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7 Day Private Ranch Takeover Horse Riding Vacation in Velika Plana

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, Velika Plana 5, 53213 Velika Plana, Croatia

Croatia Horse Riding Holiday

"Private Ranch Takeover" is the most significant update and new product Linden Tree is offering as of this year. It was designed to address the need of clients for a secure and worry-free holiday. This means that clients will get to rent the ranch exclusively to themselves, be it a family or a group of friends; you will enjoy absolute privacy without other guests present on the ranch at the same time!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14.5 to 16.5 hands
  • Tack Type: Western Tack
  • Horse Breed: Arab Mixes, Lipizzaners, American Quarter Horse Mixes, Mountain Horses

Meet the instructors

Bruce
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Highlights

  • Create your own horse riding itinerary
  • Exclusive use of ranch equipment, amenities, and facilities
  • Enjoy boat trips, paddle boarding, bicycle tours, and estuary walks
  • Day trips to Dubrovnik, Mostar, and Medjugorje and winery tours are available
  • Daily scheduled activities are included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Dubrovnik Airport (US$714 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Pula Airport (US$714 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Rijeka Airport (US$476 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Split Airport (US$417 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$417 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Zadar Airport (US$298 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

During this holiday, you will be enjoying the whole ranch exclusively for your party, there will be no other guests at the ranch.

Buffalo Lodge

Built in 1924, this mountain cabin offers laidback and relaxed country-style luxury. Old-fashioned charm and the rustic flavor of frontier living all superbly blended with casual elegance. Restoration followed traditional construction techniques. On the first floor sits the bedroom, rustic bathroom with a two-meter long soaking tub, living room, balcony overlooking the Square, private terrace with mountain views, and kitchen.

On the second floor, the lodge is appointed with a luxury suite that includes a sitting area and a separate bathroom. Designed to be reminiscent of Scandinavian wooden houses, its minimalistic clean lines will appeal to those seeking finer things in life. The lodge can accommodate up to eight people. Self-catering and personal chef services are available in the lodge.

Casitas

Casita Stella and Luna represent the finest in the luxury outback living. In shape, they are reminiscent of African mud huts to evoke the times of great expeditions. Inside, finely appointed with handwoven middle-eastern wool rugs, handmade furniture, extra-large duvets (to ensure you stay snug and warm at night), fine linens, embroidered ultra-fluffy towels, and plush robes, slippers, hairdryer, and natural amenities (shampoo, lotion, conditioner, cotton balls, q-tips).

Each of them consists of a master bedroom, working and reading area with cast iron wood stove for cozying up in front with a good book on a chilly evening. In building Stella and Luna, the ranch took great care and consideration for the people with special physical needs. Therefore, both exterior and interior are designed on a single level which enables unobstructed movement. With private gardens outside and a swimming pool and a Japanese hot tub only meters away, you can consider them a private retreat in their own right.

En-suite Rooms

Four en-suite rooms will give you maximum comfort with their distinctively arranged interior in which every piece of furniture tells its own story. Two double rooms (Bear Cave, Sweet Grass) and two single rooms (Ponderosa, Wrangler) will cradle you with their carefully appointed furniture, featherbeds, massage showers, uncluttered simplicity, and above all, nurturing silence as a result of natural, sheep’s wool insulation that is sourced from sheepherders in the valley.

Wood for building doors, windows, and furniture was sourced at the ranch as part of the sustainable forestry program and it was built in collaboration with a local carpenter. This way, local people benefit from your stay in these small but beautiful dwellings. They come with private porches where you can wash down trail dust and enjoy a cold beer while watching evening settle over the valley.

Lakota Tipi

On the property, there are genuine American Indian tipis made by Nomadics Tipi in North America that made tipis for Kevin Costner’s movie “Dances With Wolves”. Being inside a tipi is living a step closer to nature. During the day, a tipi has a mellow even illumination that has never been equaled in a house. When it rains, it is cozy and dry inside while the drumming of the raindrops overhead soothes the soul.

