The Krka Trail

A trail riding adventure for experienced riders looking for an active pace! You will ride across the beautiful Croatian countryside from an authentic family-owned ranch to the stunning Krka National Park, exploring traditional villages and untouched scenery. You will be able to enjoy regular fun canters through open fields and rolling hills, with opportunities to cool off in beautiful rivers and lakes in the summer months. Explore Visovac Island and its historic monasteries, and before heading back to the mainland relax in the nearby waterfalls... This enriching riding holiday in Croatia will also bring you closer to local families where you will be introduced to traditional cuisine and local customs. Long days in the saddle, fit, forward horses and delicious home-made meals make this trail ride one of the best riding holidays in Croatia.
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Trail Riding
8 days/ 6 days riding
From £1,070

Itinerary

Highlights

- Visit “Skradinski Buk” – the longest series of waterfalls on the Krka River.
- Take a boat trip to Visovac Island (optional).
- Enjoy long canters through beautiful open fields – this is an active trail ride suitable for strong intermediate and advanced riders.
- In the summer months, riders have the opportunity to swim with the horses.
  • Day 1 1: Home – Split - No riding

    International flight to Split (flights are not included, but can be booked upon request). If you are interested in visiting the town of Sinj and the remains of the fortress of Grad, this would be a good opportunity to do so. Transfer to the ranch where you can get to know the other riders, and the staff. Before dinner, you may enjoy a glass of wine from the ranch’s own vineyard!

    Note: Transfers are not included but can be arranged, please check the “dates and prices” section to know more.
  • Day 2 2: Introductory Ride - Approx. 4 hours riding

    After a lovely breakfast, you will be matched with your horse and get out on your first ride. Enjoy your first exhilarating canters in the fields of Sinj, and perhaps a swim in the nearby river if weather conditions allow. Return to the ranch where lunch will be waiting for you. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, or getting acquainted with the surrounding area.
  • Day 3 3: River Cetina & Lake Peruca - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Today, ride trough the beautiful fields up to the river Cetina where you can enjoy a long canter. Lunch will be served by the river. Continue to ride on rolling hillsides to the plateau “Bitelic”, and enjoy the view of the mountains Dinara and Svilaja. Take an old Roman pathway that will take you through an old stone village called “Vucipolje”. Eventually, reach the lake Peruca where you can swim with your horse. The horses stay here and you get back to the ranch by car (20 minute journey). Have dinner to the sound of traditional music played by your host.
  • Day 4 4: Town of Vrlika - Approx. 6 hours riding

    After a relaxing night, you will be driven back to the lake. After getting your horse for the day, you will follow the water’s edge of lake Peruca. Along this trail you will have the opportunity to enjoy some fast paces and cool off in the river before getting ready for lunch. Continue your trail ride across the river, and through open fields where you can canter freely. Arrive to a little Croatian town called Vrlika and learn about the rich history of this area. After dinner, you are free to explore the town.
    Overnight at a family home.
  • Day 5 5: Mountainous Trail - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Start the morning climbing up the mountains through the village of Maovice. Once you get to the top, enjoy the breathtaking and panoramic view. After a quick break, start the descent to the foot of the mountain. After lunch, the pace will pick up as you trot, canter, and gallop through the vineyards to the town of Drnis. Untack your horse and walk to the motel located in the city centre where you will have time to freshen up. During dinner in a local restaurant, you will be introduced to Croatian cuisine and local wines.
  • Day 6 6: Visovac Island - Approx. 3 hours riding

    After breakfast, make your way to the Krka National Park. Ride to the little village of Bristane where lunch is served at a family farm. From here, leave the horses and travel by boat to the island of Visovac, where you can find the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy. This monastery holds a very important archaeological collection of historical vessels, and numerous historical manuscripts and books. Continue the tour to see “Roski Slap”, where you will be able to swim in the river, and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls. Get back to Bristane and enjoy dinner in the company of your host family.
  • Day 7 7: Cikola Canyons & Krka National Park - Approx. 6 hours riding

    Today, continue your trail riding holiday towards the Canyon of the Cikola river. The canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the National Park. As you make your way, you will see the river entering the Visovac Lake surrounded by enormous cliffs, rich in colourful fauna. Make your way down into the canyon, until reaching the Cikola river crossing. After lunch break, carry on riding through the villages of Goris and Konjevrate, until you arrive at the entrance of the National Park Krka, called “Skradinski Buk”. This will be the end of the riding day and after untacking the horses, transfer back to the ranch.
    You will still have time to visit “Skradinski Buk” – the longest series of waterfalls on the Krka River. These waterfalls have many islands, and lakes which can be looked at freely thanks to a network of paths and bridges. At the bottom, enjoy swimming in the clear waters.
    Get back to the ranch, and enjoy a nice meal before heading to bed.
  • Day 8 8: Split - Home - No riding

    After a lovely breakfast you’ll be transferred to the Split Airport in time for your flight back home and we say our farewells.

