Adventure walking vacation in Montenegro and Dubrovnik- Stroll streets of Dubrovnik, explore Kotor town and Adriatic Coast and hike on Durmitor Mountain
4 days of 5h- 6h walking, 3 days of 2h-3h of walking
Please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy.
DAY 1 Arrival and Lake tour
Arrival in Zabljak and meet your tour leader. Afternoon option for the Durmitor Lakes walking tour (subject of your arrival time). You will stay at the Durmitor plateau and explore some of the 19 glacial lakes.Walking to Crno Jezero (the Black Lake)-terrain is flat and path leads through fir/ pine forest. Going around the lake and continue towards the Zminje Jezero (the Serpent Lake). From the Black to Zminje lake there is a small climb- we will gain 50m elevation, terrain is mostly flat. From Zminje Lake we go back to Zabljak passing by the third lake- Barno. Return to hotel. Walking 4h-5h, ascent +50m/ descent –50m. Night in 3* hotel in Zabljak.
DAY 2 The Bear circuit
Heading out after breakfast this morning you take a trail that passes by the Black Lake and then up into the mountains, heading through a changing landscape of fir forests and low alpine vegetation and onto the snow covered peaks. Our destination is the Previja Pass (2145m), located beneath the heights of Medjed (Bear) peak (2287m), where we will enjoy a quite spectacularly scenic lunch overlooking the majestic vistas below us. Whilst bear and wolf are rarely sighted in the park, there is a chance of spotting chamois on the high mountain slopes, as well as fox, weasels and badger. The area is also rich in birdlife, with 130 different species being recorded here, including grey mountain eagles, white-headed vultures and crossbills. From spring to mid summer the landscape becomes a blaze of colours, with the alpine meadows blanketed in a rainbow of hues from gentians, anemones, violets, soldanellas and wild strawberries. After our lunch stop we will head back down to Black Lake, following a trail that takes us via a shepherd’s camp at Lokvice, before returning to the hotel. Walking 6h-7h, ascent +800m/ descent –800m. Night in 3* hotel in Zabljak.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 3 The Tara Canyon View Point
Today you have an easier day to rest after the Bear circuit hike. You stay at the Durmitor plateau and walk through farms, forests and vast meadows to the summit of Curevac- a view point above the Tara Canyon. Going back different way. Mostly flat terrain with some small rolling hills. Start from Zabljak- 1.460 meters and highest point is Curevac 1.625 meters. Walking 4h, ascent +250m/ descent –250m Night in 3* hotel in Zabljak.
Meals: B, L
DAY 4 Ostrog Monastery
Today you leave the Durmitor National park and head to the Adriatic coast. After 2h of driving you arrive at the Ostrog Monastery built by St Vasilije (Basil) in the 17th century. Stopping to visit the lower monastery – the Church of the Holy Trinity – you then take a 30-minute climb along the pilgrim’s path to the higher one. Set before the imposing backdrop of sheer vertical walls the whitewashed walls of the upper monastery makes for an inspiring spectacle. The monastery contains the bones of St Basil, reverentially housed in a sepulchral sanctuary that is linked to another chapel by an atmospheric series of caves and passages. The walls are crammed with offerings and pleas from the faithful and the entire atmosphere of the monastery is one of reverential piety. Afternoon transfer to the Kotor Fjord and the Adriatic Coast. With one stop at the view point above Budva Riviera we will arrive in Dobrota or Prcanj town which is located in the Boka bay next to Kotor town. Walking 1h15, ascent +250m/ descent –250m. Night in 3* hotel in the Kotor Fjord.
Meals: B, D
DAY 5 Kotor Town
This morning you visit the old medieval city of Kotor, lying beneath the slopes of Mount Lovcen. An engaging mix of European and Byzantine influences, Kotor was once an independent city republic, until the threat of Ottoman attacks saw it throw its lot in with the Venetians. We’ll take a wander through the old city, walking its city walls to enjoy the views across the medieval rooftops and out across the fjord from the Ivan Tower at the top of the ramparts. Walking lasts 2h30 with Denivelation +300m/ -300m. Under the Venetians Kotor became one of the best fortified cities in the region, boasting walls twice the length of Dubrovnik, and these same walls provide us with a fascinating glimpse into its turbulent past. After lunch the afternoon is free to continue exploring at your leisure. We can recommend a boat trip out into the fjord, taking in some of the small islands that occupy the turquoise waters off the coast and visiting Gospa Skrpjela, Sv. Djodje and the historic town of Perast. Of course you may just wish to continue enjoying the delights of Kotor, perhaps taking in the Romanesque grandeur of St Tryphon’s Cathedral, or visiting the fascinating maritime museum. Night in 3* hotel in the Kotor Fjord.
DAY 6 Sv. Paštrovacka Gora Hiking
Transfer to Budva (30 min long ride) and free time to explore the town. A small fortified town of Budva is the most popular costal town in Montenegro.Transfer to Brajici village where our hike starts. Passing by the Kosmac Fortress trail reaches Ogradjenica Katun (Shepard’s place) and St Spiridon mountain church. During the hike you will enjoy the view of Budva Riviera. Descend to Monastery Praskavica and famous St Stephan island- hotel. Possible swimming at St Stephan’s beach. Return to Kotor Fjord. Night in hotel. Walking 5h with ascent of +100m and descent -550m. Night in 3* hotel in the Kotor Fjord.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 7 Dubrovnik
Option 1: Transfer to Dubrovnik (90km). We leave you at old town gate and give a free time to explore this magnificent town. Afternoon, transfer back to Kotor Fjord
Option 2: Vrmac Mt. hiking. It is a very scenic walk which starts with zig-zag trail which will take you at the top of the Vrmac mountain. Hiking trail passes through Mediterranean forest and walking is pleasant even during very sunny and hot days. Passing by village Gornji Bogdasici and coming out on the ridge where both northern and southern sides offer great views on Kotor fjord. Descending to Markov Rt-one of the longest sandy beach in the fjord. Possible swimming on the beach. Walking back to Prcanj along the sea on small local road. Walking 6h with ascent of +650m and descent -650m. Night in 3* hotel in the Kotor Fjord.
