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Skradin Zaton Zadar - Kayak Hike Canoe Raft

Skradin is a unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary, 80 kilometers from the Split airport, on the very edge of the national park. The small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and marina – all in friendly atmosphere and it is absolutely NOT a typical tourist-hotel resort.


This activity program is a well balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture. Your days will be filled with hiking up the waterfalls and across narrow streams, touring lakes in a canoe, kayaking around fishermen islands and through rapids of exotic river canyons, rafting through jungle-like forests and exploring caves… Afternoons and evenings will be spent in relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman emperor Diocletian Palace in Split and Trogir art treasures – both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Kayaking, rafting, bicycling and sea kayaking are pleasant ways of travel through pristine and remote areas They are suitable for all ages and even absolute beginners. The sea, lakes and rivers are safe and friendly – water temperatures are pleasant in summer and they are not dangerous or physically demanding.


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Saturday: Arrival in Skradin (nearest international airports are Zadar and Split) and check in the Skradinski Buk hotel. Get-together dinner and presentation of the program will be followed by the evening walk around the town and its pubs – a chance to find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer or ice cream.


Day 2: Kayak trip on the Krka River and Prokljan Lake towards Zaton. There will be time to enjoy beach and practice kayak skills to prepare you for the more challenging rivers that you will explore in the next few days. The water here is brackish – mixed fresh and saltwater, which is the reason for abundant life under the surface. Some of it – like the eel – is a favorite gourmet specialty.

Day 3: A trip to romantic Vrgada Island for sea kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. This island at the doorstep of Kornati Islands National Park has no cars or hotels. It has, however, many cats, lovely coves and the most beautiful beach in the area; fishing and farming has always been and still are its way of life. In the evening we shall visit Sibenik, ancient town with lively Mediterranean night life.

Day 4: Whole day boat and walk tour of Krka River National Park. A longer hike will take you up the river to the magnificent 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfalls. You will continue by motor boat to the island Visovac to visit the Franciscan (Catholic) monastery. A shorter walk will take place on Roski waterfall around its numerous mills, streams and cascades. There will be time for lunch and a swim. Optionally one can continue by boat to visit St. Archangel (Orthodox) monastery in the upper canyon of the river. Both the upper canyon and the lake are abundant with wildlife, particularly birds – more than 200 different species.

Day 5: Zrmanja and Krupa rivers canoe safari, a full day trip including canoeing down easy rapids in magnificent canyon and swimming under wonderful waterfalls. If the water level is high (usually in spring and autumn) it will be a rafting trip because the rapids can then become too challenging for beginner kayakers. After the river trip and a picnic you will walk through the old town of Zadar, enjoy a drink on a promenade while listening to the sounds of the famous sea organ.

Day 6: Today we will head south to the Cetina River for a rafting trip that will thrill you with clear water, jungle-like forests, caves and waterfalls rather then big rapids. The river is grade 3 – 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 lunch we continue to Split to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian palace, built in the 4th century. Time permitting we will also visit Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage site – an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, works of art and warm ambience.

Day 7: A day to relax on a beach or take an optional excursion - biking trip around the park or a boat trip to Kornati Islands National Park, hiking trip to Paklenica National Park or just go  souvenir shopping in nearby Sibenik before the farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest and similar. Finest of Croatia guides and trip leaders will do their best to provide the best possible but safe experience for their clints. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk that may be caused by extensive heat or cold, stormy weather or heavy traffic and similar. Finest of Croatia reserves the right to alternate program without prior notice.

Departure dates 2008
JUN
-
7
14
21
28
JUL
-
5
12
19
26
AUG
2
9
16
23
30
SEP
-
6
13
20
27
Other dates on request

Adventure Travel-Prices 2008
Double rooms, half-board
EUR GBP US$
High season
630,00 438,00 912,00
Intermediate season
595,00 414,00 861,00
Low season
494,00
344,00
715,00
Children 8-14 years, 10% reduction
High season
567,00
395,00
621,00
Intermediate season
535,50 373,00 775,00
Low season
444,60
309,00
644,00
Single rooms, 20% supplement
High season
756,00 526,00 1.094,00
Intermediate season
714,00 497,00 1.033,00
Low season
592,80
412,00
858,00
High season - July 12 - August 29
Intermediate season - June 14 - July 11, August 30 - September 19
Low season -
May 10 - June 13, September 20 - October 4

All rates stated in the Tariff are in EUR based on exchange rates at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
  • Maximum number of participants: 16 pax per group. Larger groups on request.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Children discount is valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. 1 child enjoying discount shares parents’ room, 2 or more children can have their own room.
  • Optional trip on day 7 is NOT included in price and can be booked and paid on spot.

Prices include:

  • 7 nights in double rooms (with en suite bathroom)
  • 2 meals per day (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8)
  • 5 days organized activities
  • neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • Krka River National Park entrance fee
  • local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday transfers from Zadar or Split airport
  • tour leader, river guides and assistance
 
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