It’s a best of Balkans adventure packed into one week: kayak Croatia’s open sea and Elafiti islands; visit 3 UNESCO designated world heritage sites: Dubrovnik, Kotor, and Durmitor Park; and raft Europe’s longest and deepest river gorge. Best of Balkans allows you to visit three distinct regions: the islands off the southern coast of Croatia, Montenegro's dramatic Bay of Kotor, and the peaks and deep river-cut gorges of northern Montenegro. Hands down, it's the best of the Balkans.
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
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
Tara River Camp Ground:
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.
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 Š
Day 4: 12 km
Kayak from Š
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