Multisport Adventure Tour in Croatia 10 days, 9 nights
Peace and stability have made the splendors of Croatia available once more. Come and explore the water carved gorges of Krka National Park, bike pastoral landscapes dotted with medieval villages, raft, swim and rappel through wild Cetina Canyon, kayak the legendary Dalmatian Coast and experience the world famous Mediterranean charm and seaside beauty of Split and Dubrovnik. The Multi Sport Adventure Tour is an unforgettable experience. Be different, be natural, be yourself. Be an adventurer!
Day 1: SPLIT
Welcome to Croatia! After clearing customs a tour representative meets us at Split airport for the transfer to our hotel. This evening we gather for a welcome dinner with our tour leader and an orientation on our upcoming adventure. (D only) Airport transfer 15 minutes.
Day 2: KRKA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we drive to Skradin, the ancient city of Scardona to explore Krka National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site whose heart is the Krka River’s massive limestone gorges which drop over 700 feet in just 30 miles. This area is famous for its waterfalls and Skradinski Falls is the most impressive of all with a 150 foot drop over 17 limestone steps. The surrounding forests are a mix of hornbeam, cypress, poplar, oak and willow where 200 bird species have been identified including golden eagles.
We begin our visit with a gentle cycle to Skradinski Falls and then explore its shores along the river with opportunities to cool off in its inviting pools. Afterwards a relaxing meal in the ancient city of Scardona, we return to Split taking the scenic route via Primosten and Rogoznica, with time to explore these quaint towns with their beautiful bays. (B,L)
Drive to Krka National Park – 1 hour
Drive Krka to Split – 2 hours
Day 3: TRILJ – MOUNTAIN BIKING
The 40-kilometers track follows the river and green hills of Trilj. After breakfast, check your bikes and transfer to Grab River Spring. Enjoy 5 kilometers of a light bike ride along the Cetina River. Stop over at the picturesque Grab village with 600-year old water mills, classified as a historical monument, for a refreshment of domestic doughnuts, cheese and drink at the local miller and native sculptor Iko. Continue the ride to the river’s origins and then to the impressive spring Ruda. After a few kilometers, we come to river Cetina and as we continue our ride, we will be followed by a quiet river which slowly spirals through the field, surrounded by tall willows, poplars, with nearby mountain tops all the way to Trilj. Later, return to your hotel for the evening. (L)
Day 4: KORCULA ISLAND
This morning we depart Split via the scenic ferry to Korcula Island, the reputed birthplace of explorer Marco Polo and one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. The Greeks originally named it Korkyra Melaina or “Black Corfu” for its dark, densely wooded appearance and it was a favorite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago. We explore the island’s main town, also named Korcula, a wonderful example of a medieval Dalmatian city with its protective wall, round defensive towers and clusters of red-roofed houses. This evening, we enjoy a picturesque local beach and restaurant within a short walk from Hotel Lumbarda, our comfy accommodations for the evening. (B,D)
Ferry to Korcula – 3 hours
Drive to Korcula town – 1 hour
Day 5: TOUR OF DUBROVNIK
This morning we take the short ferry ride to the mainland for our drive to Dubrovnik, the jewel of the Adriatic and the most beautiful and well preserved city in Croatia. The old city of Dubrovnik has been immaculately restored and many of its buildings under special protection as part of a World Cultural Heritage site. We take a walking tour starting on the walls of the old city with spectacular views of the town and surrounding islands, then visit the cathedral, theatre and the glorious city itself. Overnight in Dubrovnik. Evening is on your own. (B,L)
Ferry to mainland – 15 minutes
Drive to Dubrovnik – 3.5 hours
City tour – 3 hours
Day 6: SEA KAYAKING
After breakfast, we spend the day kayaking on the sparkling Adriatic amid the beauty of the Elafiti Islands, a string of islands stretching between Dubrovnik and Peljesac Peninsula. Accompanied by qualified instructors, you set off to explore the caves and beauty of Lokrum Island. Take a break on the hidden beach of Betina where you can enjoy snorkelling. Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience Dubrovnik from the sea on the way back as you paddle around the city walls. Free evening in the city. (B, L)
Drive to kayaking – 30 minutes
Sea Kayaking – 4 to 7 hours
Day 7: RAFTING THE CETINA RIVER
After an early breakfast, we continue on to the beautiful, seaside village of Omis and the comfortable accommodations of the Hotel Villa Dvor, the signature hotel property in Omis, and some whitewater fun on the Cetina River. We ride below towering cliffs on the river’s Class II & III rapids and meander through occasionally vegetated areas in the slower water sections as we make our way through the 600′ deep Cetina Canyon. Tonight we celebrate at the Radmanove Mlinice a local restaurant specializing in traditional Croatian cuisine. (B,D)
Spend the evening exploring the wondrous town.
Drive to raft put-in – 4 hours.
Half day rafting, Class II-III
Drive to hotel – 5 minutes
Day 8: CETINA CANYONING
After a leaisurely breakfast, we depart for our canyoning adventure. We experience the upper secret sections of the Cetina Canyon with the new adventure sport of canyoning. Canyoning combines hiking, climbing, rappelling and swimming and allows us explore the canyon’s waterfalls, rapids and subterranean tunnels in ways never before possible. It also involves some rock scrambling and short climbs on steel ladders. Everyone is provided with wetsuits, helmet and life jackets and our guides have years of canyoning experience. Water shoes or footwear with good traction when wet are required. Biking gloves are also recommended for additional protection. Though a bit challenging, for many guests canyoning is the highlight of the tour. Return to Hotel Villa Dvor to unwind, then head out for some fun on the town, before retiring for the evening. (B,L)
Canyoning 4 hours of hiking, climbing, swimming, rock scrambling and rappelling. Water shoes or footwear with good traction when wet are required. Biking gloves are also recommended for additional protection.
Drive to canyoning start – 30 minutes
Day 9: TOUR OF SPLIT
This morning we wind down from yesterday’s excitement with a guided tour of Split, a center of Croatian culture and the second largest city in the country. We visit Salona, once the capitol of Roman Dalmatia and the birthplace of the emperor Diocletian, and then continue on to the center of town and Diocletian’s Palace with its magnificent cathedral, bell tower and hulking Golden Gate entrance to the old city. Outside the Golden Gate be sure to make a wish as you pass the bronze toe of Grgur, a 10th century bishop. Local legend says that you have to touch his toe each time you pass if you want good luck and to make your wishes come true. After our tour, we have the afternoon to ourselves in Split to shop in the market, stroll under palms of the Riva or just relax at a local beach.
This evening, we visit the ancient city of Trogir with a 2300 year tradition influenced by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. We enjoy a scrumptious dinner under the warm, summer night sky at one of the local establishments. (B,D)
Split City tour – 1,5 hours
Shuttle to Trogir for dinner – 20 minutes
Day 10: TRIP CONCLUSION
Time to catch up on last minute shopping and absorb the sights and sounds of this wonderful city one last time before transferring to the airport for flights home.
Airport transfer – 30 minutes
NOTE: All drive and activity times in the itinerary are approximate.