Are you a fan of nature and active vacations? If you are, then make sure you put Gorski Kotar on your bucket list. This green Croatian oasis with its crystal-clear lakes, springs, rivers and the shades of 100-year old forests will provide you with an experience that is completely different from what you're used to. The diversity of the flora and fauna, the trails of Via Dinarica, the breathtaking views, the active vacations both during the summer and winter, the cultural heritage and tradition, the customs and nearly forgotten flavours are all excellent reasons to visit this unique area.
Day 1: Zagreb - Fužine
Arrival in the town of Fužine in Gorski Kotar and staying at the Bitoraj hotel. You will have free time available for a stroll around the town. We suggest that you take the attractive and less demanding hiking trail - Ribička staza (Fisherman's Trail, trail length = 9 km). The trail starts at the Lake Bajer Lake. It's a 2 km hike on the unpaved trail until you reach the Rakov potok (Crab's Creek) hiking hut and Lake Lepenica. The trail runs through Fuzine in its entirety. In the evening we suggest that you try some home-made specialties at the hotel, such as: deer or wild boar prosciutto, frogs' legs, trout; venison, wild boar or bear goulash in blueberry, cranberry or mushroom sauce or a sweet forest fruit strudel. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Fužine - Zeleni Vir - Brod na Kupi - Fužine
Breakfast. You'll be greeted by a local tourist guide at 10 a.m. and then transferred to the vicinity of Skrad for a full-day excursion on the Via Dinarica trails. You'll visit Zeleni Vir, a forceful sping at the bottom of a shallow cave beneath an approximately 70m tall stratified rock from which a gorgeous stream cascades downward. Visit to the one of the most stunning canyons in Croatia, the 800 m long and the 2 m wide Vražji prolaz (Devil's Pass). Jasle, a babbling mountain brook works its way through a narrow gorge surrounded by 100 m tall rocks. Departure to Brod na Kupi and lunch at the Mance hotel, with an optional visit to the Museum of Forestry, Hunting and Fishing. Return to Fuzine at approximately 17 h. Overnight stay.
Day 3: Fužine - Vrbovsko/Kamacnik - Fužine
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel at 10 a. m. for a half-day excursion, accompanied by a local tourist guide and a transfer to the protected landscape Kamačnik near Vrbovsko. The Kamačnik River canyon is a 3200 m long water course with a hiking trail that follows the crystal-clear rivulet surrounded by lush vegetation and a large number of protected animal species. Lunch is scheduled after the visit of the Via Dinarica trails, followed by a return to Fuzine. In the afternoon you can take a walk down Staza zaljubljenih (Lover's Path path length: 1,7 km), which starts in Fuzine and passes through picturesque and quaint locales. Return to the hotel, overnight stay.
Day 4: Fužine
Check-out after breakfast. If you find the time, we suggest an eco-friendly boat tour (45 minutes) of Lake Bajer with an especially attractive backwater entrance towards Lake Lepenica or you can go on a solo hike down the Djevojačka haljina (Girl's Dress) trail (trail length: 9 km). The trail starts in Fuzine and extends towards Lie. After passing the Drvenjaca factory after approximately 500m turn left towards the macadam in the direction of the Lic farm. The trail isn't particularly steep, which makes it perfect for recreational exercisers .
- Stay at the 3-star Bitoraj hotel in a double room during three nights 3 x breakfast
- One-time hotel check-in and guest insurance at hotel
- Full-day excursion to Zeleni vir, transfer, tickets, lunch, local English-speaking tourist guide Half-day excursion to Kamacnik, transfer, tickets, lunch, local English-speaking tourist guide Travel preparation
Surcharge per person:
- Return transfer Zracna luka Zagreb-Fuzine: on request (min. 2 persons)
Obligatory surcharge per person:
- Sojourn tax 1,00 € per person/day, on-the-spot payment
Registration for more than two persons - as per request. Please contact us at: email@example.com
Gorski Kotar is located in western Croatia in the Kvarner Region between Lika and the neighbouring country of Slovenia .
Town of Fuzine:
- distance from Zagreb: 130 km, from Opatija: 50 km, from Rijeka 40 km.
- this well-known Croatian tourist destination is located 730 m above sea-level and is only 25 km away from the sea. It provides numerous sporting and recreational activities, marked hiking and cycling trails as well as a walking path around Lake Bajer.
The Risnjak National Park is located in the vicinity of Fuzine and it offers a spectacular view of Kvarner, the peaks of the Alps and the Istrian peninsula.
Our programme offers solo tours that include circular tours, which start and end in Fuzine and don't require a tourist guide. There is a total of 9 marked hiking and cycling trails. Bicycle rental is available on the spot.
Informational ticket prices (on-the-spot payment) and working hours: Tourist boat tour of Lake Bajer: adults 25 kn (3,35 €).
Boat schedule: from 16.5. to 15.9. departures at 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00 and 20.00h. From 16.9. to 31.10. departures at 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00h