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Waterfall kayaking & island exploration in Croatia

Kayak the waterfalls of Mrežnica River, hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and unwind on Hvar’s picturesque beaches

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Waterfall kayaking & island exploration in Croatia

5 Days | From £1999

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  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation


Embrace wild river thrills, uncover a series of turquoise lagoons and explore the island of Hvar – this is Croatia calling.

This adventure will see you kayak down the sparkling Mrežnica River and hike around the UNESCO lagoons of Plitvice Lakes National Park. You’ll indulge in Zagreb’s craft beer scene and sample artisanal cheeses. All before unwinding on the beautiful beaches of Hvar and soaking up the cultural sights of Split.

The ultimate Croatian combination? We think so.


  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • ATOL protected
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.



  • Day 01 Touch down in Zagreb

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    Croatia’s cultured capital is home to Austro-Hungarian architecture, gothic churches and cafe-lined streets – and it’s the perfect place to begin your Adriatic adventure. Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your central hotel, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and dedicated guide. Head out together for an afternoon of sightseeing, before winding your way to one of Zagreb’s finest beer-tasting bars for a relaxing first evening.

  • Day 02 Kayaking in Mrežnica

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    Swap beer for cheese this morning, as you make your way to a family farm nestled in the village of Točak. Here, you’ll learn how traditional crafting materials are used to produce eight different types of cheese – and you’ll try them all (it’s only right). Afterwards, venture forth into Mrežnica, with its emerald rivers and secluded forests, where this afternoon’s kayaking adventure will take place. Enjoy a picnic lunch by a cascading waterfall, with hours ahead to paddle down the river, wild swim in natural pools and leap from white cliffs (fully compliant with health and safety, of course).

  • Day 03 Nature walks in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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    Plitvice Lakes National Park is a region of forested beauty, famous for its shimmering lagoons and waterfalls. Spend today exploring the natural splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before continuing onwards to the coastal city of Split. Check into your chic hotel and bathe in the outdoor jacuzzi, or (our recommendation) head out for a glass of Croatian wine by the harbour with your fellow travellers.

  • Day 04 Beach time in beautiful Hvar

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    Take this morning to explore Split at your own pace, meandering through its seafront cafes and boutiques. Then, head down to the port and catch a ferry over to Hvar – an island that has been hailed as the new St Tropez. Amble through the charming streets of its hillside town, hidden behind 13th-century fortress walls. Savour an aperol spritz in one of the island’s many pavement cafes, or wander down to its beaches to soak up the sun.

  • Day 05 Farewell Split - and Dubrovnik calling?

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    We recommend booking a later flight out today so that you can join our final-day walking tour of the cathedrals and alleyways of Split. Then, it’s over to you to make your own way to the airport. If Dubrovnik takes your interest, take a look at our Coastal Croatian itinerary, which will see you journey from Split to Dubrovnik over five days.


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Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo

Traditional Croatian timber houses near Plitvice Lakes

You’ll find these rustic wooden lodges dotted through the forest, with a swimming pool, pretty white cabanas, free wifi and a buffet breakfast.

Why we stay here

Friendly staff and fantastic food are the mainstays here. There’s also a wellness zone with a treatment room and a salt therapy suite. And there’s a petting zoo (yes, really).

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Important Notes

  • Fly into Zagreb Airport (ZAG) and out of Split Airport (SPU).

  • Please try to arrive in Zagreb before 3pm on day 1, although we will arrange a transfer for you at whichever time you arrive.

  • Feel free to depart at your own leisure on day 5, but we recommend taking an afternoon flight so you can join our walking tour of Split on the final morning.

  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.


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