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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 River and relax around Boracko Lake

Explore the iconic Balkan cities of Mostar, Konjic and Blagaj

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

1 night in Mostar and 2 nights by Boracko Lake

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

Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport

13:30

Ends

Dubrovnik Airport

08:30

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) with a transfer at 13:30, so please schedule your flight to arrive at least 30 minutes before this time. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Dubrovnik Airport at 08:30. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 10:30.

Travel options

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

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

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. All dietary requirements can be accommodated, just let your host know when booking.

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

Depending on availability, you'll either stay in an apartment with an en-suite bathroom, balcony and free Wi-Fi or at in private cabins made of stone and wood, with en-suite bathrooms and sweeping green lawns around a pond.

Day 1

Mostar

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, unpolluted, starry sky.

Day 2

Rakitnica River canyoning

Hiking

3hrs

Canyoning

2-3hrs

Drive to the Upper Neretva Canyon and begin your challenging hike to the remote ruins of a 14th Century mountaintop castle. Descend through the trees to the Rakitnica River and then canyon through a wild and narrow gorge to a riverside lunch spot. If you still have the time and energy, head to the shore of Boracko Lake for a relaxing swim before another delicious dinner.

Day 3

Raft the Neretva

Rafting

4-5hrs

Head back to the Neretva River and raft through peaceful pools and down rapids, taking plenty of breaks for swimming, cliff jumping, and snacks. Stop at the town of Konjic for lunch and tour the old town, then drive to Blagaj and explore a unique city built around a remarkable Dervish monastery. The city is also home to a medieval fortress and a vulture sanctuary, both of which you'll have the option to visit depending on the available time. 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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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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

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.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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Free Date Changes

Free date changes up to 31 days before departure.

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