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Raft the Tara River in Montenegro

3 nights
Easy

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

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.5
| 40 reviews
Rafting on the Tara river is a huge amount...
June 2023
Morag
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...
May 2023
Richard
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...
May 2023
Richard
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...
May 2023
Richard
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
May 2023
Jane
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
May 2023
Jane
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
May 2023
Jane
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
May 2023
Jane
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
May 2023
Jane
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
May 2023
Laura
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
May 2023
Laura
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
May 2023
Laura
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
May 2023
Laura
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
May 2023
Laura
Excellent trip. Host very accommodating, fa...
September 2022
Henry
Excellent trip. Host very accommodating, fa...
September 2022
Henry
Loved this trip! Great group, beautiful sce...
July 2022
Elaine
Loved this trip! Great group, beautiful sce...
July 2022
Elaine
Loved this trip! Great group, beautiful sce...
July 2022
Elaine
Loved this trip! Great group, beautiful sce...
July 2022
Elaine
Good trip overall, very welcoming hosts and...
July 2022
Matthew
Good trip overall, very welcoming hosts and...
July 2022
Matthew
Good trip overall, very welcoming hosts and...
July 2022
Matthew
Absolutely incredible trip, without doubt t...
June 2022
Emily
Absolutely incredible trip, without doubt t...
June 2022
Emily
Absolutely incredible trip, without doubt t...
June 2022
Emily
We had an incredible time on the trip. Host...
June 2022
Lucy
We had an incredible time on the trip. Host...
June 2022
Lucy
We had an incredible time on the trip. Host...
June 2022
Lucy
The staff were brilliant, friendly and help...
June 2020
Molly

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

Key Information

Day 1

Hello Montenegro

Driving

4hrs

Head to your eco-lodge on the banks of the lovely Piva River and settle in. Stretch your legs and then get to know your fellow adventurers around the campfire as the cook prepares dinner.

Day 2

Run the river

Rafting

6hrs · 40km

Driving

2.5hrs

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 (weather permitting).

Day 4

Time to head home

Driving

4hrs

Relax over a last Montenegrin breakfast before jumping in the van and returning to Dubrovnik for your flight home.

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.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

16:00

Ends

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

15:30

Transfers

Your host will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

The drive between Dubrovnik Airport and your base in Montenegro takes approximately 4 hours, although this can be longer depending on the traffic and you will also stop for a break on the way. A driver will pick you up at the airport and you will meet your guides upon arrival at your base in Montenegro. You may wish to pick up some snacks for the journey in case of delays and to help to see you through until dinner time.

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 17:30

Travel options

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

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • All your rafting equipment (this includes wetsuit, neoprene booties, anorak, life jacket, helmet (appropriate for attaching GoPro cameras), 1 waterproof bag per raft for storing cameras or mobile phones)

What do I need to bring?

  • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes for getting changed into after wearing your wetsuit
  • Hiking shoes or boots for the walk through the forest to the monastery
  • Casual shoes or sandals/flip flops for outside use when you are not in the water
  • Slippers or indoor shoes for use around your accommodation
  • Lightweight trousers, shorts or skirts for when you are not in the water
  • T-shirts or long sleeve shirts for when you are not in the water
  • Swimsuit (towels will be provided by your host)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock/suncream
  • Warm jumper for evenings by the river
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • A light rucksack as your overnight bag for the second rafting camp (your main luggage will be safely stored at the Waterfall Rafting Centre)
  • Passport
  • 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.
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Mari(June 2023)

Tara River and the canyon was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to! I'd go again today if it was possible.

Morag(June 2023)
Rafting on the Tara river is a huge amount...

Rafting on the Tara river is a huge amount of fun with unbelievable scenery.

Helen(June 2023)

Excellent rafting with a lovely relaxed guide in a beautiful setting with glorious white fluffy dressing gowns and brandy on arrival at our canyon hotel! Recommend! The hike to the monastery was worth it for the views but take the road, not the forest where there is no path and tics!

Richard(May 2023)
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...
Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of l...

Fantastic trip! Great rafting and lots of laughter along the way

Jane(May 2023)
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...
An absolute must do trip, from airport pick...

An absolute must do trip, from airport pick up to the end, this was my first sole trip and I felt totally safe throughout. The group I was with were all brilliant company and I've made a great set of new friends. The Rafting centre is in a beautiful location and the hosts were brilliant, loved the log fire on and evening, definitely bring a few layers as it did get chilly but the accommodation was cosy and plenty of hot water. Day 2 was definitely the best, lots of great rapids, the guide Marco was so good at navigation through them and made it such fun. Took loads of photos on route down the river and stopped to let us take pictures where waterfalls were so got some great memories to look back on. All in all the best trip can't wait to do more.

Laura(May 2023)

Our raft guide, Marco, was excellent and the accommodation was too.

Alice(May 2023)

Amazing trip in such a beautiful place. We had a great group and our guide Lazar was brilliant.

Caroline(May 2023)

Great experience on the Tara River. Quite a lot of driving was required but a night in Dubrovnik before and after made that aspect manageable.

Laura(May 2023)
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...
Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white wa...

Breathtaking scenery and fantastic white water rafting. I went as a solo traveller and had a fantastic time. Montenegro is a beautiful country and you get to see real beauty in the remote national park. The rafting was exhilarating in May and the guide was brilliant, I felt safe at all times but also challenged. I didn’t want the trip to end!

Evita(May 2023)

We loved our trip to Montenegro! Tara river was gorgeous and we appreciated the opportunity to enjoy it in the middle of the wilderness. The rafting guides were knowledgeable and we learned a lot of interesting facts and history about the area and the country as a whole. Guides also stopped in a riverside "bar" and a few other spots where we could have a drink, take photos and see another waterfall on top of being next to the beautiful Tara. The team was diverse and everyone found someone to talk with. Food was great and the staff worked hard to please everyone as much as they could. We also zip-lined over the canyon and had a hike to a monastery, which were all lovely experiences. There were a few hiccups with the length of the transfers, but these were due to snow still covering some parts of the road, so not something host could affect. We would go back to Montenegro in a heartbeat and would recommend this trip to anyone.

Wiesje(September 2022)

Great trip if you like hiking. We went in Summer, which was the perfect time to see the gorges. In sunny weather it provided shade and cool from the water, in rainy weather it provided shelter from the wind and rain.

Henry(September 2022)
Excellent trip. Host very accommodating, fa...
Excellent trip. Host very accommodating, fa...

Excellent trip. Host very accommodating, fantastic scenery, great vibe, would definitely recommend

Elaine(July 2022)