Alpine Mountains, the Via Dinarica Trail, and Magnificent Kotor Bay

Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast

Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia

11 Days

From $5,195

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    From soaring limestone peaks in the north to classic Venetian towns along the blue Adriatic, Montenegro is one of Europe's hidden gems—uncrowded and perfect for WT-style hiking. We'll hike our way from the alpine world of Durmitor and Biogradska Gora national parks to the gorgeous coast at the Bay of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord. Along the way, we hike sections of the Balkans' Via Dinarica, a “mega trail” from Slovenia to Albania (and named Best New Trail by Outside magazine in 2014), discover Montenegro's cultural patchwork, and sample delightful cuisine that reflects the region's blend of east and west. Our finale finds us hiking along the Bay of Kotor, one of the most spectacular settings on the entire Adriatic Coast.

    Arrive: Sarajevo, Bosnia

    Depart: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Highlights

    • Enjoy storied Sarajevo, with visits to Sebilj Square and the historic Latin Bridge
    • Hike in pristine Durmitor National Park, along magnificent Kotor Bay, and on the Via Dinarica
    • Explore the ancient woodlands of Biogradska Gora and the Tara River Canyon, one of Europe's deepest gorges
    • Discover Kotor, with its Greek, Roman, and Venetian heritage
    • Sample the cultural tapestry of Montenegro's cuisines

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      In Sarajevo, a cultural melting pot since the Silk Road era, our walking tour brings us to the 16th century Ottoman quarter, with its maze of medieval alleys. The next day, we drive to Montenegro's Durmitor National Park via the breathtaking “road of a hundred tunnels.”
      On the trails in Durmitor, a World Heritage Site, we're surrounded by a spectacular realm of saw-toothed peaks and deep canyons. The wild Tara River Canyon invites us for a fun morning of rafting on emerald-green waters (or choose a hike instead).
      One of the last stands of ancient woodlands in all Europe is protected as Biogradska Gora National Park. Our hikes bring us through flower-filled meadows to the twin peaks of Komovi (8,159'). We'll have lunch in one of the traditional local shepherds' dwellings called katuns, a chance to sample the delicious local lamb.
      We'll hike through forest and along panoramic ridges of Bjelasica, then view the superb Byzantine frescoes at Moraca Monastery, perched above the rushing Moraca River. At Lake Skadar National Park, one of Europe's most important bird habitats, a boat takes us across the lake to our waterside hotel. In Lovcen National Park, we hike through beech forests and summer pastures before heading to the medieval walled town of Kotor
      Our last hike on the Via Dinarica brings us high above the bay to St. Andrew’s Fortress for stunning views of Kotor Bay. The next day we set out by boat to explore the bay, including the tiny island of Our Lady of the Rock, with its venerated 17th century church. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Aziza Hotel

      Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Set in the heart of the old town, this comfortable family-operated hotel (named after the beloved matriarch!) offers a warm and intimate welcome to all who cross its entrance. Guest rooms are individually decorated, offer the usual amenities found in fine hotels, and...

      North Story

      Žabljak, Montenegro

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      Set in a quiet location, this modern hotel is an ideal place to stay while exploring the trails of Durmitor National Park. After a day of hiking, soothe any weary muscles in the outdoor Jacuzzi with its views of the Durmitor Mountains or relax in...

      Bianca Resort and Spa

      Kolasin, Montenegro

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      The Bianca Resort & Spa  is a contemporary hotel complex built in alpine-chalet style, with wood-panelled rooms and a large central fireplace in the lobby. It is in the center of the mountain town of Kolasin, a skiing destination in winter.

      Hotel S Family Jovicevic

      Rijeka Crnojevica, Montenegro

      Day 7 (1 night)

      Set on a tributary of Lake Skadar, this simple hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and a terrace with views of the river. The on-site restaurant is open all day, and you'll enjoy breakfast right beside the river.

      Forza Mare Hotel and Resort

      Kotor, Montenegro

      Days 8-10 (3 nights)

      The Forza Mare is a lovely spot to come back to after a day of exploring. This boutique hotel has a breathtaking view over Montenegro Bay, a private beach, wonderful service, and excellent food. The staff is friendly and helpful.

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is a hiking journey with day hikes of four to six hours on most days over moderate to steep mountain terrain. The hiking itinerary is planned as we have described it in the preceding pages. However, as in any mountain trip, we will remain flexible with regard to weather and other local conditions in choosing our routes. And do remember that apart from the coastal areas, the tourism infrastructure in Montenegro is still in development and the services, facilities, and quality of hiking trails can be basic.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Although we are not at altitude, the trails can be rocky and narrow, and there is a lot of limestone, which can get slippery when wet. You will carry just a daypack on the hikes. Hiking boots that go above the ankle are recommended for the extra support, as well as hiking poles.

      Temperatures are likely to reach the 60Fs and 70Fs during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. During evenings in the mountainous interior of Montenegro, it can get quite cool, with evening temperatures as low as the high 40Fs and low 50Fs. In the mountains, the weather can change quickly from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold, so you should have rain gear and warm garments handy in your daypack. You are likely to experience a full range of weather conditions in Montenegro—pack accordingly, with layers for warmth and weather protection.

      Rooms in the hotels and inns we stay in are not always of uniform or international size. However, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Please note that single rooms in European hotels tend to be small by US standards. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

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      Client Testimonials

      "Beautiful country with wonderful hikes, made all the better by our leader and guide!"

      Cheryl H.

      Forestville, CA

      "Really great trip. Sarajevo is a fascinating city and Montenegro is beautiful."

      Cheryl O.

      Bedford, MA

      "I have trekked all over; this is my 4th trip with Wilderness. This trip was top shelf in all ways—the guides, the group, the hiking, the natural beauty/history/culture, activities, etc."

      Jan R.

      Gresham, OR

      "Loved this trip! The pace was perfect—around five hours of hiking each day, late lunch, several hours for rest, relaxation, exploration of the towns we were in, followed by evening dinner. We all agreed that this trip should be advertised as a culinary expedition: the variety and quality of meals was amazing!"

      Lauren G.

      Plymouth, MI

      "Montenegro is a very unspoiled destination with spectacular scenery and wonderful people. Accommodations were lovely and the restaurants charming and atmospheric."

      Lili H.

      Taos, NM

      "The trip exceeded our expectations. The diversity of the experience of hiking in the mountains and then along the coast was tremendous. We did not expect to see such jaw-dropping scenery and to experience so much local interaction, especially with regard to the array of meal experiences we had."

      Lois B.

      Concord, CA

      "Montenegro is a beautiful country. On most of our hikes we were alone on clean trails with fantastic views. It felt like we were being shown an undiscovered part of the country."

      Marcia A.

      Del Mar, CA

      "One of the best trips of my life! A wonderful mix of culture, history, nature, glorious scenery, outdoor activity, and relationships—in a part of the world that few can name or locate on a map."

      Marguerite A.

      Richfield, OH

      "The Trip Leader's enthusiasm for the country and her wonderful personality contributed so much toward making this a fabulous trip."

      Olivia A.

      Bexhill-on-Sea, England

      "This was a great trip. The planning and execution were perfect."

      Peter R.

      Santa Clara, CA

      "We felt fortunate to experience the landscape and learn the history of a part of the world we knew little about. The scenery was breathtaking, the cultural aspects mind-expanding. Our guides were knowledgeable, considerate of our abilties and interests, and delightful."

      Sara N. & George D.

      Seabeck, WA

      "An excellent trip with a variety of hiking, beautiful scenery and cultural experiences. Much to my surprise I enjoyed the cultural and unusual dining experiences."

      Susan Y.

      El Cajon, CA

      "Fantastic variety on the trip between Sarajevo, the Montenegro mountains, and the coast."

      Suzanne & Brady M.

      Friendswood, TX

      "Our 8th WT trip overall. The design and execution of the trip whetted our appetite for more travel of this type."

      Suzanne & Brady M.

      Friendswood, TX

      "This was an excellent trip in a relatively new country to travel in. The hotels were excellent, and the food was great."

      Terry R.

