Within tiny Montenegro lies a world of dramatic mountains, deep forests, and ancient cities set along the stunning Adriatic Sea. Our cultural hiking adventure in this hidden corner of Europe brings us from the limestone peaks and alpine setting of Durmitor National Park and the primeval forests and glacial lakes of Biogradska Gora National Park to captivating Kotor, the seaside gem of Montenegro’s sun-splashed Adriatic Coast. Our cultural encounters are unforgettable as we learn about age-old traditions and sample wonderful cuisine, including the regional Vranac, a dry red wine of unique taste and character.
The trip exceeded our expectations. The diversity of the experience of hiking in the mountains and then along the coast was tremendous. We did not expect to see such jaw-dropping scenery and to experience so much local interaction, especially with regard to the array of meal experiences we had.
— Lois B., Concord, CA
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina / Durmitor, Montenegro / Tara River
From Sarajevo, a melting-pot city of ancient influences from the time of the Silk Road, we head to Durmitor National Park for hikes below saw-toothed peaks and alongside gleaming lakes. The breathtaking Tara River Canyon, Europe’s longest and deepest gorge, with its aquamarine waters coursing between 3,000-foot cliffs, invites us for a fun rafting trip (optional, and no experience needed!).
Biogradska Gora National Park / Mrtvica Canyon / Lake Skadar
In Biogradska Gora, our hike leads past glacial lakes to the spectacular twin peaks of Mt. Komovi, revealing views that stretch clear to Albania. Moraca Monastery, with its superb Byzantine frescoes, offers a peek into medieval history, and we’ll hike to the rocky hideaway of Mrtvica Canyon. At serene Lake Skadar National Park, we explore one of the continent’s most important bird sanctuaries. On one evening, we’ll cruise by boat to a restaurant set on a secluded beach that serves fresh catch of the day.
Cetinje / Kotor / Dubrovnik, Croatia
After visiting romantic Cetinje, we hike high above Kotor, once a trading post for the Venetian Empire, on a shepherds’ trail offering breathtaking views of the sapphire-blue bay below. We’ll also boat across the bay and walk along Kotor’s ancient town walls. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik.