Highlights of Montenegro

Highlights of Montenegro

Montenegro is a land of contrasts and natural beauty. Although it is counted amongst one of the smallest countries in Europe, Montenegro displays a remarkable geographical diversity.

Three colours dominate the Montenegrin landscape: blue, emerald green and iron grey.

Looking at this land from the sea, it seems to evoke the philosopher Kant’s words: “Tragedy unleashes the sence of the sublime.” This is the feeling one has when looking at Lovcen’s peaks from the medieval town of Kotor and it seems that going from the hotel/island of Sveti Stefan to the peaks of Durmitor and to crno Jezero (Black Lake) is like walking through eternity: two beauties are fused into one.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY - MEETING THE TOUR LEADER AT THE HOTEL IN PODGORICA & WELCOME DINNER (D)

  • Arrival to Hotel CentreVille 4* in Podgorica
    At 17:00h the guide will welcome the group at the the hotel and organize a short briefing and introduction to the program.After the meeting the group will have a Podgorica Walking City tour, after which they will enjoy a welcome dinner at the local restaurant.
    Overnight in Podgorica.

 

DAY 2 - TRAVELING TOWARDS THE NORTH - OSTROG MONASTERY, WINE CELLAR SIPCANIK & MORACA CANYON (B, D)

  • Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
    Our first stop this morning will be – Ostrog Monastery - which is an absolute MUST VISIT in Montenegro - the biggest pilgrimage site on the Balkans. Guided tour through the monastery will be organized.
  • Upon return to Podgorica we will visit the wine cellar Sipcanik, magnificent venue belonging to the biggest wine producer in Montenegro – 13. Jul Plantaze. Wine tasting and lunch.
    After wine tasting we continue towards Kolasin.
  • While passing through magnificent Moraca canyon, few photo stops will be made, with the visit to the beautiful Orthodox Monastery Moraca.
  • Arrival to Kolasin and check in to Hotel Four Points by Sheraton for 2 nights
    Dinner & overnight.

 

DAY 3 - JEEP SAFARI ON BJELASICA MOUNTAIN + LUNCH AT THE EKO VILLAGE (B, L, D) 

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • Jeep tour to Bjelasica Mountain with lunch in one of the traditional villages will be organized.
    You will start this adventure from the National Park Biogradska Gora. You will enjoy the walk around magnificent Biogradsko Lake surrounded by primeval forests. Continue by jeeps to the highest peaks of this amazing mountain.

  • The lunch will be served at Eko Katun Vranjak – a group of small traditional cottages located directly below the peak Troglava from which you will experience a magnificent view.
    Return to the hotel. Dinner & overnight.

 

DAY 4 - EXPLORING THE TARA CANYON AND DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK (B, L)

  • Start time: 8:00am after breakfast.

  • Today we will be travelling from Kolasin to Zabljak through Tara Canyon. Our first stop will be at Dobrilovina Monastery. It is located on the left Tara river banks, in a region known as Potarje, at the beginning of the Tara River Canyon, the deepest river canyon in Europe. This church has been pillaged, abandoned, destroyed and renovated several times since its founding.

  • Our next stop is famous Djurdjevica Tara Bridge. The 365-metre-long (1,198 ft.) bridge has five arches; the largest span is 116 meters (381 ft.). The roadway stands 172 meters (564 ft.) above the Tara River. At the time of its completion, it was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe.

OPTIONAL: Coffee break

  • The tour continues towards Zabljak. Upon arrival to Zabljak we will go straight to the National Park Durmitor for a walking tour around the Black Lake (Its color is due to its depth and thick forest surroundings. The lake lies at the foot of Durmitor massif making a picturesque site especially in nice weather when the mountain peaks mirror on its calm surface).
    This walking tour lasts for about 2 hours (easy walking). You will hear the famous legends about the lake, a bit about the vegetation and experience some amazing views.
    Lunch will be served at the restaurant on the lake shore.

Free time.

  • Continue towards the coast and check in to your Hotel Palma for 4 nights.

 

DAY 5 - EXPLORE SKADAR LAKE NATIONAL PARK (B, Wine Tasting)

  • Start time: 10:00 am after breakfast

  • Travel from Tivat towards Sveti Stefan where short photo stop will be made. Sveti Stefan is the highlight of Montenegrin coastline, and it cannot be entered as it belongs to Aman Resort and it is opened only for the hotels guests.

