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Raft, Hike and Canyon in Bosnia

Explore the Via Dinarica route through the rivers, mountains and canyons of Bosnia's beautiful Zupa Valley

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Raft, Hike and Canyon in Bosnia

Explore the Via Dinarica route through the rivers, mountains and canyons of Bosnia's beautiful Zupa Valley

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May-Sept

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

ACCOMMODATION

Apartment · Hotel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

A reasonable level of fitness is required and the ability to handle around 4 – 5 hours of activity each day.

Enjoy a piece of paradise with a spring-like Mediterranean climate all year-round

Climb a castle-topped peak, canyon the Rakitnica and raft the Neretva River

Explore the iconic Balkan cities of Mostar, Konjic and Blagaj

What's it like?

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    Megan, September 2022

    Bosnia is beautiful! River rafting was so much fun, but the canyoning was touch and go. I would definitely come back though.

    Matthew, September 2022

    The trip exceeded my expectations. The group itself were like-minded and we all got along really well exchanging laughs and supporting one another during the activities. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and spoke good English. I enjoyed the food and liked that we experienced the local cuisine rather than standard Western favourites. BIH was stunning and the locations where we visited were wonderful despite the heavy rain. Overall the activities were well-judged and didn't feel like too much or too little leaving me feeling tired but fulfilled by the end of the trip.

    Lauren, September 2022

    A fantastic mixed adventure with excellent food, guides, and lots of cats! The rafting and canyoning were brilliant fun, and the location is absolutely stunning.

    Mark, September 2022

    Was very nervous to book my first solo trip but I was amazed at how the service was run. Everything was taken care of from bags to transport to food from the minute the trip started which took all the stress out of travel. The exceptional food and accommodation were on another level than what I expected and the guides were incredibly knowledgable and well experienced. The group dynamic works so well as you go on adventures with like-minded people and get to experience places like never before. Many thanks to my guide Peter and the rest of my group for making my trip so special!

    James, August 2022

    A really fun and exciting trip which I would definitely like to do again. Peter our guide was great as well as our group who were good company. Highlight for me personally was jumping of the bridge towards the end of the rafting aswell as the rafting itself. My only advice is booking a few extra days either before or after the trip in Dubrovnik.

    Helen, July 2022

    A great trip with lovely people and friendly and helpful host. Beautiful scenery and highly recommended!

    Emily, July 2022

    Highly recommend this trip!

    Steven, June 2022

    An excellent trip with a good blend of activities and suitability for most abilities. The location was stunning and accommodation good and food homely and tasty. Top notch instructors and guide - would (and have) recommended to others.

    Steve, September 2022

    Great fun and nice to explore more out of the way places

    Matt, August 2022

    Ultimately, we had a great few days on this trip after spending four days in Dubrovnik. We enjoyed pushing ourselves to do something out of our comfort zone and the trip was really well organised. The food across the four days was so good, and we certainly didn’t go hungry as there was always so much. All home-cooked, local dishes including fresh fish. The town of Mostar was a beautiful place to stop for a meal at the beginning of the trip as, to be honest, the journey in the mini bus was a bit of a slog. 3-4 hours to Mostar then another 2 hours after that. Coming back to Mostar on the final evening was perfect too as we had time to explore the local shops and take in the atmosphere. but there were a few things worth pointing out (as I’m sure there always are): The place we stayed was amazing and picturesque and we were so lucky to have a ‘house’ to ourselves as a couple so I do appreciate the accommodation however by their own admission it wasn’t completely finished as a resort so there were a few issues such as a missing stair and lights not working. Breakfast was at 9am due to staff having to arrive, but it ate into our day as we didn’t start getting ready until 10am. An earlier start would’ve meant more time on the river etc. The main issue was the ‘canyoning’ on the Saturday: we’d watched videos and researched what canyoning was and were very excited about it. Then, on the Friday night, Petar even put canyoning videos on during dinner. I got the impression canyoning was investigating and climbing small rocky caves and jumping from the rocks into water to continue the route however what we did was walk through a river for two hours, occasionally floating when the water was deep enough. The hike up and then down into the valley was tough going but enjoyable, and the river was fun for about 30 minutes before I started thinking when are we going to do some canyoning but it never happened. It was a bit like the annoying part when you go to a pebbly beach to reach the sea, walking across stones, but for 2 hours. There was an option to continue for another two hours but we were told it was more of the same except upstream so a lot tougher. Unfortunately, my partner had an accident coming down to the river so we chose to hike back to the minibus instead, but we didn’t miss out on any canyoning plus it sounded really hard work getting up the river. As I said, we had a great time, met some wonderful people and enjoyed ourselves. It was well worth the money, but with a few little niggles along the way.

