Sep 19 – Sep 28, 2017
On request June through September
Group of 2-3:
US $4980 per person
Group of 4-10:
US $4450 per person
9 nights, 10 days
Ocean and flat river kayaking, hiking, swimming, historical walking tours, optional stand up paddle boarding
Small inns and hotels
Begins in Split, ends in Zadar (transfers can be arranged to Split airport)
These can be arranged and customized to your needs.
Join us on this special adventure to the islands and rivers of Croatia’s stunning Northern Dalmatian coast. Deep green pine forests, dusky olive groves, gentle river stretches between towering limestone canyon walls and an azure ocean scattered with wild islands - this is a paddler’s dream! Close to the historic towns of Split, Sibernik and Zadar, and sandwiched between the coast and the Velebit Mountains, lie Europe’s most dramatic karst landscapes, now protected as national parks. Our voyage encompasses it all, as we journey by kayak and on foot through layers of history and to areas of intense natural beauty. En route we stay in charming, family run hotels and inns. We wander through medieval stone villages, stopping to sip coffee with locals; we dine alfresco in harbor-front restaurants enjoying Croatia’s wonderful cuisine and wines. This is Europe at its best!
The adventure begins in Split, with a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace, built by a Roman emperor at the turn of the 4th Century AD and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heading to the Krka River National Park, we hike by its stunning waterfalls, and have a shake-down kayaking session (with stand up paddle boarding as an option) on the quieter reaches of the river. We enjoy the charming and history-steeped village of Skradin, capital of Roman Liburnia in the 1st century AD, and favored by Bill Gates as one of his favorite getaways! From here we paddle down the flat water stretch of the Krka River to the lovely town of Sibernik , built in the 11th century by Croatian kings. We explore its maze of ancient streets and visit the Cathedral of St James, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our next destination is the quiet, car-free island of Prvic: once a summer hangout for 15th Century nobles, now it has only a couple of small fishing villages. From our base in a harbour-front hotel (with fabulous cuisine), we paddle to surrounding islands, each with their own distinct character.
Paddling back to the mainland, we transfer to Novigrad, a scenic seaside village overlooked by a 13th Century fortress with a colorful history. This is our jumping off point for the dramatic canyons of Paklenica National Park. We explore them by kayak, along the breathtaking Zrmanja River, and on foot, to a tucked away mountain hut for a very special lunch! As a grand finale, we head to Zadar: we visit its Roman ruins, watch the sun set from the harbour wall to the accompaniment of its famous ‘sea organ’ and enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner to celebrate our adventure!
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey