What's included

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, cheese-tasting and beer-tasting
    4 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, cheese-tasting and beer-tasting
  • 4 nights based on sharing twin rooms, including a medieval-style retreat and a boutique hotel in Split
    4 nights based on sharing twin rooms, including a medieval-style retreat and a boutique hotel in Split
  • All activities, from hiking to kayaking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
    All activities, from hiking to kayaking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
    Max 14 Flashpackers
  • Private minibus, kayaks, catamaran. Airport pickup any time on day 1
    Private minibus, kayaks, catamaran. Airport pickup any time on day 1

Sail down 5-8m waterfalls on a kayaking safari on the Mrežnica river. Hike through the spectacular turquoise lagoons and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Knock back craft ales in a Zagreb beer-tasting session, and try fabulous cheeses at a local farm. Take a catamaran to Hvar island and discover the beaches and bars of “the new St Tropez”. Stay in a chic lifestyle hotel in the centre of Split, and a medieval-style retreat with its own petting zoo. Be swept away by the ancient beauty and vivacious soul of Croatia’s coastal cities

 

Sure, you could visit somewhere in Europe that is well-known for being well-known, but that would be like re-watching the same movie over and over again. And you would be missing out on the AWESOME BEAUTY of Croatia. Bursting with gushing waterfalls and turquoise lakes, this land of eternal sunshine is the perfect setting for endless paddling and picnicking. Join us as we kayak down the waterfalls of Mrežnica’s rushing rivers and hike around the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We’ve fixed up an authentic beer tasting in the capital and a local cheese tasting at an old-school cheese factory on Novković farm. There are also medieval hotels to stay in, and the historic sights of Zagreb to discover. Plus, no trip to the Dalmatian Coast is complete without some sandy downtime (hello, 13th century islands with hidden beaches). Here you can kick back and relax by the sparkling ocean and enjoy the sun-soaked charm of Hvar’s traffic-free streets. Whether you’re stumbling across one of the Med’s finest beaches or bonding over beer in Zagreb, you are sure to discover a vibrant culture full of off-radar delights (we won’t tell the tourists if you don’t). Plus, you’ll meet a host of like-minded travellers along the way. Let the sweet times roll…

 

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Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Tackle 5-8m waterfalls on a kayaking safari down the Mrežnica river
  • Hike the spectacular turquoise lagoons and forests of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Bed down in an eclectic medieval-style hotel with its own petting zoo
  • Take a catamaran to Hvar island and discover the beaches and bars of "the new St Tropez"
  • Girdle your appetite to try 8 different types of cheeses at a local fromage farm
  • Join a guided trip around the ancient sights of Zagreb, and stay in a boutique hotel in the heart of Split
  • Sample local ales in a Croatian beer-tasting session, and feast on a waterfall picnic
  • Wild-swim the waterfalls and crystal-clear seas

Itinerary

Day 1: Beers and banter in Zagreb

Check into your centrally-located hotel and take a guided trip around the sun-kissed sights of Zagreb, with its cafe-lined squares, eclectic architecture and air of Adriatic charm. Toast your newfound Flash Pack pals over an exuberant beer-tasting session in one of the city’s hippest bars

 

Touch down at Zagreb International airport and get set to dive head-first into adventure. You’ll get a private transfer to your hotel, found slap-bang in the centre of the city. Once you’ve settled into your digs, it’s time to meet your fellow Flashpackers and guide. Your pack leader will whisk you and your newfound crew of adventurers round Zagreb on a whistle stop foray to ensure maximum beer-drinking time later on. During a busy afternoon of sightseeing in this colourful city, prepare to enjoy (*deep breath*) the Upper Town, the Cathedral, the Stone Gate, St Mark’s Church, Ban Jelačić and plenty of other places of note, before heading to one of Zagreb’s coolest bars. Here, we’ve laid on a hearty round of beer-tasting for you, where you can taste the difference between unpasteurised, unfiltered lagers and bond over lugs of local ale (or wine, if you prefer…). Cheers your Flash Pack pals and salute to the experiences ahead.

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Meet the other flashpackers over ber

Toast your fellow Flashpackers over a few rounds of local ale

Cheers to the adventure ahead

Say hi to the sunny Adriatic charm of Zagreb

A guide trip around the city includes a visit to the Church of St. Mark

Zagreb at night

This is a city that brims with energy and verve

Day 2: All aboard a kayak safari

Whet your appetite with a cheese-tasting session at a local farm before kayaking down Mrežnica river. Perfect for beginners, this route is still demanding and exhilarating, with 8m waterfalls to tackle. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the wilderness, as you paddle between thick forest and lush green valleys. Stop for a scenic picnic, and wild swim or leap off the falls. Arrive at your boutique hotel, complete with quirky rustic décor and its very own petting zoo

 

After a big breakfast to soak up last night’s beer, you’ll head off to a family farm for another kind of tasting event. Nestled in the unspoilt village of Točak, Novković farm boasts a mini cheese factory which uses old-school crafting materials to perform the necessary magic with the curd. Once you’ve eaten your way through all eight cheeses, it’s time to get physical. This afternoon we’ll be conquering Mrežnica’s kayaking territory with its emerald, free-flowing river and remote woodland – the perfect backdrop for this Mrežnica kayak safari. Beginners need not be afraid – not only will you receive expert instructions, but the waters here offer a good, safe ride and the kayaks are easy to navigate. (Click here for more information about fitness levels on Flash Pack adventures) Your waterborne adventure features impressive white cliffs, 5-8m waterfalls and lush vegetation, and you’ll picnic by one of the tallest cascading waterfalls on the Mrežnica for the ultimate lunch location. We’ll then continue south to your boutique hotel in the Plitvice Lakes region, a charismatic hangout with its own on-site petting zoo (don’t be surprised if a few goats wander through the hotel grounds… ). 

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Paddle down the shimmering waters of Mrežnica River

You are truly captain of your own boat

This route is ideal for first-time kayakers

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Jump and swim your way around green-blue waterfalls

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After some full-on kayaking, we'll head south to Plitvice Lakes

Day 3: DO GO CHASING WATERFALLS

Hike around the enchanting emerald lakes and cascading waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park.  Take a four-hour guided amble around this UNESCO World Heritage site, for a full appreciation of its splendour. In the evening, check into your chic lifestyle hotel in Split, and join your Flash Pack pals in the buzzing bars that spread across Croatia’s orange-roofed city

 

Rise and shine to the sounds of the forest, fresh for a morning of exploring your scenic surroundings. We’re getting back to nature on a guided hike around the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Wrapped in a lush forest cloak, Plitvice Lakes is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world; little surprise it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During a four-hour guided walk around the turquoise waters, you’ll discover its sixteen terraced lakes that are joined together by almost a hundred cascading waterfalls. Feel the refreshing spray of the plunging waters as we hike our way through this beautiful park, ambling down the wooden walkways for great views and photo opportunities. Afterwards, we’ll hit the road on a scenic and lengthy hour drive to the coastal city of Split. Here, you can make the most of your hotel’s outdoor jacuzzi, or hit the local bars with your fellow Flashpackers in tow. A glass of Croatian wine by the harbour is the perfect way to drink in the feel of this ancient and vivacious city. 

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A paradise awaits

Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Hike around the turquoise terraces of Plitvice

There are nearly 100 waterfalls here

Be dazzled by a riot of colour

Plitvice Lakes Croatia

The views just keep getting better

Tranquil wooden walkways cut through the park

Ravishing Split lies on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Important notes

Fly into: Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb

Fly out of: Resnik Airport in Split

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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