Croatia multi sport tour

“6 full days of kayaking, hiking, rafting and cycling along islands, rivers and mountain tracks, in a small group, with local expert guides. Staying in homestays and hotels. ”

Highlights

Dubrovnik | Krka National Park | Plitvice Lakes National Park | Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina | Trebizat River | Cetina River | Split | Krka National Park | Velebit Nature Park | Kolocep Island | Sea kayaking | River canoeing | Rafting | Cycling | Hiking | Zagreb

Description of Croatia multi sport tour

Croatia holidays that tick lots of boxes for adventurous or active travellers should take in lots of aspects of the country’s magnificent natural heritage. Which is what we have aimed for in this week long, small group holiday with activities on six of the days. And why we travel around the country, staying in different small hotels and, in some cases, traditional homestays.

We we start in the medieval city of Dubrovnik, and then travel north taking in Split, Sibenik and Skradin all with their own fascinating histories and spectacular locations. From Dubrovnik, and the nearby area of Zaton Bay we go kayaking around the island of Kolocep. From the ancient city of Split we go rafting down the gushing Cetina River and from Skradin we head into Krka National Park for some cycling but also swimming in its famous travertine waterfalls.

On this trip we also get a chance to cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to visit the historic Ottoman town of Mostar, and kayak down the Trebizat River. More kayaking awaits back in Croatia where we take on the dramatic Zrmanja Canyon in Velebit Nature Park where rapids, falls and natural pools make for one great day out. We can also raft here during high water season which is usually between October and April.

The final national park adventure on this holiday is one of the country’s most extraordinary landscapes: Plitvice National Park which boasts sixteen freshwater lakes and ninety waterfalls. Making it a fine finale to this adventure holiday in Croatia.

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Our top tip:
Spend extra time in Zagreb before you leave, Croatia's very underrated capital.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people.
Activity level:
Easy-moderate.
Accomm:
4 nights homestays, 3 nights hotels.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, equipment, 6 days activities, tour leader, transfers and transport.
Meals:
Half board. Budget ฃ6-10 for other main courses.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
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Responsible tourism

Croatia multi sport tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

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

14 Reviews of Croatia multi sport tour

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Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by

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


There were two really good aspects of the holiday which made it memorable: firstly, a well-balanced set of varied, challenging and enjoyable activities; and,
secondly, our tour guide Mirko, who really made the holiday fun with his good spirit, helpfulness and knowledge.

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


None needed.

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


Yes. Staying in a local village among local people certainly helped them. It also gave us a flavour of local life that we wouldn't otherwise have got.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2019 by

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


Kayaking down the Zrmanja River was incredibly fun. Got to go through some more fun and exciting rapids, but also had calm parts where you could really
stop and appreciate the beauty around you. The two National Parks, Krka and Plitvice Lakes, were also incredibly memorable and unique. The color of the
water is like nothing I have ever seen before, a gorgeous blue-green yet very clear.

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


This is a great trip that has a perfect mix of activities with down time to be able to relax. The trip covers a lot of ground, but you are never stuck in the car for
too many hours on end. Travel time is broken up with activities or sight-seeing very well.

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


Yes, we stayed at local places. Others in my group even bought homemade rakija from one of our hosts!

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


It was an amazing time, a great introduction to Croatia where we got to see the best sights in various ways! Our guides Luka and Victor were knowledgable,
incredibly friendly, and also very professional. I highly recommend this trip!

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2019 by

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


Our guides, river kayaking, the food in Korana Village, the hikes and sunsets in the islands.

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


To plan for needing to use more cash than credit cards in Croatia.

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


Yes. Loved that there was a group effort to clean up the trash on the islands and that we were able to help support the locals while they cooked for us.

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


Fantastic! We were well taken care of in an affordable way and got to go to some wonderful spots that we may not have been able to find out on our own.

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by

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


All of it; I could not choose one place or activity. We loved seeing the beauty of Croatia, from the Elaphiti Islands to Plitvice Lakes and sites in between. The pace and variety of activities (biking, rafting, hiking, sea kayaking) were excellent, and our guides Dino and Tomislav did an outstanding job of adjusting to unusual weather conditions and the interests of our group. Each day was different, and each was memorable in its own way. The food was outstanding as well, and we appreciated the opportunity to try authentic cuisine. Wonderful holiday!

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


Pack as light as you can and plan to rinse items out overnight to reuse.

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


Yes, absolutely. We stayed in local guesthouses, sampled local (delicious!) cuisine, utilized local guides for rafting experiences, and had a chance to peruse local shops and markets for mementos. Our leaders and group members also cleaned up litter at sites in several places, benefiting the local environment. And by patronizing national parks (and paying the park fees), we supported Croatian conservation efforts.

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


Outstanding in every way. We especially want to recognize our guides, Dino and Tomislav, who were amazing: incredibly well organized, informative, patient, funny, flexible, and excellent leaders. We enjoyed getting to know each of them and highly recommend both of them and this trip overall.

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2018 by

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


River kayaking


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


Bring a rain coat


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


Stayed in local accommodation and restaurants so yes. A lot of driving so not great environmentally but better than doing it individually

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


Excellent. Only downside was Krka national park which was too busy to be enjoyable. Suggest this is replaced with a less crowded alternative.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by

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


Rafting on the Una river.

