Walking in Montenegro

Group Tour

8 Days From A$2,858

Overview

Montenegro may be one of the world’s smallest countries and yet it is undoubtedly also one of its most beautiful. Only two-thirds the size of Wales, the country’s diversity is absolutely striking. From Europe’s deepest canyon to some of its wildest mountains, Montenegro also claims a dramatic coastline to rival anything you will have seen before.

Proud to have been the only country in the region to have successfully defended itself against the might of the Ottoman Empire, Montenegro has ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

7 x Breakfasts
5 x Lunches
7 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use a minibus, a train, a boat and your own two feet.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate / High

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Walking in Montenegro
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BUDVA

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BUDVA

The tour starts this afternoon in the lively walled town of Budva. Lying along Montenegro’s glittering Budva Riviera, the town is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast and sat upon the original boundary between the Holy Roman & the Byzantine Empires. We will be staying in one of Budva’s hotels, located close to the old city walls and within easy reach of the town’s lovely Venetian architecture. This evening we’ll have dinner looking out over the blue waters of the Adriatic.

Slovenska Plaza or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: BUDVA – VIRPARZAR

DAY 2: BUDVA – VIRPARZAR

This morning there will be time to explore Budva’s city walls and narrow medieval streets before heading up into the country’s mountainous interior. After a brief stop to see one of the country’s most iconic sights – the traditional fishing village of Sveti Stefan which has now been transformed in its entirety into a hotel – we’ll ascend a mountain road and take a short walk to an abandoned Austro-Hungarian fortress with superb views out over the dramatic coastline. Continuing on to Rijeka Crnojevica, we’ll enter Lake Skadar National Park and walk down to a beautiful lakeside village for a traditional ‘Old Montenegrin’ lunch. We’ll then take to small boats and following meandering waterways, there’ll be opportunities for an afternoon swim before finally arriving at the 15th century remains of the citadel of Zabljak Crnojevica close to our overnight stop in the small settlement of Virparzar, on the shores of the lake.
Austro-Hungarian fortress walk: Total distance 2km, 50m ascent, 50m descent. Lake Skadar walk: Total distance 3km, 100m descent. Fortress Zabljak Crnojevica walk: Total Distance 700m, ascent 150m. Approx 1-2 hrs walking.

Vidas House or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: VIRPARZAR – BIOGRADSKA GORA N.P

DAY 3: VIRPARZAR – BIOGRADSKA GORA N.P

An early start and we’ll take a ride on one of the most spectacular train journeys in Europe, crossing the highest railway bridge on the continent to take in the breath-taking views down into the Moraca Gorge. Arriving in the town of Kolasin, we then enter Montenegro’s central mountainous region, sandwiched between the Tara and Lim Rivers. Here we find the unspoilt landscapes of the Biogradska Gora National Park, an area of ancient forests, high mountains and glacial lakes that cover some 54 square kilometres. Home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, the park provides us with a glorious backdrop for today’s walk, as we follow a ridge trail up to the beautiful alpine katun (summer pasture) where we will spend the night as guests of Ranko, a big local character who makes traditional cheeses and whose family will be sure to feed us very well tonight.
Total distance 8km, 400m ascent, 250m descent. Approx 3-4 hrs walking.

Katun Goles wooden cabins (with shared facilities) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: BIOGRADSKA GORA N.P - POSCENJE

DAY 4: BIOGRADSKA GORA N.P - POSCENJE

An early morning walk today takes us from the alpine pastureland down a steep 600m descent to the unspoilt tranquilly of Biogradska Gora’s primeval forest and lake. Transferring to a minibus we’ll then head up into the wild open landscapes that make up the Sinjajevina highlands before descending to Durmitor National Park, home to the Tara canyon, Europe’s deepest at 1,300m. After stopping off at the famous Tara Bridge – where those that wish can have a go on one of Europe’s longest zip-wires (not included in the trip price!) – we’ll have lunch outdoors at a small agro-tourism restaurant. We’ll visit the flat valley floor which contains many medieval stecci, engraved tombstones unique to the Balkans. From here we’ll make for the small village of Poscenje which will be our base for the next two nights.
Total distance 5km, 90m ascent, 600m descent. Approx 2-3 hrs walking.

