Tara River Canyon: the second largest in the world

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Zabljak / Perast
  • Distance 58 km / 29 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    May - September
  • Price From $1,480

Overview

The route through this beautiful little European country has it all: from mountain, lake and forest trips, to coastal tours of the vast Adriatic Sea. 

In the northern part you will get to know Durmitor National Park, located on the mountain of the same name and which is part of the Dinaric Alps. This 39,000 hectare protected area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. 

The nature park is also made up of the Komarnica Plateau and the canyons of the Susica, Draga and Tara rivers, the latter being the second longest in the world and the longest in Europe, with a length of 78 km, and 1,300 m deep.

Later you will visit Kotor Bay, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, where you will find charming islets, ports and ancient places such as the beautiful Perast, considered one of the most beautiful in Montenegro.  

  • Tour the beautiful and crystal clear River Tara, also known as "The Tear of Europe".
  • Enjoy the 40 waterfalls that are distributed along the Tara River Canyon. 
  • Explore another beautiful nature park in Kotor Bay: Lovcen.
  • Visit charming medieval villages and villas on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Get to know Lake Skadar, the largest concentration of freshwater in the Balkans. 

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • 4 lunches
    • Evening meals on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
    • Information dossier with maps and route details
    • Ticket costs
    • 2 boat trips
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Personal equipment
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You will need to reach Podgorica International Airport, located 12 km south of the Montenegro capital. From there you have several options to get to Zabljak, the city where you start your adventure. 

    The first is a train to Vrbnica where you can take a taxi to the municipality of Zabljak. You can also use the train, but heading towards Niksei, from where you'll need to take the bus to Zabljak. Both journeys can take a little longer than 2 hours.

    Another alternative and probably the most comfortable, is to rent a car at the airport. 

    To return from Perast, you can also rent a private car and head to Podgorica, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

    You also have the option to take a taxi to Cetinje and from there take the bus to the capital. A slightly cheaper but longer alternative is to take a bus to Tivat, and there, transfer to another bus to Podgorica.  

    FAQs

    We recommend you take this route between May and June, in the spring, as the weather is warm without being suffocating and is not yet high season, so the tourist destinations will not be crowded. It is ideal for water sports such as rafting, kayaking and even diving. 

    It is also beautiful to visit Montenegro in late summer and early autumn, between September and October, as the brown colours of the landscape and mild weather will make your walks an unprecedented experience. 

    Of course during the summer, between July and August, most destinations are ideal. Keep in mind that the weather can be quite hot due to the country's coastal location and that costs are probably higher. 

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area. 

    Don't worry if you don't have the experience of a professional walker, as this route is of low difficulty. 

    However, your lifestyle should be active as daily walks include several kilometres through different scenarios such as forests, canyons, rivers, mountains and slopes. 

    Some sections are rocky, and could be slippery and on some days there are ascents, so we recommend preparing yourself physically to enjoy this adventure to the fullest. 

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack. 

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    If you are looking for an adventure in water, and over land and mountain, this route through Montenegro is ideal. You can enjoy wonderful Mediterranean and Alpine landscapes and microclimates.

    On this route, you will find abundant plants and vegetation as well as unique fauna, for example, a wide variety of birds of prey. 

    If you also like to learn about history and art, this route will also take you through medieval villages that hide stories from thousands of years ago.