3 independent reviews for Montenegro extreme activity vacation

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review 8 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our family enjoyed waking up everyday to a different outdoor adventure in beautiful Durmitor - without having to organise anything ourselves! Pick-up, and drop-off, lunch, activities and suggestions for free time, are all well planned by Stan. (We jokingly referred to the all-access password as: 'Stanco'). First place definitely goes to canyoning - an unforgettable experience. The local guide - friendly mountain rescuer Micky - was more than professional: When our 10-year old turned very cold half-way through the trip, Micky had him in his arms down jumps and glides for almost half-an-hour. The sight of a 8m jump into the water, had our son active again..! I did a day's horse-riding while my son and husband took to quad biking - which they loved! The riding was great, especially as it was only the guide and myself, so we could set the pace. The horses are well trained and follow commands nicely - especially 'gallop'. Our day trekking through the Durmitor forest and around the two black lakes was also a highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be ready for being active everyday - it might seem logical but a few of our fellow-guests were not prepared for the level of activity especially in the high altitude. Kids are welcome! Stan has numerous suggestions when families want to spend a day doing different activities. No need to bring food and drink - Stan makes a stop at the local, and only, supermarket in the village, before arrival. Lunch is included most days and the village boasts a few very good restaurants - and at a good price! If you're a serious coffee drinker - Stan can resolve that too with his morning Turkish coffee.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Having had most of our meals at local eateries, did definitely benefit the local economy. All activities are organised and guided by local businesses, so yes to that one as well. Hopefully the very small fee for entering the National Park, can help towards further conservation. Regarding reduced environmental impacts, I'm not so sure - tourists leave footprints in different ways: Not everyone is waste - food and rubbish - conscious and the lack of public rubbish bins does not help. But it is inspiring to see and hear the love and knowledge the local peoples have for their natural environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Each family member had different expectation, most was met and some were beyond expectation. We wanted a family activity vacation in nature, somewhere where we've not been before, and that's what we got!

review 28 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Really enjoyed the hike around the Black Lakes, Rafting and Zip wire

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Fly straight to Tivat to avoid long queues at the Croatian border controls

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Really happy. Stan was very friendly and accommodating.

review 17 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We arrived as guests and left feeling like family, we were taken care of as though we were lifelong friends. Taxi'd to supermarket, advice on things to do, homemade baked treats, activities booked even outside of our stay with them.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Canyoning was amazing, the guides are fantastic and the scenery beautiful. Whitewater rafting was a waste of money going in August, water was low and slow and more like floating down a river slowly in a raft. Quite disorganised and time was wasted. I'd say something else should maybe be offered instead of this at this time of year. You dont get wet or need to wear any equipment other than lifejacket and tiny children were going on so not white water at all really sadly. Bit miss sold!! Try and fly direct to Montenegro where possible. We wasted 5 hours in a 10 hour transfer for what should have been a 3 hr transfer in a hot car as the croatian border made us wait 5 hours in border crossing queue due to going so slowly, this could be avoided by trying to go direct on a sun rather than sat flight. It was unfortunately a very busy time of year and we caught the worst of the queues. There are 2 quite large apartments with single beds and 1 smaller one with a double bed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Everything was booked with local guides and the family themselves seemed to help and support the community in lots of ways, even collecting hundreds of egg boxes to enable a local lady to sell her eggs!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was wonderful, stan and his family could not have done more for us. Don't be worried about having to bank transfer its just because he is a family business. Stan runs the mountain biking and trekking trips and then books in with companies to do bigger things like rafting and canyoning when you mix in with others. When at Stan's its only those staying that week so you become quite close. Their children came up for the week which was lovely, theres a nice communal place to eat and play games, its a nice set up but is quite a long drive from the airport 3-4 hrs. We would definitely go again such wonderful company and people who went the extra mile. We would class it as self catering plus due to little extras we were given through the week.
Tour op can respond to Q2 - 21/08/2017 (publish by 4th Sept)

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