Croatian River Adventure - Family Holiday Trip Notes

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Trip code : FZEFC
Trip length : 8


  • Get active in Croatia's water wonderland
  • Make a splash, rafting, kayaking and canoeing
  • Head inland and explore local villages and the countryside by bike

This multi-activity family holiday to Croatia is great for those that love water and excitement - run the rapids whilst white water rafting, canoe down rivers and kayak on the Adriatic. Combine all this with cycling through villages and discovering Split's rich history and you have the recipe for an unforgettable week!    




Arrive in Split

Your trip starts in Split where you transfer (40km) to Trilj, your base for the week, where you check in to your hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. For information on when the trip ends please refer to the itinerary as described below. You will stay in a small hotel located right on the Cetina River. Rivers, canyons, forests, country roads, hills and caves in the area provide wonderful settings for adventure, water sports and relaxation.

SV Mihovil Hotel (AA) - 7 nights (BD)


Rafting on Cetina River

After breakfast you transfer to the Cetina River, where you can start your rafting. The Cetina is widely considered the first and best white water rafting river in Croatia. Traditionally, Croatians have been travelling the river on wooden rafts, but we go for the safer and more comfortable option of inflatable rafts! The Cetina is a dam controlled, safe river with some wild grade four and five rapids and big waves - this is a great river to try your hand at white water rafting. The river gradually slows and changes into easier rapids and calm sections which are great to relax in, swim and enjoy the spectacular scenery of forest covered canyon and trees that reach the water’s edge. Please note: if the water levels are low and the river too calm for rafting kayaks will make the trip more interesting. (BD)


Kayaking on Vrlika River

Today you get your first introduction to kayaks and canoes as we head to an upstream section of Vrlika River, one of the most beautiful parts of the river with warm waters throughout the summer, making it warm and pleasant for swimming. Today you can test some of the skills you learned yesterday as we head to a different stretch of the river for some kayaking. In the evening you can relive your experiences on the river over dinner! (BD).


Cycling through traditional villages

Today you embark on a bike tour along country roads and through villages of the area. This is a great way to see the country at a pace that allows you to experience it very differently than if you were driving: you can stop to chat to people, wave at kids, and generally see those little things by the roadside that end up as your favourite holiday shot. There are many great routes to take, and your guides know some of the best! (BD).


Sea Kayaking at Brela

The Adriatic coast is a great place for sea kayaking. Strong currents, big waves and strong winds are rare, making paddling much easier, especially for people with less experience. There are plenty of islands and picturesque spots to explore. You can enjoy sun and warm water and sea kayaks, as opposed to sailing boats, can take you very near to the rocks, to the thin line between the sea and land where hundreds of colourful fish and other creatures seek food and shelter. And of course there will be time to relax and enjoy a swim as well! (BD)


Canoeing on the Cetina River

Head back to the river today, for a canoe safari on the Cetina River. The river never ceases to provide breathtaking views with its open green meadows that lead into dramatic high sided karst cliffs. Travelling down by canoe is the best way to experience the river, as you can travel at a leisurely pace and take in the beautiful surrounding scenery. (BD)


Free for optional activities

On your final day you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. You can take a bicycle tour to other places of interest in the area or set off on foot for more independent exploration. If you are ready for some urban surroundings, why not visit Split, Croatia's second largest city. Split offers an exicting mix of the old and the new, as you can wander cobbled streets, visit ancient buildings or sit at a sea front cafe. Just outside the city are some coastal paths you can explore. (BD)


Transfer to Split; fly home

An early morning transfer to Split (40km), where the trip ends. (B)



Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for a fun, informative experience.

  • A number of included activities
  • Tourist class, family-run hotels
  • Various meals included throughout
  • Public & private transportation

This tour is operated by our partners The Adventure Company



Transport - Minibus, canoe, kayak, raft, bicycle, on foot.

Accommodation - Hotel (7nts).

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners.


This is a great trip for those who love water! Based close to the Cetina River, you are in a perfect spot to explore the river and its beautiful turquoise pools. This is a week packed with activity, from kayaking to rafting, walking or cycling. Being centre-based, you spend your days having fun rather than travelling long distances, while you still see some amazing parts of the country. The Croatian coast is dotted with islands, caves and beaches, so you can also take some down time to relax in beautiful nature.


This is an active trip. None of the activities are compulsory and you can opt out or participate to your own level. No previous experience is required for any activity and instruction is provided.Minimum age: 7 years.


Take some watershoes or an old pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet for wearing in the river.

Try some Croatian Smoked Ham, it is delicious!

Through the Embers of Chaos by Dervla Murphy
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
Tito by Jasper Ridley
The Venetian Empire by Jan Morris
The Death of Yugoslavia by Laura Silber and Alan Little based on BBC documentary
Your Child’s Health Abroad - Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications).
Travel with Children – Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet)


Local Costs - Croatia

Approximate costs are given for guidance only, and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment. All costs below are in the local currency.
Coffee/tea - EUR 1.50
Soft drink - EUR 2.50
Medium beer - EUR 3.00
Bottle of wine - EUR 13.00
Local snack lunch - EUR 13.00
3-course dinner* - EUR 25.00
*reasonable mid-range tourist class restaurant


Visas & Permits - Croatia

Holders of UK & IRL passports do not require a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate. Information can also be found at

This information is given in good faith, but may be subject to change without warning. Please note that, where appropriate, obtaining a valid visa is ultimately your responsibility. Please consult a visa agency or the consular authorities 4-6 weeks before departure for the most up-to-date information.


Vaccinations - Croatia

The following are recommended:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

Please note that EHIC’s (European Health Insurance Certificates) are not valid in Croatia although a reciprocal health agreement for urgent medical treatment exists with the UK. You will need to present your passport to claim for any treatment required.

For detailed information and advice concerning vaccinations go Vaccination requirements change periodically so we advise that you check with your nearest specialist travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to get up-to-date information.

International rules for carrying medicines vary. Some countries do not allow certain medicines to be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally. It is sensible to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of your destination to check what their drug transportation rules are before you travel.


Rooming arrangements

For most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group of the same sex, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement. Details of this supplement can be found on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website. Occasionally we use multiple-share or dormitory accommodation – particularly when stating in remote places.

Rooming arrangements – Family trips

If you’re a family of 2 you’ll be accommodated in a twin room. If you’re a family of three you will usually be accommodated in a triple room. If you’re a family of four you’ll probably be accommodated in two twin rooms and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re as near as possible. We cannot always guarantee a triple room. If a triple room is not available, an adult from your family will automatically be roomed with a fellow adult member of the group of the same sex. If you prefer to have a room of your own we can sometimes offer a single room for the entire trip or on selected nights within a trip. However a single room supplement applies, look on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website or ask our Travel Consultants for details.



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