Walking Croatia's Mountains & Islands
Guided, small group | 8 days, 7 nights | | April to October
Hiking from the forests of Plitvice Lakes to the hidden beaches of Adriatic islands
We are super thrilled to share this amazing hiking tour with you! We have thought for a really long time about how to design a summer hiking trip in Croatia which would avoid the crowds and highlight Croatia’s fantastic & incredibly diverse scenery. Well… here you have it!
You’ll start in Zagreb, Croatia’s lively capital city, then move on to the not-to-be-missed Plitvice Lakes National Park (don’t worry, we will find a way to avoid the crowds), explore the peaks of the stunning Velebit mountain range, hop on your private speed-boat to discover the hidden little beaches of the blue Adriatic Sea and enjoy the charming hiking trails and villages on the islands of Krk and Cres.
If you are not from central Europe, you might not have heard of these islands. They might not be as famous as their Dalmatian cousins. But we dare to say the scenery on Cres and Krk islands is even more spectacular and diverse. Especially if explored on foot!
Our small group tours (max. 8 travelers) with guaranteed departures run between July and September. The temperatures can be quite high at this time of the year, that’s why we include lots of “sea time” – swimming, kayaking, and enjoying a cold beer with our feet in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. If you love the sun, hiking & the sea, you will love our hiking tour in Croatia!
Hike the spectacular trails on Velebit Mountain Range
Explore the hidden beaches of the Northern Adriatic Islands
Be amazed by the lakes & waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Make this adventure yours
1,470 € per person
7 nights bed & breakfast in a conveniently located 3* or 4* hotels. Double or twin rooms.
6 guided days with English speaking hiking guide, who is also the driver.
All transfers and ferries listed in the itinerary. Starting and ending in Zagreb.
Van with 8+1 seats is always available to the group. Guide to guest ratio is max 1:8.
Private speed boat island hopping.
Boat ride in Cres.
6 nice local lunches
Welcome meeting over a drink in Zagreb.
Plitvice Lakes entrance fee.
Kayak rental on Krk island
Organisation, 24-hour holiday service & support.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.
Other services not specified in the Inclusions.
Single room supplement: 290 €.
I hold a master’s degree in organizational science which I put into practice as a hiking guide and on my active journeys exploring the world. Thanks to my legendary road trip with the Renault 4 car through India and Iran, extensive travels throughout Latin America and sail across the Atlantic back to Europe, as well as completing my education in Lisbon and Canary Islands, I’m fluent in Spanish, English and multiple Slavic languages. In love with the Slovenian mountains and Croatia’s coastline, I mostly run active tours in the region of the former Yugoslavia. I can’t imagine a better way to explore the world.
Who is this walking tour for?
Happy explorers who love hiking and the sea. We are doing some serious hikes, some easier walks, and spending a lot of time exploring the hidden beaches, swimming, and enjoying the Croatian coast.
The summer heat can be substantial. If you would like to avoid the heat, you should travel in April, May, September, and October.
Croatia is busy during the peak summer months, but the itinerary avoids the crowds as much as possible and we will surely have some beaches and hiking trails just to ourselves. July & August are the busiest months. If you prefer avoiding the heat and people, you should come before or after.
What are the trails like?
The trails are uneven, sometimes rocky and narrow, with gravel, grass and forest soil surfaces. Some of the trails/days are in the shade of a forest. However, there are some days with very little shade. Be prepared for sun exposure.
How difficult is the walking?
Expect to walk about 4-5 hours per day within a distance of 8-12 km (5-8 miles) and 400 m (1300 ft) elevation gain. This walking tour is no “a walk in the park” and we recommend a reasonable fitness level to fully enjoy the trip.
What is the weather usually like?
In summer (from June to early September) the weather is usually hot, with temperatures around 30 deg C (90 deg F). In peak season (August) you can expect a heatwave with temperatures likely exceeding 35 deg C (95 deg F). The region can also be influenced by strong winds as well, although we have good chances for nice weather in the summer months.
We will adapt the tour and start the hikes early, allow some downtime during the hottest hours and be active again in late afternoon. In any case, heat shouldn’t be a problem for you, otherwise you will not thoroughly enjoy the tour.
How big are the groups?
Our maximum group size for this hiking tour in Croatia is 8 travelers plus 1 guide. We travel around Croatia in an 8-seater van and our guide also drives the van.
What kind of accommodation do we stay in?
You’ll stay in selected nice and clean centrally located 3-4* hotels or family-run guesthouses, in double or single rooms with en-suite bathroom.
Feel free to ask for accommodation details for your preferred departure dates.
Changes to the itinerary
Important: the day-to-day schedule can change anytime. Especially due to the heat and wind. The tour leader will adapt the tour whenever necessary to assure the participants’ safety, well-being, and enjoyment.