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Trek and raft the Via Dinarica Trail across Bosnia and Montenegro

Discover one of Europe’s hidden wonders as you hike through Bosnia and Montenegro and raft the huge Tara River Canyon

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Adventures / Epic Treks

Trek and raft the Via Dinarica Trail across Bosnia and Montenegro

Discover one of Europe’s hidden wonders as you hike through Bosnia and Montenegro and raft the huge Tara River Canyon

DURATION
7 nights
LOCATION
Bosnia and Herzegovina
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
Jun—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 15 people
MEETING POINT
Sarajevo
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel · Mountain hut · Guesthouse
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

No hiking experience required, but you'll be crossing untamed terrain for up to eight hours a day.

Hike Europe’s wildest trails through Bosnia and Montenegro along the relatively unknown Via Dinarica

Visit UNESCO protected natural wonders, including the Tara River Canyon – the deepest gorge in Europe, and ascend Bosnia’s highest peak, Mt Maglić (2386m)

Explore limestone peaks, glacial lakes, ancient villages and an unforgettable landscape of untouched beauty that's teeming with wildlife

Included

Guides

Qualified English speaking mountain guides

Accommodation

7 nights in guesthouses and mountain huts

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your rafting and safety equipment

Permits

All national park entrance fees and taxes

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ)

13.00 on Day 1

Ends

Podgorica Airport (TGD)

12:00 noon on Day 8

Transfers

You’ll be met in Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) in Bosnia and Herzegovina by your guides. Please arrive by 13.00 on Day 1

The trip ends with a transfer to Podgorica (TGD) after breakfast on Day 8. The transfer itself takes around 2.5 hrs to Podgorica Airport (TGD). You will arrive there around noon so are free to book flights returning after 14:00.

If you would prefer to be collected/dropped off in the town centres please let your host know.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Sarajevo 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

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Mountain hut

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Think picnic-style lunches and rich, traditional meals for dinner. Vegetarian and special diets can be catered to, but it’s worth remembering that vegan options are still limited throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please inform your hosts of any specific requirements upon booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Sarajevo

In Sarajevo, you’ll stay at a newly built, traditionally Bosnian family-run guesthouse called Pansion Kandilj. All rooms come with air-conditioning and private facilities.

Sutjeska National Park

In Sutjeska National Park, you’ll stay in a Hotel Mladost in Tjentiste Valley (days 2 & 3).

Tara River

On Day 4 you'll stay at simple wooden bungalows next to the river, enjoying the sound of water and campfire.

Montenegro

On the first night in Montenegro (Day 5), you’ll stay in a rustic guest house called Sokolina that’s based in a converted old barn. Expect homecooked meals and stories told around a campfire with your charismatic host Dragan.

Day 1

Sarajevo

Check into your hotel in the old, oriental trading quarter, settle in and then head our for a tour of historic Sarajevo alongside your guides.

Day 2

Sutjeska National Park

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9km

Leave Sarajevo and hike to the beautiful Donje Bare Lake in the Sutjeska National Park. After lunch, cross the rugged and unspoilt terrain to the summit of Uglješin (1,858m) and enjoy the views across the Zelengora Peaks and the rocky cliff wall of Volujak. Hike to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovarnica ridge and then catch the bus to your hotel in the lovely Tjentište Valley.

Day 3

Maglić Mountain

Hiking

9hrs · 14km

Take on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak, Maglić Mountain (2,386m) and enjoy your lunch while staring across the valleys into Montenegro. Take a dip in Trnovačko Lake, descend into Prijevor and then back to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Raft Europe’s deepest canyon

Rafting

3-4hrs

Time to face-off against the Tara Canyon - the deepest gorge in Europe - as you white water raft the class II-IV rapids against a backdrop of untouched wilderness. The canyon marks the border between Bosnia and Montenegro, so you’ll spend the day traversing it and then stay in a wooden cabin on the river bank.

Day 5

The Sokolina Plateau

Hiking

6-7hrs · 19km

Enter Montenegro and travel to the Mratinje Dam - at 220 metres, one of the highest in Europe. Hike into the beautiful Durmitor National Park and end the day at a guesthouse on the far side of the Tara Canyon.

Day 6

Škrćko Lakes

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9km

Explore Montenegro’s medieval past as you hike to the lovely village of Nedajno. Discover Škrka Mountain, swim in Sušićko Lake and then stand beneath the Skakala waterfall, before reaching the Mountain Hut where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7

Botun Pass

Hiking

8hrs · 14km

Cross through the Botun Pass and descend into Žabljak, a quaint litle town hidden in the heart of Durmitor National Park. Today you’ll have to carry a backpack with your overnight gear, a sleeping bag, packed lunch and a small share of the food.

Day 8

Head for home

Say goodbye to your guides before heading back to the airport 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 available to hire?

  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking Poles

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Daypack (30-40 litres)

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproofs

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag

Other

  • Sun protection
  • Swimming costume
  • Flashlight
  • Walking Poles (optional)

The rafting is entry level, so no previous experience is needed, however, expect to get wet and up close and personal with the enormous Tara Canyon.

You’ll need a good level of fitness as there’s a lot of hiking on this one across some incredible terrain.

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

Bosnia and Montenegro have similar climates to most of central Europe. Expect warm temperatures, but pack for mountain weather (layer up) as you never know when a thunderstorm may appear on the horizon.

Unfortunately no. As you start and end in different countries you'll need to have everything with you, however, you do not need to carry all your luggage during the hike.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

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!

For current advice about travelling in Bosnia and Montenegro, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

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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