Board the bus and depart Split at 10.00am. We head north to Pag Island with a stop en route in Zadar. Zadar’s Old Town is fascinating with one highlight being the unusually “round” 9th Century church of St.Donatus. Then, it’s on to Pag. Pag is an island of contrasts – culturally, it is well-known for its lace-making, wonderful cheese and mouth-watering lamb. Hedonistically, it is – fast becoming famous for its fantastic nightlife which is mostly centred on Zrce beach – also referred to as the Ibiza of Croatia! We offer the choice of accommodation near the party action or alternatively for a more relaxed and intimate afternoon and evening you can stay in a quieter location in Novalja, as the 24/7 clubbing is kept away from the residential centers. Please note – the adventure trip only runs to Pag during June, July and August as the Zrce beach clubs do not operate in September. During this month we visit the old part of Pag Town instead.
The next morning (though not too early!) we move inland, driving up through the impressive Paklenica National Park and getting a spectacular view of the coastline as we do so, to visit one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural gems: the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls. This UNESCO-protected series of interconnected cascades is a must-see. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to turquoise, grey or blue. The colors constantly change depending on the amount of minerals in the water and the sun’s angle. A neatly-designed walkway takes you through the park, across the waters that teem with fish to the foot of one of the highest waterfalls (75m) and on to the pleasure boats. Accommodation that evening is at a local ranch that offers traditional-style wooden chalets.
After breakfast we set off, heading back southwards to Split. If you are leaving the trip to catch a flight, then there is the option of either a drop-off in Trogir (another UNESCO-protected jewel of an Old City) or in Split itself, near Diocletian’s Palace which is scheduled for 12pm.