Home based tour around Plitvice

This multi-activity adventure package includes canoeing, hiking and biking in the area around the Plitvice Lakes National Park, an area of breathtaking views and stunning scenery.

The tour includes transfers from Zagreb and Zadar airports and the 7 night/8 day activity package with half board on home stay accommodation.

The tour is offered between May and September and is best accessed from Zagreb airport (transfers included).  Rijeka airport possible with extra surcharge on request.

  • Itinerary & prices - see below
  • Getting here - transfers included from Zagreb and Zadar

  • Day 1 - Saturday - Arrival in Korana village

    Leaving Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village of Korana, located in a picture-perfect riverside setting near Plitvice Park. Here we have a unique opportunity to spend a week with local residents in their private guesthouses.

    After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers.

  • Day 2 - Plitvice Lakes National Park walking

    We start our day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. It's exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife.

    We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in this pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river just in front of your house.

    Walking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well marked paths.

  • Day 3 - Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area

    Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on nearly traffic free roads through forests, between hills and across green fields.

    We will have time for a picnic lunch and time to relax outdoors. In the afternoon we bike back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.

    Cycling: 4 hours; Terrain: rolling hills. (Please note that cycling the entire route may be too difficult for small children, but the support van can pick them up and take them back to the village if they are tired).

  • Day 4 - 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. We 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, we will return to our vans and drive back to Korana village.

    Kayaking: class II-III, 4 hours, easy/moderate; Van drive: 2 hours to the Zrmanja River, 2 hours to Korana village.

  • Day 5 - Optional day trip

    For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday - you are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time.

    The rest of the group continues the trip.

    On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park.

    Several river, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.

  • Day 6 - Una River Rafting

    The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with its beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests.

    The Una is rich in water even in summer so rafting is possible all year round. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels.

    Rafting, 2-3 hours, class I-IV, easy/moderate; Drive: 1 hour each way.

  • Day 7 - Kayaking in the Mrzenica River Canyon

    We return to the river this morning in the upper Mreznica canyon. Our route takes us from the hotel to a point approximately 45 minutes away where we’ll start our expedition into the canyon. We travel with kayaks through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects.

    Paddling past cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we continue to the end point of the kayaking trip.

    After all the activity we will have some free time to visit Rastoke Village where the Slunjcica River creates stunning line of waterfalls before flowing into in to Korana River.

    We return to the village for a farewell dinner. 

    Van ride: 1 hour one way; Rafting: class I-III, 2-3 hours.

    Activity: Kayaking, 2 – 3 hours, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 45 min each way. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats instead of kayaks (2 hours of rafting).


  • Day 8 - Departure

    Depart Korana village 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, we can offer an extension in a city or by the sea - do get in touch and we can make some suggestions

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  • Meet & greet

    Meet & greet No need to struggle with heavy luggage or equipment and no need to take a shuttle bus - Simply drive to the terminal forecourt where you will be met by a uniformed driver who will take all the stress away from you.

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What we like

  • A great combination of activities
  • Bike rental included
  • Family friendly tour

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What we would change

  • Wish there were more regional flights to Zagreb

Whats included

  • 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom)
  • Halfboard
  • Use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days of organized activities
  • Use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
  • Local taxes
  • Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Zadar airport, bus or train station (if your arrivals are after 6pm, there is a transfer supplement of £28)
  • Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • Insurance

The daily program is a combination of canoeing, hiking, rafting and cycling - about 3-5 hours of activities each day, but do note that the schedule is inevitably weather dependent.

Other things to consider

  • International flights
  • Any additional meals
  • Incidentals

Where you stay

  • The accommodation is homestay in Korana Village
  • Single use rooms are available upon request with a 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing.
  • Rooms: please note that the houses in Korana Village have two or three bedrooms, sometimes with two rooms sharing one bathroom.

Half board arrangements

The whole group eats breakfast and dinner together by the river.

When the weather is nice we just set up tables outside by the river. When the weather is bad or it's cold we set up a tent or eat in local restaurants.

MEALS: Breakfasts and dinners are served by the river in Korana village. Do let us know about any dietary requirements as we can provide appropriate meals for: vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free, peanut-free meals, etc. It is not possible to provide high quality kosher and halal meals - sorry

Breakfast - typically continental style and includes cereal, fruit, eggs, pastries, sliced meats, cheese, cream cheese, butter, honey, jam, chocolate spread, yogurt, juice, milk, coffee, tea and cocoa.

Lunch - picnic-style lunch is planned, allowing flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch packages from the local shop.

Dinner - when we eat in Korana village, one menu is proposed each day. If for any reason you can’t or don’t want to eat specialties on the menu for that evening, alternatives can be made.

In Plitvice Lakes region “sarma” (ground meat in cabbage leaves), stuffed peppers, barbecue and trout are popular main dishes.

Trip Notes

  • 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s)
  • Optional trips are not included in price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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