  • Our next stop will be Virpazar – a tiny but still the biggest place on the lake. It is very popular as most of the boat tours start from here.
    NP Skadar lake is the most visited national park out of 5 in Montenegro.
    The biggest freshwater surface in South-East Europe, the lake is spreading it’s blue waters from River Crnojevic to Skadar, or from bay Liceni and Hotit to island Beska.

  • You will have the opportunity to experience the boat ride on the biggest lake of south-eastern Europe – the undiscovered treasure of the Balkans!
    This two hours boat ride will take you from Virpazar to the village of Vranjina and through the canal formed by Moraca River that flows from the north of the country and flows into the Lake pass through the reeds and waterlilies, and return to Virpazar.

  • Upon return, you will be taken to the family owned vineyard and wine cellar for a wine and food tasting. You will taste 3 different types of wine produced by this family and hear the story about the wine in this region.

  • Return to your hotel in Tivat. Overnight.

 

DAY 6 - DISCOVER OLD ROYAL MONTENEGRO (B, L)

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • We will start our journey from Kotor through Njegusi passing the Old Road – the famous 25 serpentines from which you will experience the stunning views over the Kotor Bay and San Giovanni fortress.

  • Continue to the top of the mountain Lovcen to visit the Mausoleum dedicated to the famous poet and ruler of Montenegro – Petar II Petrovic Njegos. From the mountain top, on a perfect sunny day you are able to see the whole Boka Bay, Podgorica, Cetinje and a part of Skadar Lake.

  • The tour continues towards Cetinje – the former capital of Montenegro. There you will visit the King Nicola’s museum and hear the stories about the most famous Montenegrin royal family.
    Lunch at the local restaurant.

  • From Cetinje we continue the drive towards Budva. Here we will have a stop for an Old Town of Budva Walking tour.

After the tour you will be given a free time for shopping and dinner in Budva.

  • Return to your hotel in Tivat. Overnight.

DAY 7 - BOKA BAY BOAT TOUR (B, L, D)

  • Breakfast at your hotel

  • After breakfast we will embark the boat at Pine in Tivat and go straight to Kotor – the UNESCO protected heritage site.
    The tour will take you inside the city gates where you will visit The Square of Arms, Clock Tower, Fluor Square with Pima and Buca Palaces, St Tryphon Cathedral, The Bokelian Navy Square with Karampana, The St Luke Square with St Luke and St Nikola’s churches, St Mary of the River and Northern Gate with Skurda River.

    Free time in Kotor. 

  • From Kotor the group continue towards the beautiful, small, baroque town of Perast. Firstly, they will visit the island Our Lady of the Rocks and after that they will have a short walk through the tiny town of Perast.
    The most important places of interest in Perast:
    Bujovic Palace – Town Museum; “Nautika” – The school of Marko Martinovic; Biskupija – The Bishopric; Smekja Palace; Parish church of St Nicolas; Fort of Sveti Kriz; Franciscan monastery with the church of St Antony.
  • Lunch will be organized at the restaurant „Conte“.
  • Afternoon visit to Porto Montenegro – new development and the biggest marina for mega yachts in Montenegro.
  • Return to your hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Tivat.
  • Overnight.

DAY 8 - END OF PROGRAM


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES:
I GROUP:
18 May -25 May 2020
II GROUP: 8 June - 15 June 2020
III GROUP: 29 June - 6 July 2020
IV GROUP: 7 September - 14 September 2020
V GROUP: 28 September - 5 October 2020

 

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore country highlights in 8 days journey
  • Wonderful combination of culture, nature, gastronomy and soft adventure experiences throughout Montenegro
  • Memorable views from Lovcen Mountain top and Old Austro-Hungarian serpentine road above Boka Bay
  • 4 National Parks of Montenegro
  • UNESCO protected heritage sites


WHAT’S INCLUDED?!

Accommodation

  • 1 night in Podgorica, CentreVille Hotel & Experiences 4*
  • 2 nights in Kolasin, Hotel Four Points by Sheraton 4*
  • 4 nights in Tivat, Hotel Palma 4*

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches + wine tasting on DAY 5, 3 dinners

Transportation

  • High class air-conditioned tourist vehicle

Extras

  • Services of your Montenegro Adventures tour leader, who will be on hand with advice to ensure that you get the most from your trip
  • All taxes and fees included in accordance with the itinerary described

 

NOT INCLUDED?!

  • Flight to/from Montenegro
  • Transfers from the arrival and departure airports
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

  • In case you are arriving/leaving one or two days before/after the group departure do not hesitate to contact us for organizing your stay and/or transfers.

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