Kayaking and Camping in Croatia

Spend a weekend in the Croatian wilderness kayaking the majestic Zrmanja River and camping on its banks.

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Kayaking and Camping in Croatia

Spend a weekend in the Croatian wilderness kayaking the majestic Zrmanja River and camping on its banks.

Immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. You’ll kayak scenic reaches of the Zrmanja River during the day, stopping to play in waterfalls and pools on the way. At night you’ll camp next to river and relax around a campfire. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 nights wilderness camping
  • 3 days of guided adventuring
  • Kayaking the Zrmanja River
  • Airport transfers
  • All ground transportation
  • Most meals (details below)
  • All necessary kayaking equipment
  • Camping tent and sleeping mat
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Local taxes

Perfect for:
This trip is designed for flexible, energetic travellers seeking a weekend of remote adventure along the spectacular Dalmatian coast.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Your host will meet you at the airport in Zadar and drive you to the small village of Kastel Zegorski. There you’ll set up camp and enjoy a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Day 2: Zrmanja River kayaking

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. Negotiate class II and III rapids while floating through limestone canyons and lush, green vegetation.

That night you’ll camp near one of Zrmanja’s bigger waterfalls and enjoy a traditional meal around the campfire.

4 - 5 hours kayaking

Day 3: Zrmanja River kayaking and departure

Today we finish our Zrmanja river expedition in Muškovci village. Enjoy breakfast at camp, then it’s time for one last kayak down the Zrmanja River to the village of Muskovci. You’ll pass through wild karst landscapes along the way, and cool off with a final swim. We’ll change into dry clothes and drive to Zadar city with enough time for sightseeing before your flight home.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, etc. Your host will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for you without compromising safety. Raft might be used instead of kayaks if water levels are high.


You will be camping in the wilderness, remote from any facilities. Your host will provide a tent and sleeping mat, and all communal equipment for cooking and eating.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Zadar is an atmospheric city on the northern coast. Sights include a charming Old Town, a Roman forum, and many churches. There’s also a “Sea Organ”, an art installation that consists of 35 pipes played by the ocean’s waves.

The Zrmanja River flows from the mountains to the Dalmatian Coast. The water has carved dramatic canyons through the karst landscape, forming green pools and enormous waterfalls backed by fantastical limestone rock formations.

Start point?
You will be met at the airport in Zadar at 18:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Zadar airport around 16:30, in time to catch flights that depart after 18:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Zadar Airport (ZAD) is served by Ryanair out of London-Stansted, and Flybe out of London-Southend (beginning May 2017).

Alternatively, you can fly into Zagreb airport and transfer to Zadar on Croatia Airlines. Zagreb Airport (ZAG) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights on British Airways, Croatia Airlines and Monarch Airlines (starting in May 2017).

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Croatia
  • Accommodation before or after the tour
  • Travel insurance that covers kayaking
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 campfire BBQ dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

At this point we’ll also offer you the opportunity to pay 20 percent more to guarantee the departure for less than 4 people

Yes, if you are going to have more bags with you or anything that you don’t need for the trip itself, this will be kept securely for you to pick up on the finish line at the end of the trip.

Croatian cuisine is quite diverse. Popular meals include charcuterie, cottage cheese with sour cream, meat and vegetable stews, gnocchi, and sweet potato dumplings. Meat is typically chicken or veal. In coastal regions you’ll find more Mediterranean food and seafood.

Vegetarian diets can be catered for, but Croatian cuisine is based around foods like pasta, bread and dumplings, so gluten-free diets are difficult to accommodate.

You need to have a good level of fitness for this tour. The kayaking is class II and III; no previous experience is required.

Down on the Dalmatian coast the weather is a little warmer and drier than in Zagreb. Spring and fall 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 per month.

Bring comfortable, wicking clothing suitable for athletic activities, and warm clothes to change into at night. A swimsuit and towel are necessary for the watersports. Neoprene shorts and booties are provided for kayaking if the weather is cold.

Also bring a water bottle, sun protection, a head torch, and a small rucksack to carry personal items. You need to provide your own sleeping bag, but a tent and sleeping pad are included.

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