Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers

“You’ll know Cetina River like the back of your hand having rafted, kayaked, canyoned, swum it and fallen asleep to the sound of its ripples. All organised for you, so family bliss.”


Split Old Town | UNESCO site of Trogir | Coastal sea kayaking | White water rafting | River tubing | Beaches | Canyoning | Wild swimming at Gubavica Falls

Description of Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers

This is the perfect Family multi activity holiday. Set on the Adriatic sea, sits the stunning Croatia. A hugely varied country with isolated islands, sweeping meadows, vineyards & crystal clear rivers.

Based along the Split Riviera, 30 minutes from Split Airport, you'll have access to many wonderful pristine areas from gushing rivers & canyons to stunning beaches and old towns. Our adventure base has swimming pool, sun terrace, wifi throughout, rattan loungers and is minutes walk to the beach.

It's the perfect family active holiday location, to enjoy a wide selection of land & water activities. Try: sea kayaking, white water rafting, cycling, easy panoramic walks, and canyoning! We are extremely good at age/gender matching - just ask your travel manager. We always try our up most to bring like minded families together.

Experience nature up close, both enjoying the tranquillity of the area and enjoying the rush of adventure activities.

If you like the idea of an authentic holiday experience, where each day offers exciting adventures, great Croatian cuisine and stunning scenery - then you've found your dream trip! Do read the reviews of returning guests.

We are an ATOL Bonded company, that always keeps your fun & safety in mind. Please do contact us, and start your adventure today!

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrival day . Arrival to Split and transfer to Podstrana. Check into our 3 star family adventure base. Your accommodation offers: air-conditioning, satellite TV, balcony or terrace, swimming pool and WIFI. Unpack and meet the other family guests & our Croatia activity holiday guides. Tonight we have a fantastic gala meal, let the good times roll and the laughter begin. If you enjoy meeting Like Minded families, this is the trip for you!
Day 2:Sea kayaking. Starting on a small coastal village, we paddle our way onto the warm aquatic blue sea, which Croatia is famous for. Along the way, your guide will show you the many points of interest, and of course splashing the kids. At the half way point, there's time for swimming & snorkelling. We'll play beach games and keep the teens entertained. The sea kayak tour is a lovely blend of action and relaxation, in theme with the rest of the week ahead.
Day 3:Tubing. Follow the river flow on an inflatable doughnut, spinning and bouncing along the Cetina’s crystal waters and natural rapids. Deep in the Dalmatia hinterland, you'll discover rich green scenery, the wild river rapids and dramatic rock formations. Our amazing tubing tour, enjoys a perfectly designed route, made for the ultimate family fun. On the half way point, we'll find a lovely swim spot and cool off in the pristine river waters. This is one of the newest adventure activities available, and not to be missed during your stay in Croatia.
Day 4:Visit Split or (Optional Boat charter & island hop). Today is your free day, as there is much to explore in your local area. Split is only 20 minutes away, and regular buses pass our adventure base. If staying local to your accommodation, Podstrana offers: pedal boats, tennis courts, water assault courses (teen favourite), jet skis, beauty treatments. Or simply relax by the swimming pool (wifi), and take in the panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. The beach is only a few minutes walk away. For families that want to book more, then its highly recommended to book the optional 'Private Boat charter & island hop' excursion. See the islands, the coastline, jump & dive off the boat in secluded bays, and see Croatia from a unique perspective.
Day 5:White water Rafting. Today, you'll be rafting through a majestic canyon, on fast flowing white waters, with its pulsating rivers rapids to negotiate. Along the way, there are places to swim and rocks to jump from, guaranteed to put BIG smiles on your children's faces. After an exhilarating rafting experience, we'll dry off and travel to the famous pirate town. Here in Omis, our families have time to explore the Labyrinth of shopping streets, discover some of the best fish restaurants and enjoy the blue flag beaches. For the keen photographer, take a walk to the clifftop fortress.
Day 6:Beach day or (Optional Ziplining). Simply relax around the pool or head to the beach, there is much on offer around the adventure base whether you want action or relaxation. For families that need more thrills for their teenagers, then the 8 x Zipline experience is recommended.
Day 7:Canyoning & Waterfalls. Slide, jump, swim in numerous river rapids, natural plunge pools and waterfalls. This unmissable tour is the perfect encounter with pristine nature, it will transport you to another world. This is nature ‘up, close and personal!’ Standing beneath the 38m high Gubavica waterfall is something you'll treasure forever. This evening, we'll be having our farewell dinner in a lovely authentic taverna, to end the family adventure holiday with a great buzz!
Day 8:Departure day (too soon!). Sadly, we must make our farewells and make your departure arrangements. We offer Pre & Post extension information for booked families. We know the local area very well, and can help you create longer stays.
StayOur modern family apartments are 4 stars with shared swimming pool. Ideally situated on the Split Riviera, our apartments are close to the sea & beaches. Local shops, cafes, cocktail bars & restaurants are in easy walking distance. Our families love walking along the harbour, playing & eating ice cream, catching another breath taking sunset. Free WiFi, swimming pool, air conditioning, balcony or terrace, flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms. If you want to combine adventure and relaxation – then this family summer adventure is the perfect trip to book. Prices are based on our smaller standard apartments. We can offer larger upgraded apartments. A fixed price will be given upon quotation. Our adventures are priced by apartment size, not solely on per person/s travelling. Prices shown on Responsible Travel are for guidance only.
PricePrices are based on our smaller standard apartments. We can offer larger upgraded apartments on request or if the standard apartments are sold out. A 'fixed' price will always be stated in your quotation directly from us by e-mail. Our Family Adventures are priced by apartment size & standard, not solely on per person/s travelling. Prices shown on Responsible Travel are for guidance only, they must not be understood as the final price.

