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.
After breakfast, begin the days’ exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kotor. Kotor is a lovely town to discover, with intricate marble streets that lead to peaceful shady piazzas. The Square of arms is a perfect place for enjoying a morning coffee. Highlights of Kotor include Flour Square with Pima and Buca Palaces and the Clock Tower. After the city tour, continue around the beautiful Boka Kotorska and stop off in the lovely Baroque town of Perast. Take a boat trip out to the Island of ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’, which came to be from the purposeful sinking of seized ships. Return to Kotor (B)
Today will be spent travelling northwards towards the mountain town of Zabljak. The first stop of the day will be at the extraordinary Ostrog Monastery. The drive up is an exhilarating experience and the views once at the top are stunning. The monastery itself was built in the 17th Century by one of the four Montenegrin Saints, Vladika St. Vasilije and today is a popular pilgrimage site for followers of the Orthodox religion. Continue onto the town of Pluzine and the Piva Lake and Monastery, located along the ring of Durmitor. Arrive in Zabljak and check-in to hotel for overnight stay. (B)
After breakfast, head back towards the coast via the beautiful Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans. Stop at a local winery in the village of Limljani. 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)