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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

River Tara Rafting in Montenegro: Full-Day from Dubrovnik

3. 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

4. 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 286 reviews

We had a fantastic day and highly recommend this tour. Our guide Slavko was amazing , informative and went over the history of Montenegro in a very interesting way. He has a great sense of humor and made the long day goes by pretty quickly. The nature of North Montenegro is amazing!

Milos was our guide and driver. It was a long day! Totally worth it! We saw a variety of places. The Durmitor National park was lovely. The sacred Ostrod Monastery was touching. Our breakfast and lunch stops were excellent.

A fantastic guide. We had lots of laughs and saw some amazing sights of Montenegro. I recommend this trip!

Our guide was super nice and very informative. You can see so many things in just one day

Very good route, a lot of bus time but it is necessary to see these wonderful sites