Mountain Hikes and Magnificent Kotor Bay

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Overview

With soaring limestone peaks in its north and classic Venetian towns along its blue Adriatic, Montenegro is one of Europe’s hidden gems—uncrowded and perfect for hiking. We’ll hike our way from the breathtaking alpine world of Durmitor National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park down to the gorgeous coast at the Bay of Kotor, 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. Our journey’s finale is hikes in the Bay of Kotor, one of the most spectacular settings on the entire Adriatic Coast.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
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 peaks and gleaming lakes. The wild Tara River Canyon invites us for a fun morning of rafting on its jade and turquoise waters (or you can opt to hike!).

Isabegov Hamam Hotel
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Day 1 (1 night)
Ski Hotel
Zabljak, Montenegro
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Hotel Soa
Zabljak, Montenegro
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Bianca Resort and Spa
Kolasin, Montenegro
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Days 5-6
Biogradska Gora National Park

One of the last stands of old-growth woodlands in all Europe is protected in Biogradska Gora. Our hikes bring us through flower-filled meadows to the twin peaks of Komovi (8,159') and into the Bjelasica massif among shepherds’ huts scattered through the pine forests.

Bianca Resort and Spa
Kolasin, Montenegro
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
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.

Hotel Pelikan
Virpazar, Montenegro
Day 7 (1 night)
Eco Resort Cermeniza
Virpazar, Montenegro
Day 7 (1 night)
Forza Mare Hotel and Resort
Kotor, Montenegro
Days 8 to 10 (3 nights)
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 Bay of Kotor bring us spectacular views. Depart on Day 11 via Dubrovnik.

Forza Mare Hotel and Resort
Kotor, Montenegro
Days 8 to 10 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy storied Sarajevo, with visits to Sebilj Square and the historic Latin Bridge
Hike in the wild limestone mountains of Durmitor National Park, a World Heritage Site
Explore the woodlands of Biogradska Gora National Park and the Tara River Canyon, Europe’s deepest gorge
Discover Kotor, with its Greek, Roman, and Venetian heritage
Sample the cultural tapestry of cuisines

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4595  
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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