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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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

Classic

Apartment · Hotel

OVERALL RATING

4.8

Based on 116 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Moderate

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

Hike to the remote ruins of a mountaintop castle before rafting along the peaceful pools and rapids of the clear Neretva River

Submerge yourself in the Rakitnica River and explore the unspoilt turquoise waters of this wild, narrow gorge

Explore the charming Balkan city of Mostar and the unique village of Blagaj, built around a Dervish monastery

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 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 grade 2 to 3 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 you'll traverse this canyon through a wild and narrow gorge. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to dry off 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.

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

Visas where required

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 local cheeses 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.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport

13:30 on Day 1

Ends

Dubrovnik Airport

12:00 on Day 4

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.

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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 sports 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

- Rachel(September 2022)

This trip was a great way to see some of Bosnia, and excellent value for money.

The highlight was the canyoning, in stunning landscape with really high quality gear.

The food was local, decent and plentiful, and accommodation was comfortable and clean.

I'd highly recommend!

- Rachel(September 2022)

Fantastic. This was a great few days away. Canyoning was the highlight of the trip and something I'd never done before. All equipment was supplied. Damir and the other guides were brilliant. Definitely recommend it.

- Lucy(September 2022)

Would highly recommend this tour, great having the three activities to do. The meals are lovely and you are definitely well fed throughout the trip. The tour guide Damir is so friendly and very knowledgeable with the area. We didn't know what to expect for the canyoning and this turned out to be the highlight of the trip for us. Would definitely book again through MBA. For everything we got its great value for money

- 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.

- Louise(September 2022)

Great trip and well organised. Both the hosts and other guests were friendly and really made the trip a fun experience. Kit was provided were needed and the canyoning boots were fantastic.

- James(September 2022)

This trip was amazing. The guides and hosts were brilliant, their knowledge and expertise fantastic and the friendliest bunch of people you could want or meet. For me I leave this trip feeling like it was a great trial for bigger and better next time. A stay over in Dubrovnik before or after is a must, what a fantastic ‘city’.

- Rebecca(September 2022)

Had a brilliant few days in Bosnia! Great company, a good mix of activities, gorgeous scenery, and Damir was an extremely knowledgable and helpful guide. The hosts at the accommodation and at the rafting centre were also excellent. A few parts were tough going, but overall had a really enjoyable trip and would definitely do something similar again. Highly recommend an extra day in Dubrovnik to enjoy the old town (and get some well earned rest!) before heading home.

- 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.

- 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!

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.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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