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South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style centre-based self guided walking holiday offers a truly wonderful itinerary which includes some of the best walks in South Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking areas in Europe.

Designed for moderate and more active hikers who are interested in getting closer to the culture and dramatic nature which can only be viewed via the beautiful mountain trails, this tour is perfect for taking in the sights and sounds and the solitude of these two beautiful areas where the mountains meet the sea.

The accommodation is based in two hand-picked four star hotels and these are both included along circular routes that give you the best scenery available of Lovcen National Park and Boka Kotorska Bay (UNESCO site).

Our walks in nature are combined with must see visits to the Old Capital of Cetinje, Kotor and Perast... Mountains and sea, history and architecture.

Included are a climb to the Lovcen mountain summit, a visit to Njegos’ tomb as well as a boat trip to “Our Lady of the Rocks” isle church, so you can fully experience the spirit of the area and explore the sacred secrets of Montenegro.

Accommodation is 3 overnights at a 4*hotel in Lovcen National Park and a 4* seaside hotel for the 4 overnights in Perast.

Optional: if you prefer to stay in a lovely family guest house instead of the Perast hotel (and cut the cost of your holiday by GBP 90 pp), you can choose this option when completing the online booking form. 

Moderate grade too easy or too hard for you? This itinerary has also an easy and a strenuous version.

Highlights

Itinerary

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

Day 1: Ivanova Korita, Lovcen National Park

Arrival in Ivanova Korita resort, positioned in the heart of Lovcen mountain. It is one of the 5 national parks in Montenegro. Accommodation is in a hand-picked 4 star hotel where you will spend next 3 overnights. In case of earlier arrival, we have prepared a light circular walk to one of the most wonderful viewpoints on the Adriatic coast!

Arrival is available at one of the three closest airports: Tivat, Podgorica or Dubrovnik (Croatia). All airport transfers can be made by taxi or combined by a local bus (to Cetinje or Kotor) and then by taxi (20min from Cetinje or 1h from Kotor). Private transfer available on request.

Accommodation (Days 1-3): Hotel Ivanov Konak, Lovcen National Park

Day 2: Cetinje

3:30 hrs hiking from your hotel, down the Lovcen slopes towards Cetinje. Focus of the day is Cetinje, the lovely old town which was the Capitol of Montenegro from the 15th century until 1918. This town is known as the Old Capital or the 'Museum Town of Montenegro.' This is the best place to learn all about the turbulent Montenegrin history and familiarise oneself with its culture. At 17:30h a prearranged transfer car will transport you back to the hotel in Ivanova Korita (25min).

Day 3: Jezerski Summit

A circular walk from your hotel to the Jezerski Vrh summit, (1,657m) 'Njegos tomb' is positioned at its top. You can visit the tomb then take an optional rest and have time for lunch in a very nice restaurant nearby.

Views from the top are just stunning and give you a chance to admire all the summits of Montenegro, Skadar lake, (the largest lake in the Balkans) with the Albanian Alps in the background as well as Cetinje, the Adriatic coast and Boka Kotorska Bay.

Hiking for the day: 4 hours

Day 4: Kotor Bay / Perast

You arrive in Boka Kotorska Bay and its old town of Kotor by walking down from Lovcen. You are free to choose between 2 similar walks (the same route but different distances) for this part of the itinerary. Either choice will offer breathtaking views to the Boka Kotorska Bay and the surrounding mountains. After  a little time exploring the old town of Kotor, you will then take a transfer to Perast  by local bus (20min). Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel or a lovely family guest-house (optional).

Hike for the day: 4 or 6 hours (optional)

Accommodation (Days 4-7): Conte Hotel in Perast

Optional: if you prefer to stay in a lovely family guest house instead (and cut the cost of your holiday by GBP 50 pp), you can choose this option when completing the online booking form.

Day 5: Our Lady of the Rocks / Vrmac

Boat trip to the artificial island across Perast. Visit to the “Our Lady of Rocks” church and its museum. Continue by a private boat to the village of Donji Stoliv where you start the day's hike, passing through a dense chestnut forest to the abandoned village of Gornji Stoliv with excellent views to Perast and the Bay. You will then head up to the ridges of Vrmac peninsula towards Kotor’s old town.

