Overview for Lovcen and Kotor Bay Short Break
This is a shorter version of our popular South Montenegro and Kotor Bay dual centre-based self guided walking holiday in Montenegro. It offers a truly wonderful itinerary which includes some of the best walks in South Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking coastal areas in Europe.
Accommodation includes three overnights in a charming mountain hotel in Lovcen National Park (Ivanov Konak or Monte Rosa) and two overnights in a 3+ or 4-star seaside hotel in Perast (Conte, Jelena Palace, Admiral or similar).
- Lovcen National Park
- Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro (Museum town)
- Njegos’ tomb at Lovcen summit
- Boka Kotorska Bay (UNESCO)
- Our Lady of the Rocks island church
Our Co-Founder Peter Duncan hiked in Montenegro and Kosovo in 2016. You can read his Mail on Sunday article here
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Day 1: Ivanova Korita, Lovcen National Park
Arrival in Ivanova Korita resort, positioned in the heart of Lovcen mountain. It is one of the five national parks in Montenegro. Accommodation is in a hand-picked 4-star hotel where you will spend the next three overnights. In the case of earlier arrival, we have prepared a light circular walk to one of the most wonderful viewpoints on the Adriatic coast! Arrival is possible 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 (20 min from Cetinje or 1h from Kotor). Private transfer is available on request.
- Walking for the day (optional walk): 3 hours, 10 km ↑300m ↓300m
Day 2: Cetinje
Walk from your hotel down the Lovcen slopes towards Cetinje. The focus of the day is Cetinje, the lovely old town which was the Capital of Montenegro from the 15th century until 1918. This city 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. In the late afternoon, a prearranged transfer car will transport you back to the hotel in Ivanova Korita (25 min).
- Walking for the day: 3-4 hours, 10 km ↑50m ↓700m
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 lovely 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.
- Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 10 km ↑500m ↓500m
Day 4: Kotor Bay / Perast
You arrive in Boka Kotorska Bay and the old town of Kotor by walking down from Lovcen. You are free to choose between three similar walks (the same route but different starting points) for this part of the itinerary. Either choice will offer breathtaking views of the Boka Kotorska Bay and the surrounding mountains. After some time exploring the old town of Kotor, you will then take a transfer to Perast by local bus (20 min).
- Optional route 1: 6 hours, 15 km ↑300m ↓1,500m
- Optional route 2: 4 hours, 9 km ↑50m ↓1,300m
- Optional route 3: 3 hours, 7 km ↑50m ↓900m
Day 5: Our Lady of the Rocks / Vrmac
Boat trip to the artificial island across Perast. Visit 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 (20 min).
- Walking for the day: 6-7 hours, 17 km ↑750m ↓750m
Day 6: Departure or Onward Travel
Optional private transfer to your departure airport.
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Accommodation includes three overnights in a nice mountain hotel in Lovcen National Park (Ivanov Konak or Monte Rosa) and two overnights in a 3+ or 4-star seaside hotel in Perast (Conte, Jelena Palace, Admiral or similar). 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 you with exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
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.
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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Podgorica. Alternatively, flights are available from the UK via Dubrovnik (Croatia) or Tivat (Montenegro). There is public transport to/from all of them, or we can arrange a private transfer.
Transfers by Public Transport
Day 1- From Podgorica To Ivanova Korita Resort
- Take a 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 can be an economical alternative to public transport in Montenegro, sometimes equal to the cost of public transportation 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.
Luggage transfer is included on all walking days and your bags will be transported by your current hotel (or by private transfer) to your next hotel. Baggage limit 25 kg per bag.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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 the Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
- Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
- Currency: Euro. We strongly recommend taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.
- Up-to-date travel advice on Montenegro is available here. Detailed travel and country information is provided in your holiday information pack
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires a reasonable level of fitness. The descent on Day 4 to Kotor is a highlight, but although not dangerous, it is quite steep and long; you can, however, opt to shorten it. 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).
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 signposted, but depending on the season some sections may become overgrown. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
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 months, and it is preferable to book as early as possible. Resort towns may become overcrowded in these months. The flexibility of self-guided holidays and the fact that there are no fixed dates allows you to start your holiday at any time of the season. Please indicate your desired starting date when booking.
