MONTENEGRO - MOUNTAINS AND COAST TOUR
DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK
This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbor a wide range of endemic flora.
Budva, set in the middle of the coast of the shimmering Adriatic Sea in Montenegro, it’s the center of tourism in this small Balkan country. Filled with restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops, there are plenty of things to do in Budva, and because of its location, it is possible to reach many other Montenegrin destinations you want to visit.
THE BAY OF KOTOR
The Bay of Kotor Montenegro, also known as Boka Kotorska, begins seemingly like any other Mediterranean bay. It’s simple and rocky, not really invoking any awe or causing any jaws to drop. But as you continue further into the bay, swinging around bends and meandering along its many folds, the landscape becomes increasingly spectacular. The coastal mountains get steeper, the scenery more rugged.
DAY ONE – PODGORICA – ZABLJAK
Arrive to Podgorica airport and pick up your car rental. Take a short pause to visit Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and/or immediately leave for Zabljak. Zabljak is Montenegro’s primary ski resort in the wintertime in Durmitor National Park area. Check-in and take your time to relax. Overnight.
DAY TWO – ZABLJAK – DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK
The second day of your holiday is reserved to visit Durmitor National Park.
Durmitor is a stunning limestone massif located in Northern Montenegro and belongs to the Dinaric Alps or Dinarides. It is also the name of Montenegro’s largest protected area, the Durmitor National Park, which constitutes the heart of a landscape shaped by glaciers, numerous rivers, and underground streams which are embedded in the much larger Tara River Basin Biosphere Reserve. Some fifty peaks higher than 2,000 meters above sea level rise above plateaus, alpine meadows, and forests, including Bobotov Peak (2,525 meters above sea level). Numerous glacial lakes, locally known as “mountain eyes”, cover the landscape. Despite its many attractions, Durmitor is best known for the spectacular canyons of the Draga, Sušica, Komarnica, and Tara Rivers, the latter stands out as Europe’s deepest gorge. Chose one of many hiking trails, or rent a bike for this day to explore the National Park. Return to your stay in the evening for an overnight.
DAY THREE – ŽABLJAK – BUDVA
After two days in the mountains, it’s time to leave for the coast. Leave Žabljak and take a 3-hour car ride to Budva. Check in to your Budva stay.
Located on a peninsula that juts out into the Adriatic’s azure waters, Budva, with its fortified city walls and long, rich history, is historically one of the most important towns on the coast of the Balkans. Besides the peninsula, the local geography also features several islands and a bay. The coast around Budva is no less than 21 kilometers long and has seventeen beautiful beaches. The town enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate.
DAY FOUR – BUDVA – KOTOR – PERAST
Your fourth day in Montenegro is a perfect chance to visit Kotor and Perast. Set at the foot of a sheer cliff, surrounded by rugged coastal mountains, and with the bay’s water lapping gently against its shores, Kotor is the star attraction and namesake of the Bay of Kotor. Set in the far southeastern corner of the inner bay, this marvelous historic town is one of the real gems of the Balkans. Boasting a network of solid fortifications, cobbled alleyways, hidden piazzas, and stunning architecture, the Old Town of Kotor is of such cultural and historical significance it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAY FIVE – BUDVA – ULCINJ – STARI BAR
Ulcinj claims to be the most culturally diverse city in Montenegro. It was recognized as one of the oldest settlements and the pirate capital of the Adriatic Coast. Near the Albanian border, it’s hardly surprising that more than 70% of its inhabitants are ethnically Albanian. The city also homes the biggest Muslim population percentage in the country. Ulcinj has been a historical mix of cultures and religions. It was once captured by the Romans and later became part of the Byzantine Empire before becoming part of the Republic of Venice in 1405 and the Ottoman Empire afterward. Nowadays, all churches and mosques, Montenegrins and Albanians, live together in this hilled city of 12,000 inhabitants. Ulcinj is also the location of the country’s longest white sandy beach – Velika plaza, which spans 12 kilometers. On your way back we recommend a visit to Stari Bar (Bar old town). Stari Bar is described as the largest medieval archaeological remains in the Balkans. Today, it is an open-air museum surrounded by trendy souvenir shops and awarded restaurants where you can relax after a long walk exploring its old history. Return to Budva. Overnight.
