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Highlights of Montenegro Walk

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Experience the best bits of an unspoilt European gem where mountains rise dramatically from warm coastal waters, a UNESCO listed national park reveals the worlds second deepest canyon and waterside Venetian towns await discovery.

  • Reviews 35 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 14
All about the Highlights of Montenegro Walk.

Montenegro may be tiny, but it sure packs a punch! Lying in the south Adriatic – bordering Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Albania – it is arguably one of the most diverse, interesting and alluring countries in Europe, and is crammed with cultural heritage, architectural treasures and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
Our weeks walking is a glorious and contrasting mix. Starting in the mountainous north, we explore first the vast Durmitor National Park, with its glacial lakes, dense forests – with masses of endemic species – sparkling streams and fast flowing rivers. We visit the Tara Canyon (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the second deepest canyon in the world at 1300m, after Arizona’s Grand Canyon) to survey one of nature’s best-kept secrets from a viewpoint 1200m above the crystal clear Tara River, granting panoramic vistas over the whole plateau!
For the second part of our trip we head south, to the warm shores of the Adriatic – described by Lord Byron as ‘the most beautiful encounter between land and sea’ – where pretty coastal villages cling vertiginously to rock walls that jut dramatically from the sea. We stay in Venetian Perast, considered the prettiest town in Montenegro, and relax by the water’s edge after exploring some of its 18 historic churches. For a totally different perspective, we’ll also take boat trips around Lake Skadar (great for bird-spotting) and the shores of tranquil Kotor Bay with its famous islets.
In both the mountains and on the coast, we’ve hand-picked high-quality 4-star hotels. Evening meals are included on all nights except for one where we’ve left you free to enjoy dinner at leisure at a restaurant of your choice.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights accommodation, hotel to hotel in a mix of *** and **** hotels
  • All buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 evening meals
  • Management by our local agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Prosciutto tasting
  • All entrance fees and 2 boat trips
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Contrasting walks: alpine hamlets, lakeside villages, the beauty of the Adriatic Coast
  • UNESCO-protected Tara Canyon: Europe’s deepest and most scenic
  • Thundering waterfalls, glacial lakes, emerald rock pools, fjord-like bays
  • Baroque churches, Venetian palaces, well-preserved Medieval walled towns
  • Abundance of plant and wildlife; rare birds of prey; Mediterranean and Alpine micro-climates
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Zabljak

    Arrive in the high Balkan mountain town of Zabljak (1450m) and your hotel.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Durmitor National Park 14km/9mi/4hr

    Swimming in the glacial Crno Jezero (Black Lake), walking through deciduous forest – keep your eyes peeled for various eagles in the skies above – and a picnic in the shadow of the Medjed Peak are just some of today’s highlights as we explore the heart of the Durmitor National Park. Formed by glaciers, and traversed by a multitude of rivers, lakes and underground streams, the park is also home to one of the last virgin black pine forests in Europe with fauna including brown bear, wild cat, chamois and capercaillie.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Tara River Canyon 14km/9mi/4.5hr

    A feast for the eyes of both keen and novice photographers this morning as we stroll the woods and meadows up to the spectacular Tara River Canyon, the deepest in Europe (1300m) and arguably the most beautiful river canyon in the world. Part of the Durmitor National Park and a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it boasts 40+ tumbling waterfalls, 80+ large caves, rapids, lakes and dense forest harbouring an abundance of plant and wildlife. Enjoy a picnic at Curevac, then we transfer you to Kolasin where you spend the night with dinner included

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Lovcen National Park 10km/6.5mi/3hr

    A scenic serpentine road takes us up (45 mins) to the Lovcen National Park with over 6,000 hectares of natural contrasts: imposing snow-capped peaks, stunning coastal views, 2000+ plants, 85 species of butterfly and over 200 bird types including many regal birds of prey. Besides its natural beauties, the park protects a rich, cultural and architectural heritage too, including authentic katuns – summer cottages for cattle breeders. We walk up to the mausoleum of Prince- Bishop Petar II Petrovic-Njegos – the ruler, poet and philosopher credited with having modernised Montenegro. We then continue to his birthplace – the picturesque mountain ’food’ village of Njegusi, famous for its cheeses, honey and dried smoked hams, before a transfer to Perast and the Hotel Conte, your home for the next 4 nights. Dinner at the hotel is included tonight.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: City of Kotor and Bay of Kotor 5km/3mi

    Wedged between brooding mountains and the gorgeous bay, the historic city of Kotor is a UNESCO listed Natural and Culturo-Historical Region. Within the ancient walls its labyrinthine streets reveal some of the finest examples of medieval architecture: Romanesque churches, Venetian piazzas, San Giovanni castle and other cultural monuments. In the afternoon we take a scenic drive south west to the coast. This is followed by a relaxed afternoon on the water exploring the gorgeous sheltered Bay of Kotor and its postcard-pretty medieval villages, ancient coastal settlements and tiny man-made island of ’Our Lady of the Rocks’ whose famous church is steeped in maritime history.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Lake Skadar and Godinje 2km/1.5mi

    A 90-minute drive this morning takes us past pretty coastal villages and wonderful mountain scenery, then on to the warm waters of Lake Skadar on the Albania-Montenegro border. Flanked by small orchards and vineyards, this is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, and is one of the most important reserves for wetland birds in Europe. After a circular walk up to the wine village of Godinje – we’ll take a boat tour on the lake to view the area’s wild beauty from the water. Think verdant hills rising from the lake, old world villages peppering the shores, an abandoned 14th century monastery on its own tiny island and whiskered terns building their nests on floating water lilies. Choose your restaurant for tonight’s evening meal, pay locally

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Vrmac Mountain 13km/8mi

    Start the day with a 50 minute transfer to Trojica to begin today’s hike to the top of Vrmac Mountain where we can enjoy views of Kotor Bay. We transfer you back to your hotel in Perast in time for dinner (included).

