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What’s included

  • 8 nights' accommodation, (7 nights in small /family run 3* hotels and 1 night in a Mountain hut)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • We will provide 1 x group airport arrival transfer and 1 x group airport departure transfer from/to Dubrovnik (download itinerary for details)
  • All road transport and the train journey as described in the itinerary
  • A qualified local trekking guide throughout
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Montenegro Lakes and Mountains

Walking & Trekking

Montenegro | Walking & Trekking

Montenegro Lakes and Mountains
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  9 days from the UK  
Walks on: 5 days

Flight inclusive from £1,430,
Land only from £995

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A wonderful walking holiday in this breathtakingly beautiful country

Highlights

  • Coastal walks in the Bay of Kotor
  • Take the train to Kolasin in the north
  • Trek in the Biogradska & Durmitor National Parks
  • See Tara River Canyon, the second deepest river gorge in the world

Reviews          

I found Montenegro to be a wild, beautiful country with incredible natural diversity
Mr S, Wiltshire

Montenegro deserves to be discovered by some more MK travellers it’s such a lovely place!! And the beer’s good!
Mr & Mrs H, Northampton

This was our first trekking holiday and we were very impressed by the organisation of the whole trip. Also, we were delighted with our amazing guide Milan. We enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish with the excellent organisation - from transport, to guides, to meals, to experiences, and the views were amazing.
Mr & Mrs D, Herefordshire

Mountain Kingdoms staff was excellent for knowledge. Our guide on this trip was very competent too. What we enjoyed was the pre-planned, guided routes in out of the way places. Enjoyable to do with a group of like-minded people. Good support and backup.
Mr & Mrs N, Greater Manchester

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Montenegro is a wonderful country in a far corner of Europe, a pearl of the Adriatic and as spellbinding and beautiful as it is unique.

On this wonderful walking holiday in Montenegro, we first explore the coast with spectacular walks above the Boka Kotorska and, whilst staying in Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we experience our first taste of its great historical wealth. This small country only regained its independence in 2006 and we’ll visit the Mausoleum of the inspirational national hero – Petar II Petrovic Njegos, and the courageous old capital of Cetinje.

A spectacular train journey takes us north to Kolasin, the starting point for our trek in Biogradska National Park. We hike into the park and spend a night in a traditional shepherd’s Katun, before we descend through one of Europe’s oldest primeval forests. We will stop at the stunning Tara River Canyon, on the way to Durmitor National Park and enjoy walks amongst pretty alpine meadows, pine forests, startling snow-peaked mountains and glacial lakes. Our last night back on the coast in Herceg Novi completes a varied tour in a beautiful country!

 


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  9 days from the UK  
Walks on: 5 days

Max. Altitude: 1,890m/6,201ft (Day 5)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city:

Accommodation types: Hotels, Mountain Hut

Meal arrangements: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners.On days 2, 3 and 7 we suggest taking a picnic lunch. Your hotel can arrange a packed lunch for you for around 10 Euros per person or you have the choice to make your own. (There are good supermarkets in Kotor and Zabljak).

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Meet at Dubrovnik Airport and transfer to Kotor.
2
Walk to Sveti Ilija via Fortress Vrmac - 5-6 hours. Cruise in Boka Bay.
3
Walk from Kosmac Fortress to Ogradjenica Monastery. Descend to Sveti Stefan - 4-5 hours. Visit old town of Budva.
4
Visit Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos on Mount Lovcen. Tour the old capital, Cetinje. Train ride to Kolasin.
5-6
Trek in the Biogradska National Park. Walk from Vranjak to Katun Goles and descend to Biogradska Lake. Transfer to Zabljak via Tara Canyon viewpoint. Walk to Black Lake - 1.5 hours.
7
Transfer to Durmitor National Park. Walk from Momcilov Grad to Black Lake via Jablan Lake and Bosaca - 4-5 hours.
8
Drive and walk to Curevac summit, 1,626m, to view Tara Canyon OR optional Tara River rafting. Afternoon transfer to Herceg Novi.
9
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Montenegro
Local leader, Montenegro

We use English speaking local leaders - they are certified/registered guides, and in their company you will certainly gain an insight into the way of life, traditions and culture of the country you are visiting.



  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Dubrovnik.

