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Walking in Montenegro

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.5 Read 6 reviews
  • Enjoy a perfect mix of coastal and mountain trails through the "Pearl of the Adriatic"
  • Walk on a former trade route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bay of Kotor
  • Take a cruise on Lake Skadar, home to over 270 different bird species
  • The mountains and valleys of Lovcen National Park
  • Picnic lunch stops with views over the sparkling blue sea
An undiscovered gem of a place for beautiful walking, Montenegro is perfect for exploring on foot. Following quiet shepherd’s trails and old trade routes, enjoy the contrast of invigorating routes through the mountains in Lovcen National Park and walks alongside the sparkling coastline dotted with ancient villages and towns brimming with history. Begin with a couple of nights in the old royal capital of Cetinje with its quirky, colourful streets. Enjoy a trip to nearby Lake Skadar, rich in birdlife such as the Dalmatian pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. Spend a couple of days walking through the rolling mountains and valleys of the national park before continuing by the old trade route to Kotor for a couple of days of fantastic coastal walking with wonderful views of the turquoise Adriatic.

What To Expect

Perfect if you have perhaps sampled the delights of neighbouring Croatia, and want something similar, Montenegro is often dubbed as the new “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Walking for between 3 and 6 hours a day on good trails with some steep and rocky ascents and descent, you will stay overnight in a combination of simple guesthouses, a mountain hotel in Lovcen and a 3* hotel in the old town of Kotor.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

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Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate overall, with the average daily distance being 12km and up to 765m ascent. There are a couple of longer days of around 15-16km. You will be walking for between 3 to 6 hours a day on good military and shepherds trails. There are some short sections on gravel roads and some steep and rocky ascents and descent.

Navigation

Most of the trails are well way-marked and you will be provided with detailed maps and route notes. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Accommodation Information

7 Nights accommodation is included in your trip. 2 nights are in a small guesthouse in Cetinje, 2 nights in a mountain hotel in Lovcen National Park and 3 nights in a 4* standard hotel in the centre of Kotor. Examples of accommodations used are detailed below. Dependent on availability, similar accommodations of a similar standard may be used and your detailed itinerary will show your exact accommodation. We have chosen Hotel Monte Cristo for its fantastic, very central location in the old town of Kotor. However, being in the old town it can be quite noisy in the evening. If you prefer a hotel in a quieter location, we also use the Babilon Hotel and Restaurant.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and a single room supplement is payable.

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. Lunches and dinners are not included to keep things flexible . You can choose from the many options available in Cetinje and Kotor who serve local Montenegrin specialities. The hotel in Lovcen also has a restaurant serving delicious food!.

Included
  • 2 Nights in a small guesthouse
  • 2 Nights in a mountain hotel
  • 3 Nights in a 4* hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Podgorica Airport to Cetinje
  • Boat trips to Lake Skadar
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPS Tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Podgorica and from Kotor
  • Boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks - payable locally, approx €5
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

When To Go

You can start this walking tour on any day of the week between the beginning of May and middle of October subject to availability. Montenegro enjoys a pleasant climate perfect for walking from May through to October. The coastline has typically Mediterranean weather with very warm summers whereas in the National Park it gets slightly cooler. July and August can get very hot so if you do travel at this time of year we would recommend early starts to the day to avoid the worst of the heat.

Getting to the Start

By Air - The closest airport to Cetinje is Podgorica and this is where we recommend flying to.  From the UK you can fly from London to Podgorica with airlines like Ryanair or TUI. From Europe, other airlines flying to Podgorica include Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Air France amongst others. From Podgorica a private taxi transfer is included to take you to Cetinje (approx 45min). It is also possible to fly to Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia, from where you would take a shuttle to the centre of Dubrovnik and then another two buses to Cetinje via Herceg Novi (3.5h in total). By Road: It is possible to drive to Cetinje from the coast via the E65/E80 and M2.3 roads (approx 1h 10m from Kotor).

Getting from the End

By Air: The closest airports to Kotor are either Tivat Airport or Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia. There is no public transport from Kotor to Tivat Airport but we can pre-book very reasonably priced airport transfers for you in advance which would take approx 20 minutes. Airlines flying to Tivat from the UK include Easyjet and Montenegro Airlines. To get to Dubrovnik Airport, you would take a bus to the centre of Dubrovnik (once daily, 2h) and then a shuttle bus to the airport (30min, hourly departures). There are many flights to Dubrovnik from both the UK and Europe. We can also arrange private transfers from Kotor to Dubrovnik airport for an additional cost. Please select the required option when making your booking or ask one of our D&A Specialists for details.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cetinje Day 2 Skadar Lake 3.5 miles / 6 km Day 3 Walk to Lovcen National Park 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 4 Loop Walk in Lovcen National Park 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 5 Walk to Kotor 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 6 Mount Vrmac 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 7 Walk Orahovac to Perast 7 miles / 11 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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