Deluxe Honeymoon in Montenegro [MEA044]

Introduction

Looking to avoid the cold and grey? This 8-day, adventure itinerary will allow you to enjoy the best of Montenegro without the crowds or traffic. A perfect mix of bayside mountain trails, UNESCO Heritage sites and Old World charm topped off with lashings of Montenegrin gastronomic delights. Experience a way of life that is century’s old while enjoying a more modern level of comfort. You will enjoy local organic foods, visit forgotten places and with a 66% average of sunny days in the winter, you can beat its gloom. Whether you’re with your family, a group of friends or your significant other, this trip is guaranteed to be a once in a lifetime journey!

 

DAY 1– Herceg Novi, gateway to Montenegro

Transfer to your accommodation within a stone’s throw from the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Kotor. Tonight, stroll along the Promenade to the Marina and Old town (Stari Grad) and enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation – 4 * Guest House in Herceg Novi

 

DAY 2 – Explore Herceg Novi

Spend the day exploring by foot the sites of this remarkable town: the Savina Monastery surrounded by thick Mediterranean vegetation, is one of the most beautiful parts of the northern Montenegrin coast. Don’t miss the charming Bellavista square in the old town, with the church of St Michael and Korača fountain, one of the last remaining examples of Turkish rule. Stroll along Njegoševa Street with 19th century villa’s on one side and sweeping views of the bay on the other. Keep following around the bay to you come to Vila “Galeb” One-time residence of the founder of Yugoslavia – Josip Broz Tito. Today it’s a 70’s time capsule.

Accommodation – 4 * Guest House in Herceg Novi

 

DAY 3 – Best of Boka Bay

Leaving Herceg Novi, drive towards tonight’s accommodation in the old walled Venetian town of Kotor. Along the way, stop in Risan famous for its rich archaeological findings dating from Illyrian times and Queen Teuta, and also well preserved Roman mosaics form 4th century BC.

Option 1: Hike up and along the ridge above Boka Bay with our certified mountain guide. The hike starts from the village of Orahovac with a gradual climb on an old Austro-Hungarian road dating from 1880. We pass through a number of abandoned villages with amazing views of Boka Bay, past an old Austrian fortress superbly placed before finishing in Perast. This is a moderate to hard hike for people of all ages, including families. The hike takes approximately 5-6 hours, with regular stops for photographs & breaks.

Option 2: Visit one of the most beautiful bay-side towns on the coast – Perast and the remarkable old town of Kotor for a personalised walking tour with your guide. Perast’s beautiful palaces echo songs of the sea, stories of captains, past and old noble families. Enjoy the architecture and one of the best views of the Bay and islands.

Take a short boat cruise to Our Lady of the Rock island with its distinctive baroque church and museum. Listen to the story of this amazing island, enjoy the 17th century frescos and other works of art from famous local artists. Established by Benedictine monks, the Abbey dates from around the 9th century and has suffered from constant attacks both by invaders and earthquakes.

In Kotor, our licensed guide will lead you through the Sea Gate and the winding cobble stone streets to hear the secrets of the Square of Weapons. Learn about medieval Kotor craftsmanship, St Tryphon’s tragic story, as well as power of prayers of the Blessed Mary of the River.

Accommodation – 4 * Hotel or Apart’ Hôtel in Kotor old town

 

DAY 4 – Old Town Kotor

Today you can climb up to the top of the St. John’s the outcrop that backs the city. Follow the stairs to the top past the old ramparts, the Church of Our Lady of Remedy from 1518 or take the more difficult route along the Southern Wall. On top of the mountain is the San Giovanni castle – which dominates the bay, the fortification system and the town.

Option 3: Hike the Vrmac ridge to the Austrian Fort and on to the picturesque village of Gornja Lastva with a mountain guide.

Accommodation – 4 * Hotel or Apart’ Hôtel in Kotor old town

 

DAY 5 – Mountains and Lakes

Today, transfer to the largest lake in the Balkans, Skadar Lake. With over 40 species of fish and 270 species of birds (Some rare such as the Dalmatian pelican, grebe and woodcock) inhabiting the lake, this a very picturesque and unique ecosystem.

There are several route options:

  1. Via Njegusi and Cetinje: This is very scenic but may be unpassable after snow.
  2. Via Budva and Cetinje: Visit to Budva old town, beautiful mountain scenery, visit Cetinje the old royal capital and pass through the old lake town of Rijeka Crnojevica – Full day.
  3. Via Budva, Petrovac to Virpazar: Quicker route with coastal views and mountains.

Accommodation: Home Stay near Skadar lake

 

DAY 6 – Explore the Interior

After a hearty breakfast, head out on an exclusive boat tour of the lake for a private ride. Passing between “Goat and Sheep Islands”, we will reach Beška Monastery, the only sacred place in the Lake area that originates from the 15th century. Enjoy beautiful views of the Lake landscape, visit tombs of the Crnojevic dynasty rulers and the dreaded island of Grmozur our “Montenegrin Alcatraz”. There is a story that only one prisoner ever managed to escape the confines of the island, today you will find remains of the old prison reborn as haven for birds.

