Follow the steps of Winnetou
Croatia's extensive coastline with around 1250 islands and well-preserved coastal renaissance towns are probably top picks of any tourist. Alongside notorious coast Croatia also offers very rich and quite interior, especially its very rich national parks, nature parks and many UNESCO protected well preserved historical sites. This trip offers combination of all and is intended to people who love outdoor activities and practice dynamic way of life.
Owing to the exceptional beauty of pristine nature, Croatian locations (the Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes and Krka national parks) were chosen among many other possible locations around the world for the shooting of the legendary Winnetou movies based on the novels by the German author Karl May. These beautiful locations played the "role" of the backdrop of the American Wild West. Come with us and follow the steps of Winnetou, fictional Native American hero!
1. day: Paklenica NP
Paklenica is the greatest natural jewel with two forbidding gorges any many caves. It is heaven for climbers.
2. day: Plitvice lakes NP
Croatia's largest NP Plitvice lakes is inscribed on the UNESCO's list. Enjoy in impressive waterfall and wonderful blue-green lakes.
3. day: Kornati NP and nature park Telascica
"On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath (G. B. Shaw, Nobel Prize winner). " Kornati NP is most indented archipelago on the Mediterranean, with more than 150 uninhabited bizarre shape islands, islets and reefs.
4. day: Krka waterfalls NP and Sibenik
Krka is the most beautiful karst river with its seven magical waterfalls that flows through canyons. In Sibenik we visit UNESCO's Cathedral.
5. day: Northern Velebit NP
Here we are exploring the most beautiful hiking trail in Croatia.
The tour starts every day from Zadar! Please note that tour may change in case of bad weather.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Departure is every day from your hotel in Zadar
End location: Hotel in Zadar
Duration: 5 days
Peugeot Partner Tepee, 1.6 HDI, AC, dark windows, silver color, among the biggest and most comfortable European cars.
In NP Plitvice, Kornati and Krka we use boat, while in NP Paklenica and Velebit we mostly hike.
Entry fee to all national parks including additional side trips inside the parks, lunch in Kornati NP, entry fee to Sibenik's Cathedral, AC transportation, licensed guiding.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 HRK - For the lunch, dinner and coffee brak for each day.
Make sure to bring light alpine equipment with you (appropriate low or high boots, soft-shell clothing, windstoper in case of bad weather, one bottle of water). Do not forget on bathing suits, head cover, sun cream, sun glasses and beach towels.
The best time to visit National Parks is between March and November. July and Avgust are very hot and busy.
Visit to Kornati NP is possible only between the end of May to the middle of October. If you are coming to Croatia out of this period, instead of visiting Kornati NP, I will take you to the town of Nin which is the oldest Croatian royal settlement. There is the smallest cathedral in the world, and believe me it is really small. In the afternoon we will go hiking to "Tulove grede". On the top is waiting us great panoramic overview. Before sunset we will board on boat and visit canyon of Zrmanja (a part of Nature park Velebit) where the Winnetou movie was filmed.
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This tour and tour guide, Senad O. were fantastic. There was a lot of rain during our visit, but our guide was able to amazingly adjust our itinerary to mostly dodge the bad weather and maximize our sightseeing experience at the national parks and surrounding areas. Senad is very knowledgeable about Croatian history and culture, which greatly added to the richness of our tour. Our group included two seniors (70+ yrs old) and one other adult; Senad adapted the tour so that everyone could enjoy each day.