• Activity Level:  5
  • Comfort:  3
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Korana, Plitvice Lakes, Zrmanja & Una Rivers
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May to September
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Highlights

  • Kayaking, walking and cycling around Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Journey down Zrmanja and Mreznica Rivers by kayak
  • Rafting down Una River in Bosnia
  • Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Barac Caves
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8 days from (Zagreb) Korana Village, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zrmanja River, Una River, Mreznica River returning to Zadar or Zagreb

The highlights of this Plitvice Lakes activity holiday include kayaking, rafting, walking and cycling in the area around Plitvice Lakes. Experience breathtaking views and stunning scenery of continental Croatia!

Plitvice Lakes National Park are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park plays host to 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls fed by the Black and White River. A seemingly endless forests surrounds the lakes and is waiting for you to explore it

Itinerary

8 days from (Zagreb) Korana Village, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zrmanja River, Una River, Mreznica River returning to Zadar or Zagreb

Open age tour, physically challenging. Double/twin rooms. Solo travelers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement. Arrival transfer from Zagreb and departure transfer to Zagreb or Zadar

2019 departures: May 25, Jun 8 & 15, Jul 13, 20 & 27, Sep 7, 21 & 28


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ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival in Korana Village
Leaving Zagreb or Zadar airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village of Korana, located in a picture-perfect riverside setting near Plitvice Park. Here we have a unique opportunity to spend a week with local residents in their private guesthouses. 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.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: D; Drive: 2 hours one way.

Day 2 Plitvice Lakes National Park Walking
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 make 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 sunbathing by the clear river right in front of your house.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Walking, 4-6 miles, easy; Drive: 5 minutes each way.

Day 3 Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area
Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on nearly traffic free roads through forests, between hills and across green fields. Cycling through traditional villages, we reach Barac Caves, where we stop for a guided underground tour of the cave’s fascinating limestone formations. We will have time for a picnic lunch and time to relax outdoors. In the afternoon we bike back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Cycling, 4 hours, easy/moderate. Please note that cycling the entire route may be too difficult for small children, but the support van can pick them up and take them back to the village if they are tired.

Day 4 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 back to Korana village.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: class II-III, 4 h, easy/moderate; Van drive: 2h to the Zrmanja River, 2h to Korana village

Day 5 Optional Trip Day
For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. The rest of the group continues the trip. On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river or even take another optional cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Several kayaking, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Drive: max 2 hours one way.

Day 6 Una River Rafting
The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with its beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. The Una is rich in water even in summer so rafting is possible all year round. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B, L, D; Activity: Rafting, 2-3 hours, class I-IV, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h each way.

Day 7 Kayaking in the Mreznica River Canyon
We return to the river this morning in the upper Mreznica canyon. Our route takes us from the hotel to a point approximately 45 minutes away where we’ll start our expedition into the canyon. We travel with kayaks through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Paddling past cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we continue to the end point of the kayaking trip. Later in the afternoon we will have some free time to visit Rastoke Village where the Slunjcica River creates stunning line of waterfalls before flowing into Korana River. We return to the village for a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 2 – 3 hours, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 45 min each way. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats instead of kayaks (2 hours of rafting).

Day 8 Departure
Depart Korana village for the airport and flight home. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit – especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.
Meals: B; Drive: 2 hours one way

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom)
• halfboard
• use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets, helmets
• use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
• Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
• English speaking tour leader and assistance
• Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Zadar airport, bus or train station
• local transfers
• ground transportation (private transport throughout)
• local transfers
• Insurance

NOT INCLUDED:
• Airfare
• Drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Tips and other personal expenses
• Optional sightseeing tours

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. 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. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom)
  • • halfboard
  • • use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • • use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • • Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
  • • English speaking tour leader and assistance
  • • Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • • local transfers
  • • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • • local transfers
  • • Insurance

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Airfare
  • • Drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • • Tips and other personal expenses
  • • Optional sightseeing tours

Extras & Upgrades

Single use rooms are available upon request with a 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing. Optional trips are not included in price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Restrictions

Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s). Child discount: valid for children of 12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parent’s room; two or more children can have their own room. Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

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How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Korana Village
  • Day 2 Plitvice Lakes National Park Walking
  • Day 3 Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area
  • Day 4 Zrmanja River kayaking
  • Day 5 Optional Trip Day
  • Day 6 Una River Rafting
  • Day 7 Kayaking in the Mreznica River Canyon
  • Day 8 Departure