As you’ll be walking through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Montenegro such as the Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar and Lovcen National Park, you can rest assured that your time outdoors will be time well spent.
Views over the Bay of Kotor are simply spectacular and you’ll find some short hikes along the Vrmac hill, which divides the inner and outer Bay of Kotor.
This tour which is perfect for taking in the sights and sounds of two beautiful areas where the mountains meet the sea is designed for moderate active hikers who are interested in getting closer to the culture and dramatic nature which can only be viewed from the beautiful mountain trails. Our walks in nature are combined with must-see visits to the Kotor, a UNESCO listed Natural and Culturo-Historical city, the small baroque town Perast and the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro Cetinje.
Climb to the Lovcen mountain summit and visit the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegos are included, 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.
Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Transfer from airport Podgorica/Tivat/Dubrovnik to coastal town Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will see a unique natural fjord on the Mediterranean coast. Despite being a major tourist attraction, Kotor hasn’t lost its authentic charm. The town is a medieval maze of museums, churches, squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. The first thing to do is wander the narrow, romantic streets of this historic gem of a town. After exploring the magic of The Old Town it’s time to see those stunning streets from a different perspective. We will climb up to the top of the St. John’s hill, follow the stairs by the old ramparts, and the Church of Our Lady of Remedy from the 15th century. On top of the hill, there is San Giovanni castle which dominates the bay, the fortification system and the town, from where you will admire the beautiful Boka Bay.
The hike is 1.2 kilometres long and it takes around an hour of climbing to get to the top. But it’s worth every step.
Perast, boat trip to the artificial island “Our Lady of Rocks” and short hike tour to Vrmac
Transfer from Kotor to the nearby small town of Perast. Despite having only one main street, this tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 impressive ancient palaces. Firstly we will visit St. Nikola church and admire a stunning view from the top, then we will take a boat trip to the artificial island “Our Lady of Rocks” church and its museum. Continue by a boat to the village of Donji Stoliv where we start the hike, passing through a dense chestnut forest to the village of Gornji Stoliv with excellent views of Perast and the Boka Bay. Most families who had lived here for centuries have now left and only a few inhabited houses remained whereas the rest are in varying states of picturesque ruin. A church dedicated to the prophet Elijah, dating from 1553, keeps a lonely vigil. After a break, we go back to the Donji Stoliv, where our transport is waiting. Passing through the architectural pearls in the chain of the Bay of Kotor, Prcanj and Muo, we head up to the famous road from Kotor to Cetinje, mostly a narrow one-lane road offering stunning views of the Bay of Kotor from above. Arrival at the Lovcen National Park. Overnight.
Walking for the day: 1-2 hours, 3 km ↑250m ↓250m
Lovcen National Park – Hiking tour to Trestenicki peak (1.489m) & Grandma’s head peak (1.474 m)
This hike stands out by the beautiful landscape of the karst area of Lovcen National Park as well as by spectacular view over the Bay of Boka, Budva and the open Adriatic Sea. You will have plenty of opportunities to get familiar with the distinctive, well-formed karst form treasure that is typical for the region. The view from around 1400 meters of altitude on the Adriatic Sea and the Bay of Boka will delight every hiker and nature lover. There are also many other inland viewpoints where you can admire the highest peaks in the region.
Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 11 km ↑350m ↓350m
Old Capital of Montenegro 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 ‘Museum Town of Montenegro’. This is the best place to learn all about the turbulent Montenegrin history and get familiar with its culture. Orthodox white-stone Cetinje monastery is one of the most famous and important spiritual relics in Montenegro. Here are the main relics of the monastery: the relics of St. Peter of Cetinje, the imperishable right hand of St. John the Baptist (Forerunner), as well as part of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord.
Our next destination is a traditional winery in a small, charming village, where you can feel the atmosphere of an authentic traditional Montenegrin house and cellar, combining wine tasting with homemade traditional Montenegrin lunch, which makes a memorable experience you will bring home from Montenegro.
Jezerski Vrh summit (1.657m), mausoleum of Bishop Petar II Petrovic-Njegos
A circular walk from the hotel to the Jezerski Vrh summit (1.657m), where is situated the Mausoleum of Prince – Bishop Petar II Petrovic-Njegos – the ruler, poet and philosopher. The mausoleum is officially the highest mausoleum in the world. When you arrive at the top, take a deep breath of fresh air and keep your eyes wide open. As you slowly turn all around, you will be amazed by the view of the Bay of Kotor, Skadar Lake, high mountains in the northern part of Montenegro, and even Albania. By visiting the mausoleum we complete the story about Montenegrin’s great ruler and poet. We comprise fascinating natural uniqueness, as well as the culture and history of Montenegro.
Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 10 km ↑500m ↓500m
River Crnojevica and Skadar Lake National Park
Transfer to Rijeka Crnojevica, the place where the first Cyrillic book amongst the South Slavic nations was printed in 1494 – “Oktoih prvoglasnik”. In the 19th and the 20th century, Rijeka Crnojevica was the biggest Montenegrin port and a leading trade centre. After visiting Rijeka Crnojevica, we continue our visit by taking an old road to the village Virpazar on Skadar Lake.
You will have the opportunity to experience the boat ride on the biggest lake in South-East Europe – the undiscovered treasure of the Balkans. It’s the largest bird reserve in Europe. One of the reasons why it’s so important is that it’s the last breeding ground of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. Upon return, you will be taken to the family-owned vineyard and wine cellar for a wine and food tasting. You will taste 3 different types of wine produced by this family and hear the story about the wine in this region.
Departure or extensions
Departure or extensions. Transfer to airport Podgorica/Tivat/Dubrovnik.
Note: In case you are arriving/leaving one or two days before/after the group departure do not hesitate to contact us for organizing your stay, activities and/or transfers.
4 Vlaha Bukovca, Podgorica 81000, Montenegro