Inland Croatia Adventure

Through the heart of pristine wilderness

Multi activity family adventure holiday

MULTI ACTIVITY TOUR | 8 days | from 670€ | Hiking, Cycling, Rafting, Kayaking in Inland Croatia. Locations: Plitvice Lakes – UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the Mreznica River in green highlights of Gorski Kotar and Zrmanja River, the hidden beauty in hinterland of Dalmatia.

Click on the Google Map (in the right corner) to see the whole itinerary with numbered points.

The itinerary includes also a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina where we will enjoy in great white water rafting down the Una River. An attractive mixture of various exciting activities make this multiactivity tour a wonderful way to discover the stunning and wild inland of Croatia.

This 8-day multi activity family adventure is designed to show off the highlights of the Inland Croatia. Every day an exhilarating experience.

Accommodation is provided in the family guesthouses in the Ethno Village Korana, a small romantic place located along the Korana River, one kilometre before the entrance to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The peaceful village is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.

There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sites or relax.

This tour is highly recommended for everyone who has a sense of adventure, wants to explore the hidden Inland of Croatia without mass tourism and likes water activities!

ITINERARY

Arrival in Korana Village

Day 1 - Arrival in Korana Village

We are leaving Zagreb or Zadar airport and make our way to the small riverside village of Korana, located on the Korana River, near famous Plitvice Lakes. The peaceful ethno village is an ideal base for our 8-day exploring tour through the surrounding area. After settling into your rooms, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will discuss the tour itinerary and get to know all participants. Drive: 2 hours one way. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: dinner.

Walking day in NP Plitvice Lakes

Day 2 - Walking day in NP Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast we are going to visit the most beautiful Croatian national park – Plitvice Lakes. The UNESCO World Heritage Site with its 16 emerald green travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and many caves is a truly masterpiece of nature. In this extraordinary environment, we will have a lunch break. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back over the lake to the park's exit. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana Village where you can spend rest of the day swimming in the clear river in front of your house. Hiking: 6-9 kilometres. Terrain: easy, well marked paths. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own). Drive: 5 minutes each way.

Cycling in Plitvice Lakes area

Day 3 - Cycling in Plitvice Lakes area

On our third day we will explore the rolling countryside of the Plitvice area by bike. The trail will lead us through forests, over hills and green fields to the Barac Caves, where we'll stop for a guided underground tour through Upper Barac’s caves with its length of 520 metres. After visiting the caves we will make a break for a picnic lunch or just to sit and enjoy the tranquil setting. In the afternoon we will bike back to Korana Village for dinner and overnight. Cycling: 4 hours, easy/moderate. Terrain: rolling hills. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own). 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.

Kayaking on Zrmanja River

Day 4 - Kayaking on Zrmanja River

Today await us a truly adventure - kayaking in a 200 meters deep canyon of the Zrmanja River, the hidden beauty in hinterland of Dalmatia. This exciting expedition on crystal clear and green waters, over rapids and waterfalls, hidden pools and steep cliffs will make this excursion an unforgettable experience. No previous kayaking experience is needed if you can swim. We use open canoes or siton-top kayaks for 2 persons with optional child seat. Rafting boats are used during high water season (usually before May and after September, but the water level can vary in spring and autumn). After kayaking on the Zrmanja River, we will drive back to our accommodation in Korana Village. Drive: 2h each way. Kayaking: 4 hours, class II-III, easy / moderate. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own).

Free day

Day 5 - Free day

For all participants who chose a 5-day tour, this is the end of the holiday. After breakfast you are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. The rest of the group continues their adventure. The motto for the fifth day of the tour is "free and easy", offering the participants a chance to have a choice of being active or just relax by or in the river in front of their accommodation. Some of options: cycling tour on your own in and around National Park Plitvice Lakes, walking, excursions to towns of interest in surrounding areas, including beach trips and sightseeing. Drive: max. 2 hours one way. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast and dinner (lunch on your own).

Una River Rafting

Day 6 - Una River Rafting

Today we will cross the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our rafting day-trip on the Bosnian most beautiful river will be great experience. The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is the part of the Una National Park, located in the north-western Bosnia, across from the NP Plitvice Lakes on the Croatian side. The Una is rich in water even in summer so rafting is possible all year round. There are several sections to choose from, and our guides will select the one that is best adapted to group abilities and current water levels. Drive: 1h one way; Rafting: class I-IV, 2-3 hours, easy/moderate. Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Kayaking in Mreznica River Canyon

Day 7 - Kayaking in Mreznica River Canyon

Another river adventure - kayaking in the canyon of the Mrežnica River. We will start our tour through the Upper Mreznica Canyon from the place which is approx. 45 minutes away from the hotel. This part of the river is the most beautiful for kayking tour. Our route takes us through a narrow and deep gorge, paddling past high cliffs, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls to the freshwater spring. We continue our expedition to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), which is an ideal place for swimming and a lunch break. After a break, we continue to the end point of the kayaking trip. After all the activity we will have some free time to visit Rastoke Village on the Slunjcica River. This picturesque 300-year-old watermills village (30 km from UNESCO site Plitvice Lakes) has nickname „Little Plitvice“. We return to the Korana village for a dinner. Drive: 45 min each way. Kayaking: class II-III, easy/moderate, 2 - 3 hours; in case of high water levels, we use rafting boats instead of kayaks (2 hours of rafting). Accommodation: private guesthouse. Meals: breakfast and dinner (picnic lunch on your own).

