Route: Hiking and self-driving in Croatia
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Countries Visited: Zagreb - Plitvice - Starigrad - Krkar national park - Otok drvenik veli - Korcula - Mjlet - Dubrovnik
Introduce: It has been said that Croatia is the little bride of the Mediterranean, and she is just waiting for you to place the ring on her finger after falling in love... this unspoilt land is just waiting to be discovered.  The unparalleled charm gives way to the discovery of a fascinating country with unexpected gems all along the backroads and hiking trails of Croatia.
Crescent shaped, the four parts of Croatia showcase a small country nestled between sea and mountains. From the fertile plains of the Danube through to the jagged coastline of the Adriatic, these multiple identities have created a sumptuous cultural and architectural heritage. Along the southwest horn, the Dinaric mountain chain opens to the sea and the long silhouette of the sweet Dalmatian coast; a myriad of islands, preserved small worlds, follows this tortuous scene. Remote villages keep mysteries and tradition alive, the proud cities radiate from the past to the present. Zagreb to Dubrovnik: this self-driving holiday offers a near-perfect balance between cultural discovery, the beauty of the countryside and the pleasures of the azur-blue sea.  A journey where you will visit the flagship sites of Croatia: the old city up above Zagreb, the lakes of Plitvice, palaces of Split, the gentle madness of Hvar, the historic center of Dubrovnik...en route there are miles and miles of opportunities to discover and appreciate in the Croatian culture, due to several millennia of rich influences from the Roman Empire, to Ottoman and Venetian enthusiasm.
Each stage of the journey has been chosen for the special views, their cultural character and their location in the heart of this historic land.  The hikes are specifically chosen because of their natural surrounds and the possibility to see all of the culture up close at your own pace.

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Guaranteed departure from 2 people
This is a self-guided tour at your own rhythm
Hiking (we do not do a bag transport service)
Visit 4 National Parks
Visit the islands of Vis, Korcula and Mljet
Visit the cities of Zagreb, Zadar, Togir, Sibenik, Split, Dubrovnik
So many possibilities for bathing in deserted inlets or lakes
Hiking in the national park of Plitvice, in Plakenica, and the Dalmatian islands...
A rental car to travel in comfort, safety and freedom
Our full and detailed Roadbook allows us to travel without worries

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Day 1 - Zagreb

Arrive at the airport in Zagreb, Pick up the rental car and drive (30 minutes) to your hotel in Zagreb. Depending on your flight schedule, a free exploration of downtown Zagreb is entirely possible.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, and has 1.1 million inhabitants. It is located in the north and extends between Mount Medvednica (1035 m) and the Sava River. Zagreb is unique in that one can distinguish precisely three parts in the city: The Upper Town where Gornji Grad is the oldest part;

The Lower City (Donji Grad) built in the nineteenth century and has many romantic style monuments; and the third New Town which was built after the Second World War. It is the most urbanized part of the Croatian capital.

With its countless art galleries, museums and churches, Zagreb is dedicated to lovers of art and history, and we encourage you to spend the evening in Zagreb.Accommodation in Zagreb.

Day 2 Zagreb/Plitvice Park

Awake early continue visiting Zagreb or go directly to the National Park Plitvice, a UNESCO World Heritage site (2h30 drive away).

Famous for its waterfalls and its breathtaking sixteen lakes, Plitvice also offers a rich biotope. It is a natural masterpiece where trails, wooden walkways and a boat crossing allow all visitors to flow easily while moving closer to impressive waterfalls.

Accommodation at the entrance to Plitvice Park.

Day 3 Plitvice Park

The Plitvice Lakes National Park can be discovered on foot, in the form of short walks or long hikes. The entrance ticket you buy on site provides access to an all-terrain mini-train (it’s a bit quicker than walking and gets you to the end of the lakes), the various electric boats (which allow crossing the lakes) and of course the great walking trails.

Several hiking routes are available to and the duration varies from 2 to 8 hours, maybe combining with the mini-train and boat.

