A spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls

The weekend-long Zrmanja River short 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, hiking, swimming, and exploring rivers. Sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of the river and birds in the morning. With crystal clear water and magnificent waterfalls, Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists. We’ve added an extra gem for you – a hiking day at the Paklenica National Park.

Weekend Zrmanja River short 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. Our second day together will lead us to the Paklenica National Park. We’ll hike up to the mountain lodge, exploring the nature and karst formations along the way. Following a night’s rest at the camp, 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 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!


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: 1 hour


DAY 2 – Starting our river trip

After breakfast and a safety brief, you get the chance to practise 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 – Hiking to Paklenica National Park 

We’ll start early this morning, to catch the morning air of Velika Paklenica canyon. We’ll hike up to the mountain hut, where you can get lunch if you wish, or just rest and unwind. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the hike offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquillity. We’ll stroll back down to Starigrad, and have some free time to swim on the local beach before heading back to our camp, for dinner and the last overnight stay.

Accommodation: camp; Meals: B, D; Hiking: 12 km; 4-5 hours, moderate; transfer: 45 min one-way


DAY 4 – Continuing our expedition downstream

After the 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; transfer 20 minutes


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

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.


Add ons:

  • sleeping bag
  • picnic lunch
  • additional transfers (outside Zadar region)

What’s included:

  • 3 nights in the campsite (tent and sleeping mat included)
  • 3 x dinner, 3 x breakfast (special dietary requests can be met, please let us know in advance)
  • 3 days of organised activities
  • Use of equipment necessary for organised activities
  • Paklenica National Park and Velebit Nature Park entrance fees
  • Skilled guide and assistance
  • Private transportation throughout (pickup and drop off at Zadar airport, port, or main bus station)
  • 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)


What to bring:

  • Lightweight easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sun hat with brim and sunglasses
  • Thin trousers and long sleeve for the evenings (just in case)
  • Lightweight rain jacket (waterproof and breathable)
  • Water shoes or other sport shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Light hiking shoes or trail sneakers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow (if wanted)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit (including any medications you use)
  • Small backpack
  • Dry bag (if wanted)
  • Camera, film/memory cards and spare batteries


Group size:

4 to 16 people per group

Minimum numbers apply

Larger groups are on request

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


All prices are per person in EUR

PERIOD June 13 – September 8 May 1 – June 12; September 9 – September 30
PRICE  545 €  490 €