Welcome to Croatia, an Adriatic paradise filled with 1,264 islands, rocks, and reefs. Home to numerous inventions that helped shape the world (including the pen, tie, parachute), Croatia offers more than meets the eye. Croatia will amaze you with its immense natural beauty, history, and food. Together, we will go sea kayaking, explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, and delight our taste buds with new flavors and cuisines.
Sea kayaking on the Adriatic is a unique experience! The Mediterranean climate, the smell of the pines, and the refreshing salt spray and paddling on crystalline water will refresh your mind, body, and soul.
We chose Šibenik’s archipelago as the area of the tour to show you the best of Croatia, where the mountains transition into one of the most island-dense areas in the Mediterranean, where the rush of a medieval town transforms into the peace of deserted islands.
Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, Cliff Diving, Sea food, History Heritage, Corals Reefs, Local Cuisine, Nightlife, Sunrise and Sunset Paddles, Wildlife and … More than 100 islands!
2017 Land Cost Per Person
September 30th – $2,240
Single Supplment – $300
- 10 days and 9 nights
- Overnight accommodations
- Airport transfers
- Meals as noted in the itinerary
- Equipment as specified in the itinerary
- English speaking ACA Level 3 coastal kayaking instructor/guide with international experience (Wilderness First AID & CPR, boat skipper, biking tour guide)
- 24-hour phone assistance from the instructor/guides
- Free Croatian SIM card and mobile phone during the tour
- Sojourn tax
- Daily snacks
- Access to clean drinking water.
Price Does Not Include:
- Transportation not specified in itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages except when otherwise noted in the itinerary
- Insurance (we highly recommend purchasing medical/accident, luggage, and trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances).
Upon arrival, as a welcome gift, we will give you a refillable water bottle and a sun-protective long-sleeve shirt!
1% of all proceeds go to a local organization of environmental conservation.
The area covered by this tour is the most island-dense area on the Adriatic (the average distance between the islands is about a half-mile) and has many islands and coves. The proximity of the coast offers protection from wind, waves, and unpredictable weather. However, in a case of emergency, the Coast Guard is only a few minutes away at each point of the tour. In addition, we have a speedboat for support. Wearing a PFD is mandatory whenever we are on the water. Please understand, too, that we’ll be asking you to frequently drink enough water! Hydration is important. J
Croatian cuisine is based on meat and fish, and we’ll serve you mostly traditional food. If you have dietary needs or food restrictions, please let us know. Vegetarians and vegans, you are more than welcome to request what you would like to see on the menu and we will blend traditional cuisine into your meals.
- P&H sea kayak Scorpio 2
- P&H spray decks
- Werner paddles
- PeakUK PFD’s (personal floatation device)
Group Size: 4-10
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, cliff diving
Meals: Breakfast x 9, Lunch x 7, Dinner x 6
Area Covered: Approx. 60 square miles
Accommodation: Hotel and private guest house
DAY 1: ARRIVAL—ZLARIN
Upon arrival at the airport (Zadar or Split), we will transport you to the island of Zlarin, where you will check in at the cozy Hotel Koralj. Today you will have time to explore the island and to get some rest before your adventure begins. In the evening, we’ll meet up for a group dinner and presentation of the program.
Meals included: D Accommodation: Hotel
DAY 2: SHAKEDOWN—KRKA NATIONAL PARK, ŠIBENIK
Our adventure begins on the mainland, as we take in the natural beauty of Krka National Park with its amazing waterfalls. We will also spend some time in the medieval seaside town of Šibenik, exploring its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and visiting one of the world’s oldest power plants, built by Nikola Tesla. Lunch will be served in the small, picturesque town of Skradin, one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. In the afternoon, we’ll venture back to the island for a shakedown, where you’ll have a chance to familiarize yourself with the equipment, get into the water, and take the first paddle strokes of your 10-day adventure.
