On this 8-day tailor-made tour, with private transfers and guides, discover the highlights of Montenegro from the mountains to the coast. In Budva and Kotor, uncover the history of the ancient walled towns whilst soaking up spectacular Adriatic views. Travelling inland, discover the incredible cliff-hanging pilgrimage site of Ostrog Monastery and the dramatic national parks; in Biogradska Gora National Park a jeep safari takes in Bjelasica Mountain and picturesque villages. A visit to a winery in Limljani provides the opportunity to try local wines, meats, olives and cheeses.
Fly to Tivat on Montenegro's Adriatic coast. On arrival transfer to Kotor for a 2 night stay.
Spend the day on a private tour of the old town of Kotor and the surrounding Boka Bay area. Wander the marble streets with your guide and discover shady piazzas flanked by bustling cafes and Venetian Palaces. Admire the impressive city walls, snaking high up the surrounding hillside and perhaps stop for a coffee in the Square or Arms and a spot of the favoured Balkan past time of people watching. Continue around the Boka Bay, where the brooding black mountains meet the sea. Visit the small baroque town of Perast and take a boat tour to the Island of Our Lady of the Rocks, which came to be from the purposeful sinking of seized ships. Continue to the town of Risan, passing the narrowest part of the bay by ferry and visit one of the newest and biggest developments in the Adriatic - Porto Montenegro in Tivat. (B)
Embark on a walk this morning around the sparkling Black Lake of Durmitor National Park. The lake is the central focal point of Durmitor and looks beautiful reflecting in the changing seasonal light and can vary quite vastly in colour because of its varying degrees of depth. After lunch in the park, move on towards Kolasin via the Tara River Canyon and the impressive Djurdjevica Bridge. The canyon is the deepest in Europe at 4,265 foot. From the bridge, watch rafters float by below, whilst daredevils wizz past on the canyon spanning zip wire. Continue onwards towards Kolasin, the gateway to Biogradska Gora National Park, for a walk around Biograd Lake.. On arrival, check-in to your hotel for a two night stay. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, head back towards the coast via the beautiful Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans. First stop will be the Moraca Monastery, surrounded by a garden of hydrangeas and roses and on to the nation's compact capital, Podgorica. Take a walk through the town before moving on to Lake Skadar. Enjoy a leisurely 2 hour boat trip on the lake before making a stop at a local winery in Virpazar. Sample the local wine that the Lake Skadar region is famous for producing and receive a demonstration in wine making techniques. On the way back to Tivat pass the iconic island of Sveti Stefan, now home to an exclusive Aman resort (photo stop). Check-in to the hotel in Tivat for a 2 night stay. (B)
Start the day with a visit to Montenegro’s most famous town, Budva. Explore the charming Old Town with its mediaeval walls, cobbled lanes and small shady piazzas. Afterwards head to the old capital city of Cetinje at the foot of Lovcen national park. Take a look around King Nicola’s Museum, which is home to many interesting artefacts documenting Montenegro’s tumultuous history, followed by a walk up the 461 steps to the mausoleum of the national hero Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, located on top of Jezerski Vrh, Montenegro’s second highest peak. Return to Tivat stopping for lunch in Njegusi village, where you will sample the delicious, locally produced, meats and cheeses. (B,L)