Trips

Učka Nature Park

Učka is a mountain rising up on the eastern edge of the Istrian peninsula.

Its fundamental characteristic is the richness of its natural biodiversity in a relatively small area. The hills are abundant with fresh water sources and its landscape is filled with canyons and valleys, as well as numerous caves and gorges.

Učka is a space populated by rare animal species. It’s one of the rare localities in Europe where one can still find the Griffon Vulture (Gyps Fulvus) and the Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos).

The earliest archaeological traces of human settlement in the Učka area reaches far back into the past, earlier than 12,000 years B.C.

The coastal belt is covered in Mediterranean vegetation and is particularly densely populated, while the continental part lists only two settlements, Vela and Mala Učka. Many well-maintained trekking routes lead from the coastal areas on the Kvarner Riviera all the way up to the Učka peak (Vojak at 1401 m).

From the viewpoint on the summit, one can enjoy a spectacular view of the whole of Istria, the Kvarner islands, the Gorski Kotar area and even the Italian Alps.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a unique special geological and hydrogeological phenomenon.

The complex of the Plitvice Lakes was pronounced a national park on 8th of April 1949. It is a heavily forested mountainous area where over 16 larger and smaller lakes of intense crystalline green and blue colours cascade one into another. The water is supplied endlessly by numerous small rivers and streams, all interconnected with ever-cascading waterfalls.

The sheer diversity and breathtaking beauty make this an ideal location for day and weekend trips for groups and individuals.

This spacious forested complex of exceptional natural lake and waterfall beauty, the richness of the flora and fauna, the fresh mountain air, the contrasting autumn colours, the forest trekking routes and the wooden bridges and walkways are all a part of the unrepeatable entirety marked by UNESCO as world natural heritage site in 1979, being one of the first in the world to carry the coveted title.

The Risnjak National Park

The untouched unspoiled and beautiful viewpoints are the main characteristic of one of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia. All lovers of mountains will surely enjoy ascending to the very top, standing at 1528 meters above sea level. Once at the top, you'll be able to visit the mountain house where you'll be welcomed by an exquisite tasty lunch and a short rest before the trip back down.

Lovran

Lovran is a place of especially suitable climatic conditions and vegetation, inhabited since Roman times. During the later centuries, it was twice raised to the ground, but Lovran always rose back, to become an attractive tourist destination in the nineteenth century. This was particularly aided by the construction of a twelve kilometre long coastal walkway (Lungo Mare) from Volosko, through Opatija all the way to Lovran. The area in the vicinity is covered in thick forests of chestnuts that are specially praised as a sweet delicacy and are the main object in the Marunada Chestnut Fest – a chestnut picking event held each year in October.

Mošćenička Draga

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Kvarner is a symbol of Mošćenička Draga, a tourist and fishing town that, alongside the old Mošćenik and Brseče, reaches far back into the past with its little churches and monuments, numerous villas on the beautiful coastal area, its quite summer nights, its sunny days and its coves and inlets holding crystal blue sea, fishing boats and full nets, crabs in coops, authentic villages on the surrounding hilltops, domestic homemade wine and tasty ham in the cellars.

Mošćenice

The small medieval town of Mošćenice is situated on a hill 173 meters above sea level and two kilometres above Mošćenička Draga. Due to its stunning views of the whole Gulf of Kvarner, Mošćenice is a favourite destination for numerous tourist groups, while also serving as a starting point for many hikes and climbs for numerous climbers trekking on the way towards the old abandoned villages situated 995 meters up on Mt. Učka.

Apart from the Mediterranean architecture, visitors also find the lookout not far from the church particularly interesting, offering views of the whole Kvarner Gulf, as well as compulsory visits to the museum and old olive mill of Toš. Mošćenice used to be the main settlement in the area, but in later stages the better part of the population descended down to the sea, into Mošćenička Draga, 753 steps below.

Rijeka – Trsat

Whoever passes through Rijeka today has to be impressed by the central European palaces and buildings, taking a nostalgic view of moored ships, breathing a breath of adventure and travel to curious spirits. This contemporary visual identity of Rijeka is enveloped by centuries of history hidden in every corner and deep underground, reaching all the way to the antic settlement of Tarsatica. To sense the breath of history, the best one can do is visit the old town, which was built far back in the 13th century by the Croatian dukes of Frankopan. One then has to climb the endless stairs to Mary's sanctuary at Trsat and then see how unnoticeable the transition from modern industrial Rijeka and the ancient Old Town actually is, marked only by a passage through a clock tower.

The centre of the town also holds the spiritual centre – the St. Vid Cathedral, a baroque building on which the meditative attention is concentrated on Tizian’s altar painting of the Ascension.

The largest Croatian port pivotal to all those planning to take the ferry route towards central and Southern Dalmatian is the economic, business, administrative and university centre of the Kvarner, region capital, in which 51% of the population of Kvarner lives. The city is also abundant with baroque palaces in neoclassical style, filled with galleries, museums and a beautiful theatre. Rijeka is a centre of mid-European culture and tradition. The most famous carnival in Croatia takes place here, guaranteeing an atmosphere of fascinating tradition and an international setting.

The Island of Krk

Don't miss visiting the largest island of the Adriatic Sea, which is connected to the mainland via a bridge. A visit to this island begins in the Punat inlet, which is a starting point for boat trips to the Ethnological Museum located in Košljun. Following that, a good place to continue the trip is Krk Town and the small ancient town of Vrbnik, which famous for its excellent top class Croatian wine - Vrbnička Žlahtina.

Postojna

The absolutely fantastic subterranean world of the Postojna Caves was made over millions of years and is a kingdom of stalagmites and stalactites and home to a very curious endemic animal species: the Olm. The cave has been listed as one of the largest and most visited caves in the world and, if case you are not familiar with this natural wonder, be sure to hurry over there. Be aware that the cave temperature is a constant 8 degrees Centigrade throughout the year. The tour begins with a ride on a tourist train that takes you inside the cave while all trips further in are lead by expert guides.

The half-day trip includes: a ride on a modern tourist coach, an expert guide and an entrance pass to the caves in Postojna.