Family Summer Multi-Activity Holiday, 3 locations
“Impeccably organised, including the kids’ (age 7 and 9) first experience of canyoning, white water rafting and canoeing…Ben, Emma and Vuk are all amazing hosts and guides. The itinerary is very well-designed to include plenty of activities but also enough downtime so you never feel rushed. The accommodation has been carefully selected – simple but comfortable in some amazing locations with friendly staff and great food.”
Cathy Oxby, August 2020
2022 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 were subsequently asked by several families to put together an alternative holiday that’s also suitable for those with younger children – so here is our active family holiday!
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 family activity 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!
Book to Give Back – every booking sparks a donation to our chosen local environmental and community causes!
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:
Ana has over a decades’ worth of experience guiding tour groups around her country, and has earned her reputation as one of the funniest and most quotable tour guides in Montenegro! She speaks near-native English and has full tour guide qualifications.
Vera is one of the most respected hiking guides in the country, and has a passion for the outdoors and her roots in the north of Montenegro in particular. Popular with parents and children alike, the more remote the area, the more likely she is to be found exploring it! Vera speaks excellent English and has full tour guide qualifications.
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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 near the Adriatic Sea whose remains convey the long and turbulent history of the local community. Nearby is Rikavac Canyon, a child-friendly rappelling and abseiling course which contains about 1.5 hours of canyoning through the waterfalls and jumping into deep natural pools. Highly experienced guides make this trip 100% safe and enjoyable! After this adventure, we’ll come down to the village under the old fortress to enjoy local delicacies for lunch – a mix of local and eastern styles. Before we return to Virpazar, we’ll visit another landmark of this area – one of the oldest olive trees in the world, allegedly more than 2.000 years old! Overnight and dinner at Virpazar.
Day 3 – Canoeing-kayaking on Piva Lake
Next up is a 2-hour drive north to the gorgeous Piva Lake. 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, with dramatic cliffs overlooking us. Overnight and dinner at Camp Grab.
Day 4 – White-water rafting!
Time to visit the Tara Canyon for 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 1,300m 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 (don’t worry, we provide wetsuits!), drinks and a visit to some 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. Overnight and dinner at Camp Grab.
Day 5 – Durmitor NP Photo Safari / Ring of Durmitor / Black Lake walk
A more relaxing day! This stunning drive takes us right through the centre of Durmitor National Park, with amazing scenery as standard, with views of the famous Sedlo and Prutaš peaks, among others. If you want, you and your guide can even listen to a free audio guide narrated by company co-founder, Ben! Afterwards we’ll head to the town of Žabljak to 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 6 – 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 Pošćenje.
Day 7 – Zip-lining the Tara Bridge
After all your activities, it’s finally time for a slightly more relaxed day, and time to visit the Tara once for an optional “flight” over the world’s second deepest canyon! The zip-line is one of the longest in Europe, and a real must-do for even the most junior of thrill-seekers! Want something more challenging? How about conquering a Via Ferrata? 10 minutes away from Sedlo, at the very heart of the National Park Durmitor, this iron ladder takes you up the massif of Uvita Greda at an altitude of over 2000m, and is available as an optional extra at a cost of €50pp. Overnight and dinner at Pošćenje.
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.
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Please note that in high season, certain accommodation may be booked out. In these cases, we will offer an alternative of a similar standard.