Our hiking suggestion is that you a hike to the nearest lake. Then take a short train journey up above the lake to an altitude of 636 m. From there, begin your walk towards the north. The scenery is beautiful and is all along boardwalks that cross the approaches of the different lakes. This route then goes downhill. After a short boat trip you reach the large lake of Kozjak (at 534 m). The walk continues in the lower lake area, to ‘the great waterfall’ (or "Veliki slap" in Croatian) next to the lowest lake (503 m). A short detour of a distance of about 600m is needed to reach the large waterfall, which is 40m high and is the largest of the park. It is stunning. Head back to the starting point by train. The route lasts approximately 6 hours walking at a very gentle pace and with a few breaks, including lunch.

Walking time: 4-5 hours
Accommodation is at the entrance to Plitvice Park.

Day 4 Plitvice Park/Paklenika/Zadar

Drive to Paklenika.

Paklenica is ranked among the ‘mountainous national parks of Croatia’, like its neighbor, North Velebit National Park, which is registered by UNESCO. It is one of the most frequented by climbers, who take advantage of the 400 park areas for this activity. Paklenica park is characterized by its two impressive canyons, Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, as well as numerous limestone formations, caves, rich flora and fauna and the monumental rock ‘Anica Kuk’ (known as the most popular spot for climbers). Some hiking trails are accessible for the uninitiated however, who can explore the canyons along adventurous trails.

We suggest you take a hiking trail up Manita Pecina then Katica Mlin Lugarnica up to Dom Paklenica (550 m). Walking time: about 4 hours.

Continue on the coastal road down to Zadar.
Visit the historic center of Zadar, with its remarkable monuments from the Roman period to the Renaissance, not to mention the walk on the Riva to hear the "natural music" of the "Sea Organs".
Accommodation in or near Zadar

Day 5 Zadar

Spend the day discovering Zadar and its region.
Zadar is built on a peninsula 4 km long and 500 m wide, on the Dalmatian coast. The city is exceptional well placed. It is located in the heart of a region rich in natural wonders: forests, mountains, islands ... Making it the rallying point for nature lovers in Croatia.

It is also a stronghold of Croatian culture: it is said that the first book in the Croatian language would have been written here. Besides, the town hosts the oldest university in Croatia. Another testament to the cultural vitality are the numbers of events which mark the summer.
Accommodation in or near Zadar

Day 6 Zadar/ Krka Park/Split

Departure towards Krak National Park.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Walk to the Skradinski Buk waterfalls. Visit the old water mills and the blacksmith’s forge and then walk through the forest surrounding the waterfalls and back to the parking lot. Walking time: 4h.

Drive to Split. Along the way we suggest you make a stop to visit the town of Trogir. Trogir has a history which dates back over 2000 years, thanks to its geographical position between the mainland and the island Ciovo, Trogir was an important city to conquer for all the rulers of the Adriatic coast. Formerly, Trogir has been Greek, Roman, Venetian, all these phases have contributed to some extent to the cultural heritage of the city.

Arrive in Split and discover its historic heart and the famous Diocletian's Palace. The city is full of cobbled streets, monuments frescoed, small cafes and restaurants, and the entertainment is guaranteed!
Accommodation in Split or just nearby.

Day 7 Split/Vis/Split

Drive to the port of Split where you leave your car in the parking lot. Take the boat to the island of Vis.
On the island extend three chains of hills giving way to karst fields. The highest peaks are Hum (585m), Sveti Duh (The Holy Spirit - 563m) and Mali Hum (514m). Locals are mainly involved in agriculture and fishing. The coasts of the island are steep and jagged and the island has kept a wild character that will delight all those looking for authenticity and who wish to escape the crowd.

We propose to hike from the port of Vis and end at the ferry port at the other side of the island. This will perform a splendid voyage across the central stop on the island. Then come back on the boat to Split. Walking time: 4 hours approximately.
Accommodation in Split or nearby.

Day 8 Split

Day to explore Split, the capital and economic center of Dalmatia.
You will find many historical relics, such as the walls of the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian who settled there after his abdication. One can stroll through the old town to admire the peristyle arches (columned porch) and small temples, all part of the old imperial complex.

In addition to its unique historical and cultural heritage from antiquity and the medieval period, Split enjoys a central position in Dalmatia and is the best base to explore from. If you are looking for tours or activities that offer the opportunity to reach the islands like Brac, Hvar, Split is the place to start from... The town s marked with a pleasant local atmosphere and with markets of typical local products.
Accommodation in Split or nearby.

