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Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

1. Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

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 but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only one hour drive from Zadar. You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls and rapids wait for you as you continue down Zrmanja towards Muskovci where the trip ends. At the end of the trip optionally you can enjoy refreshments at a nearby restaurant or take a picnic on your own. Itinerary: 10:00 AM - Arrival to destination – Kastel Zegarski village 10:30 AM - Preparing for the trip and safety instructions provided by the trip leader 11:00 AM - Trip starts 12:30 PM - Continuing down the river Zrmanja 3:00 PM - Finish at Muskovci village 3:30 PM - Optional refreshments 4:00 PM - Departure

Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

2. Obrovac: Rafting or Kayaking on the Zrmanja River

Meet your guide at Mićanovi dvori. The 5-hour activity begins with instruction on how to use your equipment before heading out on a 14.5-kilometer kayaking experience. Depending on pace and physical fitness, the trip can last from 2.5-4 hours. The goal is for everyone to enjoy time in the water to the best of their ability! In the summer, when the water level is low, you’ll head down the river by kayak. The rest of the year, when the water is high, you’ll make your way down the river by raft. Kayaks can seat 2 people and a raft can seat from 6-10 people, including the skipper. You’ll be in a group of 30 people (15 kayaks), with 2 skippers to guide you.

Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

3. Zadar: River Zrmanja Guided Kayak Safari & Waterfalls

The begging of the trip (clothes changing, instructions, boarding and start of the paddling down the river) is at village Kaštel Žegarski . The part of the route from the village to the mouth of Krupa in Zrmanja and Visoki buk (10 meters high waterfall, the highest on Zrmanja) is hour and a half long, and the waterfall will be bypassed by 5 minutes long walk. Going down the river lasts for approximately 4 hours of which one hour is spent on occasional breaks and swimming. Paddling isn’t hard or dangerous, during the summer; the water is clear and refreshing – perfect adventure for beginners. The trip ends in a village called Muškovci, with some free time for swimming before departure. If you have arrived with your own car, we will drive you to the start point, where you had left your car.

From Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour

4. From Zadar: Zrmanja River Canyon Kayaking Tour

Discover the beauty of the Zrmanja River that winds through the imposing Zrmanja Canyon on a guided kayaking tour. Explore this section of the Northern Velebit National Park with an activity that is perfect for both beginners and outdoor enthusiasts Start with pickup from your hotel in Zadar and travel by bus towards the small village of Kaštel Žegarski for the start of your kayaking adventure. Listen to a short introductory briefing on the route and general safety before getting set up with all the required equipment. Set off on the river and paddle across light rapids and serene stretches of calm water. Take some occasional breaks for swimming in the refreshing water, with drinks and snacks available. As you reach the end of the route, stop beneath a picturesque waterfall for a final swim. Afterward, hop back on your transportation to return to Zadar.

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What people are saying about Zrmanja

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 559 reviews

This was a really great trip and I would highly recommend! The transportation was well organized and they picked us up right by our accommodation, and the drivers and guides were all super friendly and helpful. The kayaking tour itself was amazing, it went along the most beautiful river and was so much fun! All equipment was provided, just make sure to bring enough water as you are out in the sun all day. But if you are looking for a fun kayaking trip close to Zadar with amazing scenery, this is the one I can recommend.

It is the 3rd time, spread over 10 years, that we are on the trip and we are still excited. The beautiful nature, with the fantastic cool mountain water, in which there is plenty of opportunity to bathe, is a fantastic experience. The trip is highly recommended.

A stunning day, amongst breathtaking setting. Fantastic memories to be made for adults and kids (ours are 8 and 9 and had a ball!). It was great fun and the team couldn’t do enough for you. Just loved it all! Would thoroughly recommend!

Great day out on the river. The river is busy with other operators but all was timed well to keep groups apart so each group could enjoy the river and scenery peacefully.

Pure fun - for young and old! Kayaking in beautiful nature with enough time for swimming breaks. Route absolutely suitable for children and beginners