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: Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, Croatia’s premier horse and riding destination.
This “Cowboy Weekend” is carefully tailored 3– nights program to liven your spirit and engage your body.
Come and stay in authen-tic accommodation, ride in a pristine nature, indulge in a tasty cuisine featured in a Michelin guide. Experience frontier life in this mini adventure.
Day 1 - Arrival in the late morning. Explore the Ranch and meet the horses. After lunch we tack the horses, go on a short trail ride to make sure we are ready for the adventure. After dinner, an evening around fire with a glass of your favorite drink.
Day 2 - After breakfast we transfer the horses in trailers to the base of the mountain. Our first day of riding is 30 km in length and 1000 meters in ele-vation. A real adventure for real cowboys and cow-girls! We eat lunch out of saddle bags. In the afternoon we arrive at remote home-stead where the frontier family awaits us with a tasty dinner.
Day 3 - Second day of riding is 25 km down the mountain. We have to de-scent from 1500 meter altitude to sea level and go through Paklenica (Devil’s gorge). We make a big switchback loop down the mountain and cross wolf and bear breeding grounds. We eat another lunch our of saddle bags. In the late afternoon we arrive at a small sea side town of Starigrad.
Day 4 - After breakfast go down to the beach for a swim or stroll. Free transfer back to the Ranch. Possible extension of your stay at the Ranch.
"...an ideal place for adventurous travellers looking for something completely different— with an authentic intimate ambiance you feel right at home."
- Dr. Bruce Yerkovich
Bruce worked both in the corporate and academic environment until 2008, when he founded Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, a guest ranch on the slopes of Velebit Mountain in Croatia.
Dr. Bruce Yerkovich, American-Croatian entrepreneur and scientist received his doctorate in the United States in the field of Quantum Biophysics. Subsequently, he specialized in bioinformatics and human genomics.
As a part of his research efforts, Dr. Yerkovich pioneered CIDER
(Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution and Responsibility), a multidimensional tool to serve as a guide in developing sustainable and ethical business practices.
In 2016 the Ranch was listed as one of The Top 10 Luxury Camps in Europe by DK Eyewitness Travel Magazine.
Bruce lives at the Ranch with his wife Megi, where he trains horses and takes guests on horseback expeditions.
Dr.Yerkovich is an author and serves as a guest speaker and lecturer in the field of sustainable development and his services are sought after both by private and government sector.
Dr. Bruce Yerkovich
Owner and cowboy, Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch