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Croatia Active

Minimum age 10 years

Discover Croatia on a family adventure to remember. Hike past stunning mountain scenery and cascading waterfalls, raft the gentle rapids along the Zrmanja River and pedal through Paklenica National Park. Feel like taking a break? Pop on your snorkel and swim in the clear blue Adriatic sea, or wander the village waterfronts with an ice cream.Trip Highlights:

Cycling & Canoeing – A bike tour along country roads and through local villages is a great way to see the countryside at a pace that allows you to experience it much more closely than from a vehicle. Enjoy rafting on the Zrmanja River and exploring its beautiful turquoise pools. After a day spent paddling, the pools are perfect for a welcome swim.

Kayaking & Rafting – Rafting the Zrmanja river takes you through a high-sided gorge of impressive karst formations. The rafting itself is an exhilarating way to understand Croatia’s wilderness and an experience you will not forget!

Plitvice Lakes National Park – It’s one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes.

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We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

Included activities

  • Guided Hike in Paklenica National Park
  • Rafting or Canoeing on Zrmanja River including Lunch
  • Mountain Biking in or around Paklenica National Park
  • Paklenica Bay – Sea Kayaking
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

Day 1 Staigrad Paklenica – Starigrad Paklenica, a small town in a harbour that sits at the foot of the UNESCO Velebit Nature Park. This is your gateway to the Paklenica National Park – two canyons divide this mountainous region, filled with gorges, and cliffs that reach up to 400 metres in height. Starigrad (literally ‘old town’), is one of the oldest towns in Europe, built on the historic Roman settlement of Argyruntum. Today is free to do as you choose until our welcome meeting at 6 pm. Check-in to our family run apartments, our home for the week. This meeting will introduce you to the other families and tell you about the week ahead. There are local restaurants a 10-15minutes walk from the apartments for a optional dinner after our meeting.

Day 2 Paklenica National Park – After breakfast, it’s time to set off on a hike through Paklenica National Park. The National Park is one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe thanks to its incredible rock formations and stunning natural scenery. Your hike will take you to Manita Cave. Paklenica National Park abounds in karst relief forms, among which there are some important underground forms like caves and pits. Manita Cave is the only cave in the park accessible for sightseeing. It is 175 m long and divided into two halls rich in stalactites and stalagmites and cascades. The hike is 4 hours and we recommend you bring hiking boots. This route can be adjusted dependent on the ability of the group and the weather conditions. Return to the comfort of your accommodation for a well earned rest. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 Zrmanja River – Today delivers all things wet and wild as you hit the water for an exciting canoe safari or a white water rafting adventure on the Zrmanja River which travels 69 kilometres as it winds along its route from the southern part of Mount Pljesevica towards the sea. Make your way along perfectly clear and green waters, through karst scenery of narrow valleys and steep sided canyons, passing magnificent waterfalls. The first part of the trip is easy, allowing you to get a feel for your craft and enjoy the surroundings, and then it will gradually get more downhill, with an increase in rapids. Drifting serenely makes this a memorable day of activity. You will spend 2.5 hours on the water. Note: The activity chosen will depend on seasonality and water levels in the river. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Paklenica National Park – After yesterday’s river adventure, it’s time to head back and explore Paklenica National Park. The grassy hills and rugged mountain trails of the park make for a great spot to get some mountain biking practice in. Cycle around the countryside and enjoy this breath-taking part of Croatia. The route chosen will depend on the group’s ability. There are three routes that the group choose to ride – from 15 km to 40 km. Helmets and all equipment is provided. All trails travel through the characteristic rocky landscape of Dalmatia, dominated by the view of the slopes of the serrated Vesebit mountain peaks and beech and black pine forest and the Adriatic Sea as a constant backdrop. Today’s included lunch is a pleasant picnic. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 Starigrad Paklenica – After the last couple of days of frenetic activity today is left free to rest and relax. Perhaps visit the beach or explore Zadar, the ex capital of Dalmatia which has a thriving cafe culture and some cool historical spots for the kids. Local buses to Zadar take an hour and run every 2 hours. Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Paklenica Bay – Today we head out on a sea kayak adventure in Paklenica Bay. Paddle out on the clear blue sea through the Velebit Channel and spend a day on the water, with the mountains serving as your backdrop while you tour the coastline. Glide along blue satin water that’s often so clear that you can see the bottom. Feeling hot? There’ll be plenty of chances to stop and dive into the water on swimming breaks. Along the way you’ll stop for lunch. Your final destination is the nearby fishing village of Vinjerac across the bay, a picturesque place with neat rows of pastel coloured houses fronting the harbour. Perhaps try some of the daily catch for dinner in one of the local restaurants. You’ll return to Starigrad for the night. Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 Plitvice Lakes National Park – Today you’ll continue the water theme with a trip out to the stunning World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). It’s one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes. The waters tumble from a high, tree-lined ridge down through the valley and skirt dense forests of beech, spruce and pine. The interplay of water, rock, and plant-life creates a wondrous, dynamic landscape, changing the water colour from azure to bright green, deep blue to grey. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring there’s little impact upon the park. A stroll around this park will leave you feeling very in tune with nature. The walk takes 3.5hours which you can do at a leisurely pace. There is self-service restaurant in the middle of the park for those wanting a lunch option. Even amongst this pristine natural beauty, the Plitvice Lakes are shadowed by the region’s history. The 1991 civil war erupted here after rebel Serbs took control of the park’s headquarters, holding the park for the duration of the war and devastating infrastructure, though thankfully leaving the natural landscape intact. Return to Starigrad and celebrate your final night with the group. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Starigrad Paklenica – Today, our Croatian adventure comes to an end, unless you want to stay on and explore a little longer. Take breakfast with the group this morning before saying your goodbyes to your newly found friends and thinking about where to head to next. Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:
Minibus

