Adventure and Activity Holidays
Croatia has an enviable position in Europe in respect of looking after its environment and as yet it has not succumbed to commercial pressures. The country protects its numerous national parks and nature reserves with their rich plant and tree life, birds, wild animals set in unique geological and hydrological formations.
The hinterland region located between the Middle Dalmatian town of Sibenik and Split is an ideal venue for activities holiday. This region's virgin landscape offers a memorable experience to nature lovers who wish to explore a world of sparkling waterfalls, mountain rivers, streams and numerous canyons running through a dramatic karst terrain.
Cetina Region is 30 km away from Split and the beautiful Makarska Riviera. This is a region of Croatia known for its green environment dominated by the Cetina river with crystal clear water. Take a sporty, relaxing holiday on the most beautiful Dalmatian river, take a deep breath of fresh air, free your mind and activate your body. With knowledgeable local guides your Adventure and Activity holiday is an unforgettable experience. The canoe–safari, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, riding, and canyoning will inspire you and your friends.
ITINERARY FOR WALKING AROUND DUBROVNIK RIVIERA
& BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS
DAY 1 DUBROVNIK
Arrival to Dubrovnik Airport. Transfer to hotel in Dubrovnik.
Welcome meeting at the hotel at 19:00. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 2 HIKING MOUNT SRĐ AND CAVTAT VISIT
Breakfast at hotel.
Towering above Dubrovnik to the north, the 412-metre peak of Mount Srd offers stunning views of the walled town below, with a panorama of the whole coast stretching as far as the Pelješac peninsula to the northwest. The mountain seems a world away from the lush subtropical world of the coastal strip, with bare stone and scrub stretching as far as the eye can see. On the top of the hill is the Fort Imperial with its stout, defiant walls standing ever since Napoleon’s soldiers built the fort in 1812. The fort and this mountain was where one of the biggest battles took place in the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence. The cable car that was disabled during this time has recently been reopened. After our Srd adventure we are going to visit Cavtat. This small town is situated in the Konavle Region, south of Dubrovnik. Originally a Greek settlement, it had a turbulent history and finally became a lovely tourist destination. The main Cavtat walk is about 8 km long and follows the shore. It will take you along the beaches of the untouched Sustjepan Peninsula, passing by the famous Cavtat Promenade and Rat Peninsula. Here you can experience true Mediterranean nature.
You will visit the Racic Mausoleum that lies among the trees at the highest point above the town and can be seen shining like a pearl from as far away. It is located in St. Rocco's cemetery and surrounded by a line of cypress and pine trees, with a beautiful view of the sea. This huge and magnificent work by the most famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic is the present-day emblem of Cavtat. You may also visit the Franciscan Church and Monastery our Lady of the Snow and the Bukovac Art Gallery. Enjoy a free evening and dinner on your own in Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik. Walking: 4 hours
DAY 3 KOLOCEP ISLAND WALKING
Breakfast at hotel.
We take the local ferry in the morning and visit Kolocep Island, extremely interesting for its dramatic scenery with rocky beaches, high cliffs and colorful reefs. Walk through Gornje Celo and Donje Celo, well preserved romantic Mediterranean villages. Many remnants of old architecture have been preserved and are dispersed throughout the island (an old pre-Romantic chapel, ruins of the basilica, summer homes, Napoelon’s fort and more). A pleasant noon siesta will take place in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Gornje Celo turquoise bay, near one of the best fish restaurants in the area.
Overnight in Dubrovnik. Walking: 3.5 hours; Ferry transfer: 25 minutes one way
DAY 4 DUBROVNIK CITY TOUR
Breakfast at hotel.
You are free to join us for guided Old Town tour. This tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City as well as give you an opportunity to view it from above at the spectacular panoramic spot. Our expert guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic – find out why! Departure is at 10:15 from Pile gate; you have to come here on your own by bus or on foot.
Afternoon at leisure to explore the rest of the Dubrovnik and nearby Lokrum Island.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 5 LOPUD ISLAND WALKING
Breakfast at hotel.
