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Hike, Raft and Explore Bosnia and Montenegro

Summit the highest peak in Bosnia, raft the longest canyon in Europe and hike in Durmitor National Park

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Hike, Raft and Explore Bosnia and Montenegro

Summit the highest peak in Bosnia, raft the longest canyon in Europe and hike in Durmitor National Park

DURATION
6 nights
LOCATION
Bosnia and Herzegovina
ANNUAL LEAVE
5 days off work
SEASON
Jun-Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hotel · Mountain hut

OVERALL RATING

4.7

Based on 36 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

No previous experience needed – just a reasonable level of fitness, the ability to hike for up to 8-10 hours in a day and a head for heights

Summit Mount Maglic (2386m), Bosnia’s tallest peak, and clamber to the top of Crvena Greda (2117m) in Montenegro

Blast down the white water of the Tara River Canyon – Europe's longest gorge – and explore idyllic national parks

Experience the region’s warm hospitality in the charming city of Trebinje, and indulge in a wine-tasting at a local monastery

Day 1

First hike

Hiking

2hrs · 4-5km · 300m up · 300m down

Driving

3-4hrs

Meet your host and fellow adventurers in Dubrovnik and head straight to the Sutjeska National Park. Visit the Valley of Heroes Monument and learn about the history behind these mountains, while passing the green hills and glittering lakes of this stunning national park – the oldest in the region and 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 (2386m)

Hiking

8-10hrs · 16km · 718m up · 718m down

Driving

30mins

Begin the day by ascending to the highest point in Bosnia, the 2386m summit of Mount Maglic, using steel cables for the most exposed sections. Enjoy panoramic views from the top and then descend to the scenic Trnovačko 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

Driving

1.5hrs

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

Day 4

Hike through epic landscapes

Black Lake, Durmitor, Montenegro. Photo: Customer/ Chloe Surrage id 10420

Hiking

2-3hrs · 10km · 150m up · 150m down

Driving

3-4hrs

Adopt a more relaxed pace today, 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 Crvena Greda (2117m)

Approaching Crvena Greda, Montenegro. Photo: Customer/ Olga id 89225

Hiking

4-6hrs · 9km · 500m up · 500m down

Set off on a scenic hike to the top of Crvena Greda (2117m). Navigate some rocky sections near the peak itself to enjoy the view of the Durmitor massif from the summit, then head down to Žabljak for a a celebratory drink and a chance to sample the local cuisine, before heading to your accommodation for a well-earned rest.

Day 6

Trebinje and winery tour

Driving

3-4hrs

Top five 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, before visiting the Tvrdos monastery. Here, you can sample some of the region’s fantastic wine before heading back to your hotel for a final dinner with your team.

Day 7

Home

Driving

1-2hrs

After an exhilarating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Bosnia and Montenegro, it’s time to head back home. Enjoy one last breakfast with your crew before heading to the airport to catch your flight home.

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

Visas where required

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 this 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.

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.

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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 to hold water, some snacks, a spare shirt, suscreen, maybe a rain jacket just in case)
  • Shorts
  • Energy bars
  • Walking poles (optional)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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-trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Single Room

Per Night

Pre-trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip Accommodation in Tjentiste - Twin/Double Room

Per Night

Lucy

ou absolutely need to do this trip! And if you get Hamza as your guide, you will have the best time. Bosnia & Herzegovina is an incredibly beautiful country which deserves our tourism, as is Montenegro. The nature is breathtaking.

This is far from doing 'a big walk' - but if you're fit and you enjoy challenging hikes with some scrambling and some heights, alongside some downtime in nature, this trip is for you. The scenery and surroundings are stunning, everyone was really friendly, there's a fair bit of driving most days to get to the next place but the minivan is really comfy and the drivers are excellent. The rafting is great fun but the raft camp with its communal area and big firepit right by the bar is even better - we enjoyed many bottles of Nikšićko beer whilst playing Uno on our afternoon off - great for group bonding!

If you love animals, there are resident strays at every place you'll stay and they are really friendly and all well-fed and looked after by the hosts.

You'll be really well fed on this trip! There's so much food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'm vegan, and I ate so well, every host went out of their way to cater for me, which I'm so grateful for.

A huge thanks has to go to Hamza, our guide. He is an extremely professional leader, but manages to do this whilst also feeling just like 'one of the group.'

You won't regret doing this trip - get it booked!

Ewan

Excellent adventure with a great group to experience everything with.

Alister

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Catherine

Enjoyed the challenge of hiking and rafting was really fun. Accommodation was generally comfortable. Our guide Petar was really great and motivated us. Kit list was accurate. Food very meat heavy which is regional. Enjoyed it, nature beautiful!

Chelsey

We lucked out on this trip with a fantastic group, a fantastic host and perfect weather! Almost all of us were in our 30s and the trip provides lots of evening flexibility to either do your own thing or hang out with the group. Most of our accomodations had good common areas for this! The hikes were very challenging but everyone made it to both peaks thanks to some great motivation from Petar who was a fantastic host! The hiking infrastructure in Bosnia and Montenegro is not super developed with things like toilets so be prepared to pee in the wild more than you are used to! Otherwise every detail was well taken care of and the food was amazing - I’m pescatarian and was very well fed throughout!

Sophie J.

Amazing trip! Great host

Abigail

My second MBA trip and it was absolutely fantastic! Mount Maglic is tough and you do need a good level of fitness, but there are also some more relaxing days. The white water rafting is enormous fun, albeit freezing cold. Both Bosnia and Montenegro are fantastic countries to visit with some amazing scenery. We had the most fantastic group dynamic on this trip, as well as a fantastic local guide (Petar) and driver (Milan) both of whom were very knowledgeable and did an amazing job. I really can’t recommend this trip enough. Plus the local wine is incredible, as you discover on the final full day…

Rebecca

I had a fantastic MBA Bosnia/ Montenegro trip. The host was great. The big hikes were fantastic with stunning scenery. White water rafting was really fun. A great bunch of people from all over the world. Would definitely recommend.

Claire

A really fun and very pretty trip, the mountains and the canyon are great places to visit. The host Hamza was incredible. I got to explore places I would never have found on my own. These nations have incredibly beautiful landscapes.

Yasmine

Good adventure, make sure to bring the right kit!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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.

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness as you'll be hiking for up to 8-10hrs/16km on day 2, albeit at a relaxed pace to make sure you save some energy for the final push for the summit. You'll be hiking next to some steep drops at times with a cable to hold onto (although you won't be clipped on) so sure-footedness and a head for heights is necessary. There are also a couple of short steep sections of scrambling towards Mount Maglic's summit.

Sure can! Over 70% 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.

Your overnight luggage will be transported with you in the van each day. During the day, you can leave your bag in your room at the mountain chalet.

In the event of poor weather such as heavy rain, strong winds and/or storms, it is possible that conditions may become unsafe to summit the mountains on this trip. Your guide will assess the weather on the days where summits are planned with your safety in mind. If it becomes necessary to make a change to the planned itinerary, you'll either hike as far as it is safe to, or be offered an alternative hike (which may be less challenging but safer in the conditions). Similarly, while poor weather is less likely to affect the rafting on this trip, if conditions become unsuitable for the activity to go ahead safely, your guide may offer an alternative activity.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

June 2024

Saturday • 22nd June 2024

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