Day 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 river Krka. 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. Once you settle into your rooms 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 town and its pubs. Find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer or gelato (ice-cream). 3*Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1 h or Zadar 1 h.
Day 2: Sea kayaking Skradin - Prvic Luka.
Our first day of sea kayaking takes us from Skradin through the channel to the open sea towards Sibenik and its archipelago. The coastal waters of Sibenik contain an archipelago of numerous islands stretching out over 157 sq km. In this constellation of islands, only six have a permanent population that totals less than 7000 people. Needless to say, these little islands make marvelous getaways if you're looking for rustic vacation experience. The first destination we need to reach is the island Prvic. The first settlers were probably recluses. Later, in 15 century, the place became a noble seaside resort and it was inhabited by the priests of the Benedictine and the Franciscan order, who built a monastery and later the two churches. Over time, the population grew; a dense population peak was reached in the early 20th century, when there were about 1300 people. During the 20th century, the population has steadily declined and at the beginning of this century, came down to about two hundred. 3*Hotel Maestral or camping option; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 5 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 3: Sea kayaking Prvic Luka to Zlarin.
Zlarin is a small island on the Dalmatian coast near the Croatian town of Sibenik. It is situated in the Zlarin chan¬nel. It has the area of 8.2 sq. kilometers and it is located 2.5 nau¬tical miles from Sibenik. Zlarin is also the only larger settlement, and the inhabitants are fishermen, sea¬men, coral divers and spongers. The remains from the Neolithic and antiquity were discovered on the island. The baroque parish church was built from 1735 to 1740. Zlarin highest point is Klepac at 169 meters above sea level. During sunny days, from this point you can see Mount Velebit and volcanic island in the Adriatic Sea called Jabuka meaning “Apple”. The inner parts of the island are uninhabited and covered with dense forest. Zlarin is one of the few islands in the Adriatic, which does not allow access to cars. In winter time the island has a population of 276 people, but from March to October the population grows significantly, due to summer vacations. 3* Hotel Maestral or camping option; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 4-5 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 4: Sea kayaking Prvic Luka-Kapriji-Kakan.
We leave Prvic behind and continue our kayaking trip towards Kaprije Island, which is located in the central part of the Sibenik archipelago. The island with the area of 6.9 sq. kilometers with very indented coast and covered with lush vegetation. The only settlement, the main and only village on the island is also called Kaprije, surrounded by hills among which the highest is 129 meters above the sea level. Kaprije was sanctuary for the refugees before the Turks. The church was built in the 16th - 17th century. The island was named after the Mediterranean caper plant whose buds serve as spice for traditional Croatia meals. From its south side Kakan island has stunning examples of the traditional stone walls called “suhozid”. Guest house Kaprije; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 4-5 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 5: Sea kayaking Zirje island-Kaprije.
Zirje Island is the only permanently inhabited offshore island among the islands of Sibenik. It is located in front of the National Park Kor¬nati archipelago. It consists mostly of limestone, with a few fertile karst fields. The dominant vegetation is macchia that is used for pasture. The inhabitants have vineyards, olive-groves and orchards. They are also fishermen. The only larger settlement is Zirje. The highest peak is Kapic 131 meters above the sea level. Guest house Kaprije; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 5 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 6: Sea kayaking Kaprije to Prvic Luka.
On our way back to Prvic Island we will take the outside coast line. There are two settlements: Prvic Luka and Sepurine. The inhabitants live of vineyards, olive-groves, orchards and vegetable gardens, and fishing. Sepurine was founded by the inhabitants of Srima in the 16th century. The painting »Our Lady with the Child«, the work of some master from Titian's school, the portrait of Faust Vrancic from 1605, and the statutes of Sibenik and Trogir are kept in what used to be the palace of the Draganic-Vrancic family from Sibenik. 3*Hotel Maestral or camping option; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 4-5 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 7: Sea kayaking Prvic Luka to Skradin.
On our last sea kayaking day we head back towards Skradin. Upon our arrival to Skradin, depending on time, you can make an optional visit to the National Park Krka River, an afternoon walk from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. This is the famous place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing and taking breathtaking pictures we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall.
3* Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Sea kayaking: 4 h; Distance: 25 km.
Day 8: Departure.
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: B; Van drive to airport: Split 1 h or Zadar 1 h.
Note on Itinerary:
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. M20861 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. M20861 reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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