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Daily Tour 8 days Availability: 2021-08-27
Croatia Euro Tour Guide: Nick Anderson

Hike, raft, kayak, and bike your way through one of Europe’s emerging stars on this Croatia tour that showcases this Balkan gem’s natural beauty, starting in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split.

This is a small-group adventure with a focus on an authentic experiences, value for money and responsible travel. Groups are led by an expert local guide with a maximum of 16 people (the average tour has around 10 people). Accommodation varies from modest guesthouses, to homestays and hotels.

This 8-day Croatia trip gets your heart pumping and your eyes bulging as you explore the country’s most picturesque natural sights, reached on foot, on the water, and by bike.

Consider booking an extra day or two in Split to see what all the fuss is about (when you arrive and catch your first glimpse of the ancient buildings and sparkling coast, you’ll wish you had). Then transfer to Starigrad, ready for your first hike. Explore Paklencia National Park, one of Europe’s most scenic climbing regions. Next, hit the crystal blue waters of the Zrmanja River, admiring the surrounding cliffs as you canoe or white water raft your way through them, subject to conditions.

This is also a superb region for biking. Return to Paklencia, this time cycling the trails for a different look at the mountainous landscape. Feel free to push yourself, because your reward is a rest in the azure waters of the Adriatic, and some time to explore the charming town of Zadar. Now that you’ve got a taste for these beautiful waters, enjoy a day out on them with a sea kayaking adventure in Paklenica Bay.

Finally, visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a bona fide Croatian treasure known for its range of lakes and waterfalls. Spend a day surrounded by nature, then return to Paklencia for departure.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
San Francisco International Airport (Google Map)

DEPARTURE TIME
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

INCLUDED
  • Airfare
  • 5 days cruise
  • Accommodations
  • Professional guide

NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare
  • 5 days cruise

What to Expect

On your maiden visit to the Big Apple, be sure to allow a minimum of three days so you can take a breath and enjoy all the city has to offer without being in transit every moment of your trip. The following will only scratch the surface of what to expect but will arm you with information to feel confident during your time in New York City.

  • 2 Nights at a 4* star hotel in Cairo
  • 1 Night on a traditional felucca sailing boat
  • Experience the crazy Robot Restaurant show
  • Take a sushi making masterclass
  • Morning market tour
Day 1: Starigrad Paklenica – Arrival Day

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you have any free time beforehand, why not get out and explore this intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea.

Modern-day ‘KK’ is a vibrant modern metropolis, having recovered from World War II bombings – the Sabah State Museum is a great place to immerse yourself in its backstory.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Starigrad Paklenica Hiking

Leaving Kota Kinabalu behind, you’ll head for the hills and travel towards the unspoiled wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Mt Kinabalu National Park (approximately 3 hours). You will stop off en route at a local home in a  Dusun Village. Sample the local foods with a home cooked lunch to get some insight into what it’s like to live in a rural village.

Later you can stretch your legs and soak up the mountain scenery with a stroll through Mt Kinabalu National Park. There are many walking trails from which you can bird watch. The Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden is an excellent showcase of the diverse plant life on the mountain, as flora from all over the park has been replanted here. Spend the night in a mountain lodge close by to the park in Kundasang.

Day 3: Starigrad Paklenica Canoeing/Rafting

You might wake to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise down the river, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques – your expert leader can tell you the difference. Later that morning, take a walk to Bilit Village, home to the local Orang Sungei community.

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 4: Starigrad Paklenica Mountain Biking

You might wake to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise down the river, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques – your expert leader can tell you the difference. Later that morning, take a walk to Bilit Village, home to the local Orang Sungei community.

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 5: Starigrad Paklenica

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Day 6: Starigrad Paklenica Sea Kayaking

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Day 7: Starigrad Paklenica to Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Day 8: Departure Day

The Orang Sungei, which translates to ‘River People’, are one of Sabah’s many indigenous communities and are very hospitable with a diverse cultural heritage. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before another river cruise to see wildlife along the riverbank. This final river cruise will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.

Croatia is a country in Central Europe and Southeastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea. Neighboring countries include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Geographically Croatia is diverse with flat plains, low mountains, and islands. Croatia controls most land routes from Western Europe to Aegean Sea and Turkish Straits. The government system is a presidential/parliamentary democracy. The chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Croatia has a mixed economic system which includes a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation. Croatia is a member of the European Union (EU).

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