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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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    Sam Totham, August 2022

    Rafting and canyoning was amazing. Scenery in Bosnia was incredible and river camp was so much fun.

    Hannah Inwood, August 2022

    Amazing couple of days in BH, and was everything I wanted from the trip! Highlight for me was rafting and swimming in the Neretva. Our local guide was fantastic, and the guides at the centre were incredible!!! During rafting and canyoning guides brought snacks - which were most welcome! Do make sure you bring BAM with you, for tipping the centre guides, shops etc. makes everything easier.

    Asa, July 2022

    Fantastic trip with plenty of activity . Ilia, our guide, was great and the staff at the outdoor activity centre were all really friendly and helpful. We all bonded really well and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience - the canyoning upstream on the Neretva was particularly memorable.

    Greg, June 2022

    Absolutely awesome trip. Seamlessly organised by our guide Illia. We didn’t waste a minute and we’re exhausted by the end. The activities were well planned and explained and the food was great. The accommodation was brand new and spotlessly clean. The trip surpassed all my expectations 👍🏼

    Kevin, August 2022

    Fantastic trip! So beautiful and the group was so much fun!

    Clare, July 2022

    Fantastic trip - well organised and all activities were really good - great group of people too. Loved the canyoning which felt off the beaten track, the rafting and the hike - beautiful place and a great experience. I would definitely recommend.

    David, July 2022

    Great experience. Would definitely recommend.

    Elisabeth, July 2022

    Fun activities in a beautiful setting. The rafting was very relaxing, but with some great opportunities to jump in and swim. Canyoning included a steep hike - walking boots definitely needed. It was great to share these experiences with a lovely group of people.

    Sam, July 2022

    Great little trip, good crew and a perfect way to get to see Bosnia in a short amount of time

    Ryan, July 2022

    Really good trip with a great host. The rafting was quite relaxed (because of the time of year (August)) but still really enjoyable. Plenty of stops along the way for some body rafting and also bridge/cliff jumping for those who wanted to. Apparently April/May time is the best time for more intense rafting. We didn't have time to do a hike before the rafting (again, due to the time of year meaning the water speed was lower and so we wouldn't have time to fit both a hike and rafting in). However, after the rafting our host took us to a lake to spend a few hours before dinner - there was time for a little hike around the lake and/or a swim. The canyoning day was a lot of fun! Starts with a really great hike to the start point. Including the hike time, I think we were on the go from 9am - 3pm, so take snacks!

    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, unpolluted, 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.

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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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