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7 Day Best of Montenegro Tour

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Duration: 7 days
Product code: 5657
Overview

On this fabulous seven day six-night tour you will visit beautiful cities, fantastic beaches and stunning mountain towns, and where you will experience the best that Montenegro has to offer.

Explore Budva, which is famous for its nightlife, its squares and streets. There are many restaurants to enjoy, which are dominated by Mediterranean and Montenegrin cuisine. The city is one of the oldest on the Adriatic Sea and dates back to over 3,450 years ago. Most of the architecture is of Venetian origin, although there are many buildings from Roman times.

Budva has a large number of cultural and historical monuments, monasteries and churches that document past historical and social events in the area of the Budvanska Riviera. Among the most famous churches are the Church of St. John the Evangelist, built in the 7th century, the Church of Santa Maria “in Punta” from 840, and the church of the Holy Trinity from 1804. Budva is often referred to as the “metropolis of tourism” as it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited ones on the Adriatic.

Visit charming Perast, which is in the heart of the Bay of Kotor. Here you will find the remains of the Neolithic culture (dating back to 3500). Across the coast of Perast, there are two beautiful islands, Saint Đorđe, which is a natural island, and the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend says that on July 12, 1452, two fishermen found the icon of the Virgin Mary on the rock and that settlers thought it was a sign that the island and the church were to be built there. There were not enough rocks to build the church and people would bring rocks to the island, and this ritual is in place today as the throwing of stones around the island still exists.

The church itself was built in 1630 and is abundant with frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, Virina and Prophena, as well as 2000 silver plates showing details of sea victories. In the museum is the famous needlepoint of the Virgin made with hair, and which is a work by Perastanka Kunić in 1828.

Enjoy beautiful Kotor, a city and municipality on the coast of Boka Bay. This town of merchants and sailors has a lot to offer, and Kotor Bay (Boka Kotorska) is one of the deepest and longest in the Adriatic Sea. The old Mediterranean archipelago is surrounded by impressive city walls and is very well preserved and included in the UNESCO list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Between 1420-1797 Kotor was surrounded by Venice and Venetian influence stands out in the urban architecture.

Throughout the city, there are buildings, intertwined with streets and squares, and on one of them, there is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (XII century) dedicated to the patron of the town. The most imposing are, however, the city walls themselves that surround the city, and which are about 5 km long, 20m high and 10m wide. Climbing along the walls, you will arrive at the San Giovanni fortress at about 280m above sea level and from where you have terrific views.

The old town of Kotor also has a great number of restaurants and hotels where you can taste traditional specialities as well as varied Mediterranean food.

When you visit Tivat, you will see one of the largest marinas in the Adriatic Sea. Porto Montenegro has hundreds of yachts docked there; hence, it often gets called the ‘Montenegro Monaco’.

Beautiful Bar is a maritime city in Montenegro located in the south of the country, between the Adriatic Sea and Skadar Lake. It hosts a large number of cultural events during the summer period, such as concerts, exhibitions, book promotions, children’s festivals, and sports tournaments.

The Old Town is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Its streets are like cross-country guides, from the Greek colonies to the Middle Ages, the rule of Venetians to the Turkish period and up to the new era.

Near the town, in the Mirovica settlement, there is a monument dedicated to the Old Olive Tree. The tree itself is between 2,000 and 2,500 years old and is said to be one of the oldest trees in the world.

In Ulcinj, you will explore the city walls which date to the Illyrian period. You will experience a unique medieval atmosphere as you walk through the picturesque narrow winding streets.

Montenegro has numerous monastery’s, and you will explore many of these on your tour. When going to Cetinje monastery, you will learn that it is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin. It was built by Ivan Crnojević in 1484 and then became the seat of the Zeta Episcopy. In Cetinje monastery, there is a relic of St. Peter Cetinjski, one of the five bishops of the Petrović dynasty, and part of the Holy Cross on which Jesus was crucified.

Ostrog Monastery was built in the 17th century. It is located in the area of Bjelopavlići, on the cliffs of the Ostroška Greda, 25 km away from Nikšić. It was founded by the Herzegovinian metropolitan Vasily, who was buried in 1671 and later canonised. St. Vasily Ostroški is known as the Saints Wonderman. Believers of all religions from different parts of the world visit this monastery in large numbers.