At night, especially during the full moon, shadows of surrounding trees are painted on the cover of the wall and with clear skies, stars shine down between the poles. Guests staying in tipis have their own detached private bathrooms conveniently located within meters from the tipi. Bathrooms are fully equipped with hot-water showers, toilets, bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries.

As for the accommodation on the mountain, it is in the safari tents (3x3 meters, Height: 2.2 meters), which are called River Tents: These tents are equipped with two single beds. The accommodation is at the ranch for the first two nights, then three nights in a tent on the mountain, then again on the last night, at the ranch. It is possible to request single accommodation in tents. Fee applies.

River Tents

The newest addition to the distinctive array of guest ranch accommodations includes River Tents, safari tents on the river bank. They feature twin bed accommodation and enough room under the beds for your luggage, top-grade cot beds dressed with the finest linens, amenities, private baths, and front porch rocking chairs to relax after a day in the saddle.

Bathrooms are detached and are 50 yards away. Each bathroom is fully equipped with hot water showers, washbasins, toilet, and a full array of toiletries, including plush bathrobes and slippers to keep you cozy. Linden calls this a bush experience with a dash of luxury. Another name for it is glamping; whichever way you call it, the ranch is confident you will have a deep rest and real connection with nature.

Accommodation and Facilities

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is an ideal place for adventurous travelers looking for something completely different, laidback environment with an authentic, intimate ambiance, truly your home away from home. In this gorgeous wilderness setting, only a select few guests are welcomed at a time.

Accommodations feature the best of ranch living with finely-appointed amenities to help guests relax after a day of horse riding and other activities. Different types of accommodation facilities offered at the ranch include rooms, suites, chalets, lodges, river tents, and Native American tipis.

They all feature beds dressed with soft linens, private baths (river tents have detached bathrooms), porches, and mountain views. With a studio hall, saloon, the Square, hot tub, swimming pool, archery range, a horse-riding arena, tack room, two creeks, and a river, there’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space for guests to spread out comfortably. Linden designs facilities for fun and relaxation in order to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and allow you to have an unforgettable vacation.

  • Unique Accommodation

If you want to be as close to nature as you can and still have full comfort of a room? Choose between Lakota Tipi or River Tents.

  • Appointed Luxury

You may be in the wilderness but Linden Tree will still pamper you, a full range of amenities is available to you.

  • Spirit of the Adventure

Being one with the horse, breathing the scented mountain air, and enjoying incredible vistas are guaranteed; getting addicted to it, most likely.

Facilities

  • Saloon

Whether you want to join the family-style dinner around a big table or you are looking for a quiet corner, you are in for a culinary treat. From pre-dawn until long into the night, the Saloon (a former horse barn), together with an adjoining Square, is a hub of gentle and cheerful activity.

It starts around 6 a.m. when the breakfast crew comes for their morning shift and sets a pot of cowboy coffee atop antique cast iron stove affectionately called "Dora". It continues throughout the day with the first class breakfast, lunch, and dinners staged al fresco in the Square, whenever possible.

  • Hot Tub

Soak yourself in a traditional Japanese ofuro wooden tub heated by a woodstove, helping the ranch to adhere to its commitment to a low carbon footprint. This ancient technique of immersion in hot water takes away tensions and stress, soothes muscle pains and stimulates blood circulation.

Feel for yourself why soaking tub has been used by the different cultures for centuries to alleviate both physical and spiritual maladies. During evening, enjoy stargazing from warm water with a glass of bubbly champagne or single malt scotch from the reserve list.

  • Swimming Pool

Freshen up after the morning horseback ride or chill out on a lounge chair and read your favorite book in the afternoon; the hangout spot for children and grown-ups alike. Kids love playing pool games like volleyball or water handball. During high season, Linden Tree organizes a pool cocktail party once a week.

  • Riding Arena

The outdoor riding arena is adjacent to the barn. This is where riding classes, horsemanship lectures, and demonstrations are held. Linden Tree trains and exercises horses on the soft grass of the arena and cowboy games are also organized here.

