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Packrafting Adventure in Croatia

4 nights
Moderate

The ultimate pack light journey down two beautiful rivers in a wild corner of Croatia

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, local, English-speaking guides

Hotel & Camping

2 nights in a hotel, 2 nights camping

Meals

Breakfast and dinner each day

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your packrafting and camping equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 44 reviews
Amazing 😍
June 2024
Zoe B.
Amazing 😍
June 2024
Zoe B.
Adventure in Croatia
June 2024
Helena P.
Adventure in Croatia
June 2024
Helena P.
Had a fantastic time on
June 2024
Megan D.
Had a fantastic time on
June 2024
Megan D.
Had a fantastic time on
June 2024
Megan D.
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
June 2024
Rob A.
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
June 2024
Rob A.
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
June 2024
Rob A.
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
June 2024
Rob A.
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
May 2024
Shababa S.
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
May 2024
Shababa S.
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
May 2024
Shababa S.
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
May 2024
Shababa S.
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
May 2024
James P.
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
May 2024
James P.
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
May 2024
James P.
Great trip with a cool group of people, wou...
November 2023
Jay
Great trip with a cool group of people, wou...
November 2023
Jay
Great trip with a cool group of people, wou...
November 2023
Jay
If you are unsure whether to take this trip...
August 2023
Carina
If you are unsure whether to take this trip...
August 2023
Carina
OF COURSE! Would 100% recommend this trip t...
July 2023
Maisie
What a great trip! The length is perfect, a...
July 2023
Cassandra
What a great trip! The length is perfect, a...
July 2023
Cassandra
What a great trip! The length is perfect, a...
July 2023
Cassandra
Great first trip with Much Better Adventure...
June 2023
Paul
Great first trip with Much Better Adventure...
June 2023
Paul
Had a good time. Our guide Lepi was lovely,...
June 2023
Paula

Paddle down narrow canyons, run rapids and jump waterfalls on the Mrežnica and Zrmanja Rivers

Hike through the wild Krupa River Canyon and past the Devertac Waterfalls - a series of nine cascades

Wild swim the emerald waters of the Velebit National Park and camp on the riverbank

Deemed one of the '25 best holidays to Croatia' by The Times

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Croatia

Touch down in Zagreb and meet your host at the airport before driving over to the small village of Zvecaj, right on the bank of the Mrežnica River. Check into your hotel and enjoy the surroundings before grabbing dinner and a run through the adventure with your guide.

Day 2

Packraft bootcamp and first taste of paddling

Packrafting

2hrs · 5km

Your guide will run you through a packrafting bootcamp - teaching you about the history of packrafting, how to pump and pack your raft, paddling and self-rescue techniques and hydrology. Ease into life as a solo packrafter on a flat and easy section of the Mrežnica River, stopping for swims and admiring the spectacular scenery of the Mrežnica River Canyon. Late afternoon you'll head back to the hotel for some time to relax by the river, swim, or grab a game of beach volleyball before dinner.

Day 3

Time for rapids and waterfalls

Packrafting

3-4hrs · 4km

The fun is ramped up today as you put your new-found packrafting skills to the test on the livelier upper section of the Mrežnica. Weaving through the channels of the river canyon, you'll tackle a bunch of exciting rapids and even jump down a waterfall. After a day of high fives and permanent smiles, you'll pack up the rafts, dry off and hop back in the van to head on to the next leg of your adventure. Arriving at the small village of Kaštel Žegarski in the heart of the wild Velebit National Park you'll set up camp right on the banks of the Zrmanja River and tuck into dinner homemade by your host.

Day 4

Hike the Krupa River Canyon and raft the Zrmanja

Packrafting

2-3hrs · 5km

Hiking

3-4hrs · 5km · 400m up

Wake up to the sound of the river in your secluded camp and enjoy a homemade breakfast to fuel you up for a big day. Carrying your packraft on your back, you'll hike through the Krupa River Canyon - a protected area where kayaking and rafting are prohibited. Stomp past the Devertac waterfalls - a series of nine cascades -before reaching a secret spot for a riverside lunch. Blow up the packraft again and put in on the Zrmanja River to tackle a stretch of multiple rapids and the occasional waterfall as you navigate your way down. Finishing at Muskovci, head back to the same camp (Kaštel Žegarski) to relax beside the river before dinner.

