Day 1: Arrival to destination - Novigrad village.
Our trip begins today in Novigrad, small fishermens village. Novigrad is a lively and colorful costal town and is manageable on foot. Our hotel is well located for exploring and enjoying the magnificent view of the bay and mountain peaks of the Nature Park Velebit. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the hotel lobby for an informal welcome drink and evening snack. We will have the chance to discuss the upcoming itinerary and get to know our guides and fellow travelers.
Van drive from airport: Split 2 h or Zadar 30 min
Day 2: Sea kayaking Novigrad Bay, afternoon gastro tour and activities for children.
This day is all about exploring hidden places of Novigrad Bay in our sea kayaks. After sea kayaking instructions on the beach just in front our hotel we head out and challenge ourselves to find the most beautiful little beach to make a picnic and swimming break which you and your children will enjoy. Upon return we leave the parents to read a nice book on the hotel terrace or enjoy the gastro tour of Novigrad and we prepare special games/activities for children. Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own); kayaking: 4 h, moderate.
Day 3: Walking Krupa Canyon visiting local farm and monastery.
We start our day with a van drive to a little village called Golubići where very few people live nowadays. One of Croatia’s prettiest rivers is probably tiny Krupa. Located just under the steep slopes of Velebit, this beautiful river stretches from the lovely spring all the way through a deep canyon where it meets Zrmanja – another beautiful karst river. Arriving to Golubić village we visit local a sheep and goat farm. After tasting local cheese and drinks we take a short walk down the hill to Kudin most – or The Bridge of Kuda – is one of the nicest places in the hinterland of Zadar. Actually, the place is call Deveterci for the 9 small cascades that make the place so magical. Kudin bridge has been built at the turn of the 18th to 19th century. Legend says that a young guy called Kuda wanted to be closer to his loved one at the other bank of the river. So he built the bridge from 12 arches out of travertine blocks, and just as many pillars. The last two arches are now damaged but Kudin bridge still stands despite time and high waters in the winter. After the hike we will stop and visit the Orthodox monastery on the Krupa river bank. Only the sound of river and birds. Magical! Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own); Van drive: 45 min; walking, easy.
Day 4: Zrmanja River canoe safari - magnificent wild-west-like canyon
We head out for kayaking down the magnificent wild-west-like canyon of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. After a short introduction to paddling, we push off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm and emerald waters of these Croatian rivers, considered two of the most beautiful in Europe. From the geologic aspect Zrmanja is also very interesting. The basin of Zrmanja is according to geologic researches built mostly of limestone and dolomite. Waterfalls and easy rapids, hidden swimming pools, steep sided canyons and, very likely, no one else on the river but our group – it doesn't get better than this! Relax this evening in peaceful Novigrad while enjoying a traditional supper on the most beautiful terrace. Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own); Van drive: 30 min; kayaking: Class II rapids, 4 h.
Day 5: Optional day trip.
On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can relax by the river, swim, play beach volleyball or even take another optional tour on your own. 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 head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants. Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own).
Day 6: Boat ride to NP Kornati, optional visit Zadar.
In the central part of Croatian Adriatic Sea there is an amazing archipelago of islands named Kornati Islands. Beauty and singularity of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a bigger part of that area a National Park. Since then certain modifications of its borders were made, so that nowadays NP Kornati occupy the area of about 220 km2 (54.000 acres). There are 89 islands, islets and reefs within the area of National Park Kornati Islands (238 km of the coastline) what make it the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean. It’s values of landscapes, the “crowns” (cliffs) on the islands facing the open sea, and interesting relief structures, make it very unique. The Kornati submarine area, whose bio diversity is considered to be the richest in the Adriatic Sea, and also the magnificent geomorphology of the sea bed, attracts divers from all over Europe to come and enjoy in unforgettable submarine. Finishing our fabulous day 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.
Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own); Van drive: 45 min; boat ride: 4 hours, walking, easy
Day 7: Sea kayaking expedition into Zrmanja River canyon.
We start our day just in front of the hotel and take a trip into the Zrmanja River canyon. The water here is brackish (mixed fresh and saltwater) which is the reason for abundant life under the surface. The eel which dwells here is a favorite gourmet specialty, but we are more likely to spot turtles, fish and birds along the way. After kayaking upstream on calm water like oil, swimming and jumping off cliffs we make an optional picnic lunch on the shores where the river meets the sea. Going back to Novigrad we enjoy the great views of the Maslenica red bridge. Meals: B (lunch and dinner on your own); kayaking: 4 h, moderate.
Day 8: Departure day.
Depart Novigrad 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: B; Van drive from airport: Split 2 h or Zadar 30 min.
Note on Itinerary: This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, 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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