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Fam Trip to Croatia - October 2021

Discover the varied culture, scenery, nature and outdoor activities of this stunning Mediterranean country

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Mon 11 Oct 2021

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Saturday 16 Oct 2021 

6 days  

Cost of trip: Free of charge for genuine product decision-makers but please allow between £60 and £200 to cover international flights

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Plitvice National Park 

  • Kayak the Zrmanja River

  • Hiking in Paklenica National Park

  • Visit Krka National Park

  • Enjoy an LED night-time SUP tour in Split

  • Visit the Peljesac Peninsula and enjoy fresh oysters near the medieval town of Ston

  • Explore Old Town Dubrovnik by foot

  • Take part in a cooking class at a nearby farm in Dubrovnik

  • Explore stunning mountains, remote villages and lakes of the Caucasus 
     

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Main itinerary

Day 1. Mon 11 Oct. Arrive Zagreb


Arrive at Zagreb Airport and transfer to Plitvice National Park. We’ll have lunch en route at Restaurant Ambar in Slunj and then continue to the national park. We’ll spend the afternoon here, with plenty of time to explore this lush park, renowned for its forested hills, hundreds of waterfalls and turquoise lakes. Whilst here, we’ll also have a hotel inspection to look at the glamping site at Plitvice Holiday Resort, before making our way to the nearby Hotel Degenija, our accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Degenija
Included meals: Lunch and dinner




Day 3. Wed 13 Oct. Visit Krka N.P then drive to Split


After breakfast we’ll drive to Krka National Park and visit Skradinski Buk, the main part of the park and renowned for its beautiful swimming spots. From there we’ll make our way to Kalpic agrotourism farm for a typical Croatian lunch of local delicacies, before we continue to Split and check in to our hotel for the night. After our quick historical tour, we’ll enjoy a very special night-time trip using Stand Up Paddle boards which are lit by LED lights. The lights on your SUP will give you a completely new perspective on everything you see below the water. Overnight: Hotel Jupiter or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner




Day 4. Thu 14 Oct. Explore Peljesac Peninsula. Continue to Dubrovnik


This morning we drive to the Peljesac Peninsula to visit the medieval town of Ston, renowned for having the second longest walls in the world, as well as its oyster beds. We can’t visit Ston without sampling the oysters, so we’ll board a boat and go oyster tasting with a local shellfish farmer. After lunch at Bota Sare restaurant we’ll then make our way to Dubrovnik and check in to our hotel there. We’ll finish the day with a sunset hike to Mount Srd, overlooking Dubrovnik and enjoying the sunset views in a place known mainly by locals, before making our way back down to the city to spot a few of the famous Game of Thrones scenes and to have our last dinner in the heart of this fascinating historic town. Overnight: Hotel Lero
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner




Day 5. Fri 15 Oct. Explore Dubrovnik


After breakfast we’ll meet our local guide for a morning walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, to get a feel of the place. We’ll then be spending the afternoon at a nearby farm to take part in a cooking class, using local Croatian produce. Upon arrival, we’ll meet our hosts for the afternoon, and depending on the season, desires and interests of the group, we’ll agree on a cooking plan. This will all depend on the available seasonal crops too. Once the plan is defined, we’ll go through the ingredients and the meals we’ll be cooking. The first step is making home-made bread and each participant will knead their own bread. While the dough rises, we’ll go to the garden and pick the necessary ingredients and gather fresh eggs. After we return to the kitchen, you’ll learn how to make a tasty traditional Croatian meal and cake. While the food is cooking, we’ll sample some local Croatian wine. If of interest, we can also have a go at milking the neighbour's goat! Then it’s time to finally enjoy the meal together. Bon Appetit! After the cooking class we’ll drive to the delightful coastal village of Cavtat and check into our hotel there. Overnight: Hotel in Cavtat.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner




Itinerary note:


Our intention is to follow the above itinerary as closely as possible but please note that timings and specific excursions may be subject to local factors such as weather conditions, Covid restrictions etc.




Day 2. Tue 12 Oct. Kayaking and short canyon walk


After breakfast we’ll set off early and drive to Kastel Zegarski, the starting point for our kayaking trip on the Zrmanja River. This is an extremely scenic and leisurely trip and we’ll spend 4-5 hours kayaking here, with a well-deserved lunch at the end. We’ll then drive to Paklenica National Park, which contains some of the country’s finest mountain scenery, and have a short canyon hike here (around 2-3 hours). With cliffs over 400m high, beech and pine forest and shady paths next to rushing streams, this is a tranquil spot to spend the afternoon. After exploring the park, we’ll then drive to Zadar for dinner and check in to our accommodation for our night in Zadar. Overnight: Hotel Bastion or similar
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner




Day 6. Sat 16 Oct. Morning transfer to Dubrovnik airport


As you are likely to have an fairly early flight this morning, we’ll check out after breakfast and make the short journey to Dubrovnik airport. Included meals: Breakfast




Included:


  • Transportation and accommodation as stated in each itinerary
  • Transfers from the airport to hotel and back to the airport
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout the programme
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Entrance tickets to places listed in itinerary




Not included:


  • International flight costs
  • Visa fees
  • Covid tests
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance
  • Tips and portage
  • Services not mentioned as included




Recommended flights (not included):


Depart UK on Monday either FR8784 (depart STN at 0830 and arrive Zagreb at 1150) or BA848 (depart LHR at 0900 and arrive Zagreb at 1225).
Price guide: As we go to press publishing this document, Ryanair price is showing as £19 and BA is £56 one way. Return to UK from Dubrovnik on EZY8518 (1050, arriving LGW at 1240) or BA2681 (1305, arriving LHR at 1455). Price guide: As we go to press publishing this document, Easyjet price is showing as £40 and British Airways flights at £152 one way.