Multi activity holiday in Croatia

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Multi activity holiday in Croatia

Environment

On our trips we bike on pawed roads only, walk and hike on bitten paths and admonish our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals. In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper. Most of all, we ensure that negative environmental impacts are drawn to a minimum.

3/4 of a million tourists have visited this area in 2007, but we bring bicycles, canoes and kayaks that take our friends to places that only a couple of hundreds of those get to see and experience: best preserved, remote, quiet and most romantic.

Community

By booking this trip you bring much needed income to the people who are still recovering from the war-torn years, as this was the area severely affected by war. This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers) and provision of accommodation (we use family owned hotels or home stays with local family). We also use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycle.

By buying local products you are supporting this country’s economy and helping Croatia to stand on her feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

As a company, we support the local community by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers. In order to preserve traventine barriers on Zrmanja River we have built wooden detour bridges. We also support an orphan bear shelter in Kutarevo.

The Korana Village has less than a dozen houses and it is situated on both sides of a small river of the same name, at the end of a dead-end road in Plitvice Lakes National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel agencies or tour operators never showed interest in the place that cannot accommodate more than 20 tourists and whose road is too narrow for a tourist bus. Like in no other hotel room you have stayed in, these traditional houses are perched on the very edge of the river bank. Hear firsthand how this village has managed to preserve their tradition and rebuild all family houses after it has been torn down and burned in the war.

Our local guides are cooks and are famous for their delicious cuisine. We keep a full stock of supplies and stop frequently at local shops to load up on fresh food suplies to ensure our meals are always healthy and nutritive sufficient with a touch of tradition.

Reviews of Multi activity holiday in Croatia

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We really enjoyed the activities everyday - rafting, especially - it was beautiful and thrilling! We also enjoyed that we had plenty of downtime during the evening, to relax and soak up the village life.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We booked a short stay (4 days), but I would recommend the 7 day trip as ours felt too short! We would also recommend tagging it on with seeing other areas of croatia e.g. the coast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all of the guides, cooks and guesthouse owners were local, and the food we ate was locally produced. Since we stayed in simple guesthouses, it was more environmentally friendly than hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic! Beautiful country, very peaceful and relaxed but adventurous. Our guides were excellent, informative and relaxed. The whole experience was great

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sneaking an extra two hours canoeing on the river on our last morning - just our two canoes on the beautiful Mreznica river

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a jacket for the evenings - we ate on the terrace every evening and it could be chilly

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed in a rural hotel and so hope that this provided local jobs in this lovely location, soon to be a conservation area

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful!

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We went to Croatia on the Land of Lakes and Waterfalls holiday with the operator. The best bit? The walk to and climb up Gromavaca (1,675m). I think it is the highest peak I have climbed and the view from the top fantastic. To the west
was the Adriatic, with its parched rugged coastline, to the north, south and east
back into Croatia with the white limestone mountains and dark green forests.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Good sun hat - it was very hot!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We spent our money in local shops, ate local home cooked food or ate in local
restaurants, so we did our bit. We also used a local tour company with
local guides. Did it support conservation? - no idea, but I don't think we had a
negative impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 Star. Croatia was wonderful and the tour guides really looked after us. Only
regret was that the B&B we stayed in had no separate sitting area. I longed for
the comfort of an easy chair. Wooden stools are great when you're 20, but at 55
I need a little more luxury.

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Kayaking and rafting was a lot of fun. Plitvice lakes are beautiful and unforgettable

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring a good set of cycling clothes and day backpack, versatile clothes and couple of layers as it can be very sunny and rainy during the same day don't vary about food and basic supplies but a knife becomes handy when making take away lunch.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It was really good for locals as they get a bit of extra money. I believe it is hard to survive in this areas and to keep the tradition going. All local people were very nice, aware and knowledgable

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a great trip. Definitely a good choice to get a bit of adventure and get to know one of the most beautiful pieces of Croatian nature. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to do nature and adventure oriented holiday regardless of age and status.

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everyday was enjoyable, I met some great people, I've never been kayaking before and I really enjoyed it, we went kayaking 3 times, cycling, and visited 2 national parks, along with the little extras like stopping for a quick swim in the Adriatic, organising traditional Croatian lunches and entertaining us in the evening with his guitar, our guide Marko and his assistant guides Ivan and Guillaume made the holiday really special, they were very professional, had lots of knowledge of the areas we visited and looked after us throughout the week, it was the perfect holiday. Great people, great weather and great surroundings.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Best holiday I've had, would definitely recommend it, I couldn't fault anything.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we stayed in the lovely village of Korana in a guest house of the local people, it was perfect and we had great meals cooked for us every night by the river.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Perfect holiday, made me fall in love with Croatia, I will definitely be going back.

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was memorable and exciting. Having spent a few days before the holiday on a beach getting bored this was all changed when Filip picked us up. One of his many gems of quotes was "Beaches are not for humans, they’re for reptiles" should be the company's motto. As soon as we met Filip our holiday started to be a lot of fun. Gorana who organizes everything with Filip's help is a masterclass in how to look after people. Despite working so hard she always made every one feel like they where good friends and nothing was any trouble. I think they genuinely like being with all kinds of different people. This holiday would have been great anyhow but Gorana and Filip made it extra special.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't worry about fitness level or ability. They will tailor each activity to suit everyone’s needs and help those who need it. Take several waterproof disposable cameras, There is so much to photograph. Be prepared to have lots of fun and laughs and make good friends. Try and go on the rafting in Bosnia it was fantastic!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. You can tell this from the warm welcome you get from locals everywhere. Food and activities where always locally sourced. Filip was a great believer in respect for the environment and was very knowledgeable in this matter.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Beautiful country and genuinely friendly people everywhere. Spotlessly clean accommodation. One of the best holidays ever. Felt like we have left very close friends behind. Cant wait to go back.

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The position of the hotel on the wide sweep of a crystal clear river was superb, just the place to eat Breakfast and Dinner at either end of a wonderful day of activities and relaxation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't worry if you are not super-fit, it's an ideal mix of exercise and relaxation. If you can do 4 hours of activity each day, that'll see you through, but you will need to be able to swim!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, very local in its structure. I suspect that Croatia has some work to do to ensure environmental impacts of tourism remain low, but at the moment they seem to have got it about right.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Several, plunging down a 4 meter waterfall on the Mreznica River, watching my 14 year old son dive of an even higher one, arriving on the ferry from Dubrovnik at Lopud and then seeing our lovely apartment!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't attempt to drive from the top of Croatia, to the bottom in one day, especially not in holiday season.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely, particularly The Land of Waterfalls trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had disappointingly cold weather the first week for which we were not well equipped, despite this we all had a great fortnight .The holiday met the needs or adults and teenagers.

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Doing things I have never expected myself to do.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Although you have to follow a specific group schedule you can still arrange private time for yourself and enjoy the surroundings. It's a wonderful and beautiful place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely. Everything concerning the holiday is arranged with/by local people. In addition to that the guides make sure the environment is treated with respect.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good. A nice combination of activities and beautiful surroundings.

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