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Mountain & coastal hikes of Montenegro

€760 per person

Montenegro warmly greets its visitors with a variety of activities, changing landscapes from salty Mediterranean shores to mighty peaks and it is a heavenly place for food lovers. Take a self-guided hiking trip to this amazing country and enjoy every minute of it at your own pace. The journey will start from Durmitor National Park, showing you the alpine outlook of the country. This great massif is gently surrounded by the Tara River Canyon – one of the deepest river gorges in the world and a popular place for water sports. The walking trails will lead you also to another national park – Biogradska Gora, which resembles an open-air botanical garden that gathers botanists from all over the world to explore its treasures. With no doubts, one of the highlight of the program will be the train ride to Podgorica where breathtaking views will leave you speechless. You will slowly dive into the cultural outlook of Montenegro where a lot of cultures left their marks – old trade roads, ancient churches, and military fortresses.  The hiking trails will take you to the top to observe the sparkling blue waters of the world-famous Bay of Kotor (UNESCO) as a reward for the hiking adventures till now. A memory for a life-time with this independent walking tour to Montenegro!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation, incl. breakfast (2x nights in 3* category hotel/apartment in Zabljak, 1x night in bungalow (shared WC/shower), 1x night in 3* hotel in Kolasin, 1x night in an apartment in Njegusi village, 2x nights in 3* category hotel/apartment in Kotor); Detailed route notes in English and maps; Luggage transfers; Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals; Public or private transport services;
  • Best period
    mid-May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1: Arrival in Zabljak in Durmitor National Park.
Check the "Rates & Remarks" tab for optional private transfers on arrival from Dubrovnik, Podgorica or Tivat airports. If you prefer to travel using public means of transportation, you can use the following link for bus timetable from Podgorica: https://busticket4.me/EN (from Podgorica Airport to the bus station in Podgorica you can travel by taxi only):
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Day 2. Durmitor National Park (couple of options: 4-7hrs)
You will be given the right to choose how to spend your first day in this area. The following options are: A) Walking up to 4-5 hrs (11km; +160m/-160m) - easy circular trek to the glacier lakes Black Lake (1,442 m) and Zminje Lake (1,520 m) - the so-called mountain eyes of Durmitor. The name of Zminje lake is translated as Snake Lake and the local folklore is rich in legends about it and the other glacial lakes around. The starting point is right where you are located - Zabljak. B) Walking up to 6-7 hrs (14km, +770m/-770m)- another tour that could start right from Zabljak. A nice warm-up for the future treks is to conquer Crvena Greda (2,175m), one of the most impressive peaks in Durmitor National park. Go back in Zabljak for an overnight.
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Day 3. Tara River Canyon & Biogradska Gora National Park (10km, 5hrs, +800m/-0m)
After breakfast, you head down to Tara Canyon - an amazing landscape with pebbly terraces, high cliffs and more of 80 caves! A stunning bridge crossing the river will take your breath away with is view above the gorge. Today’s adventure will take you to National Park Biogradska Gora. Although it is one of the smallest national parks in Montenegro it gives home to a great diversity of rare flora and fauna. After reaching one of the six glacial lakes, you will have the chance to learn more about the park itself from the information center located nearby. You continue on the trail through ancient forests and green lush pastures where from centuries shepherd took their herds. Your today’s host is a local family that provides simple accommodation and delicious traditional dishes. Overnight in a bungalow.
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Day 4. Ridge hike to Kolasin (14km, 5,30hrs, +300m/-900m)
After a healthy breakfast, you will head off to a gentle trail with stunning panoramas throughout the whole walk. Your final destination for the day will be the town of Kolasin. The forests in Montenegro cover around 54% of country's territory and most of them are untouched. Today you will have the chance to make a quick stop at a botanical garden right before you reach Kolasin. It is home to 400 plant species. Among those a large number of endemic one and more than 80% medicinal herbs. Overnight in Kolasin.
