Montenegro fly drive holiday
Description of Montenegro fly drive holiday
Take a couple of weeks to discover the delights of Montenegro and you’ll quickly begin to understand why this beautiful Balkan country is so highly regarded.
Self drive Montenegro holidays really allow you to unlock the landscapes along the Adriatic and further inland where vast lakes and dense pine forests contribute to some superb hiking trails within national parks, such as Durmitor, Biogradsko, and Plav (Prokletije).
As this particular fly drive in Montenegro's itinerary has been designed as a circuit it’s incredibly convenient for those flying to Dubrovnik with the Bay of Kotor, Durmitor National Park, Budva and the Tara Canyon all included within the route, which can be navigated in either direction. Direct flights from UK to Montenegro also available, details upon request.
Overnight stays take place in smaller, independent hotels and B&B’s with many of the properties run by local families who will be more than happy to chat about the area and provide some invaluable recommendations for places to see and things to do.
All fly drive Montenegro vehicles are of a good standard and the final documents package will include: route and parking instructions as well as recommended sightseeing options and optional activities that we’ll be able to book for you through our local activity operator.
Please note: if you’re flying from the UK, we’ll be happy to handle booking procedures with the airline and from the airport of your choice.
|Day 1||Touch down at Dubrovnik airport and pick up your hire car – drive across the border into Bosnia & Herzegovina and head to the southern city of Trebinje and your first night away from home.|
|Days 2-4||Today you'll be driving east and across the border into Montenegro – next stop is Montenegro's second largest city, Niksic, where you'll be invited to rest, sightsee and stretch your legs before continuing the drive north to the small town of Zabljak, situated within the beautiful Durmitor National Park – the next three days will be spent making the most of Durmitor National Park which is an absolute haven for hikers and those who love life outdoors; rafting, zip wire and mountain biking trails are also recommended – three nights spent in Zabljak.|
|Days 5&6||Bid a fond farewell to the peaks, valleys and rivers of Durmitor National Park as you drive east through rural Montenegro en-route to the glacial Lake Plav which is situated close to Prokletije National Park – there are several monasteries to take in along the way including Dobrilovina and Djurdjevi Stupovi which will help to break up the journey and give drivers a chance to enjoy the exquisite mountain scenery for themselves – the route along the River Tara is incredibly scenic with the Tara Canyon adding to the undulating landscapes, close to the borders with Albania and Kosovo – the next two nights will be taken in local accommodation in the Lake Plav area.|
|Day 7||Bid farewell to the glacial peaks and troughs around Lake Plav as you drive to the northern town of Kolasin in Montenegro via the beautiful natural landscapes of Biogradsko Gora National Park – overnight stay in local accommodation in Kolasin.|
|Day 8||Drive from Kolasin down to the Adriatic coast, along the Moraca Valley. Suggested stops en route at either the small capital, Podgorica, or at Lake Skadar.|
|Days 9&10||Your day finishes up at the coast with a choice of fascinating historic towns such as Ulcinj and Budva providing your B&B accommodation for the next two nights. Make the most of the coast with the beaches of Sveti Stefan and Petrovac always proving popular or a full day in the south, near the border with Albania, if you choose Ulcinj.|
|Days 11&12||Bid farewell to the "exterior" coast and make the short drive to the "inland" coastal town of Kotor. Routes include inland via Cetinje and Lovcen National Park or along the coast and through the Tivat tunnel, offering a couple of variations to suit your own itinerary – two nights spent at B&B accommodation in Kotor. Plenty of time to take a walk up the Kotor Steps and enjoy the old town life on foot, directly from your hotel.|
|Day 13||Spend your morning enjoying the coastline in and around the Bay of Kotor prior to making the drive back over the border into Croatia by way of Perast, Risan and Hercog Novi (as well as Cavtat, if time permits) before reaching your final destination, the red tiled coastal city of Dubrovnik – two nights B&B accommodation in Dubrovnik.|
|Day 14||Local sightseeing on foot, by bus or cable car; optional excursions by boat.|
|Day 15||Depart Dubrovnik and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight home.|
5 Reviews of Montenegro fly drive holiday
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022 by Tim PooleGreat. Loved the organised independent tour. It’s a wonderful and efficient way to see a new country without being herded around. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019 by Wolfgang HolzmannThe scenery was incredible, particularly the mountainous parts such as Biogradska and Zablijak, but also Lake Skadar and Kotor. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2018 by Tracy CoultThe zip wire over Tara Canyon was the most memorable part...Brilliant if you want a quiet and relaxing holiday with walking driving and beautiful scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by Brad ThorpeExcellent trip Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2018 by Elaine MargottAll we hoped for and more....Loved that every day was different, a great contrast of locations & hotels, mountain & lakes, bridges & canyons, beaches & restaurants Read full review
PlanetWe have chosen to include places to stay where there is greater opportunity for you to interact with the local people, to practice the local language and to minimise your carbon footprint. The small hotels we offer use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, reducing the foodmiles and carbon footprint associated with larger hotels.
We have chosen to include places to stay where public transport is readily available so that the car is not used within towns or national parks. By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks on this holiday you choose to contribute to the excellent record of conservation in recent years through the entrance fees.
As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimise the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.
PeopleAccommodation on this holiday is in primarily, family run, small hotels. The food served in the hotels is sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We encourage you to employ local 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. In Dubrovnik in particular you will see and read about the impact of the war on this UNESCO protected location; the cost of rebuilding and repairing the historic centre has been enormous and every contribution made by visitors helps greatly.
As well as supporting the local community and economy directly, our holidays also encourage support indirectly. As this is a self-drive holiday, visitors can access towns and villages which are off the beaten track, thereby supporting smaller local economies outside of Dubrovnik etc. Greater interaction with local people and local tourist service providers leads to greater understanding and respect which, almost always leads to better tourist and local relations.
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