Rivers by the Sea

escape the everyday life with a perfect blend of adventure
8 days
Skradin town, Croatia
Age 8+
Dates (May -Sept)
Price from 720 euro

Rivers by the Sea

Croatia active trip, a journey through time

This eight day Croatia Active Trip is one of the best adventure holidays there is.  A unique blend of fun, adventure and sightseeing. Every day brings you a new activity and a new and exciting scenery. Thus you will enjoy sea kayaking, cycling, trekking, rafting, and river kayaking. As a result you will visit to two national parks: Krka and Paklenica; four rivers: Krka, Krupa, Zrmanja, and Cetina; one island: Zlarin; one river island: Visovac; and one mountain: Velebit.

It doesn’t get better than this active holiday!

Your base for the Croatia Active Trip will be the little town of Skradin. Located at the very edge of Krka National Park. Skradin is a perfect starting point for outdoor holidays. But, this town will also charm you with its labyrinth of narrow streets and its rich history.

Visit to Skradin is not completed without taking a walk to the medieval fortress that sits above the town and boasts one of the most beautiful views in the Adriatic. Today it is an attractive tourist destination with an authentic stone town core. It’s location is in Central Dalmatia. Within a region known for its long beaches and pine woods.

By the way, did you know Bill Gates said Skradin is his ideal place for summer holiday? He must be onto something.

After a great week or the shorter 5 day version on the Croatia Active trip, you might consider extending your stay. Check out our other trips below, which you can add pre or post your main Croatia Active trip.

Short itinerary:

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 the Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Trekking NP Paklenica
Day 7: Rafting the Cetina River
Day 8: Departure

Highlights of Croatia Active Trip

rivers: Krka, Zrmanja, Krupa, Cetina | national parks: Krka, and Paklenica | town of Skradin | Zlarin island |

Day 1

Arrival to the Destination – Skradin

Your base for the Croatia Active Trip will be the town of Skradin.In the evening we will meet in the hotel lobby for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program.
Meals: D. Van transfer from airport – Split 1.5 hour, Zadar 45 min 
Day 2

Sea kayaking- Island Zlarin, optional visit to Šibenik

Today is a sea kayaking day. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition. Island Zlarin is situated just 2 km (1.24 mi) off the mainland. After paddling along its coast, we will stop in the island village, for lunch and a swimming break. Zlarin fun fact: the only electric cars are allowed on the island.

We round up the day with paddling along the coast of Šibenik bay. We will pass by an impressive fortress and enjoy the view on the medieval town of Šibenik. Before our return to Skradin we can make an optional detour to visit Šibenik and its world famous 16th century cathedral.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own). Kayaking: 4-5 h. Van transfer: 30 min. 

Day 3

Cycling – Krka National Park, Visit Visovac Island

Today we cycle through Krka National Park. Our first stop is the 44 m (144 ft) high Skradinski Buk waterfall on the Krka River. Small waterfalls that surround it make this a beautiful swimming area. After a swimming break, we continue cycling through the park. We will arrive on the shores of Lake Visovac. A boat takes us to the Visovac islet for a visit to a Franciscan monastery and their small museum.

Afterward, we return to the shore where you will have another swimming break. Finally, on our way back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view of the Lake Prokljan.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own). Cycling: 4-5 h, moderate. Van support if needed 

Day 4

River Kayaking – Zrmanja and Krupa

We spend the entire day exploring canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa rivers. Depending on the water levels your watercraft may be a raft, a canoe or a sit-on-top kayak. You will go down the waterfalls and easy rapids, to hidden swimming pools and through steep-sided canyons.

The Zrmanja and Krupa are considered two of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. You will truly enjoy swimming and jumping into their clear, green waters. It doesn't get better than this!
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own). Kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h. Van drive: 45 min. 

Day 5

Optional trip day

Today you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can take one of the organized and guided tours and go hiking, climbing, canyoning, sightseeing or just go to the beach.

You can also stay in Skradin, take a slow lunch or do souvenir shopping. Besides that, you can go to nearby Šibenik and discover its bustling restaurant scene.

