Rivers by the Sea multi-activity

This multi-activity tour is an accessible activity tour offering rafting, hiking, swimming and cycling between June and September and is best accessed from Split or Zadar airport (transfers included).

This holiday is a well balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture. It is based in Skradin, a unique town on the very edge of Krka River National Park. Your days will be filled a range of activities in and around the area where the Krka River enters the Adriatic Sea.

Afternoons and evenings will be spent in the relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split and Trogir art treasures – both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Itinerary & prices - see below
  • Getting here - transfers included from Split or Zadar

  • Day 1- Arrival to destination – Skradin town

    Arrive in Split (or Zadar) and 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 Krka River.

    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 breathtaking 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.

    Your guides will meet you 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 cafes.

  • Day 2 - Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik

    The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, 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 on the very entrance to town.

    After a beautiful day of sea kayaking in the Adriatic Sea we can make on optional detour to visit Šibenik town for an inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.

    Sea kayaking: 4 -5 h, easy/moderate

  • Day 3 - Cycling day in Krka River National Park and visiting Visovac Island

    Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall to visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, Krka River.

    The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. After walking, sightseeing and 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.

    This biking route will lead you through Croatian history enjoying the landscape of forests and hills. We will bike to the shores of Lake Visovac where the boat will take us to Visovac Island and Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and the museum the boat will bring us back to the shore.

    Continuing back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over Lake Prokljan. This great day ends with a taste of real Croatian pizza.

    Cycling: 4-5 h, moderate – van support if needed.

  • Day 4 - Kayaking on the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers

    Early in the morning we drive towards the little village of Kaštel Žegarski and start our expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers.

    The watercraft may be raft, canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending on the water level. 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!

    Kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h, moderate; Drive:45 min each way.

  • 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 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.

  • Day 6 - Trekking in Paklenica National Park and sightseeing Zadar town

    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 south slopes of Velebit Mountain and the broader surrounding area.

    The 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 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 Paklenica NP we continue our journey to visit Zadar, 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 it.

    You are free to enjoy dinner on your own.

    Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2h

  • Day 7 - Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town

    We drive south towards the 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. The 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 (group depending 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.

    We will stay in town for our farewell dinner.

    Rafting: class II-III, 3 h; Drive: 1h30 each way.

  • Day 8 - Departure

    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, 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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  • Holidays Insurance

    Compulsory when traveling - ensure you have travel insurance ...there are many policies available and many search options to find policies - see our multi-activity policy that covers our activities

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What we like

  • Good standard of accommodation in a beautiful setting
  • A wonderful experience for water lovers
  • A varied tour

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Whats included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 6xD=dinner)
  • Use of kayaks, bicycles, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days organized activities
  • Neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • NP entrance fees
  • Saturday transfers from Split and Zadar airport, bus or train station (if your arrivals are after 6pm, there is a transfer supplement of £28)
  • English speaking guide and assistance
  • Ground transportation (private transport throughout)

Other things to consider

  • International airfare to/from Croatia;
  • Drinks 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 - can be agreed locally

Other Details

  • Prices based on 2 sharing a room
  • Child reductions for ages 8 - 12
  • Single supplement is 20% - do email for availability

Trip notes

  • Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked and paid on the 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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