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From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

1. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and surrounding greenery. Nearby lies the underground cave of Šupljara, where the conditions have given rise to an abundance of unusual cave fauna. Go to the Great Waterfall within the Lower Lakes and see the water cascade from a height of 78 meters. Then, enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore the park on your own and have lunch before the return journey to Zadar at 16:00. 

Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

2. Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

The begging of the trip (clothes changing, instructions, boarding and start of the paddling down the river) is at village Kaštel Žegarski . The part of the route from the village to the mouth of Krupa in Zrmanja and Visoki buk (10 meters high waterfall, the highest on Zrmanja) is hour and a half long, and the waterfall will be bypassed by 5 minutes long walk. Going down the river lasts for approximately 4 hours of which one hour is spent on occasional breaks and swimming. Paddling isn’t hard or dangerous, during the summer; the water is clear and refreshing – perfect adventure for beginners. The trip ends in a village called Muškovci, with some free time for swimming before departure. If you have arrived with your own car, we will drive you to the start point, where you had left your car.

Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

3. Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

Meet your guide at Mićanovi dvori. The 5-hour activity begins with instruction on how to use your equipment before heading out on a 14.5-kilometer kayaking experience. Depending on pace and physical fitness, the trip can last from 2.5-4 hours. The goal is for everyone to enjoy time in the water to the best of their ability! In the summer, when the water level is low, you’ll head down the river by kayak. The rest of the year, when the water is high, you’ll make your way down the river by raft. Kayaks can seat 2 people and a raft can seat from 6-10 people, including the skipper. You’ll be in a group of 30 people (15 kayaks), with 2 skippers to guide you.

Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

4. Plitvice Lakes National Park: Private Tour from Zadar

Explore the magnificent beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes with a guided tour of the Upper and Lower Lakes, Kozjak Lake and the Great Waterfall. Discover what many proclaim as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn about life and traditions of the people living in the area. Visit the Upper Lakes, a group of 12 of 16 Plitvice lakes separated by the travertine barriers. See Kozjak Lake, the largest and the deepest lake in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Immerse yourself in the idyllic scenes of small waterfalls, turquoise water and surrounding greenery of the Lower Lakes, with the underground cave of Šupljara situated nearby. Marvel at the Great Waterfall, with a height of 78 meters, the highest waterfall in Croatia.

Kaštel Žegarski: Zrmanja River Packrafting

5. Kaštel Žegarski: Zrmanja River Packrafting

Arrive at Raftrek Adventure Travel and get prepared for your exciting adventure. Listen to a short but important safety talk and follow your expert, friendly guides to the river. Next, take off from Kaštel Žegarski into untouched nature and picturesque scenery as you practice paddling and steering your boat. After you have become experienced controlling your movement, travel more quickly down the Zrmanja river. Feel the thrill of going down rapids and relax in the crystal clear water as you swim under waterfalls. Then, enjoy a snack, if you have brought one, while everyone is resting under the Krupa falls. 

From Zadar: Kornati National Park & Telascica Speedboat Trip

6. From Zadar: Kornati National Park & Telascica Speedboat Trip

Embark on a Kornati Islands and Telascica tour by boat. Discover some of the islands in the Kornati archipelago, many of them completely private. On your fully-guided boat trip, you will witness stunning views from 100+ meter high ocean cliffs. Swim in a saltwater lake said to have healing waters. Enjoy the unspoiled nature of Nature Park Telaščica. Enjoy a scenic speedboat ride through the Kornati islands. Snorkel in crystal clear and turquoise seas surrounded by curious fish, visit a movie set on Island Mana, be amazed by panoramic vistas, and relax on the pebbly and white sand beaches. You can ask your local crew to book you a table in the island restaurant if you wish to taste freshly caught seafood. Discover the village of Sali, before heading back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Zadar

Good information in advance. Prompt greeting and introduction to the material. The river has little flow at the moment, you have to paddle a lot. The current thresholds are harmless, but a lot of fun. Might have a little more of it. Short break in the half at a beautiful waterfall. At the end there was a ride over a small waterfall. Refreshment is guaranteed there.

One of the best days in Croatia! Fun, fantastic nature, breathtaking views and very well organized activity. We were there with our kids (12 and 9), no problems. The bathing in the river at the waterfall - amazing! Thumbs up! But reserve whole day for the activity - it takes longer than 5 hours and you will be tired afterwards.

Great organization, great tour. Is suitable for everyone, you should agree on great parts that seem difficult, but can be mastered by everyone thanks to the good instructions. Time is taken for everyone, even if it doesn't work out so well at the beginning, there is no need to worry. Overall a great tour!

It was a very beautiful and fun trip, definitely recommended! The guide was a super nice man. You received clear instructions from him and made it a fun tour! Thank you for the experience!

It was a great experience for all of us and an impressive backdrop. Always my pleasure.