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Raft and Canyon in Montenegro

Explore Montenegro's wild rivers and tackle the deepest and longest canyon in Europe

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Raft and Canyon in Montenegro

Explore Montenegro's wild rivers and tackle the deepest and longest canyon in Europe

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Montenegro

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Jul—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Dubrovnik Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Cabin · Hotel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No rafting or canyoning experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day.

Escape to one of Europe's least-visited wildernesses, home to brown bear, grey wolf, European wildcat and golden eagles

Descend into the Tara River Canyon, the longest and deepest gorge in Europe and a UNESCO-protected biosphere

Visit the glacial, Zabljak (Black) Lake, set in a breath-taking landscape of deep forest and limestone mountains

What's it like?

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    Lee, September 2022

    Excellent experience in itself, booking process and comms can be improved a little

    Steven, September 2022

    An excellent balance of activities and beautiful scenery in a less well travelled part of Europe. The canyoning in particular was great fun but hard work at times - a great balance for this kind of adventure activity trip. The location for the Waterfall Centre was amazing and waking up to the sounds of the waterfall across the river was something which you don't get many places in the world! I great bunch of people made this a memorable and enjoyable taster of activities on (and in) the water.

    Amanda, September 2022

    Milada is the most wonderful, hospitable and personable host and cares deeply about her guests. The waterfall centre is a magical, cosy place where you feel as if you are away from it all. Be aware that if you want adrenaline-pumping rafting, go at the start of the season when the river levels are higher. September is ideal for a more gentle experience. The Nevidio Canyoning experience was awe-inspiring - its' the 2nd deepest canyon in the world and you'll feel the majesty of it as you climb, slide and jump your way through. You need a reasonable aerobic fitness level for this activity as there's a 45-minute hike uphill afterwards and you'll be tired from your canyoning. The Canyoning guide we had was certainly not Mr Smiles & Small Talk, but he was very competent and experienced. The level of kit for each part of the adventure is high quality - you won't be cold. The food at the Waterfall Centre is fabulous - especially loved the breakfast buffet. The accommodation at the waterfall centre is delightful. You'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere and you may not want to leave!

    Jonas, July 2022

    Great trip, varied activities and fun group! The canyoning was probably the high point.

    Jessica, August 2022

    Beautiful locations, great activities with very good guides at both locations.

    David, September 2022

    The trip was fantastic, highlight definitely the canyoning, it had everything. The host Milada at the chalet was friendly, very attentive and couldn’t be more helpful, all staff including the drivers were great and the instructors were excellent and the equipment was good.

    Lynne, September 2022

    Brilliant experience. Montengro is beautiful. Rafting was fun and canyoning was excellent, (not for the faint hearted and a lot more physical compared to the rafting) and a lot of fun. Our host Milada in the rafting centre was great, nothing was too much trouble. An unforgettable experience with a great group of people

    Colin, September 2022

    This is an outstanding trip with an amazing and wonderful host (Milada). Milada always go beyond the call of duty. We had a fabulous few days and the canyoning trip was the highlight for most. This is a trip with basic accommodation and significant time in a minibus. If you are comfortable with that and have an average or better Le vel of fitness, just book it! Our party of 11 loved every minute.

    Stephen, September 2022

    Great people, great guides, incredible scenery! Loved the semi camping/hut (glamping) experience and the chilled feel of the place. A chance to get a flavour of the local culture. Don't think, book it!

    Jim, July 2022

    Outstanding people who made us feel welcome and safe during all of the adventures :) will definitely be going back here!

    Included

    Guides

    Local, fully-qualified guides

    Accommodation

    2 nights in a cabin and 1 night in a hotel

    Meals

    Munch on tasty food throughout

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your rafting and canyoning equipment

    Permits

    All park entry fees and taxes

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    The Area

    map

    Logistics

    Starts

    Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

    16:00

    Ends

    Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

    17:00

    Transfers

    Your host will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. If you are staying in Dubrovnik before the trip or after, there are regular buses from the airport into town that cost approx. 5Euros a journey. At the end of the trip, please book a flight that departs after 19:00.