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


Some endurance is required for the activities. Putting a good effort in sure makes the beer taste good after. Very relaxed atmosphere. Pack light.

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


Spend is definitely to small local shops, restaurants and a family run hotel.

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


Excellent! This is my second trip with the same tour operator and I wouldn't hesitate to book another.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

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


The white water kayaking was the best of the active trips. The visit to Mostar was amazing. The fish lunch during the sea kayaking was the standout meal.

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


Some air conditioning only works when you close the windows!

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?


Amazing. TJ our guide made the trip what it was!

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2017 by

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


We went kayaking, cycling, hiking and paddle boarding (the latter was definitely the children's favourite) and every day the activities were new and exciting. The adults and the children (14 and 9) all really enjoyed the trip and it was an amazing experience! Our guide, Luka, was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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


Don't be afraid to experience all the activities on offer. The guides are knowledgeable to adapt to the your level.

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


All activities were enviromentally friendly. We had lunches at local farms and sayed in locally owned accomodations.

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


We arrived with high expectations and it's safe to say that the holiday went above and beyond them.

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2016 by

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


Easy kayaking down a river with beautiful scenery around us

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


Bring a drybag for your camera, open sandals and gloves for the pedals of the kayak

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


Our local guide was very respectful to nature, animals and to local and to international people

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


Best water sports and national parks experience in a beautiful scenery

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

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


There were many great moments. Kayaking in the Adriatic was fantastic. Dubrovnik is incredible. The national parks Krka and Plitvice were spectacular. The group was great, and our guide Matija was knowledgable, fun, and went the extra mile to make the trip memorable.

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


If you like active travel, this trip is fantastic.

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


Yes, we stayed in small communities, and we acrually picked up litter on the cano trip.

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


Over the top fantastic.

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2015 by

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


Most memorable would definitely be the stories that our guide Mica told of his life in the country and how things changed due to the 'homeland' wars. This was most significant when he took us to his the monastery in which he was baptised. There was a child baptism about to happen and he was so thrilled that at last families had returned to the parts having fled as refugees when he was
young. The most exciting was definitely the lightning strike 20 yards from our restaurant terrace in Zaton Bay. After that all sporting activities were tame!

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


Link it to the holiday provider's sailing tour (3 days) around the Elaphiti islands and a stay of a couple of nights in their apartment in Dubrovnok .... We did this and they went together superbly. We also stayed a night in Zagreb at the end. Glad to have done this but equally glad we had only booked one night.

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


Croatian staff throughout as guides. Local hotels run by locals and restaurants recommended were too. Of course, we don't know the percentage of the money that went to these and the percentage that went to the company. It seemed that these hotels and restaurants were used regularly giving security of income, the guide was certainly well known.

Village near Zagreb was unusual. The house we stayed in had been vacated by its owners for it, they spent the summer in a cabin nearby; the guide explained that we should not worry about this as it was the only way the locals could earn enough money for winter fuel for their houses. Oddly they had caterers come from Zagreb.

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


Very good. A good mix of activities at entry level so accessible to whole family. Much time had to be spent travelling such distances but guide information made the journey part of the holiday and daily activities and guide kept boys happy.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2015 by

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


It was full of good surprises. The sea kayaking was surprisingly good, with beautiful views and a nice relaxed time in the sun. The river kayaking was probably the best white water, although even that wasn't anything first timers couldn't manage.

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


Be prepared for early starts in order to get the best out of visits, especially the National Parks. It was beautiful first thing and we got to leave just as the crowds started, which would have really impacted on the peace and tranquillity of the visits. Don't worry about the activity level, no activity was too hard and would be accessible to all. Although be active enough to get in and out of boats with the ability to walk for 3-4 hours.

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


Lots of local touches, we got to join a local old car festival, supported smaller 'local' hotels and home stays. This then helped us with extra experiences such as local tips and spirits.

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


Excellent holiday. Active, without being extreme with a nice balance of travel and visits so we never spent more than 2 hours driving. Excellent guide in Robi who had the right mix of passion and knowledge for Croatia and was happy to share.

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

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


Arriving on Kolocep island, leaving our kayaks behind on the beach, strolling through the pine forest to the most delightful family run restaurant overlooking the beach and enjoying the very best freshly BBQ'd calamari and then completing the days kayaking. Rafting down the Cetina River. Enjoying Dubrovnik by day and night. Exploring Split and Trogir. Kayaking down the Zrmanja river. The visit to Mostar. The visits to the Krka and Plitvice Lakes National Parks. Everyday produced unforgettable memories

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


Arrive a day or two early in order to spend some time in Dubrovnik. Leave a day or three later to enjoy Zadar!

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


Yes, this is one of the operators many claims to fame

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


Fantastic. It is difficult to envisage a better holiday without having a much bigger budget

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2014 by

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


Everything was great. The guides from Raftrek, Igor and Riba, were superb. They really went out of their way to make it a fantastic trip.

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


Book with Raftrek. They are based in Skradin in the Krka National Park. We did
river kayaking, sea kayaking, rafting, hiking and canyoning. It gets a bit busy
with day trippers doing the activities on the river and in the canyon in August.
Might be better to go at a different time of year.
They will pick you up form the airport, or in our case, our hotel near Split.

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


The guides were at least working in the summer. Most said they had no jobs in
winter.
We were accommodated in a hotel in Skradin. It was not a huge hotel with a
swimming pool.

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


Excellent

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