Central Dalmatia Multi-Activity Holiday

About Central Dalmatia Multi-Activity Holiday

Summary

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

Activity code: CRHK08

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 "Rivers by the Sea" is a well-balanced mixture of activities. It includes rafting on the Cetina River, kayaking down the Zrmanja River, trekking in the Paklenica National Park and cycling in the Krka River National Park. Whilst trekking and cycling you will pass next to the most beautiful sceneries of karst formations. Kayaking down rapids of exotic river canyons and rafting through jungle-like forests will offer impressive sights as well as refreshment. This great Croatia active holiday is based in a small picturesque town of Skradin. It is a unique town on the very edge of the Krka River National Park. The town is famous for its turbulent, 6000 years old past. It is one of the oldest Croatian towns which has begun writing its history since the time of the Illyrians. It 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 tourist destination with an authentic stone town core. In its vicinity there are numerous attractive sites: Skradinski and Roski waterfall, as well as a small island of Visovac with a Franciscan monastery. It is located in Central Dalmatia, a region known for its long beaches and pine woods.

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 at Zlarin Island
Day 3: Cycling in Krka National Park
Day 4: Kayaking on the Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Trekking in Paklenica NP
Day 7: Rafting on 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 2019

  • May 11th, 18th, 25th
  • June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • Other dates (including 2020) on request

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (7x breakfast, 7x dinner)
  • 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
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zadar (or Split) Airport
  • 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 - 8 to 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: 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 the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. It was once the capital of the
    Roman Liburnia and the most important war harbor 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. 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.

    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. There is a view of its remarkable fortress at the very entrance
    to the town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking on the Adriatic Sea and before your return to
    Skradin, you 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: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)

    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 44-meters 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 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, you can take a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. After
    this relaxing first part, continue your 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 cycle route will lead you through Croatian history all the while enjoying the landscape of forests and hills, including cycling to the shores of Visovac Lake where the boat will take you to Visovac Island and a Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing at the monastery and the museum, the boat will bring you back to the shore where there's a beach break for a picnic lunch. On your way back to Skradin you get a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over the Prokljan Lake.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)

    Activity: Cycling, 4-5 hours

    Difficulty Level: Moderate (van support if needed!)

  • Day 4: Kayaking on 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 of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. 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 on your own)

    Transport: approx. 45 min each way

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

  • Day 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 € 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 on your own)

  • 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. 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, burning for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing this fabulous day in the NP Paklenica, continue your 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 walks of life; it is really worth seeing and experiencing.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)

    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

    Today's activity begins with a drive south towards a little 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. 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 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 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.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)

    Transport: 1hour 30mins

    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 1hr 30 mins or Zadar 45 mins

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