Trip Ref #8213
Raft and Canyon in Montenegro (2020, archive)
Explore Montenegro's wild rivers and tackle the deepest and longest canyon in Europe
2 days off work
Up to 16 people
Cabin · Hotel
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
All our reviews are verified
— 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.
— Richard, September 2019
The canyoning experience is really great - feels like a natural water park.
— Caitlin, September 2019
Hosts were welcoming and knowledgeable. The accommodation was cute!
— Lisa, August 2019
The whole trip was amazing, such a great experience!
— Lee, August 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.
— Helen, August 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, July 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!
— Irina, July 2019
Well organised with no problems; Montenegro nature is really amazing and canyoning experience was just unforgettable
Local, fully-qualified guides
2 nights in a cabin and 1 night in a hotel
Munch on tasty food throughout
To and from the airport and everything in-between
All your rafting and canyoning equipment
All park entry fees and taxes
Flights to and from the meeting point
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
Arrive by 16:25 or earlier
Podgorica Airport (TGD)
In time to meet any flight departing 11:00 or later.
Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for departure.
Dubrovnik and Podgorica Airports are both served by regular flights from airports across the UK and Europe.
What about all the carbon?
Cabin · Twin or triple share
Cabin · Twin or triple share
Hotel · Twin or triple share
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head for home
Relax over a last Montenegrin breakfast and then head for Podgorica Airport in time to catch your flight home.
15% Off Outdoor Gear
- All your rafting, canyoning and safety equipment
What do I need to bring?
- Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
- Shoes that can get wet
- Warm layer for evenings
- 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.
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.
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 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!
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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.
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