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National Parks Hiking

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8 days/7 nights from Zagreb

This adventure holiday is all about exploring five mountain ranges and conquering the most beautiful peaks of continental Croatia. Hauntingly rugged beauty awaits, as our itinerary leads us from Zagreb all the way to the Adriatic coast. We will spend the days enjoying charming hikes through Croatian nature and admiring stunning views over the countryside.

PRICE FROM 560,00€


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  • DEPARTURES AND RATES

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day1-zagreb

Day 1: Arrival
Our trip begins today in Zagreb, Croatia. Arrive by late afternoon and transfer to the hotel for the evening. Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a lively and colorful city and is reasonably manageable on foot. We will meet in the hotel lobby for a welcome drink and brief orientation where you will have the chance to discuss the upcoming itinerary and get to know your guides and fellow travelers. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb

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Day 2: Medvednica Nature Park (“The Bear Mountain”)
Meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and head out to Medvednica, the mountain embracing Croatia’s capital city. Medvednica is a unique example of an almost fully preserved natural environment just out the back door of a large city. The mountain massif is covered by dense forests of beech, oak, and chestnut.It has a great history dating from prehistoric times when first human settlements appeared, and is a favorite destination for the citizens of Zagreb and their guests. As the Zagreb hikers used to do, we’ll take a tram and bus to the bottom of the mountain and then make our way to the summit. Bikčevićeva trail (2.5miles) leads us through rich forest habitats to Puntijarka mountain hut. It would be a shame to miss out on a traditional lunch of warm bean soup with sausages. The peak, Sljeme, is only a short walk away (0.8miles). We’ll visit the top of the mountain, including the ski resort famous for the Snow Queen Trophy slalom race held as part of the Alpine skiing World Cup. On our way back to the bottom, we will pass by Tomislavov Dom to catch the route “Bažulovka” (meaning the bean trail). This will lead us to Medvedgrad (3.8miles), a medieval fortress with a stunning view over the city. We will again use public transport (bus and tram) to get back to our hotel. Spend the evening enjoying the beautiful architecture, the old town, ancient monuments, and Zagreb nightlife.

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Day 3: Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature Park
We start our day with a short van drive towards Samobor Highlands, a Nature Park extending over some 350 km², established in 1999. For its natural beauty and its tradition this area certainly deserves the “title” of Nature Park. It includes a hilly territory situated southwest of Zagreb, with an elevation range from 180 to 1,178 meters. An exclusively rural area, there is not a single town in the Nature Park. Having today’s long hike in mind, we put smiles on our faces and head out into the wild. Leaving the van behind in Smerovišće, we reach Japetić (4miles), a reserve of forest vegetation. Continuing to Soićeva kuća (2.2miles), we take a break enjoying a local specialty: “zagorski štrukli”, a rich cheese strudel. Finishing the loop (3miles) we hop into the van for a power nap before retiring in our new accommodation in the Mrežnica River area. The Mreznica is one of Croatia's cleanest rivers, with plenty of great places to swim and relax under the waterfalls. The water temperature in summer can reach 27 degrees Celsius.

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Day 4: Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Early in the morning we start our ride through lovely countryside roads towards Plitvice Lakes, the first Croatian National Park. We start our day hiking along the wooden paths and bridges, in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon return to the accomodation in Mreznica Rivera area.

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Day 5: Risnjak National Park
The Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods – the lynx. It is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. The pristine park covers an area of 63,5 km2, and includes both the Risnjak and Snježnik ranges and the source area of the Kupa river. The diversity of the flora and fauna, present at elevation is highly respected by scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. We start our hike from Crni lug, the seat of the Park’s management. The educational trail "Leska" will start leading us towards our goal – “Big Risnjak”, the highest point of the mountain massif. Schlosser’s mountain hut, situated 100m below the peak, is probably one of the most beautiful mountain huts in Croatia. After resting and enjoying the amazing view over the sea, other peaks of Gorski Kotar and even the Alps, we will descend slowly back to Crni Lug and complete the educational trail. Our hotel is situated near the entrance to the national park.

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Day 6: Učka Nature Park. Visit Opatija.
If there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning. We start our journey with a drive to Lovran, a charming little coast town on the bottom of Učka, the highest mountain of the Istrian Peninsula. Učka Nature Park, proclaimed in 1999, predominately encompasses the great variety of regional features within a relatively small area. This is where the Mediterranean and continental climates meet, resulting in a unique spectrum of flora and fauna. Thus, this is the only place on Earth where you can enjoy taking pictures of steno endemic Učka's Bellflower (Campanula tomassiniana), and it is also one of the very last European sites where you will be rewarded by the impressive silhouettes of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) or Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Hiking trails from Lovranska Draga will lead us to the highest peak Vojak (5.45 miles). This is a sightseeing point that provides you with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Croatia’s north coast and islands, the mountains of Gorski Kotar, the Italian Alps and Dolomites, and the whole of the Istrian Peninsula. The way back takes us across “Little Ucka” towards our starting point. Later in the afternoon we will visit Opatija. This elegant tourist destination is the oldest resort on the Adriatic coast, and is a land of contrasts: sea and mountains, green parks and blue sea, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions.

