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OVERVIEW
Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the northwest to the Pannonia Plain and the banks of the Danube River in the east.  It’s central region is covered by the Dinaric mountain range, while its southern parts extend to the Adriatic coast. 

The mainland covers 56,542km2, while the surface area of the territorial sea is 31,067 KM2.  Croatia has a population of 4,437,460 inhabitants, where the majority are Croats ( app 90% ) while ethnic minorities are Serbs, Slovenians, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians, Czech and others. 

Zagreb, with its population of 779,145 is economic, traffic cultural, scientific and academic centre of the country.  5835km of which 1777km is mainland, while 4058km is coastline of islands, islets and reefs.  Croatia has an incredible number of 1185 islands, islets and reefs with Krk and Cres being the largest islands.  From this huge number, only 50 islands are inhabited.  Dinara ( part of the Dinaric Alps ) is the countries highest peak with an altitude of 1,831 meters ( 60007 ft ).
There are two climate zones in Croatia:  Temperate continental climate ( partially mountainous Climate ) that prevails in the inland parts and Mediterranean climate that dominates along the Adriatic coast and is characterized by a lot of sunny days, dry and hot summers, mild and rainy winters. 

The currency used is called the Kuna ( currency code – HKH), which refers to a marten, an animal whose fur was used as a means of payment throughout Croatian history.  The subunit is called Lipa and it refers to linden ( lime ) tree. 1 Kuna = 100 Lipa.  Foreign currencies can be exchanges at banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies and hotels.  At majority locations, it is possible to pay with credit cards, while Kina in cash can be take out from any ATM.

Visiting Croatia:

Croatia has eight airports, located in all major economic and tourist centres: Zagred, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Zadar, Osijek and on two islands: KrK and Brec. Capital city of Zagreb is 380km up north from Split and they are connect with a recently built highway called Dalmantina.  Split is the maion traffic hub of Dalmantina region and during is very well connected with all Dalmatian islands by ferry.  Croatia has eight national parks: Paklenica, North Velebit, Plityice Lakes, Brijun Archipelago, Kornati islands, Krka River and Mljet island.


Croatia is abounds with historical and cultural monuments from different periods due to turbulent historical events and the interweaving of different cultures.  Its architecture along the coastline is characterized by influences of Mediterranean culture, and many ancient monuments from the Greek and Roman periods can be found along the coast.  Continental Croatia is part of the Central European cultural circle that emphasizes the old towns, fortresses and castles from the late middle ages and architecture from the Baroque period. Three urban units and two monumental complexes are included in the register of the monuments world cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

 

DETAILS

Dates : 8th - 13th June / 13th - 18th July

Flights : TBA

Price : €819

Price includes : professional guide, overnight accomodation in cottagaes and in Starigrad/Zadar, Transfers, Food & Non alcoholic Beverages
Price does not include: alcohol beverages, gratuity, travel insurance

Tour is moderate/difficult if lot of snow on the ridge
Sleeping bags and mats necessary
Grade 3 shoes for April departure, grade 2 for june/july ( Gaiters )
Minimum of 4 participants,
Maximum 8 participants
Food and non alcoholic beverage during the mountain trip supplied by Local agency.

 

ITINERARY

 Day 1:
  Dublin-Zemunik-Starigrad
Arrive to Zemunik airport, greeted by local guide and transfered to Starigrad Paklenica, small climbing Dalmatian coast town where National Park Paklenica managment office is located.   Equipment check and dinner in a local restaurant, free time at leisure


Day 2:    Starigrad-Mala Paklenica (Velika Paklenica optional)-Ivine Vodice
After breakfast start with hike through Mala Paklenica, one of the two canyons that make Paklenica National park what it is, nice easy scrambling on the way through natural maze of rock formation to Ivine Vodice cottage, Nice simple accomodation with water cistern and a great view to the sea situated on 1250 m above sea level.      


Day 3:   Ivine vodice-Sveto brdo-Vlaski grad-Ivine Vodice
Next morning continue with our hike but with light and fast packed backpacks. We proceed to Sveto brdo 1751 m the famous summit of Velebit with rewarding view to country side and islands of Adriatic sea. After short break we continue to Vlaski grad cottage where we have lunch and after a siesta we continue back to Ivine vodice where we have diner and overnight.


Day 4:   Ivine Vodice-Velika Paklenica-Starigrad-Zadar-Sightseeing
From Ivine Vodice we go back through Velika Paklenica stream canyon all the way Starigrad, on the way we visit one of the Croatians main climbing resort with steep canyon walls with bolted multipitch rutes and the spectacular Anica kuk. We transfer to Zadar, old roman town with vast history and lot of scenic places. After checking in into a privat apartment and refreshing we go out for a dinner and a time of laisure.


Day 5:   Zadar-Zemunik-Dublin
Good morning call and packing for departure. After free time transfer to Zemunik airport for going home flight. Hope you had a goood time and see you soon.