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 you 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.
Montenegro is a beautiful country. On most of our hikes we were alone on clean trails with fantastic views. It felt like we were being shown an undiscovered part of the country.
— Marcia A., Del Mar, CA
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Durmitor, Montenegro / Tara River
From Sarajevo, head to Durmitor National Park for hikes amid saw-toothed peaks and gleaming lakes. The breathtaking Tara River, whose aquamarine waters course 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. Moraca Monastery, with its superb Byzantine frescoes, offers a peek into medieval history, and you’ll hike to the rocky hideaway of Mrtvica Canyon. At serene Lake Skadar, discover one of the continent’s most important bird sanctuaries.
Cetinje / Kotor / Dubrovnik, Croatia
After visiting romantic Cetinje, hike 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.