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Clear Rivers Country

... escape everyday life and discover hidden gem in Croatia ...
8 days
Zvecaj, Croatia
8+
Dates (May -Sept)
Price from 670 Euro

Clear Rivers Country

Highlights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, kayaking on the Mreznica River, hotel on the river bank

Get away from the busy everyday life

Clear Rivers Country, multi-activity adventure holiday, will take you along the Mreznica and Una Rivers and through Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will explore this unique area on foot, by bike, on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and from a kayak and 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.

Mreznica river – Emerald gem of Croatia

The Mreznica is considered one of Croatia’s cleanest rivers, with plenty of great places for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. The river is 64 km long and is special for its 93 waterfalls and pools of warm water between them, perfect for refreshment away from beach crowds. Clear green water, unspoiled woods, and magical landscapes make it one of Croatia’s most desirable continental retreats.

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Zvecaj, relaxing, swimming
Day 2: Walking Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 3: Kayaking and SUP Mreznica river
Day 4: Cycling Mreznica area
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Una river rafting
Day 7: Kayaking Mreznica river canyon
Day 8: Departure

 

 

Day 1

Arrival to destination – Zvecaj

Arrival in Croatia. Our guide will be waiting for you at Zagreb or Rijeka airport, bus or train station. If previously arranged, the pickup may be at Karlovac or Zvecaj bus or train station. You will be transferred to your accommodation 70 km from Zagreb in Zvecaj village, by the Mreznica River. After settling into your room, you can have a drink on the terrace overlooking the Mreznica and its waterfalls, walk by the river, go for a swim or just relax. Meet the other members of the group over dinner and discuss the upcoming itinerary with your guide.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: D; Drive: 1h 30min from the airport. 

Day 2

Walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Early in the morning we start our ride through lovely countryside roads towards Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's first National Park. Once at Plitvice, we have the day to explore it on foot. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a spectacular geological and hydrogeological karst phenomenon, a sequence of sixteen turquoise lakes linked together with cascading falls and travertine pools. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. The richness of flora and fauna attracts visitors and scientists from all over the world. UNESCO has declared it with all rights as a World Natural Heritage site. We’ll walk through the National Park following narrow paths, crossing over wooden bridges and even taking a boat ride on Lake Kozjak.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Walking: 4-5 hours; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths; Drive: 1 hour 45 minutes each way 

Day 3

Kayaking and SUP on the Mreznica River

The day of water activities on the Mreznica starts with kayaking in front of the hotel. We use two-person sit-on-top kayaks which are easy and safe to navigate. After a short introduction to paddling, we push off upstream for refreshing fun on the clear, warm and emerald waters of this river with numerous waterfalls. Due to its biological diversity and variety of habitats, the Mreznica area should soon be categorized as a Croatian Nature Park. It is home to many endangered and protected plant and animal species that you may get a chance to observe. These include 4 species of birds from the “red list” of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – the Golden Eagle, the Lesser Spotted Eagle, the Western Capercaillie and the Great White Egret. After a light picnic, we’ll paddle back to the hotel. In the afternoon we will change our kayaks with stand up paddle boards and discover the river bed from a different perspective. Starting with a short introduction you will have an active yet easy afternoon to start off the week. The day will be filled with swimming, jumping off the waterfalls and enjoying beautiful nature. Later in the afternoon we will have some free time to rest and will end the day with a group dinner on the restaurant terrace.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 2-3 hours, class I-II; Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), 2 hours, easy/moderate. In the case of high water levels, we use rafting boats (2 hours of rafting). 

