Central Dalmatia Multi-Activity Holiday

About Central Dalmatia Multi-Activity Holiday

Summary

Rivers and Canyons – kayaking, hiking, cycling & swimming in Croatia's national parks and Adriatic islands. START / FINISH - Split or Zadar.

Activity code: CRHK08

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

Duration: 8 Days

This fun-packed holiday is a "Best of Dalmatia" multi-activity week and will take you along the Croatian coast and into the country's beautiful national parks (Krka & Paklenica). 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.

This activity holiday is a well-balanced mixture of activities. It includes rafting on the Cetina River, kayaking down the Zrmanja River, hiking in the Paklenica National Park and cycling in the Krka River National Park. Whilst hiking and cycling you will pass through the most beautiful scenery, including fabulous karst formations; as will kayaking down the rapids of exotic river canyons and rafting through jungle-like forests. This great Croatia active holiday is based in a small picturesque town of Skradin, a unique town on the very edge of the Krka River National Park. The town is famous for its turbulent past and is one of the oldest Croatian towns, with a written history since the time of the Illyrians but received its name during the Roman rule – Scardona. After the Roman Scardona had been ruined and robbed to the very foundations, the Croats rebuilt the town and named it Skradin. Skradin is an attractive town with an authentic stone-built centre. In the immediate vicinity there are numerous attractive places such as the Skradinski and Roski waterfalls, the small island of Visovac with its Franciscan monastery and in the greater Central Dalmatia region many long beaches and pine forests.

Highlights of the Central Dalmatia Activity Holiday:

  • Krka River National Park
  • Zrmanja Canyon
  • Cetina Valley
  • Kayaking the Adriatic Sea
  • Diocletian's Palace in Split
  • Traditional Croatian cuisine

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Arrival to destination - Skradin
Day 2: Sea kayaking - Zlarin Island
Day 3: Cycling - Krka National Park
Day 4: Kayaking - Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day (e.g. Split)
Day 6: Hiking - Paklenica National Park
Day 7: Rafting - Cetina River
Day 8: Departure

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

  • May 16th, 30th
  • June 13th, 20th
  • July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • September 5th, 12th, 26th
  • Other dates (including 2021) on request

Price includes:

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

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, rafting, swimming, cycling and sightseeing. Previous kayaking experience is recommended, but not required.

Minimum age: 8 years. Discounts for 8 to 12 years (one child only if accompanied by parent in same room; two children can have own room).

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: The 3* hotel Skradinski Buk is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official river entrance to the Krka River National Park. It is perfectly situated for exploring nearby sites of interest in Sibenik-Knin County. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone and bathroom.

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 to destination – Skradin town

    Upon your arrival to Croatia 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 a very old Croatian settlement with the status of a town, it was once the capital of Roman Liburnia and the most important war harbour 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. There will be a get-together dinner and presentation of the program. You are then free to enjoy an evening walk around the town and its pubs.

    Meals: Dinner

    Transport: Split approx. 1 hour 30 mins or Zadar approx. 45 min

  • Day 2: Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Sibenik

    The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, a little village close to Sibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, it is time to start your expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometers from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island, you will come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming; slowly finishing your day by paddling along the island and the beautiful Sibenik coastline, from where there is a view of its remarkable fortress. After a beautiful day of kayaking on the Adriatic Sea and before your return to Skradin, you can make an optional detour to visit the town of Sibenik for some inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breath-taking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

    Activity: Sea kayaking - 4 -5 hours

  • Day 3: Cycling day in NP Krka River and visiting Visovac Island

    Today, take your bikes from Skradin to the 44m high Skradinski Buk waterfall and visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, the Krka River National Park. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. This is the famous place where the world's second hydroelectric power plant was built, just three days after the first one at Niagara Falls. The small waterfalls that surround it make this a beautiful swimming area. After a swimming break continue cycling through the park to arrive at the shores of Lake Visovac, where a boat will take you to the Visovac islet for a visit to a Franciscan monastery and their small museum. The boat returns you to the shore where you will have another swimming break. On the way back to Skradin there is a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view of Lake Prokljan. There is hardly a better way to get around the park than cycling - this cycle route will lead you through Croatian history all the while enjoying the landscape of forests, lakes and hills.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

    Activity: Cycling, 4-5 hours

    Difficulty Level: Moderate (van support if needed!)

  • Day 4: Kayaking on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers

    A fantastic day exploring canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa rivers. Early in the morning drive towards a little village called Kaštel Žegarski and start your expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons. The watercraft may be raft, canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending upon the river conditions. 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…

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

    Activity: Kayaking or rafting, Class II-III rapids, 4-5 hours

    Transport: approx. 45 min each way

  • Day 5: Optional trip day

    On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can take one of the organized and guided tours and go hiking, climbing, canyoning and sightseeing or just go to the beach. You can also go to nearby Sibenik and discover its bustling restaurant scene. Perhaps you just want to stay in Skradin, take a slow lunch or do souvenir shopping.

    *Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx. 50 € per person, payable on the spot, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on minimum of 4 participants!

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

  • Day 6: Trekking in the NP Paklenica and sightseeing Zadar town

    The expedition today leads you into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. The park, which consists of two limestone canyons, is situated on the slopes of Velebit Mountain, Croatia’s longest mountain. Although the park looks very rocky at the beginning, you will soon enjoy walking through the lush and intact beech and black pine forests. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit, and the broader surrounding area. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by the presence of 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. Secluded paths will take you to these huts and abandoned villages. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, burning for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica.

    In the afternoon we head to the ancient city of Zadar. Stroll down the cobbled streets to the Venetian towers, Roman ruins and medieval churches. Finish your day in Zadar with the visit to its contemporary attraction: world famous Sea Organs are an art installation with underwater pipes that create sound with each wave.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

    Transport: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

    Activity: Hiking, 3-4 hours; Sightseeing, Zadar 2 hours

  • 7. Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town

    Another day, another beautiful Croatian river. Today begins with a drive south to explore the Cetina River. Rafting down the Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners and it is the best way to see the often forgotten parts of Croatia. Rafting by the lush forest, caves and under the waterfalls is also great fun. 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 continue to Split or Trogir (depending upon group preference). 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 in Trogir, another UNESCO site, which is an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience will charm you with its relaxed vibe.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch - own arrangements)

    Transport: 1 hour 30 mins

    Activity: Rafting, class II-III, 3 hours

  • Day 8: Departure

    Depart from Skradin for the airport and flight home. 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

    Transport: Split 1 hour 30 mins or Zadar 45 mins

Prices

Dalmatia Activity Holiday

Fully inclusive priced based upon 2 adults sharing; discounts for children (8-12 yrs) if sharing with adults.

Prices from £814

  • Single supplement + 20%: EUR per person

All prices are per person

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