Water multi sport holiday in Croatia

“Small group holiday, with 5 full days of water activities. Kayaking, rafting and swimming, staying in Skradin on the edge of the Krka River National Park.”

Highlights

Skradin | Krka National Park | Zlarin Island | Sibenik | Paklenica NP | Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers | Zadar

Description of Water multi sport holiday in Croatia

This week long multi sport holiday in Croatia is based in Skradin, a wonderfully traditional town which is also gateway to Krka National Park. The Krka River is at the heart of the town, the Park and of course the holiday, with an itinerary that is a dream come true for all water lovers out there.

With five full days of activities, this small group holiday includes adventures such as hiking up waterfalls, canyoning, cycling along the shores of Lake Visovac and white water rafting down the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. We offer an optional trip out to Zlarin Island, where we go sea kayaking and where there are some idyllic swimming spots. We also spend plenty of time chilling out in the traditional town of Skradin which is rich in history, has lovely restaurants, cafes and wineries although without the hustle and bustle of traditional tourist resort towns.

In between adventures, we visit some other ancient towns, such as Zadar after a day of hiking in nearby Paklenica National Park, or Split, which is perfect for dinner and relaxing after rafting on the Cetina River.

We can also adapt this itinerary according to the makeup of the group, people’s abilities and interests. Families will love this trip, although the minimum age is eight years old. We cater for maximum 16 people in the group, and please note that sometimes we need to alter the itinerary due to weather conditions, water levels and so on.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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Our top tip:
Invest in a hydration backpack, style Camelbak.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people, min. age 8
Activity level:
Easy-moderate.
Accomm:
3* hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, equipment, activities, NP fees, transfers, guide, transport.
Meals:
Most meals included. Budget £6-10 for main course.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. 20% surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted
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.

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: Water multi sport holiday in Croatia

Environment

On our trips we bike on paved 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. Part of our staff is vegetarian and because of that we try to provide quality vegetarian meals on our trips. We also support an orphan bear shelter in Kutarevo.

Skradin is a small town with some 6000 inhabitants situated on the edge of the second biggest Croatian National Park Krka River. Its position is it's big advantage but also its big disadvantage. With more then half of million visitors to a National Park in 2007 only few of them choose Skradin as their destination. Tourists and big travel agencies see it mostly as a passing stop before main attraction. Fees that we pay to go to the National Park contribute to the conservation of that area.

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) and most of all that negative environmental impacts are drawn to a minimum. 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 countries’ 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 a wooden detour bridges.

The biggest focus of the towns tourist offering are over two dozen famous restaurants which offer a variety of local specialities and vines. Our program combines that and a week full of activity with a base in Skradin's only and locally owned hotel. This hotel used to be a traditional family house, with minimal changes on traditional architecture now converted into an accommodation which gives you a real sense of ambience. This is a first time that one agency organises a multi day program in this area just 10 miles from Adriatic coast but on the edge of all main tourist stops.

12 Reviews of Water multi sport holiday in Croatia

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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2017 by

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


The children's faces when we told them the lost of activities we were going to do.

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


Expect to be busy in a very fun way.....no time for I'm bored

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


Local guides were very passionate about the environment. We went to local mountain huts you wouldn't know existed with out the local guides.

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


The kids said .the best holiday we have ever had ! Great time had by all.

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2017 by

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


It was great from start to finish, but the living on the sailboat was the most memorable because it was something we have never done before. One of the things that made it so wonderful was the staff. Our tour guide Dino was excellent and took amazing care of our family, he saw to our every need, he laughed and joked with us, and we felt like we were visiting family. He definitely made the trip extra special and I loved that someone else was taking care of all the arrangements.

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


Bring more money then you think for the meals, the food is so good that you will want to try everything and over order at every meal. Also, bring less clothes then you think, you don't need a lot.

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


I know we supported local people but I can't think of how we reduced environmental impact or supported conservation.

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


The best ever

Read the operator's response here:

On this trip we do our utmost to reduce use of motor vehicles. We do not organize or resell activities such as quad driving, jet skiing, parasailing or similar – all our activities are human powered: cycling, paddle boarding, sea kayaking or hiking. We also do our best to use wind power and sail rather than turn on engines and burn fuel.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by

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


Hiking up into the mountains probably the most memorable part. But did enjoy all the activities individually.

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


Shoes to go in the water with are essential! And fingerless gloves for paddling/rowing to save from blisters would also be very good!

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


Definitely helped local employment at hotel and nearby shops and cafes. Environment helped by visiting by canoe and leaving nothing behind.

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


Really excellent with great guides, lovely areas visited. Equipment top notch in great condition with attention to safety at all times. Challenging at times in the hot weather but overall thoroughly enjoyable!

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2016 by

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Reviewed on 01 Aug 2016 by

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


Personally my favourite day was the sea kayaking, but I loved almost all of it!

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


Go ahead and book! You won't need much spending money, as everything is pretty cheap. Bring plenty of clothes suitable for activity- my boyfriend packed
cycling shorts & gloves, which made the cycling day more comfortable for him.

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


It is definitely run by locals and you have the opportunity to buy two local lunches. The only negative impact on the environment is the van journeys, but that is needed to get to the activity locations.

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


It was fantastic- I would really recommend it!

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2016 by

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


It was all exciting and memorable. We opted to do canyoning as our extra activity which the younger members of the family loved and which stretched us older ones to the limit - but we were very pleased that we did it. The scenery was fabulous and the tours were all very well organised. Some of the activities were possibly a bit tame for our young adults mainly because water levels were low but they still enjoyed them all. The guides were highly professional, safety conscious and competent.