    Note: Transfers are not included but can be arranged, please check the “dates and prices” section to know more.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights or transportation to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 10 international riders, plus guides.

- Single rooms are not available on this trail and you must be prepared to share.

- If you need airport transfers, they can be arranged at the cost of $55/€50/£40 per person (return rate). This is payable locally in cash. Split city or bus station transfer will incur an additional $30/€25/£20 surcharge, per person, each way.

- Not included in the price:
Boat tour to Visovac island, payable locally: around 50-100 kuna (€7-15)
National park ticket to the waterfalls - price varies from the low to the high season, please factor in around 100-200 kuna. (€15-25)

- The minimum age to participate in this riding holiday is 12. However please note they should be excellent riders and fit to ride forward horses.

- IMPORTANT : Riders weighing more than 100 kg please indicate this at time of booking so we can ensure suitable horses are available.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 vehicle and driver

Accommodation

7 nights in shared accommodation

Meals

Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the final day

Price doesn't include

Meals

Personal extras

Transport

Return airport transfers - see above for details
International flights

Extra

Tips to local team

Extras

Entrance tickets for the Krka National Park
Optional boat trip

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
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Equestrian info

Horses

All horses are forward going and well trained for trails. The breeds range from Thoroughbreds to Croatian and Bosnian warmbloods to other crosses, and the occasional smaller horse. The horses on the Krka trail and true trail riding horses: they are fit and forward-going, and love their job. They range from 13 – 16.2hh. Some of Bosko’s horses have been rescued and retrained by him to work on the trails.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

This ride is designed for strong intermediate and experienced riders. You should be comfortable at all three paces and able to keep your balance over varied and uneven ground.

Pace

This is a multi-base riding holiday during which you will be spending an average of 5 to 6 hours in the saddle each day. This is an active tail and there will be a lot of opportunities for long canters and trots.

Tacking ability and participation

All riders are expected to tack and untack their own horses.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You must be fit as there are times where you can trot for up to 20 minutes. Please note that on some occasions, you may have to dismount and lead your horse over difficult terrain.

Equestrian equipment

You will be riding with trail saddles, and occasionally English ones. Most horses are ridden in simple snaffles.

Travel info

Comfort

The accommodation provided at the ranch and the family guesthouses is relatively basic yet comfortable, the bathrooms are shared in all accommodations with the exception of the main ranch where rooms are all en-suite. Please note single rooms cannot be guaranteed and you must be prepared to share.

Meals

All meals are provided during the ride. Meals are varied and consist of local produce. Amongst Sinj specialties you can find arambasici (minced meet with spices wrapped in sour cabbage leaf), home-reared lamb, trout of Cetina, and others.
Most dietary requests can be met but please contact us with your requirements before booking.

Climate

The climate in the Krka area is mild with no dry season, and warm summer. Average temperature of all months is lower than 22°C, and rainfall is spread equally all year around. The month with higher temperatures in July (around 30°C), and the one with lower temperature is January with registered temperatures as low as 3°C.

Guide and local team

This trail riding holiday in Croatia is led by Bosko, a true Croatian horseman who will be pleased to share his culture with his guests.

Tips

Tips are welcome but left to your discretion.

Packing list

Head
- Riding helmets are mandatory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper body
- Thermal long-sleeved tops are a lightweight way of providing extra warmth if you need it (in the winter)
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas etc

Other useful items
- Swimsuit
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day.
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals.

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.

Visas
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed from 1 January 2021:
- you can travel to Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit for family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- visits to other EU or Schengen countries do not count towards your 90-day limit in Croatia as it is not in the Schengen area. Visits to Croatia do not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit in the Schengen area.

When queuing at the Croatian border control, you should use different lanes to those specifically designated for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

You may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- Show proof of accommodation
- show you have enough money for your stay

Passport validity
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

Make sure your passport is:
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Croatia
- less than 10 years old
- The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.



Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de Croatie
    7, square Thiers
    75 116 Paris
    Tél. : 01 53 70 02 80
    Fax :
    vrh.pariz@mvpei.hr
  • Ambassade de France en Croatie
    Hebrangova 2
    Zagreb
    Tél. : +385 1 48 93600
    Fax : +385 1 48 93660
  • Ambassade de Croatie
    Avenue Louise 425
    1050 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 639 20 36
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 644 69 32

Health

UK Citizens: A UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in the European Union (EU).

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. It does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Source and more information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/health

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

In Croatia the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You will need an adapter.

Budget and money

The currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most banks and hotels. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are easily exchanged for local currency.

Telephone and jetlag

Country code: +385