Please note: the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx. 50 € per person, payable on site, and all trips depend on weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own) 

Day 6

Trekking – Paklenica National Park, Visit Zadar

If there ever was a morning worth getting up early, this is the one. Today we visit Paklenica National Park. Second oldest national park in Croatia is a famous trekking and rock climbing destination.

The park, which consists of two limestone canyons, is situated on the slopes of Velebit Mountain, Croatia’s longest mountain. Although the park looks very rocky at the beginning, you will soon enjoy walking through the lush and intact forests. Secluded paths will take you to the shepherd huts, small churches and abandoned villages.

In the afternoon we head to the ancient city of Zadar. Stroll down the cobbled streets to the Venetian towers, Roman ruins and medieval churches. Finish your day in Zadar with the visit to its contemporary attraction: world famous Sea Organs are an art installation with underwater pipes that create sound with each wave.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own). Hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2 h. Van drive: 1:15 min. 

Day 7

Rafting - Cetina River, Visit Split or Trogir

Another day, another beautiful Croatian river. Today we drive south to explore the Cetina River. Rafting down the Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners and it is the best way to see the often forgotten parts of Croatia. Rafting by the lush forest, caves and under the waterfalls is also very, very fun. The trip ends at the Radmanove Mlinice restaurant, situated in the old mills, right on the banks of the Cetina River.

After an optional lunch, we continue to Split or Trogir (depending on group wishes). Both Split and Trogir are on the UNESCO heritage list but offer a completely different experience. Split is the second largest, and possibly the coolest, Croatian city. It is a bustling city, with the beautiful seafront promenade. Trogir, on the other hand, will charm you with its relaxed vibe.
Meals: B and D (lunch on your own). Rafting: class II-III, 3 h. Van drive: 1:30 min. 

Day 8


The last day of Croatia Active Trip for some guests means going to the airport and taking the flight back home, while others continue their Croatian vacations. If you are flying home, we will arrange your transfer to the airport. However, if you are staying, our guides will be happy to give you recommendations. Ask them about other places you want to visit and the things you want to do. They will give you great tips that aren’t listed in your guidebook.
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.

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 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


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.

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 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.


  • 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 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible

double890,00 €810,00 €720,00 €
child801,00 €729,00 €648,00 €
single1068,00 €972,00 €864,00 €

**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
Inter. June 6 – 26; August 22 – September 11
Low May 16 – June 5; September 12 – 26

What’s included
  • 7 nights in a double/twin room
  • meals as noted in the itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 7xD=dinner)
  • use of kayaks, bicycles, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days of organized activities
  • neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • NP entrance fees
  • Saturday transfers from/to Split and Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • skilled bi-lingual guide and assistance
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • local taxes
  • insurance
Not included
  • 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

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 rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Questions – Feel free to call us at 00385 91 313 0010, if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you. For further information on FAQ please visit our website

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    casss S
    on 06/23/2014

    Raftrek multi activity week holiday - rivers by the sea
    A wonderful week with our guide Tino looking after everything for us - an exciting activity holiday with just the right amount of challenge for everyone, but without the stress, I didn't think it was possible. River kayaking in the Zrmanja river was the highlight but every day was excellent. We swam in so many waterfalls! Visiting historic towns after activities was a bonus - and the ice creams are amazing! Also all our questions and concerns (since I'd only ever booked package holidays with the big companies before) before booking/arrival were addressed really well and clearly by Marijka and all turned out just as she said. Skradin was a lovely place to stay; Hotel food was delicious though perhaps not enough choice/variety for some.
    Thanks very much Raftrek! We are missing Croatia and Tino already...

