Rowing Croatia

Rowing has a long history in Croatia. This trip offers you the unique way to introduce yourself to the life in balance with water...

 

OVERVIEW

Rowing has a long history in Croatia. Traditional short boats were used for getting around the sea, rivers and lakes, for transport, fishing and everyday go-around. This trip offers you the unique way to introduce yourself to the life in balance with water. You will get a chance to explore some of the most beautiful places in Croatia, it’s history, nature and culture, from a small boat with two ores. We will visit the sea, islands, rivers and lakes, the coast and the inland, rivers and mountains. This trip will take you to 5 national parks, covering rivers, sea islands and lakes. Dive into the tradition of living with the water, taste the history on our plate. The tour, perfect for family with children, will introduce you to the best of Istria and continental Croatia and offer you the best, relaxing holiday. Let the water wash away the business of the everyday life.

  Activities Locations Lodging Meals
Day 1 Arrival, sightseeing Poreč Poreč hotel D
Day 2 Rowing Poreč & surrounding islands Poreč Poreč hotel B
Day 3 Rowing Brijuni NP Brijuni NP Poreč hotel B
Day 4 Rowing, hiking Risnjak NP Korana Village B,D
Day 5 Plitvice lakes rowing Plitvice lakes NP Korana Village B, D
Day 6 Hiking North Velebit  NP Skradin hotel B, D
Day 6 Rowing Krka river Krka River NP Trogir hotel B, D
Day 8 Visit Split, Departure

B, D

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in the following units: Family hotel 3*** in Poreč, Korana village accommodation 2** and 3***, Skradin hotel 3*** and Trogir hotel ***  
 

Meals: Breakfast will be served in a rich buffet form with several types of cereal, butter, honey, jam, Nutella, cold cuts, meat spreads, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and milk.
 

Gourmet Experience: For dinner, you can try Croatian national specialties. The restaurant usually serves fresh fish from its own fish pond, vegetables and traditional barbecue meals. If for any reason you can’t or don’t want to eat specialties on the menu for that evening, alternatives can be made. On prior notice, we can also provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. Lunches are picnic-style allowing for flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch packages from the local shop.

PRICES IN EUROS FOR 2018

  Spring Preseason Season Postseason Autumn
Starts Apr. 15 May 27 June 17 Sept. 9 Sept. 30
Ends May 26 June 16 Sept.8 Sept. 29 Oct. 27
 
Double/Twin Room 620 710 790 710 620
Child 558 639 711 639 558
Single Use 774 852 948 852 744

All prices are per person.

  • Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Child discount: 10% for 8-12 years of age at the time of travel
  • Accommodation: family-run guesthouses on Lopud Island.

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation (sometimes two rooms share one bathroom)
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Use of rowing equipment
  • 6 days organized activities
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday arrival transfer from Pula or Rijeka airport
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • Ground transportation
  • Basic insurance

Arrival and departure transfers: several group transfers between the airport and; destination depending on arrival/departure time. Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to a surcharge of 30 euros per transfer.

Not Included:

  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Poreč

Upon landing in Pula or Rijeka airport, you will be transferred to a picturesque town of Poreč to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival you will have time to explore the town on your own before meeting with your guide at a welcome dinner.
In the evening we will meet on the terrace overlooking the sea for dinner and brief orientation, where we will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our guides and fellow travelers.
 

Accommodation: Hotel in Poreč; Van ride: 30mins from Pula airport, 1 h from Rijeka airport; Meals: D

Day 2: Rowing around Poreč

Poreč is a town of a long history and with plenty of stories to tell. In the morning, we will visit the Euphrasian Basilica, a church dated from 4th century and UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, we will take the van to the outskirts of Poreč and start our first rowing session from Poreč, out to the sea and around small islands surrounding the town. From your boat, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the town from the sea and admire some of the most recognizable structures of the historical town.
After the rowing trip,  we go back to our hotel, and you can enjoy the rest of the evening in the town and have dinner in one of many restaurants that serve fresh, local delicacies.

