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Balkan Kingdoms

Climb the highest peaks of Bosnia and Montenegro in this unique adventure mixed with cultural heritage and local specialities, all in 6N/7D

Take a walk through the paths of old Kingdoms. Explore a past world, filled with history, unspoiled nature and gorgeous views in just 7 days. Climb the highest peaks of Bosnia and Montenegro, raft through the deepest canyon in Europe and hike to several glacier lakes. Encompassing all this into one dynamic, adventure and history riddled tour.

If you are, like ourselves, in a constant search for adrenaline and irreversibly in love with nature, you will definitely find something for yourself. You are bound to experience the extremes of both adrenaline and hedonism. All whilst learning about the history, culture and the way of life of these lands.

Our adventure will take us across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro; through mountains, rivers, hidden places and ancient cities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday

  • Arrival in Dubrovnik airport
  • Transfer to Tjentište – Sutijeska national park (3,5 h)
  • Trek to peak Kuk
  • Overnight stay in Tjentište

After a brief and warm welcome, we head directly to Tjentiste. Our first location is in the Sutjeska National Park, the oldest, as well as the largest of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for its profound natural riches.

We’ll kick off our adventure in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Volujak.

With peaks above 2,000 meters with a large number of glacier lakes (17 to be exact), it presents a perfect place for hikers and trekkers alike. The path leads us through its green hills and lakes to its peak, simply called Kuk.

Due to its preserved and unspoiled nature, here lives one of the largest colonies of brown bears in the Balkans, as well as other wildlife.

After a couple of hours of trekking, we descend to the south and to our accommodation in Tjentiste for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 2

Sunday

  • Breakfast
  • Climb Bosnian highest peak Maglic (2.386 mnv)
  • Trek to Trnovačko lake
  • Overnight stay

After our first day of trekking and essentially warming up, today we are ready for our first serious ascent – to the highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić. With our transportation we reach to a passage at 1.700 m. From here, our interesting and challenging climb begins. We’ll be in some parts exposed to the elements, but if needed, always secured by steel cables, all along the ascent.

After climbing to the top (approx. 4h), we descend to Trnovo Lake, the heart of the national park of Sutjeska. Here, a well-deserved break awaits on its shores, giving us the strength to descend all the way down to the foot of the mountain, all while enjoying our downhill walk through deep, coniferous forests.

We arrive at our accommodation on Tjentiste just in time for dinner, freshly made from local produce. We rest and sum our impressions of our first proper adventure.

Day 3

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Tara River rafting (1h)
  • Rafting through Tara canyon
  • Overnight stay

The Tara River cuts through the Tara River Canyon, the longest canyon in Europe and second longest in the world after the Grand Canyon, being 78 kilometers long. The canyon is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of the Durmitor National Park.

Armed with helmets and neoprene suits, here we will set out on an unforgettable rafting tour, an intense adrenaline experience which will fully engage for a proper adventure.

After the conclusion of our rafting adventure we’ll take a brake on the banks of river Tara for lunch and afterwards you’ll have free-time to bathe and enjoy the sun.

As the night falls, dinner awaits and a good night’s rest.

Day 4

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Žabljak, Montenegro (3 h)
  • Trek around Black and Snake lake
  • Rest
  • Overnight stay

On our fourth day we’ll head over to Montenegro, for a nice and easy trek of Durmitor’s glacial lakes. Following our walk around Black Lake we’ll have an opportunity to visit one of other, nearby glacial lakes, but we could also simply lounge around and enjoy in the astonishing views offered by our accommodation in Žabljak.

The depths of these lakes harbor numerous underwater passages, through which water flows into the rivers of Tara and Piva, representing a distinct natural phenomenon, a bifurcation of sorts. Black Lake, as well as the remaining glacial lakes in the vicinity of Durmitor, are collectively known as the Eyes of the Mountain.

In the afternoon we rest, preparing ourselves for tomorrow’s climb to Bobotov peak, the highest peak of Montenegro.

Day 5

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Trek to Bobotov peak (2.522)
  • Overnight stay in Žabljak

Today we’ll climb the highest peak on Durmitor, called Bobotov peak (2522 m). It’s one of the most attractive peaks of Durmitor, offering a stunning view of Škrčka lakes and surrounding peaks. During the ascent, we’ll hike and master an altitude difference of about 700 meters.

And for the final part, just before the summit, there is a section that’s secured by steel cables, where with our help of experienced instructors, we’ll overcome this final obstacle and have a little congratulatory dance on the top.