    Comment origin: TripAdvisor

    Kiwi T
    on 12/24/2013

    Fantastic tour
    I did the 8 day tour Rivers by the Sea in September 2013. Away on a 5 and half week holiday, this tour was the highlight of my trip. We had a small group of 5 plus our guide as it was the end of the season, and that worked out well. Our guide Branimir was fantastic. He genuinely wanted to share his country with us, and I am sure without him we would have not seen so much. He always had time to talk about Croatia, or chat about where we all came from. The river kayaking and rafting were awesome! Branimir and the other guides on the river were very skilled and knowledgeable. I felt very safe in their capable hands. It was very beautiful kayaking down the river. You didnt have to be an expert in kayaking with such experienced guides. The tour was a good mix. Activity half the day and some sight seeing the rest of the day. I felt I got my moneys worth for sure. Sometimes we would leave at 8.30 am and get back to the hotel about 6.30 or 7 pm. We did have a day free which ended up quite good as I had a chance to look around the lovely little town of Skradin where we were based. I highly recommend Rafttrek, it was a great tour.

    Comment origin: TripAdvisor

    on 09/05/2012

    Everything about this trip was wonderful
    We have just come back from the most amazing holiday in Croatia. All of us, including our 12 and 13 year old children, fell in love with the country and its lovely people (universally friendly and with a great sense of humour!). The first week we stayed in a small, unspoilt fishing village, Novagrad, which was a perfect chill-out place on the coast (well, estuary but it was so big, it could have been the sea) and the second we spent in Skradin (slightly bigger and more geared to tourists but still beautiful with its marble slabs and quaint shops and not a MacD's in sight) where we joined a group for the Rivers by the Sea activity holiday. I chose Raftek over other companies offering similar holidays because of my contact with Branka for whom nothing was too much trouble. She even had to rearrange our holiday for us after I broke my knee and it was all re-booked within a day.

    The Rivers by the Sea trip is a wonderful mix of fun and adventure with enough to challenge even the most sporty people. We loved the effort of the kayaking, for example, mixed with shoring up for lunch in an idyllic place, such as a 'private' pool with a waterfall and 'exhilarating' jumping off rocks into the water opportunities. Everything - cycling, walking in the Krka national park, canyoning (my children's favourite trip), kayaking, sight seeing (love the 'Roman' towns) and generally having a laugh with the others in the party (a great mix of English, Swiss and Polish) was great fun and brilliantly organised.

    Our guides, Borna and Tin, are lovely characters and very skilled at their job. They provided a perfect mix of fun and professionalism, knowledge and organisation. Everything was perfectly timed and there was just enough information to make the activities punctual and safe without making arrangements more complicated than they needed to be. Nothing was too much trouble for them - or Ed, beavering away behind the scenes. The staff at both hotels were great, too. The attitude to Health and Safety was a breath of fresh air. Activities were safe with an acceptable level of risk. We all knew this so we looked out for each other and the guides kept everything in control without prohibiting activites we all knew we could do. Britain! Are you listening??

    Would I recommend this holiday? Would I! I only hope we can go again.

    Comment origin: TripAdvisor

    on 08/01/2012

    Had a great time on this tour
    I did a 7 day tour with Raftrek and found it to be an excellent company and a well organized tour. From the beginning booking with the company was really easy thanks to Branka's great service. The tour guide were funny and well organized. The activities were a great mix of active and relaxing. Food was great and the chef was fantastic, so accommodating to my allergies. Great company and great tour overall.

    Comment origin: TripAdvisor

    on 08/13/2011

    Raftrek - Rivers by the Sea - Multi Activity Week
    We took our two teenage sons on a week’s activity holiday with Raftrek. We were based in a 3-star hotel in Skradin – a lovely little town with the added attraction of huge celebrity yachts and boat trips to the national park. The hotel was very comfortable and gave a friendly service. The Raftrek guides were brilliant – all were a fantastic mix of professionalism, fun, patience, knowledge and competence – exactly what you need when trying activities out of your comfort zone. From the initial booking right through to the end of the holiday, Raftrek were very efficient and well organised.
    The week consisted of cycling, rafting, sea kayaking, river kayaking and a walk to the Skradinski Buk waterfall. All the equipment used was new and in very good condition.
    Raftrek included some visits to local towns in the itinerary which was a great contrast to the activities. Also included are transfers to/from Zadar or Split airports.
    We had a fantastic week with a great group of families and would recommend Raftrek unreservedly. We would happily take another holiday with them in the future.

    Comment origin: TripAdvisor

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