    At Dubrovnik airport you will be met and transferred to Kotor (Approx.1.5 hours). You reach the Croatia/Montenegro border after around 20 minutes. Once you reach Herceg Novi (about 50km from Dubrovnik) you enter the Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor). Arriving at the end of the 28km inlet, at the foot of Mount Lovcen lays Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in one of the most majestic settings in the entire Adriatic. Settle into your hotel and in the early evening your guide will take you on a short introductory walk in the Old Town where you will enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Marija 2 or Hotel Marija or Tianis Apartments
  2. Day 2 - Walk to Sveti Ilija via Fortress Vrmac - 5-6 hours. Cruise in Boka Bay.

    Mount Vrmac is situated like a barrier between the innermost part of the Bay (Bay of Kotor), and the outermost (Bay of Tivat). After a short transfer to the start of the hiking trail you begin your walk first ascending through a pine forest on a good path to the Fortress Vrmac. From here you follow the mountain ridge for around two hours with a little ascent and glorious views of both bays. Your next real ascent is towards the end of the ridge where you fork right to reach the highest point of Mount Vrmac, Sveti Ilija at 785m. You are rewarded with 360 degree views over both bays and all the surrounding mountains that rise up out of the sea creating a dramatic panorama. The descent down to sea level follows an old shepherds trail quite steeply to a deserted yet pretty village of Donji Stoliv. There's an active well here, on a hot day you can pump up some of the cool refreshing water to douse yourself. You may take another path down and either way you will arrive at the sea and then enjoy a boat cruise of Boka Bay. You will have a chance to visit the magical island which houses a church dating back to 1630 called Our Lady of the Rock. The island is manmade and probably at its base has hulls of ships from the Venetian fleet and those of the defeated Turks from the battle of Perast in 1654. On the edge of the Verige Strait you'll visit Perast, an old seafaring town which once housed enormous fleets of the Venetian Republic and the town's legendary maritime skills attracted the attentions of Peter the Great of Russia. In the 18th century many of his noblemen studied at the naval academy. Now Perast is a sleepy town with a delightful atmosphere and some beautiful examples of baroque architecture and its faded mansions giving the barest hint of its illustrious past. You'll then return to Kotor for a rest and a shower before your evening meal.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Marija 2 or Hotel Marija or Tianis Apartments
  3. Day 3 - Walk from Kosmac Fortress to Ogradjenica Monastery. Descend to Sveti Stefan - 4-5 hours. Visit old town of Budva.

    After breakfast you transfer to a coastal path high above the town of Budva around 45 minutes from Kotor. The road rises up above the town and you start your walk near the ridge from the fortress of Kosmac.

    Along the fantastic path overlooking the coast, you walk from the fortress towards the monastery of Ogradjenica. This is fairly easy going walking on good paths, farmers' tracks and shepherds trails that sometimes cut inland to gentle fields with scents of abundant wild herbs. You arrive at the small monastery of Rustovo where beside the old Orthodox Church there is a little Russian wooden church devoted to the holy Russian royal family Romanov. The nuns here use the wild herbs to produce essential oils and balsams. It's a nice spot for a picnic lunch. You then continue your downhill walk on farmers' track with slow switch backs presenting panoramic view points at regular turns down to shoreline of Budva and the famous hotel-island of Sveti Stefan. Your final steps to the shore are taken on the stairs of Jegor Stroganov who built them for more than a decade by hand and stone by stone. His energies were well spent and as you descend you will appreciate his feat. Sveti Stefan, was once a village fortified in the 15th century to defend against the Turks. Tito had it turned into a luxury hotel which in the 1960's hosted films stars and royalty until it fell into decline as the former Yugoslavia broke up. It is now thriving again as a recently refurbished luxury resort. Skipping the pricey cocktails we head to the old town of Budva to explore the walls which circle the entire core of the town, with narrow streets and attractive small squares, the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing and well-earned beer. Transfer back to Kotor.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Marija 2 or Hotel Marija or Tianis Apartments
  4. Day 4 - Visit Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos on Mount Lovcen. Tour the old capital, Cetinje. Train ride to Kolasin.

    Today you explore the history and culture of Montenegro visiting some key sights and ending with an unforgettable train journey!

    After breakfast you'll drive out of Kotor and up and up on a modern switchback road affording spectacular views of the entire gulf and it's worth a picture stop near Krstac. Your first stop is at the top of Mount Lovcen with its twin peaks. On top of one of the peaks, Jezerski (1657m), is the mausoleum of the revered Petar II Petrovic Njegos. This to Montenegrins is their equivalent of Mount Olympus. While this isn't strictly speaking a walking day you'll still need to climb 461 steps from the car park! Njegos was a Prince-Bishop, he lived from 1815-51, he was heralded as an intellectual, was a scholar, a philosopher and a poet, and apparently stood 6ft 8in tall, an imposing figure in every sense and for Montenegrins a divine hero. His epic poem 'The Mountain Wreath' is considered a masterpiece of Slavic literature and was later adopted as the national epic of Yugoslavia and indeed it was his influence on Montenegro and its neighbours that bore the first seeds of a common code of law and principles that would unite Slavic people.

