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Location: Packages | Sutjeska National Park, the Yosemite of the Balkans - as 2 day package of stunning nature experience covering amazing full day hike to Trnovačko Lake followed with Europe’s most amazing white water rafting on river Tara

East Bosnia regions, bordering western Montenegro with its pearl of Sutjeska National Park are ideal destinations for any true nature lover, either seeking adrenaline or just easy and relaxed explorations.
 
Sutjeska National Park is the best untouched nature can offer, and one does not know simply where to start from. Just by saying it is home to a Bosnian highest mountain peak of Maglić (2386m), and heart-shaped glacier Trnovačko lake, with addition to European last rainforest of Perućica, and amazing canyon of river Tara, we believe it is more than enough to give this region two days of your time - time fully enriched with stunning nature experiences which will last for a lifetime.
 
For those reasons we have developed two day itinerary which is great for anyone of medium to high fitness level, and delivers the best of Sutjeska National Park.
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PACKAGE IS IDEAL FOR PEOPLE TRAVELLING BETWEEN BOSNIA AND MONTENEGRO, REGARDLESS OF DIRECTION, AS IT CAN BE CREATED AS CONNECTING TRIP BETWEEN SARAJEVO AND PODGORICA, KOTOR OR ELSEWHERE IN MONTENEGRO, OR SIMPLY A ROUND TRIP FROM SARAJEVO AND BACK.

Overview

Day 1 (Sarajevo > Sutjeska National Park)
  • Depart from Sarajevo at 8 AM and arrival to Sutjeska National Park around 10.30 AM
  • Start of the hike from Prijevor point towards Trnovačko lake. This is white Via Dinarica trail.
  • Lunch break and relaxing time at the lake (lake is ideal swimming point during the summer months)
  • Return to Tjentište and visit to the WW2 famous Sutjeska Battle memorial
  • Arrival to Tara river rafting camp where dinner is served with free time and overnight
Day 2 (Tara river rafting > Sarajevo)
  • Full day of Tara white water rafting
  • Lunch is served at the end of the rafting
  • Return to Sarajevo in the later afternoon hours
    • In case guests prefer not to return to Sarajevo but continue towards Montenegro, it can be easily done.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sarajevo > Sutjeska National Park)
 
As soon as we depart from Sarajevo ride will take us toward eastern, beautiful and very mountainous parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, towards regions of Foča and Tjentište. After roughly 2 hours ride we shall arrive to Tjentište which is our first entrance point to the National Park Sutjeska.
 
Tjentište is famous WW2 Sutjeska Battle memorial, very meaningful for the general story of Yugoslavia, which is surely unmissable topic to anyone travelling Balkans, and the topic we’ll be discussing a lot during this two days program. The last 45 min of the ride will take us up the gravel road (cca 17 km) through the heart of Sutjeska’s National Park untouched nature regions, where we will reach start point of our hiking trail, spot called Prijevor at 1668 m.a.s.l. From there we shall have stunning views over the three mountains of Maglić, Zelengora and Volujak.

Sutjeska Hike
 
At Prijevor, we shall leave our transportation and start 3 hour medium hike, which will take us through very beautiful regions of the national park and its amazing nature, where finally around lunch time, we shall arrive to our final destination, amazing glacier heart-shaped Trnovačko lake.

Trnovačko Lake
 
Trnovačko lake is nested underneath the mountain Maglić which is Bosnian highest mountain peak, bordering Bosnia and Montenegro. Trnovačko lake is actually located in Montenegro, but is only accessible as a hiking trail from Bosnian side, through Sutjeska National Park.

Trnovacko Lake
 
Once at the lake, you will be given free time to explore the lake, while your guides will take time to prepare lunch. During the hot summer months lake is perfect for swimming too.

 
After the delicious lunch and free time on your own to explore the region, we shall start our hike back. Again after some three hours we shall arrive to Prijevor, and then will take ride back to Tjentište and then in the later afternoon we shall arrive to our overnight checkpoint, one of the most amazing river Tara rafting camps.

Sutjeska Hiking Trail

Sutjeska WW2 Memorial
 
Evening hours are planned for some free relax time with local music, local dinner by the campfire, while over the drinks you will be meeting up the crew members and guest you will be sharing your rafting boats with, the following day.
 
