budva montenegro hiking tour

Budva, Montenegro

From dramatic mountains to Mediterranean shores, Montenegro is a world of spectacular natural beauty, perfect for hiking.

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Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4195  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Depart: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and inns, including one hotel on the shores of Lake Skadar
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, some steep trails, 2-5 hours a day, optional rafting, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Hike among the wild limestone mountains of Durmitor National Park, a World Heritage Site
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Biogradska Gora National Park, stunning Tara River Canyon, Europe’s deepest
  • Discover Kotor, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world, and its gorgeous bay
  • Tour storied Sarajevo, with visits to Sebilj Square in Bascarsija and the ancient Latin Bridge on the Miljacka River


Really great trip. Sarajevo is a fascinating city and Montenegro is beautiful.Cheryl O.—Bedford, MA

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Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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Tiny Montenegro has it all when it comes to natural beauty, with dramatic mountains, deep forests, and the stunning sapphire seas of the Adriatic Coast. This hidden corner of Europe also offers fascinating architecture and a rich cultural heritage, making it the perfect place for our cultural hiking adventure. Our trails bring you from the limestone peaks and alpine setting of Durmitor National Park and the primeval forests and glacial lakes of Biogradska Gora National Park to enchanting Kotor, the jewel of Montenegro’s sun-splashed Adriatic Coast. Your cultural encounters are unforgettable as we explore mountain villages with age-old traditions, stroll ancient walled towns, and sample wonderful local cuisine, including the regional Vranac, a dry red wine of unique taste and character.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Durmitor, Montenegro / Tara Canyon

After exploring intriguing Sarajevo, we head into Durmitor National Park for alpine hikes amid saw-toothed peaks and gleaming lakes. The breathtaking Tara River Canyon, whose turquoise-colored waters course between 3,000-foot cliffs, invites us for a fun half-day rafting trip (optional, and no experience needed!).

Days 5-7
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 for views stretching all the way to Albania. Moraca Monastery, with its superb Byzantine frescoes, offers you a peek into medieval history, followed by a hike to the rocky hideaway of Mrtvica Canyon. Exploring serene Lake Skadar, we discover one of the continent’s most important bird sanctuaries, ending our day with a lakeside dinner in a fishing village.

Days 8-11
Cetinje / Kotor / Dubrovnik, Croatia

After visiting romantic Cetinje, our hike brings you high above Kotor, once a trading post for the Venetian Empire, on a shepherds’ trail offering breathtaking views of the dramatic bay below. We also boat across the bay and walk along Kotor’s ancient town walls. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik, or extend your stay here.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate. It is a hiking journey with day hikes of four to six hours on most days over moderate to steep mountain terrain. Although we are not at altitude, the trails can be rocky and narrow, and there is a lot of limestone, which can get slippery when wet. You will carry just a daypack on the hikes. Hiking boots that go above the ankle are recommended for the extra support, as well as hiking poles.

The hiking itinerary is planned as we have described it in the preceding pages. However, as in any mountain trip, we will remain flexible with regard to weather and other local conditions in choosing our routes. And do remember that apart from the coastal areas, the tourism infrastructure in Montenegro is still in development and the services, facilities, and quality of hiking trails can be basic.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm. Rooms in the hotels and inns we stay in are not always of uniform or international size. However, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Please note that single rooms in European hotels tend to be small by US standards.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 30-Jun 9, 2015  Ingrid Cercek
Jul 11-21, 2015  Ingrid Cercek
Sep 20-30, 2015  Ingrid Cercek

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4195 (12-15 members)
$4395 (9-11 members)
$4695 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $390
Forced single supplement: $195
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel Europa, Sarajevo

Hotel Europa, Sarajevo

Day 1 (1 night), Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Hotel Europa has an ideal location in the heart of Sarajevo’s Old Town, just steps from the famous Bascarsija, the Ottoman-built 16th century ...
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Ski Hotel

Ski Hotel

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Zabljak, Montenegro

In the small resort of Zabljak, the only town in the Durmitor National Park region, our overnight is at the simple but welcoming Ski Hotel.
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Bianca Resort and Spa

