Zrmanja river outdoor short trip

Spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls
Raftrek Adventure Travel / Zrmanja river outdoor short trip
3 days
Zrmanja River, Croatia
Age 12+
Dates (May-Sept)
Price from 290 euro

Zrmanja river outdoor short trip

Spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls

The weekend-long Zrmanja River trip is a perfect program for a short outdoor getaway. It is designed for energetic and adventurous people who want to indulge in breathtaking beauty merged with outdoor activities. Spend your weekend feeling like a scout again with our daily program of camping, kayaking, swimming, and exploring rivers. Sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of the river and birds in the morning. With perfectly clear warm water and magnificent waterfalls, Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists.

Weekend Zrmanja River kayaking trip

The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only an hour’s drive from Zadar. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids, you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. Following a night’s rest, you will continue your trip from a small town called Obrovac. Spectacular sights of the cliffs in contrast to the turquoise river color will lead you all the way to the river estuary. You finish up in the Novigrad Sea, so this is a great opportunity to combine river and sea kayaking in one trip!

Short itinerary:

Day 1: The trip starts in Kastel Zegarski
Day 2: Kayaking Zrmanja river
Day 3: Kayaking to the Adriatic Sea

Highlights of Zrmanja River Trip:

Zrmanja river and canyon, Krupa waterfalls

Day 1

Arrival to destination, Kastel Zegarski

Your host will meet you at the Zadar bus station at 17:30 or at the airport in Zadar at 18:00, and drive you to the small village of Kastel Zegarski. After you get settled in, get ready for a welcome BBQ dinner with your guide and the rest of the group for an introduction to the week's itinerary.
Accommodation: camp; Meals: D, Transfer: 45 min 
Day 2

Starting our river trip

After breakfast and a safety brief, you get the chance to practice your paddling techniques on a flat and scenic section of the river. Enjoy the clear waters and a bounty of local flora and fauna. About mid-way down the river – if time and weather permit – we take a detour into the Krupa river and stop in a beautiful secret location. Here, we eat our picnic-lunches and take a swimming break under the waterfall. We continue down the exciting second part of the river where we go through multiple rapids and an occasional waterfall.
Accommodation: camp; Meals: B, D; Kayaking: 12 km; 4-5 hours, moderate 
Day 3

Continuing our expedition downstream

After breakfast and a short drive to Obrovac, we continue our kayaking expedition down Zrmanja River all the way to the Adriatic Sea. The scenery on this section of the river changes as if you had gone to another planet! The journey meanders through a spectacular deep canyon. The surrounding nature is no longer lush and green, but barren and desert-like – think “Wild West” movies. After this challenging but beautiful day on the river, we finish up in Novigrad where we change into dry clothes and say our goodbyes before departing. 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. They will give you great tips that aren’t listed in your guidebook.
Meals: B; Kayaking: 17 km; 4-5hours, moderate 


Note on Itinerary:
Please note that rafting boats are used in case of high water levels. 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 16 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


You will be accommodated in our campsite in Kastel Zegarski and in Muskovci – both located in the heart of the beautifully preserved Velebit nature park and perfect places for swimming in the river in your free time. The camps are located on the bank of the Zrmanja river and include tents, sleeping mats, toilets, and an outdoor shower. Note: Please bring your own sleeping bag. Raftrek will provide tents and sleeping mats. A limited number of sleeping bags are available on request with a surcharge.

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.


All breakfasts and dinners will be home-made by your hosts at the base using mostly homegrown and local produce. We advise bringing your own picnic lunches.


  • 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

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

Please note that rafting boats are used in case of high water levels. 


  • All prices are per person in EUR
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Single-use tents are available upon request
ADULT350,00 €330,00 €290,00 €

**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: June 25th – August 19th
Intermediate: June 4th – 24th; Aug 20th – Sep 9th
Low: May 14th – June 3rd; Sep 10th – Sep 24th

Other dates on request. 

*Please check the availability for certain dates before planning the excursion by contacting us.

What’s included:
  • 2 nights in the campsite (tent and sleeping mat included)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • 2 days of organized activities
  • Use of equipment necessary for organized activities
  • Skilled guide and assistance
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Local taxes
  • Insurance
Not included:
  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)


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