Montenegro is a haven for adventure holidays! Kayak across the most Southern European fjord with jagged mountains on either side, climb to the summit of these mountains and gaze down on the landscape below and visit some of the Med’s best undiscovered beaches. Explore Lustica peninsula by bike enjoy games among the tree crowns in the Lovcen National Park. The country is also full of history, so you can wander through the medieval town of Budva, visit historic Dubrovnik and marvel at historic fortresses and castles.
2 Days of kayaking, one and a half day of walking, one day of cycling, half day of adventure park games, sightseeing of Kotor, Dubrovnik
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DAY 1 Arrival to Kotor Fjord and meeting your tour leader
Next 4 nights you will spend in 3* family run hotel in Prcanj located 50m from the sea. Comfortable rooms with private facilities.
DAY 2 Kotor kayaking and ramparts walking
After breakfast you start your week with a days kayaking from Prcanj to Kotor. Kayaking in the fjord should allow beginners to get the hang of the techniques, and provides stunning views as you make your way to Kotor. The old town of Kotor is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. The unique architecture of the town can be recognized in the asymmetric nature of the narrow streets and squares, as well as the medieval architecture.Built by the Venetians, their style is instantly recognisable in the buildings around the town. The town wall itself is fifteen metres wide and twenty metres high, strong enough to withstand years of attacks on this impressive town! The best views over the Gulf of Kotor are from Ivan Tower, which looks out across the bay. You climb up the 290 metres to reach the top where the views will take your breath away. After a tour around the town, you kayak back across the bay via the beautiful village of Dobrota. 6km of kayaking. 2h30 of walking with total ascent of 290m/ descent 290m. Night in 3* hotel.
Meals: B, D
DAY 3 Hike on Mt Lovcen and adventure park
Today you visit Mt. Lovcen, one of the most famous natural and historical symbols of Montenegro. The area is renowned for the production of prosciutto and cheese, and you will get to visit a local producer to taste this delicious food stuff. At the summit of Mt Lovcen lies the mausoleum of King Petar II Petrovic Njegos, poet and philosopher renowed throughout Montenegro. The views from the summit are spectacular, and are a great place to start a short hike down to Ivanova Korita and the adventure park there. 1h long hike with 360m descend. Set along wooden platforms built up in the trees, the adventure park has a variety of games for adults and kids of all ages as you try to make your way across the platforms, avoiding the obstacles in your path. Transfer back to Prcanj. Night in 3* hotel.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 4 Kayak to the Lady of the Rock island and town of Perast
It’s back onto the water today, as you return to your kayak and head out on the lake once more. On the Gulf of Kotor once more, you head first for Our Lady of the Rock. Legend tells that this island was formed by the seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding a religious icon on the island in 1452. Each time they returned from a successful voyage, these seamen laid a rock in the bay, which became this island. To mark this event, every July local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island. After your visit this year, be sure to return, as the island will not be the same size again!
From Our Lady of the Rock, you then continue by kayak to the town of Perast and explore the town, before returning to Prcanj for the night. 9km of kayaking. Night in 3* hotel.
Meals: B, D
DAY 5 Cycling on Lustica Peninsula, Sveti Stefan
This morning you transfer to 10km from the hotel to the foot of the Lustica peninsula. We will cycle on the small road to one of the most popular sandy beach in the region- The Blue Horizon. After lunch we continue by mini bus to the beach at Sveti Stefan. Connected to the mainland only by a tiny isthmus, this tiny resort has developed since the 1950s from a fishing village to one of the most glamorous in the Mediterranean. Over the years it has played host to Marylin Monroe, Kirk Douglas and Claudia Schiffer. There is time here for a swim, so you can feel like one of the stars yourself!
From here you continue on to your accommodation in the tiny town of Virpazar at the Skadar Lake. 3* Hotel. Cycling 15km on asphalt road, ascent +180m/ descent -180m.