Ethno Village Nevidio (with shared facilities) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: WALK TO DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: WALK TO DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK

A short drive takes us to the village of Kozarica from where we’ll follow a beautiful valley northwards into the UNESCO World Heritage site of Durmitor National Park, a stunning land of craggy granite peaks as well as small villages and traditional farms. This is a wild part of the country and with few roads holds the country’s best walking opportunities. Today’s walk is wild and magical, across open plains and through primal forests, but also a little more challenging; we ascend around 700m and in places the path is narrow - for those of you that like a hike in the great outdoors, today will be your highlight of the tour. For those not feeling up to it there are great local walks near to the accommodation, which in its self is a lovely place to unwind and relax.
Total distance 13km, 900m ascent, 10m descent. Approx 5-6 hrs walking.

Ethno Village Nevidio (with shared facilities) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: DURMITOR N.P – CETINJE - KOTOR

DAY 6: DURMITOR N.P – CETINJE - KOTOR

Driving south via narrow but spectacular mountain roads we arrive at the old royal capital of Cetinje. Of immense importance historically, Cetinje’s rich heritage dates back to the 15th century when it lay at the centre of both the cultural and religious development of a fledging Montenegro and its Eastern Orthodox religion. We’ll take a short stroll through the atmospheric town before transferring by road to the neighbouring Lovcen National Park, home to the stunning mausoleum of Petar II Petovic-Njegoš, a revered 19th century poet and leader who transformed Montenegro from a theocracy into a secular state. The largest and most important monument in the park, the mausoleum is located at the summit of Jezerski vrh (1,657m) and from its lofty heights it offers some fantastic views out over the entire country. From near here we’ll take an amazing historic walk down an old military road known as the Ladder of Cattaro. This walk offers stunning views down to the old Dalmatian town of Kotor (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), as well as some spectacular views over the Bay of Kotor and the surrounding landscapes.
Total distance 9km, 900m descent. Approx 3-4hrs walking

Hotel Marija or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: IN & AROUND BAY OF KOTOR

DAY 7: IN & AROUND BAY OF KOTOR

You may want to spend the day just exploring the labyrinthine streets of Kotor, swimming in the warm waters of the beautiful bay or perhaps exploring some of the incredibly picturesque villages that dot the bay such as Perast and Dobrota. For those who want to undertake a more substantial walk (with stunning coastal views at every turn), we plan to leave Kotor’s medieval walls on foot and ascend the Vrmac peninsular on another of Montenegro’s stunning old military roads built by the Austro-Hungarians. From the ridge-top trail there are mesmerising views out over the inner and outer bays and as we pass by yet another fortress we’ll descend back down to the waters of the Adriatic before returning to Kotor. It’s a truly stunning walk which will remain with you long after the suntan has faded.
Total distance 15km, 720m ascent, 720m descent. Approx 5-6 hrs walking.

Hotel Marija or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN KOTOR

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN KOTOR

The tour finishes after breakfast. Those booked on the suggested group flights will transfer back across the border to Dubrovnik in time for the flight home.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

Please note that if staying in Dubrovnik ahead of the tour, you will need to make your own way back to the airport to meet the group for the start of the tour.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 2678 London Heathrow (LHR) 07:00 Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) 10:50
BA 2681 Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) 13:05 London Heathrow (LHR) 14:55

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Montenegro.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

 

 

 

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Bay of Kotor

The Bay of Kotor and the surrounding mountains offer endless opportunities for exploration either on foot, by bike or even by kayak. Alternatively it is a great place to relax for a few days enjoying great food and exploring several of the small villag

Dubrovnik

Croatia’s ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ is only a couple of hours’ drive away from Kotor and can be easily visited by those who haven’t yet experienced its charms. Allow 1-3 days.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Days should be warm to hot (around 25 to 30C) during the day and relatively cool (around 15C) at night. Altitudes during the walk vary from about 500m to 1,800m. Please note that if rain occurs at this time of year it is generally short showers, though please remember you will be in the mountains where there weather can be unpredictable!

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a good state of health who enjoys walking in the hills should be perfectly able to cope with this trip. It should be noted that while this trip has been designed to appeal to those who prefer to experience a country on two feet rather than just from a bus window, all walks can be opted out of and alternative arrangements can be accommodated. 

Please note that some of the walks will include quite steep descents down through woodland and may be tough on the knees, but the scenery and views will more than make up for this.
 

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except Katun Goles and Ethno Village Nevidio. This is due to the limited number of huts available where you’ll also need to share facilities.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 2190 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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