Monastery Morača (built-in 1252) is one of the most monumental Orthodox medieval monuments in Montenegro. The monastery complex consists of a central church dedicated to the Virgin, and the small church of St. Nikola. Below the monastery, there is the waterfall of Svetigora which created a nearby brook that flows into the river Morača.

Located on the road between Podgorica and the Montenegrin coast is the small fishing village Virpazar. In the past, Virpazar was considered as strategically important, and the occupying Turks built a large fortress – Besac, on the hill above the village. After their fall, Virpazar became an important trading city. Today it serves as the main gateway to Skadar Lake National Park.

Skadar Lake is the largest lake in Montenegro and was declared a National Park in 1983. The lake has many islands and peninsulas with lots of history and valuable cultural heritage. Skadar Lake is a bird watchers paradise, it has 264 bird species, and about 90% of them are migratory and of international importance. This is also the only pelican habitat in southern Europe.

Žabjak is located at 1456 m above sea level and is the highest town in the Balkans. It is located in the very centre of the mountainous, where Durmitor mountain is the highest peak and is excellent for winter tourism. It is here where you will find the Tara Canyon, which is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. Enjoy whitewater rafting on Tara river and visit the Black Lake, the largest and most famous of the 18 glacier lakes on the mountain.

At the end of this fabulous 7-day tour, you will realise that you have indeed seen the best that Montenegro has to offer.

Highlights
  • Sightseeing in Podgorica
  • Whitewater rafting in the Tara River
  • Explore Budva
  • Boat tour to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Kotor's famous monuments and squares
  • Visit Morača Monastery
  • See the beautiful Skadar Lake
  • Visit a winery
  • See the famous Old Olive Tree
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All transfers included
  • Fully licensed travel guides
  • The chance to visit stunning places in Montenegro
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 7 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    We will pick you up from either Podgorica or Tivat airport
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • Modern, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Lunch at the restaurant in Zabljak (6th day)
  • Lunch on Skadar Lake (5th day)
  • Tasting during the Skadar Lake cruise (5th day)
  • Lunch in Podgorica (4th day)
  • Lunch at Ada Bojana (3rd day)
  • Lunch in Kotor (2nd day)
  • Tourist tax
  • Tickets: Church of Our Lady of The Rocks, Old Olive Tree, Cetinje Monastery, National Museum in Cetinje, Morača Monastery, Ostrog Monastery, Besac fortress
  • Licensed travel guide for tours provided by the program (in English)
  • Travel insurance
  • Road expenses and parking
  • Travel expenses
  • Residence tax and insurance
  • 3 nights in a double room in Podgorica, Hotel 3 or 4 * (BB)
  • 3 overnights in a double room in Budva, Hotel 3 or 4 * (BB, dinner on the day of arrival)
  • Guided tour of Budva Old Town (in English) - 2 hours
  • Transfer airport - hotel - airport
Exclusions
  • Other non-program costs
  • ZIPLINE – Đurđevića Tara bridge
  • Travel health insurance – Optional
  • Visits to bars and restaurants not listed in the program
  • Food and drinks not listed in the program
  • Ticket for localities which are not listed in *Included in price
  • Transfer from the airport not listed in the program
  • Licensed tourist guide for a specific language
Itinerary
Days

On arrival at the airport, you will be taken to Budva, the beauty of the Adriatic.

Accompanied by a guide, you will see the Old Town and enjoy walking in the winding streets. Go back in time to the late Middle Ages in the town squares with their ramparts and towers. Sights you will see are Orthodox and Catholic churches, and an archaeological museum (1h: 30min).

Enjoy some free time for refreshment on one of the beaches.

Check-in to either a 3 or 4-star hotel in Budva/Bečići.

Overnight in 3 or 4-star hotel

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast, we will go to Pearast (45min).

Enjoy an easy walk through this beautiful coastal city before taking a boat to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. Visit the 15th-century church and museum (all 1 hour).

We will take a ride around the unique Boka Bay until we reach Kotor (30 minutes).

On arrival at Kotor, you will be accompanied by a tourist guide through its Old Town, where you can see its famous monuments and squares including the Arms Market, Saint Tryphon Cathedral and square, Saint Luke’s church and square, Maritime museum and square, and Cats square.

