Headwater - Highlights of Montenegro Walk

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Trip code: 
W07MG
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
8

Montenegro may be tiny, but it sure packs a punch! Lying in the south Adriatic - bordering Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Albania - it is arguably one of the most diverse, interesting and alluring countries in Europe, and is crammed with cultural heritage, architectural treasures and jaw-dropping natural beauty.

Our twin-centre walking week is a glorious and contrasting mix. Starting in the mountainous north, we explore first the vast Durmitor National Park, with its glacial lakes, dense forests - with masses of endemic species - sparkling streams and fast flowing rivers. We visit the Tara Canyon (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the second deepest canyon in the world at 1300m, after Arizona's Grand Canyon) to survey one of nature's best-kept secrets from a viewpoint 1200m above the crystal clear Tara River, granting panoramic vistas over the whole plateau!

Highlights

  • Contrasting walks: alpine hamlets, lakeside villages, the beauty of the Adriatic Coast
  • UNESCO-protected Tara Canyon: Europe's deepest and most scenic
  • Thundering waterfalls, glacial lakes, emerald rock pools, fjord-like bays
  • Baroque churches, Venetian palaces, well-preserved Mediaeval walled towns
  • Abundance of plant and wildlife; rare birds of prey; Mediterranean and Alpine micro-climates

Key information

  • 7 nights twin-centre accommodation in hotels
  • All buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Prosciutto tasting
  • All entrance fees and 2 boat trips

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Prosciutto tasting
  • All entrance fees and 2 boat trips

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

Walks involve a mixture of woodland and forest trails, open meadows and country roads. While not challenging, short sections are rocky. The walk around Kotor's walls will take place at a gentle pace but involves steps to the top. Walking boots are recommended.

Day by day breakdown
Day 214.0km/9.0miles
Day 314.0km/9.0miles
Day 510.0km/7.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 76.0km/4.0miles

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Dubrovnik
to
Dubrovnik
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Zabljak

    Arrive in the high Balkan mountain town of Zabljak (1450m) and your 4-star hotel. (Staying at Hotel Soa , Half Board)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Tara River Canyon

    A feast for the eyes of both keen and novice photographers this morning as we stroll the woods and meadows up to the spectacular Tara River Canyon, the deepest in Europe (1300m) and arguably the most beautiful river canyon in the world. Part of the Durmitor National Park and a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it boasts 40+ tumbling waterfalls, 80+ large caves, rapids, lakes and dense forest harbouring an abundance of plant and wildlife. (Staying at Hotel Soa, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Durmitor National Park

    Swimming in the glacial Crno Jezero (Black Lake), walking through deciduous forest - keep your eyes peeled for various eagles in the skies above - and a picnic in the shadow of the Medjed Peak are just some of today's highlights as we explore the heart of the Durmitor National Park. Formed by glaciers, and traversed by a multitude of rivers, lakes and underground streams, the park is also home to one of the last virgin black pine forests in Europe with fauna including brown bear, wild cat, chamois and capercaillie. (Staying at Hotel Soa, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Bay of Kotor

    We take a scenic drive south west this morning from Zabljak to the coast. En route, we'll stop in Niksic, home to Montenegro's most popular (and only homegrown) brewery. There's lunch on arrival at the Hotel Conte in Perast (home for the next 4 nights) followed by a relaxed afternoon on the water exploring the gorgeous sheltered Bay of Kotor and its postcard-pretty mediaeval villages, ancient coastal settlements and tiny man-made island of 'Our Lady of the Rocks' whose famous church is steeped in maritime history. (Staying at Hotel Conte, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Lovcen National Park

    A scenic serpentine road takes us up (45 mins) to the Lovcen National Park with over 6,000 hectares of natural contrasts: imposing snow-capped peaks, stunning coastal views, 2000+ plants, 85 species of butterfly and over 200 bird types including many regal birds of prey. Besides its natural beauties, the park protects a rich, cultural and architectural heritage too, including authentic katuns - summer cottages for cattle breeders. We walk up to the mausoleum of Prince- Bishop Petar II Petrovic-Njegos - the ruler, poet and philosopher credited with having modernised Montenegro. We then continue to his birthplace - the picturesque mountain 'food' village of Njegusi, famous for its cheeses, honey and dried smoked hams, before returning to Perast for dinner. (Staying at Hotel Conte, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    City of Kotor

    Wedged between brooding mountains and the gorgeous bay, the historic city of Kotor is a UNESCO listed Natural and Culturo-Historical Region. Within the ancient walls its labyrinthine streets reveal some of the finest examples of mediaeval architecture: Romanesque churches, Venetian piazzas, San Giovanni castle and other cultural monuments. We've built in a walking tour of the city walls in the morning, but have left the afternoon free for you to continue exploring independently; you might prefer to simply sit and survey the yachts of the super-rich at the sun-kissed water front! (Staying at Hotel Conte, Breakfast only)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Lake Skadar and Godinje

    A 90-minute drive this morning takes us past pretty coastal villages and wonderful mountain scenery, then on to the warm waters of Lake Skadar on the Albania-Montenegro border. Flanked by small orchards and vineyards, this is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, and is one of the most important reserves for wetland birds in Europe. After a circular walk up to the wine village of Godinje - we'll take a boat tour on the lake to view the area's wild beauty from the water. Think verdant hills rising from the lake, old world villages peppering the shores, an abandoned C14 monastery on its own tiny island and whiskered terns building their nests on floating water lilies. (Staying at Hotel Conte, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Perast

    Group transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. If you wish to extend your holiday with nights in Dubrovnik, we can provide a transfer to Dubrovnik Centre at the end of your holiday.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Montenegro

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Montenegro

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Montenegrin cuisine features heavy influences from the various cultures and empires that have come and gone over the centuries. Nearer the sea (and a little further inland) Italian influences are quite strong (think Italian style bread, cured meats, cheese, polenta, stuffed peppers, meatballs, etc.) while the more northern regions offer dishes more typical of the Levant and Turkey (sarma, musaka, pilav, pita, kebab, and Turkish sweets like baklava - these came largely via Serbia). You’ll also find more hearty, typically Central European dishes like Hungarian goulashes and even Austrian schnitzel.

Montenegrin wines typically come from the regions close to the Capital Podgorica and around Lake Skadar with many families in Montenegro actually producing their own wine for home consumption. The best growing conditions are in the south east and producers here have always been more oriented towards production for the domestic market. There is one large commercial producer, Plantaze who have opened their cellars to tourists and have a gift shop and information centre at the entrance to Skadar National Park - in Virpazar.

Weather

The dates run through September. The average temperature at this time of year is 21°C, with nights lower at 14°C. So it is worth having an extra layer for your top and bottom that you can take off as it warms up, and can be used when it cools off in the evenings. Rain can fall at any time of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as short, sharp thunderstorms.

 

Kotor

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 9.8km (6.3miles). 
No. of days Walking: 5
Terrain: Walks involve a mixture of woodland and forest trails, open meadows and country roads. While not challenging, short sections are rocky. The walk around Kotor's walls will take place at a gentle pace but involves steps to the top. Walking boots are recommended.

Starting in the mountainous north, we explore first the vast Durmitor National Park, with its glacial lakes, dense forests - with masses of endemic species - sparkling streams and fast flowing rivers. We visit the Tara Canyon (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the second deepest canyon in the world at 1300m, after Arizona's Grand Canyon) to survey one of nature's best-kept secrets from a viewpoint 1200m above the crystal clear Tara River, granting panoramic vistas over the whole plateau!

For the second part of our trip we head south, to the warm shores of the Adriatic - described by Lord Byron as 'the most beautiful encounter between land and sea' - where pretty coastal villages cling vertiginously to rock walls that jut dramatically from the sea. We stay in Venetian Perast, considered the prettiest town in Montenegro, and relax by the water's edge after exploring some of its 18 historic churches. For a totally different perspective, we'll also take boat trips around Lake Skadar (great for bird-spotting) and the shores of tranquil Kotor Bay with its famous islets.

Excellent choice for:

Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes, high peaks, lake & river routes

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

In both the mountains and on the coast, we've hand-picked high-quality 4-star hotels. Evening meals are included on all nights except for one where we've left you free to enjoy dinner at leisure at a restaurant of your choice.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936