Best of Croatia Multisport active holiday will take you along the Croatian coast and to the county’s beautiful continental region, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will explore different unique areas on foot, by bicycle, from a kayak and from a raft. Our guides will seize every opportunity to steer you away from the busy everyday life ensuring a truly memorable experience which you will cherish for many years to come. Kolocep Island sea kayaking offers you a unique way to explore this beautiful island, its shores and caves. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests which make for unique and unforgettable experiences. During the Best of Croatia trip you will be accommodated in 3* hotels with fully equipped rooms and in 2* and 3* private guesthouses in Zaton bay and Korana Village, exploring the local style.
Day 1 - Arrival to destination – Dubrovnik
Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to Zaton, a charming and picturesque bay, only 8 kilometers from Dubrovnik. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers. Zaton will be our base for the first two nights of the holiday. Note: If you wish to spend more time in Dubrovnik, we recommend that you plan your arrival one day earlier. In that case we will provide transfer from your accommodation in Dubrovnik to Zaton Bay.
Accommodation: homestay in Zaton Bay; Meals: D; Van drive: 30 min.
Day 2 - Sea kayaking Kolocep island
For kayakers and divers, Kolocep is the most interesting of the 13 Elaphite Islands. Discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs, sandy beaches, romantic villages and pleasant walks. You won’t encounter cars, only calm atmosphere ideal for relaxing vacations. The trip is perfect for those who want to explore unspoiled nature and relax in quiet surroundings without traffic noise. We will explore the silent underwater world in one of its most interesting spots and have a rest on the beach. For those who wish to spend the evening in Dubrovnik after the sea kayaking, your guide(s) will be happy to provide the transfer to and from the Old Town.
Day 3 - Mostar visit and canoeing on Trebizat river
This morning we head out to Mostar, the cultural and economic center of Herzegovina. The town is over five centuries old and situated between high mountains divided by the Neretva River. Without question the highlight of Mostar is the Old Bridge (Stari Most), which was originally built in 1566 while this area was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Destroyed during the war in 1993 but rebuilt in 2004 in its original form, the Old Bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will drive to Ljubuski and enjoy a trip on narrow Trebizat River surrounded by lush forests teeming with birds and the stunningly beautiful karst landscape formed by the river over thousands of years. Our tonight's accommodation is a nice and friendly family-run hotel by the river serving traditional meals and local specialties.
Accommodation: hotel in Ljubuski; Meals: B, D; Canoeing: class I-II, 1 h, easy; Van drive: 2 h to Mostar + 45 min to the Trebizat.
Day 4 - Rafting on the Cetina River and Split sightseeing
We drive north towards a small village near Omis, where our adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear green water, jungle-like forests, caves and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. The Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. After the rafting trip we continue towards Split and Skradin. In Split you are free to take a walk on its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century. Later in the afternoon we continue towards Skradin for the evening.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Skradin; Meals: B, D; Rafting: class II-III, 2-3 h, easy/moderate; Van ride: 1h30 to the Cetina + 45 min to Split + 1h to Skradin
Day 5 - National park Krka cycling
Today we will cycle around the Krka National Park which is famous for its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. We will start with our bikes from the hotel and continue by local roads to a viewpoint over the Visovac Lake. In the middle of the lake is the Visovac Island with the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac, dating from the 15th century. Today we will enjoy an excellent traditional Dalmatian prosciutto lunch. After cycling, we return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon and dinner in Skradin on your own.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Skradin; Meals: B, L; Cycling: 3-4 h, easy/moderate
Day 6 - Zrmanja river kayaking
This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in Velebit Nature Park. Perfectly clear and green waters, rapids and waterfalls, hidden swimming pools and steep sided canyons will steal your heart and make this excursion an unforgettable experience. No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim. We use open canoes or sit-on-top kayaks for 2 persons with optional child seat. Rafting boats are used during high water season (usually before May and after September, but the water level can vary a lot in spring and in autumn). After an amazing day on the river, we will return to our vans and drive to Korana Village, located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park area.
Accommodation: homestay in Korana village; Meals: B, D; Kayaking: class II-III, 4 h, easy/moderate; Van drive: 1h10 to the Zrmanja River, 2h to Korana village
Day 7 - National park Plitvice lakes hiking
We start our day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river right in front of your house.
Accommodation: homestay in Korana village; Meals: B, D; Hiking: 4-5 h, easy, well marked paths; Van drive: 10 minutes each way.
Day 8 - Departure from Zagreb
Transfer to Zagreb airport for your flight home. There might be several group transfers between the destination and airport depending on flight departure time. If you wish to spend some time in Zagreb, our guide(s) will be happy to transfer you to your accommodation in the city.
Meals: B. Van drive: 2 hours
Prices & Terms
Seasons & prices 2019
High Season: June 29 – August 30 Low Season: May 11 – June 28, August 31 – September 29
The prices are set in euros. The exact price in other currencies is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank. All prices are per person.
Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s). Children discount is valid for children 8-12 years.
What is included
7 nights accommodation
halfboard (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners)
use of equipment for activities
6 days of organized activities
local taxes and permits
National Parks entrance fees
ground transportation (private transport throughout)
transfers from Dubrovnik airport, harbor or bus station
transfer to Zagreb airport, bus or train station
English speaking tour leader and assistance
meals not listed in the itinerary
activities listed in the itinerary as optional
items of a personal nature and gratuities to your guide(s)
If the Client should cancel or abort the travel, all Client’s cancellations must be in writing – by e-mail or fax. The written cancellation date shall be the basis for the compensation of cancellation costs which shall be collected by the Agency as per conditions set forth below (percentage of total arrangement price):
30 or more days prior to arrival: 10%
29-22 days prior to arrival: 25%
21-15 days prior to arrival: 40%
14-8 days prior to arrival: 80%
7-0 days prior to arrival or no show: 90% Failing to make appearance and travel without prior cancellation shall entitle the Agency to withhold 100% of the payment made regardless of the reason or reasons for the cancellation.
During this trip you will be accommodated in 3*** star hotels with fully equipped rooms and in 2** and 3*** private guesthouses in Zaton bay and Korana Village.
Min 4 – max 16 per group; larger groups are on request.
NOTE: if the departure has less than 4 persons signed up and the clients still want to do the trip rather than cancel, we charge 20% extra.
Meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats, breads and pastries, pastas and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favourite protein snacks.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
*This itinerary includes a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please contact the appropriate government office or Bosnian embassy or consulate to confirm whether you need a visa. If you require an EU visa, you will require a multiple entry visa.
Staff & Experts
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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