Water multi sport vacation in Croatia

“Small group vacation, with 5 full days of water activities. Kayaking, rafting and swimming, staying in Skradin on the edge of the Krka River National Park.”

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Skradin | Krka National Park | Zlarin Island | Sibenik | Paklenica NP | Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers | Zadar

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18 May 2019
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25 May 2019
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Our top tip:
Invest in a hydration backpack, style Camelbak.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people, min. age 8
Activity level:
Easy-moderate.
Accomm:
3* hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, equipment, activities, NP fees, transfers, guide, transport.
Meals:
Most meals included. Budget £6-10 for main course.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. 20% surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type
Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Water multi sport vacation in Croatia

Environment

On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike on bitten paths and admonish our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals.

In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper. Part of our staff is vegetarian and because of that we try to provide quality vegetarian meals on our trips. We also support an orphan bear shelter in Kutarevo.

Skradin is a small town with some 6000 inhabitants situated on the edge of the second biggest Croatian National Park Krka River. Its position is it's big advantage but also its big disadvantage. With more then half of million visitors to a National Park in 2007 only few of them choose Skradin as their destination. Tourists and big travel agencies see it mostly as a passing stop before main attraction. Fees that we pay to go to the National Park contribute to the conservation of that area.

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) and most of all that negative environmental impacts are drawn to a minimum. 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 countries’ 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 a wooden detour bridges.

The biggest focus of the towns tourist offering are over two dozen famous restaurants which offer a variety of local specialities and vines. Our program combines that and a week full of activity with a base in Skradin's only and locally owned hotel. This hotel used to be a traditional family house, with minimal changes on traditional architecture now converted into an accommodation which gives you a real sense of ambience. This is a first time that one agency organises a multi day program in this area just 10 miles from Adriatic coast but on the edge of all main tourist stops.

20 Reviews of Water multi sport vacation in Croatia

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Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018 by

Brilliant. Perfect all round. Couldn't be better. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2018 by

We have travelled a lot and been to many countries around the world - but this vacation has been absolutely wonderful and one of the best We have been on. I would thoroughly recommend it to others. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2018 by

Enjoyed all the activities, lots of exciting moments. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

We had a free day planned for Wednesday...The group all decided to go for the CANYONING at Cetina river. This was the highlight of the trip. We had an amazing time. Climbing the rocks of the river, jumping from different heights and sliding down on the rapids. The highest rock I jumped was 9 m. I feel very proud that I did it. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2018 by

It was a fabulous vacation. We loved all the activities, the equipment was all good, the support of the local guide was terrific. Highly recommend the trip to anybody who likes an action packed week. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2018 by

Jumping off waterfalls into rivers, and jumping off diving boards into the sea was a truly memorable part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2018 by

We had a fantastic vacation. Every activity was great. I especially liked the river Kayaking and Rafting. Our guides were excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2018 by

Croatian nature is really beautiful...the activities were really fun and exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2017 by

The most memorable was the children's faces when we told them the lost of activities we were going to do. The kids said the best vacation we have ever had! Great time had by all. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2017 by

It was great from start to finish, but the living on the sailboat was the most memorable because it was something we have never done before. One of the things that made it so wonderful was the staff. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by

Hiking up into the mountains probably the most memorable part. But did enjoy all the activities individually. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2016 by

***** I am reborn! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2016 by

It was fantastic- I would really recommend it!....Personally my favourite day was the sea kayaking, but I loved almost all of it! Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2016 by

It was all exciting and memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

Outstanding! Kayaking on the sea and visiting the fortress. Absolutely fantastic day, brilliant way to kick off the trip and get to know some people. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

Book it! One of the best trips I have ever been on. Really covers all the key points of falling in love with Croatia. Perfect! We already miss our guides and new friends :) Read full review

Reviewed on 26 May 2015 by

Very nice vacation, cycling & walking through the forests. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2009 by

The river kayaking was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2008 by

Highly recommended, felt like we saw places we would not have found for ourselves without a lot of trial and error. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2008 by

Zipping down the rapids on a river was fab too and my son loved going headfirst over a 10m waterfall! Paddling peacefully up rivers and swimming in their cool, clear depths was great too. Read full review

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