Montenegro: Classic 7-night tour

* New for 2019 *

Whether you have previously been on our Introductory mid-week break, or you just want to jump straight in and experience the many wonders of Montenegro – then our 7-night (8-day) tour is perfect for you.  We call these our ‘Classic’ tours – because they offer a more in-depth experience of the sights, sounds, tastes and fragrances of this beautiful mountain paradise.

Your tour begins with you flying into the international airport at Podgorica and our multilingual guides transferring you to one of our specially chosen hotels.  We offer a selection of city-based, urban, or rural hotels (all of which are either 3-star deluxe or 4-star rated). We have arrangements with a number of boutique style hotels, many family-owned, where a more personal service is the norm. Our knowledgeable (and multilingual) guides, and modern air-conditioned minibuses ensure the maximum possible convenience and comfort.  We are going to show you around some truly fantastic places, which we have highlighted in bold text so you can check them out in advance. As with the Classic tours the morning pickups, outside the hotel, are at circa-0930 to ensure you can have an unhurried breakfast.  This is Montenegro – everything should be as unhurried as practicably possible.

Note that itineraries are indicative and can differ depending on specific location of your chosen hotel. Do not despair, you’ll get to see the same sights, experience the same delights, but you might do them in a slightly different order.

Day 1/Arrival Day

Independent travel to Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro.

  • Pick up from airport – transfer to selected hotel
  • Time to unpack, shower and relax – and/or some local exploration (annotated local map provided)
  • 3-course Dinner (with complimentary wine).
  • the rest of the night is your own.

 

Day 2

The morning will be spent in the old town of Budva on the Adriatic coast followed by lunch at one of our favourite restaurants inside the medieval walled city.

After lunch we move a little further along the coast to the delightful town of Petrovac where you can have a swim, sit on the beach, stroll along the promenade and enjoy the view from the tower of Petrovac Castle, and enjoy afternoon coffee – with [almost mandatory] strawberries and ice cream – at the Ponta beach club.

 

 

The Moraca River – taken from the restaurant terrace of the Hotel Podgorica

Day 3

The ancient Roman city of Doclea is our destination today, located just a few kilometres from Podgorica. Originally a town belonging to local Illyrian tribes, Doclea was the seat of the Roman province of Praevalitana which included Montenegro, southern Serbia and parts of northern Albania. The ruins have been lovingly excavated in recent times. Nearby are several world-class vineyards where we will be enjoying private tours with wine tasting, then lunch followed by a leisurely stroll round the Roman ruins. Returning via Podgorica itself we can enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace of the 5-star Hotel Podgorica on the banks of the Moraca river.  Then, it’s almost time to start thinking about dinner ..

 

 

The award-winning Plantaze vineyard outside Podgorica (Photo copyright: Plantaze)

Day 4

Half day tour of the famous Plantaze vineyard just outside Podgorica including multiple wine tastings, guided talks and complimentary snacks at three award-winning cellars.  This is followed by lunch at the Restoran Jezero with stunning views across Lake Skadar.

We then transfer to Cetinje (the former Imperial Capital) for a leisurely tour of the town, including optional map room and museum tour followed by afternoon coffee, probably involving ice-cream, at the Cafe Antib. You are then free to enjoy some self-guided exploration, we can recommend the Gradska Kafana for periodic caffeine/alcohol replenishment purposes.

 

 

The old fortress Grmožur rises out of the Lake.

Day 5

Morning tour of two local private vineyards near Virpazar with wine tastings and complimentary snacks provided by the owners.  Lunch is provided at a fantastic local restaurant right on the river bank (it’s a boat – so technically it’s on the river).  We then take a stroll up to the nearby Besac Castle for stunning views across the Lake.  There is an optional boat trip on Lake Skadar (coffee at the Hotel Vir for non-sailors) and then wine tastings at a local cafe bar.

We then take a short journey to Podgorica – for ice cream at the Fountain Terrace of the Podgorica Hilton. After a suitable break we head off for dinner at a hand-picked, authentic, and frankly rather exquisite etno-restaurant.

 

Our Lady of the Rock, Kotor Bay

Day 6

Today we travel to the coast, via Budva, and take the Lepetane-Kamenari ferry to Perast where you can enjoy an optional boat trip and private guided tour of the Lady of the Rock followed by a light lunch at a restaurant on the shore of Kotor Bay. A short drive around the stunning bay brings us to the old city of Kotor (UNESCO) where we will spend our afternoon.  There is an optional climb to the old fortress for the intrepid, otherwise you are free to explore, and/or take up residence in one of the myriad cafes until we are ready to drive up the Serpentine to Njegusi to enjoy the breathtaking views across the Bay before a leisurely return to your hotel.

 

The viewing circle atop Mt. Lovcen (accessed via the Mausoleum)

Day 7

After all that wine, what we need now is some mountain air. Today we visit Lovcen National Park near Cetinje.  No visit is complete without climbing to the Njegos Mausoleum – it’s pretty high up with staggering views of the mountains (a degree of fitness is required as there are some steps – 461 to be precise).  Located at 1660m above sea level, the mausoleum is dedicated to Petar II Petrovic Njegos (one of Montenegro’s more illustrious kings). Descending from the summit we have lunch at the Lookout Restaurant before making our way back down the mountain for afternoon tea at the prestigious Monterosa hotel. Then, back to town and preparations for our final dinner party of the tour.

 

Day 8/Departure day

Breakfast … followed by ‘one last coffee’ in your favourite local haunts.

  • Transfer to airport
  • … fond farewells
  • … planning your next adventure .. you know there’s a 10-night tour right?

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