Meals: B, D
DAY 6 Skadar Lake National Park
Skadar Lake National Park forms the border between Montenegro and Albania, and is the largest lake in the Balkan peninsula. Declared a national park in 1983, there are known to be 270 species of bird on the lake including, famously, pelicans. You start the day with a boat trip on the lake, so keep your eyes peeled to see what you might see! If the weather is good, why not go for a swim in the lake itself? After lunch transfer to the village of Gondinje, once the home of many family clans who ruled over Montenegro in the past. Here, you might get to visit a local wine producer, and try some of their excellent produce (adults only!). Nights in 3* hotel in Virpazar.
Meals: B, D
DAY 7 Today you cross back into Croatia, and visit the famous city of Dubrovnink.
The afternoon is free for you to explore the city, and there are many wonders to uncover here. The white limestone buildings and red terracotta roofs are beautiful and you could wander into 15th century Rector’s Palace, monasteries with cloistered gardens or fine baroque churches with copper domes. You can walk around the city walls, where there are panoramic views over the city, or simply take to a street side café and watch the world go by! Night in 3* hotel, comfortable rooms with private facilities.
Day 8 Departure
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What Will You see
The old town of KOTOR is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. It was succeeded in preserving its original form, so typical of towns between the XII and the XIV century. The asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with the numerous valuable monuments of medieval architecture, contributed to Kotor being placed on UNESCO’s “The world natural and cultural inheritance” list. The cultural inheritance of this town is enriched by the unique architectural styles and the ambient atmosphere. The fortification system of Kotor, which protects it from the sea, is actually a wall 4.5 km long, 20 m high and 15 m wide, and is preserved as one of the world’s historic values.
The Gulf of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) cuts deeply into the coastline of the southern part of the Adriatic Sea, creating four spectacular bays ringed in mountains, the “fjords” of the Mediterranean. The little town of Perast is situated at the foot of St. Elijah Hill (873 m), opposite the narrow Verige strait, where the innermost bays of Risan and Kotor converge. This easternmost shore was the earliest inhabited area in the Boka. The remains of a Neolithic culture (3500 BC) have been discovered in the caves of Spila above Perast and various archeological finds provide evidence of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods.
The town is rich in Venice-like architecture which includes sixteen Baroque palaces, seventeen Catholic churches, several important Orthodox structures and a series of nine defensive towers, all set in stone and seemingly untouched by the scourge of modern-day tourism.
Preceded by two jewel-like islands, Perast is focused on the sea. From the interaction between mainland and bay, the inherent contrast of stone and water, the dialogue of island and wave, sometimes in harmony but often in conflict, this sea-faring town has derived its unity, strength and sense of purpose. Despite its size, a sophisticated urban structure has arisen, demonstrated by the proportion, scale, massing and rhythm of the great number of public buildings, especially along the waterfront.
Probably the most distinctive standard bearers of the identity of Perast are the two magical islands situated between the Verige strait and the town. Although differing in many respects, they lie in harmonious conjunction, united by the vastness of the sea. Like husband and wife, they display the historic attributes of male and female. The island of St. George is an intense, stalwart, dark and inward-looking natural island while Our Lady of the Rock is a slender, gay, light-filled “floating” island – that man has made.
Abbey of St. George – Established by the Benedictines, the abbey was first mentioned in 1166 in documents describing the consecration of the new, second Romanesque church of St. Tryphon in Kotor. However, in studying various ornamentation on this structure, it can be concluded that the abbey was already in use by the Benedictines as early as the 9th century. Except for certain details, the appearance of the old church has not been preserved. The island was constantly under attack both by invaders and earthquakes, especially the great earthquake of 1667 when the ceiling and apse collapsed during the Easter service. Following this catastrophe, a simple church was built. The island remained a burial place until 1866, when a new graveyard was built in the northern part of the town.
Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock) lies about 150 m northeast of the island of St. George. The stone plateau in the middle of the sea with a church on it is the result of the enduring efforts of generations of mariners “… to leave there, in the very heart of the Bay of Boka Kotorska, a testimony of their Christian faith and culture…”
The island was built artificially by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. The name of the island derived from the word skrpjel – an old word for a crag. The construction of a sanctuary began in the first century of the Venetian rule. The sanctuary was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin because this cult ( was greatly venerated by the Venetians.