Typically, you can expect excellent 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 this is in the form of short showers. In July and August, it can become scorching, and you must take enough water for your walks. You can expect cool nights in the Durmitor Mountains, and at 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, the 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 everyday 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 (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 the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- 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
- Three overnights in a nice mountain hotel in Lovcen National Park and two overnights in a 3+ or 4-star seaside hotel in Perast
- 5 Breakfasts
- Daily luggage transport to next hotel of one bag of up to 25 kg per person
- All internal ground transfers and baggage transfers as listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 assistance by phone
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost
Options and Extras
- Private airport transfers to first accommodation / from last accommodation
- Extra nights Perast
- 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 phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned in the programme
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The highlights for me were the mausoleum (such amazing views and good for geographically getting our bearings of the places we would visit) and the setting of Perast (eg being able to eat sitting by the water’s edge). By chance we had a really interesting talk by a tour guide at the Austrian-made relief map of Montenegro in Cetinje which I would recommend for understanding more about the country. Hotel-wise, we really liked Hotel Conte. [...] We ate at Ivanov Konak one evening and the staff were really friendly, the food good and a really nice setting on the hillside. We also ate at a place called Vraljidnas (recommended by the person that drive us from Cetinje back up to Lovcen) and enjoyed that. [...] Walking-wise, my favourite walks were Day 3 and the first third of the walk on Day 4 (as it was walking through green / forested areas). An interesting tour. We thought that the final day was perhaps a little bit long and we shortened it ourselves. Directions were not always accurate. The staff were all very helpful without exception. We found the drivers excellent. Meals were good, especially in Perast. A good experience overall. Everything came together as planned. We will use The Natural Adventure Company again. We had a great holiday thankyou, and thankyou for your planning of the itinerary and bookings.
The highlights for me were the mausoleum (such amazing views and good for geographically getting our bearings of the places we would visit) and the setting of Perast (eg being able to eat sitting by the water’s edge). By chance we had a really interesting talk by a tour guide at the Austrian-made relief map of Montenegro in Cetinje which I would recommend for understanding more about the country. Hotel-wise, we really liked Hotel Conte. [...] We ate at Ivanov Konak one evening and the staff were really friendly, the food good and a really nice setting on the hillside. We also ate at a place called Vraljidnas (recommended by the person that drive us from Cetinje back up to Lovcen) and enjoyed that. [...] Walking-wise, my favourite walks were Day 3 and the first third of the walk on Day 4 (as it was walking through green / forested areas).
An interesting tour. We thought that the final day was perhaps a little bit long and we shortened it ourselves. Directions were not always accurate. The staff were all very helpful without exception. We found the drivers excellent. Meals were good, especially in Perast.
A good experience overall. Everything came together as planned. We will use The Natural Adventure Company again.
We had a great holiday thankyou, and thankyou for your planning of the itinerary and bookings.
Mostly a good experience although there wasn’t actually any snow in Vercors when we arrived! A decent snowfall on day 3 made this better. ... Read full review
Thank you very much for the feedback which is much appreciated and useful for the improvement of our services.
What is specific for this type of winter tours is that the snow conditions can vary depending on the amount of the last snowfall. In cases when there is not much snow or the snow is rather hard, it is actually better to walk without the snowshoes, attaching them to your backpack. This is why we have listed a "40L backpack with a belly-band to carry your personal belongings" in the "what to bring" section of the tour description on our website.
As for the remark about the routes, most of the time the cross country skiing paths and the snowshoeing paths are next to each other and in some places, there are signs that you can’t go on the cross country track with your snowshoes in order to protect it. We will thoroughly review the route book and the GPS tracks about this to see if they are misleading in some way, but the fact is that there are no parts of the route where snowshoes are not allowed.
Nonetheless, we are sorry for the inconvenience you experienced, but we hope that nevertheless you managed to enjoy the rest of your holiday after the assistance of our local team and the improvement of the weather during the second part of your trip.
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