Family Multi-Activity Holiday, 3 locations
“Fantastic holiday! All the family claimed it to be the best so far! All week we spent very active… very well organised, I cannot recommend them enough!”
Monika Gubanska, July 2019
2019 & 2020 departure dates: any Sunday June to September
Our Lake Skadar Multi-activity holiday is so popular, we often find that school holiday dates sell out before Christmas. We have subsequently been asked by several families to put together an alternative holiday that’s also suitable for those with younger children – so here it is!
Staying at three gorgeous locations across Montenegro, you and your kids will get to try a variety of trips that have been custom-designed for younger children – a little hiking, kayaking, rafting, canyoning and even zip-lining, all under the watchful eyes of a fully-qualified guide. If you’ve always been adventurous and have been waiting for your little’uns to come of age so you can enjoy a holiday together that doesn’t involve a week lounging around a pool, this might be the holiday for you!
NB – our recommended minimum age for this holiday is 8 – but we can make exceptions for exceptional kids! Please don’t hesitate to check with us if you think your kids fall into this category!
All transport and meals are included during your holiday, as well as a 24/7 qualified guide who will collect you from and bring you back to Podgorica or Tivat Airport at the end of your trip.
Your Tour Leaders: Vuk and Bojana are a brother and sister team who have worked with Undiscovered Montenegro for the last 5 years. They both have a passion for the outdoors and for the North of Montenegro in particular. The more remote the area, the more likely they are to be found exploring it! Vuk and Bojana speak excellent English and have full mountain guide qualifications.
Day 1 – Arrival and boat trip at Lake Skadar
Arrival at Podgorica or Tivat airport. Transfer to Virpazar (arrivals to other locations would incur an extra charge). Lake Skadar is one of 5 national parks in Montenegro, the biggest lake in Southern Europe with beautiful surroundings and real natural preserve for 272 different bird species. Enjoying terrific views, we’ll cruise through fields of water lilies, have several swims in the lake’s warm waters and chat about local culture and tradition. Overnight and dinner at Virpazar.
Day 2 – Canyoning in Stari Bar
Our next adventure will start with a half an hour ride through the longest tunnel in Montenegro, reaching Stari Bar – an ancient place nearby the Adriatic Sea, whose remains speak about long and turbulent history of local community, giving really nice views to surrounding areas. Next to this place is situated Rikavac Canyon, a child-friendly rappelling and abseiling course which contains about 1.5 hour of canyoning through the water and jumping into deep natural pools. Highly experienced guides will make this trip 100% safe and enjoyable. After this adventure, we’ll come down to the village under the old fortress to enjoy local food delicacies – a mix of local and eastern styles as this community is a perfect example of the large variety of Montenegro. Before we depart to Virpazar, we’ll visit another landmark of this area – one of the oldest olive trees in the world. Experts found that it’s more than 2.000 years old! Overnight and dinner at Virpazar.
Day 3 – Walking the Mrtvica Canyon
Our first walking tour will be Mrtvica Canyon – most local hikers say it’s the most beautiful walking tour in our country. We’ll travel about one hour 15 minutes to the starting point of the tour and from there we’ll walk through the stunning natural environment of Montenegro’s second deepest canyon. This place hides a real treasure of attractions: from the Duke’s bridge built in 19th century, to many beautiful waterfalls, the Gate of Wishes, natural pools of the crystal clear Mrtvica river, tunnels cut high into the the cliff faces…in short, combined with wild swimming and a barbecue on the beach it’s a really fantastic day for people of all ages! Please note, in summer months we offer only a shortened version of this walk, and will suggest some alternatives in cases of extreme heat! Overnight and dinner at Pošćenje.
Day 4 – Zip-lining and Black lake Walk
A more relaxing day! We’ll pass over the famous Tara Canyon – the deepest one in the whole of Europe. After one hour, we’ll stop at the Tara Bridge – lots of people say that’s the most beautiful construction in Montenegro. Next to the bridge is a 1,200m zip-line that delivers probably the most attractive journey from one side of the canyon to the other. 100% safe and a proper thrill. After the zip-line experience, we’ll visit one of the biggest natural attractions in the whole country – Black Lake in Durmitor NP, the most beautiful of 18 glacial lakes in this area. We’ll take a walk around it, enjoying stunning views. Overnight and dinner at Pošćenje.
Day 5 – Dragišnica Valley Walk
After quite a relaxing day, we’ll take another more relaxing tour. We’ll pass through Dragišnica forest, walking down Durmitor’s foothills to an astonishing valley situated under (unofficially) the longest single piece of rock in Europe – Boljska greda is more than 2.5 km long and on average about 900 meters high; Definitely one of the highlights of this program! On the same day, we’ll visit the old cemetery of Stećci – tombstones related to the medieval Bosnian empire and surrounding areas. As well as more than 200 other necropolises, this one is under UNESCO protection, as a part of World Cultural Heritage. The cemetery is situated next to Barno and Vrazije lakes, giving one of the most beautiful views onto the Durmitor massif. Overnight and dinner at Plužine.
Day 6 – White-water rafting!
Time to visit the Tara Canyon once again – just some 60 km lower to do one of the most popular activities in Montenegro. The Tara is the longest Montenegrin river, flowing through Durmitor National Park down to the Bosnian border. Because of its untouched nature and amazingly high rocks above (the highest point of the canyon rises more than 1.300 above the river) it became part of UNESCO World’s Heritage. The total length of the route is roughly 16 km – about 2.5 hours of rafting, including some nice breaks for swimming in icy-cold river waters, drinks and a visit to beautiful waterfalls on the Bosnian shore. On the way back we’ll enjoy the view over Piva River Canyon, beautiful Piva Lake, visiting one of the highest dams in the Balkan Peninsula. Also this day, we will visit Piva Monastery, one of the most beautiful in the whole country. Its history will take your breath away! Overnight and dinner at Plužine.
Day 7 – Canoeing-kayaking on Piva Lake
We have already seen Piva Lake and told its story – now it’s time to meet it closer-up. We’ll take a canoe/kayak trip on the lake, finding some of the most interesting spots, enjoying its clear water and almost perfect silence. For those who don’t want to paddle that day, it’s possible to organize boat trip that would include a lunch at nice eco-camp on the lake’s shore. Overnight and dinner at Plužine.
Day 8 – return to Podgorica/Tivat airport (other destinations would incur an extra transfer charge)
Prices are in £ Sterling per person and include all transport, all activities, all accommodation, all meals and all guiding.
Trips run Sunday-Sunday. A 10% discount is available for groups of 4+.
Multi-activity Lake and Mountains 7 day
BADANJ VILLAGE ROOMS, NEVIDIO ECO-VILLAGE, ZVONO APARTMENTS
For the nights in Virpazar, your accommodation is in 3-star local rooms/apartments such as the Badanj Village Rooms, situated within a few minutes’ drive from the village of Virpazar.
For the nights near Nevidio, your accommodation is in wood cabins such as the Nevideo Eco-Village. These small alpine chalets are characterful and fun, with an excellent restaurant!
For the final two nights, your accommodation is in 3-star apartments such as the renowned Zvono Apartments in Plužine, just a stone’s throw away from the start of your rafting tour. With a delicious in-house restaurant and live jazz in the evenings, this place has started to pass into local legend!
Please note that in high season, certain accommodation may be booked out. In these cases, we will offer an alternative of a similar standard.