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

The first half of this sailing adventure in Croatia 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 kayaking, cycling, hiking, 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.

Sailing adventure in Croatia

In the second part of the Rivers to the Sea tour, we remain active while having plenty of time for leisure and the joys of the sea, sun, and sailing. Characterised 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 snorkelling, 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.


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; Van drive from airport: Split 1h:30 min or Zadar 45 min 


DAY 2 – Trekking Paklenica National Park

If there was ever a morning worth getting up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into the most famous national park in Croatia for trekking and rock climbing. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica. Their distinctive canyons are carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit. This relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity.

The historical fact is that many people stayed in mountain residences, which reflects in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings. Mountain residence often interacts with nature, doing anything from climbing a rock wall to navigating across a mountain or an entire mountain range.

Accommodation: hotel; Trekking 4-5 hours; Van transfer: 1h:20 min one way  


DAY 3 – 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; Kayaking 4-5 h; Van transfer: 1h one way 


DAY 4 – 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; Cycling 4-5 hours


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


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 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


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


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.

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.


What’s included

  • 7 nights in a double/twin room
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • 6 days of organized activities
  • Use of equipment necessary for organized activities
  • Saturday transfers from/to Split and Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • Skilled guide and assistance
  • Private transport throughout
  • Local taxes
  • Insurance

Not included

  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics
  • Items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)

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.


  • Skradinski Buk hotel***
  • Hotel Maestral***
  • Guesthouse Gulin Kaprije

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. Please note that pick-ups after 18h on arrival day are charged 30€ per person. 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.



  • Breakfast – buffet style
  • Dinner – daily choice between 3 different menus


  • Breakfast – buffet style
  • Dinner – local, homemade food


  • Meals suited to certain dietary requirements will be provided upon request with prior notice.
  • Shops in the area are basic
  • Optional lunches and lunches on own – app. 25 euro per person

Rough examples of local costs for guidance:

  • Coffee/tea  €2-3
  • Juice  €2-3
  • Food for picnic lunch  €7-10
  • Local beer 0.5l  €3
  • Local Bottle of wine  €10-15
  • Meal in a local restaurant  €20-50


All prices are per person in EUR

Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by parent(s)

Children discount does not apply

Single-use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible