Epic Montenegro

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Epic Montenegro

Hiking – Rafting – Canyoning
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  • March - NovemberMar - Nov

  • 8 Meals Included

  • Podgorica

  • Podgorica

  • Relaxed

  • 4*/5* hotels

  • Small groups

  • 3 UNESCO Sites

Introduction

If you are curious and looking for a remarkable journey filled with true wilderness, lovely people and life-changing adventures, Montenegro is just the right place for you! Each step, flavour or experience will surely thrill you, help you recharge and make your trip unforgettable. This country of diverse UNESCO sites, glorious mountain peaks, crystal blue water and rich spiritual heritage will present you the joy, both of simple mountain life as well as the modern, luxurious spirit of the coast.

  • Feel the charisma of Kotor’s Old Town – one of Europe’s “must-see” destinations
  • Embrace the serenity of Skadar Lake National Park
  • Explore the unbelievable and the last conquered canyon in Europe – Nevidio
  • Feel the power of nature on your rafting adventure on the Tara River
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Montenegro

Upon arrival to the airport of your choice, enjoyable ride with staggering viewpoints waits for you. With the company of your guide, head to Budva. This touristic capital of the country will be your best introduction to Montenegro. You will get all the information about this amazing place that is a perfect mix of the old times’ peace and strong beats of contemporary lifestyle.

Overnight: Budva or Kotor Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Moskva 4* | Bracera 4* | Adria 4* or similar
Superior package: Hotel Casa del Mare Amfora 4* | Casa del Mare Mediterraneo 5* | The Chedi Luštica Bay 5* or similar

Day 2The Bay of Kotor: Perast town – Boat ride to the Our Lady of the Rocks isle – UNESCO’S City of Kotor – Olive oil tasting

2,5 km

2:30 h

230 m

This day is devoted to the Bay of Kotor with its unique scenery. First stop is at the town of Perast, a little settlement baroque in style, where a relaxing boat ride to the picturesque island of Our Lady of the Rocks starts. This artificial islet is home to a church known by mystifying story and valuable artefacts like paintings by local artist, votive silver tablets and a hair-made tapestry. After short boat tour, marvellous Kotor kept in the mediaeval wall-frame is welcoming us. A walking tour shows multicultural richness through churches of Saint Nicholas and Saint Luka, the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and all the glory of this UNESCO site. Use your free time to continue wandering around the stone paved town, or enjoy offer of fish restaurant at one of romantic squares. The break is perfect preparation for more than 1.500-step-hike which reaches the Fortress of St. John, point with mind-blowing panorama of Kotor Bay which for sure will become part of lifelong memories. For the end of this day, one more thing is left – a visit to the Morić Olive Farm, family-owned and operated estate, settled in Luštica Bay. It brings you an exquisite opportunity to feel the spirit and explore the rich heritage of the authentic household, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil of premium quality and simply enjoy the ambience of one of Montenegro’s most famed olive growing areas.

Overnight: Budva or Kotor Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Moskva 4* | Bracera 4* | Adria 4* or similar
Superior package: Hotel Casa del Mare Amfora 4* | Casa del Mare Mediterraneo 5* | The Chedi Luštica Bay 5* or similar

Day 3NP Lovćen Mountain: Gastronomy, History & Adventure

461 steps

1 h

110 m

The Lovćen massif area is considered to be one of the most important places in Montenegrin culture and history. Just getting there is a unique adventure: the stunning view of the Boka Bay will leave you in awe, while driving up the old, Austro-Hungarian 25-serpentine-road. First stop for the day is Njeguši, the village known as the birth place of the royal dynasty Petrović and a ‘guardian’ of the authentic architecture and cuisine in the region. Njeguški sir and pršut (cheese and prosciutto of Njeguši), a real treat for true foodies, are both genuine contributions to Montenegrin cuisine, produced only in this area, following the traditional recipe for smoking and curing meat.