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Perast

    Group transfer to Podgorica Airport.

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Where you stay
Hotel Polar Star
Please note this hotel is used on the following departures: 14th June; 13th September; 20th September The Hotel Polar Star is a traditional hotel ideally situated within the Durmitor mountains, close to the boarder of two UNESO-protected National Parks. Rooms are stylish and spacious offering panoramic views of the area.
Hotel Zabljak
Please note that this hotel is used on the following departures: 24th May; 31st May; 6th September Renovated in 2012, this 4 star hotel offers 26 modern comfortable rooms, with Wifi, TV, minibar, safe and air conditioning. Facilities include a spa with jacuzzi, sauna and gym and an a la carte restaurant with large outdoor terrace. Conveniently located in the centre of Zabljak, and just 10 minutes walk from Durmitor National Park.
Bianca Resort Spa
Rustic in design combining the ambience of a ski lodge with 4 star comforts, this elegant resort is situated right in the centre of the town of Kolasin surrounded by pine trees and stunning mountain views. Comfortable rooms include satellite TV and minibar and mountain views. There is also a huge pool and fitness room.
Hotel Conte
Lying right by the water’s edge and boasting one of the area’s best restaurants is the historic Hotel Conte. The hotel was once the Venetian town hall but was converted into a stylish hotel by the current owner in 2010. The restaurant is right at the water’s edge with simply stunning views of the Verige straight and the tiny islands of St George and Our-Lady-of-the-Rocks. In the morning boats can often be seen mooring here to look at the menu and visit some of the town’s 18 churches, the church of Saint Nicholas being just a few steps from the Hotel.
Eating and Drinking

Montenegrin cuisine features heavy influences from the various cultures and empires that have come and gone over the centuries. Nearer the sea (and a little further inland) Italian influences are quite strong (think Italian style bread, cured meats, cheese, polenta, stuffed peppers, meatballs, etc.) while the more northern regions offer dishes more typical of the Levant and Turkey (sarma, musaka, pilav, pita, kebab, and Turkish sweets like baklava – these came largely via Serbia). You’ll also find more hearty, typically Central European dishes like Hungarian goulashes and even Austrian schnitzel.

Montenegrin wines typically come from the regions close to the Capital Podgorica and around Lake Skadar with many families in Montenegro actually producing their own wine for home consumption. The best growing conditions are in the south east and producers here have always been more oriented towards production for the domestic market. There is one large commercial producer, Plantaze who have opened their cellars to tourists and have a gift shop and information center at the entrance to Skadar National Park – in Virpazar.

Classification: Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 9.8km (6.3miles).
No. of days Walking: 6
Terrain: Walks involve a mixture of woodland and forest trails, open meadows and country roads. While not challenging, short sections are rocky. The walk around Kotor’s walls will take place at a gentle pace but involves steps to the top. Walking boots are recommended.

Starting in the mountainous north, we explore first the vast Durmitor National Park, with its glacial lakes, dense forests – with masses of endemic species – sparkling streams and fast flowing rivers. We visit the Tara Canyon (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the second deepest canyon in the world at 1300m, after Arizona’s Grand Canyon) to survey one of nature’s best-kept secrets from a viewpoint 1200m above the crystal clear Tara River, granting panoramic vistas over the whole plateau!

For the second part of our trip we head south, to the warm shores of the Adriatic – described by Lord Byron as ‘the most beautiful encounter between land and sea’ – where pretty coastal villages cling vertiginously to rock walls that jut dramatically from the sea. We stay in Venetian Perast, considered the prettiest town in Montenegro, and relax by the water’s edge after exploring some of its 18 historic churches. For a totally different perspective, we’ll also take boat trips around Lake Skadar (great for bird-spotting) and the shores of tranquil Kotor Bay with its famous islets.

Excellent choice for:

Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travelers, couples, coastal routes, high peaks, lake & river routes

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 15/10/2019
5/5

Mr Wall

Great walking in an as yet fairly unspoilt country.

Reviewed On 02/10/2019
5/5

Mrs Dutton

Montenegro is a beautiful country and this walking holiday enables you to see a large part of it, either on the coast or up in the mountains. Stunning views on the walks. Stayed in very comfortable hotels especially the Hotel Conte which served delicious help yourself breakfasts .

Reviewed On 23/09/2019
5/5

Mr Smith

We had an amazing time in Montenegro and the holiday exceeded our expectations. The guide Sinisa was fantastic and we had the added bonus of a second guide Anna that was learning the route. The driver was first class and very safe. We would say Hotel Zabljak is in a good spot but the rooms are too small to swing a cat and the food isn't great. Hotel Conte in Perast is in a stunning location and the food is fantastic. The waterside terrace for dinner is amazing. The hiking was amazing with some stunning views but not too tricky and we got around all the key sights. The wine tasting lunch was simply delightful as per all the lunches. We had a group of just 4 and it was a most enjoyable week sharing lots of stories. We are already looking to see what we can book next with Headwater. Thank you to Sinisa and Anna, Headwater and Sue and John!

Reviewed On 26/11/2018
4/5

Mr Donald

Excellent experience of the highlights of Montenegro but slightly too long in the minibus on some days.

Reviewed On 05/10/2018
5/5

Mr Arthur

Well organised, varied experiences,excellent guide

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