Mountain Hikes and Magnificent Coastal Towns

Overview

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 explore mountain villages with age-old traditions and sample wonderful cuisine, including the regional Vranac, a dry red wine of unique taste and character.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
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!).

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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, 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.

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Days 8-11
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.

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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4495  
Arrive: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Depart: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and inns
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 if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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