Activities 

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Guided Hike in Paklenica National Park

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Rafting or Canoeing on Zrmanja River including Lunch

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Mountain Biking in or around Paklenica National Park

Day 5 Optional Activities

  • Zadar Day Trip by Local Bus – HRK60
  • Bluesun Hotel Wellness & Spa – HRK130
  • Manita Cave – HRK20
  • Nadin Village Wine Tasting and Lunch – Price from – HRK150
  • Half Day Bike Hire in Starigrad – EUR13

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Paklenica Bay – Sea Kayaking

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park

Information:

It can get very hot during Croatia’s summer. Although we are near water to keep cool, we recommend packing hats, sunscreeen and long sleeve tops.

This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you’ll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you’ll need to be a confident swimmer.

Croatia Adventure Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 21 July – Sat 28 July 2018 7 £1145 £1030 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 04 Aug – Sat 11 Aug 2018 7 £1145 £1030 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 6 July – Sat 13 July 2019 7 £1145 £1030 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 20 July – Sat 27 July 2019 7 £1145 £1030 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 3 Aug – Sat 10 Aug 2019 7 £1145 £1030 Land only- please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

Like being away with a group of friends

Having researched the options for a holiday, which would be enjoyable for both my 9 year old son and me, I contacted Mango for further information. I was extremely impressed with the information, guidance and attentive service provided from that point onwards – Mango were very supportive indeed and this helped me to feel confident in pursuing this type of holiday.

The structure of the holiday was very straightforward and well planned. The transfers were provided and the Tour Guide welcomed us on arrival. The group holiday set up worked much better than I could have hoped, from both of our perspectives, in terms of what we got out of the holiday.

The activities were very well planned and varied, the Tour Guide also adjusted the activities if necessary depending on the ability of the children in the group. The other families on the trip were very friendly and interested in similar activities (e.g. active lifestyle, understanding new places and having interesting experiences) and the Tour Guide provided very interesting local knowledge as well as practical advice as required.

It was essentially like being away with a group of friends and I found it very pleasant indeed that we all ate meals together. I would not hesitate to recommend Mango and this holiday and have done so already to several friends.

Suzanne and Callum (9)

August 2017

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