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Paklenica and Waterfalls

Duration: 6 days
Location: Paklenica National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park,VelebitNature Park, Zadar
Activity level: Easy/Moderate
Activities: Hikking, Caving, Rafting or Canoeing

 

Day 1, Saturday:
Arrival, transfer to our hotel or pension in Paklenica region. Welcome drink, dinner.

Day 2, Sunday: Plitvice lakes. 6 hours hiking, up 200 m.
During 6 to 7 hours walk, we will enjoy one of the most fascinating aspect of the specific geological and hydro-geological phenomenon of karst. We will slalom through the serie of 16 bigger and few smaller lakes, gradually lined up and linked together by innumerable cascades and waterfalls.
Back to our lodging at the end of the day.

Day 3, Monday: Paklenica 6 - 7 hours hiking, up 800 m.
We head to Paklenica NP and enter it through its "main entrance", the Velika paklenica creek. It begins with a fantastic rocky canyon and while going up along the torrent we will see the vegetation changes. Progressively, the Mediterranean one gives more space to pine and beech
forests. Passing the hamlet of Jurline and its hive we will continue towards Velika Mocila and Brezimenjaca to finally get in the hamlet of Ramici where our hosts will be waiting for us for dinner. We will lodge there in an old typical shepherd house. It is also possible to chose a more strenuous hiking by entering through the Mala Paklenica creek and joining Velika Paklenica canyon.

Day 4, Tuesday: the Zrmanja river
In the morning we go down the mountain through the majestic canyon of Velika Paklenica, we will follow the torrent passing along the foot of the imposing rock of Anica Kuk (more than 400 meters in height) where we will be able to observe ones climbing it before arriving in Starigrad-Paklenica from where we'll drive for an hour to the starting point of our adventure of the day:

Rafting or canoing, depending on the water level on the famous Zrmanja River within the natural reserve of Velebit! This river considered as one of the most beautiful karstic rivers by the Croatian geologists has, during millenniums, dug a deep canyon sometimes reaching a 300 meters depth.
We will be carried by his current during more than 4 hours across falls, sedimentary cascades and barriers to a green meadow where we will have lunch. Dinner and lodging will take place in an hotel or pension in Paklenica region.

Day 5, Wed. : the Krupa river in Velebit nature park. 5 to 6 hours hiking, up 200 m.
Hiking along the Krupa river, one of the most beautiful karst river in Croatia. We'll start at the Krupa monastery and its fertile fields from where the river spread toward a canyon passing next to its tributary Krnjeza.

Downstream of Krnjeza the canyon suddenly open on a spacious weedy travertine barrier made of 9 cascades wich end with a 13 meters fall at Kudin Bridge. Built in the 19th century, it is made of 12 arches. On our way out of the canyon, we will meet the local shepherd, he will surely invite us to taste his delicious fresh goat yogurt before we go back to our lodging.

Day 6, Thursday:
After breakfast and before going to the millennial city of Zadar, we will stop for a "cave adventure" in the 830 meters long Modric cave: Our speleo guide will lead us through secret labyrinths and narrow passages to spectacular halls where strange host await us: pipe organs, cuttlefishes, crabs, fairies... The list of surprises nature and imagination can provide under the light of carbide lamps is practically unlimited. After those fascinating 2 hours we'll continue towards Zadar where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will be free to visit the old town or simply go to the beach. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for those who are leaving.

Prices on request.

The price includes:
All meals from dinner of day 1 to lunch of day 6. Transportation in air conditioned vehicle. 5 nights in hotel or pension. National park entrance fees. Rafting or canoeing and needed equipment and guide. Caving and needed equipment and guide. Hiking leader. Insurance in case of injury. Zadar or Split airport transfers.

​The price does not include:
Transportation to Croatia, drinks, tips and personal expenses such as souvenirs, etc.

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