A spectacular coastline, and a quintessentially Mediterranean landscape dotted with groves of olives, figs, lemons and pomegranates, as well as the vineyards that produce Croatia’s tasty wines. And that’s not all! Croatia’s medieval villages and towns are lovingly preserved, and strolling their cobbled streets is truly like going back in time. The Italian-influenced cuisine is wonderful: local prosciutto, cheeses and olives, perfect pizzas, great risottos, amazing seafood and the best gelato we’ve ever tasted. Add to all this a myriad of paddling opportunities in a crystal clear sea that NASA astronauts have pronounced as the bluest body of water on the planet, and you can appreciate why it’s one of our very favorite places!
You can reach Croatia from a number of European hubs. Croatia Airlines has connections from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. British Airways and Easy Jet also offer some connections from the UK.
A reasonable level of fitness is required. , Typically, we will be kayaking for a maximum of four hours a day (sometimes less) with breaks and boat support. We have two cultural walking tours, which are very easy physically, and we do some hiking in the National Parks. We are also offering stand up paddle boarding as an optional activity on some days, and for this no experience is necessary.
No. This is trip is suitable for all levels of kayakers, but if are a beginner we recommend that you take an introductory day course, and do some paddling on top of that so that you feel comfortable in a kayak. Getting out of the kayak and into the support boat is always an option. During the trip we will be offering some kayak instruction and tips on technique, as well as a demonstration of assisted rescue.
On the main kayaking days we will have a support boat. If you decide you need to stop, you can get into the support boat at any time.
Not at all! Please let us know in advance, however, and advise us on your dietary preferences.
North Americans do not need a visa for Croatia. You will need a passport that is valid a few months beyond the end of your stay in Europe.
Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Your routine vaccinations (tetanus/diphtheria, polio, etc.) should be up to date.
In general, not at all, however, it’s always worth having some insect repellent along with you on land.
Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip, all cultural tour guiding, park fees and entrance fees, all accommodation, kayak guiding, instruction and equipment, most meals (one or two dinners may be on your own: please check the itinerary) and water.
International and domestic flights, soft and alcoholic drinks, bike rentals, etc., personal insurance and gratuities.
ATMs are readily available in Split, Skradin, Novigrad and Zadar. They will not be available in the Sibernik Archipelago. Please ensure you have a card with a 4-digit pin number.
When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.
Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with new found friends. If you wish to have your own hotel room, a single supplement applies.
Of course. Just ask and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our Hidden Places guests.