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Day 7: Free day - list of optional trips
On your final day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can relax by the lake, swim or even take another optional bike tour on your own. Several optional hiking, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.

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Day 8: Departure day
Depart from Delnice for the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 7 nights in double/twin rooms
  • 2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 8)
  • use of walking poles
  • 5 days organized activities
  • entrances to all Parks
  • local taxes
  • Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Rijeka airport
  • skilled bi-lingual guide and assistance
  • ground transportation
  • basic insurance

NOT INCLUDED

  • international airfare to/from Croatia
  • items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • optional trip on day 7

 

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to possible overbooking Avansa Travel reserves the right to substitute hotels from the list providing similar accommodation.
Optional trips on Day 5 are NOT included in price and can be booked and paid on spot – the additional charge of approx 50€ per person is payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.

Optional trips on Day 7 are NOT included in price and can be booked and paid on spot – the additional charge of approx 50€ per person is payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.

 

Rates are per person in Euro
Departure dates 2012RATE PER PERSON
MAY 5,12,19 26 & JUNE 2 560,00
JUNE 09, 16, 23, 30 & JULY 07 670,00
JULY 14, 21, 28 & AUGUST 04, 11, 18, 25 740,00
SEPTEMBER 01, 08 670,00
SEPTEMBER 15, 22, 29 560,00

 

  • Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups on request.
  • Minimum number of participants: 4
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Children discount: valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room.
  • Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same gender is possible.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

How to Make Your Reservation: After selecting your tour, simply click on SEND REQUEST button, and fill in the booking form, with as much details as possible. Please make your reservations as early as possible since many of our tours are completely filled 4 to 6 months before departure.

Deposit: Once you are confirmed the availability of tour, we will send you pro forma invoice for deposit and final payment. Payments can be done in two ways: credit card (VISA, AMEX,and Mastercard), or money transfer order to our bank account (preferred). The amount of deposit differs depending on the tour, but is usually 30% of the total amount.

Final Payment: Upon receiving the deposit or credit card authorization form, you will be sent a confirmation. Final payment is usually due 45 days prior to the departure date. If reservations are made less than 45 days prior to departure, payment in full is required at the time of booking. If final payments are not received on time, Avansa Travel d.o.o. may cancel the reservation and invoke the cancellation fee.

Pricing: Price quoted is per person based on double occupancy. The Operator reserves the right to adjust prices due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, imposed fuel surcharges, taxes, charges and levies imposed by any third party including government and its agencies. Should these change the price of your tour by more than 10% you may cancel without penalty within 7 days after we notify you of the increase.

Cancellation, Changes and Refunds: If your cancellation in writing is received more than 45 days prior to departure, your deposit will be FULLY REFUNDED. For cancellations or changes thereafter, the following cancelation fees will apply:

 

Number of Days Prior to DepartureCancellation/Change Charge Per Person
45 - 22 Days 30% of tour cost
21 - 15 Days 40% of tour cost
14 - 8 Days 80% of tour cost
7- 0 days / no-show 100% of tour cost


In addition, no refunds are made for unused portions of a tour including but not limited to missed meals or sightseeing, motorcoach travel and the non-use of hotel rooms.

Refund claims: Any complaint about your tour should be made immediately to the tour director.
All refund claims must be submitted to Avansa Travel in writing within 15 days of the completion of the tour.


CANCELLATION and CHANGES MADE BY SERVICE PROVIDER
The itineraries are subject to change depending on group abilities and preferences, weather conditions, water levels, other acts of God, special events of interest and similar. For client's safety and comfort reasons service provider reserves the right to alternate programme without prior notice.
In a case of major changes or cancellations, service provider will advise the Client as soon as possible and provide the following options:

a) Client may accept a new departure date or destination
b) Client may accept a replacement package/excursion of equivalent or closely similar itinerary
c) Client may cancel his/her booking altogether and receive a full refund of the money paid.

The Client is obligated to inform service provider of his/her decision within 7 days of the offer. If the Client does not, service provider will book a replacement package/excursion


Client’s Insurance : All clients are insured for the event of personal injury that may occur during local transfers or while taking part in guided outdoor activities to the maximum amount of 10,000 euros. Insurance to higher amounts would significantly reflect the package/excursion price; therefore service provider reccommends the clients to purchase travel and other additional insurance from a reliable insurance company in the country of residence. If the clients wishes to purchase additional insurance (injury, damage, lost property, travel insurance and similar) service provider strongly recommends each client to read the terms and conditions carefully.


IMPORTANT:

Booking is considered to be finalized upon recipient of confirmation from Avansa Travel ltd.

You MUST provide us with passport details and ensure you have valid travel documents (passport obligatory and visa if required). All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Requirements may change and you must check the up-to-date position in good time before departure. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We cannot accept liability if you are refused entry on to any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

If possible, please provide some of this information in your enquiry:

  • number of persons in your party
  • average age
  • travel to and within Croatia (airport, ferry, own/rented car...)
  • your preferred date(s)
  • your preferred activities
  • contact telephone number