Day 8 Check out and departure after breakfast
ACE keeps rights to change daily itineraries.
What Will You see
DURMITOR described on the World Heritage List in 1980. It is a strikingly beautiful natural park, one of the highest (2523 m) and probably the most beautiful mountain on the Balkans. The most famous is Black Lake, covered with ice and crystals of frozen snowflakes in the winter. You can swim in it in the middle of the summer. Between the steep hillsides or hidden in the green, thick foliage, are the magic beauties: Zmijinje, Barno, Riblje, Vrazje, Modro and the other lakes. Because of its geographical location and range in altitude, the park is under the influence of both Mediterranean and alpine micro climates.
There are 17 glacier lakes called “mountain eyes” in the area of Durmitor.
Vegetation zones, covering 17,000ha, include deciduous forest, coniferous forest, sub-alpine zones and Alpine meadows. The dominant species include Scots pine, Norway pine, silver fir, beech, occasional birch, mugo pine and juniper. The park supports a rich korstic flora with many rare and endemic species.
Zabljak town is “moved up” to 1460 meters of the massive mountain of Durmitor. This small mountain town will be used as our base for exploring the mountain. Our hiking tours will start from the hotel.
“The jewel of Europe”, violent, clear and wild River Tara is a huge water mass made of snow and rains. It rises from the mountain range in the northern part of Montenegro and it flows 140km in length. It meets Piva river and together they make the river Drina, one of the longest and water-richest rivers in the Balkans. For centuries, with its strength the Tara river has been hollowing out a soft limestone surface giving it a sculptural form full of gorges, large rocks or chasms.
From Durmitor we will proceed south towards the Adriatic coast. We will stop and visit the 17th century OSTROG Monastery. It is built on the rocky mountain slope overlooking the Zeta River, near Danilovgrad town.
The monastery of Ostrog is placed against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroska Greda, from which a superb view of the Bjelopavlici Plain explodes. Ostrog Monastery is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century. He died there in 1671 and some years later he was sainted and proclaimed a wonderworker. His body is enshrined in a reliquary kept in the cave-church dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God to the Temple. The present-day look was given to the Monastery in 1923 -1926, after a fire which had destroyed the major part of the complex. Fortunately, the two little cave-churches were spared and they make the essential value of the whole monument. The frescoes in the Church of the Presentation were done towards the end of the 17th century. The other church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is placed within a cave on the upper level of the monastery and was painted by Master Radul, who successfully coped with the natural shapes of the cave and laid the frescoes immediately on the surface of the rock and the south wall. Around the church are the monastic residences, which together with the church building and the beautiful scenery make this monument an agreeable place to stay in.
The orthodox Monastery of Ostrog is the most frequent visited one on the Balkans. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups.
It represents the meeting place of all three confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims, because it is believed that the enshrined body of Saint Vasilije Ostroski makes miracles work. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.
From there we will have about 100km long ride to reach Kotor town in amazing Boka Kotorska Bay.
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.
Sveti Stefan, a town – hotel, is located on an island connected to the mainland by a narrow strip that has two red colored sandy beaches. Originally built by traders and fishermen in the 15th century, it became town – hotel in 1960 thanks to famous painters Lubarda and Milunovic, who recognized this old place as a potential tourist attraction.
Milocer, located close to Sveti Stefan, was once famous as a summer residence of the Karadjordjevic Royal Family. The place is famous for a great number of rare plants, beautiful beaches and top service hotels and villas.
Budva is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism thanks to the great number of beaches that make this a most desirable tourist destination. Apart from its natural beauty, such as its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic monuments. Old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church Sv. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava. During the summer months it turns into a City Theatre with numerous local performances and shows from abroad. In the Stari Grad (old town) you can also visit many shops, cafés, restaurants and galleries. Monasteries Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici i Gradiste are important historic and religious monuments of Budva.
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
We will be settled in three-star family run hotels both on Durmitor and Prcanj, Dobrota or Kotor town in the Boka Kotorska fjord. All rooms are with private facilities. All hotels have restaurants with great choices of local specialties. If you have some dietary restrictions we will be happy to adapt our menu to you. All breakfasts and dinners included in tour package will be served in the hotels restaurants. Lunch included in the tour package are either lunch packets or picnic lunches.
What is included
Tour cost is 700 Euros and includes:
- seven lodgings in 3* hotels
- seven breakfasts and three dinners in three star hotels
- three lunches
- guiding service of English, French, German or Japanese speaking ACE tour leader
- full van support
- use of ACE walking poles
- snacks and refreshing drinks during the hiking tour
The price is based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement 105 Euros.
High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August)- 140 Euros.
The tour is available from April to November
We could organize car or van transportation to/ from the tour starting point what is not included in the tour price.
Longer or shorter options are available
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, (walking poles optional but could be helpful for some hikes like the Bear Summit circuit), rain jacket, plus trainers or sandals for relaxing.
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. Also bring a swimsuit for swimming opportunities on the trip.
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.
Official language in Montenegro is Montenegrin but English is widely spoken specially in a bigger towns. Latin Alphabet is in used but in some areas you can find also Cyrillic.
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
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- 01/07 -07/07
- 16/09 – 23/09
- 30/09 – 07/10
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- 630 eur
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