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Our top tip:
Bring old trainers - ideal for river activities. And a dry bag full of snacks for filling hollow legs afterwards.
Trip type:
Small group family tour. 4-16 adults and young adults (min. age 10) with a tour leader.
Activity level:
Moderate: Be reasonably fit and like getting wet.
7 nights in family-run, 3* accommodation. Air conditioned, kitchen-lounge, satellite TV, balcony or terrace, WiFi, swimming pool.
Accommodation, some meals, activities, tour leader, equipment, airport transfers from Split (Zadar extra cost).
Local food a specialty. For lunch, indulge in plethora of cafes.
Holiday type
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.

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.
“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?”
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.
“The kids have seen their mums swimming in the rapids, and the mums have seen how good their kids are at jumping around the rocks and stuff. So it is a mutual feeling of being proud for each other.”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers


Care of the environment is one of our main concerns; we inherited the unspoiled nature as we want our descendants to enjoy unspoiled nature as we do today. We do our best so that our guests can enjoy unspoiled nature.

We respect the standards of responsible tourism. To decrease the impact to the environment our adventure base re-cycles paper and glass and is also attached to a local biological waste water filter. We use saving light bulbs. We use organic food in a great part. A state agency for clean production has developed a project of waste and energy management for our apartment building. We keep to the guidelines prescribed in the project to minimize the impact on the environment.

Our Adventure base and the tourist board continuously organize cleaning of the rivers, and local coastline. In these activities we include our partners, school children, fishing club, firemen, and the local residents. They educate children in elementary school on the importance of saving the environment. Every year together with our partners we organize cleaning action for the canyoning, trekking and biking paths.

While in nature with our guests our guides take special care not to spoil the pure nature. Besides the professional training our guides are trained to educate the guests on responsible tourism in the local area as well as brief them before every trip to nature. We limit the number of guests on our programs.


We offer employment and jobs to the local people and open possibilities for many small entrepreneurs. We contributed to employment of young people in the tourism sector as well as engage them in sports and help minimize the trend of them leaving to the big cities.

Exchange of cultural heritage enriches us and our guests for new experiences. We treat our guests as friends. The group remains in contact with us and among themselves after they leave. Laughter and friendship are traits of our program. Do make the time to read our reviews!

Our company has a huge impact on the local community. Our guests spend and buy in a way that helps the local economy. The restaurant we use nurture authentic gastronomy and uses small local producers for its suppliers (meat, vegetables, fruit, and food cereals) with special emphasis on naturally grown and native sorts. This way we foster authentic food production and offer healthy food.

All of our Adventure programs include local suppliers (guides, skippers, drivers and local guest houses services, museums, and an archaeological sight) this way we encourage local people to pursue tourism as a new possibility for them.

54 Reviews of Croatia activity holiday for families with teenagers

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2018 by

Most memorable: Canyoning – excellent fun... Staff were fantastic... They were especially great at keeping the children involved and entertained. 10/10 for enthusiasm – they made a week a success. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by

Fabulous holiday....Maria was amazing from start to finish on this holiday. Fun & professional. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

All aspects of the holiday I would rate 5 stars Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

We had a very memorable holiday and met some really lovely people. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was...Canyoning. But all of the activities were excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018 by

The river activities were my favourite. The Cetina river is beautiful, the water clear and cool, lovely to be in when the weather was so hot. The equipment was good, the guides were excellent, and the activities exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

The tour leader Daniel was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble, he clearly enjoyed his job and as a result so did everyone on the trip. As a family we liked the Rock climbing and the SUP best of all. The holiday was seamless. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

Excellent- a perfect family holiday! Croatia is stunning. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2018 by

Canyoning was a day to always remember. Went from fear and reticence to wonder and pride. The scenery and swimming in deep blue lagoons just spectacular. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the kids having fun with new friends and away from their digital devices Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

We all enjoyed the holiday, our teenagers rate it as one of their best holidays. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2018 by

We enjoyed our holiday in Croatia, we were part of a very nice group and Mark our son especially enjoyed himself as the group of teenagers interacted really well together. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2018 by

We had a great holiday. Everyone was happy! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

Best bit of our activity holiday in Croatia was the canyoning and it was the bit I had dreaded. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017 by

The highlight was river tubing! Holiday was superb! Maria and Barry were great. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2017 by

