Explore the rugged and beautiful Tara River Canyon, a UNESCO-listed wilderness of rushing rivers, plunging waterfalls and lush forests. You'll spend two days rafting 90km of the Tara River with nights spent at comfortable eco-lodges. Along the way you'll splash through exhilarating rapids, soar across the canyon on a zipline, and visit impressive cultural sites. This trip is offered for just 2 ½ months in early summer in order to catch the best rapids. Your hassle-free adventure in this spectacular region includes:
- 3 nights accommodation in eco-lodges
- 2 days rafting the Tara River
- All meals
- All rafting equipment
- Experienced, professional raft guides
- Zipline at Zabljak
- Airport transfers
- Activity transfers
- Park entry fees and taxes
This is the perfect trip for active travellers who want an adventurous weekend escape in one of Europe's most scenic wildernesses.
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FEEL GOOD VIBES
You'll be met at the Dubrovnik airport by your host and transferred for 4 to your accommodation on the banks of the Piva River.
Settle into your cabin in a beech forest and wander along the river.
Relax around a campfire, listen to the babbling river, and socialize with your fellow adventurers while a cook prepares your dinner.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast on the river's shore, then take a scenic drive across the Piva and Durmitor National Parks to the launch point upstream. You'll travel through mountain villages and passes with incredible views.
After a quick snack and a coffee at the in the Zabljak Center, you'll stop at the Great Bridge of Djurdjevica Tara to look down on the Tara River, you'll be passing beneath this bridge later today!
While you're there, get your heart pumping with a zip line ride across the deepest canyon in Europe.
Continue on to Sljivankso to start your rafting trip. After a safety briefing and a quick lesson on technique, you'll launch onto the Tara River for 6 hours of paddling, across a total of 52 km, allowing for time to stop for lunch and photos.
Along the way, you'll view the largest natural spring in Europe, pass beneath the 165m bridge you visited earlier, check out a monastery, and paddle through a section of canyon that's just 4m across.
Around 18:00 you'll arrive at the Green Rafting Camp, your home for the night. Your personal belongings are awaiting you in your room.
Freshen up, explore the beautiful grounds of the camp, and enjoy a delicious Montenegrin meal. Spend the evening relaxing around a campfire before heading to bed.
6 hours of rafting, class II - III
After breakfast, you'll paddle the most scenic and wild section of the Tara River where it passes through Durmitor National Park.
Starting at 10.00, you'll navigate exhilarating class III, IV and some V rapids, from Brstanovica to Scepan Polje. These rapids are fun and challenging, but with yesterday's paddling experience you'll be more than ready to tackle them.
At 13.00, you'll arrive back at the rafting centre, and you'll have your lunch from 14.00 to 15.00. That afternoon, you'll have the option to either take a hike to a traditional Montenegrin monastery or join a body balance class.
Your final dinner will be served at the rafting centre from 20.00 to 21.30, where you'll be able to swap stories with fellow adventurers about your amazing experience on the Tara River.
3 hours of rafting, class III - V
Linger over breakfast and take a final stroll along the Piva River, then transfer to Podgorica Airport (2 hours) for your flight home.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.
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.
You'll spend the first and last night at your host's eco-lodge on the banks of the Piva River. You'll either stay in a new wooden bungalow or in a twin bedroom in the main building. The cabins are built in the style of Montenegrin pioneer cabins, with the addition of a few contemporary comforts like private baths, hot water and comfy beds.
You'll spend the middle night at Eco-Lodge Radovan Luka. This rustic lodge is operated by the National Park. It's a real back-to-nature experience with campfires, BBQ, stargazing and limited electricity. Rooms are cosy twins with private ensuite bathrooms.
Northwestern Montenegro has not yet been discovered by much of the world, but is rightly acclaimed and protected as a World Heritage Area. It was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams, leaving a dramatic landscape marked by dense pine forests, clear lakes, limestone plateaus and deep canyons.
The area is home to 1500 species of plants; large mammals including the brown bear, grey wolf, European wildcat and river otter; and 130 recorded birds including the Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Capercaillie and Black Grouse.
The Tara canyon is the deepest and longest in Europe, cutting through dramatic limestone cliffs. The 2009 World Rafting Championships took place here. There are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and immense waterfalls along the canyon. The Tara River is so pure you can drink it straight from the raft!
You will be met at Dubrovnik Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 16:25 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.
You will be dropped off at Podgorica airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 11:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.
Getting there and away?
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) and Podgorica Airport (TGD) are served by regular, inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers.
We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.
For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.
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