Croatia multi sport activity holiday
Description of Croatia multi sport activity holiday
This Croatia multi sport activity holiday is a fun week of mountain biking, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking, starting in Zadar and then based in the pretty harbour town of Starigrad Paklenica. Each day promises a different activity, on the sea and lakes, in shady forests and by cooling waterfalls. You’ll get to explore the rivers and rocky landscapes in and around Paklenica National Parks, and tuck into delicious local food to fuel each day’s adventures.
Hiking and mountain biking will take you deep into Paklenica National Park, walking in the Velebit mountain range and cycling along grassy hills and mountain trails to discover shady gorges, deep forest and peaceful villages. Take a canoe safari or white water rafting expedition down the Zrmanja River, navigating your way through a karst landscape of steep sided canyons and beautiful waterfalls. There is sea kayaking, too, on the Adriatic as you follow the coast to fishing hamlet of Vinjerac.
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PlanetAll our tour leaders are passionate about responsible travel, so our messaging is consistent when it comes to tackling environmental issues. One key problem is littering, which our leaders address on the ground by actively educating our suppliers and locals too. Always leading by example, for instance, gathering rubbish others have left behind.
Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation’s impact on the environment is by travelling on bike, foot or in a kayak, avoiding any use of energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle, we’re committed to using local forms of transport wherever possible, including public bus on this itinerary. This also allows our passengers to enjoy an authentic local experience.
Travelling in a small group allows us to stay in family-run hotels throughout the trip. We also support independent restaurants and cafes, serving locally sourced produce.
We encourage travellers to bring their own water bottles to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in the bottles, the production of a one litre plastic bottle requires two litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion of which end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and other natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, we suggest considering water purification techniques such as iodine or using water dispensers provided by some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it’s better to buy the largest one available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
PeopleWe employ local leaders as much as is operationally possible. Guides are always local, and they set their own rates. Leaders are always European, and wages are standard salaries as found elsewhere in the tourism industry. All equipment used on this trip is sourced from local companies (i.e. the kayaks).
This tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in this part of Europe.
The local bus journey from Zadar to Starigrad Paklenica on this trip is an excellent example of travelling like a local, with locals. The remaining parts of the trip are taken on private transportation, the operators of which are always locally sourced. This small group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and can ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.