The Plitvice National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, and seemingly endless forests. The itinerary will take you on a rafting trip down the Una River, border between Croatia and Bosnia. Join us in this small Mediterranean country that's big on adventure and see why both Lonely Planet and National Geographic have called Croatia a "must do" destination. The combination of activity, scenery and cultural immersion makes this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.
This itinerary is based on 4 Nights however we can offer a 7 Night Plitvice Lakes NP Activity holidays.
Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups on request.
Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by an adult
Our trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. You can expect to spend 4-5 hours on activities, but our schedule is very weather dependent. Previous kayaking experience is recommended, but not required. While the guides will do their best to stick with the described itinerary, changes might be necessary and the guide will determine the actual itinerary depending on the weather and group abilities.
Day 1 - Saturday. Arrival to destination - Korana village
Leaving Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village of Korana, located in a picture-postcard riverside setting at the doorstep of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here we have the unique opportunity to spend a week with local residents who offer simple, clean and comfortable rooms in their homes. After settling into your accommodations, we will meet in the river-side hacienda for a welcome drink and brief orientation where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming itinerary and get to know our fellow travelers.
Meals: D; Van drive: 2 hours
Day 2. Visit Plitvice Lakes National parking - Walking
We start our day hiking along the wooden paths and bridges, in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village just in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river just in front of your house.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Walking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well marked paths
Day 3. Cycling in Plitvice Lakes Area
Today is all about exploring the lovely pastoral Croatian countryside by bike. We cycle on nearly traffic free roads through forests, between hills and across green fields. We will have time for a picnic lunch and time to relax outdoors. In the afternoon we bike back to Korana Village in time to enjoy a traditional Croatian evening meal.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Cycling: 4 hours; Terrain: rolling hills. (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)
Day 4. Kayaking in the Mreznica River Canyon
We return to the river this morning in the upper Mreznica Canyon. Our route takes us from the hotel to a point approximately 45 minutes away where we'll start our expedition into the canyon. We travel through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. Paddling past cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, we will arrive at a strong freshwater spring. We continue our journey to the second highest waterfall on the Mreznica (8m), a magical place ideal for swimming and a picnic. After a break, we continue and finish the adventure and finally return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Kayaking: class II - III, moderate, 4-5 hours: Driver 45 minutes each way. Please note that in case of very low water levels the trip can only be done downstream - in that case the duration of kayaking is 2-3 hours. In case of high water levels we use rafting boats (2 hours of rafting)
Day 5. Return home
Today you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling / biking tour on your own in and around Plitvice lakes National Park if you have time before your flight home.
Meals: B, Van drive : 2 hours
Notes on Itinerary:
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their 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. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
Here are a few suggestions on what you should pack for this trip:
Required gear for paddling and cycling is provided.
Check in time is: 12:00, Check out time is: 12:00
Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley surrounding both sides of the river in Plitvice National Park. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting.
The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. The combination of activity, scenery and cultural immersion makes this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.
Rooms: Please note that the houses in Korana Village have 2 and 3 bed rooms, with 2 rooms sharing bathroom. No 1-bed rooms are available. Single use rooms are available upon request, only as double rooms/single use, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible
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Korana village is placed on the banks of the river Korana on the very entrance of Plitvice lakes national park. it takes about an hour and a half drive south from Zagreb in the mountain region of Croatia.
Transfer time from Zagreb 1 Hour 30 minutes approximately.Car Hire Directions
Address for GPSKorana village, Selište, NP Plitvice lakes, Croatia
You can also fly to Zadar or Split
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