This wonderful ride will take you through some of the most spectacular and pristine mountain scenery in Montenegro.  The route traverses the National Park of Biogradska formed by glaciers and criss crossed with rivers. You will ride across mountain summer pastures full of indigenous flora, medicinal herbs and mountain berries. Whilst this is not a fast paced ride it will give you the opportunity to really enjoy the amazing scenery.  It is a good choice for adventurous novice riders who have good balance and confidence.
You will be truly awed by the majestic mountain ranges, crystal clear mountain lakes and the Tara River Canyon, the biggest Canyon in Europe and the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon.  Riders will stay over night in eco lodges and cabins only accessible during the summer months, with your horses loose in the summer pastures next to the  simple cabins.  The night skies in this remote region will offer fantastic star scapes.  
This extraordinary, well thought out route will take you through meadows, forests and rivers, revealing different and staggering views all along the route.  Some meals will be with local people renowned for their warmth and hospitality and a generosity of spirit to share their beautiful country with you. Along the route there will be visits to Monasteries and Lakes with plenty of time to take photos to remember your magical holiday.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from AL of Basel on 04/07/2019

Ride Summary

What was your overall impression of the holiday
Great!
Unicorn Trails sales staff
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Riding tour leader
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Horsemanship     (   ) Excellent     (X) Good     (   ) Fair     (   ) Poor     (   ) N/A
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Additional Comments
It was more as just translation: a really good intercultural exchange!!
Horses and Tack
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Meals
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Accommodation
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Miscellaneous
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Weather     (   ) Excellent     (   ) Good     (X) Fair     (   ) Poor
Was there anything you should have known and were not told?     (X) NO     (   ) YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
Rain equipement should be a poncho and a trousers.
The temperature at night get around 10 degree.
The luggage are transported by car. So it dosen‘t mind of you buy products at the first day (local people are selling Rakija, Marmelade, cheese...).
The spoken languages! I was with 3 others french speaking persons, which make it easier! Maybe should Unicorn ask for the language!
What could we do to improve this ride?
Because nobody buyed anything over the First days, it could be nice, That the products in Kolašin at the end of the tour, again
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
2
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
Most of the days in pace.
The second day was a bit more steep, and adventurous
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
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May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
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Unicorn comments:

Day 1
Transfer from Podgorica to the town of Kolasin located at an altitude of 960m in the northern part of Montenegro. It is an interesting drive through Platije Canyon following the Moraca river. You will be able to stop at several points along the way to take photo's. A visit to the Moraca monastery, built in 1252. This monastery is one of the most famous medieval memorials in Montenegro. Upon arrival to the first nights accommodation you will meet the horses and have an orientation briefing during dinner, tasting delicious Montenegrin traditional cuisine. Over night in Bijeli Potok cabins.

Day 2
After breakfast you will prepare the horses and start riding along the stream and through the woods to Izlazak with views over Kolasin. You will ride near the Cirilovac monastery and continue up the trail to Kljuc peak.  From here the ride crosses the Bjelasica meadows, full of wildflowers to the summer pasture at Vranjak. In August these meadows are full of wild blueberries. This summer pasture is located on the border of the Biogradska Gora National Park at an altitude of 1720m. During dinner you will have a chance to taste some traditional meals; soup, meat and plenty of vegetables. The cabins are set amidst the most spectacular scenery. A magical night is waiting for you in small comfortable eco huts for two people. Over night in Eko Katun Vranjak.

Day 3
Todays ride will take you near Zekova Glava peak and Pesica lake, and you will visit Ursulovacko, Sevarine & Sisko lakes as well. The ride continues to Svatovsko groblje, a spring of Biogradska river, and Ogorela Glava, ending at katun Goles where you will stay overnight. Biogradska Gora was proclaimed a National Park in 1952. The most impressive part of the National Park is the virgin forest reserve, with an area of 16 sq km, where a strict protection system has been established. This is one of the last virgin forests in Europe. 

Day 4
Today from Goleš katun you will ride through the village of Moračko Trebaljevo. You will cross the Tara river (when the water level is low you can also ride through the water) to Markovo and Sinjavina mountain. The view from Sinjavina will show you different scenery again, including Lipovo valley. You finish your ride for today at Potrk katun. Tonight you will stay at a friendly local house with a welcome drink of home made brandy called Rakija.

