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South Istria and Plitvice Lakes

5-day or 8-day Croatia Adventure Holiday

This cycling and hiking vacation highlights the Istrian Peninsula, Brijuni National Park, Ucka Nature Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the continental part of the country lies the enchanting region of Istria. This rustic area is filled with spectacular forests, verdant valleys, clear rivers, and rich history. You will explore beautiful Croatian cycling routes and hiking trails with amazing scenery, experience local cuisine, and get a good mixture of nature, activities, culture and history.

Some routes and trails follow the coast, but most are inland, stretching between charming old towns, pastoral villages, local farms, lush forests and rolling hills.

The combination of activity, nature, scenery and cultural immersion makes this holiday not only a unique and unforgettable experience, but also a very fun and healthy way to experience the Croatian way of life.

Our South Istria and Plitvice Lakes tour is an action-packed adventure holiday in Croatia you won’t want to miss!


DayActivitiesLocationLodgingMeals Included
2CyclingMedulin-Pula-VodnjanMedulinBreakfast, Dinner
3Cycling and WalkingBrijuni National ParkMedulinBreakfast, Dinner
4HikingUcka Nature ParkMotovunBreakfast, Dinner
5Optional Day / Departure for 5-Day TourIstria RegionMotovunBreakfast, Dinner
6HikingPlitvice National ParkPlitvice NPBreakfast, Dinner
7CyclingPlitvice Countryside and Barac CavesPlitvice NP Breakfast, Dinner
8DeparturePlitvice NP Breakfast
Arrival in Medulin

Medulin is an old fishing village with a rich cultural heritage that has become one of the Croatian coast’s popular tourist destinations. The city is known for its beautiful sandy, pebble and rocky beaches, the most famous being Bijeca. Because of its extensive sporting infrastructure, Medulin is a favorite destination for sports and other activities throughout the year.

Before sunset we will meet for a welcome drink, dinner and brief orientation, during which we will have a chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our guides and fellow travelers.

Accommodation: Medulin guesthouse; Meals: Dinner.


There is a well known saying that “all roads lead to Rome.” Today after breakfast our road will lead us to Pula, a town that, just like Rome, is situated on seven hills. Rich history fills every corner of this town, but the most famous monument is a large Roman amphitheater dating back to the first century BC. There will be time to enjoy a walk and a refreshing drink in Pula before we continue on beautiful country roads towards Vodnjan. Although the town might look like any other small town in Istria at first, Vodnjan is home to some of the best olive oils in the world. The town is also our ending point for this cycling day. You will have a chance to try some local olive oils, get some lunch and drinks and enjoy wandering around the town.

In the afternoon you will have time to relax near Medulin, go to the beach for a swim and enjoy the beautiful Adriatic Sea.

Accommodation: Medulin guesthouse; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park includes many little islands that are made of layers of limestone from the Cretaceous period. Roman builders appreciated the qualities of the stones from Brijuni Islands and used them to build many towns on the Adriatic coast. The main characteristic of the Brijuni archipelago is the extraordinary biological diversity. We will walk around Veliki Brijun – the largest island of the archipelago – which was cultivated into a harmonious landscape of meadows and parks. Along with Roman ruins and other traces of the area’s rich architectural heritage, the island has also preserved vegetation typical of the west Istrian climate.

Accommodation: Medulin guesthouse; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Ucka Nature Park

After having breakfast in Medulin, we have a 1.5-hour drive to the starting point for our hike through Ucka Nature Park. This area marks the convergence of Croatia’s Mediterranean and continental climates, resulting in a unique spectrum of flora and fauna, The park is home to many protected, endemic plant and animal species, including the Ucka Bellflower.

Our destination is Vojak peak. Located 1,401 meters above sea level, Vojak is the highest mountain on the Istrian Peninsula. At the summit we are rewarded with a breathtaking, panoramic view of Istria’s rolling green hills, the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Kvarner Islands and Velebit mountain range in the distance. On a clear day, it is possible to see down the Croatian coast all the way to Zadar on one side, with the Italian Alps and Venice on the other. After the hike we have a one-hour drive to the picturesque town of Motovun, where we will spend the next two nights.

Accommodation: Motovun guesthouse; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Optional Day Trip - Departure Day for 5-Day Tour

Today there is an option to take a rest day or go on a day trip that your guide will help you organize. Possible options include:

Wine Safari: Explore the best Istrian wineries and taste the best local wines and traditional Istrian gourmet cuisine. Spend a day driving through the region’s breathtaking hills and valleys, enjoy the view and let all your senses take in the best of Istria.

Istrian Villages Sightseeing: Take a guided tour to the towns of Motovun and Groznjan in the heart of Istria and follow the Mirna River all the way to the Adriatic sea.

Accommodation: Motovun guesthouse; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today we visit one of the most beautiful and unique natural areas in Europe – Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 due to its stunning sequence of turquoise lakes separated by travertine barriers and over 90 waterfalls.

As we walk along the park’s wooden paths and bridges, we’ll take in views of 16 gorgeous lakes, fairy-tale forests and cascading waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers. The seemingly endless beech and pine forests surrounding the lakes are home to extensive wildlife including deer, brown bears and wolves, numerous caves and an interesting karst landscape. There is an option to enjoy a picnic lunch in this pristine, natural area. After the hike, we’ll have the chance to admire the lakes from a different perspective on a short bus ride that will take us back to the starting point.

