MH Travel Agency organizes shared or private rafting tours on the River Tara in the Tara National Park, from Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor from the 1st of May to the 1st of October. The tour is not exclusively only for our guests. Anyone can book it, and it is organized every Saturday if the minimum group of 10 passengers is reached. Private tours can depart any day. Look at the overview, highlights, itinerary, video presentation, photo gallery, terms, and conditions of the tour. If you like to take a seat on it you can easily make an online reservation, using the button BOOK NOW!
rafting on tara river WITH MH TRAVEL agency
DAILY ACTIVITY IN MONTENEGRO...DEPARTURES FROM KOTOR, BUDVA, AND PODGORICA...HIGHLIGHTS: PIVSKO LAKE, PIVA CANYON, TARA CANYON, AND PIVA MONASTERY...DURATION: 11-14 hours...TICKET PRICE €85.00
Tara Canyon or Tara Gorge is 80 km long with the deepest point of 1300 meters, which makes it the deepest canyon in Europe. The river is formed as the confluence of two rivers Opasnica and Veruša with a total flow of 144 km. At the end of its course, the Tara River flows with the Piva River into river Drina, which is the natural border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. This birth of the river Drina takes place in the small village of Sćepan Polje (Scepan Field), which is located in the Plužine Municipality in the northwest of Montenegro. Sćepan Polje is the border crossing between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At this very place, we will be starting our rafting.
Our route is Nikšić-Plužine-Šćepan Polje and our rafting starts from Brštanovica Luka (Brstanovica Port) and finishes in Šćepan Polje village at the place where rivers Tara and Piva confluence Drina. We organize an 18 km-long rafting with 21 bound cascades and rapids. Tara River is drinkable all the way and that’s going to give you unforgettable moments, and quite a fantastic feeling during rafting. On our way to Sćepan Polje, we will pass the amazingly beautiful nature of Piva Lake and Piva Canyon with its 56 tunnels, and the Mratinje Dam one of the highest in Europe. On our way back, we will stop in Piva Monastery from the 16th century, the most famous one in this part of Montenegro. If you want to make a special day for yourself this is definitely what you need to do. Welcome:)
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour departs from Kotor at 7:30 in the morning. After a maximum of 45 minutes of driving, we will arrive in Budva, where we will pick up guests. We will arrive in Podgorica 60 minutes later, picking up the guests and continuing our journey. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. If we will not have guests from Podgorica on the rafting, we will take another route closer to Kotor via Grahovo Field and village Villusi, which is 30 minutes shorter route in one way.
The departure point in Kotor is from the ECO petrol gas station next to the main bus station.
The departure point in Budva is from the ECO petrol gas station next to the hotel Slovenska Plaža
The departure point in Podgorica is from the INA petrol station next to the entrance of the Big Fashion Shopping Mall.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to Piva Lake, Piva Canyon, Tara rafting starting point at Scepan Polje, and Piva Monastery
After we start and pick up the guests we will go directly to the city of Niksic where we will turn to the small town of Plužine. On our way, we will see Krupac Lake near Niksic, then we will pass part of Durmitor enjoying the view of the mountains. From Plužine the landscape changes dramatically where Piva Lake begins with its canyon.
We will cross Piva Bridge enter the canyon and drive through 56 small rocky tunnels. 11 km before our final destination, we will pass 220 meters high dam of Mratinje and the most attractive Mratinje bridge that looks like levitates above the canyon. It is actually a suspension bridge composed of two girders divided in the middle by an expansion joint.
We need to be in Šćepan Polje around 11 am when we will have breakfast and take the rafting equipment: waterproof suits, shoes, life jackets, and helmets. Guests will have cabins to change their clothes and get waterproof bags to put in their values (cameras, money, passport). Guests should wear swimsuits under waterproof suits. After getting dressed and taking the equipment, guests will be transferred by minivans 20 km north to the starting point of Brštanovica Luka.
Guests will go down to the river where they will be introduced by their skipper and get basic instructions on, how to sit on the boat, how to row, and how to hold a paddle. The part of the river Tara where we will have rafting is the natural border between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the left side of the river is Montenegro with untouched nature, while on the Bosnian and Herzegovina side (the right one), there are numerous rest areas with barbecues, campsites, and even open-air bars.
The rafting boats from both countries are mixed on the river and it is common that our guests have a little break on the Bosnian side, especially when they want to take a photo near waterfalls. Groups of tourists from Montenegro make rafting in a few hours while groups of tourists from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2 days, sometimes they need a week because they make stops all the time:) Anyway, the party zone is on the Bosnian side:) It is a lot of fun here mostly in the summer when the river is slower and when even the kids can be on the rafting boats.
The grade of rapids in the very high season is marked 2, sometimes grade 3 (depending on the summer and amount of the rain). In the summer rafting lasts almost 3 hours, and the white water is only on a few short parts of the river, which makes guests can swim in the river, take photos, and enjoy nature.
But, if you prefer adrenaline rafting, then you should take it in April and May when the grade of rapids is marked 4 and when 18 km of rafting lasts 45 minutes. In June grade of rapids is marked 3. In the springtime, the temperature of the water is from 4 to 8 degrees, and in the summer is 12 degrees.
We will finish the rafting close to the restaurant where the traditional lunch will wait for us. The first course will be soup and the second meal will be roasted lamb, veal, or fish with potatoes, bread, and salad.
After lunch, we will get back by the same route via Pivsko Lake through the tunnels. We will stop at the Orthodox Monastery Piva one of the most significant monastery complexes in Montenegro. This monastery was originally located at the source of the Piva River, but due to forming of an artificial lake for the needs of the hydroelectric power plant “Piva”, it was moved stone by stone to the present location in the village of Sinjac. It is among the few large buildings in the world, of large dimensions, which were transferred to another place!
The relocation of the Monastery lasted 13 years, as long as the construction of the monastery in the 16th century. One can see impressive iconostasis with frescoes from the 17th and the 17th century. After visiting the monastery, we return via Nikšić to Podgorica, Budva, and Kotor.
The tour is organized by middle-class air-conditioned cars or minibusses. The price of the private tour is per car, not per person. The maximum number of guests in the car is 4. The private tour from Podgorica costs 300 euros, and from Budva and Kotor costs 340 euros. Private rafting can depart any day.
We give a discount for groups of more than 10 people.
Agency escort in the English language.
Breakfast and lunch
Entrance fee for Tara National Park
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Beverages and drinks during breakfast or lunch.
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city Kotor or Budva or Podgorica, can easily do that, in the case that we will have guests from all 3 cities on the tour. There is no luggage fee.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF RAFTING ON TARA RIVER
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour tickets can be bought online via the BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel B&B Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, located in the old town of Budva GPS Latitude 42,278238 Longitude 18,837430). and Montenegro Hostel B&B Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, located in the old town of Kotor GPS Latitude 42,424562 Longitude 18,771051). The last online booking can be made until 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time, the ticket can only be purchased at the hostel's reception until 22:00 (10 pm) the day before departure. Guests who stay in Podgorica can book only online.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE TOUR CONDITIONS
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team