Accommodation is planned in simple and clean (private or shared) bungalows with shared bathrooms, made on the very edge of river Tara banks.


Day 2 (Tara river rafting > Sarajevo)
 
Morning hours are planned for delicious breakfast and amazing tranquil moments by the green Tara river.
 
As soon as you get the full rafting equipment, we shall start our 45 min ride through canyon of river Tara to the starting point of the rafting. 
The Tara River cuts the Tara River Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe and second deepest in the world after Grand Canyon, at 78 kilometers in length and 1,300 meters at its deepest. The canyon is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
The following roughly 4 hours are planned for the most amazing white water rafting of your life. 

Tara Rafting
 
Depending on the season, Tara river ranges from 3 to 5 on the scale of difficulty. Naturally the most adrenaline pumped period is period of spring (April and May) when water levels are at its highest points, and as we approach summer and autumn water level drops, making Tara ideal rafting destination for anyone regardless of your fitness level.
 
During the day we shall make few stops for cold drinks, will do some great fun on the clean, drinkable Tara river, will take down few rock for jumps, and overall you will get to experience the best white water rafting can offer.

Tara River Rafting
 
In the afternoon when rafting is finished, at our rafting camp we shall have well deserved local lunch and after some free relaxing time, will go back to Sarajevo, where arrival is planned in the later evening.
 
As mentioned before, if your ending destination is elsewhere in Bosnia or Montenegro, it is no problem at all, as we are happy to assist you as much as we can.

Package schedule

This package does not have definite departures, so you are free to request Herzegovina Journey package any time of the year.
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This package can be booked up to 8 persons. For bigger groups please Contact Us and negotiate great prices.

This package has no minimums for booking. However If you are making booking for yourself as solo traveler or couple we can do it as private tour, but if you are alone and prefer to be part of the shared group tour, between 5/6 travelers for purpose of the lower price, there is nothing to worry, just prebook our tour via our web site booking form and we shall join you with other travellers, and tour gets automatically confirmed, for price per person listed as per our calendar price list.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Trnovačko Lake and part of the road acessing Tara rafting are physically in Montenegro, so you are obliged to have your ID card or passport with you, and show it in case needed during this trip.

The whole package include:

  • Accommodation (1 night) in shared (2 or 4 persons) bungalow in nature of Tara river.
    • Private accommodation is possible with upgrade.
  • Transportation in AC vans for full comfort and Sarajevo Funky Tours professional guide all the way
  • Food costs covered for two full days (2x lunch, 1x breakfast and 1x dinner) with unlimited plain water
  • IRF licensed rafting skipper and full rafting equipment
  • Entrance fee to Sutjeska National Park

The whole package does NOT include:

  • Insurance (we suggest you purcahse it beforehand)
  • Alcoholic drinks

When to book this tour?
Best period for this package is between April and October.
During the period of later November until late March this package is not the best option due to large amounts of snow and hiking trails being hardly accessible, and Tara river being at high levels.

Is this tour suitable for families with children?
Yes this tour is perfect for families with children. Intensity of hiking is medium and kids would simply love it. Rafting is suitable for all ages.

Can I do two day hiking instead of rafting?
Alternative option could be overnight camping (picture above) by the Trnovačko lake for guests not interested into rafting, but who prefer more mountain experiences. Next day easy relax time by the lake or if weather permits full day of hiking (higher level) to Bosnian highest mountain of Maglić (from Trnovacko lake 1535 masl to Maglić at  2386 masl).

Also you should bring: 
  • Sunscreen (must have for guests with sensitive skin to sunburns)
  • 1 l of water (possible to refill along the way)
  • Some carbohydrates rich food such as bananas, hazelnuts, chocolate, some fruits, etc. as snack along the way. Also make sure the first morning before tour departs, to have a good breakfast. It is mandatory.
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots (danger of sprayed ancle)
  • Two t-shirts to change
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket (in case of bad weather forecast)
  • Swimsuit (to wear under the rafting rafting drysuit) or to use it at the Trnovačko lake for swimming

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