Tasting the most famous specialties of the region makes us ready for one more breath-taking peak. The National Park Lovćen encompasses the central and the highest part of the Lovćen massif, covering an area of 6.400 hectares. On top of one of the mountain’s two imposing peaks, lies a magnificent mausoleum – the tomb of Montenegro’s greatest person in history: II Petrović Njegoš. It takes 461 steps to climb to reach but it is a great adventure. The journey is well worth the effort – you will be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint from the world’s highest mausoleum. The trip continues to the Lipa Cave, one of the largest caves in Montenegro, for a great underground adventure. One-hour exploration discovers the cave’s beautiful and wild system of 2.5 kilometres long trails and halls, splendid cave ornaments and gives chance to find out some fun facts about the cave and its surrounding. Back on the sunny surface is pleasing and on the way back to the hotel, a short photo-break right above the islet of St. Stefan, an emerald of Montenegro, is reword for invested energy on this day. Once a shelter for the locals during attack of pirates and Turks, today it is luxurious hotel with private access for exclusive guests: even Novak Đoković chose it as the venue of his own wedding.
Use free evening and try out some of the finest Montenegrin wines, made from the authentic red grape variety Vranac, as well as some organic honey, figs, and a homemade spirit called rakija. It is highly recommended to enjoy these delicacies at the konoba, small, traditional restaurants owned by local families and are the true essence of Montenegrin’s warm hospitality and friendship.

Overnight: Budva or Kotor Bay.

Standard package: Hotel Moskva 4* | Bracera 4* | Adria 4* or similar
Superior package: Hotel Casa del Mare Amfora 4* | Casa del Mare Mediterraneo 5* | The Chedi Luštica Bay 5* or similar

Day 4River of Crnojević – Poseljani village - NP Skadar Lake with boat ride

10,5 km

3:30 h

It is time to say goodbye to the coast and head to the heartland of Montenegro. Your day starts by passing the River of Crnojević, a small settlement dating back to the 15th century, which to this day counts only 200 inhabitants. With its strategic positioning and river flowing directly into the Skadar Lake, this settlement was the largest Montenegrin harbour and leading merchant bazaar in the 19th century.

The journey goes through the vivid, old caravan road featuring several lake viewpoints and an incredible opportunity for stunning panoramic photos. A special part of your day will be the visit of the village Poseljani with its movielike houses, mills, and small stone bridges dating back to the 18th century, all authentic scenes and examples of the architecture of this region.
Fishing village of Virpazar is a departure point for boat ride on Skadar Lake. As you glide through the mirroring water, the numerous lake’s attractions reveal: the extraordinary birds, the water lilies in full bloom, and wild, secluded beaches. Skadar Lake has an area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometres, depending on the water level and it is the biggest lake of the Balkans. The river Bojana creates a connection between Skadar Lake and the Adriatic Sea through a large mountain massive that separates the two. This day, dedicated to the rural and natural area, ends at the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica.

Overnight: Podgorica.

Standard package: Hotel Ramada by Windham 4* | New Star 4* or similar
Superior package: Hotel Hilton 5* | Cue (ex CentreVille) 4* superior or similar

Day 5Morača Monastery – NP Biogradska Gora hiking – Đurđevića Tara Bridge – NP Durmitor

6.8 km

2:15 h

200 m

This day requires full attention from the very beginning. It will take you through the grandiose canyon of Morača River – the second largest one in Montenegro, with steep slopes and the depth of 1.000 metres in some areas. Amazing mountains, crystal clear green river, and “the porch of nature” above the road will certainly make you silent while trying to absorb as much of this stunning nature creation. As this is not enough, in the heart of the canyon there is the medieval Morača Monastery, dating all the way back to the 13th century. Listening to the great stories about its history, admiring the architectural style and decoration is the perfect way to spend a break before the active part of the day. Hiking takes place at the National Park Biogradska Gora. Biogradsko Lake, in the very heart of the national park is surrounded by one of the oldest and most protected areas in the world: a rainforest with trees over 400 years old and tall over 40 metres, part of abundant flora with 2.000 species in total. An incredible variety of animals also call National Park Biogradska Gora a home: deers, fawns, leaps, wolves, wild boars, foxes, rabbits as well as over 200 distinct bird species, including the magnificent imperial eagle. Over 350 different insect species also inhabit this national park, adding colourfulness and life to an already beautiful setting. This jaw-dropping stroll through a true wilderness will probably make you hungry so it’s time to enjoy a picnic lunch with the most authentic traditional specialties from the North of Montenegro – great way to end the hike! A ride to Žabljak, a famous village in the Durmitor Mountain, is all but not monotonous as it goes along vivid and colorful panoramic roads with a special point – a unique canyon view from Đurđevića Tara Bridge! All about this bridge is going to leave you speechless: the height, the surroundings, the story about the people and the way it was made.

Overnight:OPTIONAL: ZIP line. The true adrenalin lovers won’t be disappointed. Feel the thrill while flying over the deepest canyon in Europe, Tara River Canyon. Shoot over one-kilometer-long zip line at speed up to 100 km/h. Experience the adrenalin rush and try to enjoy the spectacular view of the lush greenery of the surrounding nature and crystal turquoise water.

