The Best of Via Dinarica:
An Eight-day Hiking Adventure through Bosnia and Herzegovina & Montenegro

Explore the Via Dinarica in Bosnia and Montenegro, an area that is yet to be discovered by many hikers. On this adventure, you’ll find a playground for active travellers: Spectacular limestone peaks; the Tara Canyon – a UNESCO Nature site; glacier lakes; amazing views; colourful wildflowers; medieval villages; and welcoming culture.

Come and explore Durmitor & Sutjeska National Parks: two stunning areas located at the heart of Dinaric Alps. During your trek, you’ll ascend Maglic (2,386m) – the highest peak of Bosnia, raft the Tara river, a UNESCO protected site and Europe’s deepest canyon, and visit Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital city, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Sarajevo offers an ancient mix of European and Eastern culture and living history.

This will be an unforgettable week of exploring.

Quotes from Travelers

The team was excellent. Everything from answering emails, providing information, planning a trip tailored to our desires, and then delivering on our expectations with consistent high quality service.

Green Visions provides both an affordable and unforgettable hiking experience. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, welcoming, cheerful, thoughtful and experienced.

Amazing, just simply amazing. The park is utterly beautiful, and our guide was also very knowledgeable of the history of both the park and Bosnia in general, and he obviously enjoys touring people, sharing his expertise and answering questions. What I also really like about these guys, is that they not only organize the trips, but also invest in ecological, local, projects!

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Sarajevo, the Jerusalem of the Balkans
  • Scale Maglic (2,386m), the highest peak in Bosnia
  • Rafting through the Tara Canyon, Europe’s deepest canyon
  • Emerald glacier lakes of Durmitor National Park, UNESCO heritage

Itinerary – 8 Days

Day 1 – Sarajevo Arrival

Arrive in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Your trip leader will meet you outside of the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to our hotel in the old oriental trading quarter of Sarajevo.

In the afternoon there will be an organized tour of the major historical, cultural and war sites in the city that will help you to piece together its complex and fascinating history. Evening hours are reserved for a ‘welcome’ dinner and trip briefing. Our hotel tonight is in the old Ottoman trading quarter of Sarajevo.

– Dinner / Pension Kandilj, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 2 – Sutjeska National Park and Hike to Donje Bare lake & Ugljesin peak (1,858m)

In the morning we transfer to our hotel in Sutjeska National Park, before continuing to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare. After lunch, we walk through a beech forest and open mountainous terrain to the summit of Ugljesin Peak (1,858m), for one of the best panoramic views of the Zelengora peaks and the rock-face wall of Volujak. We continue the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovarnica ridge (1.5 hours) with Bosnia’s highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We will be transferred back to the hotel in Tjentiste valley, before an early dinner.

– Moderate walk / 4-5hrs walk / 400Δh / 9km
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Mladost – Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 3 – Ascent of Maglic Mountain (2,386m), Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak

We transfer to Lokva Derneciste (approx. 1 hour) and head for Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglić Mountain (2,386m), through the forest and open mountainous terrain. The ascent itself will take approximately four hours over fairly well-maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs and is by far the most demanding part of today’s trek. Please note it is not recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo. Each step takes us further above the surrounding peaks until we reach the summit.

Here we have lunch and enjoy wonderful views over Montenegro and of our next stop, the emerald green waters of Trnovacko Lake. After descending to the lake in the afternoon we head for Prijevor where we meet our transfer to the hotel in Tjentiste.

– Challenging walk / 9hrs walk / 700Δh / 14km
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Mladost – Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 4 – Tara Rafting, the deepest canyon of Europe

The Tara is one of the four beautiful whitewater rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina that offer professionally guided rafting tours. Tara river ranks among Europe’s best for classes II-IV. This Tara River Rafting Tour will pleasantly surprise you with its stunning wilderness and unforgettable landscapes. A jewel amongst the world’s natural heritage spots, the Tara River boasts the deepest canyon in Europe. The river follows the natural border between Bosnia & Montenegro most of the time. Near the end of the rafting, we enter Bosnia & Herzegovina. The 1,300-meter canyon has created some of the best rafting and kayaking in Europe. We’ll enjoy an early dinner on the Tara River. Tonight we stay at simple wooden bungalows next to the river, enjoying the sound of water and campfire.

– II-IV class rapids, 3-4 hours of Rafting
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Bungalows at Highlander Camp, Tara river

Day 5 – Hike to Crkvicko polje and Sokolina plateau

After a short transfer from Rafting Camp to the Montenegro side and Mratinje dam, which is 220 metres high, which makes it one of the highest in Europe, we’ll start today’s hike. The hike takes us in the first bit uphill for about two hours after which we come out on the plateau and continue over it, with a great view of the surrounding mountains. We end the day on the edge of Tara canyon at Sokolina guest house, with an amazing view of the river we actually rafted the day before.

– Moderate walk / 6-7hrs walk / 600Δh / 19km
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Sokolina Guesthouse, Durmitor National Park

Day 6 – Hiking from Susica Hut to Skrka lakes and Skrka pass (2,112m)

Today’s hike continues onwards from Susica mountain hut via the Susicko lake and Skakala waterfall, all the way to Skrka Mountain Hut and lakes. Beautiful spot where we will take a lunch break and if you’re brave enough enjoy the cold glacier waters dip. From here we continue via Skrka mountain pass at 2,112m and all the way down to Dobri do valley.

Today’s hike is a total of 12km, which takes us from forested trails, over rocky, mountain terrain and finally descending to the plateau of Dobri do. Today we will enjoy some tremendous views, and stunning peaks surrounding us.

– Moderate walk / 5-6hrs walk / 950Δh / 12km
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Javorovaca, Zabljak – Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 7 – Ascent of Bobotov kuk (2,523m), a Montenegro pride

Our last day of hiking ends with another high point: a climb of Bobotov Kuk (2,523m), Montenegro’s highest peak. Starting relatively high, on Sedlo (1,900m), we hike over the grassy slope of Surutka toward Zupci (“Teeth”), a magnificent massif with 14 sharp rocky “teeth” – a trademark of Durmitor.

After circling the “teeth,” we arrive at the glacial Zeleni Vir Lake, the highest in Durmitor, and then begin a steep ascent toward Bobotov Kuk. With every step, the views expand, until we reach the top of Bobotov Kuk—and of Montenegro. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Adriatic Sea from this vantage point.

We enjoy lunch here and then descend back via Zeleni vir. This part of the trip is easy and we hike over grassy meadows, followed by a short ride back to Zabljak for a well-deserved rest.

– Challenging walk / 6-7hrs walk / 650Δh / 14km
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Javorovaca, Zabljak – Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 8 – Transfer to Podgorica

Transfer to Podgorica Airport (2.5hrs) will be provided for your homeward-bound flight.

– Breakfast

Trip Cost 2024

4 – 15 members 925 EUR
Single supplement: 115 EUR

– Price is per person, double occupancy
– Single rooms are available on a request basis at certain places (Sarajevo, Tjentiste & Zabljak)
– All travellers will be paired with a same-gender roommate when a roommate is available
– If a roommate is not available, a EUR 115 forced single supplement will be charged

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About Via Dinarica Adventures

Via Dinarica Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenges. These expeditions are organized by some of the best Outdoor Adventure Companies in the Western Balkans.
You’ll explore fascinating, off-the-beaten-path places with top guides.

What is Included

– Transportation during the entire trip with 8+1 MiniVan or 20+1 MiniBus (including Airport transfers)
– Fully equipped English-speaking Tour Leader/Guide
– Accommodation for 7 nights
– Meals specified in the itinerary
– Tara Rafting with all fees and safety equipment
– Sarajevo City walking Tour (with all entrance fees where needed)
– All fees and taxes for Sutjeska & Durmitor National Parks & VAT

What’s not

Flights to Sarajevo, Bosnia & from Podgorica, Montenegro
– Meals not specified in the itinerary
– International travel insurance
– Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
– Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact VMD Adventure Travel directly, either by phone or the Internet.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment of 50% deposit after booking confirmation. The rest of the amount is due four weeks before the trip date. Cancellation policy;
– Up to four weeks before start date – loss of deposit
– Up to two weeks before the start date – loss of 75% of the total price
– Two weeks or less – loss of 100% of price

Then Leave the Rest to Us

Before you go, we provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including clothing recommendations, suggested reading lists, up-to-date health advice and other details.


Don’t take our word for how great our trips are. We’ll be happy to provide you with references of satisfied past travellers.


Feel free to call us on Skype, or email if you still have any questions or concerns.
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Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed, it is subject to change for numerous reasons, including weather, beyond our control.

Note on Services

To comply with regional laws and regulations, we sometimes use local suppliers, who provide services that may include transportation, equipment, logistic support, and other services (hotels, restaurants, etc.). We work with service providers, who share our commitment to safety and quality, and work closely with them to develop itineraries unique to the Via Dinarica.

About your travel in Bosnia (BiH) and Montenegro


In Sarajevo, we stay at Old town at Hotel Kandilj. Kandilj is a newly built family-run guesthouse, fully modern while maintaining the Eastern spirit and allowing guests to experience the traditional Bosnian atmosphere. All rooms are air-conditioned, equipped with TV, direct phone line, broadband internet, bathroom and toilet.

In Sutjeska National Park, we use Hotel Mladost. This hotel has recently been reconstructed and provides very basic but comfortable accommodations. Rooms are private, with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and the usual modern comforts.

After rafting on the Tara we will stay at simple wooden bungalows next to the river, you will enjoy the sound of water and campfire. Bungalows are basic with 3-4 beds, with bedding. Toilets and showers are shared. This will be one of the best nights on this trip.

The first night in Montenegro we stay at Sokolina guest house: basic rooms in an old stone farmhouse that has been converted over for guest use. Home-cooked food and stories around the campfire with your charismatic host Dragan.

For two final nights, in Zabljak, we stay at the Javorovaca Lodge, which offers comfortable double, triple and quadruple rooms with ensuite bathrooms, on the edge of Zabljak town. The lodge has its own traditional restaurant and always a warm welcome from the owners.


We provide breakfast on all days except day 1.
A picnic lunch is included on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Lunches during the hikes will be picnic style, including bread, cheese, sausage, meat and vegetarian pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix, and coffee/tea.
Dinners in Sarajevo & Zabljak are in local restaurants known for their good food and great location. Dinners do not include beverages.

Vegetarian and special diets will be catered to, but options are limited throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please inform us of any specific requirements upon booking.


We use comfortable Opel Vivaro (8+1) or IVECO / VW Minivans (20+1) with A/C, depending on the size of the group.

Isn’t There a War in Bosnia?

No. Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) has recently celebrated 20 years of peace. The disintegration of the old Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia led to armed conflict in the region. On November 20, 1995, peace was signed between the various parties involved, and fighting ceased. Since then, the countries infrastructure has been largely reconstructed and tourists are returning to the country in ever-increasing numbers, making tourism the fastest-growing economic sector.

Is Bosnia Safe?

Despite the memory of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s violent past, BiH is actually one of the safest places in Europe. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. Walking the streets of any town or city at any time of day or night is a relatively safe bet. For women, it is not unsafe to walk at night, even late, on your own.

Most of BiH’s roads are double-lane and quite curvy due to the mountainous terrain. Road maintenance is getting better, but don’t let a pot-hole surprise you.

The main concerns for travellers in BiH are pick-pockets on tramways in Sarajevo. The pick-pockets can be avoided with simple precautions and awareness. On trams in Sarajevo, keep your purse close to you, and carry your wallet in your front pocket.

Activity Levels

Trips rated EASY typically have 1-3 hours of activity per day, with hikes/walks less than five kilometers on mostly flat terrain at altitudes of up to 900 meters.

Easy to Moderate
Trips rated as EASY to MODERATE are designed for travellers seeking both EASY and MODERATE trip activity levels. Trips rated EASY to MODERATE typically have easier rated walks/hikes with options for more moderate activity levels on some days.

Trips rated MODERATE typically have 3-6 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 15 kilometers on rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 1,900 meters.

Moderate to Challenging
Trips rated as MODERATE to CHALLENGING are designed for travellers seeking both MODERATE and CHALLENGING trip activity levels. Trips rated MODERATE to CHALLENGING typically have moderate rated walks/hikes with options for more strenuous activity levels on some days.

Trips rated CHALLENGING typically have 5-8 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 15-20 kilometers on mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 2,700 meters.

Ultimate Challenge
Designed for very fit and experienced hikers. Trips rated ULTIMATE CHALLENGE typically have 10 or more hours of activity per day, hiking 20 or more kilometers on remote, mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 2,700 meters.

Via Dinarica Alliance Partners

Group size
4 - 15
4 - 15 members
925 EUR
Single supplement
115 EUR
Moderate to Challenging