Lopud is an island with lots of sunshine, sandy beaches and palm trees, free of traffic. The only town on the island that has no more than a couple of hundred permanent residents, old houses of beautiful architecture and abundance of flowers everywhere, which contribute to an easy going lifestyle. The island produces its own seafood, vegetables, fruit and even tropical fruit like lemons, oranges and kiwis. The sandy beach of Sunj Bay on Lopud's southern side is the most popular beach of the Dubrovnik area. However this island's true treasure are its tiny churches and a fort strategically located at one of its highest points. In the past it served as an observation point and was used to protect the island's safety. Today it offers stunning views of the Elafiti archipelago and Mljet Island. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Walking: 4 hours; Ferry transfer: 55 minutes one way
DAY 6 ŠIPAN ISLAND WALKING
This day is dedicated to the largest of the Elafiti Islands – Sipan. Colorful villages of Sudjuradj and Luka Sipanska and the fields between them have preserved the real country lifestyle, chapels, monasteries, palaces and summer houses of ancient Dubrovnik aristocracy. This island is unbelievably rich in cultural heritage, tales from the past and well preserved monuments that witnessed its turbulent history. We will explore them by walking and there will be plenty of time to relax on beaches or in cafes. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Walking: 4 hours; Ferry transfer: 1 hour and 20 minutes one way
DAY 8, DUBROVNIK Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel / accommodation in Dubrovnik)
End of the tour
Price : from Ł 650 per person sharing a double or twin room including :
7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with meals as indicated
5 days of organized activities
Guided Old Town walking tour on day 4
Mljet National Park entrance fee
ground transportation (except on day 4)
arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport, bus station or harbour
departure transfer to Dubrovnik airport, bus station or harbour
English speaking tour leader and assistance
Not included : flights and meals not listed in the itinerary
items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
ground transportation on day 4
Please note that a minimum number of persons for this tour is 4
Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
Note on the itinerary: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Elite Travel guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations.
ADVENTURE WEEK-ACTIVE HOLIDAY ON THE CETINA RIVER ADVENTURE CLUB FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE NATURE
Take a sporty, relaxing holiday on the most beautiful Dalmatian river. Take a deep breath of fresh air, free your mind and activate your body. The Adventurer Weekend is an unforgettable experience. The canoe – safari, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, riding, and canyoning will inspire you and your friends. Be different, be natural, be yourself. Be an adventurer!
ADVENTURE MULTISPORT WEEK
Day 1 (Saturday) - Arrival
Afternoon arrival to Split and transfer to Trilj (about 40 minutes). Check into the three star Hotel Sveti Mihovil.. All comfortable rooms are fitted with air-conditioner, satellite TV, mini bar, direct phone line and private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi
Day 2 (Sunday) – Canoe- safari
After breakfast, late morning 15-minutes transfer to the village of Han where the canoe-safari starts. Each canoe (for 2 to 4 people) with a guide ride down the Cetina River for about 2 hrs and a half. The ride is on the peacefully flowing, crystal-clear Cetina River and its tributaries, which winds through the green Sinjsko polje (The field of Sinj). The ride accompanied with the birds singing makes this experience even more special and is also a good practice for rafting. The ride ends by the Hotel. The rest of the day is free for strolling around Trilj and exploring on your own. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 3 (Monday) – Mountain biking
The trail of 35 km starts through the green pastures in the Cetina river valley in Trilj, right in front of Hotel Sv.Mihovil and is continued with a 3,5 km ride to a distant mouth of river Grab and its settlement, with the famous Grab mills which are still producing homemade flour using 600 years old technology. Mills’ sightseeing, a short break and refreshments with homemade doughnuts at host Iko’s, the miller. Ride continues to the trenches’ origins and then to the impressive spring Rude where you can swim in the spring water. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 4 (Tuesday) – Canoe & Kayak tour - Canyon
