This well thought-out equestrian trail traverses the National Park of Biogradska, formed by glaciers and crisscrossed with rivers as well as the dramatic Tara River Canyon. Experience horseback riding across mountain summer pastures full of indigenous flora, medicinal herbs and mountain berries, and be awed by the majestic mountain ranges and crystal clear mountain lakes. This is not a fast-paced ride, so it gives horseback riders the opportunity to really enjoy the amazing scenery. It is also a good choice for adventurous novice horseback riders who have good balance and confidence. 

Stay overnight in eco lodges and cabins, only accessible during the summer months, where the horses spend the night in the pastures next to the simple cabins. The night skies in this remote region offers fantastic starscapes.

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 RC of Velbert on 12/10/2023

Ride Summary
Perfect holiday, stunning rural landscapes, super well planned and organized
What was your overall impression of the holiday
Overall impression
Unicorn Trails sales staff

Riding tour leader

Additional Comments
We had a lovely guide, that knew the area and the culture very well
Horses and Tack

Additional Comments
Unfortunetly some of the saddles didn't really fit the horses
Meals

Accommodation

Miscellaneous

Was this trip accurately described to you beforehand?
YES
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Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
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What could we do to improve this ride?
The horses would need some decend equiptment
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
7
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
Some very step hills and slopes, some fast canters
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
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May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
Unicorn comments: Thank you for your feedback. glad you had a great time! :)

Day 1
Transfer from Podgorica to the town of Kolasin (960m) in the northern part of Montenegro. It is an interesting drive through Platije Canyon following the Moraca river. Guests will be able to stop at several points along the way to take photo's. Visit to the Moraca monastery, built in 1252. This monastery is one of the most famous medieval memorials in Montenegro. Upon arrival at the first nights accommodation, guests will be introduced to the horses and have an orientation briefing during dinner where  traditional Montenegrin cuisine will be served. Overnight in Bijeli Potok cabins (or similar),

Day 2
After breakfast, riders prepare the horses and start the ride along a stream and through the woods to Izlazak with views over Kolasin. Ride near the Cirilovac monastery before continuing up the trail to the Kljuc peak and kapela. Lunch will be organised in katun Krivi by some of the local people. After lunch, ride across Bjelasica meadows to eco katun Vranjak (summer pasture Vranjak). Overnight in Eko Katun Vranjak (or similar) Riding: 3h30 min before lunch, 2h riding after lunch.

Day 3
Todays ride is located at NP Biogradska Gora. From Vranjak, ride near Zekova Glava peak and the Pesica lake before visiting Pešića, Ursulovacko and Sevarine lake. Lunch will be organized in katun Suvodo by locals, after which the ride continues to Svatovsko groblje, spring of Biogradska river, Ogorela Glava and ends at katun Goles for the overnight stop. NP Biogradska . Riding: 3h 45min before lunch, 2h30min riding after lunch.

Day 4
Today from Goleš katun, the trail leads through the village of Moračko Trebaljevo before crossing the Tara river and have lunch in a restaurant at the river's shore. After lunch,  continue to Markovo and the Sinjavina mountain. The view from Sinjavina shows the differing scenery, including the Lipovo valley. Finish the ride for today at Potrk katun (or similar). Overnight at a local house with a welcome drink of home made brandy, called Rakija. Riding: 3h before lunch 3h of riding after lunch.

Day 5
Today's ride takes the group through even more wild and beautiful scenery. After a morning ride to Savina Voda, climb to Sinjavina plateau near the Ruzica church, and continue to Zabojsko lake. Here riders can spend  time relaxing and enjoying the unspoilt nature. Hidden in Sinjajevina cliffs and surrounded by dense coniferous trees, there is a 19m deep, emerald green lake. This largely unknown jewel is one of the three deepest lakes in Montenegro and its beauty and quality is preserved under strict protection by the Durmitor National Park. After a picnic lunch and a rest, ride to Gomile Katun to stay overnight at a local house. Riding: 5h30min riding before picnic, 2h riding after picnic.

Day 6
After breakfast, the route leads across Sinjavina meadows, through local villages and continues to Durmitor mountain and the Zminjicko lake. Lunch at a restaurant next to the lake. After lunch, continue the ride to a local farm just next to Riblje lake. This breathtaking national park was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980. Riding: 2.5h  before lunch, 1.5h after lunch.

Day 7
After a morning ride across Dutmitor meadows to Riblje and Vražije lakes. There may be an opportunity to swim with the horses dependent on conditions. After lunch on the farm the group transfer (about 30 min) to Djurdjevica Tara bridge to enjoy a view of Tara canyon (with its depth of 1300m, the Tara canyon is the biggest in Europe and 2nd world biggest canyon after Colorado). If there is time, try the Zip line (*this is optional - approx €15). After a visit of Djurdjevica Tara, drive to another National Park –Biogradska Gora and the Biogradsko lake which is surrounded with primeval forest, and one of the 3 oldest in Europe. Transfer to Kolasin to overnight back at Bijeli Potok cabins. (or similar). Riding: riding about 4h before lunch.

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

Ride on Balkan mountain horses. This is not a fast ride and there are some steep slopes with drop-offs either side. There is the chance for some short canters each day and longer canters on the last two days of the trip.


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 (katuns) in wilderness locations that are only accessible in the summer months. The accommodation on this ride is traditional and simple, and provides a great way to experience the way of life of local people. Traditional Montenegran cuisine with some meals being taken at the homes of local people. Expect soups, meats, lot of fresh vegetables, dessert.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures. Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months from the date you plan to leave. You can enter Montenegro for a short term stay of up to 90 days without a visa. Under Montenegrin law this means 90 days in total in any period of 180 days. 

Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/montenegro 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Montenegro.html

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/montenegro


Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

You should always bring any regular prescription drugs you may need with you, and spare, just in case.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Montenegro and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

While pharmacies across the country stock a good supply of medicines, not all medicines prescribed in the UK are available in Montenegro. You should make sure you have sufficient medical supplies (including prescription medicines) for the duration of your stay and any unforeseen delays.

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.

Electricity

In Montenegro the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.

Mobile, WiFi and charging

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

2024: 5, 15 (Full), 26 June; 6, 17, 27 Jul; 7 (Full), 17, 28 Aug; 7 (Full), 18, 28 Sept.

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 £
20248d/7n6double pp1,235
20248d/7n6supplement for group 3-5 pp109
20248d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights109
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20248d/7n6double pp1,429
20248d/7n6supplement for group 3-5 pp129
20248d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights129
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
20248d/7n6double pp1,619
20248d/7n6supplement for group 3-5 pp145
20248d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights145
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20248d/7n6double pp16,529
20248d/7n6supplement for group 3-5 pp1,465
20248d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights1,465
Other Activities

zip lining (extra - approx €15)

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 - Podgorica airport from €130 pp return.
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