Day 5
Today's ride will take you through even more wild and beautiful scenery. After a morning ride to Savina Voda lake you ride upwards to Sinjavina plateau, near the Ruzica church and continue to Zabojsko lake.  Here you can spend some time to relax and enjoy the unspoilt nature. Hidden in Sinjajevina cliffs and surrounded by dense coniferous trees, there is an emerald green lake with a depth of 19 meters. This lake is largely unknown jewel and is one of the three deepest lakes in Montenegro. Its beauty and quality is preserved by a strict regime of protection within the Durmitor National Park. After lunch and a rest you will ride to Gomile Katun where you will stay overnight camping or at a local house (your choice).

Day 6
After breakfast the ride goes across Sinjavina meadows, through local villages and continues to Durmitor mountain, Zminjicko lake, Njegovudja and afterwards to Zabljak. This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. It was on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980. If there is enough time you will visit Black Lake in the afternoon. You stay overnight in a 3* hotel in Zabljak.

Day 7
After a morning ride across Dutmitor meadows to Riblje lake (about 3 hours ) you will have lunch at Ostojic family farm. After lunch we will have short drive to a rafting starting point at Tara canyon. At this part of the river, the rafting is not extreme.  During this 2,5h long tour you will enjoy the Durmitor National park along the beautiful Tara river canyon. The Tara canyon is the biggest in Europe and 2nd biggest canyon in the world after The Grand Canyon. You will pass the Ljutica River, the strongest spring in Europe, the bridge at Djurdjevica Tara and green whirlpools on your way to Zugica luka where this tour finishes. After rafting, you have the opportunity to fly on Zip lines across the canyon near Djurdjevica tara bridge. This is optional. Transfer to Kolasin where you will overnight again at Bijeli Potok cabins.

Day 8
Transfer to airport. Depending on flight times, it may be possible to organize a visit to Virpazar & Skadar lake.

 

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

Balkan mountain horses. This is not a fast ride and there are some steep slopes with drops either side. Cantering on last day.


Rider requirements

Able to walk, trot and canter. There can be some steep and challenging terrain at times. Riders are expected to help groom and tack up the horses each day. The minimum age for this ride is 14 years.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 264 lb/120 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Eco cabins and huts in wilderness locations only accessible in the summer months. Traditional Montenegran cuisine, some meals taken at the homes of local people. Soups, meats, lot of fresh vegetables, dessert.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Health (ride specific)

Sunscreen, any personal medication, insect repellent. Please be aware that it can be cold in the mountains at night, so please take warm clothing.

Film and Camera Equipment

There will be wifi connections on the first and last night. It is possible to charge cameras and phones throughout the trip.

Packing List

Come prepared for heat as well as cold. Mountain climates can be very changeable, layers are essential. All riding gear including hat, gloves (also warm), riding trousers, jacket, boots that are also suitable to walk.
Water bottle (optional, you will be given 500ml mineral water bottles each day)
Warm and rain/windproof gear - can be supplied by the guides if needed
Riding Hat, can be supplied by ride if needed
Binoculars
Mosquito repellant (this is not a problem, but more to have protection against flies)
Indoor shoes
Warm fleece
Sport sunglasses
Sunscreen
Warm sleeping clothes
Towel - the accommodation doesn't provide bathroom towels
In the summer months bring a swimming trunks/costume for the mountain lake or just sunbathing in the siesta at noon.

Programmes

This is an 8 day/7 night programme with 6 days riding available on set dates throughout the year.

Departure Dates

2019: 5, 15, 26 Jun; 6, 17, 27 Jul; 7, 17, 28 Aug; 8, 18 Sep

Pricing
No single rooms available (on some or all nights). Riders must be prepared to share with someone of the same sex.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20198d/7n6double pp949
20198d/7n6supplement for group 2-457
20198d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights115
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20198d/7n6double pp1,049
20198d/7n6supplement for group 2-463
20198d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights125
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20198d/7n6double pp1,239
20198d/7n6supplement for group 2-474
20198d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights149
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20198d/7n6double pp11,709
20198d/7n6supplement for group 2-4699
20198d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights1,395
Other Activities

Rafting, zip lining

Wildlife

Summer meadows, wildflower meadows and wild blueberry fields.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Podgorica airport, Montenegro (TGD)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point, 1h 30 min drive.
Flight Guide:
London Stanstead with Ryan Air £400 return
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