An 8 day circular walk you start & finish at the sea in Tivat with the new Porto Montenegro and it’s super yachts. The walks take you to discover Kotor, Lovcen, Cetinje, Rijeka Crnojevica & Lake Skadar the largest lake in the Balkans.
Highlights Vrmac Fort, Kotor Fortifications, King Petars Mausoleum, Cetinje Monastery & town, Boat ride on Lake Skadar, Stanjevici Monastery, Fort Gorazda Walking varies between 4 – 7 hours a day and is mainly easy to moderate.
Arrive in Tivat & Relax explore the town and meet with Hugh and go through your walking itinerary and information.
Day 2 – Tivat to Kotor
The walk from the back of Tivat takes you out to the old village of Gornja Lastva and on up to the top of a ridge with incredible views across to the Adriatic Sea and the Fjord. Descend down to the Vrmac Fort and explore the ruins and woodland paths before a fantastic decent finishing in the ancient town of Kotor a UNESCO World Heritage site.. Distance 16km Time: 5 hours Grade: Easy Climb 700m Descent: to sea level.
Day 3 – Kotor to Njegusi
After a relaxing night exploring the cobbled streets of Kotor you have a good climb from Kotor to the old mountain village of Njegusi. The walk starts beside the wall s of the old fortifications before it joins a centuries old traders route that you will be following all the way to Skadar it was once the only access to Kotor from Cetinje and the interior of the country. The path winds up the mountain with stunning views all the way before leveling out as you walk through the hamlet of Krstac and then on to Njegusi . Njegusi is renowned for it’s production of the special Njegusi cheese and smoked ham which are the national dishes of Montenegro and produce is for sale at way side kiosks. The delicacies have been transported in the past along the very trade route that you will be walking ! Njegusi is also the birth place of all the Kings and rulers of Montenegro. Enjoy a well earned rest at your accommodation. Distance 10km Time: 5 – 6 hours Grade: Moderate/ difficult Climb: sea level to 878m (for those not wishing to walk all of the climb they can transfer by car and pick the trail up as it crosses the road.
Day 4 – Njegusi to Lovcen National Park
Walk from the door and out into Lovcen National Park, today’s walk takes you through the park to it’s centre Ivanova Korita. After a sharp climb up the walk then levels out as you walk along the ridge then continues to gently climb all the way, there are some fantastic views across this untouched wild and beautiful countryside, visit the small Lake Pod which sits under King Petars Mausoleum as it towers directly above perched on the highest ridge in the park. Do not miss a visit to the mausoleum it is worth the climb up. He was the most revered King in Montenegro and in his honour they built this amazing mausoleum. From the Mausoleum descend down and follow the level path to the centre of the park and your accommodation. Distance 12km Grade: Easy to Moderate Climb: 878m to 1400, Mausoleum 1657m , Time: 5 – 6 hours.
Day 5 – Lovcen to Cetinje
Today is an easier walk to the Old Royal Capital of Centinje. This stunning walk takes you through the beautiful wild countryside via the old traders route. After a short climb you gently descend all the way to the ancient Royal Capital of Montenegro. Arrive about lunch time with the afternoon to delve into the town’s history and appreciate the architecture of the old palaces and the embassies as well as an ancient monastery. Stay at a comfortable pension. Distance: 12km Time: 4 hrs Grade: Easy.
Day 6 – Cetinje to Rijeka
Leave Cetinje behind you as once again you descend down an old trade route & donkey paths to the village of Rijeka. A tiny village beside one of the rivers that is a source of Lake Skadar. You will experience amazing tranquility as you pass through tiny hamlets, famed for their wine and brandy production, with stunning vistas down to Lake Skadar. In season enjoy a boat ride on the river and marvel at the thousands of water lilies as they dance on the water. This ancient tiny hamlet was once home to a thriving fishing industry and was a key strong hold in the Austro Hungarian and Turkish battles for the Serbians. . There are two optional diversions before you descend you can visit a very old cave and when you arrive in Rijeka there are two circular walks if you wish to stretch your legs further however they do contain a couple of short sharp climbs. You will then take a boat down the river as it meanders out on to Lake Skadar before being dropped off at the small town of Virpazar on the shore were your hotel is based.
Optional visit to the Lipca cave one of the longest in Europe and its magnificent Stalagmites and Stalagtities.
Distance: 13km Time: 5 hours Grade: Easy /Moderate.
Day 7 – Pobori to Fort Gorazda
Set off from your hotel (approx 20 min transfer in taxi) to the village of Pobori were you pick up the trail to the Stanjevici Monastery before striking out on a path that will take you up into the hills and then out over the saddle between the peaks of Golis & Lovcen. Look back for stunning views of the coastline, the tiny island of Sveti Stefan and the ancient town of Budva. When you reach the saddle it is so quite and peaceful you will want to rest and simply enjoy the feeling of peace. Descend down through the wood taking an ancient Austro Hungarian road and eventually to the Gorazda Fort. Explore the fort and either descend to Tivat or await your pick up. Stay in a comfortable hotel in Tivat. for Distance 16km to 21km Time: 5—7 hours Grade: Moderate Climb: 600m.
Day 8 – Relax and Depart
After your thrilling and awe inspiring journey sit back and relax or take a short walk before your departure.
If arriving at Podgorica airport you will have the option for two nights in Lovcen NP and walk the Pobori Trail and then return directly to Podgorica from Virpizar. This saves you a long transfer early on departure day and covers the same walking. It remains 7 nights.
Accommodation & Meals
The accommodation is in small family run hotels, seven nights bed & breakfast in 3 star hotels one is 4 star (Lovcen National Park) with walking directly from the door. Generally rooms in Montenegro are double or triple rooms and you may find that some are small apartments with a kitchen. If you require a single room a supplement may apply and the amount would be confirmed at time of booking. Breakfast is included, lunches can be purchased from the local deli counters, bakeries and supermarkets or ordered from your hotel. Your accommodation is within easy walk of some good restaurants and we can advise on where to eat.
Your holiday includes
7 nights B&B accommodation,trail transfers, 24/7 In Country Host, All National Park fees, Tourist tax,Trail Packs & Maps,Luggage Forwarding
It does not include
Flights, Personal spending,Extra guides,Extra activities,Travel Insurance (obligatory)
This itinerary is available from 1st May to 30th October. Departure date to suit you.
Cost of Multi Location Coastal Mountains Holiday
£595 per person exc flights
Return Airport Transfers – All airport transfers included from Dubrovnik, Podgorica and Tivat.