Tour the Plitvice Lakes and the Hidden Gems of Croatia

Croatia is a country shaped by the awesome power of water. Nowhere is this more evident than in its crown jewel—the UNESCO heritage site of the Plitvice Lakes. Beyond its cascading waterfalls, the rugged mountains and idyllic river valleys spread all the way to the Adriatic Sea.

Get ready for a week of hiking, biking, and kayaking through this wonderland of scenic trails, towering peaks, and rich cultural heritage. From the Plitvice National Park—a lush oasis more vivid then any photograph—set off into the wild realm of the Dinaric Alps, then explore the historical heart of the Istria region.

Croatia—a land overflowing with beauty

Whether it’s paddling on the rapids of Mrežnica, trekking the trails of Risnjak, or biking through the forests of Istria, adventuring in Croatia is bound to amaze you. Nowhere else in Europe can you encounter such contrasting scenery in the span of a few hours. 

Embark on a sight-packed, adrenaline-charged tour of the country’s most beautiful regions, as well as a flavorful gastro-journey through history and culture. A feast for the body and soul awaits!

Biking along an old narrow rail through Istria
Map showing Croatia's location in Europe
This is a map of our multisport tour of Northern Croatia.

Experience Croatia in the best way possible

Outdoor activities in Croatia combine peaceful environments with rip-roaring fun. As you explore these stunning natural and cultural sites, you’ll make lasting memories and gain valuable insight into local history.

The options are endless, and this week-long journey through Croatia will leave you wanting for more.

  • OVER 311 MILES / 500 KM

Plitvice Lakes—Croatia’s wonder of the world

Immerse yourself in vivid landscapes

Located in the very heart of Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes are the country’s most enchanting national park.

The trails and boardwalks suspended over its turquoise waters will introduce you to an idyllic landscape beyond belief—an everchanging system of 16 crystalline lakes punctuated by cascades, culminating in the 78-meter Great Fall.

A designated trail in Plitvice Lakes, dividing a tuquoise lake in half.
Plitvice Lakes is a breathtaking complex of 16 turquoise lakes that end with a 78-meter tall waterfall.

Rugged nature of Lika

Green mountainous oasis

Witness the coexistence of man and nature on a striking hike through the Lika and Gorski Kotar regions. The highlands of Croatia are an unspoiled mountainous haven littered with spectacular lookouts and wondrous national parks. 

One of them, the rugged Mount Risnjak, rises to a modest 5013 feet (1528m), but its real charm lies in its vast meadows and sprawling forests, as well as the numerous critters that inhabit them.

These landscapes are reservoirs of surprising biodiversity—bears, wolves, otters, and lynx call it home. Venture inside to observe the wildlife and enjoy magnificent views stretching to the Adriatic coast.

Gorski Kotar amazes with its mountaineous karst terrain. In Croatia, you can find bears mostly in Gorski Kotar.

Explore Terra Magica

Road trip through magical landscapes

The heart-shaped peninsula of Istria stashes cultural and gastronomic riches, connecting the crystal clear sea with picturesque medieval towns perched on top of the hills.  

The narrow, winding 37-mile (59 km) Parenzana Trail will take you on a biking trip through stone-paved streets of hill towns, over picturesque viaducts, and to serene woods which hold the area’s famous truffles.

As you ride back to the romantic coastal fishing towns and kayak under the pink and orange hues of sunset, you will understand why Istria is called Terra Magica—Land of Magic.

An aerial view of Motovun, a picturesque Medieval village in Istria.
Kayaking on the Adriatic Sea among the orange sunset hues.

Activate your senses

During this week-long adventure, you’ll tour the magnificent karst phenomena of Gorski Kotar, explore the waterways of Lika, kayak along the coast of Rovinj, visit coves and pirate caves of the Lim Channel, and ride on the scenic Parenzana Trail. Let these hidden gems take you on an unforgettable journey through the splendor of Croatia. 

Mrežnica cascades and waterfalls perfect for rafting
An areal view of Željava airbase with an abandoned plane left from WWII
The Lim bay in Croatia
Motovun in the clouds
Panoramic view on old town Rovinj from harbor. Istria peninsula, Croatia
Pula Arena.

Cascading Mrežnica

The serene beauty and pristine waters of Mrežnica are best enjoyed from a raft. As you navigate the numerous tufa cascades and sparkling waterfalls, you’ll witness the rich flora and fauna that adorns the lush banks of this 40 miles (64 km) long river. And if you ever get tired, replenish your energy with a sip of the clean, chilly spring water. 

Željava Air Base

Explore the eerie underground tunnels left over from the Cold War, then witness a fascinating relic of the past—the abandoned Douglas C-47 plane, a perennial favorite among adventurous tourists looking for a good photo-op.

Lim Channel

Although many people call it a fjord, this 35-kilometer-long channel is actually a submerged karst canyon. It boasts show-stopping views and is home to many saltwater delicacies that are staples of local seafood menus.

Fortress of Motovun

This medieval town is probably the most eye-catching destination of inland Istria. Set on a hill 886 feet (270m) above sea level, it boasts pastoral views of the hills and vineyards surrounding it. If you’re lucky, you might even look down at the clouds from this high-perched village with a rich tradition of fine dining.

City of Rovinj

With its romantic charm of a fishing town and a beautiful sea promenade, Rovinj has been stealing hearts for years. Explore streets full of artisanal shops, cafes, and olive trees that will take you to the Saint Euphemia church at the top of the hill. Still, the best way to experience Rovinj in all its glory is by enjoying the panorama from a kayak as you paddle towards the coast!

Pula Arena

Pula is the largest city on the Istrian peninsula and an important cultural hub since ancient Roman times. Constructed 2,000 years ago, the Pula Arena is a wondrous amphitheater  is one of the biggest of its kind currently standing.

Witness the wonders of Croatia

Kayaking in the wilderness of Croatia.

Your guide

Kristijan Grubišić (AKA Gruba) is a proud member of the Velebit Mountaineering Society and co-founder of the Nomadi Agency. He spends most of his time on rocks, rivers, sailboats, and bikes—both in Croatia and around the globe. He has traveled the world on a budget, climbed the Himalayas, hitchhiked from Iran to Croatia, explored Siberia, the Sahara, and the bush of Australia. Still, his biggest love remains none other than Velebit.

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