After time to refresh in Kotor you will transfer back to Perast by a local bus (20min).

This day’s hike is the most strenuous one and it takes about 6 hours.

Day 6 – Crkvice

A picturesque drive (40min) to the starting point in the remote area of Crkvice, at an altitude 1,100m above the Bay. Hiking by an old military mule path dating back to the 19th century. The path passes through an area of extraordinary land formations and offers excellent views on Boka Kotorska Bay with an optional climb to the Velji Vrh summit (1,281m). Ruined fortresses along the way pay testimony to the one-century long presence of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Hiking finishes in a local restaurant where your driver will pick you up for the trip back to Perast.

Hiking for the day: 4.5 hrs

Day 7 – Vranovo Brdo and fortresses

Picturesque drive (30min) to the starting point in Donje Ledenice. This hike starts almost from the same place where you ended yesterday’s trail. From this trail you are treated to some excellent views of the Bay. It passes through the old and abandoned village of Ubalac, (only one person is living there today) following an old military Austro-Hungarian mule trail. The highlight of the hike is Sveti Andrija, an abandoned fortress which features the most spectacular view of the Bay. After relaxing at the fortress you will descend directly down to Perast, following the narrow footpath along the slopes of Vranovo Brdo summit.

Hiking for the day: 4 hours

Day 8 – Departure

Optional private transfer to your departure airport

Hotels

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

4 star hotels of exceptional quality. All accommodation has been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation

You can also choose accommodation in a guest-house instead of 4 star hotel in Perast on Days 4-7 - please indicate when completing the online booking form. If you choose this option, the holiday price will be GBP 590 instead of  GBP 680.

Sample hotels: Conte Hotel in Perast,  Hotel Ivanov Konak, Lovcen National Park

Meals

Breakfast is included. When no restaurant  is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or you can pre-order packed lunch from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or from restaurants and taverns in the village near your hotel.

Travel Info

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

Flights

Recommended airport

Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Podgorica.

 

 Alternate airports

Alternatively flights are available from UK via Dubrovnik (Croatia) or Tivat (Montenegro). There is public transport to/from all of them, or we can arrange a private transfer.

 

 

Transfers to/from Recommended Airport

Day 1- From Podgorica To Ivanova Korita Resort

- Take taxi from Podgorica Airport to Podgorica Bus Station, 20 minutes. 

- Take the bus from Podgorica airport to Cetinje, 10€ - 45 minutes trip.

- From the bus station take a taxi to Ivanova Korita Resort, 10€ - 15 minutes.

Day 8 - From Kotor to Podgorica airport

- Take a bus to Kotor Bus Station, 20 minutes.

- There are regular public bus transfers from Kotor bus station to Podgorica bus station on day 8 for about 10 € per person.

- From Podgorica bus station take a taxi to Podgorica airport.

Private Transfers

Private transfers can be an economical alternative to public transport in Montenegro, sometimes equal to cost of public transport in the UK. We can arrange for you private transfers from/to airport to hotel for arrival and departure - please indicate that you want a private transfer when completing your online booking form.

Baggage Transfers

Luggage transfer is included and your bags will be transported by your current hotel (or by private transfer) to your next hotel. Baggage limit 25 kg per bag.

Useful Info

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

Difficulty Grade: MODERATE

Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires reasonable level of fitness. The trip covers an average of 15 km (6 hours) of hiking per day. Average daily elevation gain is 500 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Moderate grade too easy or too hard for you? This itinerary has also an easy and a strenuous version.

Route Navigation

Most of your walks will be on unpaved timber roads and hiking trails. Although a few sections may include walking on asphalt. Most of the trails are well-marked and sign posted. Still, we will give youdetailed road notes and map, and you will have a 24/7 help phone number. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

Spring, the whole summer and autumn are beautiful in Montenegro, with colourful foliage in late spring, gorgeous sunsets in summer and warm panoramas in autumn.