Day 5

Final dip and transfer to the airport

Soak up the last of your time by the river with some breakfast and a bit of free time for a final dip in the river or a mini-hike into the wilderness around the camp before your host transfers you to Zadar in time for your onward flight.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Dinners at the hotel on Days 1 and 2 will have a menu with three different options each day. Dinners on Day 3 and 4 at the campgrounds will be cooked by your host and will use local produce and traditional Croatian cooking based around a meat element such as local sausages, bread, pastries, pasta and dumplings. In the event of heavy rain, your hosts may book local restaurants instead.

Breakfasts at the hotel and campgrounds are continental buffet style with some local products thrown in for good measure.

You'll need to buy a packed lunch each morning to take with you, please budget €7-10 per lunch.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form. We also recommend that you bring some of your favourite protein snacks along with you.

What is the accommodation like?

Zeleni Kut Hotel

You'll stay at Zeleni Kut during the first two nights of your trip - a family-owned hotel located in Zvecaj, on the bank of the Mrežnica River with its own private beach area. You'll stay in a twin-share room with a private bathroom. Double rooms can be requested. Departures on June 8th and July 13th 2024 will stay at an alternative nearby accommodation. Restaurant and Rooms DP is 200m from the river, all rooms have AC, a balcony, WiFi and, as the name suggests, there is a restaurant on site and a beach bar on the riverbank across the road.

Riverside camping

You'll stay in a wild and beautiful location beside the river, in the lovely village of Kaštel Žegarski, on the Zrmanja river - perfect for swimming, diving and relaxing. You'll normally participate in setting up camp on arrival and sometimes packing down the camp at the end of your trip (although if you are tight on time then your guides may do this after your departure). There are some basic facilities at the camp such as a large wooden table, some benches, pillows and a cold shower and toilets are available a short walk away. Your host will provide a tent and sleeping mat as well as all communal equipment for eating, but please remember to bring your own sleeping bag or contact your host if you would prefer to rent one for a charge. Solo travellers get their own tent at no additional cost.

Upgrades

This trip has been rated as Moderate

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and an adventurous nature for this trip, but no previous experience is required as you'll be given full instruction on how to packraft. You should be comfortable being in water - you are going to get wet! - and ideally be able to swim a short distance, though full safety gear is provided and you'll be wearing a life vest while on the packrafts. There are plenty of swim spots at the lunch stops, by the camp in the evening, and during the secret waterfall visits where you can swim without life vests. On the Mrežnica and Zrmanja Rivers you will be rafting through grade 2 and 3 rapids.

Spring and autumn temperatures range from 9 – 21 °C with roughly 10 days of rain per month. Summer temperatures range from 16 – 30 °C with just 6 days of rain each month. The water temperature will be between 16°C and 19°C - on trip dates where the water is colder your host will provide wetsuits.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Zagreb Airport

17:30 on Day 1

Ends

Zadar Airport

12:45 on Day 5

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Zagreb Airport at 17:30 on Day 1 and transfer you to your hotel at the start of the adventure. On Day 5 you will be dropped off at Zadar Airport at 12:45 in time to catch flights that depart after 15:00.

If you are already in Zagreb or are arriving by train or bus, your host can meet you at the parking area behind the main train station in Zagreb at 17:00. The pickup point is behind the main train station, in front of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall [https://maps.app.goo.gl/UPsg2NScAs5en2GX8].

If you are staying longer in Croatia after your adventure, you can be dropped off at Zadar Coach Station at 13:00 on day 5. There are frequent bus connections between Zadar and Zagreb. Check out the Getbybus website for bus times and tickets.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Zagreb from airports across the UK and Europe. Flights to Zagreb from North America generally transit through Brussels, Paris or Amsterdam. There are direct flights between Zadar and London Gatwick for those looking to return to the UK after the adventure.

For those wishing to avoid flying, there is an excellent Croatian sleeper train overnight from Munich to Zagreb which you can take to arrive in Zagreb on the morning of day 1.

What about all the carbon?

