Charms of Croatia

About the Experience

Croatia is admired for its old world charms, from the ancient cultural treasures of Dubrovnik to the sapphire Mediterranean waters of some of the most mesmerizing coastline in the world. Croatia really has it all!

Our Charms of Croatia Multisport Adventure will take you hiking, biking, sailing, and kayaking throughout a landscape that stretches across the earth like a string of precious jewels. In between your swims in emerald lakes, or streaking across the sapphire waters of the Adriatic, you will pause to sip rich local wines, or to run your hands over the cold stone walls of stunning architectural treasures.

In between your swims in emerald lakes, or streaking across the sapphire waters of the Adriatic, you will pause to sip rich local wines, or to run your hands over the cold stone walls of stunning architectural treasures.

At the end of a challenging hike – one that rewarded you with a breathtaking view of the mountains – you may pull off your shoes and sink your toes into the glittering sand of a local beach. A beach dotted with the bright, colorful homes of locals…

Croatia can feel like a land of contradictions. It’s a place of such precious beauty, with such a tragic, war-torn past. As you explore the dazzling island of Vis – a place that was only opened to visitors a mere 25 years ago – it may feel impossible to imagine that this storybook island, with its blazing blue sky, once hosted secret military installations.

This trip not only stuns with its grandeur, it charms with its history, cuisine, and customs. Sip a homemade drink in a tiny, family run tavern, or dip your hands into the earth and gather sun-warmed clay for a pottery lesson led by a local. Your camera won’t quite capture the sparkling  waterfalls of Plitvice lake, or the sprawling majesty of 1700 year-old Split. But your heart will capture it all, and it will never forget.

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Charms of Croatia

About the Experience

Croatia is admired for its old world charms, from the ancient cultural treasures of Dubrovnik to the sapphire Mediterranean waters of some of the most mesmerizing coastline in the world. Croatia really has it all!

Our Charms of Croatia Multisport Adventure will take you hiking, biking, sailing, and kayaking throughout a landscape that stretches across the earth like a string of precious jewels. In between your swims in emerald lakes, or streaking across the sapphire waters of the Adriatic, you will pause to sip rich local wines, or to run your hands over the cold stone walls of stunning architectural treasures.

In between your swims in emerald lakes, or streaking across the sapphire waters of the Adriatic, you will pause to sip rich local wines, or to run your hands over the cold stone walls of stunning architectural treasures.

At the end of a challenging hike – one that rewarded you with a breathtaking view of the mountains – you may pull off your shoes and sink your toes into the glittering sand of a local beach. A beach dotted with the bright, colorful homes of locals…

Croatia can feel like a land of contradictions. It’s a place of such precious beauty, with such a tragic, war-torn past. As you explore the dazzling island of Vis – a place that was only opened to visitors a mere 25 years ago – it may feel impossible to imagine that this storybook island, with its blazing blue sky, once hosted secret military installations.

This trip not only stuns with its grandeur, it charms with its history, cuisine, and customs. Sip a homemade drink in a tiny, family run tavern, or dip your hands into the earth and gather sun-warmed clay for a pottery lesson led by a local. Your camera won’t quite capture the sparkling  waterfalls of Plitvice lake, or the sprawling majesty of 1700 year-old Split. But your heart will capture it all, and it will never forget.

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO CROATIA

We will meet in the lobby of the Dubrovnik Hotel at 12 pm. Today you take a group transfer from Zagreb to the region of Kopacki Rit Nature Park, situated on the border area between Croatia and Serbia. Relax and chat during the 3-hour drive.  We arrive at our local guesthouse mid-afternoon and settle in.

Join the group for your wild women trip orientation in the outdoor sitting area before we jump right into learning about Croatian Cuisine. Your welcome dinner will be prepared by you! Under the guidance of Nada, embrace the adventure of preparing a traditional dish while you sample some of the areas local wines.

  • Arrival into Zagreb – Easiest + Fastest Option
  • Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG)
  • There are plenty of taxis and transfer options available on the airport website from ZAG into Zagreb City. Takes about 30 minutes.
  • If you wish to stay at Hotel Dubrovnik (the rendezvous location) you can book directly with the hotel.
  • Rendezvous Point
  • Day 1 – 12pm
  • Hotel Dubrovnik main lobby
  • Address: Gajeva ul. 1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Overnight: Ivica i Marica farm guesthouse in Karanac

 

DAY TWO: KOPACKI RIT NATURE PARK

Today we must start early as the plan is to do a birdwatching visit to Nature Park Kopački Rit. Kopački Rit Nature Park, also called the European Amazon, is situated in the central part of the Danube floodplain, between two important European rivers, the Drava and the Danube. It became a protected area in 1967 due to its values as a rare ecosystem, its rich biodiversity and important ecological values.

The tame natural resources of this area enable you to discover the rich fauna, from small birds to large wild animals, like deer. Here the visitors can enjoy the gifts of nature, awakened by the scent of wild flowers, birds singing or by walking through oak forests that are extremely rare today.

