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Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

1. Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

See the picturesque countryside of Montenegro on a guided tour from Kotor. Admire clear lakes, spectacular coasts, the famous Ostrog Monastery, and more. Take your first photo stop shortly after leaving Kotor and capture the beauty of two nearby islands, Our Lady of the Rocks and Saint George. Move to higher elevations for a second photo stop above Risan Bay. Continue to Nikšić, the second biggest city in Montenegro, and make another stop for pictures at the artificial Salty Lake. Take a much-needed breakfast break after your morning sightseeing and enjoy some tasty local food and drink. Drive towards Mount Durmitor, where rocky peaks rise high into the sky. Pass dense pine and colorful deciduous forest. Stop at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, the highest in Europe when built in 1940. Cross the 365-meter-long bridge, 172 meters above the canyon floor if you´d like. Proceed to the hidden jewel of Durmitor National Park, the majestic Black Lake, among 18 glacial lakes above 1,500 meters on Durmitor Mountain. All together they are called "Mountain Eyes". Embark on a hike on the 4-kilometer trail around the lake. Stop at Žabljak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1,450 meters above sea level. Dine on a lunch of traditional Montenegrin food. Afterward, hit the road towards the most visited spiritual site in Montenegro, the Ostrog Monastery. Begin your ascent up the narrow and winding road close to sunset, enjoying spectacular views of the highly-perched monastery. View the relics of the monk Vasilije Ostroški, who founded the place. Return to Kotor at the end of your tour.

Montenegro: Tara River Whitewater Rafting

2. Montenegro: Tara River Whitewater Rafting

Travel from Kotor, Budva or Tivat to the Tara River Canyon on this 12-hour excursion. The canyon is 1,333 meters deep, making it the deepest in Europe and the second-deepest in the world, after the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the U.S. The river itself is 146 kilometers long, and most of it, including the canyon, is protected by UNESCO. The river is ideal for whitewater rafting and is characterized by its spectacular beauty and diversity of wildlife. Detailed Itinerary: 7:00 AM – Depart from Kotor, Budva or Tivat 10:30 AM – Arrive in Šćepan Polje and have breakfast 11:30 AM – Arrive in Brštanovica (starting point of rafting) 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Whitewater rafting on the most attractive rapids of the Tara River, short break, time for photos, swimming; arrival in Šćepan Polje, lunch at a restaurant on the river bank 4:00 PM – Return to Kotor, Budva or Tivat with a few stops possible en route

Žabljak: Tara River Rafting and Zipline Tour with Transfer

3. Žabljak: Tara River Rafting and Zipline Tour with Transfer

Feel the adrenaline-filled thrill of whitewater rafting on the Tara River on a guided tour with a transfer from Zabljak. Have the option of ziplining by a beautiful bridge and cross over a canyon after cruising down the rapids and admiring the waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel in Zabljak and make your way to the whitewater rafting base by the Tara River. Learn the basics from your instructors before climbing into the water with your team. Take off on the rapids and paddle through the different sections as you listen to the roaring waterfalls along the way. Find the quiet sections of the river and have a swim before drying off at the end of the route. Experience awesome views of the Djurdjevica Tara bridge as you transition from rafting to ziplining. Fly over the canyon as you feel the wind in your hair and weightlessness in your feet. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. *Please be aware that online booking through Ota carries a certain commission that you pay.

River Tara Rafting in Montenegro: Full-Day from Dubrovnik

4. River Tara Rafting in Montenegro: Full-Day from Dubrovnik

On our full-day excursion to Montenegro we leave Dubrovnik early in the morning and drive to the rafting camp that’s situated on the banks of the River Tara. We’ll have a breakfast of local Montenegrin dishes when we arrive. Breakfast will be followed by a short instructional program in river rafting and then we’ll be transported by jeep to the point where our rafting adventure begins! The River Tara runs through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and forms the border between the countries in several places. The Tara River Gorge, which is the longest canyon in Europe and second in the world to the Grand Canyon, is 78 kilometers in length and 1,300 meters high at its tallest point. It is part of Durmitor National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shortly after we begin rafting, we pass through the most attractive part of the canyon. We’ll see waterfalls and wild springs along the way and make stops for photos and swimming. After rafting down 25 kilometers of the River Tara, we’ll arrive at the rafting center, where you’ll have time for a warm shower and lunch. You’ll be treated to local specialties as you enjoy lunch overlooking the river. When we’ve finished lunch we’ll head back to Dubrovnik, arriving in the late afternoon.

From Kotor: Montenegro Tara Rafting

5. From Kotor: Montenegro Tara Rafting

Tara River is the longest river in Montenegro and the largest reservoir of drinking water in Europe. The canyon is second in size in the world, and you will encounter forests of black pine with some trees more than 400-years-old. River Tara and its canyon was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. Rafting down Tara River is one of the biggest adventures, and it will give you plenty of stunning photo opportunities. You can also swim in the water, and the water is so clear that you can actually drink it. After the rafting, you will have lunch in the local restaurant. After that, head back to Kotor.

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What people are saying about Tara River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 346 reviews

Brilliant tour from start to finish! Our lovely tour guide Luca told us lots of interesting information and really bonded the group. The drive to/from rafting was long - around 2 hour 45 minutes each way - but it went surprisingly quickly because it was broken up with photo stops and coffee/toilet breaks (longest stretch without toilet break was 2 hours). The river was stunning and the rafting guide was excellent, we rafted for around 2.5/3 hours. All the equipment (shoes, wetsuit, helmet, life jacket was provided). Finally, the food was amazing! We had a big cheese, ham and bread spread for breakfast (plus drink), and three courses for lunch (soup, main, and fresh made doughnuts, plus free drink). The meals were included, which would cost around 20-25 euros

Would recommend the day trip to anyone who isn't in Montenegro long but wants to see a lot! The day wasn't particularly strenuous for us because we always had time to rest on the bus. We saw great places - for some we had more time, for others less. If you have more time, I would recommend spending at least 1 or 2 nights in Durmitor National Park - beautiful landscape that you can then explore yourself without any time pressure! For us, the excursion fitted perfectly into our holiday, our guide Luka and driver Zuro were also two great people with whom you could chat, but above all you understood Luka very well when he explained something and it was my opinion just right - not too much talking, but not too little either! Thanks for the great day

I thought a 12 hour round trip would be a lot of travelling but the guide, Luka, made the whole journey so enjoyable with photo and coffee stops and interesting anecdotes. The skipper on the rafting trip was calm and knowledgeable we felt like we were in the best hands. The food was also amazing.

The trip was long (about 450km in one day), but full of different activities.

It was nice long tour day . I like it very much . Good value for money.