WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
Raft in one of Europe's premier white water rafting locations. A wet and wild break filled with adventure and breathtaking natural beauty.
White Water Rafting
With grade IV rapids, rafting will certainly get your adrenalin pumping but it's also a fabulous way to see some incredible scenery as you drift from rapid to rapid through the crystal clear water.
Bay of Kotor
"Most beautiful encounter between land and sea" according to Lord Byron and it's hard to argue. The bay and its charming venetian towns are best seen from the water by speed boat or yacht, luckily we can organise both!
Kotor Old Town
The venetian, fortified town of Kotor offers all the beauty of Dubrovnik but without the prices or the crowds, not to mention it's unique walls which offer unbeatable views of the bay for those prepared to scale it!
The landscape in Montenegro is simply breathtaking. It's coastline is known for beauty but arguably the inland mountain scenery is even more spectacular with its array of lakes and National Parks.
“Great trip to Montenegro with Untravelled Paths. Never used them before so always a little trepidation but the whole experience was fantastic. Ilija was a great host who took care of everything and allowed us all to enjoy this incredible country. It's really as beautiful as everybody says!”
Anthony Minoprio - Guest
Exploring the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor and enjoy the adrenaline rush of rafting through the ”The Tear of Europe”, Tara river. Experience the thrill of white water rafting in an environment of extreme natural beauty in Montenegro. This exciting four-night adventure takes places in the north of the country where rugged, snow-capped mountains tower above lush valleys, verdant forests and impressive canyons gushing with glacial water. Not to forget the first night in Kotor Bay with optional speed boat rides, paragliding, or more relaxing sightseeing of an area with eighteen centuries of history. Aside from the adrenaline pumping rafting excursion you’ll also have the opportunity to test your nerve with zip-ling from the immense Tara Bridge. All of this action and adventure is perfectly balanced with time to explore serene mountain lakes in Durmitor National Park, wander around small rural villages, bask in the sunshine of the Adriatic Coast.
NEED TO KNOW
|GROUP SIZE||12 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Arrive in Podgorica. Transfer to picture-perfect Kotor via Sveti Stefan, the pearl of the Adriatic. Arrive in UNESCO town of Kotor. Rest of the day to explore the Old Town and even climb the crumbling city walls for exceptional vistas over the Bay.
Travel along Montenegro’s beautiful coastline with its crystal clear sapphire-coloured water through Budva and its impressive old town. Then you'll cut inland and ascend to Montenegro’s old Cetinje before taking the winding road down to the pretty little town of Rijeka Crnojevica detour for a coffee stop. Then you’ll head on to the Moraca valley and its breathtaking monastery. Once you’ve finished marvelling at the gorgeous frescos and exploring the charming grounds you’ll travel on to the alpine town of Kolasin where you’ll have a hearty traditional lunch (not included) at a charming old mill. After lunch, you’ll visit the Honey Farm. After a rest, you’ll be taken by jeep to a nearby mountain eco-village on the cusp of Biogradska National Park for drinks around the fire pit for sunset where you can share stories from the day before dinner and stargazing.
Transfer along Europe’s longest and deepest gorge, the Tara Canyon. Visit the Monastery of St. George before stopping and admiring the immense Tara Bridge while having a refreshment or for the adrenaline junkies, take the Zipline across the canyon. Then travel on to Montenegro’s most famous National Park, Durmitor. Visit the Black Lake for lunch and walk around its shores while taking in the impressive scenery. Alternatively for the hikers amongst you take a guided ramble through the National Park with a picnic lunch in the mountains.
Transfer to the mountain village of rafting start point. Preliminary training and issue of equipment. Jeep transfer to the Bosnian border for white water rafting along the Tara River rapids. Hearty lunch. Transfer back to Izlazak for hot showers, rest and relaxation and traditional mountain fare for dinner.
Transfer to Podgorica. Fly home.
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
All our chosen accommodation is based either in the old town or nearby. You can also upgrade to apartments with a shared pool, ideal for families.
Typical Accommodation: Monte Cristo, Villa Duomo or similar
Close to Pluzine and its limestone lakes are family-run Ethno villages which allow you to experience authentic hospitality and be close to nature.
Typical Accommodation: Izlazak, Montenegro Etno Villages or similar
Around 30 minutes from Kolasin, set on the outskirts of Biogradska Gora National park are some stunningly located, remote Ethno Villages.
