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Croatia Kayaking the Dalmatian Coast

10 Days


The Dalmatian Coast Off the Beaten Track

Our 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.


Croatia Dalmatian Coast

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.
Kayaking Croatia sea cave.

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.
St. Nicholas Fortress, Sebenik Croatia

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.


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: White Rooms Zadar345
Meals: None
Day 2

Zadar – Dugi Otok

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet your guides for a trip orientation 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 Dalmatian coast paddle experience heading out from the village of Veli Rat and crossing to the island of Veli Lagann where you’ll first kayak over and then have the opportunity to snorkel the shipwreck of an Italian merchant ship that ran aground and sank in 1984. The clarity of the warm water makes snorkeling comfortable and the appeal of being able to explore a wreck at snorkel depth is undeniable. Paddling back you’ll land at the rustic village of Verunic and our guesthouse hotel for the night. Dinner is in a traditional restaurant at the water’s edge.
Overnight: Amarcord Skola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Dugi Otok - Sakarun Beach and Mezanj island

Today you’ll set off by kayak from the secluded and exquisitely beautiful Sakarun beach and paddle down the coast of Dugi Otok where the vestiges of ancient terracing are visible on the green hills above the shoreline. Heading offshore to the you’ll land on Mezanj island and have a chance to swim and snorkel the warm turquoise waters and explore the island on foot. Returning to Sakarun beach and after a last swim return to the hotel to change before crossing to Veli Rat for dinner.
Overnight: Amarcord Skola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Days 4 - 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
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.
Overnight: Amarcord Skola
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Krka National Park – Šibenik

Catching an early ferry back to Zadar, we continue 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 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: Villa Rosa
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. This tiny village of red-roofed stone houses is the laid back essence of the Dalmatian Coast.
Overnight: Villa Rosa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

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: Villa Rosa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9


Today you’ll kayak the Šibenik fjord, an impressive rock gorge, and visit the charming village of Zaton. After arriving back in Šibenik and wrapping up 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: Villa Rosa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10


With an early start, the group sets off first to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ancient and very Venetian port of Trogir. After ample opportunity to explore the winding alleyways and sun drenched squares of the city we'll complete the trip with celebratory lunch in a local restaurant.  The trip will end in the mid-afternoon at Split airport (SPU). Your guide can help arrange onward travel.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


White Rooms Zadar345

A boutique guest house walking distance to the old walled city of Zadar and Roman ruins. Website

Amarcord Skola

The Amarcord  is a comfortable guesthouse with a friendly, helpful staff.  We book this entire waterfront property for the exclusive use of our guests.  Website

Villa Rosa, Šibenik

A tasteful boutique hotel in Šibenik, Villa Rosa features attractively furnished apartment style suites and cozy family style bar and restaurant on the ground floor.  Website

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Dates & Availability

Trip Length
8/31/2024 - 9/9/24
8/31/2024 9/9/24 10 days
2024 Departure
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
  • Single Supplement - $550 US
  • 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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