Canoeing Kopacki Rit Nature Park

Experience Slavonia & Baranja in Eastern Croatia

Adventure tour with wine tasting

CANOE & WINE TOUR | Half Day | from 76 € | Private guided tour through the breath-taking scenery of the Slavonia region and the Kopački Rit Nature Park in Eastern Croatia, inclusive wine tasting in one of the best wineries in Croatia.

Kopacki Rit Nature Park is one of the largest preserved wetlands in Europe and an ornithological significant area. The park is located in the Baranja region in North-Eastern Croatia, between the rivers Danube and Drava, and near the City of Osijek, the capital of the Slavonia region.

You will have a chance to observe many interesting and rare bird species, wild animals and also have an opportunity to see a small herd of an endangered breed of cattle. One of the last in this area.  

For lunchtime, we decided to take you to a great traditional restaurant in the middle of the nature park.

The wine tasting of premium Baranja's wines we left for the end. The Baranja region is world-known among wine lovers for its wine production and quality of premium wines, dominantly white. High-quality top wine is the Graševina, which is certainly the most valuable oenological icon of the Slavonia & Baranja region.

ITINERARY

Short walk over Lake Mali Sakadas

10:00 AM - Short walk over Lake Mali Sakadas

We start our day-trip at 10:00 am in the Visitor Centre of the Nature Park Kopacki rit. In the Visitor Centre, you will meet our guide. The 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. The route takes you along the wooden walkway called Bijeli Lopoč (eng. White Water Lily) to the Lake Sakadash and the boat dock. Along the walkway are placed educational boards with pictures and descriptions of plants, animals, and features of the wetland habitat, which bring you closer to and describe the rich wetland eco-system. After half an hour walk through the reeds, willows, and aquatic plant communities of Mali Sakadash, we will arrive at the boat dock where we will start our canoe tour. The total length of the promenade: 2.400 m. Walking: half an hour.

Canoe tour Kopacki Rit

10:30 AM - Canoe tour Kopacki Rit

Our relaxing two-hour canoe trip with a professional geological safari guide leads us through the Special Zoological Reserve, from the Lake Sakadaš along the Linjov canal. 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 to you everything you want to know. An amazing experience for the whole family. Trail length: 5 km. Duration: about 2 hours.

Lunch in a traditional restaurant

12:45 PM - Lunch in a traditional restaurant

Probably the best fish stew called Fish Paprikash (a local specialty) is in Kormoran restaurant, where we will have lunch. It is located in the middle of the Kopacki Rit Nature Park. The restaurant serves Baranja's 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 children's 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 nature of Kopacki Rit.

Wine tour & Wine tasting

2:00 PM - Wine tour & Wine tasting

The day-trip continues in the direction of Baranja's beautiful wine region Kneževi Vinogradi which is known for a centuries-long tradition of wine-producing. We will take a drive along the wine road through the rolling vineyard landscape to the viewpoint at 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 organized wine tasting of 3 premium wines and various local products (sausage and cheese) 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.

Return transfer to Nature Park Kopacki Rit

4:00 PM - Return transfer to Nature Park Kopacki Rit

Our Kopacki Rit excursion ends in Visitor Centre of Nature Park from where we started this day-trip. Return time in Kopacki rit around 4:30 pm.

Departures 2020: from March till October - every day

Dates: on request

Group size

Price per person

4 persons

€ 97,00

5 persons

€ 87,00

6 persons

€ 81,00

7 persons

€ 76,00

  • The excursion prices are based on a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of seven (7) participants.
  • Definite departure will be confirmed to participants by e-mail.
  • Participants interested in a private trip for a larger group may contact Inlandia.com for an individual offer.

Discount: children up to 4 years accompanied by their parents - free of charge.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Licensed local tour guide (English, German).
  • All transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for Nature Park Kopacki Rit.
  • Canoe trip with a geological safari guide.
  • Wine tasting tour: tour of Belje Winery (drive along wine road through vineyards and lookout at Banovo Brdo, visit of old cellar of Vina Belje); tasting of 3 premium wines and various local products.
  • Insurance and costs for the organization and realization of tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE  /  Additional costs:

  • Transfer to another starting / ending point (of your interest).
  • Lunch in a local restaurant. Approx. 12€ - 20€ for a menu.
  • Additional health and cancellation insurance, which can be arranged by e-mail to info@inlandia.com
  • All other expenses not covered by the programme.

Note* For those who are more interested in experiencing Kopacki Rit in Eastern Croatia, we recommend our excursion Birdwatching Kopacki Rit

  • Nature Park Kopacki Rit
  • Canoe tour
  • Baranja's traditional cuisine
  • Wine tasting of Baranja's premium wines

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. The 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 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 cormorants, herons, egrets, kingfishers, fish eagles, 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.

The traditional cuisine of the 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 opposite cultures. Such an unusual 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 a 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 Inland 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: visit to the authentic village Karanac, nearby Kopacki Rit Nature Park.

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