  • Equipond

Equipond is a specially designed training ground for horses to help develop their strength, ensure the fastest rehabilitation possible, and enable horses to overcome a fear of water. It is great for riders too, it shows how the horse will behave near the water and helps you learn how to calm the horse in the water.

  • Studio Hall

Honey-hued wood-paneled walls embrace the great Studio room with rock encased wood stove, library, and selection of fine Japanese artifacts. This space serves as a yoga studio, as well as a cinema, workshop space, library, and meeting hall.

  • The Square

The Square is a major meeting point at the ranch. On one side sits the reception office, across from it is the Saloon from where gentle notes of country music keep coming from. On the northern side is the kitchen, where the delicious meals are prepared. Southside offers views of horse pastures. This is where dances are held, where you grab a beer after a horseback ride or where you come to take a refreshing lunch before another dip in a swimming pool.

  • The Barn

A favorite hangout spot for wranglers and guests alike, all horse buzz happens here: feeding, grooming, saddling, introductory lessons, etc. This is where the tack room and the activity room are located. You are bound to find a bunch of kids here, helping out wranglers get horses ready from sun-up to sun-down.

  • Reception

Linden staff is knowledgeable about the area and always ready to help with whatever your needs are: arranging transportation, organizing an activity, or sharing Linden stories, as well as hearing yours from your latest horseback ride or Jeep drive you took. Your vacation with Linden Tree is about making memories, their job is to make sure those moments happen.

What is the difference between the ranch and a dude ranch vacation?

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is inspired by dude ranch vacations that allowed people to experience an authentic cowboy life in the West. However, instead of simply offering opportunities typical of dude ranches in American West, they strive to offer an authentic view of both historic and modern pursuits while providing luxury travel amenities, world-class cuisine, a full service, and private and nature conservation-driven adventures. At Linden Tree you are not a spectator, you are actively participating in nature conservation, community development and cultural exchanges.

All-inclusive Ranch

The all-inclusive ranch ensures that visits to Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch are memorable for their adventures and amenities, not logistical challenges. As Europe’s only DK Eyewitness Travel Luxury Ranch, the property truly stands apart from other luxury resorts. The idea of a guest ranch is that you are a guest, rather than a lodger, visiting a home away from home and taking part in the same adventures and traditions as if you owned it.

It is Linden Tree's pleasure to offer all gourmet meals, a robust outdoor activities program, experienced staff, and expert guides, and top-of-the-the-line gear based on the idea that the mountain will become your playground for the length of your stay.

All-inclusive Means:

  • Unique lodging accommodation with the finest amenities
  • Three gourmet meals and snacks throughout the day
  • Children three years old and younger enjoy a free stay at the ranch
  • An extensive variety of guided activities per weekly schedule, including all gear and equipment
  • Free satellite Wi-Fi, valet parking

Accommodation Amenities

  • Daily housekeeping services
  • Custom duvet covers
  • Luxury linens
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Bathroom amenities and bathroom kit
  • Phone chargers (on request)
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Laundry facility access
  • Ironing board & iron (upon request)
  • Fully-equipped kitchens (selected units)

Gourmet Ranch Cuisine

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner
  • Children’s menu suited to their taste
  • Varied dining experiences
  • Exciting outdoor dining in the warmer months
  • Catered dietary restrictions

Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Trail Adventures
  • Target Sports
  • Leisure Activities
  • Daily activities for children

Kids Activities

Although families are encouraged to do as many activities as possible together, the Little Bears kids club is a wonderful way for children to get hands-on experience, socialize with people of their age, and learn about life on the Ranch in a fun, safe environment.

Program

Linden Tree has put extra health and sanitary measures in place to create a safe environment for guests and team members. Besides this extra peace of mind, when a party reserves the whole ranch, they can create their own private itinerary! The outcome of this is that every ranch takeover is a unique experience and a financially smart choice as per pax breakdown is very competitive!