Day 9 Split/Korcula

Drive to Split port and embark with the car on a ferry to the island of Korcula (this ferry is booked and paid by Objectif France).

TKorcula is slowly becoming one of the major tourist centers in Croatia. For this, it highlights incomparable advantages. First, we find in the region a stunning variety of landscapes. Quiet beaches, hidden coves, valleys and forests that form part of an idyllic ile. Here and there are picturesque villages, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and these all charm the visitor at a glance. The chief town, Korcula is an architectural splendor. This city whose history dates back to the Neolithic period houses monuments of all styles and eras. Its wide walls are often compared to the Croatian pearl Dubrovnik.

There are also many cultural events and festivals, many of which are dedicated to traditional folk dances like the Mostra Moreska (sword dances) some inherited from the Venetian aegis of the city and have continued for nearly five centuries.
Accommodation in or near Korcula.

Day 10 Korcula/ Lumbarda/Korcula

We suggest a hike to the village of Lumbarda where you will have the chance to discover its vineyards and sandy beaches. Undoubtedly, you will not resist the call to swim in the clear water. The return walk is best by an old path of through the olive groves and along a forest trail. After several hours of walking you will take a local bus from Zrnovo back to Korcula (5min). Walking time: about 4:30.
Accommodation in or near Korcula.

Day 11 Korcula/ Mjlet/Korcula

Leave Korcula by the port and take the boat to the island of Mljet (1h30 crossing).
Mljet is covered with forests, fields and vineyards and dotted with picturesque villages. Walk in the southwestern part of the island declared a national park since 1960. You will be fascinated by the charm of its salt-lake in the middle of which stands a Benedictine monastery from the thirteenth century. A small water taxi, can bring you close to it. Hike to the top of the island to a panoramic view sans equal. Opportunity to tour the lake by bike or rent kayaks (kayak or bicycle rental on site ) or swim. Walking time: 4 hours approximately.
Back by boat to Korcula.
Accommodation in or near Korcula .

Day 12 Korcula

Start walking towards the parish church of St. Martin (built in 1239), then through the dense forest to the chapel St Eustache (16th century). Continue down the path through the bush until the Sitava plateau, then down into the valley and along the island road. The trail sometimes goes through tunnels of dense vegetation. Cross the island road and down to the plateau of Dubrova to St Jacques chapel (1530). Continue along the Napoleonic road to the village, then the way through the bush to the Kocje nature reserve. Stop in the shade of old trees and the chaotic rock formations. Continuation by the small road with beautiful views of the Peljesac mountain faces. Passage to Brdo village, then return to the hamlets of Prvo Selo and Kampus . Walking time: about 4 to 5 hours.
Accommodation in or near Korcula.

Day 13 Korcula/Dubrovnik

Departure from Korcula to Dubrovnik.
Take the ferry to Orebic (this ferry is booked and paid for by Objectif France). You can either head straight to Dubrovnik lazily driving along the Peljesac Peninsula, or take a nice walk on foot from Orebic. If this is the case, then go up through the village to join a path offering superb views over the island of Korcula in front of you. Then to the Monastery of Our Lady of Carmel, a perfect place for a picnic and a nap in the shade of cypress trees while enjoying the view on Korcula and its ramparts. Descend back down into Korcula on a small path, with the possibility of a swim never far away.
Drive to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia, and believe it or not another UNESCO World Heritage Site. With medieval monasteries, baroque palaces and marble streets all lead to small secret places or lush gardens it is a maze where it is very nice to get lost.
Accommodation in or near Dubrovnik.

Day 14 Dubrovnik

Day to discover Dubrovnik.
The entire old town of Dubrovnik is inscribed on the List of World Cultural Heritage. You can take a walk around the ramparts of the old town to admire its urban structure, roofs, fortifications and the sea views. A walk in the neighborhoods of Lapad of Montovijerna and Boninovo takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and is a worthwhile walk. You can also get out by boat from the old port of Lokrum for a walk in its beautiful park and swimming.
Accommodation in or near Dubrovnik.

Day 15 Dubrovnik/Return Airport

Depending on the schedule of your return flight, there is the possibility to continue visit Dubrovnik and its surroundings.
Return of the rental car at the airport and return flight home or onwards.
Group size:minimum 2 persons
Best time to travel: May / June / July / August / September.
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