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Excursion from Split - NP Plitvice

 1. UNESCO NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE

Chose to visit an unique jewel of Croatia- the Plitvice Lakes. The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. Within this UNESCO World Heritage Site there’s a series of 16 beautiful lakes renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. They’re linked by cascading waterfalls and you can explore following the wooden walkways and walking trails around them. The trails are descending from an altitude of 636m to 503m above sea level.

Enjoy the unspoiled nature which is home to bears, wolves and many rare species of bird.

Duration: 10 hours
Driving distance:  270 km
Highlights: Untouched nature, Beautiful lakes
Intensity: ***

Excursion from Split - NP Krka (2)

2. UNESCO ŠIBENIK AND KRKA WATERFALLS

Join a lovely excursion driving along the beautiful coastline to one of our younger Croatian towns which experienced its heyday in the 15th century – Šibenik. Then it’s on to Krka National Park and Skradinski buk, one of the best known natural beauties of Croatia.  Our professionally guide will take you for a fascinating walk through an authentically restored ensemble of small stone houses, workshops, exhibits  and watermills which show how water was used to make village life possible and sustainable centuries ago. Then we’ll begin our  nature walk to enjoy the rich diversity of flora and fauna through a network of forest pathways as well over wooden bridges. Designated a National Park in 1985, this amazing natural phenomenon is the result of water seeping through highly porous limestone or ‘karst’, creating a spectacular series of roaring cataracts, tumbling cascades and caves or lakes where the limestone has collapsed. At the end enjoy a relaxing boat ride from the famous Skradinski buk waterfall to the village Skradin.

Duration: 12 hours

Driving distance:  380 km

Highlights: Sibenik St. Jacob cathedral, National park Krka

Intensity: ***

Excursions from Istria - Pula i Rovinj

3. UNESCO PULA & ROVINJ

Take a trip tu Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is known for its protected harbor, long, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Founded as early as the 10th century B.C. and valued for its strategic location, Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, including by the Romans, Ostrogoths and Venetians, as well as the Allied Forces. Visit numerous sites espetialy the great arena the 6th largest surviving Roman amphitheatre. Travel along the magnificent coast of Istria right below the Lim Fjord you will discover the most romantic place in the Mediterranean! The town of Rovinj is the right destination for all of you seeking a sentimental atmosphere of the times that have forever gone by. Its restricted area resulting in crowded houses, narrow streets and small squares, still untouched by modern urbanism.

Duration: 5 hours

Driving distance: 40 km

Highlights: Arena in Pula

Intensity: *

Excursions from Istria - Porec

4. UNESCO POREČ

Porec is the most popular holiday resort in Istria and is frequently named the top resort in Croatia by the Croatian National Tourist Office. Given the town’s long history, a visit to the old town is a must due to its numerous historical sites – particularly the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica which is wonderfully preserved and is well known for its beautiful gold mosaics. The Basilica is really a collection of various buildings, including a baptistery and the Bishop’s Palace. The entry to the church is free, although a small donation is much appreciated. The Basilica was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Beside the Basilica you will visit the Marafor Square the place where a Roman forum was once situated, and parts of two temples – to Neptune and Mars – can still be seen here.

Duration: 5 hours

Driving distance: 20- 50 km (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: Euphrasian Basilica, Marafor Square, Parliament Buildings

Intensity: *

Excursions from Istria - Motovun

5. MOTOVUN – STORY ABOUT TRUFFLES

Motovun has become a major tourist attraction due to its recognizable medieval shape and great climate. Visitors enjoy walking through the medieval streets, taking in views from the city walls. The natural beauty of the place leaves no one indifferent and it is a perfect place for those who love nature and adventures. Motovun couisine is based on traditional Istrian recipes with white truffles act as a main character. These valuable delicacies are found in the Motovun Forest. A interesting fact is that a local caterer and truffle hunter with his dog Diana dug up one of the largest truffles ever found weighing 1.31 kg, on 2 November 1999. The Guinness World Records listed this truffle as the largest in the world.

Duration: 5 hours

Driving distance: 70-100 km (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights:

Intensity: *

Excursions from Istria - Venice

6. UNESCO VENICE

Venice has long been the inspiration of artists and writers, from Lord Byron to Thomas Mann, due in part to the city’s unique geography: everything is built on and surrounded by water. The architecture is just as impressive as the setting, with Byzantine and Gothic-style palaces and Palladian churches illustrating the grandeur of Venice’s past when it was the capital of a wealthy independent Republic.

