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8 Days Rivers by the Sea Active Cycling Holiday in Croatia
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Hotel Skradinski Buk, Burinovac bb, 22222, Skradin, Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia

Croatia Cycling Holiday

Active holiday Rivers by the Sea is a well-balanced mixture of activities, from rafting to kayaking, trekking, and cycling, all within nature and culture. Your days will be filled with hiking and cycling through the most beautiful sceneries As well as kayaking down rapids of exotic river canyons and rafting through jungle-like forests. This great active holiday is based within a small picturesque town rich in history, Skradin. If you plan to spend your vacation in Croatia, you will find a wide range of active holiday possibilities, but if you search for something very user-friendly, this is the trip for you and you can stop searching now.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Forests and hills
  • Starts and ends in: Skradin
  • Difficulty level: Moderate(Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 19 Miles / 30 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • Number of participants: 4 - 16 persons

Meet the instructors

Petar
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Highlights

  • A cycling day along the Krka River
  • Kayaking on the Zrmanja River and Zlarin Island
  • Cetina River rafting and Paklenica National Park trekking
  • The service of bilingual guide and assistance
  • Insurance and national park entrance fees
  • Saturday transfers from / to the airport
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 7-night lodging

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

The three-star Hotel Skradinski Buk is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat entrance to the Krka National Park. It is perfectly situated for exploring nearby sites of interest in Sibenik-Knin County. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, equipped with air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, telephone, and bathroom.

Program

Day 1: Arrival to destination - Skradin town

Upon your arrival in Croatia, you will be transferred to Skradin and accommodated in the Skradinski Buk Hotel. Skradin is a small picturesque town named after the world-famous waterfall on the river Krka. It is the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. It was once the capital of the Roman Liburnia and the most important war harbor of Croatia and Bosnia in the fourteenth century.

Apart from a great history, Skradin and its surroundings are places of unique natural beauties. The breathtaking view over the town from the bridge on the highway towards Split was nominated for the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe Award for the best sightseeing point on European highways.

You will meet Raftrek Travel in the hotel lobby for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program. You are free to enjoy an evening walk around the town and its pubs. Find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer, or ice-cream.

  • Activities: van drive from the airport in Split for one and a half hour or in Zadar for 45 minutes
  • Meal plan: dinner

Day 2: Sea kayaking on Zlarin Island

The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, a little village close to Šibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, you start your expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only two kilometers from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island, you come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. You slowly finish up your day with paddling along the island and the beautiful Šibenik coastline.

You have the view of its remarkable fortress at the very entrance to the town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking on the Adriatic Sea and before your return to Skradin, you can make an optional detour to visit Šibenik town for an inspirational experience of the town. An ancient town with a lively Mediterranean spirit and its breath-taking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.

  • Activities: kayaking for four to five hours
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Cycling day along Krka River and visiting Visovac Island

Today, you will take your bikes from Skradin to the 44-meter high Skradinski Buk waterfall and visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, the Krka National Park. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area.

This is the famous place where the second hydroelectric power plant in the world was built, just three days after the first hydroelectric power plant on Niagara Falls. After walking, sightseeing, and taking breathtaking pictures, you will enjoy swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall.

After this relaxing first part, you continue your cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the Krka National Park. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the park than cycling. This biking route will lead you through Croatian history all the while enjoying the landscape of forests and hills.

You will bike to the shores of Visovac Lake where the boat will take you to Visovac Island and a Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing in the monastery and the museum, the boat will bring you back to the shore where you’ll have a beach break for your picnic lunch. On your way back to Skradin, you have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view of the Prokljan Lake.

  • Activities: ycling for four to five hours, moderate - van support if needed
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Kayaking on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers

Early in the morning, you drive towards a little village called Kaštel Žegarski and start your expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be a raft, canoe, or sit-on-top kayak, depending on the river conditions.

You push off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm, and green waters of these Croatian rivers, considered two of the most beautiful in Europe. Waterfalls and easy rapids, hidden swimming pools, and steep-sided canyon, it doesn't get better than this!

  • Activities: van drive for 45 minutes and kayaking or rafting, Class II-III rapids, for four to five hours
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Optional trip day

On your optional day, you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Several organized and guided tours of hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing, or beach trips will be proposed in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.

Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge payable on site and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of four participants.

  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Trekking in the Paklenica National Park and Zadar town sightseeing

If there ever was a morning worth getting up early, this is that morning. Your small expedition leads you into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking, and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area.

This relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes, and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences.

The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in the summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills, and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine for wound treatment, light, and coating of wooden boats.

Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing your fabulous day in the Paklenica National Park, you continue your journey to visit Zadar, a beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years, Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing.

  • Activities: van drive for 75 minutes, hiking for three to four hours, and Zadar sightseeing for two hours
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Rafting Cetina River and visiting Split or Trogir Town

You will drive south towards a little village near Omiš where your 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.

Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. The trip ends at Radman Mills, a national restaurant in a beautiful setting of old mills once powered by the waters of the Cetina River. After an optional lunch, you continue to Split or Trogir (depending on group decision).

In Split, you are free to walk around its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the fourth century, or Trogir, another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture filled with works of art and warm ambience.

  • Activities: van drive for one and a half hour and rafting, Class II-III, for three hours
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Departure

You will depart from Skradin for the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, your guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit, especially those you won’t find in tourist guidebooks.

  • Activities: van drive to the airport in Split for one and a half hours or in Zadar for 45 minutes
  • Meal plan: breakfast

Note on Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek Travel’s 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 Travel reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Moderate physical rating

Moderate physical rating requires an average level of fitness. Since Raftrek Travel included some moderate physical activities.

The bike

Raftrek Travel offers KONA bicycles. The Lana’i is the ideal bike for those wanting to dive into the big, wide world of mountain biking. Also, the pump, repair tools, helmet, and bike lock are provided.

Instructors

Petar

Location

This great Croatia active trip is based in a small picturesque town of Skradin. It is a unique town on the very edge of the Krka National Park. The town is famous for its turbulent, 6000 years old past. It is one of the oldest Croatian towns which has begun writing its history since the time of the Illyrians. It received its name during the Roman rule, Scardona.

After the Roman Scardona had been ruined and robbed to the very foundations, therefore, the Croats rebuilt the town and named it Skradin. Today, it is an attractive tourist destination with an authentic stone town core. Its location is in Central Dalmatia, within a region known for its long beaches and pine woods. Croatia is where mountains and the Pannonian plains come together in a unique blend of natural beauty.

Within just over a hundred kilometers, you can experience an exciting range of different landscapes. Located in the South of Central Europe, Croatia is easy to reach by all means of transport: air, car, bus, train, or ferry lines from most countries. Besides enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, you will love other things as well.

As the hostile war activities ended in 1996, Croatia again became a very safe country for travelers while a low crime rate makes it one of the safest places for visitors. Although a small country, Croatia has a rich variety of beautiful landscapes and preserved natural areas from mountains to plains and from rivers to the sea with a long and rich history. Croatia is alive with well-preserved old towns, castles, palaces, monuments, and native architecture.

Together with the tradition, folklore, art scenes, and music, Croatia is a unique and exotic place to discover. The industry is not big here and it has had little impact on the environment. Therefore, food is mostly organically grown and drinking water is of very good quality. Even water in rivers and wells is drinkable. Friendly, fun-loving people and their easy-going lifestyle will make your stay a very pleasant one.

Distance

  • Coast, 300 meters

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • River

Food

You will be served seven breakfasts and seven dinners. Meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, bread and pastries, pasta, and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let Raftrek Travel know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but they recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.

Snacks in local shops will be limited so Raftrek Travel recommends bringing your own. Raftrek Travel does ask to keep your requests realistic as in some of the areas where you run your trips it is very difficult to prepare special meals. In addition, tap water is drinkable in Croatia but please ask your local guides before consuming it.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Evening walk around the town and its pubs on the first day
  • Hiking, canyoning, climbing, sightseeing, or beach trips on the fifth day (approximately 50 EUR per head, price based on a minimum of four participants)
  • Optional visit to Šibenik on the second day

What's included

  • Cycling in Krka National Park (Skradinski Buk and Visovac Island)
  • Sea kayaking on Zlarin Island
  • Kayaking on the Zrmanja and Krupa River
  • Trekking in Paklenica National Park
  • Rafting on Cetina River
  • Service of skilled bilingual guide and assistance
  • National parks entrance fees
  • Use of kayaks, bicycles, paddles, life jackets, and helmets
  • Neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • Saturday transfers from / to Split and Zadar airport, bus, or train station
  • Insurance
  • Local taxes
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Optional trip on day five, but it can be booked and paid on the spot
  • International airfare to / from Croatia
  • Alcoholic beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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