Day 1: Arrival to destination - Skradin
Day 2: Sea kayaking Zlarin Island
Day 3: Cycling Krka National Park (Skradinski Buk and Visovac Island)
Day 4: Kayaking on the Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Trekking NP Paklenica
Day 7: Rafting on Cetina River
Day 8: Departure
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 the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. It was once the capital of the 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 breath-taking 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. 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 the town and its pubs. Find out which is your favourite Croatian wine, beer or ice-cream.
Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min
2. Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Sibenik
The sea kayaking day starts from Zablace, a little village close to Sibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometres from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island, we come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. We slowly finish up our day with paddling along the island and the beautiful Sibenik coastline. We have the view of its remarkable fortress on the very entrance to the town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking on the Adriatic Sea and before our return to Skradin, we can make an optional detour to visit Sibenik town for an inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breath-taking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); kayaking: 4 -5 h;
3. Cycling day in NP Krka River and visiting Visovac Island
Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall and visit one of CroatiaÂ 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 second hydroelectric power plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing and taking breath-taking pictures, we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. Ã‚Â After this relaxing first part, we continue our cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the Krka River National Park. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the park than cycling. This biking route will lead you through Croatian history all the while enjoying the landscape of forests and hills. We will bike to the shores of Visovac Lake where the boat will take us to Visovac Island and a Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and the museum, the boat will bring us back to the shore where we'll have a beach break for our picnic lunch. On our way back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over the Prokljan Lake.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); cycling: 4-5 h, moderate - van support if needed
4. Kayaking on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers
Early in the morning we drive towards a little village called Kastel Zegarski and start our expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be raft, canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending upon the river conditions. 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, steep sided canyons.Â It doesn't get better than this!
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h
5. Optional trip day
On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
(Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx. 50 EURÂ per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.)
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own)
6. Trekking in the NP Paklenica and sightseeing Zadar town
If there ever was a morning worth getting up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. 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. This relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by 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. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called "paklina", which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing our fabulous day in the NP Paklenica, we continue our journey to visit Zadar, a beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years, Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2 h
7. Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town
We drive south towards a little 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. Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. 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 we continue to Split or Trogir (depending on group decision). In Split you are free to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor DiocletianÂ palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century, or Trogir, another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1h30; rafting: class II-III, 3 h;
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 from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min
Note on Itinerary:
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek 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. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
The 3* hotel Skradinski Buk is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat 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.