One of the great jockeys of his generation, Richard Dunwoody MBE was three times champion jockey, twice a Grand National winner and partnered the great Desert Orchid to seven victories. Since retiring as a jockey he has travelled extensively and has undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. , He has led a large number of trips for Wild Frontiers, including riding holidays to Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Albania and Cuba, to name just a few.
A horse-riding adventure in Montenegro with Richard Dunwoody
Packed with magnificent mountains, beautiful beaches and amazing
architecture, beautiful Montenegro is made for exploring on
horseback, and this eight-day trip allows you to experience it from
Your host will be Richard Dunwoody, a three-time Champion Jockey and now an entertaining tour leader. Together you'll explore mountains and rivers, visit traditional villages, enjoy home-cooked Montenegrin meals and immerse yourselves in beautiful scenery.
Your expert guides
- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary (not including international flights).
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
Day1Podgorica and drive to KolasinKolasin, Montenegro
Start in the Montenegro capital today, then transfer directly out of the city and head north, towards the historic mountain town of Kolašin. The road takes us through the stunning landscapes of the Platije Canyon, whose steep walls plunge some 600 metres into the waters of the Morača River. Along the way we'll also get a chance to visit the Morača Monastery, one of the country's best known medieval landmarks. Dating back to the middle years of the 13th century, the monastery is one of the largest Orthodox monuments in Montenegro and home to some truly stunning 13th century frescoes. On arrival in Kolašin we'll meet the horses and have an orientation briefing on the days ahead, before settling down to enjoy a traditional Montenegrin dinner this evening. Bijeli Potok Cabins or similar.
Day2Ride to Eko Katun VranjakEco Katun Vranjak, Montenegro
After breakfast this morning we'll saddle up the horses for the first time and head out into the mountains. Breaking ourselves in gently, we'll begin with a relaxing ride that takes us along the side of a tranquil stream and into the woods towards the village of Izlazak. From here we are treated to some stunning views out across Kolasin and the Bjelasica meadows, before we continue on towards the monastery at Cirilovac. We'll be in the saddle for around seven hours today, crossing the beautiful rural landscapes towards the edge of the Biogradska Gora National Park and the summer pastures of Eco Katun Vranjak. Ending the day some 1720 metres above sea level, the mountains and untouched forests of central Montenegro provide the stunning backdrop for this evening's stay in traditional eco huts, where another traditional Montenegrin dinner awaits us. Eco Katun Vranjak Eco-huts
Day3Biogradska National ParkKatun Goleš, Montenegro
Rising early, we'll soak up the beautiful mountain landscapes bathed in the glow of the sunrise. In the distance lie the towering peaks of Maganik, Sinjajevina and the Albanian Alps. Setting off towards the forests of Biogradska we'll pass by a spring that feeds into the Biogradska River, near the beautiful alpine lakes of Pesica, Ursulovacko and Sisko. The views of Zekova Glava peak follow us as we then make our way down into the Biogradska Gora Forest, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Another full day in the saddle will see us finishing up at Katun Goleš. Eco Katun Goleš Eco-huts
Day4Katun Goleš to Potrk KatunPotrk Katun, Montenegro
Today we will leave Katun Goleš behind us and head to the village of Moračko Trebaljevo, before we reach the Tara River, where hopfully the water will be low enough to cross on horseback. Once we are across the river we will have some lunch before heading to Markovo Brdo and Mt Sinjavina, from where we will be able to look across some very different scenery before continuing on to our guesthouse.
Day5Durmitor National ParkLake Zabojsko, Montenegro
Today's long ride will take us through some amazing scenery. This morning we will ride to Savina Voda Lake, before heading uphill to the Sinjavina plateau, passing Ruzica Church. We will head to Lake Zabojsko, hidden in the rocks of Sinjajevina and surrounded by a dense coniferous forest. We'll unsaddle the horses here, enjoy some lunch and a rest and take in our surroundings. Afterwards we'll then have a short ride to our base for the night. Guesthouse or camping.
Day6Durmitor National Park – ZabljakZabljak, Montenegro
Our ride today takes us onto the World Heritage landscapes of the Durmitor National Park, crossing the Sinjajevina Meadows and passing through local villages as we make our way towards the slopes of Durmitor Mountain. These breathtaking panoramas were formed by glaciers and rivers and, as we follow the trail along the side of Zminjicko Lake and on to Njegovudja, we head for the highest point in the Balkans. Our destination is Zabljak, sitting close to the plunging gorges of the Tara River Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe, whose stunning landscapes are home to dense forests of pine, pristine lakes and a stunning variety of endemic flora. If time allows this afternoon we'll pay a visit to the nearby Black Lake before dinner. Hotel Pavlovic or similar.
Day7Rafting the Tara RiverKolasin, Montenegro
We will have a short ride this morning as we cross the meadows of Durmitor to Lake Riblje, where we will have lunch at a family farm before taking a short drive to the rafting start point. This isn't extreme rafting, and is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the canyon and the national park that surrounds it. We'll spend a couple of hours floating down a river that has been called the Montenegrin Colorado. The rapids in this section of the river are relatively sedate and we'll be treated to some great views of the famous Djurdjevica Tara Bridge which, at over 360 metres in length was the biggest vehicular concrete bridge in Europe at the time of its completion. In the late afternoon we will head back to Kolasin, our starting point for the ride. Bijeli Potok Cabins or similar.
Day8Tour ends in KolasinKolasin, Montenegro
The tour finishes after breakfast, where those of us on the suggested group flights will take a transfer back to Podgorica in time to check in for our flight home.
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