Mountain Hikes and Magnificent Kotor Bay

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Overview

With a rugged coastline, soaring limestone peaks, and red-roofed Venetian towns nestled along the blue Adriatic, Montenegro is one of Europe’s hidden gems—and ideal for our hiking journey. We’ll hike our way from the breathtaking alpine world of Durmitor National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park to the gorgeous coast at Kotor Bay, Europe’s southernmost fjord. Along the way, we discover Montenegro’s diverse cultural patchwork, sample a cuisine that reflects the region’s blend of east and west, and sip Vranac, the deep red wine made from the ancient native grape. A grand finale finds us in medieval Kotor, one of the most spectacular towns on the entire Adriatic Coast.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Durmitor, Montenegro / Tara River

In Sarajevo, a cultural melting pot since the Silk Road era, we stroll the 16th century Ottoman quarter, then cross the mountainous border to Montenegro, heading for the trails of Durmitor National Park, home to saw-toothed limestone peaks. The wild Tara River Canyon invites us for a fun morning of rafting (optional—you can hike instead).

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Days 4-6
Biogradska Gora National Park

Biogradska Gora protects one of the last stands of old-growth woodlands in all Europe. One of our hikes brings us through the park’s flower-filled meadows to the twin peaks of Komovi (8,100'), with clear-day views stretching to Albania.

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Days 7-8
Mrtvica Canyon / Lake Skadar

Moraca Monastery offers us a peek into Montenegro’s medieval history, and we hike to the rocky hideaway of Mrtvica Canyon amid soaring white cliffs and along the serene shores of Lake Skadar National Park. One evening, we boat to a restaurant to dine on the fresh catch of the day.

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Days 9-11
Kotor / Dubrovnik, Croatia

We head to the Adriatic and the walled town of Kotor, the UNESCO-listed jewel of Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast. Our hikes around majestic Kotor Bay bring us spectacular views. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy storied Sarajevo, with visits to Sebilj Square and the historic Latin Bridge
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 Tara River Canyon, Europe’s deepest gorge
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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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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