Croatia river kayaking holiday

“A week of river kayaking, learning all the skills to paddle on flat and white water, based in two different places. Kayaking on three different stunning rivers and canyons. Minimum age 14 years.”


Zvecaj village | Mreznica River | Upper Mreznica Canyon | Korana River | Zrmanja River and canyon | Korana village | Plitvice Lakes National Park | River kayaking expeditions | River swimming

Description of Croatia river kayaking holiday

This week long Croatia river kayaking holiday is a wonderful way to escape the tourist crowds during peak summer months, experience real Croatia but still enjoy life on the water. With five full days of kayaking lessons and expeditions down three stunning rivers, be prepared to enter paddling paradise.

Beginners to kayaking or canoeing are welcome on this holiday although we do recommend a minimum age of fourteen years old. After a day of learning kayaking skills on the Mreznica River, just beside our hotel in Zvecaj, also a great spot for river swimming, we then go in search of other kayaking spots along the Zrmanja and Korana Rivers. We get to paddle through canyons, take on white water stretches, swim under waterfalls, seek out secret pools, and also work on your river kayaking skills. Throughout the week we will slowly progresses from class I river sections to classes II and III, learning new techniques including rolling your kayak, if you feel ready.

We move on to a second accommodation on day four, in Korana village which is in Plitvice Lakes National Park, famous for its sixteen lakes, and where you will have time to take an optional hiking tour.

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Safety is our first concern: while we take pride in offering "off the beaten path" holidays, we do make sure to stick with routes we are 100% sure are safe, even for families with children. Our employees have helped map and lay out trails which we use today on Kolocep island. We believe sticking to these hiking trails is very important, as it keeps our guests safe, as well as preserves the environment and leaves it undisturbed.

On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike on existing paths and ask our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals.

Our company strives to promote types of tourism where use of motor vehicles is minimal. We are proud of the beauties Croatia has to offer and of the fact that we were the first to combine them with activities and offer to public. We encourage you to travel on foot, by bike, kayak, canoe, raft or sailboat. Our motto is - take only pictures, leave only footprints.


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 supplies to ensure our meals are always healthy and nutritive sufficient with a touch of tradition.

3 Reviews of Croatia river kayaking holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2018 by

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

Loved swimming down the river in the early mornings - and the kayaking in particular was wonderful. The hotel was in a really lovely spot. Our guide was really conscientious and professional and worked really hard to make sure we
were all enjoying ourselves.

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

It was a really great and well organised week - but be prepared that some of the trips do involve quite long drives. An opportunity to see the country!

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

The hotel felt very local and our guide waxed eloquent on the value of the environment!

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

Really good

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2007 by

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

The River Zrmanja kayak tour

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

Take peanut butter with you as it is hard to get hold of in Croatia.

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

Yes it gave employment to local guides, I was saddened to find out that the hotel was not locally owned.

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

Good, great location, you could virtually swim from the hotel. For us having other teenagers would have made it more fun for my 14 year old daughter!

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2006 by

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

All of it! I guess the day we went on the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers, - it was simply beautiful. Kayaking down rapids and swimming under waterfalls that we would have only got to because we were taken on the day.

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

Go for it! Make sure that you have a chat with your guide if you do the 8 day trip with what your expectations are. If you have a beach day then be clear on what you want to do with it so you can get the advice and information you need before that day.

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

We had both Marco and Davor as our guides and both were very knowledgeable about the area and also used local organisations. Yes. The option was to eat at the hotel or in the small town - we shopped and ate in the small town which had great food and not geared up just for tourists.

4. Any other comments?

**** or ***** stars... it certainly was the first adventure holiday we had been on and it surpassed our expectations. And we met some very wonderful people who were also on the trip. In fact there were 12 of us taking part in the holiday 6 English and 6 Germans. The pace and people were wonderful. We would book again through responsible travel and would use this operator if going back to Croatia.

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