Kayak & Hiking Adventure – Drina river

This 2-day tour will include us passing through the Tresnjica River Canyon and go on a kayak adventure under the watchful eye of white-headed vultures, 1N/2D.

Take a two-day adventure under the watchful eye of white-headed vultures, head down to the clear Drina River and head through the Trešnjice canyon.

Our adventure begins with the passage through the canyon of the river Trešnjica.

The river Trešnjica springs on the southwestern side of Povlen at a height of 1185 m, and flows into Drina near Gornja Trešnjica at a height of 180 m. The exceptionally gorgeous Trešnjica valley is partly canyon shaped, perfect for hikers and adventurers. The middle stream flows through the picturesque canyon for about 6 km, which is located at an 800-1000 m high surface. It is one of the most beautiful canyons in the region and represents a natural habitat for 17 pairs of griffon eagles, which are still only inhabited in this particular region. This griffon vulture feeds exclusively with the remains of dead animals, and because of its exceptional sanitary role, we call it a “nature purifier”. During the year, the female lays only one egg, and for this reason it is extremely difficult to protect them and keep them from disappearing.

After a full day adventure in the canyon, we relax in our accommodation on the very bank of the Drina River and prepare for tomorrow’s kayak adventure. In traditional ambience characteristic of this region, built in wooden houses with wide courtyard, we collect energy for tomorrow’s day.

After breakfast you’ll be driven to the nearby Drina River, a particularly clean and beautiful stretch of water winding through the mountains.

You’ll receive instructions and review how to paddle your 2-person kayaks, and then hit the water for several scenic hours. Your trip will take you through beautiful landscapes, long stretches of flat water, and a few fun rapids! And don’t worry, no previous kayaking experience is necessary for you to enjoy this tour, our licensed instructors will offer you all the help you’ll need.

We’ll pull out 27 km downstream where your driver will meet you with dry, warm clothes. Enjoy a drink at the beach bar before driving to the Rača Monastery to tour its 13th Century Orthodox architecture. The medieval Rača Monastery is situated in a valley surrounded by wooded hills. Originally built in the 13th Century it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Its walls are covered in beautiful frescos, and the treasury holds very old manuscripts dating from that period.

After our tour of the monastery, we’ll have a nice, relaxing lunch. After, we’ll pack everything up and return to Belgrade.

Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday

  • Departure from Belgrade at 07.30 h
  • Transfer from Belgrade to Valjevo mountains: 07.30 – 10.30 h
  • Preparation and passing through Trešnjice canyon: 11.00 – 16.00 h
  • Transfer to accommodation: 16.00 – 16.30 h
  • Well-deserved rest: 16.30 – 19.30 h
  • Dinner: 19.30 – 21.00 h
  • Overnight stay
Day 2

Sunday

  • Breakfast: 08.00 – 09.00 h
  • Transfer to the kayak starting point: 09.00 – 09.45 h
  • Preparation for and going through kayak adventure: 10.50 – 14.00 h
  • Tour of Rača monastery: 14.30 – 16.00 h
  • Departure for Belgrade: 16.00 h
  • Arriving in Belgrade at around 20.00 h

Dates & Prices

May 25th, 2019
Spots available: 20 69 €, Per Person
July 27th, 2019
Spots available: 20 69 €, Per Person
September 28th, 2019
Spots available: 20 69 €, Per Person

What’s included in the price?

  • Transfers
  • Services of a licensed kayaking instructor
  • Half board accommodation in ½ room
  • Kayaking equipment

The price doesn’t include the following:

  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses

F.A.Q.

What’s the kayaking like?
The kayaking is a relaxed, scenic 25km paddle downstream, in the one of the cleanest river in Europe. It will take around 4 hours on predominantly calm water, with a few fun rapids. You will be in stable, two-person kayaks.

What’s the hiking like?
It is easy hike around 3 h long. We will walk through canyon of river Tresnjica, following a hiking trail.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You do not need any special kayaking or hiking experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. For the hiking you only need some basic level of fitness.

 What do I need to bring with me?
All kayaking equipment will be provided. You can bring cameras and telephones with you on the kayak. We will provide some dry bags for it. For the rest of your trip, we recommend you bring.

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking pants and shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Flip flops, sun hat, swimming suit, sunglass and a towel
  • Clothes in layers – for hot and cold parts of the night.
  • Small rucksack with one liter of water and some candy
  • Some pocket money

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?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, fish, local fruit, fresh vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. Drinks are not included.

What’s the weather like?
Summer and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region (from middle of June to end of September). In summer the average temperature is around 26-28 but it can be more than 30 degrees. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant.

How do I meet the transfer?
We will notify you where the pick-up location will be (in most cases it will be the parking lot of Sava Center). 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 6 people, and a maximum of 20. Please note, if there are not 6 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 more. 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.