Typical Accommodation: Vranjak, Goles Etno Villages or similar
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Magical Montenegro. The Black Mountain. Home to one of Europe’s most enticing stretches of coastline, some of the most striking mountain scenery on the continent and countless other spectacular gems, Montenegro is a country of incredible beauty and diversity. Not even 300km long, this tiny country packs in an extraordinary range of diverse landscape, cultural influences and must-see destinations. Catholic West meets Orthodox East, Montenegro’s heritage fuses centuries-old influences ranging from the Ottoman to the Venetian eras with a smorgasbord of diverse architecture and culture to create an utterly evocative holiday adventure.
"For those wanting the biggest adrenaline rush and the quickest rapids then early in the season the better, with May being the best and August and September ideal for those with young children"
Ilija - Untravelled Paths
Boat Tour of Kotor Bay
Unless you have additional nights in Kotor then you'll have limited time to see everything so we'd recommend you book a speed boat tour of the bay to make the most of your time there.
Kotor Old Town Walls
If ascending the old town walls, don't miss the church and very local "cafe". About 3/4 of the way up you'll need to climb through a whole in the wall so keep a look out or you'll miss it!
Rakija is Montenegro's staple, often home brewed, fire water which you're likely to be offered during your visit. It's powerful stuff mind but it will certainly keep you warm!
No matter what time of year you travel, make sure you bring warm clothes as the temperature can drop sharply in the mountains especially in Spring and Autumn.
As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Podgorica with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
We can also cater for surrounding airports, although there would be an additional charge. For Tivat Airport the price is 80 Euros in total and Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia it is 80 Euros each way. Please note these prices are for the vehicle not per person and would be paid for locally.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in a few easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have made your necessary arrangements, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details and any other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
The season typically runs from mid-April to the beginning of October. April, May and early June are defined by higher water flows and attract the more adventuresome groups. While still offering a variety of white water options that promise a perfect trip for all levels of interest and experience, these months offer a bit more adventure due to the higher water levels. In July, August and September water levels typically drop and conditions become perfect for younger families and multi-generational groups.
Yes but that's all part of the fun! You'll get splashed with water during the rafting and you'll most likely end up in the water at some point. Don't worry though, you'll be kitted out in wetsuits.
A swimsuit, dry change of clothes, sun cream and sunglasses for protection against the elements, and perhaps a warm jumper or pullover in case it gets chilly. You'll also need your passport to cross the Bosnian border.
We recommend leaving your camera at the rafting centre where it'll be safe and dry. However, you might like to bring a waterproof camera with you on the rapids just make sure you have a wristband firmly attached to prevent losing it. There are waterproof safety bags on the rafts where you can store any essential belongings. Please note that we cannot be held accountable for any damage or loss of your cameras or belongings.
All participants are required to wear a life jacket so while it is helpful if you're a confident swimmer it's not necessary to be a strong swimmer. Falling out of the boat is uncommon if you listen to the instructions and briefing from your river guide.
Not at all. Most people taking part in the experience won't have been rafting before and the excursion is tailored for beginners. You'll have a professional guide with you at all times and will also be given preliminary training and instructions/
You'll be provided with all the necessary equipment including boots for your time in the raft so you can wear normal shoes en route to the rafting base before changing into your gear. You might like to bring a pair of flip-flops or sandals with you as well for ease of changing.
Yes although we highly recommend a sport strap or tie to keep your glasses safe. Once again we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of your glasses so if you can do without them then go ahead.
A life jacket, helmet, neoprene wet suit, neoprene boots with thick soles and a paddle.
Rafting is thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and unbelievably fun. However, as with all adventure sports, there is inherent risk involved. That risk contributes to the excitement and is one of the reasons people enjoy rafting so much. All participants are issued with all the necessary equipment, a safety briefing is given and your river guide is trained to minimise and manage risks. There's also a first aid kit on every raft. Statistically, you're safer in a raft than in your car.
It all depends on the water level, which varies throughout the season. In March, April and May the water levels are extremely high (4+ to 5) making the rapids extremely powerful. June and July are less powerful (3 to 4) but still make for an exhilarating experience while during August, September and October, the water levels are lower and the rapids are slower and more easy-going (2+ to 3+).
Again, it depends on the time of year. The beginning of the season sees temperatures of anything as low at 5 to 7 degrees Celsius whereas the summer months mean warmer waters around 10 degrees. You'll be kitted out with a neoprene wetsuit and booties so you'll be protected against the cold.
The higher the water level, the more powerful the rapids and the quicker it'll take to raft through to the end of the course. In April it can be as short and exhilarating as an hour whereas towards the end of the season in October it can take about three hours or more.
It's still full steam ahead. You're guaranteed to get wet even when the sun is shining so rafting is probably the best way to spend your time when it's raining in Montenegro. The rapids are typically at their best when it's raining too so there are no real disadvantages. If the weather conditions are extreme then the activity may be cancelled although this is a very rare occurrence.