If you love being rewarded with a dramatic vista at every turn, this is the walk for you. Our trip through Montenegro will take you to the most iconic beauty spots, as well as lesser-known trails and historic villages. The mountainous interior abounds in expansive viewpoints, with paths following canyons and rocky outcrops – a stark contrast to the blue expanse of the Adriatic cutting into the country’s jagged coastline. Each night you’ll return to some of the region’s sleepy mountain villages or historic centres – an ideal place to soak up the local culture and lifestyle, such as in Kotor’s main square. In a region known for its fine weather, you’ll be able to step out into the sunshine during the dimmer UK months for a spell of invigorating walking in the pine-scented mountain air of the Montenegrin countryside.
Overview of the walking route
You’ll start with a choice of walks in Durmitor National Park, offering you a choice of difficulties as a warm up to the start of your holiday. After that, you will explore the mountainous interior of the country including the celebrated Tara Canyon, the second deepest gorge after the Grand Canyon, and Montenegro’s mountain lakes teeming with wildlife. The itinerary includes some of the country’s most stunning peaks. The trip will then take you to the scenic Bay of Kotor, where through exploring old forts and historic villages, all perched above glittering bays and inlets, you will come into close quarters with the varied and often dramatic history of the region. Your holiday will come to a close in the historic town of Kotor itself.
Our Accommodation choices
The accommodation we have handpicked for this trip will allow you to experience famed Balkan hospitality, including rustic B&Bs and staying with local families, who will also provide you with an opportunity to taste traditional Montenegrin cuisine. You will also be staying in a traditional village hut for an evening, letting you truly immerse yourself in the atmosphere and customs of the country. Montenegro’s medieval hamlets and old towns will provide a stunning backdrop to an evening spent at leisure after a day out walking, where the local taverns, bars and restaurants spring into life, serving specialities of the area. In Kotor, accommodation is less rural, but no less welcoming, with hotels and B&Bs often converted from the existing Venetian houses of the area.
Our Dramatic Vistas of Montenegro’s Coast & Country Itineraries
Today you have the option to start with an easier route or a more difficult one. The easier route takes you around one of the most beautiful lakes of Montenegro, the famous Black lake (Crno jezero). Afterwards you walk through the forest to a small hidden lake, where you can take a rest before returning to the town of Zabljak. The more demanding first day of your walking holidays brings you up to Crvena Greda, a peak in the northern part of the Zabljak area which offers magnificent view stretching over the south and east.
Circular Black Lake (Crno jezero) walk (easy) - 6.4 miles / 10.2km Or Walk to Crvena Greda, one of the most impressive peaks in the national park (moderate) - 8.8 miles / 14.1km
Your day begins with a visit to Tara Canyon, the second deepest gorge after the Grand Canyon. Here you’ll find truly stunning views from the stunning bridge crossing the river Tara. Your route takes you through the Biogradska Gora National Park, which features a glacier lake and an ancient forest. Upon arrival at the lake, there is the chance to learn more about the National Park at the information centre, before the trail begins a steep climb across the ancient forest to a charming summer pasture. Your host for tonight is a local family who provide simple accommodation and delicious traditional dishes, to help introduce you into the tranquillity of Montenegrin mountain lifestyle.
Walk along mountain slopes in the southern part of the national park, to the second highest peak of the area, the Zekova Glava. Take a rest at a great viewpoint high above the lake Pesica Jezero before you return to Vranjak. There you can have lunch or a coffee before you finally walk down to the end of the asphalt road in Jezerine, where you will be picked up for the transfer to Kolasin.
Start your day with a spectacular train ride to Podgorica. Within train lover circles, this section of the train line from Belgrade to Bar is one of the most celebrated – the line runs high above the canyons and crosses a 198m high bridge. Upon arrival in Podgorica, you will be transferred to the old royal capital of Cetinje. You have time to explore the historic centre or we can arrange a guided visit if you prefer. After lunch, take a transfer to the Mousoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos at the top of Jerzerski Vrh, in the heart of Lovcen National Park. Here you’ll find a fantastic spot to catch the sunset, with an awe-inspiring panorama that stretches from the mountains to the sea. Following this, your route leads this to the huts in Njegusi village and tonight’s accommodation.
Start your walk right from your doorstop through the old village and across pastures to the mountain pass Krstac at 950 m above the sea. From there, your route joins an old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor –even billiard tables were transported along this trail! This old horse trail which zig-zags approximately 70 times back on itself down directly to the old town of Kotor offers countless magnificent views towards the bay en-route.
Mount Vrmac is situated like a barrier between the innermost part of the Bay, Bay of Kotor and the outer section – the Bay of Tivat. Your walk begins in Kotor on the military zig-zag-trail named after the Austrian emperor Franz-Josef (in local language: Franjo Josip) before climbing up to the mighty fortress, Vrmac, built in 1892 and still beautifully preserved to this day. From here you follow the mountain ridge to the highest top of Vrmac, Sveti Ilija (765 m). The descent follows an old shepherd's trail down to the abandoned village of Gornji Stoliv, where you can visit the old church and relax with a coffee at the seaside promenade. You will then take a boat to Perast (payable at the harbour) at the Bay of Kotor before being transferred back to your accommodation in Kotor.
You are responsible for onward travel to your accommodation in Zabljak and from Kotor on departure, unless you have pre-booked an airport transfer.
Please note that airport transfers at either end of the holiday are recommended as public transport will be infrequent and lengthy.
We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
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