Horses and riding in Croatia

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is, they dare to say, the best destination in Croatia for a horse riding holiday. Velika Plana valley, together with Lika planes, is known as the natural haven characterized by its beautiful green landscapes and unique vegetation whose combination proved to be ideal for the creation of the ranch with the main activity being horse riding.

Natural resources and wildlife of the Velebit mountain provide the opportunity for an unforgettable adventure holiday in Croatia. Although Croatia is best known as a summer holiday destination, more and more people are seeking escape from the crowds and traffic and searching for a different active form of relaxation in nature in winter and throughout the year.

Horseback riding has marked every civilization in the world in the past, making it a natural choice to become the main activity at the ranch. The entire Linden team is made of true lovers of horses which offer guests the possibility to experience an unforgettable connection with nature through mastering different types of horse riding skills. On the ranch, there are no limits, only the freedom of choice.

A horseback riding vacation at Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch will, without a doubt, be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. The wranglers at the ranch are well versed in natural horsemanship and love sharing their passion for horseback riding with guests of all different experience levels. Thanks to various horseback riding programs from Linden's staple 2-hour trail ride to multi-day rides, you are bound to never tire of the stunning beauty of the Velebit Nature Park landscapes, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

On the ranch, there are offered various lectures and workshops for the gradual introduction to horseback riding from colt starting to horsemanship, and for those less eager in horse mastery, there are prepared other adventures that will keep you active during your vacation on the ranch.

Horse riding programs for an adventurous Croatian holiday

Wherever you are at in your riding, whether you are a seasoned equestrian or an absolute beginner, Linden believes they offer a horseback riding experience that will greatly surpass your expectations. Upon arriving at the ranch, there will be a time when everyone sits down to his or her first dinner, this is when the head wrangler comes to greet you and talk briefly about your riding experience.

From there, Linden prepares to match you up with the horse that will help in making this the best horseback riding experience you have ever imagined. No matter how much or how little experience you may have, all riders go through a brief orientation before getting on their horse. The riding times are inclusive of the safety briefing and rest periods for the longer rides. This helps bring horses back into their minds and allows to begin your journey to becoming better riders.

All horseback riding at Linden Tree is designed to ensure both safety and pleasure. The ranch is pleased to offer a variety of lessons related to the safe and comfortable riding of the stable of horses. For the beginner, or someone returning to the saddle, Linden Tree offers a riding school to hone skills and confidence. Private and group riding lessons are available.

One of the most important aspects of horseback riding at Linden Tree is woven throughout their entire horse program: natural horsemanship. For all guests, that means that in addition to mastering the technical skills of riding horses, they will adopt something much more valuable, a real understanding, and deeper communication with horses that in a short time, will become their best friends.

Different types of horse riding activities on the ranch

Linden Tree takes pride in the fact that they can lay claim to having one of the best herds of horses in Croatia. This is not something that comes easily, but a large portion of this claim is due to the way they operate their entire horse program. Thanks to the excellent string of well-trained horses, Linden Tree is able to offer specialized and individualized horse riding programs that will fully manifest your wishes during an unforgettable ranch vacation in Croatia.

  • Two-hour horseback ride

The two-hour horseback riding program is the shortest riding program on the ranch with which you can start your cowboy adventure. Inhale the glorious scent of saddle leather mingled with wildflowers and sun-warmed pine. Delight in the simple luxury of experience, the power of a strong and willing horse beneath you, the freedom of the frontier, and satisfy your yearning for adventure. This scenic ride goes through the valley with spectacular views, stream crossings, gorges, and meadows.

  • Wagon ride

Real family adventure as three generations (grandkids, parents, and grandparents) can fit in one of Linden Tree's restored country wagons for a ride through the village. The journey will take you close to the farms that produce milk and dairy products for the ranch to experience organic farming first hand and see where your food comes from. Try your hand at driving the team of horses and earn bragging rights!

  • Day ride

You’ll roam the range, being the one with your trusty mount and the land. This is the wrangler’s favorite! Treat yourself with an extraordinary day and experience the mountain country on a horseback. Whether you live in Croatia or are visiting, a trail ride through the beautiful foothills of Velebit Mountain is a very special activity for the whole family, group of friends, small company get-togethers, or just simply for yourself.

