Agenda

Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights, Monday-Monday or Saturday-Saturday
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik
Accommodations: Lopud Island & Dubrovnik: guesthouse rooms with attached bathroom and A/C; Montenegro: Private double or triple log cabin rooms with attached bathroom or log cabin bunkhouse bungalows with private deck and detached bathroom facilities.
Tour Price*: 9800Kn / €1310 / US$1500 / £1165 *prices are in Croatian Kunas: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations
Includes: 7 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts*, 6 lunches, & 6 dinners, kayak and rafting gear, guiding, car & ferry transfers and transport
*does not include dinner day 7 & breakfast day 8 in Dubrovnik
Single Supplement: additional 1750Kn / €235 / US$270 / £205

 2019 Departure Dates: May: 6, 27 / Jun: 3  / Jul: 6, 15, 29 / Aug: 5, 19 / Sep: 9

Best of the Balkans: Croatia & Montenegro

Our two-country Best of Balkans Tour brings together the best kayaking in the Adriatic Sea and the best of the region’s mountains and rivers. Although Croatia and Montenegro share a common Adriatic coastline, the islands end at Croatia’s southern border with Montenegro. Croatia’s 4000 km. of spectacular coastline are littered with roughly 1185 islands, a sea kayaker’s dream. What tiny Montenegro lacks in Adriatic coast and islands, it makes up for in spectacular mountain scenery, deep river-cut canyons, and the mountain ringed Bay of Kotor.

Tara River Camp Ground:

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Experience the best of both worlds- Croatia’s sea and Montenegro’s mountains. Paddle sea kayaks in Croatia’s deep blue sea, hopping from island to island. Sleep in a stone guesthouse on a quaint island without roads or cars. Feast on local seafood and rich Mediterranean cuisine. Jump into the warm sea without regard for the water temperature. A leisurely transition to Montenegro includes a visit to the UNESCO walled city of Kotor and a mountain hike for panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor. White water raft the cold, green waters of the spectacular Tara River Canyon, second in scope in the world to the USA’s Grand Canyon. Sleep in wooden cabins at a rustic riverside camp. Enjoy hardy mountain meals around a roaring bonfire. Take in the star-studded night sky and crisp alpine air.

Itinerary: Sat-Sat or Mon-Mon

Day 1: Transit day
Arrive in Dubrovnik /car transfer to AKT office. Explore Old City, depending on arrival time/ 4 PM ferry to Lopud Island. Check-in at guesthouses/ orientation dinner at an island restaurant.
Day 2: 7 km     15 km with St. Andrew's extension
Equipment issue & basic paddling and rescue instruction in Lopud Bay/ paddle the outer side of Lopud along limestone cliffs to Šunj beach/ lunch at a beach bar. Optional paddle to St. Andrew's Island, weather permitting, or hike to the Byzantine hilltop fort. Leave kayaks at Šunj/ walk back to town.
Day 3: 15 km
Morning hike to kayaks at Šunj/ kayak from Šunj beach to Koločep Island. Circumnavigate Koločep/ paddle along towering cliffs and into caves/ snorkel into Blue cave/ lunch at a wonderful seaside restaurant on Koločep/ return to Šunj.
Day 4: 12 km
Kayak from Šunj to Trsteno on the mainland coast/ walk through Trstenoʼs well preserved 15th century arboretum and Versailles- like gardens (also a film site for "Game of Thrones"). Lunch at the only restaurant in the village/ return paddle to Lopud town.
Day 5: Transit day
Morning ferry off Lopud/ Car transfer to Montenegro/ visit UNESCO walled city of Kotor/ Hike Kotor's mountain climbing walls for panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor/ Lunch on the bay/ Continue north to Tara River Canyon/ check into log cabin bungalows/ Hardy riverside dinner and bonfire.
Day 6: 
18 km white water raft 
Raft the final 18 km. stretch of the Tara River before it enters into Bosnia, featuring 23 rapids and fed by waterfalls/Afternoon free or optional activities offered by camp/ Riverside dinner and bonfire.
Day 7: 
5 – 10 km hike 
Morning hike in Durmitor National Park/ Afternoon car transfer to Dubrovnik through the Bosnian countryside/ Sightseeing and dinner on your own in Dubrovnik's Old Town 
Day 8: 
Transit day
Transfer to airport for departure flights

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