Cowboy Wilderness Adventure

Velebit Nature Park Croatia: (IT-CROA01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Croatia_Cowboy_Wilderness_Adventure.aspx

Introduction
Velebit Nature Park Croatia
Amidst the foothills of the Velebit Mountain lies a hidden valley full of natural beauty, horses, culture and endless adventures, home to a private and unique guest ranch, Croatia’s premier horse and riding destination! The ranch offers a beautiful blend of luxurious living with Michelin-quality food and authentic cowboy life in the West.

The Cowboy Wilderness Adventure is carefully tailored 7-day program to liven your spirit and engage your body. Your adventure will have you staying in a variety of accommodations from a real Sioux tipi or cozy chalet at the ranch to camping in the mountains. This ensures you get the full exposure of Croatia's beautiful lands and fantastic hospitality!  Ride in a pristine nature, visit a ghost town on horseback and indulge in a tasty cuisine featured in a Michelin guide. Experience frontier life in this heart-changing adventure. You will come as a city-slicker and leave as true and tried cowboy and cowgirl.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights will be spent in different locations.

Description
You will be staying in a variety of accommodation types in order to fully experience Croatia's hospitality and beauty. Laundry is available at the ranch for an added fee.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 2: Ranch
Night 3, 4 & 5: Basecamp
Night 6: Ranch



Ranch
The ranch offers a variety of accommodation types from ranch rooms to suites, lodges, tents, and even tipis! They all feature beds dressed with soft linens, private baths (river tents have detached bathrooms), porches and mountain views. With Studio hall, Saloon, the Square, Japanese hot tub (available year-round), swimming pool (only heated during the summer months), archery range, horse riding arena, tack room, two creeks and a river, there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space for guests to spread out comfortably.

Camping
At the base camp, you will sleep in comfortable safari-style tents on proper made up beds and mattresses (duvet included). There are hot showers available.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on your last day.

Our food has been called “soul food” and designated as “cooked with love.” It is best described as a Croatian mosaic of world flavors – a sensational fusion of Mediterranean dishes plated with an international flare.  Eating food grown on-site or foraged from the nearby meadows and forest is at the heart of every menu. Respect for the sustainable production, harvest and preparation of these ingredients is always at the forefront of our mind.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Level
We welcome all levels of riders from a good novice to experienced! If the group is mixed in riding abilities, we will split the group at time so that the more experienced riders can go at faster paces.

Horses
We have a variety of breeds (Quarter horses, Arabians, Lipizzaners, mountain horses) to suit each individual rider's needs. We breeds our own horses and take extra care in their care and training. We ensure they are calm, collected, and desensitized.

Guides
We always have 1 guide for 5 guests.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, snow and water levels, special events or interest, etc. Guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Our partners reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in the afternoon. Explore the Ranch and meet the horses.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Ranch


Day 2: Horsemanship Lesson & Afternoon Trail Ride
After breakfast, you will participate in a natural horsemanship session led by Bruce Yerkovich. His signature style of horsemanship is based on what he calls “natural human” and genetic memory. By allowing yourself to be authentic, you will experience fellow-ship with a horse unlike ever before. After lunch, we tack the horses and go on a trail ride for a couple of hours to put into practice what you learned in the morning and to make sure we are ready for the adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ranch


Day 3: Ride to Basecamp
After breakfast we set out for our first day-ride. Our goal for this day is to reach a high mountain plateau, where our crew has set up our base camp. On the way, we will cross hidden springs and watercourses. This is an intensive ride, covering some rough terrain, often going through unmarked territory. A real adventure for real cowboys and cowgirls! Accommodation will be in our safari-style tents on comfy beds and proper matrasses and duvets. No roughing it here! And hot showers inside Indian tipi are all the rave with our guests.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at basecamp


Day 4: Ride to Rangers' Station
Good cowboy breakfast will be served in the morning. On this day we will transverse an old Roman road that leads to the seaside of the mountain. We will stop for the rest and lunch break at the Ranger’s station, be-fore heading back to the base camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at basecamp


Day 5: Ride to Mountain Valley
Today's trail takes us over the mountain to a valley where several movies were made and which is a popular brown bear habitat. There is a high probability of spotting these majestic animals on this day. We will eat our lunch out of the saddlebags. In the afternoon we will circle back to the base camp riding on a dirt road.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at basecamp


Day 6: Ride back to Ranch
We make our way back to the Ranch using high altitude switchbacks, popular during middle-ages with outlaws and renegades. Lunch out of the saddle-bags near the animal watering hole, so very likely we will run into forest critters there. In the evening, a feast will await us at the Ranch, after which a soak in a hot tub!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ranch


Day 7: Departure
Departure after breakfast or extend your stay for more relaxation, rejuvenation or other activities that Ranch has to offer.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Cowboy Wilderness Adventure

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, Use of all Ranch facilities, 4 riding days, Luggage transportation, Nature park riding permit & National park entrance fees
Hiking boots and rain slickers are available in limited sizes on-site.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20217 day trip, AP€1940$2310
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfers from/to Gospić roundtrip (up to 4 pax), per car
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
70 $85
2021 Single supplement 300 $360

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 05/22 - 05/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 06/19 - 06/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Bar drinks, Gratuities, Environmental fee (5% - paid locally), Occupancy tax (€0,7 pp/pn - paid locally) & Transfers from/to Gospić

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Cowboy Wilderness Adventure (IT-CROA01):
If you are unable to travel due to travel restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, we can reschedule your trip to a later date until January 15th, 2022 (yearly and seasonal price difference still needs to be paid).

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Velika Plana
Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
Transfer: Gospić

Climate:
                                                Donje Pazarište area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

38

42

50

58

67

74

79

79

70

60

49

39

Average Low Temperature (°F)

24

25

31

37

44

50

53

52

46

40

33

26

Average High Temperature (°C)

4

6

10

14

19

23

26

26

21

16

9

4

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-4

-4

-1

3

7

10

11

11

8

4

1

-4

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

9

8

9

10

9

8

5

6

8

8

11

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Located at an altitude of 700 meters (2,200 feet), the ranch is located in a mountain climate zone. Being in the mountains, this means that weather conditions can rapidly change. Therefore, you should come prepared for all kinds of weather.
We recommend that you dress in layers of “moisture wicking” clothing. This way you can always add or remove a layer depending on the changes in weather.

Spring, Summer and Fall (April to October)
During these months, the temperatures range from mild to hot, with temperatures as high as 30 C (86 F) during the prime summer months.

What To Bring:
The Ranch does not have a formal dress code, but most guests dress Western casual, no jacket required. Attire is relaxed and comfortable, even at dinner. For activities, we recommend dressing in layers. Riding and hiking boots and rain slickers are available in limited sizes on-site, as is all gear necessary to participate in all Ranch activities. Listed below are the items that we feel you should bring for a safe and comfortable vacation.

- Jeans or riding pants
- Convertible pants/shorts
- Shorts (mainly for July/August)
- Moisture wicking shirts (long and short sleeves)
- Fleece or sweater (for warmth)
- Gor-tex jacket for wind/rain
- Underwear (you may want to consider light weight long underwear for an early or late season)
- Socks
- Toque (warm hat)
- Bandana or lightweight scarf –available for purchase at the ranch
- Brimmed hat (protects from rain, sun and low branches) –available for purchase at the ranch
- Riding gloves
- Heeled, ankle-high, water-repellant boots
- Comfortable camp shoes
- Chaps (if available)
- Beach towel and swimsuit
- Camera
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Water bottle