Walking holiday in Montenegro

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2017: 30 Apr, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct
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Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Montenegro

Environment

We want our holidays to be high impact in experience but low impact on the environment! Once you are at your various destinations, transport will be mostly on foot, with transfers provided to starting points for excursions or restaurants if needed.

This holiday takes place in protected regions such as the UNESCO heritage sites of Kotor and Durmitor National Park, and Lake Skadar, a National Park and RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance. As such, your visit contributes directly towards their protection through the payment of National Park fees, boosting the monetary resources available to the National Park authorities to implement conservation measures. Our tour guides have been trained in the Leave No Trace principles and will encourage you to respect these at all times to ensure your behaviour is eco-friendly – travelling on marked paths, disposing of waste properly, leaving what you find (unless it’s other people’s rubbish!), respecting wildlife and being considerate of other visitors and the local community.

It is our obligation to help preserve Montenegro’s stunning natural beauty in the face of a 250% increase in tourism over the last three years! We are proud to be among the very few genuine sustainable travel entrepreneurs operating in this country. We’ve worked hard to build links with local environmental charity ‘Green Home’, Montenegro’s Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives, the National Tourism Organisation and Ministry for Tourism and Sustainability so that we are included as a valued partner and advisor on relevant projects which promote and build the infrastructure for sustainable travel in Montenegro, eg the Lake Skadar Hiking & Biking Trail Map, The Ethno-Gastronomy Trail, and the joint Montenegro/Albania Lake Skadar Eco-systems Protection Project funded by the World Bank and EU. We are also staunch supporters of the local community enterprise Green Boats, based in Virpazar, and are partners of the Western Balkans Geotourism project set up by National Geographic.

Community

We've built strong links with the local communities you’ll visit and support their maintenance of historic traditions, from bee-keeping, fishing and carp-smoking to the making of wine, cheese, olive-oil and flavoured brandies. By visiting home-producers and buying their wares, you will build pride, contribute to the local economy and encourage the development of and investment in sustainable agro-tourism.

We go to great efforts to ensure you will enjoy a cultural exchange with local people which is valuable and fun. English isn’t widely spoken away from the coast, but your guides, most of whom are local people, will be able to translate to make each interaction memorable and meaningful for you and your host community.

Your visit is also of vital importance to the communities of Montenegro’s more remote, beautiful and lesser known regions, where decades of impoverishment caused by urban migration and the 1990s Yugoslavian war are still causing deprivation today. Staying in locally owned accommodation, you will help to demonstrate to local people the positive economic value of encouraging tourists, keeping neighbourhoods clean, and slowly building a regeneration of once forgotten villages.

Reviews of Walking holiday in Montenegro

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Activity Holiday: Two days walking, one day wine tasting and one day kayaking (1 week) plus add on (3 nights) of two days walking and one day white water
rafting. Walnut Valley walk was our favourite in the first week and white water rafting was our favourite in the add on

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not a holiday for the couch potato. The holiday is reasonably active. We are in our mid and late 50's and fit in the sense that we walk quite a bit. The age group
on the holiday varied from 15 to 59.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. If there are any costs for additional elements to the holiday, all of the money goes to the person/people providing them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Not quite reborn!!!! but up there with the best holiday we have ever been on...

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The view from the top of Mt Rumija.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Other members of the group may not be very fit. Whilst Emma and Ben will do their best to accommodate the range of abilities the walking can be very frustrating and definitions of a 5/6 hour hike seem to vary. In general not for the super fit! Having said that there are some lovely walks, a chance to see and sample the local culture and the incredibly diverse flora and fauna. Plus abundant opportunities to swim! Definitely a great hol if you want some relaxed walking, leisurely lunches, to nature spot and to experience the traditional Montenegran way of life. Worth a trip to the more commercial coast for the contrast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefited the locals. Emma and Ben made a real effort to make sure they worked closely with the community, providing employment and ensuring local produce was purchased wherever possible. Supported conservation by showing the locals how tourists value the nature and landscape.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic holiday. Amazing place and lovely people!

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


every single day had really memorable moments. Top 5 (but it could have been a top 20)
-standing under a waterfall in a stunning rocky glade on the first day's walk
-amazing lunch of totally home grown and home cooked delicacies at Tanya's
-paddling our kayaks over serene Lake Skadar to a nunnery and a monastery
-hilarious games in the evenings with our new mates over several bottles of local
rose and the odd pivo!
-helping to get a singalong going in the restaurant with a local guy's guitar

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


relax and enjoy it all and leave everything to Ben and Emma who lay on brilliantly
planned days out. My wife and I had planned a walking holiday with some
biking, probably spending quite a lot of time on our own In reality, the walks we did, whilst constantly interesting and full of surprises, were not hugely challenging and (in very hot weather) that suited us perfectly as we invariably ended up somewhere very nice for lunch!
and so much for being on our own- we shared the villa with two families with children from 8 to 12.great kids who were happy to try anything and in many ways that lively group made the holiday even better not sure its worth bothering going to the coast. Lake Skadar region has all you need for a week, especially with knowledgeable and well connected guides like Ben and Emma

The food might not have been so enjoyable if we didn't like fish!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely! Everything seemed to be locally caught, grown and cooked.Mio's one man restaurant being an example,he gets up at dawn to catch the carp, despite having badly sprained his ankle,fries them up for you and serves them with a delicious home made soup and salad and a large glass of his really excellent home produced wine. we indeed felt that we were welcome regular customers at one restaurant in Virpazar village, not least when the waiters offer to drive you home to the villa at the end of the evening!Thanks for that also to Ben and Emma, because the locals seem to welcome everyone who holidays with them and of course the business they bring to the community

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


gotta be five stars for all the above reasons, still glowing from it ten days later!

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many memorable events; easing ourselves into crystal clear, fresh water, freezing rock pools! The 2 excellent meals prepared for us by Tania at her home...everything home produced; breads, cheese, cured ham, wine, hare casserole etc. The kayak trip and the visit to the monasteries where we met a wonderfully enthusiastic nun and the enthusiasm and helpfulness of our hosts : Ben and Emma. They could not have done more for us....a lovely couple.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure your footwear is quick drying...we often got our shoes wet!!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefited local people. We visited homes of local wine growers and brought from them and ate at a private home and shopped locally and used a local boatman. At the Villa we collected fresh drinking water from a source in the garden and were made aware of keeping water consumption low. Also there was no air-conditioning at the villa, although we did have fans in the bedrooms.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We really loved it. We were off the beaten track, away from the coastal resorts and Ben and Emma made us very welcome and the trips were varied, interesting and fun. We also were very fortunate to share our accommodation with some extremely nice people.

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trip to Kayak on lake Skada was the best day of the holiday for me. Beautiful surroundings and the trip to the island to meet the nuns was the icing on the cake.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It can be tailored to different levels of fitness so don't worry about thinking you will be the least fit person going on the holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Vists to local families were a great part of the holiday giving us the opportunity to see how they live and grow their own produce and also helps to raise awareness of keeping food miles down.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Had a really good time.

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