Croatia Multi Activity Holiday

Kayaking, hiking, cycling & swimming in national parks, rivers & islands

About Croatia Multi Activity Holiday

Summary

Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling, canoeing, rafting and swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START - Dubrovnik / FINISH - Zagreb.

Activity code: CRHK02

Difficulty: Activity level: moderate (average level of fitness).

Duration: 8 days

This fun-packed holiday is a "Best of Croatia" multi-activity week and will take you along the Croatian coast and into the country's beautiful continental region with its stunning national Parks. You will explore some unique areas on foot, by bicycle, from a kayak and from a raft. Our guides will seize every opportunity to steer you away from the busy everyday life ensuring a truly memorable experience which you will cherish for many years to come.

For example, Kolocep Island sea kayaking offers you a unique way to explore this beautiful island, its shores and caves. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests which make for unique and unforgettable experiences. During this trip you will be accommodated in 3* hotels with fully equipped ensuite rooms and in private guesthouses in Zaton Bay and Korana Village, experiencing true local hospitality.

Highlights of the Croatia Activity Holiday:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Zrmanja Canyon - river kayaking
  • Cetina Valley - river rafting
  • Krka National Park - cycling
  • Kolocep Island - kayaking on the Adriatic Sea
  • Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina - sightseeing, canoeing on the Trebizat river
  • Traditional Croatian cuisine
  • Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar and Zagreb

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Arrival to Dubrovnik, transfer to nearby Sipan Island

Day 2: Kolocep Island Sea Kayaking

Day 3: Trebizat River Canoeing, visit of Mostar

Day 4: Cetina River Rafting, visit of Split

Day 5: Krka National Park Cycling

Day 6: Zrmanja River Kayaking

Day 7: Walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Day 8: Departure from Zagreb

What activities are included ?

Sea kayaking, river kayaking, hiking, rafting, cycling and swimming are included in the program as everyday activities and are suitable for all ages with a moderate degree of fitness and swimming ability. The sea and rivers are friendly – they have pleasant temperatures in summer and they are not dangerous or physically too demanding.

Departure Dates 2020

  • Any date between May 9th and October 3rd
  • Preferably saturday start day
  • Other dates (including 2021) upon request

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (7x breakfasts, 2x lunches, 5x dinners)
  • Use of all equipment including kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets, etc.
  • Neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • 6 days organized activities
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday arrival transfer from Dubrovnik Airport
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb Airport
  • Skilled, experienced English speaking guide and full assistance
  • Ground transportation throughout (including ferries)

Essential Information:

Activity level: Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. The daily program is a combination of kayaking, walking, swimming, sightseeing and exploring. You can expect to paddle about 10 miles a day (four hours), but our schedule is very weather dependent. Previous kayaking experience is recommended, but not required.

Minimum age: 12 years - only if accompanied by parent(s).

Meals: The meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats, breads and pastries, pastas and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favourite protein snacks.

Weather: The summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Group size: Min 4 – Max 16 per group; larger groups are on request.

Accommodation: Private homestay in Korana Village (Plitvice); guest house on Sipan island; small hotel in Ljubuski; Hotel Skradinski Buk in Skradin (Krka).

NB. This itinerary can be subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Our guides and tour leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for you 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.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival - DUBROVNIK

    Upon your arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be transferred to Sipanska Luka a village on the far side of Sipan Island. Its beauty makes it a favourite mooring place of sailing yachts - Sipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and its landscape, castles, chapels and monasteries are ideally explored by bikes or on foot. After settling into your accommodation it will be time to meet for dinner and a brief orientation, where you'll have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know your fellow travellers (if applicable). Sipan will be your base for the first two nights of the holiday.

    Note: Arrivals are recommended by 3 pm (arrivals after 6 pm will be liable to surcharge for additional transfers and overnight accommodation on mainland). *Please check your flight due to the boat transfer!

    Accommodation: Sipan island guesthouse.

    Meals: Dinner.

    Transport: approx. 45 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport to port plus 1 hour ferry.