Enjoy lunch at one of the famous restaurants in the city with some free time. Free time. (2 h and 30 min).

We will now drive towards Tivat (about 20 min) where you will have free time for a city tour and the luxurious marina, Porto Montenegro (1 hour).

Drive to Budva – about 1 hour.

Overnight in 3 or 4-star hotel in Budva/Bečići

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast, we will drive to Bar (1 hour) and visit the temple of St. John of Vladimir as well as enjoying a walk along the coast.

Visit the Old Town (duration 1 hour) and the Old Olive Tree (duration 20 min), the oldest tree in Europe.

We will continue to Ulcinj (duration 30 min) and visit the Old Town, Balsica Tower and the Slave Market (duration 1 hour).

We will now continue to Ada Bojana beach (30 min) and enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant as well as having time on the beach which is famous for its unspoiled nature (1h 30 min).

Return to your hotel in Budva for some free time.

Overnight in 3 or 4-star hotel in Budva/Bečići

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast at the hotel - check – out.

We will drive towards Cetinje (1 hour), and on arrival, we will visit the Cetinje monastery.

After that, we will visit the National Museum of Montenegro where you will see valuable works of art.

We will continue to the Ostrog monastery (Nikšić municipality) which will take approx. 1 h and 30 mins and will include a coffee break.

On arrival at Ostrog monastery, you will have free time for sightseeing of the upper and lower monasteries. In the monastery, we will bow to the relics of the great Saint Vasily Ostroški and hear incredible tales of Ostrog miracles (about 1h and 30min).

Next, we will continue to the Morača Monastery – about 1h and 20 minutes. On the way to the Monastery, we will pass through Podgorica – the capital of Montenegro, where during this panoramic journey you will see the monument of St. Peter Cetinjski, the Parliament, the National Theater, the King Nikola’s and the Russian writer Puškin monuments.

We will continue to Morača canyon, known as Platije, one of the most attractive canyons in the region. Here you will have fantastic photo opportunities of the mountains that rise steeply above the river.

Enjoy sightseeing at Morača Monastery. Many visitors describe the atmosphere in the monastery as something special. There is a story that the yellow stone from which the monastery was built was brought from the village of Tušina by the formation of a column of people and that the stone was passed from hand to hand.

Return to Podgorica and check-in to your hotel.

Overnight in your Podgorica 3 or 4-star hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast we will drive to Skadar Lake 30 min).

On arrival at Virpazar, a fishing village with charming stone houses, enjoy a short walk and explore Besac fortress (the most attractive viewpoint on the lake).

The cruise lasts about 2 hours, and you will see fishing villages, cultural and historical monuments, the flora and fauna of the lake, and take swim in the lake. For refreshment on the boat, the host will serve us domestic products (delicious donuts, wine, brandy and juice).

After the cruise, you can decide to have lunch at the restaurant on a lonely beach in the National Park, with specialities from lake fish and local wine (1 h and 30 min).

You may swim in the lake or partake in other activities.

Return to your hotel for free time

Overnight in your Podgorica 3 or 4-star hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast at your hotel, we will drive to Zabljak (2h and 30 min).

On arrival, we will tour the National Park, and Black Lake (1 hour) and have some free time (30 mins).

Next, we will continue to the Đurđevića Tara bridge – 30 min.

Enjoying the view from one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. Free time for refreshment at the bar near the bridge and for enjoying a walk. If you want you can try the Zip Line.

Lunch at a traditional Montenegrin restaurant (optional) – approx. 1 h.
Return – 2 h and 30 min.

Return to your hotel for free time.

Overnight in your Podgorica 3 or 4-star hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation :

After breakfast, you will be check-out and have some free time before your transfer to the hotel.

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
We will pick you up from either Podgorica or Tivat airport 

Know Before You Go
  • Use sunscreen in high season
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Dress according to the weather
  • ZIPLINE – Đurđevića Tara bridge (additional options for an extra fee)
  • Surfing, kitesurfing, horse riding – Ada Bojana beach (optional) (additional options for an extra fee)
  • Travel health insurance – optional (additional options for an extra fee)
  • Transfer from another airport (in the region) (additional options for an extra fee)
  • Licensed tourist guide by a specific language (additional options for an extra fee)
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