Point 2 Point

7 nights accommodation in 3 / 4 star hotels with luggage forwarding.

Old Merchants Trail Map8 day point to point walk following the old merchant routes from the harbour town of Tivat with a stopover in Lovcen National Park to discover the wild beauty and then onto the old royal capital of Cetinje and the beautiful hamlet of Rijeka Crnojevica with fabulous views to the largest inland lake in the Balkans – Lake Skadar

Highlights
Ancient town of Kotor, Njegusi Smoked Ham & Cheese,1 day stopover to explore Lovcen National Park, Old Royal capital Cetinje, Lipska Cave, Rijeka Crnojevica, choice of 4 star accommodation for your last night either in Kotor, Tivat, Hercig Novi or Budva so you can discover some where new.

Walking is easy to moderate between 4 to 6 hours a day.

Day 1
Arrive in Tivat an old trading port on the Adriatic. Relax explore the town and meet with Hugh your in country English host and go through your walking itinerary and information. The route you will be walking has been used for centuries to transport each regions different produce to the next town or port. Along the route the same foods are still farmed , fished or produced and often in the same traditional way!

day 2Day 2 – Tivat to Kotorday3-1
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 Village
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 walls 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 KotorNjegusi cheese and smoked ham which are the national dishes of Montenegro and produce is for day5-1sale 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

Day 4 – Njegusi to Lovcen
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: Moderate Climb: 878m to 1400, Mausoleum 1657m , Time: 5 – 6 hours

Day 5 – Lovcen National Park
There are a number of walks available in this wild National Park but one which is a must is the circular walk out to the ridge that over looks the Adriatic and south coastline. This walk takes you up to the other side of the park as you meander through oak and beech woods to the Babina Glava view point and amazing views – follow the ridge down to the remains of the ancient hidden village of Majstori and back along a track to the centre of the park. Distance: 12km Time: 4 hours Grade: Medium / Easy Ascent 1273m to 1441m

Lovcen

Day 6 – Lovcen to Cetinje
Today is an easier walk to the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje. 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. Delve into it’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 7 – Cetinje to Rijeka
coastalLeave Cetinje behind you as once again you descend down an old trade route & donkey paths to the village of Rijeka. A tiny village coastalbeside 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 called Lipska 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. Distance: 16km Time: 5 hours Grade: Easy /Moderate

From Rijeka we transfer you to your accommodation at the coast so you can relax and enjoy your last night beside the sea or take in the night life of Kotor etc. You have a choice of recommended 3 & 4 star hotels for your last night either in Tivat, Kotor, Hercig Novi or Budva.

Day 8
Await your transfer to the airport.

Cost of The Old Merchants Trail holiday £595 pp exc flights

Price Includes

7 nights B&B accommodation in double / twin mainly 3 to 4 star small family run hotels
All breakfasts
Luggage transfers
24/7 In country support
Meet & Greet first night
Trail Packs
Local information
Emergency Mobile Phone
Trail Transfer
Tourist Tax

It does not include: Flights, Lunches or evening meals, personal spending, guides and travel insurance.

Dates – 1st May to early November any departure date.

Return Airport Transfers – All airport transfers included from Dubrovnik, Podgorica and Tivat.