Adventures / Rapid Rafting

Raft the Tara River in Montenegro

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

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 14 people

MEETING POINT

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge · Hotel

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, 70km 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

What's it like?

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    Elaine, June 2022

    Loved this trip! Great group, beautiful scenery, what more could you ask for?

    MATTHEW, June 2022

    Good trip overall, very welcoming hosts and some of the most amazing scenery you will ever see. The mind still boggles that we rafted down a canyon that was over 1km deep in places. Transfers were unexpectedly long but worth it for the scenery!

    Emily, June 2022

    Absolutely incredible trip, without doubt the best MBA trip I've done, and probably the best short trip I've ever done. Montenegro is absolutely stunning, totally blew my mind and expectations out of the water. The hosts are wonderful on this trip, so welcoming and accommodating, the accommodation is also situated in the most beautiful place. Couldn't recommend this trip enough, would do it again tomorrow.

    Lucy, June 2022

    We had an incredible time on the trip. Hosts were amazing and we met some great people. Montenegro is a beautiful country and should be on more people's must-do lists!

    Trystan, June 2022

    The trip itself, including the experience, the scenery and the adventure was phenomenal. Our guide on the raft was very experienced and ensured it was both safe and thrilling. The group were fantastic and gelled immediately. Make sure you bring more cash than you think. Perhaps don’t book after June if you are looking for intense rapids as the river was becoming calmer in mid-June.

    Kate, June 2022

    Transfer arrangements were poor. We received incorrect vehicle transfer information on our first day making it difficult to meet the transfer at the airport. The transfer home was over an hour late, meaning that it was very stressful wondering if we would get back to Dubronvik airport in time for flights and onward connections. Rafting on day 1 was very tame, many of us in the raft felt it was a bit boring. 2nd day a bit more interesting

    Kyle, June 2022

    This trip was excellent value for money. The coach journeys were long without many toilet stops, but the scenery was breathtaking. The rafting was great fun but a basic level of fitness is needed. The host was very accomodating

    David, April 2022

    Great adventure with a lovely group, organised by some very conscientious hosts. Would highly recommend

    Clare, June 2019

    The accommodation, the people and the adventure were great.

    Molly, June 2019

    The staff were brilliant, friendly and helpful. The food was good and the weather perfect.

    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 (this includes wetsuit, wet booties, anorak, life jacket)

    Permits

    All entry fees and taxes

    Not Included

    Personal expenses

    Travel insurance

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

    16:00

    Ends

    Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

    16:30

    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 18:30

    Travel options

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

    Day 1

    Lodge · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Hotel · 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?

    Riverside 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.

    Žabljak Hotel

    You'll spend the middle night at the very comfortable Hotel Porto Tara. This four-star hotel offers a private beach and a back to nature-experience with a vast terrace. Rooms are twin-share with private ensuite bathrooms.

    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

    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 · 40km

    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 40 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.

    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 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 85kg 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.

    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. Guides will monitor water levels and weather conditions especially during early springtime to ensure the safety of the group.

    You can leave your excess luggage at your host's eco-lodge on the banks of the Piva River, where you will be staying during the first and last night of your trip.

    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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