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Rivers by the Sea

The best of both worlds
8 days
Skradin town, Croatia
Age 8+
Dates (May - Oct)
Price from 1090 euro

Rivers by the Sea

It doesn’t get better than this active holiday!

Rivers by the Sea is a balanced mix of multisport adventure and sailing leisure, offering the best of what Croatia has to offer.

The first half of this tour is based in the small, picturesque town of Skradin. Skradin is famous for its vicinity to numerous attractive locations such as the Krka River National Park, Velebit Nature Park, and the Sibenik archipelago. Each day’s activity takes us on an adventure in one of those locations where you can enjoy an active holiday of sea kayaking, river kayaking, cycling, walking, and sightseeing. With its laid-back atmosphere, authentic architecture, and preserved stone core Skradin is in itself an attractive location to discover and enjoy in your free time.

One adventure – two experiences

In the second part of this tour, we remain active while having plenty of time for leisure and the joys of the sea, sun, and sailing. Characterized by peacefulness and incredible beauty the Sibenik archipelago and the Kornati National Park are among the most popular sailing destinations in Croatia. If you like being active, enjoy kayaking to hidden beaches and coves, or just stick by the boat snorkeling, SUP, and swimming. Keep an eye out for friendly dolphins, tuna, and sea turtles which occasionally escort us while we sail. In the evenings we dock or anchor in quiet bays where we visit traditional taverns with exquisite local food.

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Skradin
Day 2: Sea kayak Zlarin / optional visit Sibenik
Day 3: Skradin cycling / Krka National park walking tour
Day 4: Zrmanja River kayaking
Day 5: Boarding the boat / sailing to Kaprije
Day 6: Sailing Kornati National park / kayaking and hiking
Day 7: Sailing to Zlarin
Day 8: Return to Skradin / departure

Highlights of Croatia Active Trip

rivers: Krka, Zrmanja, Krupa | national parks: Krka and Kornati | nature park: Velebit | towns: Skradin and Sibenik | Sibenik archipelago

Day 1

Arrival to the Destination – Skradin

Upon your arrival in Croatia, we will transfer you to Skradin and accommodate you in the Skradinski Buk hotel. After settling into your room, get ready for a welcome dinner with your guide and an introduction to the week's itinerary. After dinner, you are free to enjoy an evening walk around Skradin.
Accommodation: Hotel***; Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1h:30 min or Zadar 45 min 
Day 2

Sea kayaking to Zlarin island and an optional visit to Šibenik

We sea kayak from the mainland over to Zlarin island, getting a great view of the UNESCO world heritage site – St. Nicolas fortress – as we paddle. We stop for a swimming break in one of Zlarin’s many beautiful bays and we visit the picturesque village of Zlarin for a break and an optional lunch before heading back to the mainland.

After kayaking, we visit Šibenik town and take a walk through the old town’s labyrinth of streets, discovering sites of great cultural and historic importance. Make sure to stop and admire the most important Renaissance monument in the entire country – the cathedral of Saint James – the second UNESCO world heritage site of the day.
Accommodation: Hotel***; Meals: B and D; Kayaking 4-5 h; Van transfer: 30 min one way  

Day 3

Cycling around the Skradin area and Krka National park walking tour

There is no better way to discover the area around Skradin than by cycling. The route takes us through the surrounding nature and villages rich with history. Our first stop is lake Visovac where a small boat takes us to the Franciscan monastery situated on an islet in the middle of the lake. Visit the monastery and take a walk through the beautiful park kept by monks.

Once back on the mainland, enjoy a swim in the lake and cycle back to Skradin for a lunch break. In the afternoon we hop back on our bikes and cycle to the heart of the Krka national park where we take a walking tour through a beautiful landscape full of natural and cultural wonders.
Accommodation: Hotel***; Meals: B and D; Cycling 4-5 h  

Day 4

River kayaking down Zrmanja river

We spend the day exploring the canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa rivers – true gems of the Velebit nature park. We kayak down the Zrmanja river and enjoy the crystal-clear waters and a bounty of local flora and fauna.

