DESCRIPTION OF MONTENEGRO WALKING HOLIDAYS, SELF GUIDED
Experience the walking highlights in one of the most beautiful areas in the Balkans, in the UNESCO World Heritage “Bay of Kotor”. Further more the tour takes you to the Lovcen National park, the riviera of Budva and the National Park Lake Skadar. Enjoy fantastic views from the top of the mountains combined with Mediterranean atmosphere.
At the Vrmac range, dividing the inner and outer Bay of Kotor you find atmospheric villages and fabulous views to the UNESCO World Heritage Bay of Kotor. A hike up to Pastrovacka Gora takes you to ancient monasteries and amazing views of the coastline of Budva and Sveti Stefan, the famous hotel island.
Not to miss the “Ladder of Kotor”, with its stunning zick-zack trail, which was once the only connection between Kotor and the old royal capital of Cetinje. Also Nationalpark Lovcen, home to the Mausoleum of the poet and bishop – Petar II Petrovic Njegos, has in particular a large network of hiking and biking trails. As a reward, unique views to the open sea and Boka Bay are waiting for you.
Last but not least explore the hidden gem of National Park Lake Skadar. The biggest lake of the Balkans in the Nationalpark Lake Skadar boosts a rich bird fauna and colourful flora.
This tour opens you the door to discover and experience the diversity of Montenegro´s landscape, culture and lifestyle.
A stop at one of the typical inns along your walks makes you to enjoy in the the famous smoked ham and wellknown cheese from Njegusi, with a glass of Montenegrin wine.
|Day 1:||Arrival at Dubrovnik, Tivat, Podgorica airport: Transfer to Kotor (optional). Meeting with our representative who introduces you to your walking programme. Overnight in the Bay of Kotor|
|Day 2:||Mount Vrmac is situated like a barrier between the innermost part of the Bay, Bay of Kotor and the outer part, Bay of Tivat. The best hike starts in Kotor on the military zig-zag-trail named after Austrian emperor Franz-Josef (in local language: Franjo Josip) and climbs um to the mighty fortress “Vermac” built in 1892 and still almost completely intact until the present day. From here you follow the mountain ridge to the highest top of Vrmac, Sveti Ilija (765 m). The descend follows an old shepherd’s trail down to the village of Prcanj, where you can visit the ruins of an old church destroyed in an earthquake and finally can enjoy your coffee directly at the seaside promenade. (16 km/9.9 miles, +765m/2509ft , -765m/2509ft)|
|Day 3:||Another top tour: On the northern side of the bay, you start in Orahovac village, follow a zig-zag-trail through the woods to a deserted village. From there you go up on the backside of a hill to the ruins of Vranovo Brdo fortress, where an absolutely breathtaking view awaits you. Then another military path takes you down to the small town Perast. There it is possible to take a boat to visit the famous island with the church Gospa od Skrpjela (our Lady of the Rock). (14 km/8.7miles, + 736 m/2414ft, -736m/2414 ft)|
|Day 4:||Right from the old town of Kotor we follow the old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor – even Billard tables were transported along this trail! This old horse trail with more than 70 zig-zags to Krstac pass offers countless magnificent views torwards the bay. Upon arrival at the pass 900m, continue another 2 km to in Njegusi and have a try of local Njegusi ham and cheese. Return by taxi to Kotor or depending on your shape continue to the mausoleum of the famous ruler Petar Njegus II. Overnight in Kotor. (11 km/6.7ft, + 950m/3116ft, -100m/328ft)|
|Day 5:||Drive to the center of the Nationalpark Lovcen right above the Bay of Kotor. Here starts are very rewarding circular walk to a fantastic view point and remote settlements. After return continue to the royal capital of Cetinje. A city walk takes you through Montenegro´s history. Continue to Budva. Overnight in Budva. (13,5 km/8 miles, +500/1640ft, -500m/1640ft)|
|Day 6:||A short transfer (15 min) takes us to the starting point at the monastery Praskavica. There you start a pleasant panorama walk above the Riviera of Budva. Fantastic views to Sv. Stefan and the rocky coast. Follow an impressive staircase a monk built centuries ago. Before you climb to the monastery Ogradenica, visit in a side step the women´s convent of Rustovo. After a refreshing stop at the church of Ogradenica you start your descent to the village of Blizikuce. Return to Budva. (10 km/6.2 miles, + 600m/1968ft, -600m/1968ft)|
|Day 7:||Your final tour in the National Park Lake Skadar: It is a short, but very nice hike especially for nature lovers. You start in the small village Rijeka Crnojevica, follow a river, pass an old hydropower station, ruins of a mill and finally reach the cave (20 m wide, 10 m high and around 60 m long, completely lit by daylight). The way back crosses the river, ascends to a nice viewpoint and to the oldest part of the village with church and graveyard, and at the end you cross the ancient stone bridge to get directly back to the village center.This tour is best combined with a relaxing boat ride on the Skadar lake. Return to Budva. (8km/4.9miles, +200m/656ft, -200m/656ft)|
|Day 8:||Transfer to the airport Podgorica, Dubrovnik, Tivat|