Afternoon free to explore the surroundings and visit one of the many small fishing villages on the lake shore.

Accommodation: Home Stay near Skadar lake

 

DAY 7 – Vineyards and Gastronomic delights

Today we take you on a gastronomic adventure to sample the best food and wine of the region. We will visit 3 local wineries’, sampling some of the region’s best wines and organic home produce. Included is an exclusive visit to an award-winning winery that is closed to the public. You will be the exclusive guests of this elegant estate, learn about organic wine making from your amazing host and listen to his story of family tradition of 27 generations. You will visit afterwards a medieval fortress located on the hill overlooking Skadar Lake, one of the best photography backdrops in the country.

Accommodation: 4 * Hotel in Podgorica

 

DAY 8 – Panoramic route

 

We start exploring the countryside by taking one of the most amazing panoramic routes in Montenegro. Going from the north of our capital to the mountainous region of Kuci, you will see an ancient Illyrian fortress and its memorial museum. After your arrival on the plateau, we will start walking to the amazing viewpoint called Falcon Gorge. After this beautiful hike, we continue the road to discover a magnificent Canyon (the Colorado of Montenegro) with a white cross of 20m high, symbol of Christianity in the region. Back to the capital with beautiful and varied landscapes along the way. (With guide – option 4).

Accomodation: 4 * Hotel in Podgorica or Kolasin

 

DAY 9 – Direction the North

 

Today we will take you on a road winding along one the most breathtaking canyons of Montenegro. Direction north-east of our capital towards the mountainous region, along the canyon of Moraca. On the way, you will visit the beautiful monastery of Moraca (its frescoes of the 13th century are still intact). Lunch in a small family farm, specializing in cheese production. Come on empty stomach, lunch will be copious!
Enjoy the road through the countryside to stroll a bit. You will arrive at the end of the afternoon on the property of a very welcoming local family who will welcome you to spend the night and prepare a good traditional dinner. They will be happy to show you their garden and their local production.
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast in a wooden cottage near Andrijevica

If availability allows, you can book the entire cottage for yourself (option 9A).

 

DAY 10 – Sportive day

Today you can choose between two activities that we offer, or visit some waterfalls and turquoise waters billabong in the area.
Option 6: Today you will try your luck at fly fishing! Fly fishing in the lake of Prokletije National Park is a must for the seasoned fisherman or first time enthusiast alike. You can try your hand at fly fishing with professional tutoring where our local experts will assist you. You will practice “catch and release fishing” to avoid depletion of the population. Our fishing team also manages illegal fishing, helps to control the population and has a real passion for sustainable fishing as well as all the knowledge of the good fishing corners and species of the region. Duration 6 to 8 hours.
Option 7: After breakfast, we begin our ascent. Our first goal is to reach the second highest peak of Bjelasica (2117 m). On the way we will be able to admire the beautiful green pastures and the rich botanical life of the Biogradska Gora National Park. Then we’ll continue towards the highest peak: Crna Glava. This trail is one of the most pleasant in the area because you can see at the same time the two beautiful glacial lakes, one on each side. The road becomes more difficult towards the summit with its steep crest. The return trip will give many options for photography.
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast in a wooden cottage near Andrijevica

If availability allows, you can book the entire cottage for yourself (option 9B).

 

DAY 11 – Direction the summits

Last day of your honeymoon, immortalize it by a memorable jeep exploration, a hike or just a day of relaxation with your other half!
Option 8: Jeep Safari Day. The road takes you up to 2000 meters above sea level to some of the highest mountain peaks in Bjelasica. The trip encompasses five beautiful glacial lakes with an easy hike that will leave you in awe of magnificent views. We will also visit one of the three oldest forests in Europe. In this amazing environment, we will have lunch before returning to your lodging.
Option 7: Hike as shown on day 10.

Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast in a wooden cottage near Andrijevica
If availability allows, you can book the whole chalet for yourself (option 9C).

 

DAY 12 – Departure

Breakfast before saying our goodbyes – Heading back to the airport.

For those with late departures, we can offer a walking tour of the capital or a visit to the fresh produce markets (Option 5: with a guide).

 

Information

All activities exclusive with the exception of the mini-boat cruise in Perast.

Price per person, based on twin share accommodation:

  • For 6 people – €1049
  • For 4 people – €1099
  • For 2 people – €1199

Options tariff on request. Prices above for mid-season or early booking in high-season (July and August).

Availability: End April to Early November.

 

The price includes

  • Car (Class B) (drop off & pick up from airport)
  • Accommodations for all nights as specified in itinerary
  • Breakfasts every day, one lunch and three diners
  • Private boat cruise on Skadar Lake (incl. entrance ticket Skadar National Park)
  • A tailor-made roadbook with additional recommendations
  • Our on-site assistance 24h / 7
  • Insurance for excursions

 

The price does not include

  • International flights and visa expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary (many options available)
  • Options as described in itinerary
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • National Park tickets (Skadar National Park entrance ticket incl.)
  • Tourist tax (1,1€ per night per pers.) and tips

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