Combine the Adriatic Coast with Velebit Mountains in this unique experience. Marvel at the stunning views, spot bears and bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy new local culinary experiences at Linden Tree Retreat&Ranch and Villa Kata.
Imagine starting the day venturing into rugged mountains, then finishing it gliding over the clear waters of the Adriatic in search of rare dolphins.
This is all possible when you combine Croatia’s Adriatic Coast with the Velebit Mountains. Stretching from the edge of the Adriatic Sea to peaks of 1750 metres, the stunning Velebit region is covered by beech and pine forests, underground canyons, caves and waterfalls. These habitats are home to some of Europe’s most rare and elusive wildlife, including Balkan chamois, red deer, brown bear, wolf and lynx.
In this ten day unique and personalised experience, you will enjoy four days of exploring the Velebit Mountains on foot, by 4x4 and from horseback, staying at a luxury ranch with the best home cooked meals ever. Then, enjoy a six day stay at one of Croatia’s most beautiful seaside Villas, where you can go boating and spot bottlenose dolphins, explore ancient medieval towns or just relax by the water.
Day 1: Arrive in Gospic, Zagreb, Split or Zadar and transfer to Linden Tree Retreat&Ranch to start you Croatian adventure. Linden Tree will be your home for three nights. Dinner from Michelin chef Megi.
Day 2: After breakfast, meet up with your guide and host Bruce Yerkovich for a morning horse ride. Lunch out in the field, followed by a hike. Another beautiful meal at the Ranch from Megi, and in the evening there is time to enjoy the campfire before bed.
Day 3 : Have breakfast and meet up with your guide and host Bruce Yerkovich for another day full of adventures exploring the area on foot and horse riding. Lunch will be out in the field. In the evening transport will be arranged to the Rewilding Velebit bear hide to spot bears and other beautiful creatures that reside in this wild part of Croatia. Unwind in front of the campfire before bed
Day 4: After breakfast you will take a 3 hr transfer to Villa Kata by the Adriatic Sea, your private accommodation for the next six nights. Unpack again get settled in, and enjoy the view over turquoise waters from your terrace.
Days 5 to 9: Enjoy the sea view, the waves, boat trips, fishing. Take on paddle boarding, bicycle tours, and estuary walks. Possible day trips include visits to Dubrovnik, Mostar and Medjugorje and winery tours. Personal guide, personal chef and maid are included in the Villa. It is a truly beautiful place to relax and watch the sunsets.
Day 10: After breakfast it's time to say goodbye to the beautiful Adriatic Coast and transfer to your train terminal or airport of choice. Return home full of adventurous stories and learning experiences.
Inclusive at the Ranch: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, scheduled activities, use of the equipment, amenities and facilities, outdoor heated swimming pool (available during summer season only), Japanese ofuro hot tub, movie theatre, library, badminton, volleyball, archery, bocce ball, horseshoe pit, bicycles, evening entertainment, free satellite Wi-Fi and valet parking.
Inclusive at the Villa: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, use of the equipment, amenities and facilities, boat trips, fishing, paddle boarding, bicycle tours, estuary walks, day trips to Dubrovnik, Mostar and Medjugorje and winery tours, evening entertainment, free Wi-Fi and valet parking.
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
Due to the huge growth in coastal tourism in Croatia over the last 10-15 years, many local inhabitants have moved out of the Velebit area towards the coast. As a result, many areas of this beautiful region are now characterised by land abandonment, rural exodus and fading cultural tradition. Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to transform these challenges into opportunities. This has seen the establishment of the 23,000-hectare Velebit Nature Reserve.
A new wildlife watching venture saw the construction and opening of two wildlife hides in this reserve in 2016. These will benefit the local community through job opportunities and boosted tourism income. They represent the first step in developing the area’s vast potential as a sustainable nature tourism destination.
Two unique forests in the Rewilding Velebit area were recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Rewilding Europe is working to promote this model across Europe.
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