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Paklenica and the Islands

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Location: Paklenica NP, Pag island,Kornati Islands NP, Ugljan island,Zadar
Activity level: Moderate
Activities: Hiking, Caving


Day 1, Saturday:
Arrival, transfer to our hotel or pension in Paklenica region.Welcome drink, dinner.

Day 2, Sunday: Pag island. 3 to 5 hours hiking, up 400m.
Our first host will be the island of Pag, it is mostly known for its sheep cheese which gets its flavour from the thin grass, aromatic herbs cover and sage. Pag is unique due to its vegetation where trees are the most rare form. After a short visit of the town of Pag, we will head toward the west for a hike that will get us on the highest point, "Sveti Vid". It offers amazing landscapes: the indented coast, the Velebit mountain, numerous islands, crystal blue sea and the fascinating Pag rocky moonscape. A short drive will then take us to the village of Metajna where some will just want to lay on the beach and get some sun tan while others would climb the hills to enjoy the views or go find some hidden coves. At the end of the day, we go back to our lodging in Paklenica region.

Day 3, Monday: Paklenica NP,6 to 7 hours hiking, up 800 m.
We head to Paklenica NP and enter it through its "main entrance", the Velika Paklenica creek. It begins with a fantastic rocky canyon and while going up along the torrent we will see the vegetation changes. Progressively, the Mediterranean one gives more space to pine and beech forests. It is also possible to chose a more strenuous hiking by entering through the Mala Paklenica creek and joining Velika Paklenica canyon.

Day 4, Tuesday: Kornati NP, 5 to 6 hours hiking, up 300 m.
We will embark for a "cruise" to the island of Kornat, the biggest island of the archipelago. We will let the tourists go further with
the excursion boat when the captain will drop us on the bay of Opat from where we'll start our hiking for 2 hours toward the
Vrulje hamlet. On our way through the rocky hills we might meet some sheep, the only permanent inhabitants of the islands, enjoying beautiful views on dozens of surrounding islands. We will discover some unexpected valleys hiding olive groves. In Vrulje, we will meet the boat and its crew and have lunch together and join them for the rest of the boat trip.

Day 5, Wed. : Ugljan island, 5 to 6 hours hiking, up 400 m.
This is the closest island to Zadar also called the green island, covered with dense bushes, pine trees, olive groves, wineyards and other Mediterranean vegetation. Walking on the trails of the island, we will enjoy unforgatable panoramas on Zadar archipelago, the velebit mountain and the city of Zadar. Of course we will not miss the opportunity to swim in the always inviting Adriatic blue sea.

Day 6, Thursday: Zadar
After breakfast and before going to the millennial city of Zadar, we will stop for a "cave adventure" in the 830 meters long Modric cave: Our speleo guide will lead us through secret labyrinths and narrow passages to spectacular halls where strange host await us: pipe organs, cuttlefishes, crabs, fairies... The list of surprises nature and imagination can provide under the light of carbide lamps is practically unlimited. After those fascinating 2 hours we'll continue towards Zadar where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will be free to visit the old town or simply go to the beach. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for those who are leaving.

Prices on request.

The price includes:
All meals from dinner of day 1 to lunch of day 6. Transportation in air conditioned vehicle. 5 nights in hotel or pension. National parks entrance fees. Ferry and boat transfers. Caving and needed equipment and guide. Hiking leader. Insurance in case of injury. Zadar or Split airport transfers.

The price does not include:
Transportation to Croatia, drinks, tips and personal expenses such as souvenirs, etc.