Montenegro hiking holiday, Bay of Kotor
Description of Montenegro hiking holiday, Bay of Kotor
Renowned for its pristine and ravishingly beautiful landscapes, Montenegro is one of Europe’s finest walking destinations. This small group hiking tour in Montenegro is something really special though. It explores not one but two national parks in Durmitor and Lov?en; Montenegro’s highest peak, Bobotov Kuk; magnificent coastal scenery around the Bay of Kotor, and finishes with a short white-water rafting tour on the Tara River (optional, of course).
As you’ll be part of a group of up to 16 walkers, led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide, you can expect plenty of companionship and friendly motivation on the trail. This type of holiday is a lovely way to admire less-touristy parts of Montenegro away from the busy coast, and to make friends with similar interests.
Another key benefit to joining a small group hiking tour in Montenegro is that there’s no need to worry about reading maps or finding places to eat. Your capable guide leads the way throughout at a comfortable pace (this holiday will suit anyone used to regular walking; it’s not super-ambitious), and every day promises new opportunities to savour the food in locally owned inns and restaurants. Cheese and prosciutto in the mountains, seafood on the coast, washed down with Montenegrin wine and beer – classic hikers’ banquets.
Montenegro’s mountainous scenery is ideal territory for hikers. You’ll cross fertile valleys past small villages, ancient churches and fortresses, follow marked paths around glacial lakes, through pine forest and past stunningly beautiful bays along the coast, pause for photos and picnics at locations such as the famous Ivanova Korita in Lov?en National Park.
Highlights of this Montenegro hiking tour include commanding views across the spectacular Bay of Kotor on day three, and over Durmitor National Park from the summit of Bobotov Kuk on day five. And as a memorable week of walking in Montenegro comes to an end, you’ll take to the water instead for a short but thrilling white water rafting session through the lovely Tara River Gorge.
1 Reviews of Montenegro hiking holiday, Bay of Kotor
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2018 by David Hinchliffe
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The very warm welcome and superb attention from Rino and his colleagues. They were friendly and helpful, and went out of their way to tailor the holiday to
me. They were also very proud to show off their beautiful country.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do it ! Montenegro is gorgeous and the operator have a great range of activities available, truly something for everyone.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Many of the meals were taken at Rino's restaurant, the Cesarica, where he employs local people and uses the best local produce, especially seafood. Low food miles ! This is a family business, and most of the takings will go back into the local economy.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent. Beautiful coastline, stunning mountains, lovely people, delicious food and really good value too.
Read the operator's response here:
It was great trip for us too. Thank you very much for your review.
Sanja Rino and Biljana
PlanetWe want our holidays to be high impact in experience but low impact on the environment!
On our trip we walk and hike off the beaten paths. Traveling on foot produces no carbon footprint and also slows your pace down so you take in more of the nature that surrounds you. We are careful however, to ensure that when hiking the environments we pass through are not disturbed.
Walking tours on this trip visit National park Lovcen and the UNESCO protected Towns of Kotor, Kotor Bay area and Dubrovnik. They each have unique environments and rich ecological values, which visitors need to understand and help enforce. Working together with our local guides and companies we will continue to support local community efforts to maintain the natural beauty of these parks, keeping them free from all pollution and generating enough income from sustainable tourism. By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks on this holiday we are also contributing to their conservation through the entrance fees.
All of our guides know their surroundings very well and they provide our travellers with suggestions of how to minimize potential negative impacts to the environment and marine ecosystems. Our guides emphasize the importance of leaving the environment as it is, particularly in sensitive marine areas.
We encourage our guests to use re-fill able water bottles, since tap water is drinkable in Montenegro.
As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimize the use of electricity and conduct the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.
PeopleIn the last three years we have contributed to several activities as a part of UNDP ( United Nations Developing Program) and EU IPA programs to promote cooperation between Croatian and Montenegrin travel companies in specific areas for sustainable active adventures tourism.
We make special efforts to support the economy of our region such as the Bay of Kotor and the many small villages that we pass through in the Njegusi area, Lustica, Mt Lovcen and Mt Orjen. In rural communities we make sure we use their small restaurants, traders and shops ensures revenue generated from tourism is not confined to the larger cities and well known tourist spots. This is vital in establishing sustainable economies in these smaller areas
All our tour leaders are native to the area and have lived, travelled and worked in Montenegro for long periods. Tour-leaders are actually resident in Montenegro thus contributing full-time to the local economies. We make sure that we employ the guides in places where their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and on the environmental impact of your visit.
An integral part of real understanding and enjoyment of a region or country is eating the local food. Our walking tour includes two or three meals per day – the idea being that our guides aim to provide a guided tour to the regional cuisines as well as the sites and landscapes. We ensure that as well as locally run restaurants our guests are given the opportunity to enjoy the cuisine sold by producers directly.
Accommodation on this holiday is in, primarily, family run, small hotels or family run apartments. The food in the hotels is sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are homemade in the local restaurants that we visit during our sea kayaking trips (and is produced organically where possible). Those are family owned restaurants that are supplied with fresh fish from local fisherman.