Active Croatia: Istria to Dubrovnik: 10 Day/ 9 Night
About Istria County
Hunt some adventure In Croatia, visit the iconic city of Dubrovnick, raft on the Cetina river, walk on the Plitvice National Park and enjoy of this amazing country on this 10 days trip.
Day 1: Rovinj
Arrival in Rovinj, one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected to the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. Check in to the hotel.
Overnight in Rovinj
Day 2: Motovun
After breakfast your hunting adventure begins in Motovun. Visit a truffle hunter’s house that has 40-years experience in the truffle business where you will see specially trained dogs. After an aperitif, you will go to the forest to experience the adventure of the truffle hunt. After the activity of searching the truffles for about 45 minutes, you will learn how to prepare a meal with truffles. Our friendly hosts will serve you local wine, cheese and truffle flavored honey, pate and other truffle delicacies which you can also buy the estate. After lunch return to Rovinj for a free afternoon on your own.
Overnight in Rovinj.
Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park
After breakfast depart to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy the scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly makes your wishes come true. After sightseeing the Plitvice Lakes dinner will be at a traditional local restaurant – Licka Kuca. Check in to your hotel.
Overnight in Plitvice Lakes.
Day 4: Zadar
After breakfast depart for Zadar. On your way to Zadar we are taking you for an amazing all day adventure – Velebit Jeep Safari. For all the restless spirits in the eternal quest for an adventure, this is an excellent way to spend the day. The mountain stretches in the form of banded arch along the Adriatic coast in a northwest-southeast direction. The most conspicuous feature of Velebit mountain is the presence of the "two different faces". One on the Adriatic coastal slopes and one on the continental slopes. The differences between them can be seen in a variety of features: vegetation, habitats, wildlife species, as well as in the lifestyles of the people living there. After the Velebit Jeep safari, continue to Zadar and check in to your hotel.
Overnight in Zadar.
Day 5: Zadar
After breakfast you will meet with your local guide for a city tour of Zadar. Visit sea organs - an experimental musical instrument made out of stone which plays along with sea waves. You will see St. Donat’s Church and small ancient streets from the Roman times. In the early afternoon embark on a private boat for a boat excursion to Kornati National Park. Discover this sailor's paradise – Kornati National Park. This archipelago consists of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km), with most of it declared a National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves, and crystal clear blue waters, it's easy to see why. Swim in hidden bays and the clearest water you have ever seen. We will have lunch later at one of the local restaurants on the islands. These small hidden restaurants serve only fresh farm to the table food and are fully operated by locals and accessible by boat. Upon return experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Return to Zadar later in the afternoon.
Overnight in Zadar.
Day 6: Cetina River Canyoning - Split
After breakfast, departure for a canyoning excursionon the Cetina River. The Cetina has been flowing for thousands of years and thus creating mystical shapes in its bed. The crystal clear water and a river suitable for swimming offer a true experience of untouched nature with its cliffs up to 180 meters high, waterfalls, lakes, subterranean tunnels and a 50 meters high waterfall Gubavica. Your guide will provide you a life jacket, helmet, neoprene pants and shirt before the small expedition sets off. The sound of the river becomes louder as you descend into the canyon. Ten minutes later you will find yourself in the middle of the Cetina canyon. Walking through the river and the rapids, going through the subterranean tunnels, swimming in natural pools, going around waterfalls and lakes - all of this is canyoning. After this amazing experience lunch will be served at the local restaurant. After lunch departure to Split for hotel check in.
Overnight in Split.
Day 7: Split
After breakfast, meet with your guide for a stand-up paddling excursions. The city of Split is over 1700 years old and it truly is a special place to spend a vacation. It has a unique combination of Roman legacy and architecture with gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife this city has to offer. Stand up paddling is an interesting new sport, which will enable you to experience this city in a completely different way because you can do some sightseeing while having fun on your board. This is a sport for people of all ages and once you get on your board, it will feel almost like you are walking on water! Our adventure takes you along the coastline so you will have the opportunity to see the beach at Kasjuni that is very popular with the locals. You will pass Villa Dalmatia, which was once the home of the former Yugoslav leader Tito. You will enjoy the beauties of the Marjan Forest park and have a relaxing day while experiencing the city of Split in a way no other tour offers. After returning back to the coast lunch will be at a traditional restaurant in Split. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Split.
Day 8: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, proceed to Dubrovnik. Hotel check in. In the early afternoon embark on a boat and explore the Elaphiti Islands. Since ancient times the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well-preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades, and footpaths. Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory and landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places that you will absolutely love. Snorkel, swim or just relax and enjoy the view. The highlight of the boat trip will be a late lunch/early dinner served at an authentic restaurant on Šipan Island. Sail back to Dubrovnik.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, meet with the local guide for Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the Dubrovnik. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage Site) of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares, shop on the Stradun street, and explore Game of Thrones locations. In the afternoon start your biking adventure. Discover the hidden side of the Dubrovnik region that will amaze you with its natural beauties. See, smell and taste the Dubrovnik countryside on a bicycle in the company of local knowledgeable guides. Our Biking and Wine Tasting tour starts in Gruda, a picturesque little village 45 minutes by car from Dubrovnik. Following a safety briefing, we will start exploring villages, roads, and dirt trails on a bike. The route will take us through vineyards, olive groves, waterfalls, along the river, and next to medieval watermills. We will make several stops, such as a visit to a 600-year old Franciscan monastery, and a mountain stream where we’ll take a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters (swimming is optional). During one of the stops, we will refresh ourselves with sandwiches and water. After the biking tour departure back to Dubrovnik. In the evening depart to the traditional Dalmatian restaurant, Konoba, where you will be able to try “peka” - a Baked dish with meat and vegetables made in a pot placed in the embers of a fireplace. After dinner return to your hotel.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 10: Dubrovnik
Transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport for your departing flight.