Secret Balkans

Explore the hidden gems of Montenegro with visits to Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina

For a small country, Montenegro is home to some of the Adriatic’s most picturesque scenery. It boasts sapphire-blue waters leading into coastal fjords, and medieval towns with elegant palazzos reminiscent of Venice.

Montenegro is often considered a new country, however since the split of the Roman empire, the country has been influenced by various people from the Ottomans, the Austro-Hungarians to the Soviets and its history is closely intertwined with its Balkan neighbours. Its architecture is a mixture of many influences, from Roman and Venetian to Ottoman and modern times.

The UNESCO site of Bay of Kotor is the most southerly fjord in Europe and unique in the Mediterranean. The country is home to five national parks and Europe’s last virgin forest within Biogradska Gora National Park.

Shkodra, in neighbouring Albania, was founded in the 4th century BC by ancient Illyrian tribes. It is therefore one of the oldest cities in Europe. The city developed strategically around the outflow of Lake Skadar.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

Improved Itinerary

2 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Local Expert Guide

Central Hotels

Group Size: 6 – 25

 

Special Events

Local Food Tasting

Visit to a small family winery and taste the Montenegrin red wine together with local prosciutto, cheese, olive oil and honey.

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Tivat for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Pine. Drive to Kotor for a walking tour of its old town including a visit to St. Tryphon Cathedral. Cruise of the bay to our Lady of the Rocks islet and visit the Roman Catholic church. Continue to Perast for a tour of the Baroque town.

Day 2 Visit the old royal capital of Montenegro – Cetinje including King Nikola’s Museum followed by Njegusi the birthplace of famous ruler Petar II. Taste locally produced prosciutto and cheese. Enjoy the spectacular view of Boka Bay along the old Austrian road down to Kotor. (B)

Day 3 Drive to Trebinje the southernmost town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a walking tour in the old town with Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture. (B)

Day 4 Travel via Nikšic, Montenegro’s second-biggest city to Durmitor National Park. Visit the pearl of the park the glacial Black Lake. Continue to Žabljak for overnight at the 4-star Hotel Žabljak. (B)

Day 5 Travel along the stunning Tara Canyon to Djurdjevica Tara Bridge for great views to the canyon. Continue to Biogradska Gora National Park for a walk around Biogradsko Lake. Visit the 13th-entury Moraca Monastery, known for its frescoes. Continue to Petrovac for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Riva. (B)

Day 6 Boat cruise on Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans to Rijeka Crnojevica. Wine and honey tasting at a small farm. (B)

Day 7 Travel to Ulcinj, the southernmost town of former Yugoslavia, to explore the old town. Cross the Albanian border to Shkodra and visit the Marubi Fototeka Collection. Enjoy the view from Rozafa hill-top fortress. (B, D)

Day 8 Transfer to Tivat airport for return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2020

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from London Gatwick

Date Price
May 11 £1245
May 18 £1245
May 25 £1375
September 14 £1375
September 21 £1275
October 5 £1275

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £195

Extension Options

Extension - Petrovac
Hotel Riva - 3 nights £235
Single supplement £75

Extra nights - Tivat
Hotel Pine (per night) £75
Single supplement £45

Independent Arrival

Save £225 
Arrival transfer add £10
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory changes introduced after publication.

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