Montenegro walking holidays, self guided
breakfast, orientation meeting, roadbook, maps, local mobile phone, all transfers quoted in the programme; 24/7 service line Optional: upgrade to 4*hotels, airport transfers Best times: Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Description of Montenegro walking holidays, self guided
This wonderful week of self guided walking in Montenegro introduces travellers to not only the natural beauty of the Balkans but also the genuine warmth and hospitality that you'll find at locally-owned bed and breakfast accommodation and characterful village inns.
As you'll be walking within the some of Montenegro’s most scenic stretches, including the Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar and Loven National Park, you can rest assured that your time outdoors will be time well spent. From Mediterranean mountain meadows festooned with wild flowers to the cultural heritage along the Budva Riviera, walking in Montenegro creates a variety of scenic backdrops alongside scintillating views.
Views over the Bay of Kotor, for example, are simply spectacular and you'll find some great hikes within the Vrmac mountains, which divide the inner and outer Bay of Kotor, that lead to tiny traditional village inns from where lunch is always best enjoyed with a glass of Montenegrin red.
Elsewhere there's a great walking trail that takes you high over the Pastrovacka Gora pass where ancient monasteries and coastal scenes over Budva and Sveti Stefan Island, add to the enjoyment of picnic lunches amongst the wild and rugged alpine rocks.
Other well known walking trails include the zig-zagging Ladder of Kotor, that once connected the city of Kotor with the ancient citadel of Cetinje. Lovcen National Park also boasts more than its fair share of trekking trails with Petar II Petrovic Njegos Mausoleum and expansive views out to sea and Boka Bay, just rewards for an uphill hike. The largest lake in the Balkans, Lake Skadar, certainly isn't a slouch when it comes to walking routes with untouched habitat for indigenous and migratory birds definitely worth packing the binoculars alongside plenty of Montenegrin smoked ham and local Njegusi cheese.
It's up to you how far and how long you hike each day. It's a tailor made tour so make sure you find the pace and the trails, that are right for you. And if your kids are happy walkers, note that Montenegro has been named one of National Geographic UK's top 2021 family holiday destinations.
12 Reviews of Montenegro walking holidays, self guided
Reviewed on 09 Jun 2022 by Ann ScullyWe booked a self guiding walking holiday and the personal that we dealt with on the ground along with the transportation to and from the airport and to the start and finish of our walks was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019 by Scott KirbyThe walks in the hills above Kotor Bay and Budva were probably the highlight of our 4-week holiday. The views and scenery were beautiful. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2019 by Marc RobertsStunning hikes during the day and then we could relax back at the hotel and on the beaches, swimming and snorkeling Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019 by Marc RobertsIt's hard to pick one (memorable) part when the scenery is as beautiful as what we saw. Some of the hikes we didn't see any other people and it was quite special - feeling almost alone with the environment and the views surrounding us. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2019 by Leif IngholmAmazing views, varied walks and seamless logistics by organizers. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jul 2019 by Lindsey Colvin-FoxThe most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was the beautiful scenery of Kotor Bay seen from the hilltops, and walking / boat trip in the Lochven and Skadar Lake national parks. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019 by Fenny ToppenThe walk from Katun Goles to the next Katun over the ridge was the most memorable part of my holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Alexis WorrallOne of the most memorable holidays of my life. This whole holiday has been just incredible, to say one part is better than another is difficult. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2018 by John GeraghtyCongratulations to Vlado who was very patient with us and did a great job organising our day to day travel requests and who ensured he left no stone unturned to ensure we had a good holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 May 2017 by Rosemary CunniffeThe wonderful walks amidst stunning and varying scenery. Montenegro has an abundance of natural beauty, high mountains, alpine walks, lovely coastline. Meeting a shepherd with his flock of sheep & herd of goats with their tinkling bells high up in the mountains one morning. A lovely, smiling man in his timeless pursuit... Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2016 by Magdalena BThis holiday has been the most wonderful and amazing experience. Every corner you turn in Montenegro is just beautiful, fairy-tale beautiful. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2015 by Andrew ThomsonDo it! These were fabulous walks, with varied landscape and conditions, stunning views. Very few other people: we felt we had the mountains to ourselves. Read full review
PlanetMost of our tours include the five National parks of Montenegro. Each of them features unique environments and rich ecological values, which require corresponding attitude from visitors. Lake Skadar, the biggest lake at the Balkan peninsula features a very rich bird fauna. In our multi-activity and family tours we offer bird watching with kayaks. These tours are guided by bird protection activists, who are supported by our programms.
We avoid using off-road jeep transfers, since some areas do have a very fragile soil surface. Anyhow we believe in the first line that our feet can take us everywhere. In order to avoid empty transfer kilometers we cooperate with transport providers, who are closest to a starting or pick up point of our tours. We include public transport in our tours where applicable. Eg. transfer by train form the coastline to the north of Montenegro saves 115km on the road.
In general we use almost no printed marketing material. To present our company and products we use tablets. The design works for our website is done by local creatives.
We encourage our guests to use re-fillable waterbottles, since tab water is drinkable in Montenegro.
PeopleWhile including as many local people to our tours and we hope to build a bridge between visitors and locals and create better understanding for all day life challenges in Montenegro. Even there is most of the time a huge language barrier, both sides enjoy the direct interaction
We highly value the knowledge and work of our business partners, who most all of them being considered as friends. Our local guides we usually recruit from the Northern parts of Montenegro, since this part of the country provides little opportunities for employment.
Food & produce: Culinary: an integral part of real understanding and enjoyment of a region or country is eating the local food.
This ensures that the local producers see how valuable their produce is, in terms of keeping farming traditions alive, which on one side ensures a maintained landscape, which is on the other side the base for rural tourism. We encourage our guests to buy local produce for souvenirs eg. home made Rakija (spirit), honey products, artisan wines, olive oil products, etc.
We cooperate with farmer communities, which noticed that providing an insight to their daily life up in the mountains describes a special experience for guests. In return this interest in their lifestyle and the generated additional income contributes to make people to stay up in the mountains producing traditional dairy products and maintaining the landscape.
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