The original church was built in the mid-15th century and was of modest proportions. Over the centuries, the “island” was constantly enlarged and reinforced by both deposits of stones and scuttled sailing ships until it provided a sufficient base for a bolder architectural undertaking. Most of the present-day church was erected after the great earthquake of 1667 when the original sanctuary was destroyed. It is a single-nave, modestly proportioned church in the Byzantine style. An octagonal 11m domed presbytery and a bell tower were added around 1725. These gave the Our Lady of the Rock the distinctive baroque appearance that can be seen today. The interior of the church was decorated by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century painter from Perast. On the altar is the famous icon of Our Lady of the Rock, a 15th century work by Lovro Marinov Dobricevic. It is the most valuable work of art in the church because its history is so closely related to that of the island.
Njegusi village is a very special place because of it’s well-reserved folk architecture, but also because it continues the traditions of Montenegrin cuisine. In Njegusi, you will find traditional farms for Njeguski sir and Njeguski prsut (cheese and prosciutto).
Lovcen Mountain itself is a grand testament to Montenegro’s beauty. From Lovcen you can enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar, Podgorica, Mount Runija, Mount Durmitor, and the towns of Cetinje and Njegusi. You can practically see all of Montenegro from the top of Mount Lovcen!
Lovcen is ideally placed on the border between Montenegro’s sea and the mainland. Because Lovcen enjoys the climate of both the sea and the interior, spectacular views are often combined with an abundance of flora and fauna.
Finally, perched atop Mount Lovcen we find Petar Pretovic-Njegos’ tomb, a grand mausoleum designed by the world-famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. The impressive mausoleum is built against the wishes of Njegos himself. Montenegro’s supreme Prince-Bishop and poet, Petar II Petrovic-Njegos wanted to be buried in a simple chapel at the Lake Summit of Mount Lovcen.
Once inside the Lovcen Mausoleum you will find a stone statue of Njegos, contemplating eternity while sitting near his sarcophagus, surrounded by the stone representations of Montenegro’s long history and culture.
With the area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, Skadar Lake is the biggest lake in the Balkans. Due to its geographic position and sub Mediterranean climate, it is one of the most important habitats of swamp birds in Europe, right after the river Danube delta. There are around 280 bird species on the lake, including the rare curly pelican, which became a trademark of the National Park. Southern hinterland of the lake (Crmnica) is famous for the best vine in Montenegro. Together with the lake carp, this will satisfy even the most demanding gourmands. The lake has numerous extraordinary beaches, particularly those in the village Murići, not less attractive than beaches on the coast…
George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by DUBROVNIK: for him, it was paradise. Millions of people also take home happy memories from this “jewel of the Adriatic”.
Dubrovnik has a remarkable history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years (abolished by Napoleon in 1806), it traded with Turkey and India in the East (with a consul in Goa, India) and had trade representatives in Africa (in the Cape Verde Islands). It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages. (There is a letter from Elizabeth I on display in the City Museum in Dubrovnik). Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of this Croatian-Slav city.
The old town was completed in the 13th century and remains virtually unchanged to the present day. Tall ramparts surround it and there are only two entrances to the old town which lead to the Stradun, the city’s promenade. One of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as the locals call him. But whatever we say, our words do not give justice to this dazzling place. So come soon and see it with your own eyes!
Accomodation & Meals
Four nights in family run hotel in village of Prcanj. The hotel is located 50m from the sea and 3km from old Kotor town. It has a nice terrace restaurant with a sea view. All rooms are air-conditioned and with private facilities. Two nights in 3* hotel located in a tiny village of Virpazar at the bank of the biggest lake in the Balkans- Skadar. All rooms are with private facilities. Last night you spend in 3* hotel located in Dubrovnik town. All breakfasts and dinners included in tour package will be served in the hotels restaurants. Lunch included in the tour package is either lunch packet or picnic lunch.
What is included
Tour cost is 770 Euros and includes:
- seven lodgings in 3* hotels
- seven breakfasts, six dinners and one picnic lunch
- guiding service of English, French, German or Japanese speaking ACE tour leader
- all transfers during the trip (from day 2 to day 7)
- use of ACE walking poles, bicycles, kayaks
- boat trip on the Skadar Lake
- wine tasting in Godinje village
- prosciutto tasting in Njegusi village
- Adventure Park games on Lovcen Mountain
- Entry fees for Kotor Ramparts, Lovcen National Park, Lady of the Rock church, Skadar National Park
- snacks and refreshing drinks during the hiking tour
The price is based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement 130Euros.
