WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
Travel from the clear waters of Kotor to the mountains soaking up the venetian towns, dramatic landscapes and remote rural ethno villages.
Bay of Kotor
"Most beautiful encounter between land and sea" according to Lord Byron and it's hard to argue. The bay and its charming venetian towns are best seen from the water by speed boat or yacht, luckily we can organise both!
Kotor Old Town
The venetian, fortified town of Kotor offers all the beauty of Dubrovnik but without the prices or the crowds, not to mention it's unique walls which offer unbeatable views of the bay for those prepared to scale it!
The landscape in Montenegro is simply breathtaking. It's coastline is known for beauty but arguably the inland mountain scenery is even more spectacular with its array of lakes and National Parks.
If you like the great outdoors then Montenegro will not disappoint with the abundance of water and mountains. With many activities available such as hiking, zip-lining, kayaking, yachting and rafting.
"Incredible Montenegro! This tour is the perfect balance of guided touring and exploring on your own. We’re already choosing our next holiday with UTP and I’d highly recommend you do the same!"
Tracey - Guest
Your trip begins with a scenic drive from the capital that takes you across the national park of Skadar lake, along the coastline, passing by iconic Sveti Stefan island to Kotor. You don’t want to miss the chance to see the view from the ancient fortress, and also to visit Perast islands – one of them man-made so that a beautiful church could be built on it. You will visit the monastery that was the first line of defence of Montenegro for five centuries, and still stands tall. This is, of course, combined with amazing views along the way, though you’re going through ”only” one national park. Next, you’ll be travelling along the stunning Tara canyon visiting another beautiful monastery and the amazing Tara bridge, which you'll have the option to zipline across. The last two nights you will spend at an ethno village, on the bank of yet another canyon, enjoying delicious food, engaging in outdoor activities such as white water rafting, lake cruises, horse riding and hiking, or simply resting with a good book – not too many places are better than Rudinice.
NEED TO KNOW
|GROUP SIZE||12 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Arrive in Podgorica. Transfer to picture-perfect Kotor via Sveti Stefan, the pearl of the Adriatic. Arrive in UNESCO town of Kotor. Rest of the day to explore the Old Town and even climb the crumbling city walls for exceptional vistas over the Bay.
Travel through the awe-inspiring Lovcen National Park. Visit the famous mountain mausoleum. Journey into the mountains through the twists and turns of the Moraca Valley. Visit the beautiful Moraca Monastery. Travel to the mountain town of Kolasin. Tour and tasting at a local honey farm. Jeep transfer to the remote Katun Vranjak. Hearty mountain supper at the open air dining area. Stargazing by the campfire. Night in the wood cabin.
Transfer along Europe’s longest and deepest gorge, the Tara Canyon. Visit the Monastery of St. George. Stop and admire the immense Tara Bridge. A walk around the amazing Black Lake or the optional guided hike through Durmitor National Park with a picnic lunch in the mountains. Travel to the rural village of Trsa. Drive through the dramatic Piva Canyon. Mountain style dinner and accommodation at Izlazak Ethno Village.
Optional activities in the ‘great outdoors’ including white water rafting, hiking, swimming and horse riding. Mountain style dinner and accommodation at Izlazak.
Transfer to Podgorica. Fly home.
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
All our chosen accommodation is based either in the old town or nearby. You can also upgrade to apartments with a shared pool, ideal for families.
Typical Accommodation: Monte Cristo, Villa Duomo or similar
Close to Pluzine and its limestone lakes are family-run Ethno villages which allow you to experience authentic hospitality and be close to nature.
Typical Accommodation: Izlazak, Montenegro Etno Villages or similar
Around 30 minutes from Kolasin, set on the outskirts of Biogradska Gora National park are some stunningly located, remote Ethno Villages.
Typical Accommodation: Vranjak, Goles Etno Villages or similar
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Magical Montenegro. The Black Mountain. Home to one of Europe’s most enticing stretches of coastline, some of the most striking mountain scenery on the continent and countless other spectacular gems, Montenegro is a country of incredible beauty and diversity. Not even 300km long, this tiny country packs in an extraordinary range of diverse landscape, cultural influences and must-see destinations. Catholic West meets Orthodox East, Montenegro’s heritage fuses centuries-old influences ranging from the Ottoman to the Venetian eras with a smorgasbord of diverse architecture and culture to create an utterly evocative holiday adventure.