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Day 5. Train ride to Podgorica. Cetinje & Lovcen National Park (4km., 3hrs)
This day is for a cultural break before you continue your self-guided hiking at the coastline of Montenegro. In the early morning take the train from Kolasin to the present capital Podgorica (ticket costs appr. 3 Euro). This is a part of the famous line Beograd-Bar which is known among the circles of train lovers as one of the most impressive tracks. It runs high above of canyons and crosses a 198 m high bridge. Upon arrival in Podgorica (and some time spent for sightseeing on your own there), you will be transferred to Cetinje which once was the capital of Montenegro. Our suggestion is to spend more time in Cetinje, rather than in Podgorica. A city walk will dive into the history and the lifestyle of the country. After you finish exploring the old city you will be transferred to the heart of Lovcen National Park and the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos (an important ruler and philosopher). You will arrive right on time to enjoy the sun slowly diving into the calm waters of the sea. Walk to the huts in Njegusi village which is your next overnight place.
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Day 6. Lovcen - Bay of Kotor (16km, 5,30hrs, +300m/-1350m)
Going back to the trekking adventure early in the morning. Start your walk from National Park Lovcen to Kotor by following the only way that once connected Montenegro with the rest of the world. It is an old horse-trail linking in numerous serpentines Kotor and Cetinje, which is now known as “The Ladder of Kotor”. Your independent walking journey will pass through loamy forests and steep paths. After you reach the center of Kotor you can take a well-deserved rest enjoying the salty fresh air. Overnight in Kotor.
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Day 7. Bay of Kotor (Vrmac, Kotor, Perast) (14km, 5,30hrs, +750m/-750m)
After breakfast, start your trekking on a zig-zag trail named after Austrian emperor Franz-Josef (in local language: Franjo Josip) and takes you to a Fortress "Vermac"  built in 1892. From the top, a spectacular panorama will let you admire the beauty of the coasts with its vibrant villages. You follow the ridge of Vrmac which engraves into the calm waters of the sea and divides the bay into inner (Kotor)  and outer (Tivat). Time to ramble down on a small trail that takes to the village of Donji Stoliv. There a boat will await you to take you to captain's town of Perast and the famous island church “Lady with of the Rock”, and then drive you back (ticket costs appr. 5 Euro). Transfer back to Kotor for your last overnight
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Day 8. Departure day.
Check the "Rates & Remarks" tab for optional private transfers on departure to Dubrovnik, Podgorica or Tivat airports.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
760 Euro per person in twin/bbl room (arrivals in May & October)
800 Euro per person in twin/bbl room (arrivals in June & September)
900 Euro per person in twin/bbl room (arrivals in July & August)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between mid-May and the end mid-October. Transfers of 10-15min to the trail head and back are included and provided for each hiking day. Places to refill your water bottles in the Karst regions are very limited (plan on bringing 2-3l per day per person). Mainly good trails (military / shepherds trails), short sections on gravel road, some steep and rocky ascents and descents;
Optional transfers on arrival/departure (based on at least 2 pax booked):
Arrival Airports transfers: *Airport Tivat to Zabljak -65 Eur /per person (2,45hrs); *Airport Podgorica to Zabljak - 60 Eur /per person (2,15hrs); *Airport Dubrovnik to Zabljak - 75 Eur/ per person (3,30hrs);
Departure Airports transfers: *Kotor to Tivat Airport -20 Eur /per person (15min); *Kotor to Podgorica Airport-40 Eur /per person (1,15hr) ; *Kotor to Dubrovnik Airport - 55 eur/ per person (1,30-1,45hrs)
Accommodation
Accommodation incl. breakfast as follows: 2x nights in 3* category hotel/apartment in Zabljak, 1x night in bungalow (shared WC/shower), 1x night in 3* category hotel in Kolasin, 1x night in an apartment in Njegusi village, 2x nights in 3* category hotel/apartment in Kotor.

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