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4.5
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Raft and Canyon in Montenegro (2020, archive)

3 nights
Moderate

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

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 16 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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What's it like?

4.5
| 48 reviews

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

Key Information

Day 1

Into the forest

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

Head for home

Relax over a last Montenegrin breakfast and then head for Podgorica Airport in time to catch your flight home.

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, veal, chicken, trout or pork) and pasta. 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.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

Arrive by 16:25 or earlier

Ends

Podgorica Airport (TGD)

In time to meet any flight departing 11:00 or later.

Transfers

Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for departure.

Travel options

Dubrovnik and Podgorica Airports are both served by regular flights from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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, canyoning and safety equipment

What do I need to bring?

Clothing

  • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Warm layer for evenings

Other

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • 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.

No optional extras are available for this trip.

Robin(September 2019)

The mix of people was a pleasant surprise. The activities were outstanding and the guides supportive.

Eliya(September 2019)

Everything about the canyoning was amazing!

John(September 2019)
The scenery and activities are excellent. ...

The scenery and activities are excellent.

Caitlin(September 2019)

Hosts were welcoming and knowledgeable. The accommodation was cute!

Richard(September 2019)

The canyoning experience is really great - feels like a natural water park.

Lee(September 2019)

Brilliant place and lovely country, the river was so clean and nice to swim, in the rafting center was a nice place to stay.

Lisa(September 2019)

The whole trip was amazing, such a great experience!

Helen(September 2019)

The scenery was breathtaking and the opportunity to visit the black lake was a lovely bonus. Accommodation lady was lovely and very welcoming in a beautiful setting, rafting would be good for a beginner.

Hannah(August 2019)

Everything seemed seamless, the transport, organisation and all of the activities. Everything was really comfortable and all of the hosts were so welcoming. Exceptional service!

Ken(July 2019)

The hosts were fantastic, organisation 100%. The scenery was amazing.

Simon(July 2019)

We were welcomed like guests into their home. Milada learned our names immediately and welcomed us individually. All staff friendly and attentive. Beautiful location and comfy accommodation with hot water. (Glamping style).

Irina(July 2019)

Well organised with no problems; Montenegro nature is really amazing and canyoning experience was just unforgettable

Carl(July 2019)

Canyoning was geat.

Toby(July 2019)

The food, activities and our host were all marvelous.

Faye(September 2018)

Everything went to plan, fab location.

Ollie(September 2018)

Such an unforgettable experience. The scenery will blow you away. The Canyoning was a particular highlight, it really felt like exploring an untouched land. The staff and instructors were so friendly and fun and the food was top notch. Will definitely recommend.

Ashleigh(September 2018)

Canyoning was some of the best I had done. Beautiful, newly discovered canyon. The food that was cooked for us was very tasty.

Shannon(September 2018)

The guides were incredible, and the host and staff at the accommodation were incredibly helpful and friendly. The trip was a chance to see parts of a country which otherwise I would not have known about.

Gayle(July 2018)
The scenery and experience were great. ...

The scenery and experience were great.

Nelly(July 2018)

The people were so nice and hospitable! Also, everything was really well organised.

Victoria(July 2018)

Food, activities and organisation were great.

Alexandra(July 2018)

Accommodation and the activities were awesome! Canyoning was the highlight. Milada was super helpful in every aspect of the trip!

Sunil(July 2018)

The whole trip was planned perfectly. We did not need to worry about a thing. Hosts were very welcoming. The fantastic trip overall.

Carly(July 2018)

Everything was great! I know that sounds silly but it really was amazing! The hosts were friendly and engaging, the activities challenging but exhilarating and worth the effort. The food was rustic but plentiful and added to the charm. I really can't fault anything!

Samuel(July 2018)
The canyoneering was amazing! ...

The canyoneering was amazing!

Kelly(September 2017)

The canyoning trip was absolutely amazing. I have absolutely no experience with this sort of activity and the instructors were so fantastic (especially Marko who had so much patience with me!!!). Also, Christian, our driver was also amazing and made the transfers very enjoyable.

Glear(September 2017)

The activities were fantastic! Christian the driver was fantastic also!

Nicola(September 2017)

The adventures were as described, the scenery was even more beautiful, the food was very good.

Hugh(September 2017)

Excellent food. Great hosts. Fantastic location.

Liz(August 2017)

I particularly enjoyed the canyoning - the instructors were brilliant, it was challenging, and really good fun. I was also so impressed with how friendly, helpful, and accommodating Christian was (our driver for a couple of days).

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.

The rafting is from Class II up to Class IIII rapids. No experience is needed for the rafting, your guides will give you full instructions on how to tackle the rapids as a team, with an experienced rafting guide captaining each raft.

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.

As you start and end in different cities, you’ll need to bring everything with you, but won’t need to carry it each day.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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.

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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.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

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