Zrmanja River Trip

Spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfall
3 days
Zrmanja River, Croatia
Age 18+
Dates (May -Spet)
Price from 290 euro

Zrmanja River Trip

Spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls

Weekend Zrmanja River kayaking trip is designed for flexible, energetic people. Who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure. Therefore a positive attitude. Our daily program is a combination of kayaking, swimming and exploring rivers. It is a perfect program for a short outdoor getaway. Breathtaking beauty merged with activities is something worth experiencing. Indulge yourself for the weekend and feel like a little scout again. Spend your nights under the stars. Wake up to the sound of the river and birds.

Weekend Zrmanja River kayaking trip

Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, a spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists. Their scenery makes them also very exciting. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only an hour 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

Day 1

Arrival to the destination

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. Our trip begins with gathering up, setting up the camp and enjoying a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Campsite; Meals: D 

Day 2

Starting our river trip

After breakfast, you’ll be put into the river and kayak along a flat, scenic section of the river. Around midday, you’ll take a short walk to an 8m high waterfall for a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim. Back at the river, you’ll kayak through a slightly more challenging section. The day will be filled with swimming, jumping off the waterfalls and enjoying beautiful nature. That night you’ll camp near one of Zrmanja biggest waterfalls and enjoy a traditional meal around the campfire.

Campsite; Meals: B, D (optional picnic lunch on your own); kayaking: 15 km; 4-5hours 

Day 3

Continuing our expedition downstream

This morning after breakfast we embark on a kayaking expedition down the Zrmanja River all the way to the Adriatic Sea. The journey meanders through a spectacular deep canyon. The Zrmanja area is categorized as a Park of Nature within the Velebit Nature Park. After this long but beautiful and challenging day on the river, we finish up in Novigrad where we have time to change into dry clothes and relax while having lunch. We depart home after.

Meals: B (optional lunch on your own); kayaking: 17 km; 4-5hours, moderate to challenging 

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 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 beautiful preserved nature, this unique canyon attracts 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 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.

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


  • All prices are per person in EUR
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Children discount does not apply
  • Single-use tents are available upon request, with a 20% surcharge
  • Please note that rafting boats are used in case of high water levels 
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 Season: June 27 – August 21
Intermediate: May 16 – June 26; August 21- September 26

Other dates on request. 

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

What’s included
  • 2 nights at the campsite (tent and sleeping mat included)
  • meals as noted in the itinerary (B=breakfast and D=dinner)
  • use of kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets
  • 2 days organized activities
  • neoprene shorts and booties or sandals in case of cold weather
  • skilled guide and assistance
  • Pick up and drop off from Zadar airport, town or bus station
  • ground transportation (private transport throughout)
  • local taxes
  • insurance
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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