Montenegro: Introductory 4-night ‘Taster’ tour

Frankly it is simply not possible to see and do everything on a short tour …  but our mission – as the name might suggest – is to give you an introduction to the sights and tastes of Montenegro. Flavours that we hope you will savour – and return on one of our ‘Classic‘ or ‘Connoisseur‘ 8 and 11 day tours.

This 4-night/5-day tour (a ‘mid-week’ break) begins with you flying into the international airport at Podgorica and us shuttling you to one of our recommended city-based or more rural hotels (all of which are either 3-star 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. We also have knowledgeable (and multilingual) guides, and modern air-conditioned minibuses for your convenience and comfort.  We are going to some simply fantastic places, which we have highlighted in bold text so you can check them out in advance.

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. You can, of course, choose to stay by the pool.

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

Day 2

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 return 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 Skadar Lake near the town of Virpazar.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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 for a Gala Dinner.

Day 5/Departure day

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

  • Transfer to airport
  • … fond farewells
  • … planning your next adventure!

Now might be a really good time to look at our outline itinerary for the Classic 7-night trip.

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