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Packrafting Croatia Adventure | 5 DAYS

Break from your everyday life
Raftrek Adventure Travel / Packrafting Croatia Adventure | 5 DAYS
5 days
Inland Croatia
Age 12+
Dates (May-Oct)
from 490 Eur

Packrafting Croatia Adventure | 5 DAYS

Small group, Big Adventure!

Packrafting Croatia Adventure trip is tailored for active and curious nature lovers. Those who value the dose of autonomy you get with a packraft while in a safe group setting. Explore the gems of the Plitvice lakes area and the Velebit nature park in this exciting 5-day adventure! As every participant paddles in their own boat, our minimum age requirement is 12 years. Nevertheless – this trip is suitable for beginners, families with teenagers, and smaller groups. Packrafting is super fun. Try it! It gives you the opportunity to handle the river by paddling on your own – under the watch of our skilled guides.

Break from your everyday life

The Packrafting Croatia Adventure trip is specially designed for up to 10 people. Being small, the packrafts are able to go where other vessels cannot, which gives you more freedom to explore the narrow river canyons of Mrežnica and Zrmanja river. Mrežnica and Zrmanja are perfectly clear rivers set in spectacular canyons with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner packrafters. Our daily program on this Packrafting Croatia Adventure is a combination of packrafting, swimming, and looking for hidden gems along the way. It is perfect for experienced kayakers and rafters, but also for beginners, trying out on the river for the first time. Therefore a great opportunity to explore unexplored parts of Croatia while on our Packrafting Croatia Adventure. Join this new and exciting adventure!

Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Packrafting Mrežnica lower part
Day 3: Packrafting Mrežnica upper part
Day 4: Packrafting Zrmanja River
Day 5: Departure

Highlights of the Packrafting Croatia Adventure

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 Zvečaj. You will be staying in a hotel right next to the Mrežnica 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.

Zeleni Kut; Meals: D. Van transfer from airport – Zagreb 1.5 hour, Rijeka 1.5 hour 

Day 2

Starting your adventure on Mrežnica’s lower part

Your adventure starts in the morning after breakfast and a short safety brief. 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 Mrežnica’s lower part 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, you can take some time to relax by the river, swim, or play beach volleyball close to your hotel.

Zeleni Kut; Meals: B&D.  

Day 3

Continue exploring Mrežnica’s exciting upper part

As you spent the first day getting used to the river, get ready for some action on Mrežnica’s upper part! Here you will go through many exciting rapids, you will get a chance to jump down a 6m high waterfall and go down a 3 m waterfall. After the trip takes some time to pack up and get ready for your next destination – Kaštel Žegarski. Arrive in the small village of Kaštel Žegarski which is right in the heart of the wild and unspoiled Velebit nature park. Relive your cub scouting days by setting up camp right next to the Zrmanja river and get ready for a dinner home-made by your host.

Camp; Meals: B&D. Van drive 2:30 hour  

Day 4

Get acquainted with the magnificent Zrmanja river

Wake up to the sound of the river in our secluded camp and enjoy a locally grown, home-made breakfast. Prepare for the trip and get briefed on safety before you start packrafting down the river. Enjoy the calm and pristine nature this beautiful nature park has to offer before reaching the second half of the river the real adventure awaits! 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. After the break, get ready for the exciting second part of the river where you will enjoy going through 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.

Camp; Meals: B&D. Van drive: 30 min 

Day 5

Departure

On the final morning of your Packraft tour, allow yourself to be wakened 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 the airport. However, if you are staying, our guides will be happy to give you recommendations. Ask them about other places you want to visit and the things you want to do.

Camp; Meals: B. Van drive to the airport: Split 1:45 min, or Zadar 1 hour 

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

Equipment:

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

Accommodation

For the first two nights, you will be accommodated in a friendly, family-run, 3*** hotel on the bank of the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb and Rijeka airports. The restaurant overlooks an old mill close to a small waterfall and serves freshly caught fish, as well as home-grown vegetables. Barbecues are also a specialty of the house. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, TV, mini bar, telephone and have Internet access.

The last 2 nights You will be accommodated in our campsite in Kaštel Žegarski and in a camp next to one of Zrmanja river’s waterfalls, a perfect place for swimming and diving. Located in the heart of beautifully preserved nature, this unique canyon attracts the attention and admiration of all visitors. It’s a perfect harmony between man and nature. We will provide tents and sleeping mats. There is no better place to relax and enjoy but in a beautifully preserved nature of the river bank.

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. 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.

Meals

Meals tend to be fairly heavy on the meats and sausages, bread and pastries, pasta and dumplings. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated but we recommend that you bring along with you some of your favorite protein snacks.

Prices

  • 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 199 Euro surcharge. Sharing a room with another person of the same sex is possible.

 HighIntermediateLow
double/twin590,00 €550,00 €490,00 €
single708,00 €660,00 €588,00 €

**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: July 27 – Aug 28
Intermediate Season: June 6 – July 26 / Aug 29 – Sept 11
Low Season: May 16 – June 5, Sept 12 – Oct 30

What’s included
  • 4 nights
  • meals as noted in the itinerary (B=breakfast, D= dinner)
  • use of all necessary equipment
  • 3 days of organized activities
  • park entrance fees and tourist taxes
  • skilled guide and assistance
  • transfers from/to Zagreb and Split airport
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • local taxes
Not included
  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)

 

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