After breakfast and checking the plan with the guide, transfer to the village of Cikotina Lada on the Cetina River where the canoe tour (1-3 persons per canoe) through one of the most beautiful and undiscovered canyons in Europe starts. The breathtaking beauty of the canyon, impressive rocky crags with Mediterranean vegetation and cliffs as high as 100 meters will make this 3 hrs ride an exciting and unforgettable feeling. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 5 (Wednesday) - Rafting
After breakfast clearing the camp and checking the plan with the guide. Transfer to the village of Penšici on the Cetina River, where the rafting tour starts. Each raft accommodates between 5-8 people. Rafting trough a canyon whose mighty cliffs nestle the rivers rapids as it flows to the sea. The experience will be unforgettable and you will certainly fall in love with this beautiful river. The difficulty degree is 2-4. Rafting is followed by a short tour of the city of Omiš (where the Cetina River empties into the sea). Transfer back to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 (Thursday) Free day / Trip to Split ( UNESCO protected)/ Horse riding - optional
On your free day you can choose among some popular options. On your own charge you can visit Split, second largest city in Croatia, where you can explore the old town that grew from a palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Split is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. You can also enjoy spending your time in nature because you can explore the area on the horseback, and enjoy in beautiful surroundings. This is a great way to see the country at a pace that allows you to experience it in a new and different way. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 7 (Friday) Trekking
Trekking tour to the Green hills of Trilj. After breakfast at 10 a.m walking to the stable with 15 horses where young people from Cetina prepare to be Alkars. Afterwards we slowly climb up to the top of hill Gardun and archeological site Tilurium – Military camp of the 7th Roman Legion. We get down to the wire-bridge in Trilj, we cross it over and hike along the path through green hills and vineyards to village Bravici where you can discover a unique and natural way of a native's life. A rural household stop for refreshement, afterwards, slowly getting down to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast at 10 a.m. transfer to the village of Zadvarje where an unforgettable experience in the 200-meter deep Cetina canyon starts. Numerous waterfalls and lakes, subterranean tunnels and the unique Gubavica Falls (38 m) make this encounter with an untouched natural environment complete. 3-4 hours of trekking, descents, walking through tunnels and swimming will make this experience memorable.
Day 8 (Saturday) - The end of the tour
After breakfast, departure transfer to Split.
Price from Ł 550.00 per person sharing a double or twin room inclusive of :
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure ( Split airport ) and coach transportation as required by the published itinerary.
- Accommodation for 7 nights at the hotel Sv. Mihovil,and half-board meals
- Experienced tour escorts/guides throughout
- Rental of sports facilities: canoes, rafts, kayaks, mountain bikes, etc. canoe-safari, biking tour and visit to the three villages, kayaking rafting and visiting Omiš, canyoning, Walking tour and visiting Sinj. Entrance fees to the City Museum in Sinj . Insurance
- Insurance against injuries
- Entrance fees to the City Museum in Trilj
Not included : flights
Age limit for children to participate in the program is minimum 11 years
The Sv Mihovil Hotel
Is a three star hotel located in the centre of Trilj, a small town on the Cetina River in Dalmatia..
The hotel offers 25 double rooms and 2 suites - each comfortably outfitted with
air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, direct phone line and private bathroom. Fitness room, swimming pool and parking space . Gallop stable with 15 horses. 40 mountain bikes. Necessary equipment for all sport activities
The famous restaurant Caporice offers traditional specialties of the Cetina-region like frogs, crayfish, trout, arambašici (stuffed cabbage leaves), koštradina (dried mutton), cooked lamb with Dalmatian šalša (tomato sauce)
CROATIAN HIGHLAND ADVENTURE
Day 1- DELNICE (arrival)
Meeting your guide and fellow travelers. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Delnice
Day 2 - VISIT TO HONEY MAKERS – HIKING TO SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE VRAŽJI PROLAZ AND ZELENI VIR
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our day starts in Delnice with visit to honey makers and honey tasting. Afterwards, we will drive to Ložac where we start our hiking to Special Nature Reserve Zeleni vir and Vražji prolaz. Zeleni vir is a powerful spring at the botton of a shallow cave underneath a 70m high picturesque, layered cliffdown which, like a white curtain, falls a creek, splashing the entrance with thousands drops. It got its name after the emerald green color of the water of a small lake whose source one does not notice inside the cave.
