Packrafting escape tour in Croatia

two spectacular rivers, one big adventure
Raftrek Adventure Travel / Packrafting escape tour in Croatia
5 days
Zvecaj and Kastel Zegarski, inland Croatia
Age 12+
Dates (May-Oct)
from 570 Eur

Packrafting escape tour in Croatia

Small group, Big Adventure!

Explore the gems of the Plitvice lakes area and the Velebit nature park in this exciting 5-day adventure! The packrafting escape tour in Croatia is designed for active and curious nature lovers who value the dose of autonomy you get with a packraft while in a safe group setting.

Break from your everyday life

Our daily program is a combination of packrafting, swimming, and visiting points of interest along the way. Being small, packrafts can go where other vessels cannot, which gives you more freedom to explore the narrow river canyons of the Mreznica and Zrmanja river. Mreznica and Zrmanja rivers are natural oases set in spectacular canyons. There are plenty of rapids and magnificent waterfalls and they are easy and safe enough for beginner packrafters. Every participant paddles their own packraft, nevertheless – the Packrafting Croatia tour is suitable for beginners, families with teenagers, and smaller groups.

Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Packrafting Mreznica lower section
Day 3: Packrafting Mreznica upper section
Day 4: Packrafting Zrmanja River
Day 5: Departure

Highlights of the Packrafting Croatia Tour

location: Mreznica and Zrmanja rivers; Velebit nature park

Day 1

Arrival to destination

Your guide will meet you at the airport in Zagreb or Rijeka and drive you to the small village of Zvecaj. You will be staying in a hotel right next to the Mreznica river itself. The trip begins with the gathering of the group and the first dinner where the guide will give you all the necessary information for the trip ahead.
Accommodation: hotel***; Meals: D; Transfer: Zagreb 1h 30min, or Rijeka 1h 30 min 
Day 2

Packrafting Mreznica lower section

Your adventure starts in the morning with a safety brief and instructions on packrafting. You will have a chance to ease into your role as an independent packrafter paddling on a relatively flat and easy section of the river. Enjoy the beautiful nature and relaxed atmosphere of Mreznica’s lower section paddling, swimming, and admiring the scenery. If you’re lucky you might be able to see some of the rare and protected plant and animal species native to this area. After the trip, take some time to relax by the river, swim, or play beach volleyball close to your hotel.
Accommodation: hotel***; Meals: B, D; Transfer: 20 min one way 
Day 3

Packrafting Mreznica upper section

As you spent the first day getting used to the river, get ready for some action on Mreznica’s upper section! Here you will go through many exciting rapids and jump down a waterfall. After the trip, take some time to pack up and get ready for your next destination – Kastel Zegarski. Arrive at the small village of Kastel Zegarski which is right in the heart of the wild and unspoiled Velebit nature park. Set-up camp right on the bank of Zrmanja river and get ready for dinner home-made by your host.
Accommodation: Camp; Meals: B, D; Transfer: 30 min + 2,5 h total 
Day 4

Packrafting Zrmanja river

Wake up to the sound of the river in your secluded camp and enjoy a locally grown, home-made breakfast. Remember to pack a snack to take with you because about mid-way down the river we stop for a break and a swim under a beautiful waterfall in a secret location. Enjoy the calm and pristine nature this beautiful nature park has to offer before reaching the second half of the river where the real adventure awaits! Enjoy perfecting your paddling skills on multiple rapids and an occasional waterfall. After the tour, come back to the camp to relax before enjoying a traditional home-made dinner made by your host.
Accommodation: Camp; Meals: B, D; Transfer: 20 min one way 
Day 5


On the final morning of your packraft tour, allow yourself to be woken up by birds and enjoy your last breakfast by the river. If your departure time allows, use it to take another dip in the river or take a walk in the wilderness around the camp. If you are flying home, we will arrange your transfer to either Zadar or Split airport.
Meals: B; Van drive: Split 1h 45 min, or Zadar 1h 

Note on Itinerary:
This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek 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. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Group size

Min 4 – max 8 people per group; larger groups are on request. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. In case the minimum number of participants is not met but the guest/s still want to do the trip, the price increases by a percentage depending on the final number of participants.

Skill level

Moderate*** Read more


We use professional ALPACKA and ROBFIN packrafts that are high in performance, ultralight, and durable. You will get a life jacket, a paddle, a helmet, plus a long neoprene suit and a rain jacket in case of cold weather. A waterproof container is available for personal items. Don’t forget to bring shorts or a bathing suit, T-shirt, a towel, sun cream, a picnic lunch, and water. In the case of colder weather, please take a long-sleeved shirt.


Zeleni Kut hotel*** is a family-owned hotel located in Zvecaj, on the bank of the Mreznica River. The rooms each have their own bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, and telephone.

Camp Kastel Zegarski is located on the bank of the Zrmanja river and includes tents, sleeping mats, toilets, and an outdoor shower.

Camp Slapovi Zrmanje is located in Muskovci, approx. 12 km from the first camp. There are a few restaurants and cafes, as well as the necessary facilities available.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. Please note that pick-ups after 6 PM on arrival day are charged 30€ per person. Early arrivals / Extended stay notes – we include two transfers with each trip. These are usually the transfers on the first and the last day of the trip. In case you are arriving a few days earlier or extending your stay in Croatia after your trip with us, we can provide additional airport transfers.



Breakfast – buffet style

Dinner – daily choice between 3 different menus



Breakfast – buffet style

Dinner – home-grown local cuisine



  • Meals suited to certain dietary requirements will be provided upon request with prior notice
  • Shops in the area are scarce – stopping in a shop during transfers can be arranged
  • Optional lunches and lunches on own – approx. 25 euros per person

Rough examples of local costs for guidance:

  • Coffee/tea €2-3
  • Juice €2-3
  • Food for picnic lunch €7-10
  • Local beer 0.5l €3
  • Local Bottle of wine €10-15
  • A meal in a local restaurant €20-40


  • All prices are per person in EUR
  • Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by parent(s)
  • Children discount does not apply
  • Single-use rooms are available upon request, with a surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible.

double/twin690,00 €630,00 €570,00 €

**NOTE: The prices are fixed in euros. This conversion is for comparison purposes only. The exact price in dollars or pounds is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank.

Departure seasons

High Season: June 17 – September 1
Intermediate Season: June 3 – June 16, September 2 – September 8
Low Season: May 13 – June 2, September 9 – September 23

What’s included
  • 2 nights in the hotel (single or double room)
  • 2 nights in the camp
  • meals as noted in the itinerary
  • 3 days of organized activities
  • all equipment necessary for organized activities
  • private transport throughout
  • local taxes
  • skilled guide/assistance
  • insurance
Not included
  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in the itinerary
  • items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)



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