      Milwaukee, WI

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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She graduated with a degree in sociology from Sofia University and spent her college summers in California, later completing a two-year stint in outdoor education in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School). In her time in California, she became a passionate advocate for nature conservation, and on return to Bulgaria, she joined her country&apos;s anti-nuclear and environmental movement. Today she works for Greenpeace in Bulgaria and Ukraine, leading the project for the green reconstruction of Ukraine. She loves the mountains of her native country and is especially keen to share their beauty with travelers. Denitza also enjoys sharing Bulgaria&apos;s folk music, both the dances and the songs. As a youth, she danced with one of the folk groups in Varna. ","BioLong":"Denitza Petrova was born in Varna, a town on Bulgaria&apos;s Black Sea coast. She graduated with a degree in sociology from Sofia University and spent her college summers in California, later completing a two-year stint in outdoor education in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Camp Campbell Outdoor Science School). In her time in California, she became a passionate advocate for nature conservation, and on return to Bulgaria, she joined her country&apos;s anti-nuclear and environmental movement. Today she works for Greenpeace in Bulgaria and Ukraine, leading the project for the green reconstruction of Ukraine. She loves the mountains of her native country and is especially keen to share their beauty with travelers. Denitza also enjoys sharing Bulgaria&apos;s folk music, both the dances and the songs. As a youth, she danced with one of the folk groups in Varna. "},{"GuideID":850880,"First_Name":"Stanislav","Last_Name":"Simicic","BioShort":"Stanislav Simicic, of Croatia, is a graduate of a culinary academy in Osijek. 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He has been working with us as a chef and Trip Leader since 2007, bringing a thorough knowledge of Croatian history and culture to the trip, along with wonderful cuisine. Stanislav is fluent in English and German. When not guiding, he spends time exploring Croatia's many beautiful places with his wife, son, and friends. \"Come to Croatia, a secret garden of beauty in the warm and sunny Mediterranean,\" he says. \"You'll discover a country of a thousand islands with beautiful nature, interesting traditions, and a rich cultural heritage.\""}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Cheryl H.","GuestLocation":"Forestville, CA","GuestReview":"Beautiful country with wonderful hikes, made all the better by our leader and guide!"},{"GuestNames":"Cheryl O.","GuestLocation":"Bedford, MA","GuestReview":"Really great trip. Sarajevo is a fascinating city and Montenegro is beautiful."},{"GuestNames":"Jan R.","GuestLocation":"Gresham, OR","GuestReview":"I have trekked all over; this is my 4th trip with Wilderness. This trip was top shelf in all ways&#8212;the guides, the group, the hiking, the natural beauty\/history\/culture, activities, etc."},{"GuestNames":"Lauren G.","GuestLocation":"Plymouth, MI","GuestReview":"Loved this trip! The pace was perfect&#8212;around five hours of hiking each day, late lunch, several hours for rest, relaxation, exploration of the towns we were in, followed by evening dinner. We all agreed that this trip should be advertised as a culinary expedition: the variety and quality of meals was amazing!"},{"GuestNames":"Lili H.","GuestLocation":"Taos, NM","GuestReview":"Montenegro is a very unspoiled destination with spectacular scenery and wonderful people. Accommodations were lovely and the restaurants charming and atmospheric."},{"GuestNames":"Lois B.","GuestLocation":"Concord, CA","GuestReview":"The trip exceeded our expectations. The diversity of the experience of hiking in the mountains and then along the coast was tremendous. We did not expect to see such jaw-dropping scenery and to experience so much local interaction, especially with regard to the array of meal experiences we had."},{"GuestNames":"Marcia A.","GuestLocation":"Del Mar, CA","GuestReview":"Montenegro is a beautiful country. On most of our hikes we were alone on clean trails with fantastic views. It felt like we were being shown an undiscovered part of the country."},{"GuestNames":"Marguerite A.","GuestLocation":"Richfield, OH","GuestReview":"One of the best trips of my life! A wonderful mix of culture, history, nature, glorious scenery, outdoor activity, and relationships&#8212;in a part of the world that few can name or locate on a map."},{"GuestNames":"Olivia A.","GuestLocation":"Bexhill-on-Sea, England","GuestReview":"The Trip Leader's enthusiasm for the country and her wonderful personality contributed so much toward making this a fabulous trip."},{"GuestNames":"Peter R.","GuestLocation":"Santa Clara, CA","GuestReview":"This was a great trip. The planning and execution were perfect."},{"GuestNames":"Sara N. & George D.","GuestLocation":"Seabeck, WA","GuestReview":"We felt fortunate to experience the landscape and learn the history of a part of the world we knew little about. The scenery was breathtaking, the cultural aspects mind-expanding. Our guides were knowledgeable, considerate of our abilties and interests, and delightful."},{"GuestNames":"Susan Y.","GuestLocation":"El Cajon, CA","GuestReview":"An excellent trip with a variety of hiking, beautiful scenery and cultural experiences. Much to my surprise I enjoyed the cultural and unusual dining experiences."},{"GuestNames":"Suzanne & Brady M.","GuestLocation":"Friendswood, TX","GuestReview":"Fantastic variety on the trip between Sarajevo, the Montenegro mountains, and the coast."},{"GuestNames":"Suzanne & Brady M.","GuestLocation":"Friendswood, TX","GuestReview":"Our 8th WT trip overall. The design and execution of the trip whetted our appetite for more travel of this type."},{"GuestNames":"Terry R.","GuestLocation":"Milwaukee, WI","GuestReview":"This was an excellent trip in a relatively new country to travel in. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}