  • Day 2: Sea Kayaking on Kolocep Island

    The Elaphiti Islands are one of the best Croatian archipelagos for sea kayaking. Each island is small and easy to kayak around, but has an interesting and indented coastline, offering numerous coves and beaches. Paddle out of Luka Sipanska this morning and head west towards Jakljan, Tajan and Olipa islands; all three are uninhabited and their beaches can only be accessed from a small boat or kayak, resulting in a number of secluded beaches and a rich, undisturbed underwater world. There will be plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling before returning to Luka Sipanska.

    Accommodation: Sipan Island guesthouse

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Activity: Sea Kayaking - 3-4 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate.

  • Day 3: Mostar & Canoeing on the Trebizat River

    An early start today as you'll take the first boat back to mainland and head out to Mostar, the cultural and economic center of Herzegovina. The town is over five centuries old and situated between high mountains divided by the Neretva River. Without question the highlight of Mostar is the Old Bridge (Stari Most), which was originally built in 1566 while this area was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Destroyed during the war in 1993 but rebuilt in 2004 in its original form, the Old Bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon a short drive to Ljubuski and enjoy a trip on the narrow Trebizat River surrounded by lush forests teeming with birds and the stunningly beautiful karst landscape formed by the river over thousands of years. Tonight’s accommodation is a nice and friendly, family-run hotel.

    Accommodation: hotel in Ljubuski.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Activity: Canoeing - class I-II

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Transport: approx. 1 hour ferry, 2 hours drive to Mostar plus approx. 45 min to Trebizat.

  • Day 4: Rafting in Cetina Valley; visit of Split

    After breakfast drive north towards a small village near Omis, where your 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. After the rafting trip continue towards Split and then Skradin. In Split you are free to take a walk on its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century. Later in the afternoon continue towards Skradin for the evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Skradinski Buk in Skradin

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Activity: Rafting - class II-III, 2-3 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate

    Transport: approx. 90 mins to the Cetina valley; approx. 45 min to Split plus approx. 1 hour to Skradin

  • Day 5: Krka National Park Cycling

    Today we will cycle around the Krka National Park which is famous for its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. The morning begins by cycling directly from the hotel and continues on local roads to a viewpoint over the Visovac Lake. In the middle of the lake is the Visovac Island with the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac, dating from the 15th century. Today, you will enjoy an excellent traditional Dalmatian prosciutto lunch. After some more cycling return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon and dinner in Skradin at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Skradinski Buk in Skradin

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Activity: Cycling - 3-4 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate

  • Day 6: Zrmanja River Kayaking

    This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in the Velebit Nature Park. Perfectly clear and green waters, rapids and waterfalls, hidden swimming pools and steep-sided canyons will steal your heart and make this excursion an unforgettable experience. No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim. There are both open canoes or sit-on-top kayaks for 2 persons with optional child seat. Rafting boats are used during high water season (usually before May and after September, but the water level can vary a lot in spring and in autumn). After an amazing day on the river return to your transport and drive to Korana Village, located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

    Accommodation: Homestay in Korana village

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Activity: Kayaking - class II-III, 4 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate

    Transport: approx. 1hour 10mins to the Zrmanja River plus approx. 2hours to Korana village

  • Day 7: Plitvice Lakes National Park Walking

    Start your day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife, a perfect place to enjoy an included picnic lunch. A panoramic boat and train ride will take you back to the start. Later in the afternoon return to Korana Village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river right in front of your house.

    Accommodation: homestay in Korana village

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Activity: Hiking approx. 4-5 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy, well-marked paths

    Transport: approx. 10 minutes each way

  • Day 8: Departure day

    Transfer to Zagreb airport for your flight home. There might be several group transfers between the
    destination and airport depending on flight departure time.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Transport: approx. 2 hours

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    This itinerary includes a visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina, please ensure you have the correct/sufficient visa requirements on your travel documents.

Prices

Croatia Activity Holiday

Fully inclusive priced based upon 2 adults sharing; discounts for children (12-15 yrs) if sharing with adults.

Prices from £1429

All prices are per person

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