expect in Croatia?

Healthy, locally sourced, organic meals that include meats (red meat and poultry), fish and seafood, and an abundance of produce, all seasoned with local herbs and olive oil. Nearly all diets can be accommodated.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $6,895 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $5,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,895 per person double occupancy

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $5,295 per person double occupancy

	

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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