8 days
Duration
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Location
8+
Age
5/10
Activity level
May-Sep
Dates
4-16
Group size

The highlights of this Plitvice Lakes activity holiday include kayaking, rafting, walking and cycling in the area around Plitvice Lakes. Experience breathtaking views and stunning scenery of continental Croatia!

Plitvice Lakes National Park are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park plays host to 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls fed by the Black and White River. A seemingly endless forests surrounds the lakes and is waiting for you to explore it.

This outdoor trip will also take you on a journey down the Zrmanja and Mreznica Rivers by kayak, rafting down the Una River in Bosnia-Herzegovina and cycling over rolling hills to Barac Caves.

The families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden inside the Plitvice Lakes National Park, provide accommodation. The houses are rustic, small, traditional dwellings with simple, clean and comfortable rooms. The peaceful village is an ideal base from which we will explore the surrounding area.

Join us in this small Mediterranean country that’s big on adventure. With delicious Croatian fare and intimate lodgings, it’s easy to see why both Lonely Planet and National Geographic have called Croatia a “must do” destination.

This Plitvice Lakes Activity Holiday ca be combined with our short breaks and experiences throughout Croatia.

Day ActivitiesPlaceLodgingMeals
Sat1Arrival, relaxingKorana VillageKorana VillageD
Sun2WalkingPlitvice Lakes NPKorana VillageBD
Mon3CyclingPlitvice CountrysideKorana VillageBD
Tue4KayakingThe Zrmanja RiverKorana VillageBD
Wed5Free dayKorana VillageKorana VillageBD
Thu6RaftingThe Una RiverKorana VillageBLD
Fri7KayakingThe Mreznica CanyonKorana VillageBD
Sat8DepartureKorana VillageB

 

1

Arrival in Korana Village

Leaving Zagreb or Zadar airports behind, we make our way to the tiny, rustic village of Korana, located in a picture-perfect riverside setting near Plitvice Park. You will have a unique opportunity to spend a week with locals, in their private guesthouses.
After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where you will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know your fellow travelers.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: D; Drive: 2 hours one way.
2

Plitvice Lakes National Park Walking

We start our day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes. There are 16 emerald green travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves to explore. Lush forest, prolific in wildlife, surrounds the lakes.

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 just in time to enjoy sunbathing by the clear river right in front of your house.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Walking, 4-6 miles, easy; Drive: 5 minutes each way.

3

Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area

Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on nearly traffic free roads through forests, between hills and across green fields. We reach Baraceve Spilje (Barac caves), where we have a guide takes us to the underground to discover fascinating limestone formations.

After the visit to the caves  you will have time for a picnic lunch and time to relax outdoors. In the afternoon we bike back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Cycling, 4 hours, easy/moderate. 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 back to the village if they are tired.

4

Zrmanja River kayaking

On the fourth day we head south, to the region of Dalmatia, to explore another beautiful river. We will kayak down the Zrmanja River, over its rapids and waterfalls to discover hidden swimming pools and canyons.
No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim – the river starts out slow so it is perfect for beginners to get used to the paddling and steer the kayaks. And, after the picnic break, river gets fun enough even for the experienced kayakers.
After an amazing day spent on the Zrmanja, we will drive you back to Korana village.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: class II-III, 4 h, easy/moderate; Van drive: 2h to the Zrmanja River, 2h to Korana village
5

Optional Trip Day

For those of you who had opted for a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeweard flight for any time.
Those of you that stay can be as lazy or as active as you want. You can spend a quiet day relaxing in the village or take another cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Also, we will offer you several kayaking, walking, sightseeing or beach trips to choose from, in case you are willing to discover more of Croatia.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Drive: max 2 hours one way.
6

Una River Rafting

This is the day we visit Bosnia and Herzegovina and its scenic Una River for a rafting trip. This trip is safe enough even for the beginners: there are several sections of the river to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best suited to group abilities.
The Una stretches between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and runs through Una National Park. The park protects Una’s extraordinary fauna, flora, waterfalls and cultural heritage site. The legend says that ancient Romans found this river so unique they named it Una (the One).
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B, L, D; Activity: Rafting, 2-3 hours, class I-IV, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h each way.
7

Kayaking in the Mreznica River Canyon

 Another day, another beautiful river. Today we visit the Mreznica, one of Croatia’s best kept secrets – especially its upper section.
At the beginning of our kayaking trip we enter a deep and narrow gorge, and continue down the cascading waterfalls. For many of our guests highlight of this trip is a 8 m (26 ft) high waterfall. Of course, you don’t kayak down that waterfall, there is other way around, but jumping from that cliff is an exhilarating experience.
Later in the afternoon, after the kayaking trip, we will have some free time to visit Rastoke Village where the Slunjcica River creates stunning line of waterfalls before flowing into Korana River. We return to the Korana village for a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 2 – 3 hours, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 45 min each way. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats instead of kayaks (2 hours of rafting).
8

Departure

Depart Korana village for the airport and flight home. Transfers will be organized per your request.
However, if you are staying in Croatia for few more days, ask our guides for any recommendations. They will be happy to help, and direct you to some other hidden Croatian gems.
Meals: B; Drive: 2 hours one way.

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.

  8-day  5-day 
LowIntermediateHighLowIntermediateHigh
adult670 €760 €840 €560 €620 €660 €
child603 €684 €756 €504 €558 €594 €
single804 €912 €1008 €672 €744 €792 €

All prices are per person.

Child discount valid for children aged 12 and under at time of travel.

Seasons 2020

Low: May 16 – June 5; September 12 – 26
Intermediate: June 6 – 26; August 22- September 11
High: June 27 – August 21

Departure dates 2020 - Saturdays
May162330
June6132027
July4111825
August18152229
September5121926

Other dates on request.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom)
  • halfboard
  • use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 5 days of organized activities
  • use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
  • local taxes
  • Saturday transfers from/to Zagreb or Zadar airport, bus or train station
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • insurance

Not included:

  • airfare
  • drinks and meals not listed in the itinerary
  • tips and other personal expenses
  • optional trips

This itinerary includes a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please contact the appropriate government office or Bosnian embassy or consulate to confirm whether you need a visa. If you need a EU visa, you will require a double entry visa.

Arrival and departure airports: Zagreb or Zadar. Rijeka possible with extra surcharge on request.

Arrival and departure transfers: several group transfers between the airport and destination depending on arrival/departure time. Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 euros per person.

Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked on the spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependable on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.

Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).

Child discount: valid for children of 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 a 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing.

Rooms: please note that the houses in Korana Village have two or three bedrooms, sometimes with two rooms sharing one bathroom.

Optional trips are not included in price and can be booked and paid on spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

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