|Scandi Raftrek Aktiv
Trip name: Rivers by the Sea – 8 day trip
Activities: rafting, river kayaking, trekking, cycling and swimming
Activity level: easy/moderate
Accommodation: 3*** Hotel Skradinski Buk, Skradin at NP Krka River
HIGHLIGHTS: National Park Krka River, ancient Diocletian’s palace in Split – UNESCO site, Cetina and Zrmanja river Canyons and traditional Croatian cuisine
Day 1: Arrival to destination - Skradin
Day 2: Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik
Day 3: Cycling National Park Krka (Skradinski Buk and Visovac Island)
Day 4: Canoeing on the Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day (Kornati Island boat ride, canyoning or scuba diving)
Day 6: Trekking NP Paklenica, visit to Zadar
Day 7: Rafting on the Cetina River, visit Split or Trogir UNESCO site
Day 8: Departure
1. Short description:
Skradin is a unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary, 80 kilometers from Split, on the very edge of the national park. The small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and marina - all in friendly atmosphere. The trip consists of everyday activities including rafting, kayaking, hiking and cycling. Afternoons will be spent in relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split or Trogir art treasures - both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This activity program is a well-balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture. Your days will be filled with hiking up the waterfalls and across narrow streams, touring lakes in a canoe, kayaking down most beautiful sceneries and through rapids of exotic river canyons, rafting through jungle-like forests and exploring caves…
3. Activity level:
Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Our 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. There’s mostly the option of jumping in the support van if you’re tired while cycling.
4. Group size:
Min 4 – max 16 per group; larger groups are on request.NOTE: if the departure has less than 4 person signed up and the clients still want to do the trip rather than cancel we charge 20% extra
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 to explore nearby national parks and other sites of interest in Šibenik-Knin County. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone and bathroom.
6. Departure calendar:
|Departure dates 2019|
Other dates on request
|Activities day 1: Arrival to destination – Skradin town|
Arrive to Croatia and 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. Find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer or gelato.
Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 1 hour
|Activities day 2: Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik|
The sea kayaking day starts at the camp Solaris. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometers from the mainland. Paddling along the coast of the island we come to the town of Zlarin. It is the perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. We slowly finish up our day with paddling along the island and the beautiful Šibenik coastline. We have the view of its remarkable fortress on the very entrance to town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking in the Adriatic Sea returning to Skradin we can make on optional detour to visit Šibenik town for another inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); kayaking: 4 h;
|Activities day 3: Cycling day in National Park Krka River and visiting Visovac Island|
Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall visiting one of Croatia’s most popular national parks’s 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 hydro plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing and taking breathtaking pictures we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. Afterr this relxing first part we continue our cycling day exploring the countryside surrounding National Park Krka River. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the National Park Krka River then cycling. This biking route will lead you thru Croatian history 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 Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and museum the boat will bring us back to the shore where we’ll have a beach break for our picnic lunch. Continuing back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over the Prokljan Lake.
Meals: B and D (picnic on your own); cycling: 3-4 h, moderate - van support if needed
|Activities day 4: Canoeing on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers|
Early in the morning we drive towards a little village of 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 it doesn't get better than this!
Meals: B and D (picnic on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class I/II rapids, 3-4 h
|Activities day 5: Optional trip day|
On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can relax by the river, swim, play beach volleyball or even take another optional bike tour on your own. 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 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 (picnic lunch on your own)
|Activities day 6: Trekking in the National Park Paklenica and sightseeing Zadar town|
If there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into National Park Paklenica, 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 south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The 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 Paklenica Park we continue our journey to visit Zadar, 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 it.
Meals: B (picnic lunch and D on your own); Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 hours; Sightseeing Zadar: 2h
|Activities day 7: Rafting on the Cetina River and visit Split town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site|
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 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 we will visit 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. (Group depending decision)
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Van drive: 1h30; rafting: class II-III, 3 hours;
|Activities day 8: Departure|
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.
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.
- All prices are per person in EUR.
- Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
- Children discount is valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. 1 child enjoying discount shares parents’ room, 2 or more children can have their own room.
- Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible.
- Air Travel: Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
- Meals: The meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, 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 favorite protein snacks.
- 7 nights in double/twin room
- Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast and D=dinner)
- Use of kayaks, bicycles, paddles, life jackets, helmets
- 5 days organized activities Neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
- Park entrance fees
- Saturday transfers from Split and Zadar airport, bus or train station
- Skilled bi-lingual guide and assistance
- Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
- Local taxes
- International airfare to/from Croatia;
- Alcoholic beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
- Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s).
- Optional trip on day 5, but it can be booked and paid on spot.
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.
Questions - Feel free to call us at +45 60 14 16 16; if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you.
|PRICES & DATES|
|29. June - 23. August||€ 979,00|
|08. June - 28. June og 24. August - 13. Sept||€ 905,00|
|11. May - 07. June og 14. Sept - 28. Sept||€ 805,00
Single rooms, 20% supplement