Nov.19-22 Plitvice Lakes NP in Croatia - UNESCO's World Heritage + Zagreb

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Join us on a very special trip to see one of the UNESCO's World Heritage National parks.
We hiked there with the group in 2013 and 2014 as well as during our Croatia 1 trips in the past years.
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Croatia is one of the ecologically best-preserved parts of Europe. It is a land where the hues of the sunny and warm Mediterranean happily blend with the tranquillity and freshness of mountains and the gentle sway of the golden plains of Pannonia. A land of truly divine inspiration that has delighted many of the world’s prominent men of letters. A rare European landscape which boasts as many as eight national parks in so small an area!

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia's first National park established in 1949, covers[masked] km2 of breathtaking natural splendour becoming it the largest among the eight national parks of the country. Ranging in altitude from 367 m (Koranski most) to 1279 m (Seliški Vrh) above sea level.
The Plitvice National Park is beautiful in any season.

Here is a drone video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MccNQRMiiV4

The park was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979, in recognition of its "outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action". The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography.

The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, a gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. They change constantly depending on the number of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

The sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower lakes. About eight km of pathways and wooden walking trails around lakes are accessible to visitors. Trails are descending from an altitude of 636m to 503m above sea level.

We also plan to visit a small but very special village of Rastoke which is made by play of nature on the place where River Slunjčica connects with river Korana. Nature played with blue-green waters of river Slunjčica and spread them in many big and small waterfalls. The most beautiful are Buk Hrvoje and Vilina Kosa (fairy's hair). Rastoke is very similar to Plitvica lakes but much smaller. For the difference between Plitvica lake and Rastoke, this place is special because of the village with many millers.

Rastoke is known for its 18th-century flour mills and homes built in traditional architectural styles.

We will also have a chance to visit the capital of Croatia - Zagreb on Monday.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be based in the Mirjana - Rastoke Hotel in twin rooms equipped with private bathrooms with hair-dryer, SAT-TV, free WiFi, telephone, climate, minibar, balcony.
You may have a single room for £80 extra.

It is also famous for its typical Croatian food and plenty of it.

Although it may be an exaggeration to say the whole country is made up of gourmets, it's true that Croatians place a high priority on fresh, correctly prepared food.

Thanks to an abundance of natural beauties and historical heritage of this region, a town of Slunj, National park Plitvice lakes, local rivers and of course the unique watermill village Rastoke, we may discover the beauty of being outdoors and enjoy an active life in Croatia.

Taking into consideration our fantastic location, the hotel we stay at has got its own outdoor activity centre, we may have different activities: rafting, kayaking, biking, finishing for very affordable prices in amazing places.

Money:
1£ = 8.7 Croatian kunas

Conditions:
You will need to have travel insurance and provide details before travel. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying for the flight.

Visa:
Please check with the Croatian Embassy if you need one to travel there.
It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents!

TRIP ITINERARY:

Friday 19.11.

6 Meeting up at Heathrow Airport
8 Catching a flight
12 Croatian time Minibus transfer to the hotel (around 2-hour drive)
19 dinner

Saturday

8 Breakfast
9 Transfer to Plitvice National Park for a day hike, lunch in the cafe there
19 Dinner

Sunday

8 Breakfast
9 Transfer to Rastoke village for a half-day walk, lunch in cafe there
14 Optional outdoor activities
19 Dinner

Monday

8 Breakfast
9 Departure to Zagreb city centre
11:20 Drop off
14:15 Departure to Zagreb airport
14:40 Drop off

PRICE of £299 INCLUDES:

- 3 nights half-board hotel accommodation in twin rooms
- all transport
- Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992
- guided hikes by trained Mountain Leader & certified First Aider

Does not include:
flights, park entrance ticket - £10, lunches, activities.

ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP
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Transfers will be organised for the below FLIGHTS:
BA Fri 19 Nov 08:00 LHR - 11:15 ZAG
BA Mon 22 Nov 16:40 ZAG - 18:15 LHR
PRICE from £106 on[masked].

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.
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