About mid-way down the river we take a detour into the Krupa river and stop in a beautiful secret location. Here we rest, eat our snacks, and have a swimming break. We continue down the exciting second part of the river, going through multiple rapids and an occasional waterfall.
Accommodation: Hotel***; Meals: B and D; Kayaking 4-5 h; Van transfer: 1h one way 

Day 5

Boarding the boat and sailing to Kaprije

As we will be visiting remote islands, some of which may not have working shops or cash machines, the day begins with preparations for the sailing tour. You are advised to buy 3 days-worth of picnic-style lunches to take with you, as well as spending money.

We sail out to Prvic Island for an inspirational walk around this tiny island with no cars. We sail further on towards Kaprije Island for the night and anchor in one of the beautiful bays for a swim and dinner in one of the best taverns in the area.
Accommodation: Catamaran; Meals: B 

Day 6

Sailing through the Kornati National Park, kayaking, and hiking

We sail to Kornati National Park where we explore its many islands, islets, and reefs. For a more close-up experience of the sea and its wildlife, we leave our boat and we kayak through the places we want to explore further. Using a smaller vessel, we can access all the beautiful and secluded beaches and coves otherwise inaccessible by boat.

In the afternoon we anchor in a bay of Smokvica Island for dinner and a hike to the top of the island where we have a magnificent view of the sunset over the archipelago. We finish off the evening with dinner in a wonderful local tavern.
Accommodation: Catamaran; Meals: B 

Day 7

Sailing to Zlarin

Our island hopping and sailing adventure continues and we spend the first part of the day sailing towards Zirje Island. We swim, SUP and snorkel in great locations, and in the late afternoon, we sail on towards Zlarin Island where we anchor in a quiet bay for the night. Spend a pleasant evening walking in the serene ambiance of the village, tasting local food and wine.
Accommodation: Catamaran; Meals: B 
Day 8

Return to Skradin and departure

We leave Zlarin Island early in the morning and return to Skradin where we say our goodbyes.
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 guidebooks.
Meals: B. Van drive to 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.

Group size

Min 4 – max 8 people per group; larger groups are on request. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is 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

Skradinski Buk Hotel*** is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the beach. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone and bathroom.
Our yacht is a Nautitech 44 catamaran with two double and two triple rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The catamaran has beds for up to 10 passengers with a lot of deck space, comfort, and great sailing performance.

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.

Meals

Hotel:
Breakfast – buffet style
Dinner – daily choice between 3 different menus

Catamaran:
Breakfast – buffet style

Note:
● Meals suited to certain dietary requirements will be provided upon request with prior notice.
● It is advised to bring shop-bought picnic-style lunches on board the catamaran
● Excellent local restaurants will be available for dinner and your skipper will be happy to give you suggestions and make reservations.
● Optional lunches and lunches on own – cca 25 euros per person
● Dinners while sailing in the Kornati archipelago are on own – cca 35 euros per person

Prices

  • All prices are per person in EUR
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s)
  • Children discount is valid for children 8-12 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 surcharge.

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double1.190,00€1.140,00€1.090,00€
child1.071,00 €1.026,00 €981,00 €
single1.428,00 €1.368,00 €1.308,00 €

**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 19th – September 10th
Inter: June 5th – 18th; September 11th – 24th
Low: April 24th – June 4th; September 25th – October 16th

What’s included
  • 4 nights in the hotel (single or double room)
  • 3 nights on the catamaran (cabin with en-suite bathroom)
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Organized activities
  • All equipment necessary for organized activities
  • Local taxes, permits and marina fees
  • Yacht skipper and guide/assistance
  • Insurance
Not included
  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Kornati Island National Park entrance fee (charged on spot)
  • Transfers from/to Split, Zadar airport or harbor (upon request)
  • Beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)

 

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