The view of mighty canyons of Velebit mountain

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Via Dinarica trekking through national parks and to the highest Croatian peak

This trip takes you on a guided tour through unique natural treasures of Dalmatia: two national parks, and Croatia’s highest mountain. You’ll be trekking on Via Dinarica, with routes so scenic that you will forget all about the urban life. The prestigious National Geographic Traveller included Via Dinarica Trail amongst the world's best destinations in 2017.

You are in for some fascinating and exciting moments on Via Dinarica, an authentic outdoor experience of Croatia's magnificent highlands. Climb Mount Dinara and reach Sinjal, the highest peak in Croatia at 1831 m, which offers a magnificent view of 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, you’ll get to know all about the forests of Paklenica, the captivating waterfalls of the Krka River, and also discover the hidden secrets of Mount Dinara…

Trip highlights

  • Trekking through the National Park Paklenica's canyons, karst formations, stream waterfalls and mills
  • Trekking through the National Park Krka next to the wetlands, meadows and terraces to reach majestic waterfalls
  • Visit to an in situ cave within NP Krka, outside of which you'll have a most beautiful view of Roški slap cascades
  • A 6-hour hike to the highest peak in Croatia, with a half-way break for lunch at a mountain lodge
  • A stunning 360 degree panoramic view from the very top of Croatia's highest peak

Trip availableMAY-OCT
Duration5 days
Suitable for2-8 people
SupportFully guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 777.00 €
Great for
  • Adventurers
  • Nature lovers
  • Young couples without kids
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 2-star hotel
Trip designed by Helena Šarić

True believer that wherever you go, you should go with all your heart

Activities are taking place in Šibenik area

The prestigious National Geographic Traveller included Via Dinarica Trail amongst the world's best destinations in 2017, thus acknowledging it as a great potential for development.

The Via Dinarica is a mega-mountaineering and hiking trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia, connecting natural and cultural sights in Dinarids. The largest part of the trail slices diagonally from southeast to northwest. Plate tectonics created a vertebrae-like limestone chain that aligned itself over 1,000 kilometres through the heart of the western Balkans.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Discover landmarks of Šibenik – the historic UNESCO protected sites

After the arrival to Šibenik, check in at the hotel. Take a short break, and then go on a stroll through the historic centre of Šibenik where you can marvel at the Dalmatian Medieval and Renaissance architecture of the 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 Šibenik fortresses.

If you have some spare time, make sure you visit some of the other notable landmarks of Šibenik. 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, almost completely surrounded by the sea – is visible from the promenade. Overnight stay at the hotel.

tip

Impressive four Šibenik's fortresses surrounding the city capture the spirit of visitors and delight with their beauty and rich history. Through centuries, the amazing fortresses successfully protected the largest preserved old town centre in Croatia from various attacks. The ramparts that rise above the city are a must-see attraction, with fantastic views that you just simply must experience.

Day 2

Amazing beauty of nature reveals itself through Paklenica canyons

After breakfast, meeting with a licensed tour guide, after which you will be transferred to the amazing Paklenica National Park, the starting point of our adventure. It is situated on the southern slopes of Mount Velebit and encompasses the torrent flows of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons hew vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit and the wider area.

After arrival at the national park's reception area, we will continue to the Paklenica mountain lodge. The route that you will be taking is truly awe-inspiring. You will get to see the Paklenica mills, the Velika Paklenica canyon, karst formations, flora and fauna, stream waterfalls as well as Anića Kuk, the most famous rock in Croatia that rises 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 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 natural environment of this national park that you will never forget.

You 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. Late afternoon return to Šibenik. Overnight stay at the hotel.

tip

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.

Food tip

For dinner, we suggest that you visit one of the local restaurants and taste 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.

Day 3

Gorgeous cascades and waterfalls of the Krka river

Good morning! The breakfast awaits you. 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 Čikola river, and is world-famous for its abundance of lakes and waterfalls.

You will be leaving the hotel after breakfast. The national park is an area of exceptional beauty and high aesthetic value. Next, you have to traverse an 8.5 km long hiking trail that leads next to the wetlands, meadows and terraces perfumed by the fragrant Mediterranean vegetation until we reach the restored watermills of Roški 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 a family farm, you will continue towards Oziđana Pećina ("Walled Cave"). In order to reach this special site, which is part of an educational walking trail, we will have to climb 516 stairs.  Outside the cave, you can enjoy the captivating view of "Ogrlice" ("Necklaces"), the famous Roški Slap cascades, which is a truly an idyllic landscape. Return to Šibenik in the afternoon hours. Overnight stay at the hotel.

tip

Oziđana Pećina 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.

Day 4

Jaw-dropping landscape from the top of Croatia

After breakfast, the plan 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. The abundance of floral meadows and forests contributes to the otherworldly beauty of Dinara.

You will begin your 6-hour hike to the highest peak in Croatia in the village of Mirkovići at 8.00h. After 3 hours, we will stop at the Brezovac mountain lodge for an early lunch. Afterwards, you will go on a scenic climb during which you will be surrounded by the jaw-dropping landscape. And there you’ll be, 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 Peruča 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.

tip

Although Dinara is less than 2000 m high, 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 it is almost like a wall separating two different worlds: the Mediterranean and the Continental.

Day 5

Urban Hiking Tour in Šibenik

Breakfast. Hotel check-out. If you're in the mood for further activity, we certainly recommend an urban hiking tour of the St. Michael and Barone fortresses in the historic centre of Šibenik, which you can reach by walking up Šibenik's stone-paved streets and climbing its numerous stairs. With 2851 stairs in its historic centre, Šibenik boasts the title of the city with the most stairs in Dalmatia. Make your way up to the gorgeous and newly-restored Šibenik fortresses and revel in the scenic view of the entire Šibenik bay and the nearby islands. Bon voyage!

What's included?

  • 4 nights with breakfast in a double room at a 2-star hotel in downtown Šibenik
  • Tourist tax
  • Full day excursion to the Paklenica National Park: transfer, licensed tour guide, admission to the park, tour of the Paklenica mills, the Velika Paklenica canyon, Anića kuk etc., lunch at a family-run farm
  • Full day excursion to the Krka National Park: transfer, licensed tour guide, admission to the park, hiking on an 8.5 km long mountain trail, a visit to Oziđana Pećina, lunch at a family-run farm
  • Full day excursion to Mount Dinara – climbing the Sinjal peak: transfer, licensed tour guide, lunch at the Brezovac mountain lodge
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

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