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

Mountain Hikes and Magnificent Coastal Towns

Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4295  
Length: 11 days
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, 2-7 hours a day, optional rafting, van support
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Highlights

  • The wild limestone mountains of Durmitor National Park, a World Heritage Site
  • Ancient woodlands of Biogradska Gora National Park, stunning Tara River Canyon, Europe’s deepest
  • Magnificent Kotor, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world, and its gorgeous bay
  • Sarajevo, a storied crossroads of ancient civilizations


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 sapphire seas of the Adriatic Coast. This hidden corner of Europe also offers fascinating architecture and a rich cultural heritage—it’s the perfect place for a cultural hiking adventure. Our hikes bring us from the 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. Our 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 & Herzegovina / Durmitor, Montenegro / Tara Canyon

After exploring intriguing Sarajevo, we head into wild Durmitor National Park for alpine hikes in a spectacular realm of saw-toothed peaks, deep canyons, and gleaming lakes. The breathtaking Tara River Canyon, whose translucent turquoise- and jade-colored waters course between sheer 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

Sheltering one of the last stands of ancient woodlands in Europe, Biogradska Gora is graced by five shimmering glacial lakes ringed by dense pine and fir forests. We hike past lakes to the twin peaks of Mt. Komovi for views stretching to the mountains of Albania. We also visit 13th century Moraca Monastery, with its stunning Byzantine frescoes, and hike up into the rocky hideaway of the Mrtvica Canyon. On serene Lake Skadar, one of the continent’s most important bird sanctuaries, we explore by boat, with a lakeside dinner at a fishing village.

Days 8-11
Cetinje / Kotor / Dubrovnik, Croatia

After a visit to romantic Cetinje, we head to medieval Kotor, once a trading port for the Venetian Empire and blessed with a stunning setting on the Adriatic. One of our hikes brings us high above Kotor on a shepherds’ trail past villages and a small fortress and offers breathtaking views of the dramatic Bay of Kotor. We also boat across the bay and walk along Kotor’s town walls rising from the sea. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik.

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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

2014
May 31-Jun 10, 2014

Jul 12-22, 2014
Sep 21-Oct 1, 2014
2015
May 30-Jun 9, 2015
Jul 11-21, 2015
Sep 20-30, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$4295 (10-15 members)
$4595 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $395
Forced single supplement: $200
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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%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
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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Forza Mare Hotel and Resort

Forza Mare Hotel and Resort

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

The Forza Mare is a lovely spot to come back to after a day of exploring. This boutique hotel has a breathtaking view over Montenegro Bay, a private ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Vlatko Bulatovic

Departure Dates: May 31-June 10, 2014, July 12-22, 2014, September 21-October 1, 2014

Vlatko Bulatovic, of Montenegro, is a professional mountain guide with a passion for introducing his home country to hikers. With Montenegro emerging as one of Europe’s newest hiking destinations, he has been instrumental in recent years in developing hiking routes, marking trails, creating ...
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Ingrid Cercek

Departure Dates: May 31-June 10, 2014, July 12-22, 2014, September 21-October 1, 2014

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, ...
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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