The Milky Way The agricultural estate is a perfect place to start this journey. Friendly hosts will guide you to your rooms, which have that authentic Dalmatian style. You will be surrounded by stone-built houses, a traditional Dalmatian tavern, and vivid gardens. As you head to the bed, remember you are in the village with no light pollution so try counting all the stars for a good night’s sleep.
The sound of the bike chain Start with a power breakfast that will boost your day. You are just 20 minutes away from the Krka National Park where we have organised a biking trip for you. The adventure starts in the little town of Skradin where you will be greeted by your tour guide. After a short introduction and safety briefing, you will enter the Krka National Park on a bike. Besides biking, you will get a chance to visit the Visovac island and the Franciscan monastery, swim on the beach and see the amazing Skradinski buk waterfall. Later that afternoon, you will return to Skradin where your biking trip ends. The agricultural estate won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence so we are confident you will have a comfortable bed to go to after an exciting trip.
I Believe I Can Fly By now you must have heard the word “pomalo”. People from Dalmatia use it all the time and it perfectly describes their laid-back lifestyle. So today, you can take it easy. After breakfast, you will have time to prepare for your next extraordinary experience. It’s just a 20-minute drive to the falconry centre where you will have a guided tour. The passionate guide will give you a chance to learn more about hawks, eagles, owls, and other birds. This is a special place in Croatia that has a veterinary station for injured birds. The centre has a team of experts who are dedicated to preserving a variety of bird species. The tour is very entertaining and educational so we are confident you will love it. After you return to the estate, you will have time to relax by the pool and prepare for dinner. Final overnight at the estate.
Food tip: On your request, the friendly hosts will show you how to prepare “peka” which is a traditional cooking technique. Food is placed under the iron bell that is covered with the ember. Make sure to try delicious lamb or veal meat that has a distinctive taste.
Row, row, row your boat Bags are packed and ready to go. It’s time for an early breakfast and check-out. Prepare your swimsuits because you are going to get wet. We are taking you to the Zrmanja river for an exciting kayaking adventure. The starting point is 90 minutes away by car from the estate. The professional guide will give you a safety briefing and prepare you for the trip. Once you get in the kayak, you will feel the adrenaline rush. The Zrmanja river is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Crystal clear warm water and an astonishing canyon will definitely put a spell on you. You will get a life jacket and a helmet so you can occasionally refresh yourself and swim around the waterfalls. There will be organised return transfer from the end point back to your car. After packing and saying goodbye to the Zrmanja river, you will continue to your next destination. Starigrad, where you will stay in an apartment, is less than an hour away. Overnight in Starigrad near the Paklenica National Park.
Carpe diem After experiencing a beautiful biking tour and an awesome kayaking trip, we offer you a mixture of activities. Your apartment is located near the seaside and Velebit mountain. You feel like trying something new? No problem, gear up and let’s do this. We thought you might want to start your day with a relaxing activity before noon to avoid the hottest hours, so we organised some stand-up paddling. The afternoon is reserved for a short hike to Veliki Vitrenik peak, which is 415 meters high. We suggest you prepare your bags and food supplies for the rest of your trip as you continue your journey to the mountain. Last overnight in Starigrad.
Stop and take a deep breath The Paklenica National Park is truly a magnificent place with many natural values such as the autochthonous forests of black pine. You can drive all the way to the entrance and park your car there so it is close on your way back. Your goal for today is to reach the mountain lodge which will be your base for the next two days. The lodge is located at the beginning of the Velika Paklenica canyon. During the summer it is a perfect place to cool down and enjoy a pleasant climate. Tighten your hiking boots and get ready for another easy 2-hour hike. It will be a great introduction for the upcoming day. Check-in at the mountain lodge and stay overnight.
RC tip: If you are a Suunto user, you can check the heatmaps for Paklenica National Park. You can plan your routes outside the well-beaten paths and experience intact nature.
Explore Rise and shine. Feel free to lie in a bit longer. Open your windows and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Can you feel the difference? It’s amazing. You are at the perfect place from which you can explore the wonderful Via Dinarica trails. See why National Geographic Traveller awarded Via Dinarica as one of the best destinations in 2017. Be a part of the trail that connects the Balkan countries and discover the wonders Paklenica has to offer. Along the way, make sure you stop for a second and fully appreciate a present moment surrounded by remote nature and wildlife.
Saturday – Go underground After breakfast, you can check-out and begin your descent. We suggest you visit Manita Peć cave. With a rich underground fauna it is the only cave in the Park area that is suitable for tours. If you decide to visit Manita Peć, you will spend about 30 minutes in the cave accompanied by a guide. The temperature in the cave is around 9°C all year round, so bring adequate clothing when visiting during the summer time.
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