Linden Tree provides a tasty lunch on the trail and interesting facts about the land, Croatia wildlife, and flora. Enjoy a day full of great moments, fantastic scenery, and fun on sure-footed horses. Join Linden Tree for the whole day of horseback riding and enjoy a day full of exceptional moments, fantastic photos of landscapes, and guaranteed fun.

  • Pony Riding

Children enjoy guided pony rides at the ranch. With exceptionally calm horses and patient instructors, every child can go through this program while at the ranch and start developing basic riding skills. Those with experience can join the advanced group and work on their trotting skills or even try bareback riding.

  • Natural Horsemanship

Although the term itself is often overused and misunderstood, Linden Tree relates this close to what they consider their own variation, Linden Tree horsemanship. What this means to the guest is that the experience is bound to go far beyond that of a typical head-to-tail ride. Your understanding of communication between yourself and your horse is what will be not only discovered but also advanced and understood.

It is again one way that Linden Tree is able to take your horseback riding experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Although they consider this type of training to constantly be taking place, they also like to help guests understand what it is that they are after in implementing such techniques.

  • Riding lesson

Many people tend to think that the horse is the only one being trained in this type of situation. Well, that’s not entirely true. They would love to help you understand how the horse is not the only one getting an education out of the training techniques. Linden Tree can help riders overcome old experiences and instill confidence at any skill level.

Instructors

Bruce Yerkovich

Location

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is located inside Velebit Mountain, specifically inside Velebit National Park. In 1978, the park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The spirit of the Biosphere Reserve governs the retreat and ranch operations and forms the backbone of all policies and sustainable development.

Linden Tree is committed to exist in Velebit Mountain in an entirely sensitive and environmentally sustainable manner. To that extent, they have developed a concept that puts human in the center of attention in order to create a balanced and integrated living systems for all creatures; the concept is called CIDER, which is an acronym for "Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution, and Responsibility".

The authentic homestead is located on ranch land that is also home to wolf, bear, deer, and lynx; and it offers both views and access to Croatia’s National Forest and wilderness areas. Recreation on the guest ranch also includes dozens of other year-round activities such as hiking, caving, canoeing, mountain biking, archery, and off-ranch activities like zip lines, all-terrain vehicle adventures, and kayaking. With guides and gear always provided, being a versatile luxury guest ranch allows Linden Tree to appeal to travelers of all ages with varying interests and levels of expertise.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance

Food

Every morning, as a wisp of smoke escapes through the chimney, the aroma of freshly brewed oriental coffee greets guests to the dining room. Inside, country charm meets eco-friendly chic where locally-made wooden tables and hand-hewn beams add to the ambiance. Linden Tree believes your vacation at the ranch is more than just a vacation, it is a culinary getaway of the high order.

Linden Tree 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 flair. Everything served is prepared fresh from scratch, the same day in the open country kitchen, using the very best ingredients.

Eating food grown on-site or foraged from the nearby meadows and forest is at the heart of every Linden Tree menu. Respect for the sustainable production, harvest, and preparation of these ingredients is always at the forefront of their minds. Dining in one of the accommodation facilities, en-suite and alfresco dining in the meadow, or on a private balcony, is a special treat for couples taking romantic holidays, for anniversary celebrations, and for honeymoon vacations.

Bio-dynamic and organic

Ingredients that Linden Tree sources hold the principles of bio-dynamic and organic farming methods. Not all are certified, however, Linden Tree makes sure they know their suppliers; after all, they are neighbors and family members. And then there is the highly praised mare’s milk, few drops of that painstakingly drawn elixir has been known for ages to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

Fresh and local

Vegetable and herb gardens on the property provide fresh greens, vegetables, carrots, onions, edible flowers, and garnishes helping reduce the carbon footprint. Dishes like the summer salad of baby greens, semi-dried tomato pears, roasted beets, and mixed herbs are 100% sourced from the garden.

