Croatia is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb, which forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with its twenty counties. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometers and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia's Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country's population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism.
The Croats arrived in the area of present-day Croatia during the early part of the 7th century AD. They organised the state into two duchies by the 9th century. Tomislav became the first king by 925, elevating Croatia to the status of a kingdom. The Kingdom of Croatia retained its sovereignty for nearly two centuries, reaching its peak during the rule of Kings Peter Krešimir IV and Dmitar Zvonimir. Croatia entered a personal union with Hungary in 1102. In 1527, faced with Ottoman conquest, the Croatian Parliament elected Ferdinand I of the House of Habsburg to the Croatian throne. In 1918, after World War I, Croatia was included in the unrecognised State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs which seceded from Austria-Hungary and merged into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In June 1991, Croatia declared independence, which came into effect on 8 October of the same year.
Fly UK to Zagreb.
The expedition will begin with an administrative session at the school to check equipment. Fly to Zagreb, the country’s capital – check in to backpackers and afternoon sightseeing. You could visit Kaptol Square, the central markets, Lotrscak Tower, the museums & botanical gardens, taking in the sights and sounds of Croatia.
Zagreb to Plitvice National Park
After breakfast transfer to Plitvice National Park (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) (2-2.5 hours) Spend the day exploring the trails around the park’s 16 lakes and stunning waterfalls. Depending on group size, camp at Kamping Korana or overnight at Plitvice Backpackers.
Paklenica NP to Split
In the morning trek back from the Mountain Hut through the forest and exit the park. Transfer to Split (2.5 hours). Take a walk along The Riva and climb the steps to Marjan Hill for views out across the city before transferring to the airport and returning to the UK late evening.