This trip will provide an authentic outdoor experience of Croatia's magnificent nature. Walk, hike and explore the unique natural treasures in order to discover veritable gems of nature, such as the Krka and Paklenica national parks and Mount Dinara, which are scattered throughout Dalmatia along the Via Dinarica. Climb Mount Dinara and reach Sinjal, the highest peak in Croatia at 1831 m, which offers a view of the entire horizon, including the mountains and lakes in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. With an expert guide who will tell you all about the wilderness and the endless beauty around you, the forests of Paklenica, the captivating waterfalls of the Krka River or the hidden secrets of Mount Dinara...you are in for some fascinating and exciting moments on the Via Dinarica.
Arrival in Sibenik by your own transportation. Hotel check-in. After a short break, you should take a stroll through the historic centre of Sibenik where you can marvel at the characteristic Dalmatian architecture of the city streets and squares. Then there are the city's famous symbols - the Cathedral of St. James, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the Sibenik fortresses. If you have some spare time, make sure you visit some of the other notable landmarks of Sibenik. If you're in the mood for a walk by the sea, take the lovely promenade along the Channel of St. Anthony, one of the most beautiful areas on the Adriatic coast and one of the most stunning maritime entrances into the city. The pearl of Venetian fortification architecture and one of the most attractive fortresses in the Adriatic - St. Nicholas' Fortress, which is almost completely surrounded by the sea - is visible from the promenade. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. Meeting with a licensed tour guide, after which you will be transferred to the amazing Paklenica National Park, which is the starting point of our adventure. This is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Velebit and encompasses the torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons hewn vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit and the wider area. Due to its unique environment, extraordinary geomorphological forms and majestic forests, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was declared a national park as early as 1949. The primary motivation for this was to protect the best preserved and largest forest complex of autochthonous black pine and several species of beech in Dalmatia. After arrival at the national park's reception area at 10:30, we will continue to the Paklenica mountain lodge. The route that we will be taking is truly awe-inspiring. We will get to see the Paklenica mills, the Velika Paklenica canyon, karst formations, flora and fauna, stream waterfalls as well as Anica Kuk, the most famous rock in Croatia that rises up to 712 m above sea level, which also makes it the highest rock on Mount Velebit and a popular hiking spot. Trekking beneath these formidable rocks that rise up on both sides of the Velika Paklenica canyon as you listen to the soothing sound of the eponymous babbling stream will provide a total experience of the magnificent natural environment of this national park that you will never forget. We will be stopping at a family-run farm at the foot below the mountain hamlets for a lunch break in the company of our hospitable hosts. We will be returning to Sibenik at cca. 17:30. After taking a break, we suggest that you visit one of the local restaurants and try the exquisite Dalmatian cuisine, which is based on seafood, fresh fish and vegetables, olive oil and a variety of Dalmatian herbs, such as laurel and rosemary. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. A new day brings new challenges as we head to another gorgeous national park - Krka, which encompasses the most beautiful area of the Krka River flow, as well as the Lower Cikola River, and is world-famous for its abundance of lakes and waterfalls. We will be leaving the hotel after breakfast and are supposed to arrive at the National park at 9:45. This is an area of exceptional beauty and high aesthetic value. Next, we have to traverse an 8.5 km long hiking trail that leads through wetland, meadows and terraces perfumed by the fragrant Mediterranean vegetation until we reach the restored watermills of Roski Slap - a vast waterfall area consisting of the 22.5 m high main waterfalls and an array of backwaters, cascades and travertine islands. After a traditional lunch at the family farm, we will continue towards Ozidana Pecina ("Walled Cave"). In order to reach this special site, which is part of an educational walking trail, we will have to climb 516 stairs. This is an in situ cave, which holds an archaeological collection that indicates the presence of all the Adriatic Neolithic cultures (impresso, Danilo and Hvar) as well as Eneolithic cultures and those belonging to the Early and Middle Bronze Age. Outside the cave, we can enjoy the captivating view of "Ogrlice" ("Necklaces"), the famous Roski Slap cascades. This is truly an idyllic landscape. We will be returning to Sibenik at cca. 16:15. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. Our itinerary for today includes a visit to Mount Dinara, one of the most beautiful mountains in Croatia after which the Dinarides mountain chain was named. Its summit is Sinjal (1831m), which is also the highest peak in Croatia. Although Dinara is under 2000 m tall, its configuration and length make it one of the most prominent mountains in Croatia. This 20 km long and almost 10 km wide massif constitutes a natural border between Dalmatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and is almost like a wall separating two different worlds: the Mediterranean and the Continental. The abundance of floral meadows and forests contributes to the otherworldly beauty of Dinara. We will begin our 6-hour hike to the highest peak in Croatia in the village of Mirkovici at 8.00. After 3 hours we will stop at the Brezovac mountain lodge for an early lunch. Afterwards, we will go on a scenic climb during which we will be surrounded by the jaw-dropping landscape. And here we are, finally, at the top of Croatia, rewarded with a stunning 360° panoramic view that extends to almost all the mountains in Dalmatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Lake Peruca particularly catching the eye far below in the distance. It goes without saying that you will be guaranteed an experience at the top of Croatia. After a break and enjoying the view, we will head back. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast. Hotel check-out. If you're in the mood for further activity, we certainly recommend an urban hiking tour of the St. Michaels' and Barone fortresses in the historic centre of Sibenik, which you can reach by walking up Sibenik's stone-paved streets and climbing its numerous stairs. With 2851 stairs in its historic centre, Sibenik boasts the title of the city with the most stairs in Dalmatia. Make your way up to the gorgeous and newly restored Sibenik fortresses and revel in the scenic view of the entire Sibenik bay and nearby islands. Bon voyage!
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