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3 Day Montenegro Active Break

This three day, full board Active Break encompasses some of the best scenery in Montenegro. The break is based in the Piva Lake region in the north west of Montenegro. This is where you find Durmitor National Park, Montenegro’s second-highest peak Bobotov Kuk, and the second deepest canyon in the world – the Tara Canyon.

It’s a beautifully wild area that really showcases the best of the north of Montenegro. This is the Montenegro you find when you head away from the tourist-oriented coast and the beaches. This is rugged Montenegro, the Montenegro that’s an unpolished and hidden gem. 

This short break includes four activities:

  • Rafting
  • A moderate hike
  • A casual hike
  • A relaxing lake cruise

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Our friends were driving through this area at night and what should cross the road in front of them? Not one, but TWO bears!

Well, Montenegro's slogan is 'wild beauty'... with the emphasis on 'wild'!

You’ll also get to try the cuisine of northern Montenegro – a very underrated cuisine in my opinion!

Think slow-roasted meat that falls of the bone, roast potatoes, fresh salads, crusty  breads and tasty cheeses… makes me hungry just thinking about it!

During the break you have a full-board stay in traditional wood and stone cabins in an ethno-village overlooking Piva Lake. It’s the perfect getaway. 

Montenegro Active Break Itinerary

Day 1 - Rafting the Tara Canyon

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and will drive to the rafting start point in Tara Canyon.

The Tara Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon) and you'll see it in all its splendor - from your raft!

We love rafting in the Tara Canyon and usually do it every August when we start to get tired of going to the beach every day. 

Yep, I do know how that sounds! It's a hard life living in Montenegro ;-). You can read about our rafting adventures here.

Once you've been issued with your gear and had a safety briefing, it is time to load the rafts and take the short drive to the river.

During this thrilling tour, you'll experience about 2 1/2 hours of rafting on the best rapids of the Tara River. In between rapids you can float, paddle and soak in the scenery. You'll also stop for a visit to a waterfall and there are plenty of opportunities for photos and swimming.

Afterwards there's a short drive back to the rafting camp for a traditional lunch.

After lunch you'll head over to Piva Lake where you'll be spending the night in cabins overlooking the lake. Dinner is in the ethno-village where you'll be staying. 

Day 2 - Glacier Lake Hike

Today starts with an early breakfast and a short drive to the village of Stabna. This is where you’ll start the Glacier Lake Hike.

The circular hike takes you through fields, forests and gravel tracks until the lakes come into view.

There are two stunning lakes to visit, the highest one at an altitude of 1,300m above sea level.

From there, it’s a short walk to a spring where you’ll have a packed lunch in the peaceful surroundings of the upper lake.

Hiking in Montenegro
Hiking in Montenegro
Hiking in Montenegro

The hike takes around 6 hours including breaks. Afterwards, you return to the ethno village for a well-deserved dinner and overnight stay.

After a day's hiking you can reward yourself with an optional visit to a local jazz café to try some home-made mead (honey liquor) on the way back to the village.

Day 3 -Piva Lake hike and Cruise

After filling up on a mountain breakfast you’ll head out for around 7 km of casual hiking through undisturbed nature. Here you’ll get beautiful views of the contrast between the rolling hills and steep cliffs towering over Piva Lake.

The hike finishes down on the banks of the lake where you get on a boat for a 2 hour Piva Lake Cruise. On the cruise you can try your hand at trout fishing, cool off in the lake or just sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery... ahhh, it's so idyllic!

When you get back to the ethno-village, you’ll have a freshly prepared lunch and then have time to relax before dinner and an overnight stay in the village's cabins.

What's Included

  • Return transfers (from the Kotor Bay area)
  • All meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 packed lunch and 3 dinners)
  • Three-nights' accommodation
  • 4 activities (rafting, 2 hikes and the Piva Lake cruise)
  • English speaking guided activities and return transfers
  • Local taxes and insurance

Who It's For

This break is perfect for:

  • Families with children over 16 years 
  • Couples 
  • Groups 
  • A long weekend break 
  • An addition to a week’s holiday in Montenegro 
  • Part of a Balkan tour itinerary
  • People who aren't interested in a typical beach holiday and want to get off the beaten track.


  • From €350 per person.
  • Groups of 3+ adults and groups that wish to self-drive will qualify for a discount. Please send an enquiry using the form below for a quote.
  • There’s a minimum of 2 people required for the break.

Book or Enquire About a Montenegro Active Break

This tour is meticulously arranged by Marko Vucinic, an outdoor adventure specialist in Montenegro. Marko is a UK registered and licensed tour operator. You can read reviews of Marko's tours on Tripadvisor here.

If you’d like to book this break or you have any questions about the break, please feel free to send an enquiry to Marko. He’s more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Active Break Enquiry

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