Departure from Korana Village

Day 8 - Departure from Korana Village

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight home. Meals: breakfast. Van drive: 2 hours one way.

- 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. Our guides and trip leaders will do their utmost care to ensure the best possible experience for our 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. Inlandia.com reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Departure dates 2019: on Saturdays from May till September

Price information & additional costs:

Departures in:

Prices

8-day tour

5-day tour

High season

840 €

660 €

Intermediate season

760 €

620 €

Low season

670 €

560 €

  • All prices are per person.
  • Minimum occupancy per room: 2 persons.
  • The tour price is based on a minimum of four (4) and a maximum sixteen (16) participants in a group.
  • Individual guests can join an existing group.
  • Definite departure will be confirmed to participants by e-mail.
  • High Season: June 29 - August 23
    Intermediate Season: June 8 - June 28, August 24 - September 13
    Low Season: May 18 - June 7, September 14 - September 27

DISCOUNTS:

  • children 8-12 years: 10%

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Experienced local English-speaking guide and assistance.
  • 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom).
  • Meals: 7x halfboard (breakfast and dinner; homemade, traditional food).
  • 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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport, bus or train station.
  • Ground transportation (private transport throughout).
  • Basic insurance and costs for the organization and realization of travel.

 Note* Arrival and departure transfers: several group transfers between airport and destination depending on arrival/departure time.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE / Additional costs:

  • International airfare to/from Croatia.
  • Single use supplement: 20%
  • Drinks and meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Optional excursions on a free day. Approx. 40 – 70 € per person (based on a min. of 4 participants).
  • Tips and other personal expenses.
  • Arrival transfer after 6pm (Central European time): 30 € /transfer.
  • Additional health insurance and cancellation insurance, which can be arranged by e-mail to info@inlandia.com
  • All other expenses not covered by the programme.

Remarks:

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

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

Children discount: 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.

Accommodation type: rooms in private guesthouses. Each house in Korana Village has 2-3 bedrooms, sometimes two rooms share one bathroom.

Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing.

Optional excursions can be booked on the spot and are dependable on suitable weather conditions. The price is payable on site. 

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 visa for EU, you will require a double entry visa.

You need to bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, water, appropriate spare clothes in accordance to the weather conditions (fleece/jumper, rain gear), camera.

 

TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Accommodation in Ethno Village Korana
  • Natural beauties of Plitvice Lakes
  • Kayaking on the Mrežnica River
  • Zrmanja River – hidden beauty in inland of Dalmatia
  • Rafting in Una National Park – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  1. Etno Village Korana is a small riverside village located along the Korana River, near the entrance to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The peaceful village is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. The houses in the village are built in the rustic style that represent true historical heritage. Also there are mills from 19th century and a sawmill powered by water. In hot summers you can swim in the crystal clear river in front of your accommodation. Also close are some interesting sights like the Barac-Caves (15 km), Old Town Dreznik Grad (10 km), Rastoke Village (called „Little Plitvice“, 27 km).
  2. Plitvice Lakes National Park - a misty natural wonderland. Plitvice is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949. In 1979 Plitvice Lakes were listed on UNESCO's list of world natural heritage sites because of its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. It is one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe.
  3. Mrežnica River in the Croatian heartland is popular among nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts because of its large number of waterfalls, totalling 93. This crystal clean river with rich flora and fauna, is ideal for swimming, kayaking through beautiful canyons, natural jacuzzi in waterfalls and walking over to small river islands. It offers also plenty of stops for 'jumping' and making photos.
  4. Zrmanja River is the hidden beauty in hinterland of Dalmatia. It is one of Croatia's most beautiful rivers: wild and unpolluted. Its 200 m deep canyon with many rapids and a 12 metres high waterfall named "Veliki buk" provides an exciting river-rafting adventure. The river springs below the mountain Poštak in the southern part of Lika region, in hinterland of Zadar, and flows into the Novigrad Sea, 11 km from the town of Obrovac. Zrmanja is, thanks to the sea, suitable for rafting all year round (when the water level is high enough).
  5. Una National Park is one of the three national parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The park is located in the north-western part of Bosnia along the Bosnian-Croatian border, south of the city Bihać. It was established in 2008 around the Upper Una River and the Unac River. Only 40 km from NP Una is the famous Croatian NP Plitvice Lakes. The waterfalls and white water rapids of Una River  are the highlights of the park. The most famous waterfalls are the great Strabacki Buk with its 8 metres and tiny one at Martin Brod, where the popular "International Una Regatta" kayaking competition begins. Throughout the park, visitors can enjoy prime conditions for rafting, fishing, cycling and hiking. Area of the park has rich cultural-historic heritage and numerous archaeological sites, many dating from the prehistoric period. Significant historical and cultural heritage of the area within the park zone are the Roman fort Milančeva Kula, Rmanj Monastery in Martin Brod, medieval fortress Ostrovica above Kulen Vakuf and Ottoman fortress Havala.

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