Day 1: Arrival to 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 in the river-side hacienda for a welcome drink and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travellers.
Meals: dinner; Van ride: 2 hours one way
Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park Hikig
We start our day walking / hiking 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 for dinner.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Walking / hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well marked paths.
Day 3: Cycling in Plitvice Lakes area
Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bicycle. We cycle on roads that are nearly traffic free through forests, between hills and across green fields. To rest, we'll have a picnic lunch and time to relax in a local park. In the afternoon we turn back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Cycling: 4 hours; Terrain: rolling hills.
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 to the village if they are tired.
Day 4: Zrmanja River Kayaking
We head out for canoeing down the magnificent wild-west-like canyon of the Zrmanja River in the Velebit Nature Park. Clear, warm and emerald waters of this river, its rapids and waterfalls, hidden pools and perpendicular canyon walls will win a special place in your heart forever. 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).
Meals: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own); Van ride: 2 h one way; kayaking or rafting: Class II/III, 4 h, easy/moderate
Day 5: Optional trip day
On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling / biking tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. 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.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own); Van ride: max 2 hours one way.
Please note that the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx 50€ per head, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a min. of 4 participants.
Day 6: Una River Rafting
Una River is a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with her virgin beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. Una is rich in water even in the summer so the 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.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Van ride: 1h one way; Rafting: class I-III, 3 hours.
Day 7: Upper Mreznica canyon
We are back on the water this morning in upper Mreznica canyon. We start our expedition upstream, traveling through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Bypassing 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 head downstream and finish the adventure back where we left our vehicles.
Tonight, we will drive to Rastoke village and have our farewell dinner in the beautiful setting on the river bank.
Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own); Van ride: 45 min one way; Kayaking: class II-III, moderate, 4 - 5 hours.
Please note that in case of very low water levels the trip can only be done downstream - in that case the duration of kayaking is 2-3 hours. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats (2h rafting).
Day 8: Departure day
Departure 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, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.
Meals: breakfast, Van drive: 2 hours one way