The canyoning was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

Seeing the kids enjoying the activities with new friends. The guides were excellent and as parents we were completely convinced bride to that they were well looked after at all times. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by

Seeing the kids enjoying the activities with new friends. The guides were excellent and as parents we were completely convinced bride to that they were well looked after at all times. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2017 by

The most memorable was the adventure and laughter. We had a great holiday, a lot of fun, families integrated really well. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by

We all loved canyoning adventure, but all activities were great! It was fab to meet all the other families and do lots of stuff together! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2017 by

I really enjoyed canyoning – like nothing I have ever done before! Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017 by

Canyoning was the best but loved all the activities. We’ve had a great holiday. Marija and Barisa were fantastic hosts providing local advice and I especially loved the birthday party they laid out for one guest. Their sense of humour made the holiday extra special. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by

Meeting other families (particularly kids) and beautiful location of Brac Island. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2016 by

This has been a great holiday, well organized from booking to the end. Great activities and company reps Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2016 by

I can’t choose a favourite activity as we loved all of them! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2016 by

Maria and Barisa have been fantastic, expertly organized all the activities and have been brilliant with the kids, we cannot thank them enough. Accommodation was just right for this type of holiday. Thank you everyone for an amazing way to see your country! Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2016 by

All I can say is our boys feel it was the best holiday they've been on and we concur. In the literature we were given at the start it said that on average you laugh 13 times a day but on this holiday you laugh 53 times - actually we laughed a lot lot more! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2016 by

Excellent, exciting, fun and memories for life! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2016 by

All is memorable, I’ve liked canyoning best and Theo (my son) says that rafting was most exciting. Wonderful to see how proud Croatians are of their land and home and who they are... Everybody is very friendly, supportive and just genuinely nice! I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2016 by

Teenagers were happy, so were we! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2016 by

We have had a fabulous week. The activities were very good, they provided a wonderful way to see this beautiful country. The group that we were in was sociable and friendly and fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2016 by

It was a fantastic, family bonding experience, suitable for my 11 and 19 year old. I would happily recommend it to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2016 by

The most memorable was the activities. Great fun, well organised by very professional leaders, safety – cautious through out. Barisha was very attentive with great sense of humour with adults & with the kids. Huge fun, unforgettable and we will definitely recommend to everyone! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2016 by

Loved all the river activities! They were good fun in very beautiful surroundings. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2016 by

A great holiday for families with teens; the parents and kids from the 4 families got on really well. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2015 by

Go for it! Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

The best thing for us was when our teenage daughter, an only child, said it was the best holiday ever and she didn't want to leave. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2015 by

It was a fantastic holiday, extremely well organised, great fun, really active, gave us loads to talk and laugh about. The children are already planning next year's trip. We have been raving about it to all our friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2015 by

Each day held a special moment. Visiting the sources of 2 rivers on bicycles was great; white water rafting; canyoning were particular highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2015 by

As a family we also very much enjoyed the mini rafting as this was fast paced and gave us lots of giggles. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2015 by

Great fun, very good local tour leaders and lovely fellow guests. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2015 by

Met some fabulous new people and made new friends. It was constant fun and laughed a lot! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2014 by

Fabulous...Canyoning with my family was thrilling and spending time together just messing around in the pool was rejuvenating. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2014 by

We had a great week - perfect for families who want to do something active everyday, meet lots of like-minded people, and explore a beautiful, untouristy part of Croatia. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2014 by

It was a terrific holiday, the activities were exciting and challenging without being terrifying. The hotel was fine and the pig roast on the final night was a real treat. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2014 by

It was good; we all found something we enjoyed doing and felt appropriately challenged. We thoroughly enjoyed the warmth and helpfulness of most of the Croatian people. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2013 by

Great. We had a wonderful time. Beautiful places, friendly people, lots of variety and great food...the highlight for us was the trip to a farm one evening whilst staying on one of the islands, where we ate lots of fantastic local food, sampled homemade spirits and had a bit of a sing-song. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2013 by

Amazing. Definitely recommend it....White water rafting was amazing. So scary but loads of fun. The guides were all brilliant, very knowledgable and funny. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

Excellent. We have visited Croatia and done activity weeks before but this was the best yet - a great blend of different Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2013 by

The canyoning was easily the most exciting day. It was great fun helped by the fact that we felt the guides were taking very good care of us...My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday especially the activities. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2011 by

Never having used this operator or Resonsible Trvel before, we were not sure what to expect - but now we would heartily recommend both as being first class! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2011 by

All the staff in the hotel and the guides were local - they were all incredibly friendly and helpful...It was an excellent holiday enjoyed by children (aged 11,13,14,16,17) and adults alike. We could do as much or as little as we liked - with no pressure. Everything was well organised and safety always came first. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2010 by

4.8 stars. Although the group was ridiculously small and Trilj itself had little to offer the adventure was fabulous, the people in the hotel wonderful, the balance of doing and relaxation just right. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2010 by

I booked this holiday for my son, 11, so taking part in all the activities with other children was great. We both would have liked a bit more challenging activities. I loved the old cities we visited & country side. Read full review

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