Best of Croatia
This trip will show you Croatia’s highlights over an 8-day period while keeping you active through various daily excursions. You will visit some of the most beautiful parts of our country as we start from Dubrovnik and slowly travel north towards Split and Zagreb. We will sea kayak around Kolocep, Croatia’s most spectacular sea kayaking island. We’ll raft, kayak and canoe on three different rivers: Cetina, Zrmanja and Trebizat. We will cycle in Krka River National Park and finally hike in the exquisite Plitvice Lakes National Park. Our adventure will also take us to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia’s neighboring country. Here East and West meet and the spirit of the long gone Ottoman Empire can still be felt at every step. Dalmatian food and wine are an inevitable part of this trip and together with the itinerary guarantee a beautiful, authentic Croatian experience.
Highlights of Croatia Multi Activity Holiday with Cycling, Walking and Kayaking
This trip will show you Croatia’s highlights over an 8-day period while keeping you active through various daily excursions. You will visit some of the most beautiful parts of our country as we start from Dubrovnik and slowly travel north towards Split and Zagreb. We will sea kayak around Kolocep, Croatia’s most spectacular sea kayaking island. Highlights include visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Kolocep Island. Suitable from ages 12 with prices from 1240 euro pp
- Experience a combination of activity, nature, scenery and cultural immersion making this holiday a unique and unforgettable experience
- Kayak around Croatia's beautiful Islands
- Hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes National Park
- 7 nights accommodation
- 2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 8)
- Use of equipment
- 6 days organized activities
- National Park entrance fee
- Local taxes, sea and river permits
- Transfers from Dubrovnik aiport, harbour or bus station
- Transfers to Zagreb airport, bus or train station
- Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
- Ground transportation
- International airfare to/from Croatia
- Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
- Beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
- Optional day trip
- Everything not specified above
1.Arrival in Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to Zaton, a charming and picturesque bay, only 8 kilometers from Dubrovnik. All three villages – Zaton Mali, Zaton Veliki and Stikovica have cozy waterfront restaurants where one can savour Croatian and Dalmatian specialties. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers. Zaton will be our base for the first two nights of the holiday.
Note: If you wish to spend more time in Dubrovnik, we recommend that you plan your arrival one day earlier. In that case we will provide transfer from your accommodation in Dubrovnik to Zaton Bay.
Accommodation: Zaton Bay guesthouse; Meals: D; Drive: 30 min.
2. Sea Kayaking Kolocep Island
For kayakers and divers, Kolocep is the most interesting of the 13 Elaphiti Islands. Discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs, sandy beaches, romantic villages and pleasant walks. You won’t encounter cars, only calm atmosphere ideal for relaxing vacations. The trip is perfect for those who want to explore unspoiled nature and relax in quiet surroundings without traffic noise. We will explore the silent underwater world in one of its most interesting spots and have a rest on the beach. For those who wish to spend the evening in Dubrovnik after the sea kayaking, your guide(s) will be happy to provide the transfer to and from the Old Town.
Accommodation: Zaton Bay guesthouse; Meals: B, L; Sea Kayaking: 3-4 h, easy/moderate.
3. Mostar Visit and Canoeing on the Trebizat River
This morning we 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 we will drive to Ljubuski and enjoy a trip on narrow Trebizat River surrounded by lush forests teeming with birds and the stunningly beautiful karst landscape formed by the river over thousands of years. Our tonight’s accommodation is a nice and friendly family-run hotel by the river serving traditional meals and local specialties.
Accommodation: Ljubuski hotel; Meals: B, D; Canoeing: 1 h, class I-II, easy; Drive: 2 h to Mostar, 45 min to the Trebizat.
4. Rafting on the Cetina River and Split Sightseeing
We drive north towards a small village near Omis, where our 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 we continue towards Split and 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 we continue towards Skradin for the evening.
Accommodation: Skradin hotel 3***; Meals: B, D; Rafting: 3 h, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h30 to the Cetina, 45 min to Split, 1h to Skradin.
5. Cycling in Krka National Park
Today we will cycle around the Krka River National Park famous for its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. We will start with our bikes from the hotel and continue by local roads to the 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 15th century. Today we will enjoy an excellent traditional Dalmatian prosciutto lunch. After cycling, we return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon and dinner in Skradin on your own.
Accommodation: Skradin hotel 3***; Meals: B, L; Cycling: 3-4 h, easy/moderate.
6. Zrmanja River Kayaking
This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in 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. We use 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, we will return to our vans and drive to Korana village where we will spend last two nights.
Accommodation: Korana village homestay; Meals: B, D; Kayaking: 4 h, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h10 to the Zrmanja River, 2h to Korana village.
7. Plitvice Lakes National Park Hiking
We start our 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. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon, we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river right in front of your house.
Accommodation: Korana village homestay; Meals: B, D; Hiking: 4-5 h, easy, well-marked paths; Drive: 10 minutes each way.
8.Departure from Zagreb
Transfer to Zagreb airport for your flight home. There might be several group transfers between the destination and airport depending on flight departure time. If you wish to spend some time in Zagreb, our guide(s) will be happy to transfer you to your accommodation in the city.
Meals: B. Drive: 2 h.
For you convenience, different arrival and departure airports should be considered as this packaged starts and ends in different locations. Please see the 'getting there tab for more information' - airport transfers are included in this package.
Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request. Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s). Minimum number of participants: 4 people required per departure date. As you are booking for 2 travellers, you will join others who are booked on to this package for the same dates. If you want a quote for more than 2 people to travel, please contact our customer services on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child discount: Valid for children 8-12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room. Rooms: First two and last two day’s accommodation is in private houses. In Korana village, two rooms may share one bathroom. Solo travellers: Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.
Best of Croatia
Accommodation: Zaton Bay guesthouse;
Ljubuski hotel in Ljubuski
Accommodation: Skradin hotel 3***
Korana village homestay
Nearest Airport: Arrival Transfer from Dubrovnik airport
Other airports: For departure Zagreb airport (approx 2 hours)
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