Day 1 - Arrival in Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik and make the transfer to Sipanska Luka, a village at the far end of Sipan Island. This charming and romantic fishing village is located in a beautiful bay surrounded with palm trees. It is a favourite mooring place for sailing yachts! It is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and its landscape, castles, chapels and monasteries are ideally explored by bike or on foot.
After settling into your accommodation you will meet for dinner and a brief introductions where you will get the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday. Spian will be your base for the first 2 nights of the tour.
If you wish to spend more time in Dubrovnik, we recommend that you plan your arrival one day earlier.
Accommodation: Sipan Island guesthouse
Day 2 - Sea kayaking Elaphiti Islands
The Elaphiti Islands are one of the best Croatian archipelagos for sea kayaking. Each island is small and easy to kayak around and also has an interesting and indented coastline offering numerous coves and beaches.
You will paddle out of Luka Sipanska this morning and head west towards Jakljan, Tajan and Olipa islands. All three of these islands are uninhabited and their beaches can only be accessed from a small boat or kayak resulting in a number of secluded beaches and a rich, undisturbed underwater world.
There will be plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling before returning to Luka Sipanska for yet another spectacular sunset.
Accommodation: Sipan Island guesthouse; Meals: Breakfast and lunch; Sea Kayaking: 3-4 h, easy/moderate.
Day 3 - Mostar Visit and Canoeing on the Trebizat River
Today is an early start as you take the first boat back to the mainland and head out to Mostar - the cultural and economic centre of Herzegovina.
The town is over five centuries old and situated between high mountains divided by the Neretva River.
In the afternoon you will drive to Ljubuski and enjoy a trip on the narrow Trebizat River surrounded by lush forests teeming with birds and the stunningly beautiful karst landscape formed by the river over thousands of years.
Tonight’s accommodation is a nice, friendly family-run hotel by the river serving traditional meals and local specialties.
Accommodation: Ljubuski Hotel; Meals: Breakfast and dinner; Canoeing: 1 h, class I-II, easy; Drive: 1 h ferry, 2 h to Mostar, 45 min to the Trebizat.
Day 4 - Rafting on the Cetina River and Split Sightseeing
Today is all about your Cetina River adventure. Clear, green water, jungle like forests, caves and waterfalls will thrill you today and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. The Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners.
After the rafting you continue towards Split and Skradin. In Split you are free to take a walk on its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian's palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century.
Accommodation: Krka River NP Area Hotel 3***; Meals: Breakfast and dinner; Rafting: 3 h, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h30 to the Cetina, 45 min to Split, 1h to Skradin.
Day 5 - Cycling in Krka National Park
Today you will cycle around the Krka River National Park which is famous for its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls.
Your cycling will be on local roads and will take you to the viewpoint over the Visovac Lake where you can see the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy dating from the 15th century.
You will enjoy an excellent traditional Dalmatian prosciutto lunch. After cycling, we return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon and dinner in Skradin on your own.
Accommodation:Krka River NP Area Hotel 3***; Meals: Breakfast and lunch; Cycling: 3-4 h, easy/moderate.
Day 6 - Zrmanja River Kayaking
This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in Velebit Nature Park. Perfectly clear and green waters, rapids and waterfalls, hidden swimming pools and steep sided canyons will steal your heart and make this excursion an unforgettable experience.
No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim. They use open canoes or sit-on-top kayaks for 2 persons with optional child seat. Rafting boats are used during high water season (usually before May and after September, but the water level can vary a lot in spring and in autumn).
After an amazing day on the river, you will return to the vans and drive to Korana village where we will spend last two nights.
Accommodation: Korana village homestay; Meals: Breakfast and dinner; Kayaking: 4 h, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h10 to the Zrmanja River, 2h to Korana village.
Day 7 - Plitvice Lakes National Park Hiking
You will start your day today walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park.
Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. You will enjoy a picnic lunch before a panoramic boat and train ride will take you back to the start.
Later in the afternoon you return to Korana village just in time to enjoy sunbathing by the clear river right in front of your house.
Accommodation: Korana village homestay; Meals: Breakfast and dinner; Hiking: 4-5 h, easy, well marked paths; Drive: 10 minutes each way.
Day 8 - Departure from Zagreb
Transfer to Zagreb airport for your flight home. Please note it takes 2 hours to reach Zagreb, so your flight should depart no earlier than 10 am. Earlier departures can be accommodated.
Meals: Breakfast; Drive: 2 h.