Travelling by boat across the Adriatic Sea, you’ll be treated to the classic view of Venice from the sea. After a sightseeing walk that will take you to the city centre, you will have free time to stroll, shop for hand-blown glass or even take a ride in a gondola!

There will be plenty of time to admire the principal sights around St Mark’s Square, including St Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the majestic facade of the Doges’ Palace.

Duration: 10 hours

Driving distance: 140-180 km (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: Gondolas, St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace

Intensity: **

7. FAZANA & NATIONAL PARK BRIJUNI

Visit Fazana a picturesque fishing town where you will discover a small fishing museum, Fayana’s fish market, and lovely views of Brijuni from the wonderful seaside promenade. Pause on the terrace of one of the many restaurants or along the waterfront before setting of to the Brijuni islands. Enjoy a relaxing journey to the largest of the Brijuni Islands, rich in stunning natural beauty and History, from the days of the Romans to more recent times when the late president Tito used to hold meetings with his heads of Government there. Take pleasure in the “small train” ride through peaceful pathways where exotic wildlife roams free. Take your time to dive into the cristal clear sea and enjoy the rest of your day sunbathing and relaxing in one of the most beautiful Istrian resorts.

Duration: 6 hours (starting from Fazana)

Driving distance: 10 – 100km (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: Untouched nature

Intensity: *

Excursions from Istria - Krk

8. ISLAND KRK

Get acquainted with the stormy history of the towns on Krk Island. Stroll through the old town of Omisalj at the northern tip and sample some homemade brandy. Visit the town of Krk, still embraced by old Roman walls. The city is ancient, being among the oldest in the Adriatic. It has been continuously inhabited since Roman times and was once part of the Byzantine Theme Dalmatia after the Western Roman Empire had fallen to the barbarians.

Roman ruins can be seen today in some parts of the town, for example mosaics in the houses. The city had also preserved many medieval fortifications, including Frankopan Castle close to the Kamplin park, and part of the city walls built during the five centuries when the Republic of Venice ruled the city.

Duration: 6 hours

Driving distance: 50 – 100km (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: Omisalj, Krk old town, Frankopan Castle

Intensity: *

Excursions from Istria - Postojna i lipica

9. LIPICA & POSTOJNA CAVE

Encounter nature at it’s finest on this day to Slovenia!

Glide through the colourful Postojna Caves by electric train and enjoy the scenery of stalactite and stalagmite sculptures as you go. The caves are 22 km long, known as one of the most beautiful caves in Europe. There are longer caves in the world, but a visit to a cave such as Postojna deserves full attention due to the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics. What is especially noteworthy is that most of these various shapes and formations can be seen by every visitor, meaning tourists and not just cavers with special caving equipment. Well kept paths for tourists comprise the greater part of Postojna Cave, making it a “horizontal” cave. Thus a visit to the cave does not present any difficulties for most visitors. Then we proceed to Lipica, the home of pure white Lipizzaner horses, enjoy an elegant display by these wonderful animals, trained specifically for Vienna’s Spanish school of riding.

Duration: 10 hours

Driving distance: 100 – 150 (Depending on accommodation location)

Highlights: Postojna cave, Lipizzaner horses

Intensity: **

Excursions from Istria - Zadar

10. UNESCO ZADAR

If you are interested to discover how history meets the present than chose to spend your afternoon in the Historic ancient city of Zadar. Drive along the sea front to adore the beautiful coastal nature and little towns along the road, than take back the highway to experience the different landscapes of the hinterlands. Zadar’s street layout dates back to Roman times. During the Middle Ages it was the main base of the Byzantine fleet. It became a Venetian colony in 1409, and was very prosperous. Visit the round 9th century St Donatus’ Church is the most important preserved structure of its period in Dalmatia.

Beside the historical centre discover one of the first musical pipe organs that are played by the sea so called – Zadar’s Sea Organs and the famous site called the Greeting to the sun.

Duration: 10 hours

Driving distance: 220 – 250 km

Highlights: St Donatus’ Church, Sea Organs, Roman forum

Intensity: **