Accommodation: Hotel in Poreč;Activities: sightseeing, rowing (2-3 h); Meals: B 

Day 3: Rowing in Brijuni National Park

After breakfast, we’ll drive to the seashore once again to row to Brijuni National Park. Brijuni is a set of 14 islands located 2 km from the town of Fažana and has a rich and turbulent history, from Greek and Roman times, through being a focal point in Austrian riviera tourism to being a personal summer residence of former Yugoslavian president Tito. Today the islands form national park with its own zoo and a variety of historical and cultural sights. After sightseeing we head back to Fažana and back to the hotel to enjoy another relaxing evening.
 

Accommodation: Hotel in Poreč; Activities: sightseeing, rowing (2-3 h); Meals: B 

Day 4: Hiking Risnjak NP and relaxing on Korana river

The Risnjak mountain range is named after a rare animal that inhabits its woods – the lynx. It is located in Gorski Kotar, the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country, about 15 km inland from the Adriatic Sea. The pristine park covers an area of 63,5 km2. It includes both the Risnjak and Snjeznik ranges and the source area of the Kupa River. We start our hike from Vilje which will lead us towards our goal – Big Risnjak, the highest point of the mountain range. Schlosser’s mountain hut, situated 100m below the peak, is probably one of the most beautiful mountain huts in Croatia. After resting and enjoying the amazing view over the sea, other peaks of Gorski Kotar and even the Alps, we will descend and head towards Korana Village where we stay for the night. Korana Village is a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the Korana River. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes the village an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area – Korana Village has no pubs, restaurants, shops, schools, not even a church – it’s just a village as small and wonderful as it can be, an ideal setting for a fairy tale. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing near the river, listening to it’s calming sounds. We are finishing today’s adventure with a group dinner made by our village hosts.

 Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Van ride: 2.5 h; Walking: 4 – 5 h; Terrain: easy/moderate, well marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Day 5: Plitvice National Park walking & rowing

Today we visit the most beautiful and stunning national park of Croatia - Plitvice Lakes National Park. We start our day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes National Park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure and untouched nature. We will enjoy rowing in the national park on Lake Kozjak, surrounded by beautiful, green forest. After rowing, we are heading back to Korana Village for another peaceful dinner and evening by the river.

Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Van ride: 15 min each way; Walking: easy,  2-3 h, Rowing 2 h; Terrain: easy, well marked paths; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)

Day 6: North Velebit National Park

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Croatia’s youngest national park – North Velebit National Park. The area was designated a national park due to its richness of karst phenomena, outstanding biodiversity and exquisitely beautiful nature on a relatively small area. The Park is crisscrossed with numerous mountaineering trails. The most famous is the Premužić trail, named after its constructor who built it in the late 1933. The path runs through the most beautiful and the most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings you can have a magnificent view on the Adriatic Sea, its islands and the continental side of the mountain chain. After the hike, we continue to Skradin – a beautiful town on the banks of seaside lake, at the entrance of Krka National park. We are spending the evening in the town and the night in a small family owned hotel.
 

Accommodation: 3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Van ride: 2h+1h; Walking: 4-5 h; Terrain: moderate, well marked paths; Meals: B
 

Day 7: Krka River National Park Walking & Rowing

The last day of the journey takes us to Krka River National Park with its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. We explore the park's extensive waterways and complex history dating back to late 10th century and first Croatian kings. One of the options is a visit to Skradinski Buk waterfall, the place where the second hydro plant in the world was built, just a few years after the one on Niagara Falls. We will take rowing boats and head towards Visovac island and its Franciscan monastery. After walking and rowing, we head towards Trogir for a final evening dinner and a celebration of an amazing adventure.
 

Accommodation: 3* Trogir hotel; Walking: easy, 3 h; Terrain: easy, well marked paths; Rowing; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own)
 

Day 8: Departure

Depart from Trogir to the airport and flight home. You will depart from Split airport. If you have more time, enjoy your time in Split or Trogir before your departure. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guidebooks.

Meals: B; Van ride: Split 20 min, Zadar 1.5 h, Zagreb 4 h

 

Notes

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Huck Finn guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Huck Finn reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

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