Meals included: B, L, D Accommodation: Hotel Total mileage: 3 NM
DAY 3: KICKOFF—KRAPANJ
The glow of the sunrise, the smell of pine trees, crystal clear water, and an abundance of seagulls tell us that it’s time to kick off the paddling part of our journey. After breakfast, we’ll explore hidden coves and local sea life, stopping on shore to hike to some breathtaking island viewpoints. Lunch will be provided on the island of Krapanj, famous for two things: its status as the lowest-altitude inhabited island in Europe, and its sponge-hunting tradition which dates back more than 300 years. After lunch, we’ll cruise between the islands and back along the coastline, exploring local culture and daily life as we go. Upon arrival at the hotel, the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Meals included: B, L Accommodation: Hotel Total mileage: 12 NM
DAY 4: MEDITERRANEAN LEGACIES—VODICE, PRVIĆ
The numerous old settlements along the Dalmatian coastline have a rich Croatian history. Our first stop today is Vodice, a Mediterranean town which has witnessed the fame and power of both the Roman and Ottoman Empires, leaving many archaeological sites that survived to this day. Here you’ll have time to explore the town and enjoy some local food in your choice of numerous restaurants. After a couple more miles of paddling, our next stop will be the island Prvić. Have you ever been skydiving? Today we’ll show you who made that possible with a visit to the Faust Vrančić Memorial Center, named after the Prvić native who invented the parachute; his many inventions can be seen at the center. After returning to your hotel, you will have the option to head back out and explore the local nightlife (if you still have some energy left!). You can go to either Šibenik or Vodice, and we will pick you up at a time of your choosing. Just go easy on the drinks—tomorrow is a big paddling day! ☺ Meals included: B Accommodation: Hotel Total mileage: 8 NM
DAY 5: ISLAND HOPPING & SNORKELING—KAPRIJE, SOKOL
Croatia’s 1,246 islands, rocks, and reefs make it a kayaking and sailing paradise. Today we will visit or pass about 30 islands, including Zmajan, Obonjan, Mali Mišjak, and Kakan, with a stop for lunch on the island of Kaprije. This island has only one settlement, with a population of 190 people. Here we will witness a darker piece of history: a submerged German army boat from 1940. After lunch, we’ll indulge in a little island exploration, then we’ll make our way around the Šibenik archipelago to Sokol island, an amazing snorkeling spot. Later, it’s back to the hotel to get some rest. Tomorrow we will leave Zlarin for Murter. Meals included: B, L, D Accommodation: Hotel Total mileage: 17 NM
DAY 6: MOVING ON—JEZERA, MURTER
Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are ready for today’s journey to the town of Murter. On the way we’ll cruise along more coastline and pass by numerous other islands. Our lunch stop is in Jezera, a picturesque settlement from the 13th century. In the afternoon, we will be heading to the most gorgeous beach in the region, known as Slanica. We’ll make a short stop here, then we’ll cruise around the island to arrive at our destination, Murter. You will be accommodated in a nice private guesthouse near the center of town. After checking in, you’ll have some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Meals included: B, L Accommodation: Private Guest House Total mileage: 15 NM
DAY 7: CROATIAN GASTRONOMY—VRGADA
Croatian cuisine is created with the best ingredients sourced from the pristine sea, valleys, and surrounding mountains; the meals we provide are prepared from traditional recipes. Today we’ll visit a bluefin tuna farm next to the island of Vrgada, where we will have our lunch break. After lunch, you’ll have time to explore the island or take a well-deserved break for swimming, snorkeling, or sun bathing. The Adriatic Sea is one of the clearest and cleanest in the world, so today we’ll venture under the surface and see what treasures might be hiding there. Upon arrival back on Murter, we will wrap up another day with a leisurely dinner in the center of town. Meals included: B, L, D Accommodation: Private Guest House Total mileage: 13 NM
DAY 8: HEAVEN ON EARTH—KORNATI ISLANDS, NP TELAŠCA
“The last day of Creation, God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.” G. B. Shaw We’ll start our morning with a sunrise breakfast as we are ferried to Kornati National Park. Kornati is one of the most stunning parks in all of Europe, containing 89 islands, rocks, and reefs. We’ll also visit Dugi Otok and its Nature Park Telašćica, blessed with the biggest and safest natural bay on the Adriatic, a unique saltwater lake, and dramatic cliffs which rise up to 600 feet. Lunch will be served in a nearby restaurant run by local experts in Croatian cuisine. The density of islands in this area allows us to explore many spots with ease; we’ll make sure one of those stops is at Levrnaka, an island with one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Croatia. The sunset ferry ride back to Murter will be a pleasurable experience to wrap up another day of kayaking and great food. Meals included: B, L, D Accommodation: Private Guest House Total mileage: 13 NM
DAY 9: WATER & MUD—PIROVAC, MAKIRINA Every fairy tale has an ending, but we will make the most of ours with one last day on the water, paddling, snorkeling, and swimming. We’ll explore the small medieval town of Pirovac, formerly known as Zlosela (“Evil Villages”), where we will have a stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the ruins of a 5th-century basilica and head to the arm of Pirovac Bay known as Makirina, to cover our bodies with skin-healing mud. Our exploration continues as we paddle close to the biggest fresh water lake in Croatia, Vransko Lake, with its exceptional and vibrant wildlife. When we arrive back at the hotel, we can relax, take a break, and later, meet for our final dinner. Meals included: B, L, D Accommodation: Private Guest House Total mileage: 11 NM
DAY 10: DEPARTURE The time has come, we have to say goodbye. We at Peak & Paddle Croatia are happy to have been your hosts and guides for these last 10 days. Today marks your departure and after breakfast we will transfer you to either Zadar or Split airport. If you want to spend more time in Croatia, please don’t hesitate to ask us for advice. Have a safe trip back home and let us know when you arrive.
Hvala lijepa! Meals included: B This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities, weather, water levels, or special events of interest, and to avoid unnecessary risk or discomfort. In the case of severe weather, we reserve the right to conduct alternate and/or substituted programming.
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