    You then visit the old capital of Cetinje (670m). While much of Montenegro was under Ottoman rule Cetinje resisted, several times brutal battles were fought with the Turks and each time they were ultimately repelled, and again for Montenegrins the city holds a particular attachment. It's a pretty mountain town set in a plain in the shadow of Lovcen with around 20,000 inhabitants. On a tour of the city you can enjoy visiting the monastery dating back to the 15th century (Njegos was educated here) and seeing all the embassy buildings that still stand in faded grandeur including the British Embassy completed in 1912 but abandoned in 1916 as for once the city capitulated and came under the occupation of Austro-Hungary. There are also the former Russian, Italian, and French embassies all with distinct architectural styles exported to this extraordinary small mountain city that held capital status for 500 years. With some free time there are plenty of pleasant streets to peruse and to grab some lunch in one of the many eateries.

    Descending out of Cetinje you drive to Podgorica, the current capital city, and to the train station to catch your train to Kolasin. Within the circles of train lovers, this section of the train line that runs from Bar-Belgrade rates as one of the most impressive as the line runs high above canyons and crosses a 198m high bridge and through countless tunnels. After just over an hour you reach Kolasin.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Brile or Hotel Cile
  5. Day 5 - Trek in the Biogradska National Park. Walk from Vranjak to Katun Goles.

    After a good breakfast at the Hotel Brile, you transfer to the mountain pasture Vranjak in Biogradska National Park. It takes around an hour up a bumpy track to your starting point at one of the local refuges, 1,765m. Your walk begins along a dirt road soon heading into alpine meadows with a multitude of flowers and pleasant views in every direction. The scenery is enchanting. After approximately two hours you walk along a gentle ridge with spectacular views into the valley with Biogradska Lake below. This is a great spot for a snack and a rest to take in the views. You'll then descend down through a pasture with forest either side for around 1.5 hours to reach Katun Goles, an idyllic shepherd settlement in a bowl shaped valley with gorgeous views all around. A traditional lunch is served after which you can relax and enjoy the surrounds.

    If you have gas left in the tank you can walk up to a saddle facing Katun Goles, 1,890m, for panoramic views around Biogradska and as far as the high peaks of Durmitor National Park in the distance. It's a sublime place and the simple accommodation only adds to the charm, and the feeling that this is a privilege and one of the highlights of your trip as you get into the tranquillity of Montenegrin mountain lifestyle. Your hosts are a local family who in the summer set up home to graze their livestock in the rich pastures. These settlements are called a "Katun" and they provide a very warm welcome with simple accommodation in wooden cabins, and excellent hearty homemade traditional dishes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Katun Goles
  6. Day 6 - Descend to Biogradska Lake - 2 hours. Transfer to Zabljak via Tara Canyon viewpoint. Afternoon walk to Black Lake - 1.5 hours.

    Enjoy your traditional Montenegrin breakfast in the idyllic scenery of Katun Goles and get ready for hiking descent to the Biogradska Gora National Park, which features a glacier lake and an ancient forest. This is Montenegro's first national park established in 1952 and the forests here enjoy strict preservation control with no introduction of new species, no pruning, no planting and no removal of dead wood - you really will find it just as nature intended. Around 30% of the park is primeval forest and has been protected in practice since 1878 when it was given as the preserve of Prince Nikola Petrovic when Kolašin was liberated from Turkish rule. The park is only 54 km squared yet has incredible diversity of flora and fauna due to its untouched environment which is home to over 220 plant species, over 120 species of birds, 86 tree types and even 3 kinds of trout in its lakes! Also protected are Roe deer, red deer, grey and golden eagles and brown bears but you would be lucky to get anything more than a fleeting glimpse of those, thankfully perhaps in the case of the brown bears!

    Leaving Katun Goles you first walk up the track before entering the forest for a steep descent of approximately 500metres. You'll be walking around beech and silver fir trees and ducking under those that have fallen on the path. You may also recognise Sycamore, Maple and European Ash especially when you get down to the lake. Some of the trees are more than four hundred years old and more than 60m high, this after all is one of only three preserved virgin forests in Europe.

