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Canyoning and Hiking in Serbia’s Valjevo Mountains

Explore the Valjevo mountains, hiking, abseiling and canyoning your way through remote river canyons. 3 days. 1 day off work.

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DURATION
2 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Serbia
SEASON
June, August, September
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Experience Serbia’s up and coming adventure sports destination on this mini adventure. Hike the picturesque Gradac river gorge and descend 25-metre waterfalls in the remote Tribuca river canyon.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1 day guided canyoning
  • 1 day guided hiking
  • Celije Monastery visit
  • 2 nights riverside accommodation
  • All meals
  • Canyoning equipment
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for: Adventurers looking to experience Serbia’s wild side. No previous experience is required, just an adventurous spirit.

Featured as ‘one of the best group trips for solo travellers’ by The Guardian.

Need To Know

Not included in your adventure:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement

You don’t need any previous experience, just a good attitude and adventurous spirit! Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start and will be watching your every step of the way to make sure everyone is safe and happy. You need a basic level of fitness for several hours of activity.

Yes absolutely. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people.

All technical equipment will be provided. You need to bring:

  • 2 pairs of hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Lightweight, breathable shirts and hiking trousers/shorts
  • Swimsuit and a towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Small rucksack to carry personal belongings
  • Water bottle

All canyoning equipment is provided including wetsuit, helmet and harness. If the water is cold during the hike on day 1, neoprene socks will also be available.

Summer and early autumn are the best periods to visit the area. In summer, the temperatures range from 10-30 degrees Celsius. It cools down at night, so it is worthwhile packing some warmer clothes.

All food is freshly prepared. Serbian cuisine is typically hearty with lots of local cheeses, meats, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables. Drinks are not included.

Absolutely, just let your local host know once you have booked.

Your local hosts will meet any flights that arrive at or before 15:00 on day 1. You can book any flight departing from 13:00 onwards on day 3.

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Location

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The Valjevo mountains, an hour and a half south of Belgrade, are Serbia’s up and coming adventure tourism destination. The 70-mile-long mountain chain stretches from Mt Bobija in the west to Rajac in the east.

Over thousands of years, mountain streams have carved canyons into the rock of the Valjevo mountains. Many of these canyons, the that of the Tribuca river, are only accessible by canyoning. The steep waterfalls, pools and rock slides make the perfect location for a canyoning adventure.

One of the most beautiful areas of the Valjevi region is the Gradac river canyon. The steep wooded hillsides, broken by crags and caves, frame the clear waters of the river. It is known as being one of the cleanest rivers in the Balkans and the water is clean enough to drink straight from the river,

The region is also an important area for Serbian history with an old Roman fortress and the monastery at Celije.

Start point?
Your local host will collect you at Belgrade airport. They will meet any flights that arrive before 15:00.

End point?
Your trip ends at Belgrade airport where your local host will drop you off. You are free to book any flights departing after 13:00.

Getting there and away?
Belgrade Nicola Tesla Airport (BEG) is an international airport served by around 40 carriers with regular flights to destinations worldwide. Air Serbia runs a regular service to London Heathrow.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and River Hike

Your trip begins at Belgrade airport where your local host will be waiting to meet you. From there, it’s an hour and a half transfer to the mountain town of Valjevo where the real adventure begins.

Your first day’s hike is five kilometres along the river Gradac – one of the cleanest in the Balkans. The route travels up the river canyon, crisscrossing the river through lush green forests. If you like, take a swim in the cool clear waters.

The hike ends at the tranquil Celije Monastery, rebuilt numerous times since its 13th-century origins. After you have explored the site you will be transferred to your accommodation for the night in time for dinner.

Day 2: River Canyoning

After breakfast, it’s time to head out on your canyoning adventure. Your experienced guide will get you kitted up with a wetsuit, harness and helmet and then you will be ready to take on the Tribuca River canyon.

This little-known, remote canyon managed to remain undiscovered for many years. You’ll spend five hours adventuring down the canyon, abseiling down 25-metre waterfalls, jumping into deep pools, swimming and sliding down natural rock slides.

At the end of the canyon, your transport awaits with your dry clothes to change into. Take a moment to relax on the riverbank and enjoy your surroundings before heading back to the accommodation for a well-earned dinner.

Day 3: Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast with your fellow adventurers, recounting the last two days adventures. Then, it’s time to head to the airport whether your heading home or on to new adventures.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You will be staying a guesthouse in the village of Key outside Valjevo. The guesthouse is built in the traditional Serbian style and is located just metres from the river.

The guesthouses feature en-suite rooms with a communal area. Accommodation is based on shared rooms, a single room supplement is available. Outside there is a garden area and pool where you can kick back and relax.

Dates & Prices

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Prices include

Accommodation · Airport Transfers · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection · No Single Supplements

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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