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Croatia Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

Season(s)
June / September
Length
10 Days
Level
Easy-Intermediate
Airport
ZAD
75000

Highlights

The Dalmatian Coast Off the Beaten Track

Our new Croatia kayaking trip explores remote, little-traveled islands on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast that truly make up Europe’s most unspoiled coastline. Paddle clear turquoise waters to beautifully wooded islands, hike to historic ruins and meander through red-roofed villages. This trip of contrasts includes some of the richest historical and architectural features of the Dalmatian coast along with seldom-visited areas of stunning natural beauty, woven together by memorable days of kayaking.

Timeless Kornati Archipelago

This journey takes you off the tourist track to the hauntingly beautiful and timeless islands of Kornati Archipelago and along a coast that is steeped in history. Stone towns, Venetian palaces, and fortresses dot this sun-drenched landscape of olive groves and vineyards. Paddle island to island, swim in turquoise blue waters, and dine on excellent Adriatic Mediterranean food and wine from small local producers.

Two National Parks and Three UNESCO Sites

Visiting some of the most culturally significant and naturally beautiful places in Croatia, this richly diverse new trip includes two National Parks and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Along the way, we stay at the water’s edge in boutique hotels and rustic inns. Even if you have traveled to Croatia before we will show you new facets of this ancient land and its culture.

Small Group Kayaking Adventure with Expert Instruction

Explore two distinctly different areas in this exclusive warm-water kayaking adventure that accommodates just eight guests with the option of either single or double kayaks. Beyond memorable kayak touring, there is the opportunity, if you wish, to polish your paddling skills with expert instruction.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Zadar

Arrive in the ancient city of Zadar that dates back to Roman times and check into your pre-booked hotel room just off the waterfront. Stroll along the water to the gates of the old walled city and visit the Roman forum – the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic. Explore the city’s magnificent Romanesque churches and Venetian fortifications and be sure to visit the famous “Sea Organ”.
Overnight: Hotel Kolovare
Meals: None
Day 2

Zadar – Dugi Otok

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet your guides for a trip orientation and then board the van and head for the ferry to the island of Dugi Otok. The ferry ride winds its way through the pine-scented islands of the Zadar archipelago. On Dugi Otok, you’ll have your first paddling session of the trip at the secluded and exquisitely beautiful Sakarun beach. After paddling, you’ll wind your way down the island to the rustic village of Zaglav and our hotel for the night. Dinner is in a traditional restaurant at the water’s edge.
Overnight: Roko Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3-5

Kornati National Park

Starting in Telašcica Bay, a nature park with dramatic cliffs that plunge down into the sea, you will venture into the 140 islands of the Kornati Archipelago that are spread before you. Both a National Park and a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kornati is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. Setting course to the south along the west edge of the island group, you’ll island hop with breaks to stop and swim until reaching a guesthouse on the remote island of Levernaka Otok, which will be your base for the next several days. Protected channels and warm, crystal clear water in an amazing range of turquoise hues make kayaking the Kornati a singular experience. Around every point there is a new vista with a distinctive play of light on stark landform reflected on water. Ashore, short hikes take you through ancient olive groves or to the ruins of a Roman fortress. The few residents of the archipelago still follow the rhythm of life at the water’s edge and you’ll join them for meals of incredibly fresh seafood prepared in traditional style. Days in the Kornati start with golden light on the islands and end with a glass of wine, simple food, and a blazing red sunset – pure pleasure.
Overnight: Private Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Krka National Park – Šibenik 

After breakfast the group transfer by private boat from Zut to Biograd and then continue on to the medieval village of Skradin at the entrance to Krka National Park. After a visit to Krka’s famous Stradinski Buk waterfall for a hike and a swim, you’ll have lunch in Skradin and have time to explore this picturesque town that dates back to Roman times. Following the Krka River to the Adriatic, you’ll arrive in Šibenik, one of the oldest native Croatian towns on the Adriatic. Charming Venetian style buildings are evidence of the long influence of Venice in Dalmatia, while three fortresses suggest the town’s long strategic importance. We will visit Saint James Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before dining in a waterfront restaurant.
Overnight: Trapula Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Prvic Island

From a marina in Šibenik, you will paddle down the Krka estuary stopping to visit the imposing St. Nicolas Fortress that once protected the entrance to the city. Crossing the channel towards Prvic Island, there is a sunken ship eerily visible in the clear water before we enter the village harbor of Prvic Luka, our base for the next days of kayaking. This tiny village of red-roofed stone houses is the laid back essence of the Dalmatian Coast.
Overnight: Hotel Maestral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Prvic Island and Šibenik Archipelago

Paddling island to island through clear turquoise water, stopping at pocket beaches to swim, and stroll through small villages for refreshment is the idyllic reality of kayaking in the Croatia. The Šibenik Archipelago offers a seemingly limitless opportunity for exploration and enjoyment. 
Overnight: Hotel Maestral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Zlarin Island and Šibenik

Leaving Prvic Island, you’ll kayak back to Šibenik by way of Zlarin Island. Known as the “golden island” for its unspoiled beauty, Zlarin is famous for coral jewelry. Arriving in Šibenik at the marina, after our last paddle of the trip, there will be time to shower and change before heading out for a special meal in the medieval center of the city.
Overnight: Trapula Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10

Trogir and Split

With an early start, the group sets off first to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ancient port of Trogir and then on to Spilt and the Roman era Diocletian Palace, another UNESCO site. After lunch in the old town of Split, the trip will wrap up at the city’s central station from which onward travel is easily arranged.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodations

Hotel Kolovare, Zadar

A modern four star hotel within walking distance to the old walled city of Zadar and Roman ruins. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a pleasant bar and restaurant.

Roko Hotel, Zaglav

The Roko is a comfortable, waterfront hotel with a friendly, helpful staff and an outstanding restaurant that serves the freshest fish and organic produce.

Trapula Guest House, Šibenik

A tastefully renovated medieval house right on the sea front in old Šibenik, the Trapula features attractively furnished apartment style suites and cozy family style bar and restaurant on the ground floor.

Hotel Maestral, Prvic Luka

Classic Dalmatian style and waterfront location make the Hotel Maestral an ideal location in the picture perfect village of Prvic Luka. The hotel has an excellent restaurant that features classic Croatian Mediterranean cuisine.

Private Guest House, Kornati

Owned by a family in Šibenik, this beautiful, rustic guesthouse is the key to exploring the Kornati Archipelago.

Extensions

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Dates
Trip Length
Price
Availability
Notes
6/12/2016 - 6/21/2016
6/12/2016 6/21/2016 10 days
4890
Available
9/4/2016 - 9/13/2016
9/4/2016 9/13/2016 10 days
4890
Available
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals from as specified in Itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Tipping of guides
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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