What to Expect
Skradin is a unique town hidden in the Krka River estuary, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Split, on the very edge of Krka National Park. The small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, as well as a beach and marina. Spend a week in Croatia with Skradin as your headquarters, and enjoy a variety of activities throughout the week, including rafting, kayaking, hiking, and cycling.
Your vacation will also include plenty of history alongside trips to notable sites. Afternoons will be spent in the relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split, or exploring the town of Trogir. A handful of the places you will visit are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 1: Split or Zadar - Skradin (Meals: D)
Upon arriving in Croatia, you will be transferred to Skradin and your accommodations at the Skradinski Buk 3-star hotel. Skradin is a small picturesque town named after the world-famous waterfall on the river Krka, and is the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. In the evening, you will meet in the hotel lobby for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program, after which you are free to enjoy an evening walk around the town and its pubs.
Day 2: Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik (Meals: B, D)
After a short introduction to paddling, begin an expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from the mainland. Paddle along the coast of the island to the town of Zlarin, the perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. You will slowly finish up your day with paddling along the island and the Šibenik coastline, and on the trip home, you may opt to make on optional detour to visit Šibenik, an ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and breathtaking cathedral.
Day 3: Cycling day in Krka National Park, visiting Visovac Island (Meals: B, D)
Head to Krka National Park, and after walking, sightseeing, and taking breathtaking pictures, go swimming under the waterfall before embarking on a cycling adventure. Your trip passes through the countryside surrounding the park, with a path that will lead you through the landscape of forests and hills, to the shores of Visovac Lake, where a boat will take you to Visovac Island and a Franciscan monastery. Enjoy a beach break for a self-made picnic lunch before continuing back to Skradin on a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over Prokljan Lake.
Day 4: Canoeing on Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers (Meals: B, D)
Early in the morning you will drive toward the little village of Kastel Zegarski and start your expedition down the magnificent wild-west-like canyons of the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. The watercraft may be raft, canoe, or sit-on-top kayak, depending upon the river conditions. Push off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm, and green waters of these Croatian rivers, considered 2 of the most beautiful in Europe.
Day 5: Optional trip day (Meals: B, D)
On your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish, choosing to relax by the river, swim, play beach volleyball, or even take another optional bike tour on your own. 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 an optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx 50€ per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions.
Day 6: Trekking in Paklenica National Park, sightseeing in Zadar (Meals: B, D)
This morning’s small expedition leads you into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia, which covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica, and once you have explored to your heart’s content, you will continue to Zadar, a beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast.
Day 7: Rafting on the Cetina River and visit Split town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Meals: B, D)
Drive south toward a little village near Omis, where your adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear water, jungle-like forests, caves, and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. 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, continue to Split to walk its popular palm tree promenade and visit the Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 4th century, or visit Trogir, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience.
Day 8: Departure (Meals: B)
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 guide books.
Note on itinerary: 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.
Activities: This activity program is a well-balanced mixture of activity, nature, and culture. Your days will be filled with hiking up the waterfalls and across narrow streams, touring lakes in a canoe, kayaking down and through rapids of exotic river canyons, rafting through jungle-like forests and exploring caves.
Activity level: Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous kayaking experience is recommended, but not required. There is also the option of riding in the support van if you’re tired while cycling.
Group size: There is a minimum of 4 and maximum of 16 people per group; larger groups can be accommodated on request. If the departure has less than 4 persons signed up and the clients still want to do the trip rather than cancel, there is an extra charge of 20%.
Accommodation: The 3-star hotel, Skradinski Bu, is located in Skradin, only 984 feet (300 meters) away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat entrance to the Krka River National Park. It is perfectly situated to explore nearby national parks and other sites of interest in Šibenik-Knin County. You will be accommodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, and bathroom.