Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hike, Raft and Explore Bosnia and Montenegro

Summit the highest peaks of each country and raft the longest canyon in Europe

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hike, Raft and Explore Bosnia and Montenegro

Summit the highest peaks of each country and raft the longest canyon in Europe

DURATION

6 nights

LOCATION

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ANNUAL LEAVE

4 days off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Mountain hut

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

No previous experience needed, just a reasonable level of fitness to tackle the highest peaks.

Climb the highest peak in each country - Mount Maglic (2836m) in Bosnia and Mount Bobotov (2523m) in Montenegro

Blast through the Tara River Canyon - the longest gorge in Europe - and explore two idyllic national parks

Experience the region’s unique culture and warm hospitality in the charming city of Trebinje

What's it like?

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    Charlotte, August 2019

    Great guides in Igor and Damir, fantastic group. Lots of laughs. Difficult at times but we overcame challenges as a group.

    Stuart, August 2019

    Everything was great.

    Kirsty, September 2019

    Lovely guides, really helpful and knowledgable about the area.

    Fran, June 2019

    The itinerary was a perfect balance between hiking, sightseeing, and everyone doing their own thing in the afternoons. The scenery is fantastic and the fellow travelers were all awesome.

    Carlos, June 2019

    In general, the experience was amazing! The hike in Bosnia of day 2 was my favourite. It was so full of different views and surfaces, even a lake where we had lunch and swam. The rafting was very exciting too. The rafting centre is beautiful, the food there was mind-blowing and very generous. Being in the last wild rivers in Europe was a dream come true for me. Montenegro is a very unique place also, food and accommodation there were excellent. I was very impressed with the places where we stayed. I had no idea they were going to be so comfortable and that food was going to be that good. I can tell that you guys took time to plan the trip. Very good job.

    Matthew, May 2019

    Guides were awesome - knowledgeable, safe and most of all very friendly and fitted in with us. The trip was also excellent fabulous scenery great hikes and well tailored.

    Included

    Guides

    Experienced, English speaking guide

    Accommodation

    6 nights in a mix of traditional mountain chalets and 3-star hotels

    Meals

    Munch on tasty food throughout

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your activity 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, Croatia

    13:30

    Ends

    Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

    11:30

    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 11:30, so you're free to catch any flight departing after 12:30. 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

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 4

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 5

    Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 6

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 7

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    All the food on this trip will be freshly made, local fare. Dishes are typically hearty with plenty of cheese and other dairy products, as well as dried meats, fish, pastries and local fruits and vegetables. 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?

    Bosnia and Montenegro

    Across the adventure, you'll stay in Tjentiste, Zabljak and Trebinje in a mixture of traditional mountain chalets and 3-star hotels. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities and WiFi is available.

    Day 1

    First hike

    Hiking

    2-3hrs · 7km · 440m up · 440m down

    Meet your host and fellow adventurers in Dubrovnik and head straight to the Sutjeska National Park, the oldest in the region. Ascend the Kuk peak, passing the green hills and glittering lakes of this stunning national treasure, home to one of the largest colonies of brown bears in the Balkans. Head back down and then on to your accommodation where a hearty dinner will be waiting.

    Day 2

    Mount Maglic (2836m)

    Hiking

    6-7hrs · 10km · 718m up · 700m down

    Begin the day by ascending to the highest point in Bosnia, the 2,386-metre summit of Mount Maglic, using steel cables for the most exposed sections. Enjoy panoramic views from the top and then descend to the scenic Trnovov Lake and take a welcome break on the shore. Continue down through dense conifer forest to your accommodation for the night in Tjentiste.

    Day 3

    Raft the Tara River

    Rafting

    2-4hrs · 25km

    Test yourself against the waters of the Tara River Canyon - the longest in Europe and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an exhilarating white-knuckle ride down the rapids and then spend the afternoon relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in the river.

    Day 4

    Glacial hiking

    Hiking

    2-3hrs · 10km · 150m up · 150m down

    Adopt a more relaxed pace as you explore the glacial lakes of the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro, including the spectacular Black Lake and Snake Lake. Spend some free time in this tranquil setting and then rest your legs as you prepare for tomorrow’s challenge.

    Day 5

    Climb Montenegro's highest peak

    Hiking

    6-7hrs · 14km · 900m up · 900m down

    Set off on your biggest challenge yet as you hike to the top of Bobotov Peak (2,522m) the highest point in Montenegro (and the entire trip) with 700 metres of ascent and an exhilarating and exposed finale. Enjoy the view from the summit and then head down to Žabljak and a chance to sample the local cuisine and a celebratory drink before heading to your accommodation and a well-earned rest.

    Day 6

    Trebinje and winery tour

    Top 5 days of adventure with a spot of culture and fine wine in the ancient city of Trebinje. Take a guided tour to experience this delightful little city, do some shopping, grab a coffee and watch the world go by and then visit the Tvrdos monastery where you can sample some of the region’s fantastic wine, before heading back to your hotel and a final dinner with your team.

    Day 7

    Home

    After an exhilarating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Bosnia and Montenegro, it’s time to head back home. First, however, there's one last breakfast with your team and a chance to swap photos and contact details before heading to the airport and your flight home.

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    What's included?

    • All your activity equipment

    What do I need to bring?

    • Hiking trousers
    • Hiking shoes
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Breathable quick-drying clothing
    • Sun protection (glasses, hat, sunscreen)
    • Warm clothes
    • Backpack (30L minimum)
    • Shorts
    • Energy bars

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Post-trip Accommodation in Trebinje - Single Room

    Payable Before Departure

    Post-trip Accommodation in Trebinje - Single Room

    Per Night

    Post-trip Accommodation in Trebinje - Twin/Double Room

    Payable Before Departure

    Post-trip Accommodation in Trebinje - Twin/Double Room

    Per Night

    Pre/post Trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Single Room

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/post Trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Single Room

    Per Night

    Pre/post Trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Twin/Double Room

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/post Trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Twin/Double Room

    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 276kg 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 as you'll be hiking for 5-6 hours and ascending around 700m, although it will be at a relaxed pace.

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

    Summer is the best time to visit Bosnia and Montenegro, with daytime temperatures ranging from 24 - 30 degrees Celsius, but cooling down in the evening and at night. Several days on this adventure are spent at higher altitudes where the temperature can be cooler, ideal for hiking. The weather can be wet at any time of year, so it's worth packing waterproof clothing.

    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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