High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August)- 110 Euros.
For children discount please refer to How to Book page.
The tour is available from May to November
For stay up to 90 days in the Republic of Montenegro, EU, American, Australian, Canadian tourists no longer require a visa. All distances in Montenegro are given in kilometers. 1 mi=1,61 km, 1km =0.62mi, 1ft=0.3m/ 1inch=2.54cm
Weather is difficult to forecast but, normally, you can expect a nice weather in Montenegro from April to November.
Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland. There is a chance of sporadic rain in spring and autumn, though generally this is in the form of short showers. You can expect cool nights in the Durmitor Mountain and on higher altitudes it is possible to have light snowing in April, May, October, November.
Casual summer/ autumn clothing is recommended for most occasions. You may wish to bring a sweater and some jacket for the mountain, comfortable hiking shoes,rain jacket, plus trainers or sandals for relaxing, swimsuit, water shoes or sandals for kayaking, cycling pants, cycling gloves, cycling jersey and helmet.
Note: A cycling helmet could be bought locally for the price of 30EUR. Please order it in advance.
You should also bring some water bottles, sun protection cream (high protection factor 30 and above), insect repellent, sunglasses, sun hat, and a lip salve with sun protection.
Currency and Exchange
Local Currency: Montenegro use Euro as a local currency.
Where to Exchange: Banks or ‘forex’ offices in main towns/cities. Most of change offices are open from 8am to 8pm
ATM Availability: Generally widespread but limited in more rural areas. You will find ATM in Kotor and Zabljak.
Credit Card Acceptance: Accepted in major restaurants and hotels. The most widely excepted credit cards are VISA, closely followed by MasterCard.
Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques can be exchanged for the local currency but only in some banks.
Banks are generally open from 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.
In smaller towns it is useful to have enough cash.
Most of the shops are open from 9am to 9 pm and remain open through lunch.
Restaurants: The main meal is taken at lunch from 1pm to 3pm. Restaurants serve dinner in the evening from 8pm till 11pm.
In Montenegro electric current is 220 volts, 50 HZ. To use American or British electrical appliances a plug adapter is necessary. Electric plug used in Montenegro is type C (the same one is in use in, Croatia, Belgium, Egypt, Italy, Hungary, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam, etc.)
Telephone plug used in Montenegro, Croatia, is US RJ-11 phone plug
Most of the telephone cards (AT&T…) do not work here. You can telephone from Post Office and pay after the call.
To make a direct international call, first dial 00 or + (code to access international line) then the country code, the area code and local number. The country code for Austria is 43, Australia is 61, Norway 47, Great Britain is 44, USA and Canada 1, France 33, Germany 49…. To make a national call just dial area code and local telephone number.
ACE Emergency phone (24h available) +381 (0)64 24 76 311.
Important phone numbers in
Montenegro: 122 for Police, 123 for Fire Department and 124 for Emergency Medical Care, Help on the road 19807
in Croatia: 122 for Police, 123 for Fire Department and 124 for Emergency Medical Care, Help on the road 1987
Official language in Montenegro is Montenegrin but English is widely spoken specially in a bigger towns. Latin Alphabet and Cyrillic is used in Montenegro.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all clients whilst on a tour organized by ACE. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover. Clients making their own arrangements should ensure that there is no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in their tour. Clients should satisfy themselves that any travel insurance is what they require and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.
Before you come on the tour please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy
Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by traveler. Examples of some costs are provided below:
- Coffee/ Tea- 0.8 – 1.5 Euro
- Soft drink- 1-2 Euro
- Bottle of beer- 1-2 Euro
- Bottle of wine- 5-15 Euro
- Two course meal- 8-10 Euro
- Three course meal- 12-15 Euro
Local fares in small towns
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this part of the world. Gratuities for the staff of the ACE Adventure is discretionally but always appreciated by the staff and we will be happy to provide guidelines.
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