Land of Waterfalls - Plitvice Lakes

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  •  Departure from: Korana
  •  Arrival to: Korana
  •  Category: Sport & Adventure
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The highlights of this multi-activity adventure holiday include canoeing/kayaking, rafting, hiking and cycling in the area around Plitvice Lakes National Park while experiencing breathtaking views and stunning scenery of Croatia. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, plays host to 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests which make for unique and unforgettable experiences. The itinerary will also take you on a journey down the Mreznica River by kayak or canoe, rafting down the Una River in Bosnia and hiking in Velebit Nature Park with a visit of the Adriatic coast.

Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the river in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple, clean and comfortable rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Join us in this small Mediterranean country that's big on adventure. With delicious Croatian fare and intimate lodgings it's easy to see why both Lonely Planet and National Geographic have called Croatia a "must do" destination.

INFORMATION

Start city: Korana

End city: Korana

Tour description: Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Walking / hiking in the Park Day 3: Cycling 4: River kayaking 5: Optional trips Day 6: Rafting 7: Mreznica canyon Day 8: Departure

Route: Korana village - Plitvice Lakes NP - Plitvice Countryside - Zrmanja river - Korana village - The Una River - The Mreznica Canyon - Korana village

Activities: Canoeing / kayaking, walking / hiking, cycling / biking, swimming

Tour Highlights: Plitvice Lakes National Park walking and cycling, Una River Rafting, Velebit Mountain hiking, Upper Mreznica canyon

Accommodation: Private accommodation

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Intensity: Moderate

Suitable for children: Over 12 years- accompanied by an adult

Suitable For Most Travellers: Yes

Days: 8

Maximum: 16

Note: 

  • Optional trips on Day 5 are NOT included in price and can be booked and paid on spot – the additional charge of approximately 40-70€ per person is payable on site, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.
  • Child discount: valid for children 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.
  • Rooms: please note that the houses in Korana Village have two or three bedrooms, with two rooms sharing one bathroom. No single bedrooms are available. Single use rooms are available upon request, only as double rooms/single use, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.
  • Child discount: valid for children 8-14 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parents’ room; two or more children can have their own room.
  • Rooms: please note that the houses in Korana Village have two or three bedrooms, with two rooms sharing one bathroom. No single bedrooms are available. Single use rooms are available upon request, only as double rooms/single use, with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.
  • PRICE INFORMATION

    Price includes: 

    • 7 nights in double/twin rooms (sometimes 2 rooms share 1 bathroom) 
    • Halfboard • Use of bicycles, kayaks, canoes, paddles, life jackets, helmets 
    • Use of neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
    • 5 days organized activities
    • Park entrance fees
    • Saturday transfers from Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport, bus or train station 
    • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
    • Ground transportation (private transport throughout)
    • Local taxes
    • Insurance

    Price does not include: 

    • international airfare to/from Croatia
    • items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
    • optional trip on day 5
    • beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary

    • DAY
      1
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      Day 1 Arrival in Korana village

      Leaving Zagreb, Zadar or Rijeka airport behind, we make our way to the tiny village of Korana, located in a picture-perfect riverside setting near Plitvice Park. Here we have a unique opportunity to spend a week with local residents in their private guesthouses. After settling into your accommodation, we will meet for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our fellow travelers.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: D; Drive: 2 hours one way.

    • DAY
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      Day 2 Plitvice Lakes National Park walking

      We start our day walking 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, 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.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Walking, 4-6 miles, easy; Drive: 5 minutes each way.

    • DAY
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      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.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Cycling, 4 hours, easy/moderate. 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
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      Day 4 Zrmanja River Kayaking

      This kayaking trip is an expedition down the magnificent Wild West-like canyons of the Zrmanja River in Velebit Nature Park. Perfectly clear and green waters, rapids and waterfalls, hidden swimming pools and steep sided canyons will steal your heart and 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 a lot in spring and in autumn). After an amazing day on the river, we will return to our vans and drive back to Korana village.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 4 h, class II-III, easy/moderate; Drive: 2h each way.

    • DAY
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      Day 5 Optional trip day

      For those who chose a 5-day trip, this is the end of your holiday. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time.
      The rest of the group continues the trip. On the fifth day of your holiday you can be as active or as lazy as you want. You can relax by the river, swim or even take another optional cycling tour on your own in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Several river, walking, sightseeing or beach trips will be offered, in case you are keen on discovering more beauties that Croatia has to offer.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (lunch on your own); Drive: max 2 hours one way.

    • DAY
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      Day 6 Una River Rafting

      The Una River forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia. It will steal your heart with its beauty, green clear water and a landscape of dense forests. 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.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B, L, D; Activity: Rafting, 2-3 hours, class I-IV, easy/moderate; Drive: 1h each way.

    • DAY
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      Day 7 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 late afternoon.

      Accommodation: Private guesthouse; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Activity: Kayaking, 4 – 5 hours, class II-III, easy/moderate, ; Drive: 45 min 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
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      Day 8 Departure

      Depart Korana village for the airport and flight home. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit – especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.

      Meals: B; Drive: 2 hours one way.

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