Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic


Croatia, 8 days


Croatia has long been regarded as having one of the most beautiful coastlines of Europe with ragged limestone hills and thousands of scenic islands. But the country has more on offer for the keen birdwatcher and naturalist with its national parks, lakes and river valleys.

The avifauna of Croatia includes such sought-after species as Griffon Vulture, Rock Partridge, Olive-tree Warbler, Sombre Tit and Western Rock Nuthatch.

But also we should look for Woodchat Shrike, Honey Buzzard, Spanish Sparrow and many more.

During our tour we concentrate on finding rare birds, but we should not miss the large number of various butterflies either while visiting the best sites of the country.

We explore the island of Cres with its Griffon Vulture colony.

We also visit Paklenica National Park, home of many rare birds, reptiles and butterflies. Beside the various bird species we will surely enjoy the discovery of turquoise lakes, cascades and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park set amongst wooded hills.

The valley of the River Sava is also on our map with its nice riparian forests and villages with wooden houses topped by nests of White Storks.




Fact File

- 8 days in Croatia visiting national parks, mountains and sea islands

- start and finish in Zagreb

- using 3 accommodations


- 1 day on the island of Cres with a visit to the Griffon Vulture rehabilitation centre

- 2 days in Paklenica Nationa Park

- 1 day in Plitvice National Park

- 1 day in the Sava River Valley

- superb scenery, rare birds and butterflies


2 nights in Lovran, Istria

3 nights in Starigrad Paklenica at the national park

2 nights in Sunja in the Sava River Valley

Departure Dates

May, June


Ask for the actual price.

Our price includes:

- all travel as noted in the itinerary;

- all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);

- 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);

- services of the leader(s);

- trip materials.

Not included:

- flights to and from Zagreb;

- optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;

- airport and other departure taxes, tips;

- food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;

- excess baggage charges;

- telephone calls;

- alcoholic beverages;

- compulsory personal insurance.

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

Generally easy to moderate walks

Optional programmes

Optional extension to Slovenia or to Southern Croatia and Montenegro

Optional visit of Postojna Cave




After arriving to Zagreb we drive south to Istria to the lovely village of Lovran where we spend two nights.


We take the ferry to the beautiful island of Cres to visit the Griffon Vulture rehabilitation centre in Beli. Walking on the paths of the nearby reserve we might find warblers, Griffon Vulture and Short-toed Eagle.


We travel along the Dalmatian Coast to Paklenica National Park. In the afternoon we visit a nice area in the park to look for Rock Partridge and Sombre Tit.


We spend a full day in Paklenica National Park in search of rare butterflies as well as Alpine Swift, Western Rock Nuthatch and Crag Martin among others.


We drive to Lake Vrana to look for Calandra Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Spanish Sparrow and Black-headed Bunting. Time permitting we visit the nearby scenic Krka National Park.


We head north to Plitvice Waterfalls stopping en route for birding. In the afternoon we explore the national park and look for White-backed Woodpecker and Collared Flycatcher.


We spend a day in the valley of the River Sava to bird in the rich alluvial forests and wetlands where we might see White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagle, River Warbler and Penduline Tit.


We head back to Zagreb to catch our flight back home.