Montenegro walking holiday
Description of Montenegro walking holiday
Exploring on foot is the perfect way to discover the diverse landscapes of Montenegro, and this walking holiday leads you along mountain trails, through remote valleys and down to lakeside towns.
Roughly the same size as Northern Ireland, Montenegro makes up for its diminutive footprint with epic scenery. Home to the deepest canyon in Europe – the 1,300m Tara Canyon – wild and rugged mountains and a picturesque coastline, Montenegro also boasts an impressive history. It was the only country in this region to fend off the advances of the Ottoman Empire, and retains a strong sense of culture and national identity.
Montenegro is emerging as an exciting destination for active holidays, but is still something of a European best kept secret. Walking here is a great way to get into its undeveloped interior, and you’ll often have the trail to yourself without seeing another soul. Hike up to abandoned fortresses, discover medieval towns and stay overnight in quiet villages and mountain cabins, gaining an insight into traditional life here, little changed in decades. In between walking, take a boat ride along a rural canal, visit a honey farmer and dine on fresh fish and local wine in Montenegro’s former capital Cetinje.
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PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
This trip is a multi-activity trip involving hiking, white-water rafting, cycling and kayaking around the beautiful Montenegran coastline. By utilising pedal-power, travelling on foot and a non-motorised modes of transport this is certainly a great option for the environmentally minded traveller, whilst keeping travellers fit and active! Portions of this trip travel through National Parks - again, by encouring low impact tourism in these areas it allows the designated parklands to generate revenue and ensure they are kept 'unspoilt' for generations to come.
This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.
PeopleIn Montenegro we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and camp staff, and ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for the journey. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy, and benefit the local community.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers, staff and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures. This is of particular importance in areas where there are limited employment opportunities - by working with local people and communities we are able to extend tourism in Montenegro away from the more commercial centres and into the more remote regions.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. In 2009 we also launched our own charitable foundation which allows us to channel profits from the trips and fundraising events, directly into community projects in the countries we visit. Details of current projects and scholarships supported by the foundation are available on request.