Plitvice Lakes and Kayak Break will take you along the Mreznica River and through 16 lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will explore this unique area on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), from a kayak and on foot. Our guides will seize every opportunity to steer you away from the busy everyday life ensuring a truly memorable experience. The Mreznica is one of Croatia’s cleanest rivers with plenty of great places for swimming, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and rafting. Clear green water, unspoiled woods and magical landscapes make it one of Croatia’s most desirable continental retreats.
The accommodation is a friendly, family-run, 3* hotel on the bank of the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb and Rijeka airports. The restaurant overlooks an old mill close to a small waterfall and serves freshly caught fish, as well as home-grown vegetables. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, TV, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning and have Internet access.
You can easily combine Plitvice Lakes and Kayak Break with other Huck Finn 4-day trips in all parts of Croatia.
|Sun||2||Walking||Plitvice Lakes NP||Zvecaj Hotel||BD|
|Mon||3||Kayaking & SUP||Mreznica River||Zvecaj Hotel||BD|
|Tue||4||Departure/ optional cycling||Zvecaj||B|
Arrival in Zvecaj village by the Mreznica River. After settling into your room, you can have a drink on the terrace overlooking the Mreznica and its waterfalls, walk by the river, go for a swim or just relax. Meet the other members of the group over dinner and discuss the upcoming itinerary with your guide.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Zvecaj; Meals: D.
Walking in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Early in the morning we start our drive through lovely countryside roads towards Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s first National Park. Once at Plitvice, we have the day to explore it on foot. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a spectacular geological and hydrogeological karst phenomenon, a sequence of sixteen turquoise lakes linked together with cascading falls and travertine pools. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. The richness of flora and fauna attracts visitors and scientists from all over the world. UNESCO has declared it with all rights as a World Natural Heritage site. We’ll walk through the National Park following narrow paths, crossing over wooden bridges and even taking a boat ride on Lake Kozjak.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Zvecaj; Meals: BD (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Walking, 4-5 hours, easy; Drive: 1 hour 45 minutes each way.
Kayaking and SUP on the Mreznica River
The day of water activities on the Mreznica starts with kayaking in front of the hotel. We use two-person sit-on-top kayaks which are easy and safe to navigate. After a short introduction to paddling, we push off upstream for a refreshing fun on the clear, warm and emerald waters of this river with numerous waterfalls. After a light picnic, we’ll paddle back to the hotel. In the afternoon we will change our kayaks with stand up paddle boards and discover the river bed from a different perspective. The day will be filled with swimming, jumping off the waterfalls and enjoying beautiful nature. Later in the afternoon we will have some free time to rest and will end the day with a group dinner on the restaurant terrace.
Accommodation: 3*** hotel in Zvecaj; Meals: BD (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 2-3 hours, class I-II; Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), 2 hours, easy/moderate.;
Departure or optional cycling trip
You can depart Zvecaj Village or book optional cycling trip we offer. A well-paced bike tour through villages and along country roads is a great way to experience Croatia much more closely than from a vehicle. There are many trails in the Mreznica area well-adapted for cycling tours. We’ll start from the hotel and meander past numerous small family farms and homesteads. There are great places to take breaks along the road and look out over the valleys and fields. You will be able to go for a swim in the river and enjoy a picnic lunch on the bank. 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.
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.
20% discount *
*valid only for season 2020
All prices are per person.
Child discount valid for children aged 12 and under at time of travel.
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|
Other dates on request.
- 3 nights accommodation (3*** hotel, en suite bathroom)
- meals as per itinerary (3 breakfasts, 3 dinners)
- activities and use of equipment (kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, life jackets, helmets)
- use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
- Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee
- ground transportation (private transport throughout)
- Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb (free of charge)
- English speaking tour leader and assistance
- local taxes and permits
- drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Tuesday departure transfer from Zvecaj Village
- tips and other personal expenses
- optional trips
Closest airport: Zagreb or Rijeka.
Optional trip is not included in the price and can be booked and paid on the spot. It is dependent on suitable weather conditions.
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 parent’s 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.