Huck Finn 8 days/7 nights trip

Rivers by the Sea
Skradin, Krka River National Park

This holiday is a well balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture. It is based in Skradin, a unique town on the very edge of Krka River National Park. Your days will be filled with cycling / biking and walking / hiking up waterfalls and across narrow streams, sea kayaking in the area where the Krka River enters the Adriatic Sea, canoeing / kayaking through rapids of exotic river canyons and white water rafting through jungle-like forests and exploring caves. Afternoons and evenings will be spent in the relaxing ambience of Zadar and Sibenik old towns, Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split and Trogir art treasures – both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Cetina River rafting
Cetina River rafting
Kayaking / canoeing Krupa river croatia
Visovac island
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Cycling krka river national park
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Cetina River rafting
Sea kayaking Novigrad
Sea kayaking Novigrad
Kayaking / canoeing Krupa river croatia
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
Krka river national park
  • Cetina River rafting
  • Cetina River rafting
  • Kayaking / canoeing Krupa river croatia
  • Visovac island
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • cycling / biking krka river national park
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • Cetina River rafting
  • Sea kayaking Novigrad
  • Sea kayaking Novigrad
  • Kayaking / canoeing Krupa river croatia
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • Kayaking / canoeing Zrmanja river croatia
  • Krka river national park

Canoeing / kayaking, white water rafting, sea kayaking, cycling / biking and walking / hiking are pleasant ways of travel through pristine and remote areas. They are suitable for all ages and even absolute beginners. The sea, lakes and rivers are safe and friendly – water temperatures are pleasant in summer – and are not dangerous or physically demanding.

Skradin has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and a marina - all with friendly atmosphere. It is definitely not a typical tourist-hotel resort. The 3* hotel "Skradinski Buk" is located in Skradin, only 300 meters away from the coast. Skradin is the official boat entrance to 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 accomodated in completely renovated and refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, bathroom and balcony. You can enjoy the relaxing Dalmatian atmosphere and specialities – seafood and wine - on the hotel terrace.

Day Activities Place Lodging Meals
Sat 1 Arrival, relaxing Skradin town Skradin hotel D
Sun 2 Sea kayaking Zlarin Island Skradin hotel BD
Mon 3 Cycling NP Krka River, Visovac Island Skradin hotel BD
Tue 4 Kayaking / Canoeing Zrmanja River Skradin hotel BD
Wed 5 Optional trip Skradin Skradin hotel BD
Thu 6 Trekking, sightseeing Paklenica NP, Zadar Skradin hotel B
Fri 7 Rafting, sightseeing Cetina River, Split or Trogir Skradin hotel BD
Sat 8 Departure Skradin hotel B

Similar trips: Clear Rivers Country, River Deep, Mountain High

Prices and departure dates
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2015 Prices and Departure dates

Rivers by the Sea - Skradin, Krka River National Park - Departure dates 2015

MAY

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23

30

JUN

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6

13

20

27

JUL

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4

11

18

25

AUG

1

8

15

22

29

SEP

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5

12

19

26

Other dates on request. If you wish to organise a private departure, please contact us.

Rivers by the Sea - Skradin, Krka River National Park Prices 2015

  8-day 5-day
Double rooms EUR USD GBP EUR USD GBP
High season 790 994 621 620 780 487
Intermediate season 710 894 558 590 743 464
Low season 620 780 487 520 654 409
Children 8-12 years, 10% reduction
High season 711 895 559 558 702 439
Intermediate season 639 804 502 531 668 417
Low season 558 702 439 468 589 368
Single use, 20% supplement
High season 948 1193 745 744 936 585
Intermediate season 852 1072 670 708 891 556
Low season 744 936 585 624 785 490

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NOTE: The prices are fixed in euros. This conversion is for comparison purposes only.
The exact price in dollars or pounds is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank.

High Season: July 7 - August 28
Intermediate Season: June 6 - July 3, August 29 - September 11
Low Season: May 23 - June 5, September 12 - September 26

All prices are per person.

Prices include:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (7xB=breakfast and 6xD=dinner)
  • Use of kayaks, bicycles, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days organized activities
  • Neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • NP entrance fees
  • Saturday transfers from Split and Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • Local taxes
  • Insurance

Not Included:

  • International airfare to/from Croatia;
  • Drinks and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s).
  • Optional trip on day 5, which can be booked and paid on spot.

Details

  • All prices are per person in EUR.
  • Min 4 – max 16 per group; larger groups are on request.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Child discount is valid for children 8-12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room, two or more children can have their own room.
  • Single use rooms are available upon request, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.
  • Air Travel: Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
  • Meals: The meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, breads and pastries, pastas and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.

Weather - the summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

NOTE: if the departure has less than 4 persons signed up and the clients still want to do the trip rather than cancel we charge 20% extra.

Detailed Itinerary

1. Arrival to destination – Skradin town

Arrive to Croatia and we will transfer you to Skradin and accommodate you in the Skradinski Buk hotel. Skradin is a small picturesque town named after the world famous waterfall on the Krka River. It is the oldest Croatian settlement with the status of a town. It was once the capital of the Roman Liburnia and the most important war harbor of Croatia and Bosnia in the 14th century. Apart from a great history, Skradin and its surroundings are places of unique natural beauties. The breathtaking view over the town from the bridge on the highway towards Split was nominated for the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe award for the best sightseeing point on European highways. We will meet in the hotel lobby for a get-together dinner and presentation of the program. You are free to enjoy an evening walk around the town and its cafes. Find out which is your favorite Croatian wine, beer or gelato (ice cream).

Meals: Dinner; Van drive from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min

2. Sea kayaking Zlarin Island, optional visit to Šibenik

The sea kayaking day starts from Zablaće, little village close to Šibenik. After a short introduction to paddling, we start our expedition to the island of Zlarin, which is only 2 kilometers from the mainland. After paddling along the coast of the island we come to the town of Zlarin, a perfect place for a picnic break and some swimming. We slowly finish up our day with paddling along the island and the beautiful Šibenik coastline. We have the view of its remarkable fortress on the very entrance to town. After a beautiful day of sea kayaking in the Adriatic Sea we can make on optional detour to visit Šibenik town for an inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own); kayaking: 4 -5 h;

3. Cycling day in Krka River National Park and visiting Visovac Island

Today we will take our bikes from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall to visit one of Croatia’s most popular national parks, Krka River. The fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls make it a beautiful swimming area. After walking, sightseeing and taking breathtaking pictures we will make a swimming and picnic break under the great Skradinski Buk waterfall. After this relaxing first part we continue our cycling day by exploring the countryside surrounding the Krka River National Park. This biking route will lead you through Croatian history enjoying the landscape of forests and hills. We will bike to the shores of Lake Visovac where the boat will take us to Visovac Island and Franciscan monastery. After sightseeing the monastery and the museum the boat will bring us back to the shore. Continuing back to Skradin we have a magnificent ride downhill with a scenic view over Lake Prokljan. This great day ends with a taste of real Croatian pizza.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner in town (lunch on your own); cycling: 4-5 h, moderate - van support if needed

4. Kayaking on the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers

Early in the morning we drive towards the little village of Kaštel Žegarski and start our 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 on the water level. We push off for an afternoon of refreshing fun on the clear, warm and green waters of these Croatian rivers, considered two of the most beautiful in Europe. Waterfalls and easy rapids, hidden swimming pools, steep sided canyons… It doesn't get better than this!

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; kayaking or rafting: Class II-III rapids, 4-5 h

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 your optional day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. 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 the optional trip will incur an additional charge of approx 50€ per person, payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (lunch on your own)

6. Trekking in Paklenica National Park and sightseeing Zadar town

If there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing national park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit Mountain and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing our fabulous day in Paklenica NP we continue our journey to visit Zadar, beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing it. You are free to enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own); Van drive: 1:15 min; hiking: 3-4 h; Sightseeing Zadar: 2h

7. Rafting Cetina River and visit Split or Trogir town

We drive south towards the little village near Omiš, where our adventure on the Cetina River begins. Clear green water, jungle-like forests, caves and waterfalls will thrill you and make this rafting trip an unforgettable experience. The Cetina is easy enough for families and absolute beginners. 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 we continue to Split or Trogir (group depending decision). In Split you are free 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 Trogir another UNESCO site, an old town with fairy-tale streets and stone houses of incredible architecture, filled with works of art and warm ambience. We will stay in town for our farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner in town (lunch on your own); Van drive: 1h30; rafting: class II-III, 3 h;