DAY SIX – BUDVA – SKADAR LAKE NATIONAL PARK
This day of your trip is reserved for a visit to Skadar Lake National Park. The lake is located in Zeta – Skadar valley is surrounded by mountains, and it’s only 7 km away from the Adriatic Sea. Two-Thirds of Skadar Lake is in Montenegro and the rest is in Albania. Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, with fresh water and one of the largest national parks in Montenegro. It’s extremely famous for its diversity of flora and fauna. Lake itself is unusual for the mutual vicinity of different living areas and their chain of feeding. This is a region besieged by the Turks for its resources, a favorite holiday destination for the former royal family of Montenegro, and the location of many of the best organic farms and wineries in the country. Bird watching, fishing, hunting, renting and riding the boat, swimming, and sunbathing are the main recreational activities around the Lake.
DAY SEVEN – BUDVA – SVETI STEFAN
Your seventh day is a perfect chance to visit Sveti Stefan. This picturesque town, away only a 15-minute ride, is set on a peninsula south of Budva and features 15th-century terracotta-roofed buildings. This photogenic town is one of the best day trips from Budva. You don’t even have to drive to get there. There’s a seaside promenade between both places, running alongside beautiful beaches and through tiny coastal villages. On the way, you’ll find plenty of excellent swimming and sunbathing spots, great restaurants with sea views, and various places where you can enjoy the sunset.
DAY EIGHT – BUDVA – OLD TOWN BUDVA
Spend your last day in the Budva Old Town. A miniature version of Dubrovnik and one of the oldest towns along the Adriatic Sea coast, this historic town is surrounded by fortified walls and home to cobbled streets and beautiful buildings. You can walk the town walls and visit historical sites such as the Citadel and a host of striking churches.
DAY NINE – BUDVA – PODGORICA AIRPORT – DEPARTURE
Check out from your hotel, depart to Podgorica, return the car to the airport rental office and leave Montenegro from Podgorica airport.
PACKAGE PRICES PER PERSON (EUR):
from 680€ (715$)
(minimum 2, maximum 6 passengers)
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Car rental
- Accommodation: 2x night in Žabljak area, 6x night in Budva
- City taxes and fees
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Flights – each passenger is responsible to book their own flight tickets, and let us know about the flight timetables in order to organize arrival/departure transfer
- Insurance – we consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. We cannot accept responsibility for any cost for you or any of your travel companions that may incur as a result of failing to take out insurance cover.
- Visa costs – if required for entry
- Additional meals, unless stated under price includes
- Additional entrance tickets, unless stated under price includes
- Tips for guides and drivers – it is desired; it is not mandatory. If you are satisfied with the service, organization and effort of our guides and drivers, it is nice to reward them (recommendation of the average tip 2-5 eur per person; the tip depends on your assessment and satisfaction and can be higher, and you determine it yourself if you want to leave it)
MONTENEGRO – MOUNTAINS AND COAST TOUR!
On our programs, we use 4* high standard hotel, that will make you feel good while on this tour!
All hotel star category is per local category.
All hotel calculated are on bed and breakfast basis. Breakfast served in hotels are mainly hot or cold buffet with vegetarian food options.
Cancellation terms and conditions:
• More than 35 days prior to arrival – bank transactional fees/credit card fees if you paid for deposit and we are refunding the deposit (max. 100 €)
• 35 – 21 days before arrival – 25% of package price
• 21 – 14 days before arrival – 50% of package price
• 14 – 7 days before arrival – 75% of package price
• Less than 7 days and non-show – 100% of package price
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