Day 1 (18th August 2023): Arrival at Podgorica – Cruise on Skadarsko Lake OR Lavender Farm visit (D)
Upon arriving at Podgorica International airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah
representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
Depending on the arrival times, you will either enjoy a cruise on Skadarsko Lake or visit a Lavenderfarm where you can try herbal juices and pick up some of the herbs that the family grows. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner, after a briefing about the activities of the following days.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Podgorica.
After breakfast, you will leave Podgorica and drive towards Kotor (approx. a 1.5-hour drive).
There, you will explore the medieval old town with its winding streets and Romanesque churches, and spend some time on the Our Lady of the Rocks island where you can hear the stories of amazing women from past times.
Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Zabljak (approx. a 2.5-hour drive), which, perched at an altitude of 1,456 m, is the highest situated Balkan town.
Accommodation: Eco-lodge in Zabljak.
After breakfast, you will be transferred (a 30-min drive) to the starting point of an exhilarating rafting adventure that will take place in the heart of the Durmitor National Park, passing by the deepest part of the canyon (at 1380 m). You will raft for 12 km straight, from the second camp to Lever Tara (Žugića Luke) with a short visit to River Angry: a tributary of Tara River, registered in the Guinness Book as the strongest European wellspring of 1000 liters per second and the shortest European river with a length of only 170 meters. You will also go on a tour around the monastery of Archangel Michael dating to the 13th century, and you will relax, swimming in the green whirlpools known as “Paradise Gardens”.
Afterwards, if you feel extra adventurous, you may try the zip line that goes from one side of the canyon to the other (the cost of the optional, ziplining activity is not included in the price).
Duration of the rafting activity: approx. 3.5-4 hours.
Level of difficulty: Easy.
Accommodation: Eco-lodge in Zabljak.
After breakfast, you will head to Momcilov Grad (1,780m): the starting point of your hiking
adventure. You will begin with panoramic views of Zabljak, as you head into the forest and toward Jablan Lake. From there, you will descend to Snake Lake for lunch (served in a local household) and, in the afternoon, you will continue to Barno Lake, finishing the hike at Black Lake (1,416 m).
During the first part of the hike, the ascending trail allows wonderful views of Zabljak, before it descends once again into the forest. From Black Lake, you can either take the car back to the lodge or hike an extra 3 km, enjoying the trail and the serene landscapes.
Duration of the activity: around 4-5 hours.
Level of difficulty: Medium.
Later you will leave Montenegro and cross over to Serbia (approx. a 2.5-hour drive).
Upon arrival, if time allows, you will visit the Gold gondola and enjoy a panoramic ride with a cable car.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Zlatibor.
After breakfast, you will head to Tara National Park: one of 5 Serbian national parks, famous for its Serbian spruce forests (a protected and endangered species), its primeval forests of beech and fir, and its numerous hiking paths. There, you will enjoy an easy hiking activity and stop at Banjska stena: an amazing viewpoint.
Duration of the activity: 6kms/around 2-3 hours.
Level of difficulty: Easy
Later in the afternoon, you will head to Belgrade (approx. a 3-4-hour drive).
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Belgrade.
After breakfast, you will explore Belgrade with a city tour that will take you to the Kalemegdan fortress, the Orthodox Church Saint Sava, the museum of Nikola Tesla, and Knez Mihailova street (the main walking area).
In the afternoon, you can continue the city’s exploration at your own pace, taking the opportunity to do some extra shopping as well.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Belgrade
After breakfast, and depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to the Belgrade airport for your departure flight back to home.