Secret Balkans

Explore the hidden gems of Montenegro by boat and train, with visits to Albania and Serbia

This original arrangement combines the lesser-known Balkan countries of Serbia and Montenegro. The itinerary focuses on the magnificent scenery explored by train and boat, and visits to medieval towns and sleepy villages. Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, also known as the ‘White City’, is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. It is home to the largest Orthodox church in the world, the Church of Saint Sava.

The railway from Belgrade to Bar on the Adriatic Sea is 454km long and is one of the most scenic mountain lines in Europe with many bridges and tunnels.

Montenegro is often considered a new country, however its history goes back millennia and is closely intertwined with its Balkan neighbours. For such a small state 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.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

UNESCO Heritage Site: Historical Kotor

Local Guide Throughout

Central Hotels

Group size: 6 - 25


Special Events

Local Food Tastings

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 Heathrow to Belgrade for two nights at the 4-star Belgrade Art Hotel.

Day 2 Morning tour visits the Church of Saint Sava, the Tito Memorial and ends at Kalemegdan Fortress and Park. (B)

Day 3 Train journey from Belgrade to Kolasin in the mountains of Montenegro with packed lunch (9 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Bianca Resort & Spa. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Walk around Biogradsko Lake in Biogradska Gora National Park, home to one of three primeval forests in Europe. Visit the Moraca Monastery from the 13th century, in the Moraca River Valley. Continue to Petrovac for five nights at the 4-star Hotel Riva. (B)

Day 5 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)

Day 6 Visit the old royal capital of Montenegro - Cetinje including King Nikola's Museum followed by Njegusi the birthplace of famous Montenegrin ruler Petar II. Tasting of locally produced prosciutto and cheese. Panoramic drive to Budva for a walking tour of the old town. (B)

Day 7 Drive to Kotor for a walking tour of its old town. Cruise of the bay to our Lady of the Rocks islet and a visit to the Roman Catholic church. Continue to Perast for a tour of the Baroque town. (B, D)

Day 8 Visit the ruins of 'Stari Bar', which is surrounded by vast olive groves. Olive oil tasting. Boat cruise on Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans to Rijeka Crnojevica. Wine and honey tasting at a small farm. (B)

Day 9 Transfer to Podgorica airport for return flight to London via Belgrade. (B)

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


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

Tour involves carrying luggage on and off a train.


per person in a twin/double room
Air Serbia from Heathrow

Date Price
September 7 £1445
October 5 £1275

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £225

Flight Options

Air Serbia Business Class from £565

Extension Options

Extension - Petrovac
Hotel Riva - 2 nights £165
Single supplement £50 

Independent Arrival

Save £225 
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and 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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