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Raft the Tara River in Montenegro 2021

Paddle through a UNESCO protected biosphere as you tackle the entire navigable length of the mighty Tara River

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Adventures / Rapid Rafting

Raft the Tara River in Montenegro 2021

Paddle through a UNESCO protected biosphere as you tackle the entire navigable length of the mighty Tara River

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Montenegro
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
Apr—Jun
GROUP SIZE
Up to 16 people
MEETING POINT
Dubrovnik Airport, Crotatia
ACCOMMODATION
Lodge · Guesthouse
DIFFICULTY
Easy

No rafting experience is needed, just confidence in the water and the ability to handle 4-5 hours of activity each day

Escape to a UNESCO-protected wilderness of plunging waterfalls, lush forests and rushing rivers with water so pure you can drink it straight from the raft

Raft the entire, 90km navigable length of the mighty Tara River and spend each night in a comfortable river side eco-lodge

Charge through exhilarating rapids, soar across a canyon on a zipline and visit some of the most beautiful locations in Montenegro

Included

Guides

Experienced, English-speaking professional rafting guides

Accommodation

3 nights in an eco-lodge

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your rafting equipment

Permits

All entry fees and taxes

Not Included

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Flights to and from the meeting point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

16:00

Ends

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

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

There are regular flights to/from Dubrovnik from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Lodge · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Lodge · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

You'll enjoy home-cooked meals made with local ingredients whenever possible. Expect lots of fresh and organic fish and meat.

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 fruit. Typical lunch: Delicious soup, quality meat (lamb, veal, chicken, trout or pork), and pasta. Typical dinner: Freshly grilled local specialities like cevapi, pljeskavica, raznjici and musaka, pasta, local cheese, salad, pastries, rice or chips.

All food is freshly prepared and your hosts can accommodate any dietary requests. Just let them know beforehand.

What is the accommodation like?

Eco-Lodge

You'll spend the first and last night at your host's eco-lodge on the banks of the Piva River. You'll either stay in a new wooden bungalow or in a twin or triple bedroom in the main building. The cabins are built in the style of Montenegrin pioneer cabins, with the addition of a few contemporary comforts like private baths, hot water and comfy beds.

You'll spend the middle night at Eco-Lodge Radovan Luka. This rustic lodge is operated by the National Park. It's a real back-to-nature experience with campfires, BBQ, stargazing and limited electricity. Rooms are cosy twins with private ensuite bathrooms.

Day 1

Hello Montenegro

Head to your eco-lodge on the banks of the lovely Piva River and settle in. Take a wander through the beech forest or hike along the water and then get to know your fellow adventurers around the campfire as the cook prepares dinner.

Day 2

Run the river

Rafting

6hrs

Take a scenic drive through the Piva and Durmitor National Parks, stopping at the Great Bridge of Djurdjevica Tara. Look down - you'll be passing beneath it later today! Get your heart pumping with a zipline ride across the deepest canyon in Europe and then launch onto the Tara River. Raft for 52 km passing beneath the 165m high bridge you visited earlier and then navigate a section of canyon that narrows to just 4m across. Dock your raft and then spend the night at another eco-lodge where a delicious Montenegrin meal will be waiting for you.

Day 3

Back onto the water

Rafting

3hrs

Paddle through the most wild and scenic part of the Tara River as it passes through Durmitor National Park. Navigate exhilarating class III, IV and even V rapids - don't worry, with yesterday's experience you'll be more than ready to tackle them. Return to your lodge in the afternoon and take a hike to a Montenegrin monastery or join a body balance class.

Day 4

Time to head 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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's included?

  • All your rafting equipment

What do I need to bring?

  • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Warm layer for evenings by the river and a jacket

During the high water season when the rapids are at their best you’ll raft a 90km section of the Tara River

On the first day, you'll mostly encounter class II and III rapids, which are fun and exciting and a good way to prepare for the second day.

On the second day, you'll navigate class III, IV and V rapids. These are big enough to get the heart racing and challenge even experienced rafters, but your guides will ensure you get through safely.

No rafting experience is needed, just confidence in the water and the ability to handle 4-5 hours of activity each day. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing before you start.

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 Montenegrin Mountains. The average temperature is around 25 degrees, but it cools down at night so you may want to bring warm clothes for sitting around the campfire.

The best time of year to run the river is between April and June when the water levels are at their highest and most exciting.

Rafting trips here are rarely cancelled, however, in the early season they may be shortened if the river level is too high. Rangers check this every morning and will inform your hosts about the conditions. In these situations, your hosts can organize a hiking trip instead.

As this trip begins and ends in different cities, you’ll need to bring everything with you, however, any excess luggage can be safely left at your accommodation while you’re out on the water.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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