Private guided canoe tour through the breath-taking scenery of the Nature Park Kopački rit in Eastern Croatia, the one of the largest preserved wetlands in Europe and an ornithological significant area. The park is located in Baranja in the North-Eastern Croatia, between the rivers Danube and Drava, and near City of Osijek.
You will have a chance to observe many interesting and rare bird species, wild animals and also have a oportunity to see a small herd of endangered breed of cattle. One of the last in this area.
For the lunch time we have chosen for you a great traditional restaurant in the middle of nature park.
The wine tasting of premium Baranja's wines we left for the end. The region is world known among wine lovers for its wine production and quality of premium wines, dominantly white. A high-quality top wine is the Graševina, which is certainly the most valuable oenological icon of the region Slavonia & Baranja.
We start our day-trip at 9:00am from the Visitor Centre of Nature Park Kopacki rit, next to Kopačevo, a small village at the entrance to the Nature Park, a half an our drive from Osijek City. There you will meet your guide. Kopački rit Nature Park, also called the European Amazon, is situated in the central part of the Danube floodplain, between two important European rivers, the Drava and the Danube. It became a protected area in 1967 due to its important ecological values. After a half an hour walk along the new wooden walkways over the Lake Mali Sakadaš we will start our canoe trip through Kopacki rit. Walking: half an hour.
Our relaxing two-hour canoe trip with a professional guide lead us through the Special Zoological Reserve, from the Lake Sakadaš along the Linjov canal. A canoeing is an original way to discover the great biological diversity and wealth of flora and fauna inside the Kopacki rit, especially many various bird species, particularly the cormorants and some rare species of eagle. The guide will explain you everything you want to know. An amazing experience for whole family. Trail length: 5 km. Duration: about 2 hours.
After a canoe trip we continue our tour with the visit to the Tikveš Castle Complex inside the Kopacki rit, situated in the northern part of the Park, 12 km from the entrance Kopacevo. A right place for history lovers. The complex was once a hunting lodge built by the Hapsburgs and later used by Yugoslav State Premier Tito. The exterior can still evoke a spirit of an elegant time. The building is currently being restored.
Probably the best fish stew called Fish Paprikash (local specialty) is in Kormoran restaurant, where we will have a lunch. It is located also in Kopacki rit Nature Park, 7 km south from Tikveš complex. The restaurant serves Baranja cuisine which has multi-ethnic roots. There are various regional specialties especially from freshwater fish and venison. The restaurant is perfect for families with children because there is a big garden and childrens' playground. Not far from the restaurant you can observe the famous Podolac cows, a traditional, but today endangered breed of cattle that graze freely in a nature of Kopacki rit.
The day-trip continues on in the direction of Baranja's beuatiful wine region Kneževi Vinogradi with a centuries-long tradition of wine producing. We will take a drive along the wine road through the rolling vineyard landscape to the viewpoint on the Banovo brdo hill. After the outdoor wine tour we are going to visit the biggest and most impressive wine cellar in Baranja, which was dug into the hill more than five centuries ago. There we will have an organised wine tasting of 3 premium wines with a professional interpretation. If you want to bring the tastes of Baranja to your home, the wine boutique and gift shop offer a fine selection of wines, also famous Baranja kulen with protected geographical indication, and other delicacies and souvenirs of Baranja.
Our Kopacki rit excursion ends in Visitor Centre of Nature Park from where we started this day-trip. Return time in Kopacki rit around 17:00 PM.
Departures 2018: from March till November - every day
Dates: on request
Price per person
Discount: € 20 for children up to 4 years accompanied by their parents.
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Kopacki Rit Nature Park is one of the largest wetlands in Europe, ornithological significant area (293 species of birds) and the largest freshwater fish hatchery in the Danube region (about 60 species). It is situated in the Eastern Croatia, in the picturesque plains of Baranja, between the rivers Drava and Danube. It stretches across the area of 240 km2. A great biodiversity of 2.000 biological species reflects the rich flora and fauna of the park. Due to the exceptional natural values Kopacki rit is included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance and also in the List of Important Bird Areas (IBA).
Canoe tour along Kopacki rit - an abundant flora and a birdlife rich in species make the canoeing along park's canals both exciting as well as fascinating. Inside the spectacular landscape of the protected areas you can see cormorans, herons, egrets, kingfishers, fisheagles and more other birds. When they already gather in the marsh before their flight you can see them in thousands. You can even go to the place where the beavers live. During the tour if you are lucky you can see wild boars and deers.
Slavonia-Syrmian Podolac cow is a traditional breed of cattle whose small herd lives in a protected area of Kopacki rit. Further efforts are needed to strengthen local and regional governance to save this endangered breed from extinction.
Traditional cuisine of Baranja region has multi-ethnic roots. The region on the border between Western and Southeastern Europe, has historically been an interesting bait, among others, the Osmans, Hungarians and Habsburgs, three completely opposite cultures. Such an unsual compound created a Baranja's cuisine with a flair of Western Europe and fervor of South and East. There are various regional specialties based on freshwater fish and venison. But the king of all Baranja's specialties is Fiš Paprikaš, a spicy fish paprika stew made in a cast-iron kettle over wood fire with several fresh-water fish such as pike, catfish, starlet or carp. The final taste of many delicious meals gives the paprika powder from the surrounding villages, well known over the Croatian border, especially the one from village Kopačevo.
Wine region Baranja is located in the north-east part of Continental Croatia, surrounded by the powerful rivers Danube and Drava, and the Hungarian border. Baranja got its name from two Hungarian words: “Bor”, which means wine and “Anya”, which means mother, giving the region a symbolic name – “Mother of Wine”. The great climatic conditions for wine grape cultivation and production of excellent wines have also been recognized by the Romans more than 2.000 years ago.
We recommend: the nature of Kopacki rit is beautiful and there are authentic villages around like Kopacevo and Karanac which are worth visiting.