    Travel options

    Dubrovnik Airport is served by regular flights from airports across the UK and Europe.

    Day 1

    Cabin · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Cabin · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Hotel · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Typical breakfast: Tea and coffee, made-to-order omelettes, fresh doughnuts, fried eggs and bacon, ham and sausage, locally made cheese, granola, yoghurt, milk and fresh fruit. Typical lunch: Delicious soup, quality meat lamb or veal or trout in combination with various vegetables, and seasonal salad, and desert. Typical dinner: Freshly grilled local specialties like cevapi, pljeskavica, raznjici and musaka, or pasta with veggies, fresh salad and pastries.

    Your chef uses local produce whenever possible and all food is freshly prepared. Special dietary requests can be accommodated, just let your host know beforehand.

    What is the accommodation like?

    In the forest

    You’ll stay in wooden pioneer cabins in a purpose-built area near the Bosnia Herzegovina border. Designed to get you up-close and in harmony with the natural, riverside setting, these cabins have 2, 3 or 4 single beds, while others have double beds and are more suitable for couples.

    Final Night

    To maximise your time canyoning, on your final night you’ll stay in a lovely hotel in the town of Zabljak, most likely in Hotel Zlatni Bor or similar.

    Upgrades

    For solo travellers looking for their own space, there is an option to upgrade to a private room (subject to availability) - see Optional Extras for prices. Just request at the time of booking.

    Day 1

    Into the forest

    Driving

    4-5hrs

    Head to the banks of the Piva River and settle into your cabin in the forest - your home for the next three days! Relax around the campfire, listen to the babbling river and socialise with your fellow adventurers as the cook prepares your dinner.

    Day 2

    Rafting

    Review safety procedures and equipment with your guides and then paddle down the mighty Tara River. You'll navigate 18km of flat water and exciting rapids surrounded by amazing natural beauty. Return to base for a well-deserved lunch and then spend the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. In the evening, enjoy another delicious dinner while sharing stories around the campfire.

    Day 3

    Canyoning

    Drive to the beautiful village of Poscenje and hike to the rarely-visited Nevidio Canyon where you'll slide, jump, wade, splash and crawl through a wonderland of water, rock and vegetation.Have lunch at a local restaurant and then drive to nearby Zabljak (Black) Lake for the afternoon. When you've had your fill of glacial swimming, spend the night in a hotel in nearby Zabljak town.

    Day 4

    Woodland walk and home

    Relax over a last Montenegrin breakfast and then head off for a couple of hours walking before jumping in the van and returning to Dubrovnik for your flight home.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    What's included?

    • All your rafting, canyoning and safety equipment (this includes wetsuit, wet booties, anorak, life jacket)

    What do I need to bring?

    • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
    • Hiking boots and slippers (you will be provided with neoprene booties)
    • Swimsuit (towels will be provided by your host)
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
    • Warm layer for evenings by the river and a jacket
    • A light rucksack to take to the second rafting camp (your luggage will be safely stored at the Waterfall Rafting Centre)
    • Cash for any extra bits you'd like to buy. There is a cash-only bar on site, but no card-payment facilities are available.

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Per Person

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 176kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    No rafting or canyoning experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day. Participants for canyoning must be over 18 years old, able to swim and not suffer from any kind of heart or lung diseases.

    Nevidio Canyon is 2.7km long and in some places squeezes down to just 0.5m wide. You'll be swimming through narrow sections, jumping into pools, wading and diving your way through, however, your guide will always be on hand to help you cross every obstacle. The water is chilly in the canyon, but wetsuits will be provided.

    You'll raft an 18km section of the Tara River with 21 sets of grade 3 and 4 rapids. These are big enough to get the heart racing and challenge even experienced rafters but are not out of reach of the adventurous amateur.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    Summer is the best season to explore the mountains of Montenegro. The average temperature is around 25 degrees, but at night it cools down so you may want to bring warm clothing for sitting around the campfire.

    You can leave your excess luggage at your host's eco-lodge on the banks of the Piva River for the first 2 nights. On Day 3, your luggage will be travelling with you to Zabljak.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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