From nature

Linden Tree enriches your dining experience with leaves, plants, mushrooms, and berries foraged from the woods. In fact, foraging has become a daily routine for the chef and his sous-chefs. It’s their goal to have something foraged on your plate at every meal. In this way, they bring nature into the dining room.

Coffee and tea

The signature oriental coffee is brewed from the finest Arabica beans specially selected by the Master Chef, Megi, who grew up in old Sarajevo where secrets of preparing coffee are passed down from generation to generation. Her passion for nature is evident in herbs she picks on the mountain for Linden tea mixtures and there is inevitable cowboy coffee, made daily on the trusty Dora, a cast-iron woodstove.

From the wild

River and sea-caught fish and wild venison from the forests nearby are ranch specialties. The dairy, poultry, and beef all come from community-based cooperatives and are 100% organic and free-range. Once a week, Linden Tree organizes trips to visit these local farms. The little guests accompany the sous-chef every morning to a neighbor’s chicken coop to bring fresh breakfast eggs.

The bread

The bread is baked from three types of locally grown grains (rye, barley, wheat) and slowly fermented. It is baked inside a big wood-fired bread oven, as a part of community collaboration. Suitable even for gluten sensitive people, due to antique grain varieties.

The beer

Linden Tree produces two types of beer, both brewed in lager style with aromatic hops. One is called "Moustache Beer" and the other one aims to please a cowgirl in you and is affectionately called "Beer for Women".

Special needs

It is helpful for Linden Tree to know in advance of any restrictions, allergies, or special medical conditions so that they can best serve you. The modern natural cuisine favors reduction sauces over cream-based, vegetable-based broths over meat stock, organic ingredients over conventional, and a light healthy (and incredibly delicious) style of cooking.

Michelin guide

Linden Tree's commitment to balanced and restorative cuisine has been recognized by Michelin guide editors who honored them in two consecutive editions, both in 2016 and 2018, by listing the ranch in their little big book!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Cinema

Once a week, Linden Tree shows cowboy movies in their Cinema. You will be able to compare your riding skills with those of the famous movie stars and be inspired to learn a new trick or two with your horse.

Dance

The dancefloor gives you the freedom and space to show your cowboy spirit and learn new moves from your dance partners through dancing on real cowboy music. It is fun, playful, relaxing, and connecting. Laughter, song, and togetherness are united on the floor where a good party is guaranteed for guests of all ages.

Storytelling

Once a week, Linden Tree assembles in a circle to discuss visions, dreams and wishes in life, read cowboy poems, or sing. Everyone takes turns sharing stories, while others in the circle listen respectfully. Each participant has the opportunity to hold the talking stick and share.

Campfire

During summer nights around campfire, live music and singing happens. From country evergreens to jazz standards and popular numbers, there is going to be your favorite song you can sing along.

Winnetou trail

Jeep is another way to discover Velebit Mountain. Trips are guided and take you to some of the deepest corners of the mountain where wild animals roam free; the trip is a combination of off-roading and hiking. Simple but tasty lunch is prepared and served by rangers at Veliki Alan mountain hut.

Canoe expedition

Glide along in a canoe on Lika River canyon. Enjoy the exercise when the wind is down and the river is still. Get your heart rate up while basking in the sunshine and splashing a paddle in the cool water. Depending on the water level, up to four prehistoric dams will have to be negotiated by taking your canoe on your shoulders while crossing a pile of ancient rocks. Keep your eye out for wildlife while paddling!

Cowboy games

Great fun for company get-togethers or groups of friends and families with children. Variety of fun and safe games to make you laugh and smile and get a good work out. Sack runs, tug-of-war, snap-the-apple, wood chopping, wagon-in-a-river, and spoon run are few of the games played as a part of this favorite activity for guests of all ages.

Bear watching

Among rich fauna of Velebit Mountain, the bear is one that is hard to spot. These furry giants, hiding during the day, crawl out at night to feed mostly on berries and bugs. So join Linden Tree and stay alert, for in tranquility of the dark, suddenly, a rustle can be heard. This activity is highly seasonal and dependent on bear migration and activity. It can only be arranged on the same day to ensure the maximum possible chance of spotting the animals.