Bianca Resort and Spa

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Kolasin, Montenegro

The Bianca Resort & Spa  is a contemporary hotel complex built in alpine-chalet style, with wood-panelled rooms and a large central ...
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Hotel Vir

Hotel Vir

Day 7 (1 night), Virpazar, Montenegro

With a great location on the shores of Lake Skadar and set within Lake Skadar National Park, this hotel offers comfortable en suite rooms, each with ...
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Kotor Hotel

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Kotor, Montenegro

In Kotor, we stay at one of the following properties:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Ingrid Cercek

Ingrid Cercek was born and raised in Slovenia. After 28 years living in the lovely capital, Ljubljana, she moved with her husband to a small wooden chalet to the countryside. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been exploring the mountains and villages of Slovenia as well as Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, and of course, nearby Italy. Fluent in four languages (English, Slovenian, Italian, and Croatian), Ingrid is a wonderful guide and avid mountain hiker with a passion for introducing visitors to the alpine wonders and ancient European cultures she loves. “My country is one of those rare places where you can take a deep breath of fresh mountain air in the Alps in the morning then a few hours later, breathe the fragrant scent of the Mediterranean. I love to bring trip members closer to these special places that I have such a passion for.”

Upcoming Trips:

Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast, May 6-16, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, May 17-27, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, May 30-June 9, 2015
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania, June 13-25, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, June 28-July 8, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, July 11-21, 2015
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania, August 23-September 4, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, September 7-17, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, September 20-30, 2015
Expedition to Lappland: Northern Lights and Reindeer Herders, March 2016

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Client Testimonials:


Ingrid is absolutely one of your best guides. She went out of her way to make sure the trip was enjoyed by everyone. WT is lucky to have someone like Ingrid. M. J., Irvine Ingrid is a true professional guide, so knowledgeable and proud of he country. She couldn’t have been more accommodating and was truly fun to be with. IT was a privilege to travel with her. J. D., Kailua, HI In addition to sharing her knowledge of Slovenia and the mountains we were hiking in, and taking care of each of us, Ingrid has an extraordinary sense of humor and energy that made the trip a wonderful experience. E. F., Los Angeles CA Ingrid was wonderful! She was caring, concerned and attentive to all details and most of all...FUN! Carol M., Hillsborough CA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is a wonderful person, whom I hope to meet again. She loves her country and shows that with enthusiasm. Very responsible and a lot of fun. Jon R., Hillsborough CA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid Cercek is an awesome trip leader. She worked non-stop to make sure the trip went smoothly and was able to anticipate and cater to individual needs. She is really fun to be with and our group just loved her. Mary M., S. MN
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
You are exceedingly fortunate to have Ingrid. She is one of the most well rounded guides I have ever had. A treasure, for sure. Barbara L., Coos Bay OR
Hiking Istria & the Islands of the Adriatic
Ingrid Cercek went beyond the expected to enure our enjoyment of the trip. Carolyn P., Strafford NH
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is very skilled at interacting with each member of the group. She takes her job very seriously and was always concerned that we were enjoying ourselves. Martha Ann M., Comer GA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid went beyond the excellent and expected—always. I'd follow her anywhere. Pat G., Golden CO
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is a terrific leader. She took great care to make sure everyone had an extraordinary experience and was also a lot of fun to be with. Cheryl O., Bedford, MA
Montenegro & the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid was fun! She was an amazing Trip Leader and a great person. I loved having her as a guide and hope to stay in touch with her. Tiffany D., Nashville, TN
Croatia: Istria & the Dalmatian Coast
I loved Ingrid! She was extremely patient and knowledgeable, with an infectious enthusiasm and easy sense of humor. She is the perfect trip leader! John M., Houston, TX
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid is a wonderful person whose enthusiasm is contagious. She is thoughtful and understanding of the traveler's needs. A true gem! Lili H., Taos, NM
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid was wonderful. She was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about many areas of interest. What impressed me about her was her desire to learn more from each of the participants on the trip. FIRST CLASS TRIP LEADER! Ron K., Scottsdale, AZ
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid possessed all the right characteristics of a good guide—knowledge, humor, enthusiasm, and a desire to show the best of Slovenia. Having a guide who intimately knows the terrain makes the difference. Nancy B., Charlestown, MA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid was an excellent guide. Definitely among the best we've traveled with. Christel M., Milwaukee, WI
Hiking in Slovenia
Fantastic leader! Extremely competent and great sense of humor. She worked hard to make sure everything flowed smoothly on this trip, and even if it hadn't, it STILL would have been fun! Impossible to imagine a bad day on a trip with a leader like Ingrid. Mary Jo B., Aurora, CO
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid is The Best. We've traveled with her three times now and she never disappoints. Pat G., Golden, CO
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid is an outstanding leader with a real talent for creating a good group dynamic. Her enthusiasm for the trip and her obvious competence were inspiring and reassuring! Penelope K., Aptos, CA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
I've been on 17 Wilderness trips and guides just don't get any better than Ingrid. She is smart, fun, thoughtful, and highly professional. I'd rank her among your very best. Betsy S., Boston, MA
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid was a wonderful leader. She found so many hidden surprises for us throughout the trip, and was very knowledgeable not only about the history of the area but almost every plant and flower. I would definitely travel with her again. Jen Y., Arlington, VA
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid really made the trip. Her enthusiasm, sense of fun, and love of her country really made it so much more memorable. Kim R., Seabrook, TX
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid has it all: humour, knowledge, experience, compassion, patience, and more. Alison D., Dallas, TX
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid Cercek is absolutely the best tour guide I have ever had! She is pure gold, and a premier representative of your organization. Charles R., Saint Louis, MO
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid is a top notch professional, who in addition to knowing her stuff, has a real knack for dealing with people and situations. Natalie S., Howard, PA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid was a pleasure to be around. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and fun, and she wants everyone to learn about and enjoy every part of the republics of the former Yugoslavia. Andy W., Oakland, CA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
A top-notch guide, one of the best I have encountered. The trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable without her. Ingrid's expertise and care enhanced the overall experience ten-fold. Mary R., Ann Arbor, MI
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
This was probably my 13th trip with Wilderness, and Ingrid is clearly among my favorite leaders. She is knowledgeable, organized, friendly, and funny. Eliza S., Los Altos, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid excels in every respect. She has tremendous people skills, an extraordinary sense of humor, and she anticipates everyone's needs and concerns. She is also very knowledgeable about the geography and the history of the countries we visited. She is by far our favorite guide. Ellen F., Los Angeles, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid's love and knowledge of her native country was so apparent that she inspired us to feel likewise. An excellent organizer, she enabled our group to maximize every moment of our trip. Kathy and Jack M., Woodbridge, VA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid's passion for her country and knowledge of the place and its culture, made this a full Slovenian immersion trip. While the locales were striking, Ingrid brought them to life through her cultural and historical knowledge. Pam & Rod M., Steamboat Springs, CO
Hiking in Slovenia
Her passion for this area and her humor make an unbeatable combination. Attention to detail and a sense of fun led to so many favorite moments. Bonnie B., Bakersfield, CA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid is a mind-bogglingly good guide! She is well organized, enthusiastic, personable, knowledgeable, and made each guest on the tour feel special. She is a pro at the top of her game. Bruce H., Santa Fe, NM
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid exceeded all expectations for a tour guide with her extraordinary knowledge, enthusiasm, intelligence, engagement with participants, and leadership skills. She was wonderful. Ellen H., Santa Fe, NM
Hiking in Slovenia
We thoroughly enjoyed Ingrid. She's a great guide and enjoys sharing her love for her country and the scenery, history, and food. She selected great hikes! Lorna D., Annandale, VA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid really made the trip superb. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and in depth knowledge of Slovenia were wonderful. Virginia B., Seattle, WA
Hiking in Slovenia

Client Comments

Really great trip. Sarajevo is a fascinating city and Montenegro is beautiful. Cheryl O., Bedford, MA The Trip Leader's enthusiasm for the country and her wonderful personality contributed so much toward making this a fabulous trip. Olivia A., Bexhill-on-Sea, England
Montenegro is a very unspoiled destination with spectacular scenery and wonderful people. Accommodations were lovely and the restaurants charming and atmospheric. Lili H., Taos, NM