Day 4

Cycling in the Mreznica River area

A well-paced bike tour through villages and along country roads is a great way to experience Croatia much more closely than from a vehicle. There are many trails in the Mreznica area well-adapted for cycling tours. We'll start from the hotel and meander past numerous small family farms and homesteads. There are great places to take breaks along the road and look out over the valleys and fields. You will be able to go for a swim in the river and enjoy a picnic lunch on the bank. Those who still want to explore the area after the tour, are free to cycle to other places of interests on their own, with directions given by the guide.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own) 

Day 5

Optional trip day

For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. The rest of the group continues the trip. Today you can be as active as you wish. You can relax by the river, swim, play beach volleyball or even take another optional bike tour on your own. Several optional trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer: a day on the Adriatic Sea, hiking in national parks, river canoeing, and sightseeing.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own;) Drive: maximum 2h each way 

Day 6

Una River Rafting

The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with its beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. The Una is rich in water even in summer so rafting is possible all year round. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels. In months when water levels are lower (July, August, September) additional Mreznica kayaking trip will be proposed as a substitute to avoid long driving time.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B, L, D; Activity: Rafting, 3-4 hours, class I-IV, easy/moderate; Drive: 2.5 hours each way. 

Day 7

Kayaking in the Mreznica River canyon

We return to the river this morning in the upper Mreznica canyon. Our route takes us from the hotel to a point approximately 45 minutes away from where we’ll start our expedition into the canyon. We travel through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Paddling past cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation, and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we continue and finish the adventure and finally return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: class II-III, moderate, 2 - 3 hours; Drive: 45 min each way. In the case of high water levels, we use rafting boats (2 hours of rafting). 

Day 8

Departure

Depart from Zvecaj Village to Zagreb or Rijeka 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: B; Drive: 1h30min to the airport 

Note on Itinerary:
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are 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.

Group size

Min 4 – max 16 people per group; larger groups are on request. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. In case the minimum number of participants is not met but the guest/s still want to do the trip, the price increases by a percentage depending on the final number of participants.

Skill level

Moderate*** Read more

Accommodation

The accommodation is a friendly, family-run, 3*** hotel on the bank of the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb and Rijeka airports. The restaurant overlooks an old mill close to a small waterfall and serves freshly caught fish, as well as home-grown vegetables. Barbecues are also a specialty of the house. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, TV, mini bar, telephone and have Internet access.

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. Early arrivals / Extended stay notes – we include two transfers with each trip. These are usually the transfers on the first and the last day of the trip. In case you are arriving a few days earlier or extending your stay in Croatia after your trip with us, we can provide additional airport transfers.

Arrival transfers: Arrivals are recommended by 3 pm. Transfers for arrivals by 6 pm are included, but you may miss group dinner and orientation. Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to a surcharge for transfers or overnight on land.

Departure transfers: Drop off is possible in Zagreb or Rijeka. Airport drop off can also be arranged but we advise flights after 2 pm.

Meals

Meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, bread and pastries, pasta 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.

Prices

  • All prices are per person in EUR
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s)
  • Children discount 10%, 8-12 years of age at the time of travel
  • Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible.

 HIGHINTERMEDIATELOW
ADULT840,00 €760,00 €670,00 €
CHILD756,00 €684,00 €603,00 €
SINGLE1008,00 €912,00 €804,00 €

**NOTE: The prices are fixed in euros. This conversion is for comparison purposes only. The exact price in dollars or pounds is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank.

Departure seasons

High: June 27 – August 21
Intermediate: June 6 – 26; August 22 – September 11
Low: May 16 – June 5; September 12 – 26

What’s included
  • 7 nights accommodation (3*** hotel, en suite bathroom)
  • half board
  • use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, SUP, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days of organized activities
  • use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
  • local taxes
  • Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Rijeka airport, bus or train station
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • basic insurance
Not included
  •  international airfare to/from Croatia
  • optional trip on day 5
  • items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary

Cancelation made by Raftrek

In the unlikely case of extreme weather conditions, Raftrek Adventure Travel will reschedule the activity for a day or two prior or after the date booked, if possible. If the rescheduling is not possible, the payments will be refunded in full. Read more –  Terms & conditions.

Staff & Experts

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. 

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 rainwear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Questions – Feel free to call us at 00385913130010, if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you. For further information on FAQ please visit our website www.raftrek.com

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