Accommodation: Plitvice area; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Cycling Plitvice Countryside and visit to Barac Caves

The area around Plitvice Lakes National Park provides a perfect landscape for cycling – lush countryside filled with endless green fields and meadows. There are very few cars on these roads, making them peaceful and safe for cyclists. We’ll follow the winding country roads through rolling hills and beech forests until we reach Barac Caves. We will leave our bikes and take a break before starting a guided tour of the interesting karst formations, then cycle back to the starting point.

The afternoon is reserved for relaxing and exploring the area if you’d like.

Accommodation: Plitvice area; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.


Today marks the end of our trip. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time, but we suggest avoiding booking departures early in the morning and recommend arranging ground transportation from areas that are close to Plitvice National Park. When booking your return flights, please keep in mind that Plitvice is around a 3-hour drive from Istria. If you decide to extend your stay in Croatia, our guides will happily recommend other wonderful things to do and places to visit – especially local favorites that you won’t find in tourist guidebooks.

Meals: Breakfast.

8-Day Tour5-Day Tour
Adult (double room)2700,00 € / 20.343,15 knAdult1690,00 € / 12.733,31 kn
Single3375,00 € / 25.428,94 knSingle2115,00 € / 15.935,47 kn


All prices are per person, with a minimum of 4 people per group. We can do the tour for groups of less than 4, but the price for each person will be higher. Private tours are also available – contact us for more details.

The 8-day trip typically runs from Saturday to Saturday, while the 5-day itinerary runs from Saturday through Wednesday. Please send us an inquiry with your requested travel dates and we will get back to you with our availability.

8-day trip price includes:

  • 7-nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 8)
  • use of equipment
  • 5 days of organized activities
  • National Park entrance fees
  • local taxes, sea and river permits
  • Transfers to and from Rijeka or Pula airport, any place in Istria region. Transfers from Zagreb on request.
  • skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
  • ground transportation
  • insurance

5-day trip price includes:

  • 4-nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 5)
  • use of equipment
  • 3 days of organized activities
  • local taxes, sea and river permits
  • Transfers to and from Rijeka or Pula airport, any place in Istria region. Transfers from/to other places in Croatia on request.
  • skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
  • ground transportation
  • insurance

Not Included:

  • international airfare to/from Croatia
  • items of a personal nature
  • optional gratuities for your guide(s)
  • beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
  • optional day trip


A deposit equal to 50% of the price of the trip is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your dates. The remaining balance is to be paid at least 30 days before the departure date. We accept payment via bank transfer – details will be provided to you upon booking.

All prices are in euros (1 EUR = 7,53450 HRK). If you are paying in another currency, such as US Dollars, please check the current exchange rate with your bank to ensure the final amount delivered corresponds to the correct amount in EUR.

Cancellation policy:

If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, you will be subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation 90 days or more before the departure date: the deposit is fully refundable, minus any fees charged by your bank.
  • Cancellation 60-89 days before the departure date: the deposit is partially refundable – you will receive half of your deposit back, minus any fees charged by your bank.
  • Cancellation 30-59 days before the departure date: the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancellation within 30 days of departure date: full cost of the trip is non-refundable.

We recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect your investment from unforeseen circumstances.

This cancellation policy applies to our small-group, 5+ day tours. Custom and private itineraries may have different cancellation, deposit, and refund policies. You will be sent the terms and conditions prior to confirming your booking. 

Trip confirmation for small-group departures:

We reserve the right to cancel trips with an insufficient number of participants (minimum 4 people, unless otherwise stated). In that case, all money paid to Terra Magica Adventures will be refunded, minus the cost of any fees charged by your bank. 

Do not book any non-refundable air travel until you receive notification that your trip is confirmed. The latest we will confirm a trip is 2 months before the departure date. 

How to book: please email us at or call +385 91 764 1300 to book your Croatia adventure holiday

Maximum number of participants: Maximum number of participants: 8 guests per group. Larger groups on request.

Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s)

Single use rooms are available upon request with a 25% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.

Activities: cycling, walking, hiking

Activity level: moderate

Accommodation: 8-day tour: 3 nights in a 3*** guesthouse in Medulin, 2 nights in a 3*** small hotel villa in Motovun and 2 nights in a 3*** accommodation in Plitvice area; 5-day tour: 3 nights in a 3*** guesthouse in Medulin and 1 night in a 3*** small hotel villa in Motovun.

Meals and dietary requirements: All arrangements regarding dietary requirements can be made upon request. We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. Lunches are sometimes picnic-style allowing for flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch and snacks from local shops.

Arrival and  departure  transfers:  several  group  transfers  between  the  airport  and  destination may be available depending on arrival/departure time.  Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 euros per transfer.

You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you are staying longer in Croatia, our guides will provide you all the information needed to continue your adventure – that includes recommendations for places, hotels and restaurants all over Croatia. We love our country and know it well, and will be happy to share our knowledge with you. Transfers are included to all areas within Istria. Transfers to other locations in Croatia can be arranged upon request but will not be included in the price of the trip.

For those on the 8-day tour, please note that our trip ends in Plitvice area, which is a 3-hour drive from Istria – please account for this travel time when making your travel arrangements, and don’t book flights or other transportation from Istria too early.

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