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Tents
  • Sleeping mat and pillow
  • Custom made Robfin pack rafts
  • Life jacket
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Neoprene wetsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof container for shared group use

What do I need 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)
  • Trainers or lightweight adventure shoes for the hike
  • Water shoes or other sport shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Sleeping bag - season 2 (if you prefer to rent one, please refer to prices below in 'Optional Extras' and contact your host)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit (including any medications you use)
  • Camera, film/memory cards and spare batteries
  • Head torch
  • Bug spray
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping bag hire: 2 nights

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag hire: 2 nights

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Vanessa M.(June 2024)
Nice Trip with a really cool guide

I enjoined every day. The hotel was really nice, delicious food, beautiful nature. And we had a great time with the guide

Katharine P.(June 2024)
Stunning trip

Had a fantastic time on this trip despite lack of skill/ experience - couldn't have asked for more stunning location/ better guide. Lovro and Raftrek went above and beyond to ensure we had the best experience possible. Loved it!

Zoe B.(June 2024)
Amazing 😍
Amazing 😍
Amazing 😍

Lovely holiday! Our guide Lovro was simply amazing! He was knowledgeable about the history of the area and was a great guide on the water too!

I would recommend this adventure!

Helena P.(June 2024)
Adventure in Croatia
Adventure in Croatia
Adventure in Croatia

Had a wonderful packrafting holiday with Raftrek, everything was perfectly arranged and they could not do enough for people in terms of dietary requirements. Our guide Lavro was incredible, kept us safe, informed and was incredibly knowledgeable. Scenery was absolutely amazing and we saw the best that Croatia has to offer, waterfalls, lovey villages, landscapes and wildlife. The itinerary was good and action packed and the waterfall jumping was sensational. Highly recommended for all those looking for a safe, challenging adventure.

Denise J.(June 2024)
This was my first trip

This was my first trip with muchbetteradventures and it far exceeded my expectations. Everything was arranged for us and I did not worry for a second during the whole trip. Our guide Lovro was amazing, his enthusiasm was great for the whole group. I've seen a beautiful part of Croatia whilst having a great time with the group! The hotel was comfortable with good food and kind staff, the campsite came with a lovely fire, nice tents and again good food as well!

Lucy W.(June 2024)
The time on the river

The time on the river was great but there was not that much of it. About 3 hours a day. We couldn’t do the hike or the river trip on day 3 as too much rain. We went out on sea kayaks instead which was ok. There could be better communication about lunches.

Megan D.(June 2024)
Had a fantastic time on
Had a fantastic time on
Had a fantastic time on
Had a fantastic time on

Had a fantastic time on this trip. Our guide Lovro was really lovely, very knowledgeable and super friendly. The scenery was beautiful, lots of amazing waterfalls. The rafting was also just so much fun, challenging enough whether you've never rafted before or have had lots of experience. Great food too, I'm a vegetarian and didn't have any issues, everything was lovely. A fantastic trip that I'd recommended to anyone!

Rob A.(June 2024)
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!
Over 50's pack rafting in Croatia!

We had the most amazing time! The adventure was so well organised, challenging and exhilarating. We were so well looked after by our experienced, knowledgeable, fun, accommodating, caring guide Lovro. We felt safe at all time while being pushed if we wanted to. It was just brilliant! The food was amaaaazing. Accommodation was as described and perfect. We were so lucky with the weather! Another great MBA adventure!

Shababa S.(May 2024)
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!
Thrilling waterfalls and stunning views!

A fantastic trip from start to finish. Packrafted along the Mrežnica, Zramanja and Krupa rivers, which offered stunning scenery, thrilling waterfalls and pristine waters. Really enjoyed camping, especially the campsite dinner and sitting around the campfire with the group. Our guide Lovro was knowledgeable and great throughout! Would highly recommend this trip if you enjoy being on and in the water.

James P.(May 2024)
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times
Clear Water, Great Food, Happy Times

The Packrafting Croatia adventure was incredible, and our guide (Lovro) was experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable. This is a great tour for those that want a fun adventure and want to contribute to a mini expedition, while getting a great sense of accomplishment. The Packrafting routes offer superb picturesque scenery. An awesome trip for those who love being on (and sometimes in) the water.

Gwynfor(November 2023)