Hiking

The forest around the ranch has an abundance of logging hiking trails that are a hiker’s paradise. The hiking trails are different and adapted both to the experienced and recreational hikers. It is even possible to walk all the way to the coast by a shortcut over the mountain; it makes for a great, multi-day camping trip.

Close to the ranch are caves to visit, peaks to climb, rivers to cross, and spacious meadows to rest in. The possibilities are endless and the goal is to continue clearing and connecting trails in order to make them multi-purpose and increase the options for your active stay at the ranch.

Cycling

Ride a bike to the birthplace museum of Nikola Tesla (20 kilometer/13 miles) to Smiljan or set out on a journey and find for yourself, the hidden wonders of the valley, soft meadows bursting with vegetation, peaceful shady grooves as shelters from the summer sun, ruins of forsaken hamlets telling stories of past times. Linden Tree offers crossroad bikes for rental to all guests to discover trails surrounding the ranch.

Archery

The ranch provides an accessible and exciting opportunity to learn archery or hone your bow skills. The guides provide extensive safety and technique instruction with less demanding longbows. Guests start by practicing on traditional bulls-eye targets while receiving personalized instruction.

Once you’re hitting the mark, move through the secluded hillside range where you’ll find an exciting archery course that will put your skills to the test. A selection of near-to-life-sized foam cutout animals is situated along a short, easy hiking trail. Walking the trail allows you to shoot at different angles and target positions to recreate an authentic wilderness bow-hunting experience.

Geocaching

Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch geocaching combines western heritage for treasure hunting with modern-day technology. Using GPS devices and coordinates, individual guests and groups locate hidden boxes on thousands of acres of the beautiful Velebit Mountain. Adults and families choose between intermediate or expert levels, allowing them to customize their search by ability and time constraints.

Children search for boxes while learning about nature, history, geography, and topography. “Hiking with a purpose” is a great way to become acquainted with this corner of the European wilderness. Caches can be customized for private events like corporate retreats or family reunions. The clues lead guests toward tailored secret messages or a grand prize.

Road trips

You have an opportunity to explore the rich and diverse region that is only a one to two-hour drive from the ranch. Here is a sample itinerary to the three world-famous destinations.

  • Plitvice Lakes is Croatia’s most famous national park. It harbors a magnificent collection of waterfalls, lakes, forest, and a diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey, or blue.
  • Alfred Hitchcock said that Zadar has the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Zadar’s old town is a place that holds 3,000 years of rich history. A place where you can enjoy museums, churches, squares, art galleries, and the old city itself.
  • Nikola Tesla's birthplace is a mere bike ride from the ranch. Tesla was practicing yoga, meditation, visualization, and was finding inspiration for his work in the Velebit Mountain. The museum with Tesla’s patents and educational tour are well worth the admittance ticket.

Swimming

Dive into the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and refresh yourself in a new way. On a bicycle, you can go to Lika River or Kruscica lake, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the ranch. In one day, you can visit a number of famous touristic destinations together with different and unique swimming locations where you can get your fill of water dipping and refreshment in the unique sea expanse.

Wellness

Have you ever heard of Vitamin N? It cannot be synthesized in labs yet it is vital for people to have a meaningful and balanced life. N stands for nature! Nature helps boost the immune system, reduces stress and blood pressure, elevates focus and mood, accelerates healing, and improves your sleep/wake balance.

By its very definition, wellness is the achievement a balance of the mind, spirit, and body that results in overall well-being. Forest bathing (inhaling beneficial phytoncides), active and passive meditation in forests, especially old-growth forests, unplugging (from technology) by choice, sleeping outdoors (like in the tipis or river tents), nourishing your body with natural-sourced and organic foods, massaging your body, challenging your body, thrilling your psyche, immersing yourself in a demonstrably remote and authentically wild environment, childlike play, and doing nothing at all are all prescriptions for improved wellness.

