Krka River Weekend Escape

unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary
Raftrek Adventure Travel / Krka River Weekend Escape
5 days
Skradin town, Croatia
Age 8+
Dates (May -Sept)
Price from 590 euro

Krka River Weekend Escape

Unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary

Krka River Weekend Escape is based in the beautiful little town Skradin. Our base is great for this short active holiday, it is a unique little town hidden in the Krka River estuary. Skradin town is only 80 kilometers from Split, on the very edge of the national park. This small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and a marina. Above all, in friendly atmosphere.

National Park Krka River Short active holiday

The trip consists of everyday activities including kayaking and cycling. There is hardly a better way to get around the National Park Krka River area, than cycling. This biking route will lead us through Croatian history while enjoying a landscape of forests, hills and monuments. As for the kayaking day we will take you to the beautiful Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. Both rivers have a spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls, also they have perfectly clear warm water for swimming. After you paddled through rapids, went down waterfalls and witnessed the beauty of nature at its fullest, you will spend your well deserved afternoon in a relaxing ambiance of Sibenik old town.

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Skradin
Day 2: Zlarin Sea kayaking
Day 3: Cycling Krka River National Park
Day 4: Zrmanja river kayaking
Day 5: Departure

Day 1

Arrival to destination – Skradin town

Upon your arrival to Croatia, 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 breath-taking 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 viewpoint 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 ice-cream.

Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1 hour 

Day 2

Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik

The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, a little village close to Šibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometers from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island, we come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. We slowly finish up our day by paddling along the island and the beautiful Šibenik coastline. We have the view of its remarkable fortress at the very entrance to the town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking on the Adriatic Sea and before our return to Skradin, we can make an optional detour to visit Šibenik town for an inspirational experience of the town. An ancient town with a lively Mediterranean spirit and its breath-taking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); kayaking: 4 -5 h;  

Day 3

Cycling day in NP Krka River and visiting Visovac Island

Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall and visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, 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 hydroelectric power plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing and taking breath-taking pictures, we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. After this relaxing first part, we continue our cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the Krka River National Park. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the park than cycling. This biking route will lead you through Croatian history all the while 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 a Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing in the monastery and the museum, the boat will bring us back to the shore where we’ll have a beach break for our picnic lunch. On our way back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view of the Prokljan Lake.

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); cycling: 4-5 h, moderate - van support if needed 

Day 4

Kayaking on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers

Early in the morning we drive towards a little village called Kaštel Žegarski and start our expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be a 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!

Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: B and D (picnic on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class I/II rapids, 3-4 h 

Day 5


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 guidebooks.

Meals: B; Van drive from airport: Split 1 hour, Zadar 1 hour 

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 to explore nearby national parks and other sites of interest in Sibenik-Knin County. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, all 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
  • Single-use rooms are available upon request, with a 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible
  • *1 child enjoying discount shares parents’ room, 2 or more children can have their own room

double690,00 €650,00 €590,00 €
child621,00 €585,00 €531,00 €
single828,00 €780,00 €708,00 €

**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 Season: June 19th – Sep 10th
Intermediate: June 5th – 18th; Sep 11th – 24th
Low Season: April 24th – June 4th; Sep 25th – Oct 16th

What’s included
  • 4 nights in a double/twin room
  • meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner)
  • use of bicycles, kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 3 days organized activities
  • neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • park entrance fees
  • Saturday transfers from/to Split or Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • skilled guide and assistance
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • local taxes
Not included
  • international airfare to/from Croatia
  • beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)


    Book this tour