The Republic of Montenegro is a country of extraordinary beauty where you can explore majestic mountain ranges, enormous canyons, enchanting lakes and forests, stunning fjords and sapphire beaches – all in one day!
Undoubtedly a paradise for nature lovers, Montenegro also has a fascinating history and artistic legacy. The cultural heritage includes age-old music and dances, gastronomic specialities, unique architecture and impressive monuments. You will find here dramatic contrasts between the old and new; from ancient towns and traditional fishing villages to modern resorts and “jet set” marinas. The locals are famous for their hospitality (a serious matter of pride) and perhaps surprising for such a small country, Montenegrins are arguably the tallest people in the world!
Our tour includes an exciting variety of excursions to show the best Montenegro has to offer. Among the highlights will be a boat trip to the fairy-tale Bay of Kotor (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), wine tasting at a unique “airplane bunker” cellar, dinner at a local farm to sample specialties of the region with a folklore show, tour of the sophisticated town and old royal capital of Cetinje, a day trip to Albania and a visit of Tara Canyon National Park.
We will stay 5 nights in Porto Montenegro - a marina development in the small town of Tivat filled with restaurants, bars and boutiques. The marina itself has 450 berths and can accommodate the largest mega-yachts in the world. We then travel to Kolasin for a 2-night stay in this spectacular mountain region, followed by a 6-night stay in the popular resort town of Budva with its atmospheric old town, lovely beaches and endless boardwalk.
** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.
Day 1: Departure
We depart for Montenegro with a change of planes in Warsaw.
Day 2: Porto Montenegro
We arrive and transfer to our hotel in beautiful Porto Montenegro. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
Day 3: Bay of Kotor Cruise / Tour
We enjoy a boat trip to the spectacular Bay of Kotor, Europe's most southerly fjord and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll stop at the old Roman town of Risan to see the mosaics from the 2nd century. We continue to the naval town of Perast and visit the unique islet named ‘’Our Lady of Rocks”. We then discover the charming town of Kotor, known for its famous merchant navy. As we visit the medieval old town we’ll see the diverse architectural styles and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Lunch will be in a local restaurant.
Day 4: Porto Montenegro
A day at leisure to enjoy the hotel spa facilities or stroll around this elegant nautical village. You may also wish to take an optional full-day tour to Dubrovnik (Croatia), known as the "The Pearl of Mediterranean".
Day 5: Bosnia & Herzegovina / Ostrog / Porto Montenegro
We drive along the magnificent Bay of Kotor to the small town of Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where we visit the Monastery Tvrdos - famous for its great wines and grappa produced by local priests. Returning to Montenegro we visit Ostrog Monastery - carved into the high rocks, it is a spiritual and historic center with incredible views.
Day 6: Farm and Folklore Evening / Porto Montenegro
A day at leisure until we depart in the afternoon for the peninsula of Luštica to visit a traditional farm house. Ideally positioned with wonderful views of Kotor Bay’s blue waters and majestic mountains, we will learn of ancient customs, admire colourful costumes and enjoy traditional folk music and dances. You may even want to join in and learn some of the steps!
Day 7: Mt. Durmitor / Tara Canyon National Park / Kolašin
We head for the mountains and visit Tara Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its breathtaking landscape formed by glaciers. The stunning Alpine region is covered with pine forest, clear pristine lakes and mountain peaks that soar over 6,500 feet. We will enjoy lunch while admiring the unique scenic beauty here and marvel at Tara Canyon - the deepest river gorge in Europe. We continue on to Kolašin - a charming town cradled by forests and mountains - for a 2-night stay.
Day 8: Biogradsko Lake / Mt
Bjelasica / Kolašin. We explore the virgin forest of Biogradska and Biogradsko Lake - the country’s largest glacier lake. After a walk around this picturesque lake we will take jeeps to the top of Mt. Bjelasica – Montenegro’s biggest ski resort area. Here we will meet with farmers who live in cottages (“katuns”) making crafts and tending their sheep in beautiful mountain pastures. We will enjoy a hearty lunch of traditional fare in one of the rustic cottages or a delightful picnic in a mountain meadow. Dinner this evening features regional cuisine and Montenegrin specialties.
Day 9: Monastery Moraca / Podgorica / Budva
We drive through the breathtaking Moracha River Canyon with a stop at Monastery Moracha - a 13th century Christian Orthodox Monastery with original frescoes. We then continue through the canyon to Podgorica - Montenegro’s biggest town and center of economic and political life. After a panoramic tour, we proceed to the resort town of Budva for a 7-night stay.
Day 10: Milocer / Sveti Stefan / Old Town of Budva
We enjoy a walking tour of the old city of Budva and visit the museum housing intriguing collections from Greek and Roman times. We then drive to the most beautiful area of the “Budva Riviera” where lies the famous island hotel Sveti Stefan, the Royal Villa and Park of Milocer. In the 15th century the fortified village of Sveti Stefan was a haven for pirates of the Adriatic, now it is an exclusive resort for the rich and famous.
Day 11: Cetinje / Bukovica / Budva
We enjoy a scenic drive to the royal capital of Cetinje, situated in a picturesque mountain village, and visit King Nikola’s Museum. We then stop in the village of Bukovia, home to Montenegro’s oldest restaurant, and sample the famous local smoked ham and cheese along with homemade honey-wine. On our return to the hotel we will take in lovely mountain views and colourful sea-side scenery.
Day 12: Budva
A day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of our lovely resort hotel, or stroll along the beachfront promenade. You may wish to take an optional tour to the old towns of Bar and Ulcinj.
Day 13: Skadar and Kruje (Albania) / Budva
We enter Albania and first visit Kruje - inhabited since the 3rd century B.C., where we visit the fortress and museum dedicated to Albania’s national hero. We also visit the Ethnographic Museum and take some time to explore the old Bazaar. We then continue to Skadar, one of Albania’s most ancient cities, where we visit Rozafa Castle and walk around Shkoder Lake. Lunch will be in a local restaurant featuring fresh fish cooked on hot bricks.
Day 14: Wine Routes / Skadar Lake / Budva
Today we visit some of Montenegros finest wineries. We start with Cemovo Field - one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful vineyards (with 11 million vines!) We will see the unique wine cellar built in an old underground air force hangar and taste some of the best wines produced here. We then continue to one of the top private wineries “Zenta” for lunch and more wine tasting. After lunch we explore Skadar Lake, known as the “Napa Valley of Montenegro”. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
Day 15: Home
We fly home via Warsaw.
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