8. Departure

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, 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 from airport: Split 1:30 min or Zadar 45 min

Note on the itinerary:

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. Huck Finn 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. Huck Finn reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Contact for booking

We believe that small groups ensure better and more personalized experience. That is the reason why the number of places on each trip is limited. We will be happy to recommend the perfect trip for you based on your travel dates, preferred activities and travel style. Please contact us with any questions and preferences:

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Vanja Kelemen
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Tel. +385 (0)1 618 3333
UK toll free : 0808 189 1407
US Skype number : +1 415 800 3739

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff. In addition to your usual clothing you should consider bringing along some other items which will make your activities more enjoyable. Required gear for paddling and cycling is provided. 
Clothing:

  • Few lightweight, casual, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Hiking shorts, synthetic
  • T-shirts (at least 1 synthetic)
  • Swimmwear
  • Brimmed sun hat

Outerwear:

  • Lightweight rain jacket, waterproof and breathable

Footwear:

  • Lightweight hiking shoes
  • Water shoes for kayaking/ rafting (stiff sole sandals)

Travel Accessories:

  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small backpack
  • Beach towel

Optional Accessories:

  • Camera (waterproof), film/memory cards and spare batteries

Reviews

I just wanted to email you to say thanks for a great trip in August.

We were on the 3rd-10th August trip with Hana, and it was such a great experience- truly the best holiday I have ever had! I also loved kayaking- such a great way to see the hidden spots- I hope to have the chance to discover more places in this way!

Please also pass my thanks onto Hana, as she made it all so much fun! Best of luck for the future, and thanks again!

Alison Eastman



What a fantastic, well run and personal organisation. Look no further than Huck Finn if you seek an adventure holiday in Croatia. They are more flexible than any other company we contacted for our trip and by far the most friendly and polite.
The guides were all superb and could answer any question about the culture or surrounding areas which ensured an excellent balance of professional expertise and comfort. Robbie, Ivan and Ilija were all such fun and the real glue of the group. Their company was sorely missed once we left Skradin. I shall recommend the organisation to all and sundry and was delighted by the good value of the trip. All in all, a brilliant adventure! Thanks to wonderful Branka for all her help and patience too.

L., London, United Kingdom



Just retuned from two week in Croatia, first week based in Trogir, second week went with Huck Finn on the Rivers by the Sea Adventure Holiday based in Skradin.
Huck Finn week was a blast, we were a small group of my wife and I plus two Swiss-German speaking men.
The size of the group did not detract from the trip, we have travelled with Huck Finn twice before once as a group of three and once as a group of sixteen. Borna our guide was knowledgeable and professional in every respect, he was flexible and changed the activity days to suit the weather as the Bura (wind) was blowing hard for our first two days.
The hotel in Skradin was comfortable and had air condition which was essential, the meals were good and varied except for the soup which sometimes was repeated. The trips were well organised and fun, the days were usually structured to do an activity then visit the local town such as Zadar, Sibernik and Split in the late afternoon. On our day we chose a trip to the Kornati Islands (a must do trip) and Huck Finn made all the arrangements.
Overall it was a good balance of activites, two days Kayaking, one day biking, one day rafting and one day walking with the Kornati Islands trip completing the week.
The local bar for local people (Cafe Platana) over the road from the hotel was great value for money and people watching after days activites.
In summary Trogir is a great base for the relaxed week and Huck Finn excellent for the activity week.

Hryzko, United Kingdom; August 2012



Prices:
5-day from € 520
8-day from € 620

Activities: Sea kayaking, rafting, trekking, river kayaking, cycling, sightseeing, swimming

Season: May – September

Accommodation: 7 nights 3* hotel

Food & Wine: Authentic, healthy and natural

Nearest airport: Split 1h30, Zadar 1 h

Day 1: Arrival
2: Sea kayaking Zlarin
3: Cycling / biking Krka NP
4: River canoeing / kayaking Zrmanja river
5: Optional trip
6: Paklenica NP trekking & Zadar
7: White water rafting Cetina & Split
8: Departure