After our successful ascend and safe descend back to Žabljak, we’ll have an opportunity to enjoy in local cuisine from this area. After this long hiking day, a good night sleep will come as a guarantee, so we can recuperate our strength for the adventures that awaits us.

Day 6

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Trebinje (3 h)
  • Guided city tour of Trebinje old town
  • Visit to Tvrdos winery, with tasting of their selection of wine
  • Overnight stay in Trebinje

After breakfast we descend to the south and the city of Trebinje.

We take a tour of Trebinje’s old town, established as a small hamlet in the 18th century which quickly developed into a significant trading center in the region.

There is scarcely a town in Herzegovina that was not erected alongside a freshwater river. Trebinje is no exception; its old town lines the banks of the Trebisnjica River that flows through the heart of the city.

The river and the city have always been known for the enormous old mills which tread the Trebisnjica. Although they are not fully functional today, they remain a symbol of Herzegovina’s not-so-distant past when everything was directly connected to the power of nature.

We’ll spend our last day in this little, charming city, taking a guided tour on a leisure pace, summarizing our experiences, touring around little streets of Trebinje, leaving plenty of time for some quick, or not-so-quick gift shopping and just enjoying each other’s company. After, as a treat, we’ll head on to monastery Tvrdoš to visit and taste some of their famous wine selection, indigenous for this region.

Finally, we arrive back to our accommodation for our last dinner.

Day 7

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Dubrovnik airport

On our last day, after breakfast, we’ll be transferring back to Dubrovnik, from where we’ll say our goodbyes and wish for a safe flight home.

 

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

Dates & Prices

June 22nd, 2019
Spots available: 10 850 €, Per Person
July 20th, 2019
Spots available: 12 850 €, Per Person
August 24th, 2019
Spots available: 0 850 €, Per Person

Price includes?

To maximize your convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and enjoy our tour. Here’s what’s included:

  • 6 nights of accommodation in private cabins and/or 3-star hotel rooms (based on sharing a twin or double room)
  • 1-day of hiking around Black & Snake lake
  • 1-day hiking and climbing Bobotov Kuk (2522m)
  • 1-day hiking and climbing Maglić (2386m)
  • 1-day hike to peak Kuk
  • 1-day Tara river rafting
  • Guided city tour of Trebinje w/ organized visit to monastery Tvrdoš winery
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • Round trip airport transfers from Dubrovnik
  • All activity/local transfers
  • Airport Transfers
  • All breakfast, dinner and packed lunches (depending on the activity)
  • Tourist taxes

F.A.Q

What extra costs are there?
The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Additional charge for a single 1/1 room – upon request
  • Flights to and from Dubrovnik
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal outdoor gear

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
A reasonable level of fitness is required for hiking, approx. ascending 700 m at a relaxed pace.  You will need to be able to handle 5 – 6 hours of hiking in continuous pace for this adventure. But don’t worry, your guide will be with you at all times and help you if needed, to complete your adventure securely and safely.

What do I need to bring with me?
All specialized equipment will be provided. For the rest of your trip, we recommend you bring:

  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking shoes
  • Wind stopper/jacket
  • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Warm layers for evenings
  • Backpack (30L minimum)
  • Shorts
  • Energy/protein bars

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional local guides.

What’s the food like?
The food is local, fresh, home-cooked and hearty. Common food items include domestic cheeses and other dairy products, dry meats, fish, freshly baked bread and pastries, and local fruits and veggies.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely! Just let us know when you book onto this adventure.

What’s the weather like?
Summer is the best season to experience Bosnia and Montenegro, where daytime temperatures range from 24 – 30 °C. However, at night it can get cooler, especially as we go to a higher altitude, so don’t forget to still bring some layers of clothing to keep you warm! Autumn is slightly chillier, but still really pleasant and colors are stunning.

What flights should I book?

Start point?
You will be met at the Dubrovnik airport on Sunday. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 13:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalize all details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Dubrovnik airport on Saturday. You are free to book any flight that departs after 10:00 am.

Getting there and away?
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is served by regular, low cost flights. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Important notes:

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

We can’t guarantee availability of twin rooms for the duration of the tour. All rooms will, in most cases, be double, or single upon request.

In a highly unlikely case of insufficient number of people accommodated in one of our selected hotels, dinner will be served on a basis of a predetermined menu of 2 or 3 meals.