Day 1 - Sat: Arrival to destination - Zvecaj village
Leaving Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport behind, we make our way to Zvecaj village, our base for the next three days. Here we have the unique opportunity to spend a few days close to the river and learn the basics of kayaking, which we will need for later excursions. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the riverside restaurant for a welcome drink and brief orientation where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers.
Day 2 - Sun: Kayaking instructions
We start our day with kayaking instructions on the river bank by our hotel. Your kayaking instructor will show and teach you all the basic steps one needs to enjoy kayaking. You will gradually learn how to paddle correctly, how to maneuver the kayak and all the information needed before going out on the river by yourself. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature. Later in the afternoon we will rewind our day and go through all that we have learned. Before dinner there will be enough time to relax and enjoy a swim in the clear emerald Mreznica River.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: Class I-II, 3-4 hours.
Day 3 - Mon: Lower Mreznica River kayaking
Embark on a kayaking expedition down the emerald Mreznica River. The journey meanders through a spectacular landscape of lush forests and open meadows. Due to its biological diversity and variety of habitats, the Mreznica area should soon be categorized as a Croatian nature park. It is home to many threatened and protected plant and animal species that you may get the chance to observe. These include 4 species of birds from the "red list" of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – the Golden Eagle, the Lesser Spotted Eagle, the Western Capercaillie and the Great White Egret. The day will be filled with swimming, jumping off the waterfalls and enjoying beautiful nature. After a light picnic, we'll paddle back to the hotel.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: Class I/II, 3-4 hours.
Day 4 - Tue: Upper Mreznica Canyon kayaking
This morning we’re back on the water in the upper Mreznica canyon. Our route takes us from the hotel to a point approximately 45 minutes away where we’ll start our expedition into the canyon. We travel through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Paddling by cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we continue and finish the adventure and finally return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: class II-III, moderate, 3 - 5 hours; Van drive: 1 h each way.
Please note that in case of very low water levels the trip can only be done downstream - in that case the duration of kayaking is 2-3 hours. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats (2 hours of rafting).
Day 5 – Wed: Optional sea kayaking or Plitvice walking
Today you can choose whether you want to try out sea kayaking in the Adriatic, or take a break from kayaking and explore the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park by walking. Our base until the end of the week will be Korana Village, a peaceful and charming village situated at the doorstep of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)
Day 6 - Thu: Zrmanja River kayaking (Velebit Nature Park)
We head south for kayaking down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. After short instructions and reminder on paddling, 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 and steep sided canyons – it doesn't get better than this! Relax this evening in peaceful Korana Village while enjoying a traditional Croatian supper.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Van drive: 2h each way; Kayaking: Class II/III, 3-4 hours.
Day 7 - Fri: Kayaking or rafting on the Una River
The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with its beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels.
Meals: B and D; Van ride: 45 min each way; Kayaking / rafting: Class III+, 2-3 hours.
Day 8 - Sat: Departure day
Depart Korana village 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: 2 hours
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.
Minimum 4 – maximum 16 per group; larger groups upon request.
Days 1, 2, 3, 4 - The accommodation is a friendly, family-run Zeleni kut hotel situated on the bank of the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb airport. The restaurant overlooks an old mill close to a small waterfall and serves freshly caught fish, as well as home-grown vegetables. Barbecue is also a specialty of the house. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, TV, mini bar, telephone and have Internet access.
Days 5, 6, 7 - Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by a river in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. Please note that in Korana village sometimes 2 rooms share 1 bathroom.
June 7 14 21 28
July 5 12 19 26
August 2 9 16 23 30
September 6 13 20 27
Optional trips are not included in price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approximately 50 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.
This itinerary includes a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please contact the appropriate government office or Bosnian embassy or consulate to confirm whether you need a visa. If you need a EU visa, you will require a multiple entry visa.
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