Weather

Normally, you can expect nice weather in Montenegro from April to November. Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland. There is a chance of sporadic rain in spring and autumn, though generally this is in the form of short showers. In July and August it can become very hot and you must take enough water for your walks. You can expect cool nights in the Durmitor Mountain and on higher altitudes it is possible to have light snowing in April, May, October, November.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible - airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your daily essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Montenegro: Country Info

Timezone: GMT +1

Language: Montenegrin (a variety of Serbo-Croatian). In big cities many people speak English, but in remote areas this might not be the case. However most of the hotel staff where you stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two pin round plugs.

Currency: Euro. We strongly recommend taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and in big petrol station chains, but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Cost of living: it is cheaper than in the UK or Western Europe. Some sample prices follow:

  • Coffee/ Tea- 0.8 – 1.5€
  • Soft drink- 1-2€
  • Bottle of beer- 1-2€
  • Bottle of wine- 5-15€
  • Two course meal- 8-10€
  • Three course meal- 12-15€

Up-to-date travel advice on Montenegro is available here.

Detailed travel and country information is provided in your holiday information pack

Prices

South Montenegro and Kotor Bay in Style (Moderate)

This trip is available from May until November.

In May there could be occasional patches of snow in the higher parts of the mountains.

July and August are the busiest - and hottest - months and it is preferable to book as early as possible.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays and the fact that there are no fixed dates, gives you the opportunity to start your holiday at any time of the season.Please indicate your desired starting date when booking.
You will be asked to make a payment only after your trip availability has been explicitly confirmed.

Price

GBP 680 per person

(GBP 590 pp if you choose accommodation in a family run guest-house instead of 4 star hotel in Perast on Days 4-7 - please indicate when completing the online booking form)

Included

  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including:
    • gps-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes
    • maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
    • daily distances and approximate walking times
    • transfer information (airports, bus stations)
    • hotel locations and contact data
    • destination information and background guide to destination’s history, culture and cuisine
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 2 to 4 star hotels or family run guest-houses as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel of 1 bag of up to 25 kg per person
  • All internal ground transfers and baggage transfers as listed in itinerary
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Options and Extras

(please choose when booking)

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to standard trip price. Where solo travellers or individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable;
  • You can rent from us a Garmin handheld GPS with preloaded tracks for all walks 
  • Private airport transfers 

Solo Traveller Supplement

This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared a 20% supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Self-Guided+

  • On request, we can provide a private guide (choose when booking)

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation (private airport transfers available, choose when booking)
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

(please choose when booking)

  • 1 extra night in Podgorica before or after the holiday

Spend one extra night before the start of your holiday in a charming hotel in downtown Podgorica, the vibrant capital of Montenegro. Note: recommended only if you are flying from/to Podgorica Airport.

  • 1 extra night in Dubrovnik before or after the holiday

Enjoy one extra night in the heart of the historic Croatian town of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Mediterranean, with its charming old town and city walls. Note: recommended only if you are flying from/to Dubrovnik Airport.

  • Beach Extension: 3 extra nights on the Dalmatian coast

Treat yourself after the holiday with 4 days of relaxation in a beautiful beach-front hotel on the Dalmatian coast.

Booking and Payment Details

  1. When you book (deposit payment):
    No payment is needed when you book initially. Within 48 hours (72 hours on weekends and bank holidays) we will send you a confirmation email with deposit payment instructions (you can pay online by credit card, debit card or by bank transfer). Deposit is 20% of the trip price including options.
  2. Balance payment:
    Four weeks before the trip, the full balance will be due for payment (we will send you a reminder email with payment instructions at least 7 days in advance).
  3. Receiving Information pack and trip notes:
    We supply you with information pack including detailed turn by turn route notes. 
    A member of the Natural Adventure Team will always be available to answer any questions you may have right up to the time of your trip. During the trip you will also be able to call a member of our local team in the country you visit any time (24/7).

For detailed information on payment and booking please see below links:

 


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