Vražji prolaz (The Devils's Passage) is one of the most beautiful Croatian canyons, full of wild romance. Through a narrow, barely 2 meter wide canyon, between a 100m high cliffs, the Jasle mountain creek fights its way through wildly murmuring. Over it, standing on supports cut into a live cliff, there are galleries and bridges the visitors use to pass through. There are steep cliffs all around, while deep down, under your feet, there is a loud, foamy creek. At the end of the Devil's Passage there is another attraction, a cave called Muževa Hižica. Tourists can explore up to 200m inside. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Delnice, HB
Day 3 - HIKING IN NATIONAL PARK RISNJAK (INCLUDING THE SPRING OF THE KUPA RIVER)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today's adventures bring us to Risnjak National Park – home to 3 great beasts of European wild life: the wolf, the bear and the lynx. Located just under 10 miles from the Adriatic Sea, the park includes Risnjak and Snježnik ranges, as well as the source area of the Kupa River, which is, beyond doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the area. The Kupa River forms a natural border between Croatia and Slovenia. It springs from a karstic well at the park's lowest point, forming a turquoise pond over 650 feet long and nearly 100 feet wide. This natural phenomenon is one of the deepest and strongest river sources in Croatia, and remains puzzling for scientists. The Kupa flows through a picturesque valley known as the „valley of butterflies“ – more than 500 species inhabit the area!
We start hiking from Razloge all the way down to the source of the River Kupa (30 minutes steep downhill). After the short break we continue our way through „valley of butterflies“ along the river to the small place called Kupari.
Time and weather allowing, we will also hike through Leska Educational Path before returning to our hotel for dinner. Overnight in Delnice, HB
Day 4 - FREE DAY (OPTIONAL TRIPS) Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you can be as active as you wish. You can relax, take a walks in the parks aroud the hotel or even take an optional tour on your own. Maybe rafting on Kupa river or another visit to Risnjak National Park. Your tour leader will give you all the details.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Delnice, HB
Day 5 - VISIT TO POPOVIC MILL – BIKING IN FUŽINE – VISIT TO CAVE VRELO
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast we are going to visit the oldest electronic mill in the Europe, built in 1924., followed by demonstration of historical mill machinery. Our host will be on hand to answer any questions.
We will continue to Fužine, a picturesque little town situated at 730 meters above the sea level, in the south-western part of Gorski Kotar region, surrounded by mountains, silence of cetennial coniferous forests, and the beauty of its lakes. Our biking route is easy (cca 22km ), using both asphalt and gravel road, and it is great for exploring the location.
One of the most attractive natural phenomena of the region is the cave Vrelo (means the spring), only 3km far from the town. It is 300m long and underground water flows through the cave.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Delnice, HB
Day 6 - HIKING IN FOREST PARK GOLUBINJAK – HERB LIQUEURS TASTING – HIKING AROUND LOKVARSKO LAKE FOLLOWED BY BOAT RIDE
Breakfast at the hotel.
The Golubinjak Park Forest, an exquisite gift of nature, offers relaxation for both body and soul in the shade of its centuries-old forest. Maintained walking trails will lead us to the so-called „Queen of the Forest“ – a gigantic fir tree over 250 years old. There are also two very attractive caves in the forest park – the „Ledena“ (Ice) and the „Golubinja“ (Dove). After visiting this natural wealth, we will enjoy the authentic liqueurs made from the fruits and herbs of this region. Tasting of the products produced by OPG „Kotac“, a family run agricultural estate. Our day will be fulfilled with hiking around Lokvarsko Lake followed by boat ride. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Delnice, HB
Day 7 - DELNICE
Departure after breakfast.
Or, continue your adventure by joining us for a 5-day activity trip in Soca region (Slovenia) or for a 8-day Island Hopping trip in South Adriatic (Croatia)
Note on the itinerary:
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Elite Travel guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Organisers reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
Price : from Ł 545 per person sharing a double or twin room including :
6 nights accommodation in 3* hotel on HB basis
use of equipment and activities
4 days of organised activities
entrance fees to Special Nature Reserve Zeleni Vir and Vražji prolaz, National Park Risnjak, cave Vrelo, Forest Park Golubinjak and Popovic mill
honey tasting and herb liqueurs tasting
boat ride on Lokvarsko Lake
ground transportation (transfers throughout)
arrival transfer from Zagreb/Rijeka airport, bus or train station
departure transfer to Zagreb/Rijeka airport, bus or train station
English speaking guide and assistance
Available for minimum 4 passengers / adults only
Not included :
meals not listed in the itinerary (lunch boxes available at the hotel)
optional trips on day 4
items of personal nature
optional gratuities to your guide