At Linden Tree, all of that comes naturally, the grounds are designed as a physical and spiritual sanctuary offering yoga, wellness, and restorative treatments for the body and soul. A secluded compound with an outdoor treatment room, yoga room, Siberian cedar hot tub, swimming pool, and tranquil outdoor lounge spaces fosters healing and wellness processes inside your body.

Throughout the season, Linden Tree hosts various practitioners and professionals who offer their wellness services to guests, ranging from individual to group seasons: yoga, massage, acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, and fitness.

  • Aromatherapy

Using essential oils and gently rubbing them in is proven to relax the body and mind.

  • Japanese Ofuro Hot Tub

This ancient technique of immersion in hot water takes away tensions and stress, soothes muscle pains, and stimulates blood circulation.

  • Massage

Throughout the season, Linden Tree brings visiting massaging professionals who practice different techniques, some are more sports-oriented, some work on releasing energetic blocks.

  • Yoga

Visiting teachers bring variety in the form of different yoga practices.

  • Meditation

Whether in the Studio Hall or outdoors, meditation is at home at Linden Tree.

  • Swimming pool

Refreshing benefits of pure mountain spring water in the swimming pool are undeniable.

Spa treatments

Linden Tree offers massage treatment and yoga sessions. Please indicate at the time of booking if you are interested in those. Additional fee applies.

What's included

  • Create your own horse riding itinerary
  • Daily scheduled activities of your choice
  • Use of the ranch equipment, amenities, and facilities
  • Use of the outdoor heated swimming pool (available during summer season only), Japanese ofuro hot tub, movie theatre, library, badminton, volleyball, archery, bocce ball, horseshoe pit, bicycles, and evening entertainment
  • Boat trips, paddle boarding, bicycle tours, and estuary walks
  • Day trips to Dubrovnik, Mostar, and Medjugorje and winery tours
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free satellite Wi-Fi and valet parking
  • 13% VAT

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities outside the ranch
  • 5% environmental fee and occupancy tax (0.7 EUR per person, per night)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at any the following airports. Transfers are not yet included in the package but are available at additional costs:

  • Zadar Airport (ZAD) - Car (Up to 3 pax): 150 EUR | Van (Up to 6 pax): 250 EUR | Estimated driving time: 90 minutes
  • Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG) or Split Airport (SPU) - Car (Up to 3 pax): 250 EUR | Van (Up to 6 pax): 350 EUR | Estimated driving time: 2.5 hours
  • Rijeka Airport (RJK) - Car (Up to 3 pax): 300 EUR | Van (Up to 6 pax): 400 EUR | Estimated driving time: 3 hours
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) or Pula Airport (PUY) - Car (Up to 3 pax): 500 EUR | Van (Up to 6 pax): 600 EUR | Estimated driving time: 5 hours

For 2021, transfers from Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana, Trieste, and Venezia airports will also be available. For more information, please send Linden Tree an inquiry.

Arrival by shuttle

Transfers from the Gospic bus or train terminal is also available.

  • Car (Up to 3 pax): 35 EUR | Van (Up to 6 pax): 50 EUR | Estimated driving time: 30 minutes

Transfers are all available upon request to and from any location within Croatia.

Airport: Dubrovnik Airport Airport transfer available: Dubrovnik Airport (US$714 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Pula Airport Airport transfer available: Pula Airport (US$714 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Rijeka Airport Airport transfer available: Rijeka Airport (US$476 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Split Airport Airport transfer available: Split Airport (US$417 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Franjo Tuđman Airport Airport transfer available: Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$417 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Zadar Airport Airport transfer available: Zadar Airport (US$298 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Holiday information

The minimum stay is 6 nights, if you would like to stay for more, please send Linden Tree an inquiry. Takeovers start every Saturday and end on Friday. The ranch takeover maximum occupancy for the ranch is 16 pax and 14 pax for the villa.

Season information
Summer
  • June 1 - September 20
Spring and Fall
  • March 15 - May 31
  • September 21 - October 31
Winter
  • December 15 - January 15

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