In the afternoon, we will visit the city of Osijek and be met by a local woman who will share her historical knowledge as we walk the city. In ancient times Celtic and the Roman city named Mursa used to stand where Osijek is today. Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia.

Return to Ivica I Marica farm for dinner and an evening of rural peacefulness.

  • Overnight: Ivica i Marica farm guesthouse in Karanac

 

DAY THREE: HIKING IN PAPUK GLOBAL GEOPARK

After breakfast, we will travel towards Samobor and after about a 2-hour drive we will reach our destination – Papuk Nature Park.

Papuk Nature Park is a designated UNESCO Global Geopark because Papuk is the highest mountain in the area, known as an area of farms and plains. We’ll enjoy a nice hiking route of approximately 1.5 hours, that will take us around the lake and waterfall. We’ll enjoy a lunch break at the mountain hut restaurant in the park.

We finish the day by arriving in Samobor where we indulge in dinner and custard pastries for a dessert called “kremsnite”. You can’t visit Samobor without tasting Kremšnite – Ukusno!

  • Driving: 3.5 hours
  • Hike Details: 4-5 km, 1.5hr, natural surface trails with 100m elevation gain
  • Overnight: Hotel in Samobor

 

DAY FOUR: THE SAMOBOR HIGHLANDS

After breakfast, we will enjoy an easy hike through Zumberak and Samobor Highlands Nature Park. It is a popular weekend destination for hikers, climbers and nature enthusiasts from central Croatia. The Park abounds in hiking trails of varying length and difficulty.

Once our legs are sated, we settle in for a 2.5-hour drive south towards Plitvice National Park.

  • Duration: 3-4 hours hiking (8 km/ 5 mi)
  • Driving: 2.5 hours
  • Overnight: Cabins – Plitvice National Park

 

DAY FIVE: TOURING PLITVICE LAKES

After breakfast, we will walk from our accommodation for a hiking tour in the national park – Plitvice lakes. We want to start early today to beat the crowds and to ensure we have time to enjoy the many trails and waterfalls.

Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The process of tufa formation, which results in the building of the tufa, or travertine, barriers and resulted in the creation of these unusual lakes. The park is primarily covered in forest vegetation, with smaller areas under grasslands. The most attractive part of the park – the lakes – cover just under 1% of the total park area. The lake system is comprised of 16 named and several smaller unnamed lakes, cascading one into the next. Due to the geological substrate and characteristic hydrogeological conditions, the lake system has been divided into the Upper and Lower lakes.

We will walk anywhere from 8-12 km along the boardwalks to observe and learn about this special place.

We return to our accommodation for a siesta before regrouping to head over to our agrotourism location for dinner.

  • Hiking: 8-12 km on gravel paths and boardwalk
  • Overnight: Cabins – Plitvice National Park

 

DAY SIX: HIKING THE VELEBIT MOUNTAINS

We have an early start today with a 2-hour transfer south to Paklenica National Park. Exploring a new region by foot gets us up and into the wild spaces of the Velebit Mountains.  We aim to hike into Velika Paklenica – a huge valley with stunning views of the Velebit mountain range and up to a mountain hut. We will have a picnic along the way.

The trail is about 12 km (return) on gravel paths and up the stone stairs to the mountain hut. This is a linear trail, so you can opt to only do a portion if you do not feel up for the entire climb. If you opt out, there is an underground exhibition area, coffee shop and many rock climbers to watch while you await the groups return.

Driving further south about an hour and a half, we will overnight in Split.

  • Hiking: Easy-moderate terrain, 12 km, 1.5-3 hours
  • Driving: 3.5 hours
  • Overnight: Hotel – Split

 

DAY SEVEN: RELAXING IN SPLIT

Split is a 1700-year-old city, one of the most beautiful UNESCO pearls, and simply stunning in its beauty. The Diocletian’s Palace, Peristil, St. Doimus’s Cathedral, the Piazza… to name but a few monuments, unique in the world. We’ll enjoy a walk with our local guide to see these famed highlights.

Split also has its wild side which enchants its many visitors every day. The Marjan park forest, which proudly guards the city, is also called the lungs of the city. The entire Marjan peninsula is dotted with tiny churches many centuries old, large black pine trees, Mediterranean plants and herbs, and the most beautiful beaches. Stroll up the many stairs to the top where you can enjoy vast views of the city and out to the islands. Learn about how the locals enjoy their park and enjoy a refreshing swim at the end.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Rejoin your Wild Women group for dinner to recap the days’ experience.

  • Walking Tour: 2-3 hours, easy-moderate terrain
  • Overnight: Hotel – Split

 

DAY EIGHT: SPLIT LIKE A LOCAL

This morning we meet our local host – a young lady & artist who will take us on a tour of some ‘off the beaten path’ areas of Split.

