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Croatian Active Family Holiday

8 days Croatia, Europe
Adventure level: 
4. Demanding
4
2
Family Holidays | Min age 7yrs
Trip code: 
ZMFC
Trip Highlights: 
Get active in Croatia's water wonderland
Make a splash, rafting
Cycle through forests of beech and black pine while taking in the view of Vesebit Mountain in Paklenica National Park
Kayak across the sea and visit the pastel-coloured fishing village of Vinjerac
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,193 Adult £1,326
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £838 Adult £931
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Itinerary

Trip Highlights: 
Get active in Croatia's water wonderland
Make a splash, rafting
Cycle through forests of beech and black pine while taking in the view of Vesebit Mountain in Paklenica National Park
Kayak across the sea and visit the pastel-coloured fishing village of Vinjerac
Trip Overview: 

This multi-activity family holiday to Croatia is great for those that love water and excitement - run the rapids whilst white water rafting along the Zrmanja River ,  explore caves and gorges as we hike through Paklenica.  Combine all this with cycling through villages and discovering Croatia's rich history and you have the recipe for an unforgettable week!    

Day
1
Arrival day

Arrival day

Our group flights go from London Heathrow to Split where you will be transferred to Starigrad Paklenica and your base for the next week. The transfer will take just under 2 hours and we will arrive there late afternoon ready for the welcome meeting at 6 pm.

Apartmani Dinko

Day
2
Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park

After breakfast, it’s time to set off on a hike through Paklenica National Park. The National Park is one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe thanks to its incredible rock formations and stunning natural scenery. Your hike will take you to the edge of the Velika Paklenica Canyon, revealing the most magnificent views of the area.  You’ll pass by Sklopina, a 17th century village where houses were built right into the cracks in the rock. The return path leads you to the very bottom of the Velika Paklenica Canyon and along the creek where you can freshen up. Return to the comfort of your accommodation for a well earned rest.

Note: The route chosen will depend on seasonality, weather conditions and the abilitiy of the group.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
3
Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Today delivers all things wet and wild as you hit the water for an exciting canoe safari or a white water rafting adventure on the Zrmanja River which travels 69 kilometres as it winds along its route from the southern part of Mount Pljesevica towards the sea.
Make your way along perfectly clear and green waters, through karst scenery of narrow valleys and steep sided canyons, passing magnificent waterfalls. The first part of the trip is easy, allowing you to get a feel for your craft and enjoy the surroundings, and then it will gradually get more downhill, with an increase in waterfalls and rapids. Drifting serenely makes this a memorable day of activity.

Note: The activity chosen will depend on seasonality and water levels in the river.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

Day
4
Paklenica

Paklenica

After yesterday’s river adventure, it’s time to head back and explore the mountain paths at Paklenica National Park. The grassy hills and rugged mountain trails of the park make for a great spot to get some mountain biking practice in. Cycle around the countryside and enjoy this breath-taking part of Croatia. The route chosen will depend on the group's ability
All trails travel through the characteristic rocky landscape of Dalmatia, dominated by the view of the slopes of the serrated Velebit mountain peaks and beech and black pine forest and the Adriatic Sea as a constant backdrop.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast and Picnic Lunch included

 

 

Day
5

Free Day

After the last couple of days of frenetic activity today is left free to rest and relax.
Perhaps visit the beach or explore Zadar, the ex capital of Dalmatia which has a thriving cafe culture and some cool historical spots for the kids. l spots for the kids.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
6

Sea Kayaking

Today we head out on a sea kayak adventure in Paklenica Bay. Paddle out on the clear blue sea through the Velebit Channel and spend a day on the water, with the mountains serving as your backdrop while you tour the coastline. Glide along blue satin water that’s often so clear that you can see the bottom. Feeling hot? There’ll be plenty of chances to stop and dive into the water on swimming breaks. Along the way you’ll stop for lunch. Your final destination is the nearby fishing village of Vinjerac across the bay, a picturesque place with neat rows of pastel coloured houses fronting the harbour. Perhaps try some of the daily catch for dinner in one of the local restaurants. You’ll return to Starigrad for the night.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast included

 

Day
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today you’ll continue the water theme with a trip out to the stunning World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). It's one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes. The waters tumble from a high, tree-lined ridge down through the valley and skirt dense forests of beech, spruce and pine. The interplay of water, rock, and plant-life creates a wondrous, dynamic landscape, changing the water colour from azure to bright green, deep blue to grey. A series of wooden walkways pass over the landscape, ensuring there’s little impact upon the park. A stroll around this park will leave you feeling very in tune with nature. Even amongst this pristine natural beauty, the Plitvice Lakes are shadowed by the region's history. The 1991 civil war erupted here after rebel Serbs took control of the park's headquarters, holding the park for the duration of the war and devastating infrastructure, though thankfully leaving the natural landscape intact. Return to Starigrad and celebrate your final night with the group.

Apartmani Dinko - Breakfast and Dinner included

Day
8

Departure

Today, our Croatian adventure comes to an end. Take breakfast with the group this morning before saying your goodbyes to your newly-found friends and heading to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast included

 

 

Cycling & Canoeing

A bike tour along country roads and through local villages is a great way to see the countryside at a pace that allows you to experience it much more closely than from a vehicle. Enjoy rafting on the Zrmanja River and exploring its beautiful turquoise pools. After a day spent paddling, the pools are perfect for a welcome swim.

Kayaking & Rafting

Rafting the Zrmanja river takes you through a high-sided gorge of impressive karst formations. The rafting itself is an exhilarating way to understand Croatia's wilderness and an experience you will not forget!

Plitvice Lakes National Park

It's one of the oldest national parks in south-eastern Europe and the largest in Croatia, a misty Eden of endless waterfalls and spectral blue lakes. The waters tumble from a high, tree-lined ridge down through the valley and skirt dense forests of beech, spruce and pine. The interplay of water, rock, and plant-life creates a wondrous, dynamic landscape, changing the water colour from azure to bright green, deep blue to grey.

Our Croatian River Adventure trip is just one of our many Europe Family tours. To find out more visit our Europe holidays page.

What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, boat

Accommodation - Apartment (7nts).

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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