"As your time is limited in Kotor, to make the most of it, we'd recommend speed boat tour of the bay, which will also give you the chance to swim in its crystal clear waters"
Ilija - Untravelled Paths
Boat Tour of Kotor Bay
Unless you have additional nights in Kotor then you'll have limited time to see everything so we'd recommend you book a speed boat tour of the bay to make the most of your time there.
Kotor Old Town Walls
If ascending the old town walls, don't miss the church and very local "cafe". About 3/4 of the way up you'll need to climb through a whole in the wall so keep a look out or you'll miss it!
Rakija is Montenegro's staple, often home brewed, fire water which you're likely to be offered during your visit. It's powerful stuff mind but it will certainly keep you warm!
No matter what time of year you travel, make sure you bring warm clothes as the temperature can drop sharply in the mountains especially in Spring and Autumn.
As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Podgorica with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
We can also cater for surrounding airports, although there would be an additional charge. For Tivat Airport the price is 80 Euros in total and Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia it is 80 Euros each way. Please note these prices are for the vehicle not per person and would be paid for locally.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in a few easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have made your necessary arrangements, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details and any other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
Despite the fact that Montenegro is not part of the European Union, the local currency is the euro. There are plenty of ATMs particularly in the major towns including Kotor and Budva so you don’t need to worry about changing currency before you arrive in Montenegro.
The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve landed in Montenegro to withdraw funds.
If you want to get hold of euros beforehand, head to an exchange bureau in the UK when the euro is readily available. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive.
Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Montenegro’s main towns like Kotor, Podgorica and Kolasin however cash is preferable particularly in the less built up areas of the country and in the mountains. While you’ll have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in places like Kotor using your PIN number, many of the mountain towns only accept cash so do make sure you’ve got enough on you as well as small change for smaller purchases. Please note that outside of Podgorica the best place to withdraw cash is in Kolasin town. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.
As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £8 a head and will pay around £12 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable. We reckon around £100 for lunch, drinks and snacks for two people is plenty. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.
Tipping in Montenegro is by no means compulsory, however it is polite to tip in restaurants and cafés by about 5 to 10%. If the service has been poor please don’t feel obligated to leave a tip. It is also commonplace to round up fares in a taxi to the nearest euro.
Spring: Montenegro usually enjoys sunny weather in May with clear skies and fresh air but it’s a bit more of a gamble than travelling in the peak of summer. On the plus side, there are fewer tourists and only the odd cruise ship coming in to Kotor. Temperatures are much fresher in the mountains.Summer: Summer is high season for tourists and although the weather may be hot and sunny with less chance of showers, there will be more people around particularly along the coast and in Kotor. June is less busy than July (driest) and August. July is the driest and August the hottest.Autumn: The perfect time to visit Montenegro with beautiful weather on the coast and no hoards of tourists to contend with particularly in September when the weather is still warm.
You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.
Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.
Although tap water is chlorinated and generally safe to drink, we recommend sticking to bottled water in order to avoid a tummy upset! Bottled water is widely available. Just ask for mineralna voda.
As you’ll be spending your time between Montenegro’s beautiful Adriatic Coast and its stunning mountains you’ll need to bring clothing appropriate for both warm and cool, changeable weather. Layers are an excellent option as they’ll allow you to warm up and cool down when necessary.
• Layers of lightweight clothing ideally made from cotton or other breathable materials
• Hiking gear for those keen on doing lots of walking
• A warm cardigan, fleece or hooded jumper for cool evenings by the sea and in the mountain
• A lightweight waterproof jacket in case the heavens open
• Smart clothing for more upmarket dinners in Kotor (shirts, trousers and dresses)
• Swimwear for water-based activities and sunbathing
• A pair of flip-flops or sandals
• A sturdy pair of trainers or hiking boots