Overnight: Žabljak.

Standard package: Hotel Zlatni Bor 3* | Holiday Home Villas Calimero or similar
Superior package: Ethno Village Zminica | Hotel Sоа 4* or similar

Day 6 UNESCO’s NP Durmitor: Durmitor’s Wild beauty®

10 km

3:30 h

100 m

Welcome to the nature lovers’ paradise! Located in the north-west of Montenegro, UNESCO’s protected National Park Durmitor is adorned with 48 peaks, more than 2.000 meters high, 18 glacial lakes above on 1.400 meters altitude called “Mountain Eyes” and five spectacular canyons, best presented with the deepest canyon in Europe – the Tara River Canyon. Throughout the whole area of the National Park, the great height range and variety of habitats have enabled the flourishing flora and fauna, creating an extraordinary wealth of nature. The park is home to 1.325 species of flora, including one of the last virgin black pine forests in Europe. Some of the incredible animals that can be found on this mountain are the brown bear, wild cat and chamois. Whether you are exploring Durmitor through hiking or sightseeing from a vehicle, you will have the exceptional opportunity to discover authentic mountain villages whose inhabitants live similarly as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Away from the modern influences of today’s world, you will be transported back in time to traditional houses, old customs, simple every day activities and healthy nutrition. This gourmet-hiking adventure is an ideal opportunity to chat with the locals (who mainly keep sheep), try the homemade, authentic food and to get to know the resilient mentality of people who have spent their entire life surviving in nature. The journey is about to get very exciting! You will hike around the biggest and most beautiful lake on Durmitor, the Black Lake, surrounded by the magnificent scenery and its giant peak Međed (“Bear”), above the lake. The Black Lake is divided into two lakes named the Great and the Small Lake, connected by a small strait of water which dries up in the summer. The lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, and it truly represents the “Wild beauty” of Montenegro at its best. For those who want more than this easy-level hike, we prepared more: Zminje Lake with captivating view over the surrounding cliffs and the dazzling Barno Lake resembling a pop-up postcard.

Overnight: Žabljak.

Standard package: Hotel Zlatni Bor 3* | Holiday Home Villas Calimero or similar
Superior package: Ethno Village Zminica | Hotel Sоа 4* or similar

Day 7UNESCO’s NP Durmitor: Leisure day or Optional experiences

3.5 km

3 h

125 m

80 km

4 h

Leisure Day. Create your own plan for the day. Use the opportunity to gather some energy for the adventures to follow, or book one of the Optional experiences: OPTIONAL 1: Nevidio Canyoning. The unique beauty of Durmitor National Park has been fascinating the worldwide travellers for years. Now, you have the chance to come and explore the last conquered canyon in Europe, with its waterfalls and a gallery of impressive sculptures carved out by the pure power of the Komarnica River. This fun and challenging canyon is a great fit for adventurous beginners, as you need no previous climbing experience to enjoy this 3km long canyoning tour. After spending a couple of hours exploring this beautiful gorge, you will see stunning sunlight marking the end of the tour, as you climb out of the canyon. You have started your day with a great adventure, and now you can enjoy a well-deserved meal to gain back the energy. OPTIONAL 2: Durmitor Ring Photo Tour. This incredible adventurous ride will show you the mind-boggling landscapes of Durmitor Mountain. The 85 kilometres long circular ride over Tara and Piva River plateau, will take you throughout the diversity of this national park: astonishing sceneries of deep canyons, crystal clear mountain streams, high peaks, green pastures and virgin forests. Get to know the locals and the way they live in this quite rough surroundings. In the authentic ambience, taste the domestic products and take some to go, since they are not easy to be found elsewhere. See the old and current slopes of the ski resort, get on top of the hills of the canyons where the views will sweep you of the feet, go through the high mountain passages and try to absorb the peace of the unspoiled nature as much as you can. This great journey is a unique opportunity to meet different parts of the mountain and it does not require any physical activity. True excitement for every adventurer is to savour the beauty of the national park, experience the life of the local people and, simply, enjoy the ride.

Overnight: Žabljak.

