Rivers by the Sea

perfect bound of adventure and culture by escaping the ordinary
8 days
Skradin town, Croatia
Age 8+
Dates (May -Sept)
Price from 720 euro

Rivers by the Sea

It doesn’t get better than this active holiday!

Croatia active trip Rivers by the Sea is a well-balanced mixture of activities.  It includes rafting on the Cetina River and kayaking down the Zrmanja River. Also trekking in the Paklenica National Park and cycling in the Krka River National Park. While trekking and cycling you will pass next to the most beautiful sceneries of karst formations. Kayaking down rapids of exotic river canyons and rafting through jungle-like forests will offer impressive sights as well as refreshment.

Croatia active trip, a journey through time

This great Croatia active trip, is based in a small picturesque town of Skradin. It is a unique town on the very edge of the Krka River National Park. The town is famous for its turbulent, 6000 years old past. It is one of the oldest Croatian towns. Which has begun writing its history since the time of the Illyrians. It received its name during the Roman rule, Scardona. After the Roman Scardona had been ruined and robbed to the very foundations. Therefore the Croats rebuilt the town. And named it Skradin. 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.

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 on the Zrmanja River
Day 5: Optional trip day
Day 6: Trekking NP Paklenica
Day 7: Rafting on Cetina River
Day 8: 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 sightseeing point 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.

Meals: D; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min, or Zadar 45 min 

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 with 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 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 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!

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h 

Day 5

Optional trip day

On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.

(Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx. 50€ per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.)

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own) 

Day 6

Trekking in the NP Paklenica and sightseeing Zadar town

If there ever was a morning worth getting up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking, and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit, and the broader surrounding area. This relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in the summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills, and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing our fabulous day in the NP Paklenica, we continue our journey to visit Zadar, a beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years, Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing.

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2 h 

Day 7

Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town

We drive south towards a little village near Omiš where our adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear green water, jungle-like forests, caves, and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. The trip ends at Radman Mills, a national restaurant in a beautiful setting of old mills once powered by the waters of the Cetina River. After an optional lunch, we continue to Split or Trogir (depending on group decision). In Split you are free to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century, or Trogir, another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience.

Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1h30; rafting: class II-III, 3 h;  

Day 8


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 1:30 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 Dubrovnik 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 29 – August 23
Inter. June 8 – 28; August 24- September 13
Low May 18 – June 7; September 14 – 27

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 0038516521666, 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.

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    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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