Canoeing/kayaking, white water rafting, sea kayaking, cycling/biking and walking/hiking are pleasant ways of travel through pristine and remote areas. They are suitable for all ages and even absolute beginners. The sea, lakes and rivers are safe and friendly – water temperatures are pleasant in summer – and are not dangerous or physically demanding.
Skradin has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and a marina - all with friendly atmosphere. It is definitely not a typical tourist-hotel resort. The 3* hotel "Skradinski Buk" is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat entrance to Krka River National Park. It is perfectly situated to explore nearby national parks and other sites of interest in Šibenik-Knin County. You will be accomodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, bathroom and balcony. You can enjoy the relaxing Dalmatian atmosphere and specialities – seafood and wine - on the hotel terrace.
1. Arrival to destination – Skradin town
Arrive to Croatia and we will transfer you to Skradin and accommodate you in the Skradinski Buk hotel. Skradin is a small picturesque town named after the world famous waterfall on the Krka River. It is the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. It was once the capital of the Roman Liburnia and the most important war harbor of Croatia and Bosnia in the 14th century. Apart from a great history, Skradin and its surroundings are places of unique natural beauties. The breathtaking view over the town from the bridge on the highway towards Split was nominated for the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe award for the best sightseeing point on European highways. We will meet in the hotel lobby for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program. You are free to enjoy an evening walk around the town and its cafes. Find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer or gelato (ice cream).
Meals: Dinner; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min
2. Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik
The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, little village close to Šibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometers from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island we come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. We slowly finish up our day with paddling along the island and the beautiful Šibenik coastline. We have the view of its remarkable fortress on the very entrance to town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking in the Adriatic Sea we can make on optional detour to visit Šibenik town for an inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own); kayaking: 4 -5 h;
3. Cycling day in Krka River National Park and visiting Visovac Island
Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall to visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, Krka River. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. After walking, sightseeing and taking breathtaking pictures we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. After this relaxing first part we continue our cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the Krka River National Park. This biking route will lead you through Croatian history enjoying the landscape of forests and hills. We will bike to the shores of Lake Visovac where the boat will take us to Visovac Island and Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and the museum the boat will bring us back to the shore. Continuing back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over Lake Prokljan. This great day ends with a taste of real Croatian pizza.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner in town (lunch on your own); cycling: 4-5 h, moderate - van support if needed
4. Kayaking on the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers
Early in the morning we drive towards the little village of Kaštel Žegarski and start our expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be raft, canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending on the water level. We push off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm and green waters of these Croatian rivers, considered two of the most beautiful in Europe. Waterfalls and easy rapids, hidden swimming pools, steep sided canyons… It doesn't get better than this!
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h
5. Optional trip day
For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time.
The rest of the group continues the trip. On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
(Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx 50€ per person, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)
6. Trekking in Paklenica National Park and sightseeing Zadar town
If there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit Mountain and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing our fabulous day in Paklenica NP we continue our journey to visit Zadar, beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing it. You are free to enjoy dinner on your own.
Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own); Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2h
7. Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town
We drive south towards the little village near Omiš, where our adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear green water, jungle-like forests, caves and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. The Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. The trip ends at Radman Mills, a national restaurant in a beautiful setting of old mills once powered by the waters of the Cetina River. After an optional lunch we continue to Split or Trogir (group depending decision). In Split you are free to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century or Trogir another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience. We will stay in town for our farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner in town (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1h30; rafting: class II-III, 3 h;
Depart from Skradin for the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.
Meals: Breakfast; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min
Note on the itinerary:
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Our 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. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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