    Upon arrival at the lake,1,100m, there is the chance to learn more about the National Park in the small information centre after you have explored the educational trail around Biogradsko Lake. Then you head up with your bus to Tara Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe and the second deepest gorge in the World after the Grand Canyon. After pausing for lunch near the stunning bridge crossing of the River Tara you will continue in the direction of Durmitor National Park which along with Tara Canyon is included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. After checking into your hotel in Zabljak, in late afternoon you will have a relaxing walking tour around the famous Black Lake (Crno Jezero), your first taste of this beautiful national park.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ski Hotel or Hotel Zabljak or Hotel Zlatni Bor
  7. Day 7 - Transfer to Durmitor National Park. Walk from Momcilov Grad to Black Lake via Jablan Lake and Bosaca - 4-5 hours.

    Today you head out of Zabljak after breakfast to embark on a beautiful walk to Black Lake in the Durmitor National Park. Having transferred from your hotel to Momcilov Grad your path takes you first to Jablan Lake - the highest in Durmitor at 1,791m. The lake takes its name from the Jablan plant that blooms in profusion during June, carpeting the trails and meadows with a rich covering of pretty yellow flowers. Next to the lake there is a small spring where you can top-up your water bottles with the refreshingly pure mountain water.

    From Jablan Lake you head towards the small settlement of Bosaca and, as you emerge from the woods below Razana Peak, you will enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Durmitor National Park resplendent with lush Alpine-like pastures, glacial lakes, pine forests and dramatic limestone mountains. In fact, there are over 50 peaks higher than 2,000m within the Park's boundaries. Reaching Bosaca there's time to rest awhile and enjoy the lovely scenery and charming architecture of the village. Walking on, your path takes you next to Zminje Lake and then on again to Black Lake passing abandoned old mills along the way. Stopping to appreciate the natural beauty of Black Lake - encircled by pine trees and overshadowed by Medjed mountain - you continue on, completing the walk back to your hotel in Zabljak.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ski Hotel or Hotel Zabljak or Hotel Zlatni Bor
  8. Day 8 - Drive and walk to Curevac summit, 1,626m, to view Tara Canyon OR optional Tara River rafting. Afternoon transfer to Herceg Novi.

    After breakfast this morning we will make the journey to visit the summit of Curevac which is arguably the best viewpoint to fully appreciate the beauty and scale of the Tara Canyon. It's a short but scenic drive through the forest from Zabljak followed by a 30 minute hike to the summit of Curevac (1626m).

    You may instead choose to go rafting which can be organised locally for those clients that wish to go right into the canyon and raft the Tara River! Please ask your tour leader and as always with such excursions it is subject to weather conditions and availability. The rafting itself lasts around 2.5 hours with travel either side. The grade of the rafting changes with the season, in May and June it's likely to be Grade 3-4 and in September Grade 2-3.

    Whether you choose to go with the group to Curevac, or have been rafting, you will gather back in Zabljak for the afternoon transfer back to the coast for your last night. It takes around 2.5 - 3 hours to get to Herceg Novi at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Mount Orjen sits above the town that has had a fortress since 1382 and has been fought over ever since. The old town is attractive and interesting, the perfect place for your last meal together and if you are missing your mountain walks you will compensated by cobblestone streets and plenty of steps! You might even have time for swim in the sea before you head out for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Vila Margot or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. Fly to London.

    After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik Airport and fly to London.

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What’s included

  • 8 nights' accommodation, (7 nights in small /family run 3* hotels and 1 night in a Mountain hut)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • We will provide 1 x group airport arrival transfer and 1 x group airport departure transfer from/to Dubrovnik (download itinerary for details)
  • All road transport and the train journey as described in the itinerary
  • A qualified local trekking guide throughout
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches (except for lunch at Katun Goles on day 5)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Faultless organisation and an amazing guide          

This was our first trekking holiday and we were very impressed by the organisation of the whole trip. Also, we were delighted with our amazing guide Milan. We enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish with the excellent organisation - from transport, to guides, to meals, to experiences, and the views were amazing.

Excellent organisation for our holiday to Montenegro          

Mountain Kingdoms staff was excellent for knowledge. Our guide on this trip was very competent too. What we enjoyed was the pre-planned, guided routes in out of the way places. Enjoyable to do with a group of like-minded people. Good support and backup.

Lovely          

Montenegro deserves to be discovered by some more MK travellers it's such a lovely place!! And the beer's good!

Beautiful          

I found Montenegro to be a wild, beautiful country with incredible natural diversity.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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