Croatia National Parks

You think you've seen some beautiful places in Europe, but you haven't seen anything like Plitvice and Krka National Parks, the twin peaks of Croatia's sensational scenery. This trip is all about getting you up close to the emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls and winding hiking trails, where you'll hike, bike, picnic and swim - with your jaw on the floor every step of the way.

Departure dates

From 30/07/2024 to 01/08/2024

What's included

You think you've seen some beautiful places in Europe, but you haven't seen anything like Plitvice and Krka National Parks, the twin peaks of Croatia's sensational scenery.
This trip is all about getting you up close to the emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls and winding hiking trails, where you'll hike, bike, picnic and swim - with your jaw on the floor every step of the way.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park Welcome to Croatia! We'll meet our host and get to know our new friends this morning before driving inland to one of the most spectacular National Parks in the world. En-route, we will enjoy the first of many delicious Croatian meals: think grilled meats and plenty of healthy veg. Arriving at Plitvice, we'll settle into our accommodation and have some time to chill out. Then it's time to kick off the adventure with our very first hike. Make sure there's some space on your camera roll: today we'll take the stunning Plitvice Loop, through the Upper and Lower Lakes and past the magnificent Great Waterfall. Returning to the accommodation, giddy from all that scenery, we'll enjoy a well deserved included feast where we'll taste fresh local produce. What a start, and there's more to come.
  • Day 2 Plitvice Lakes National Park and Barac Caves After fuelling up with a hearty breakfast this morning, we'll set off to explore the Plitvice Valley on an included bike tour. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a tremendous picnic... with an equally tremendous view. This afternoon, you're free to choose your adventure: options include exploring an abandoned Military Airport, exploring more of the Plitvice Valley on two wheels, or heading into the towns of Slunj and Rastoke for some trail walking and swimming. Tonight, we'll regroup at our accommodation with time for dinner (and a well-deserved rest.)
  • Day 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split After breakfast today we say goodbye to Plitvice National Park and make our way South toward the town of Skradin. Upon arrival we'll explore Roski Slap, the Great Waterfall of Krka, before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch with fresh local produce including mouthwatering prosciutto and cheese. After lunch we'll make our way into the otherworldly Krka National Park where we'll hike amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes in Croatia. After some relaxing time in the park, we make the short drive to Split where our trip ends, but the scenery we've witnessed will live long in the memory. Dining Summary
  • 2 - Lunch
  • 1 - Dinner
  • 2 - Breakfast FAQs London: Our Detour trips are minibreaks packed full of unique, local-led experiences. They're perfect if you're looking for a short weekend trip or just wanna spend a little more time at your destination. London: You know we love social travel here. While most of our trips have large groups, the Detour trips are all about small group travel with 16 travellers (or even fewer on some itineraries!). You can check the trip page above for more details. London: In classic Contiki style, your accommodation and transport are included in the trip. Plus, we'll sort out some meals and activities that are outlined in the itinerary. That's not all, though. You'll also have an expert Local Host to give you an inside scoop at every destination. London: All you have to do is check whether you need a visa (and apply for one if you do!), book your insurance and arrange your transport to the start location of the trip. We'll handle the rest! London: Our Detour trips are short & sweet (and loaded with fun activities). That's why we don't offer pre or post trip accommodation. Plitvice Lakes National Park: This trip features hiking and bike rides, so you'll need a moderate level of fitness to take part. But don't worry too much, because we can adjust some activities based on the group's fitness level. Just make sure that you're confident in riding a bike (over a rough terrain, sometimes), and you'll be good to go! Bucharest: Your Trip Manager will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible. Vegetarianism, lactose intolerance, and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however, some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. Please use My Contiki to notify us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your Trip Manager will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in the dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Plitvice and Krka National Parks are the most visited national parks in Croatia. Croatia has some of the best national parks in Europe for hiking & biking. And lucky for us, they all have their own unique qualities. Plitvice and Krka National Parks are the most visited national parks in Croatia. Madrid: Yep. Usually, we arrange a buffet for all your included meals. If you'd like a vegetarian option, please inform your Trip Manager beforehand, and they'll sort it out for you. Host Hrovje was born into an adventure sports loving family in Croatia. Growing up, he loved hiking the National Parks and exploring the Adriatic Coastline during the summer. Now, Hrovje loves nothing more than showing off his homeland to travellers; he is passionate about local food and will even let you in on some secret family recipes. Included Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park: Grab a wholesome, locally-made feast of traditional Croatian delicacies - and get to know your new crew and local guide. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Cameras at the ready folks, some jaw-dropping natural beauty awaits. With a local guide by our side, we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes - including the upper and lower lakes, plus the magnificent Great Waterfall. Plitvice Lakes National Park: It's been a long day. And we're going to end it the right way. Tuck into an delectable included dinner and swap pictures of the beautiful day we just had. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Today we'll set out to explore the Plitvice Valley on two wheels. We'll discover the ancient Barac Caves, their hidden treasures and spectacular rock formations that date back all the way to the Neanderthals(!) Plitvice Lakes National Park: Ready to live your peak European dreams? Enjoy a delicious picnic with the breathtaking views of the Plitvice Valley as your backdrop. Who's got a camera? Krka National Park: Thought we were done with local delicacies? Nope. Gorge on a scrumptious buffet lunch - made with fresh local produce including mouthwatering prosciutto and cheese! Krka National Park: One national park just wasn't enough. This afternoon, you'll head to another, where we'll hike among even more beautiful surroundings.
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