Standard package: Hotel Zlatni Bor 3* | Holiday Home Villas Calimero or similar
Superior package: Ethno Village Zminica | Hotel Sоа 4* or similar

Day 8UNESCO’S Tara River Canyon with rafting - Ostrog Monastery

12 km

1:30 h

You have certainly heard that Tara River goes by the name “Tear of Europe” due to its purity. You can drink water from its stream anywhere you catch it, in every part of its flow. Tara River Canyon is 1.300 m deep, which makes it the greatest canyon in Europe and the second deepest in the world, right after Colorado River in USA. Since 1977, the canyon is under the protection of UNESCO, and it is in the category of 25 the most important world natural heritages. Experience a rafting adventure full of joy, excitement and exhilaration on a river in emerald green and turquoise colour variations surrounded by flourishing and vibrant nature. Extremely skilled and trained guides will be there for you as a part of your team, every step of the way for the 12 km ride that stretches from Montenegro to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As a contrast to this unbelievable adventure, the peaceful part of the day will take you to Ostrog Monastery, situated in a cliff face, 900 metres above the Zeta River valley. The entire ambience is breath taking and filled with serenity. The Monastery is dedicated to Saint Vasilije of Ostrog, and is a worldwide known pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians. The ride along the fertile valley of Zeta River will bring you to the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.

Overnight: Podgorica.

Standard package: Hotel Ramada by Windham 4* | New Star 4* or similar
Superior package: Hotel Hilton 5* | Cue (ex CentreVille) 4* superior or similar

Day 9Departure day

Departure from Podgorica or any non-listed airport.

 

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Inclusions

Countries visited

Montenegro

Accommodation

Standard package:

  • 3 BB in Budva in Hotel Moskva 4* | Bracera 4* | Adria 4* or
  • 2 BB in Podgorica in Hotel Ramada by Windham 4* | New Star 4* or similar
  • 3 BB on Žabljak (Durmitor NP) in Hotel Zlatni Bor 3* | Holiday Home Villas Calimero or similar

Superior package:

  • 3 BB in Boka Bay in hotel Casa del Mare Amfora 4* | Casa del Mare Mediterraneo 5* | The Chedi Luštica Bay 5* or similar
  • 2 BB in Podgorica in Hotel Hilton 5* | Cue (ex CentreVille) 4* superior or similar
  • 3 BB on Žabljak (Durmitor NP) in Ethno Village Zminica | Hotel Soa 4* or similar

Meals

  • 8 Meals Included

Entrances

  • Boat trip from Perast to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Kotor Old town and St. John Fortress
  • Lovćen NP
  • Lovćen Mausoleum
  • Lipa Cave
  • Skadar Lake NP
  • Biogradska Gora NP
  • Durmitor NP

Experiences

  • Boka Bay Olive Oil tasting
  • Njeguši Village food tasting
  • Skadar Lake boat ride
  • Tara river rafting

Transportation

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation throughout the tour according to the itinerary

Additional

  • Professional tour guidance throughout the tour
  • VAT, accommodation taxes and city taxes
  • Tour logistics and organization by a licensed local agency

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

If you are travelling alone, not as part of a joint private tour, and want to book an exclusive private tour (guide & vehicle) with accommodation in a single room, please send us a request via enquiry form on the right side, and we will get back to you imediately with an offer for your Adventure tour.

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Due to the various number of nationalities of our customers it is hard to unify information regarding Visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the passengers to get acquainted with visa requirements of all the countries they are travelling to or will be in transit. Make sure to get all the information from government’s foreign travel advisories, relevant authorities or contact us for help.

Can you explain the Activity level - Relaxed marked above?

On our tours marked RELAXED you will be spending 2 to 3 hours walking or cycling throughout cities, during sightseeing or hiking down the well-maintained tracks, with no steep ascents or descents. With free time in the afternoon and including Local Experiences such as typical food and wine tasting, boat rides etc. they offer great opportunity to meet, explore and experience new destinations. These tours (level of activity) do not require previous experience and are ideal for travellers who enjoy active holiday but are not in a great shape.

What is cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION BY THE GUEST

In case of cancellation by the guest, refund policy will be applied by the terms stated in the list below. The guest is obligated to send official written cancellation notice. Given refund policy will be applied from the time of receiving the notification in writing. The shown refund amount represents a percentage of the total tour price.

For cancellation up to 60 days before departure – 100% refund.
For cancellation from 59 days till 46 days before departure – 90% refund.
For cancellation from 45 days till 31 days before departure – 80% refund.
For cancellation from 30 days till 16 days before departure – 70% refund.
For cancellation from 15 days till 8 days before departure – 50% refund.
For cancellation from 7 days till the day of departure – 0% refund.

Beside all standard reasons, cancellation policy will also apply if tour participant cancel the tour with a reason that includes medical ground, visa issues, jury service etc.

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