Along with our walk, we will visit spots close to the sea where we can find natural clay. We will gather some, and then learn how to make pottery in a short workshop where you will have the opportunity to make your own souvenir from Split. Made in nature, using natural elements and tools. Find the artist within you!

We catch the afternoon ferry to Hvar Island. Relax and enjoy the views of the approaching islands. We check into our hotel and then head out to explore the town before a group dinner.

  • Overnight: Villa – Hvar

 

DAY NINE: PADDLE THE PAKLINSKI ISLANDS

Today we will paddle among the emerald jewels of the Paklinski Islands.

We’ll take a boat taxi from Hvar out to Zdrilca Bay where we’ll get an introduction to paddling kayaks in the ocean. Then off we go to explore this divine collection of bays whose pine trees provide shade in numerous idyllic coves. There is time to swim, snorkel, chill, get a coffee or refreshing drink at the beach bar. Kayak slowly back to Hvar in the early afternoon.

Tonight will be a free evening. Your guide can recommend good places where you can have an appetizer or full-sized meal paired with the best local wines!

  • Kayaking: 3-4 hours (with breaks), sit on top tandem kayaks, easy to moderate activity
  • Overnight: Villa – Hvar

 

DAY TEN: SAILING TO VIS

Imagine an island which was closed to foreigners until just 25 years ago. An island that was the largest missile base in former Yugoslavia and endured huge British military impact over the centuries. This island had its own submarine base and secret military installations. Vis hosted the first sailing regatta in the world. This is Vis Island!

Vis is an island of fabulous wine, food, tradition and history, reassuringly far from the mainland, and one whose second town has more families living from fishing than tourism. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty, of traditional Dalmatian stone villages and fertile fields contributing to the healthy and natural Mediterranean diet.

This morning we will enjoy a day under sails, combined with exploring the island of Vis. It will take about 2 hours from Hvar to Vis town on our sailboat. As we arrive in Vis town we will get in our vehicle and continue exploring this amazing place. The exploration will include lunch paired with a wine tasting.

After the wine tasting, we will return to our port and sail back to Hvar. Tonight is a free evening for you to stroll the promenade, sip a glass of wine or relax at the hotel.

  • 4 hours return/2 hours one way, easy activity
  • Overnight: Villa – Hvar

 

DAY ELEVEN: HIKING HVAR ISLAND

Discover authentic Dalmatia through the abandoned villages of Velo and Malo Grablje. A 20 min transfer from the bus station to our starting point takes us to the village of Velo Grablje, from where we start our walk through forgotten villages. Enjoy traditional architecture and learn a little bit about Mediterranean plants, especially lavender, grapes and olives and their importance for this area.

Malo Grablje is totally abandoned except for Berti Tudor’s family run tavern. Enjoy a glass of his homemade wine while you enjoy freshly grilled meats, potatoes, and plates of meats and cheese.

Our hike ends at Milna beach where you can enjoy a swim. From here, you may choose to keep hiking (another 7km of coastal/exposed trail with guide) or catch the transfer to the hotel to get a head start on a free evening. Choose to dine where you like this evening and enjoy the buzz of the promenade.

  • Hike: 4.5km, descend 400m, easy-moderate terrain over a mix of roads, natural surface single track trails with rocks and gravel, and cobblestone stairs
  • Overnight: Villa – Hvar

 

DAY TWELVE: CYCLING IN KONAVLE

This morning we transfer from Hvar to Dubrovnik via ferry. As we arrive at Dubrovnik port we will have a light lunch and then meet our transfer to Konavle. We explore the hinterland of Dubrovnik – Konavle region – by bike. It is the best way to experience the countryside life. You will ride accompanied by your local guide at a relaxed pace, stops are made every few kilometres at each place of interest. Along the river, we will peddle past old mills, houses that bare the scars of the Yugoslavian war, and the many vineyards and local farms. We break to visit the old Franciscan monastery before we ride back the way we came.

Dinner will be held at a local family’s farm and vineyard. We learn about local wines and Prosek while we enjoy homemade bread, cheeses, olives, meats and more!

  • Cycling: 15 km, easy to moderate terrain, 3-4 hours with rest stops
  • Overnight: Hotel – Dubrovnik

 

DAY 13: DUBROVNIK AND DEPARTURE

Oh, Dubrovnik. The place you have to visit while in Croatia, the city of exceptional beauty, also called the Pearl of the Adriatic. It used to be the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik. After a relaxed breakfast, we will head into the old town for a short city tour followed by our farewell lunch.

You can plan to depart anytime in the late afternoon or evening as outlined below.

  • Departure Overview
  • Day 13 – Book flights for 3 pm or later.
  • Departure Airport: Dubrovnik
  • A group airport transfer will be provided with drop off at DVK at 1:30 pm. Otherwise, the bus/taxi services are reliable and affordable.
  • Hotel is not included tonight. Book in advance if you plan to stay in Dubrovnik post trip.

 

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