    Included

    Guides

    Professional, English-speaking guide

    Accommodation

    1 night in Mostar and 2 nights by Boracko Lake or the Neretva River (depending on availability)

    Meals

    Munch on tasty food throughout

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your rafting, canyoning and climbing equipment

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Tips for your guides

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Dubrovnik Airport

    13:30

    Ends

    Dubrovnik Airport

    12:00

    Transfers

    Your adventure begins at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) where you will meet your host and fellow adventurers in the arrivals area at 13:30. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time.
    At the end of the trip you will be dropped back at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) at 12:00, so you're free to catch any flight departing after 14:00. Alternatively, you can always stay on and explore Dubrovnik further. There are regular airport shuttle buses to and from Dubrovnik Airport and the city centre for those that are arriving early or staying on after the trip. If you are unable to get the group transfer from the airport, you'll need to either hire a car or book a taxi to get to the start point in Mostar (2.5 hour drive). Your host is unable to arrange a private transfer to the start point of the trip.

    Travel options

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

    Day 1

    Apartment · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Apartment · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Bosnian food is fresh, home-cooked and hearty. Common food items include domestic cheese and other dairy products, dried meats, fish, freshly baked bread and pastries and local fruits and veggies. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Mostar

    You'll stay in a 3-star hotel in an en-suite twin room with a TV, fridge and free Wi-Fi.

    Boracko Lake or Neretva River

    Depending on availability, you'll either stay in an apartment with an en-suite bathroom, balcony and free Wi-Fi at the shore of Boracko lake (30 minute drive to activities), or in private cabins made of stone and wood, with en-suite bathrooms and green lawns right next to Neretva River.

    Day 1

    Mostar

    Driving

    3.5-4.5hrs

    Fly into Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia and drive over the border and into the beautiful Zupa Valley, stopping to explore the charming city of Mostar, famous for its 16th Century bridge over the Neretva River. Explore the old town and then sit down for a traditional dinner in a local restaurant before heading to your accommodation by Boracko Lake beneath a clear, starry sky.

    Day 2

    Raft the Neretva

    Hiking

    3hrs · 8km · 486m up · 400m down

    Rafting

    4-5hrs · 26km

    Drive to the Upper Neretva Canyon and begin your challenging hike to the remote ruins of a 14th Century mountaintop castle. Head back to the Neretva River and raft through peaceful pools and down rapids, taking plenty of breaks for swimming, cliff jumping, and snacks. You’ll finish your rafting right in the camp, where you can refuel, kick back and relax!

    Day 3

    Rakitnica River canyoning

    Canyoning

    3-4hrs · 8km

    Drive and descend through the trees to the Rakitnica River where we will transverse this canyon through a wild and narrow gorge. Again, we finish off at our familiar camp, where you’ll have the opportunity to dry and change your clothes before heading to lunch. Then drive to Blagaj and explore a unique city built around a remarkable Dervish monastery. Head on to Mostar and spend your last night in this charming and famously beautiful city.

    Day 4

    Departure

    Enjoy a last, relaxed breakfast in Bosnia and Herzegovina and then drive back to Dubrovnik in time for your flight home.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

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    What's included?

    • All technical equipment will be provided

    What do I need to bring?

    • Hiking shoes and trousers
    • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
    • Sandals
    • A swimsuit and towel
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
    • Warm layers for the evenings
    • A small backpack to carry personal items throughout the day (water, snacks, shirts to use during activities).
    • Shorts
    • Energy/protein bars

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Per Person

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Mostar (Double/Twin)

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Mostar (Double/Twin)

    Per Night

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Mostar (Single)

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/post-trip accommodation in Mostar (Single)

    Per Night

    Transfer Dubrovnik Airport to City or City to Dubrovnik Airport

    Payable Before Departure

    Transfer Dubrovnik Airport to City or City to Dubrovnik Airport

    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 167kg 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.

    A reasonable level of fitness is required and the ability to handle approximately 4 – 5 hours of activity each day. The last part of the hike can be challenging but your guide will be with you every step of the way to help you negotiate it securely and safely. You do not need any rafting or canyoning experience as your guide will also give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. Be advised that the water can get chilly in the canyon, but you will be provided with wetsuits to keep you warm.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    Although shielded from the coast by high mountains, the Neretva Canyon funnels a Mediterranean climate into the Zupa Valley all year round. In the summer, daytime temperatures range from 24 – 30 °C, but it can get cooler at night, so bring layers of clothing to keep you warm if needed, especially during autumn when the temperatures are lower. During the summer, it can sometimes get over 30 degrees during the day, so it's wise to bring a hat and sunscreen.

    Any excess luggage can be safely left in your daily transfer vehicle or at your accommodation during this trip.

    On this trip, you will be rafting through level 2 and 3 rapids on the Neretva River. There will be 4 sections of whitewater rafting.

    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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