Watersports activity vacation in Croatia

“Budget but beautiful small group vacation. Starting in Zagreb, this water activity trip is inland rather than coastal, including Plitvice Lakes NP - just one of Croatia's inland idylls.”

Highlights

Zagreb | Mreznica River | Plitvice Lakes National Park |Una river in Bosnia | White water rafting

Description of Watersports activity vacation in Croatia

This week long watersports activity vacation in Croatia starts on the water and ends on the water. Our base is a beautiful hotel located right on the Mreznica River where we will spend a week kayaking, rafting, swimming and jumping into waterfalls. Because the Mreznica River is over sixty kilometres long and has over ninety waterfalls, with emerald pools and canyons along the way, making itjust perfect for water adventures. During the week we will also raft on the nearby Una River, where water levels are high enough to do so all year round. This adventure vacation takes in some of our wonderful inland landscapes on foot and by bike, such as the Plitvice Lakes National Park, famous for its 16 magnificent lakes linked by waterfalls, rivers and limestone pools. Here we will spend some time hiking through its rich beech forests, as well as taking a boat trip out on Lake Kozjak.

Our base on the river, a three star family owned hotel, is just an hour’s journey from both
Zagreb and Rijeka airports. Overlooking the river, as well as an ancient mill and waterfall, the sound of water is omnipresent as you dine in the waterfront restaurant, where you can savour their daily catch served with local produce, much of it home grown by your hosts. A very friendly and popular hotel, the family that owns it loves nothing more than serving up a big barbeque by the river.

Please note that our itinerary is flexible. We work with small groups of adventurous vacation makers, but we can alter it according to experience and abilities. We also need to be flexible when weather affects water levels, conditions and so on, as safety is at the core of everything we do. We reserve the right, therefore, to change the itinerary at any time during the trip.

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Our top tip:
Three good things to pack. Rash vest layers, waterproof camera and neoprene gloves.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people, min. age 8
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
3 * family run, riverfront hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, all equipment, Plitvice Lakes NP entrance fee, airport transfers transfers from Zagreb or Rijeka airport, transport, guide.
Meals:
Half board. Picnics are extra.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. 20% surcharge for own room.
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Accepted
Vacation type

Small group family vacation

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Watersports activity vacation in Croatia

Environment

On our trips we bike on pawed roads only, walk and hike on bitten paths and admonish our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals. In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper. Most of all, we ensure that negative environmental impacts are drawn to a minimum.

By booking this trip you get to see a whole new perspective of this beautiful part of Croatia by kayaking on the hidden and best preserved parts of the clearest rivers in Croatia.

A visit to National Park Plitvice Lakes is included in the program - the fees that we pay to the National Park contribute to the conservation of that area.

Community

By booking this trip you bring much needed income to the people who are still recovering from the war-torn years, as this was the area severely affected by war. This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers) and provision of accommodation (we use family owned hotels or home stays with local family). We also use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycle.

By buying local products you are supporting this countries’ economy and helping Croatia to stand on her feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

As a company, we support the local communities by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers. In order to preserve traventine barriers on Zrmanja River we have built wooden detour bridges. We also support an orphan bear shelter in Kutarevo.

Zeleni kut is a small family hotel that directly or indirectly employes many local people and in that way is irreplaceable in the community. Our hosts in that small family restaurant prepare breakfasts and barbecue dinners with their own home grown food and fish from their own pond.

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Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by

I had the most amazing time with my two boys, the activities I did push my boundaries and I felt like I was in my 20s again. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2018 by

The kayaking on the Mreznica River was amazing - really beautiful scenery and adrenaline going down the waterfalls. The guides also deserve a mention as they were excellent and really made the trip! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

We loved the activities, especially water sports. The rafting down the Una river was particularly great. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2018 by

Loved the last day with the kayaking on the Mreznica River - great fun, beautiful location, great experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2018 by

Everyday was a wonderful adventure. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2018 by

Fantastic, very refreshing to see so much unspoilt countryside and be able to enjoy it. The guide was excellent in organising and looking after all the vacation makers considering how mixed ability the group was. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by

A fantastic ways to discover the beauty of Croatia, whilst appealing to our teenage boys with fun, new, exhilarating and exciting activities. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2017 by

The highlight was seeing parts of Croatia that are not on the normal tourist itinerary. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

Memorable, the beautiful accessible river and cascades viewed from the Hotel veranda. Exciting the rafting and jumping. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by

The biking day was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by

Having read previous reviews for this trip I had quite high expectations! Happy to say the trip was still even better than I had hoped. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by

If you enjoy being outdoors and in water then this is the vacation for you. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2013 by

It was simply the best vacation I have ever been on. I used to think the city was the best place in the world. My world was turned upside down. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2013 by

Amazing! The perfect combination of activities and challenges in pristine settings. Our guides, Nikola and Mario are passionate, knowledgeable guys who spoke openly and honestly. I not only enjoyed the activities, but loved learning more about Croatia. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2013 by

All the activities were excellent but we really enjoyed the river rafting through clouds of blue dragon flies and our lunch stop at a beautiful pool with a waterfall Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2013 by

Lots of memorable experiences: canoeing down waterfalls, rafting down a 2m high waterfall, taking our bikes on a hand-pulled ferry across the river, sea kayaking in spectacular coastal scenery including canoeing over a sunken ship wreck. We had a great hotel room with balcony overlooking a beautiful waterfall. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2012 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was going down waterfalls in the upper part of the Mreznica and jumping off high rocks into deep pools below. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2012 by

This was a great vacation - fabulously clear rivers with swimming places and warm enough to swim for ages!...9/10 for me! As a solo traveler it ticked the boxes well. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2012 by

Swimming into sea caves with sea lit up a brilliant blue when inside was the most memorable part of the vacation...Excellent - best vacation I've had for years. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2012 by

The beauty of the Mreznice River...One of the very best adventure vacations we have done, and we have done quite a few in Europe. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2012 by

The crystal clear waters of the national park that we visited and then, a few days later, jumping from a cliff into the cools waters of the Mreznica River!!...It was excellent!! Our tour guides went beyond the call of duty to ensure, not only our comfort, but our safety too. I certainly would recommend this vacation to my friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2012 by

I enjoyed the hiking trip to the Plitvicka National Park, we went mid week so it wasn't so crowded. Beautiful lakes and well looked after. I also enjoyed the canyoning in the local river, climbing up waterfalls jumping into deep pools with the river nearly to ourselves. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2012 by

All aspects of the trip were excellent and all the activities came together to form a wonderful experience. The friendliness of the captain and all the people we met made the vacation an unforgettable experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2007 by

Practically all of it however the most exciting part was when we went kayaking on higher waterfalls. We give it a high rate since this was the best vacation we have had, kids loved it as well and we consider re doing it, maybe in a different season. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2007 by

The highlight was canoeing through a gorge which involved paddling the canoes over a 4 metre high waterfall. Read full review

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