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


The accommodation was a bit basic for our tastes but then to be fair that was reflected in the price. We would have happily paid more for something better. We also gave up eating in the hotel after a couple of days because the food was rather unexciting and we did not like having to make a choice, first thing in the morning, from a limited menu, and say what time we wanted to eat.
Skradin had lots of lovely eating places which we prefered to eat in even though we had already paid for the meals which were included.

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


Our guides were all local people and the accommodation employed locals. We asked to be taken to interesting places to eat rather than the touristy places which was great fun and delicious.


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


We were a group of 2 parents and a 26 year old and 17 year old boys. The activities catered for everyone very successfully.
However, you needed to be reasonably fit and flexible to manage everything. Skradin was quite a small, sleepy place with no night life though our boys were too tired after the days' activities to do much but others may have wanted more.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

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


Kayaking on the sea and visiting the fortress. Absolutely fantastic day, brilliant way to kick off the trip and get to know some people.

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


Make sure that you take a day or two off to recover afterwards! The holiday is fantastic mix of activities followed by fun in the evening though it may require a bit of R&R afterwards.

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


Yes

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


Outstanding - I have actively recommended the tour and your agency to friends who have inquired about my trip

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

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


Getting to know wonderful people and our fantastic guides. It is
really hard to pick the best part because it was all so incredibly amazing!

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


Book it! One of the best trips I have ever been on. Really covers all the key
points of falling in love with Croatia

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


Absolutely

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


Perfect! We already miss our guides and new friends :)

Reviewed on 26 May 2015 by

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


Cycling & walking through the forests

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


Be aware that meals are all expensive - you will need about EU 35 / $ 40 for a standard 2 course dinner with a drink (no starter!). You will need to take Croatian Kunas in cash.

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


Definitely benefited the island restaurant owners.

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


Very nice holiday, but I was surprised at the total cost because Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece (and Turkey) are much cheaper.

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2009 by

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


The river kayaking.

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


Take water shoes and plenty of sun cream. But also be prepared for some hard work as the kayaking can be very tiring.

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


Not really.

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


It was OK but it would have been a lot better if the group had been made up of at least one or two children of similar age to ours and the guides had a better command of English and a bit more personality. They made no attempt to learn our names or to build any team spirit, to break the ice or to bring the group together in any meaningful way. By comparison, the holiday we booked with you a few years ago in Slovenia was much better mainly because of the guides and the other children.

Read the operator's response here:

We are a Croatian company with mostly local staff. Comments about the guides are welcome and we’ll try to improve it immediately. We can’t guarantee how many other teenagers will be on the same trip, as we stated to Mrs. Sweeney before she came to Croatia. Most of our activities are done with kayaks or rafts which have minimum or no impact on environment. Usage of boats with diesel engines in NP Krka is out of our influence, unfortunately. The group was based in a small hotel in Skradin which is owned by local Croatian family with all employees from the area. During the war in 90’s Skradin was on the front line and partly destroyed. Tourism is a significant part of economical and social recovery of the area we have two out of 5 trips there. Also, the most memorable part of the holiday from Mrs. Sweeney was river kayaking which goes one in one of the poorest parts of Croatia that was mostly abandoned after the recent war. River guides, equipment storage, local transfers etc are all done by people from the villages around the river which are our employees. Only other source of income for them is sheep herding or migration to bigger towns on the coast. Sea kayaking is done on the Island Vrgada – which has around 200 inhabitants, most of them older generation. Tourism is the only extra income they have during the year – tourists buy things in the only shop on the Island, eat in few restaurants and use boat transfer to and from the Island which is owned by local fishing community.

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2008 by

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


Canoe safari down the zmyrna river, also free paddling at sea. Swimming at a "secret spot" in the Paklenica park was also magical...there was a moment every day actually. Our guide was great too.

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


Be prepared for action...we went to bed happy and tired every night. We also took an apartment for a week after the holiday to chill out mmmmmmmmmm

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


We shopped and self catered totally in the village, home produced fruit and veg, and locally caught fish. Hoteliers and guides and company all Croatian natives. We were all driven together so minimal vehicle use

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


Highly recommended, felt like we saw places we would not have found for ourselves without a lot of trial and error.

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2008 by


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


Sea kayaking around a small island off the coast of Croatia. It was beautiful and the sea was quite calm, although navigating the harbour 'shipping lane' with speed boats & yachts & a ferry continuously crossing our path added to the thrill for a nervous water-person like me. Zipping down the rapids on a river was fab too and my son loved going headfirst over a 10m waterfall! Paddling peacefully up rivers and swimming in their cool, clear depths was great too.

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


Go for it! The accommodation and location in Novigrad was fabulous, our leader was calm & knowledgeable, the trips had variety. All round good value. The only small point, we were a small family of 2 and I felt the leader tended to discuss options with the other larger family of 5 and give us the decisions later as a fait a compli, rather than consult both families together. Don't go to Biograd na moru after the trip, you will be sadly disappointed after the peace & beauty of Novigrad!


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


The leader was Croatian, the accommodation was Croatian and we enjoyed buying food from local traders, so yes I guess so. Not sure about minimised impacts... 2 of the excursions started from the hotel, but there was a minibus journey 4 out of 5 days of approx 1hr.

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


Excellent and good value.

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