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There aren’t many countries in Europe that could still be classed as a hidden gem, however, this tiny Balkan beauty is beginning to attract visitors, so now is the perfect time to catch it.
With the sparkling sea on one side and limestone mountains looming on the other, our base in Budva couldn’t be more dramatic. Explore the natural beauty of Lovcen National Park and Lake Skadar and visit the charming towns and villages of Kotor, Budva and Cetinje.
– Return flights and transfers
– 7nts in 4* accommodation
– Selected Meals: Daily breakfast and 4 dinners
– Programme of daily tours and visits
– Service of an expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Afternoon boat trip on beautiful Lake Skadar
– Visit King Nikola’s Palace
– Tour the walled city of Kotor
Day 1 – Arrival in Montenegro
Arrive at the airport for your flight to Dubrovnik, Tivat or Podgorica. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the resort town of Petrovac
Day 2 – Budva & wine tasting
This morning, get acquainted with Montenegro’s most popular coastal town, Budva. Visit the medieval town with a local guide, travelling through the narrow streets to its seaside citadel. In the afternoon, head in land to the Šipčanik wine cellar, located in an underground aircraft hangar. While here, tour the vineyard and try some of the wine produced here.
Day 3 – Njeguši & Cetinje
From the coast, travel through the mountains into Lovćen National Park. Here, you’ll find the charming village of Njegusi, the home village of the family that ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1916. After a short stop here, continue to Cetinje, the old royal capital.
This city boasts some of the country’s most important sights, including the Blue Palace, the President’s main residence as well as the Royal Palace of King Nikola. Tour the Royal Palace this afternoon, followed by some free time to wander around the city.
After a tasting of local mountain produce, return to the hotel.
Day 4 – Stari Bar & Shkodër
This morning, visit the town of Stari Bar, a fortified town that now lies in overgrown ruins, with most locals having left after the 1979 earthquake to establish a new city by the water. Take a walk up to the top of the fortress for brilliant views of the mountains or relax in one of cafes.
Later on, cross the border in Albania, heading to the city of Shkoder, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and an important hub of history, religion and culture. Here you’ll see fascinating mosques and churches alongside each other as well as the ruined Rozafa Fortress.
Day 5 – Kotor & Perast
Make the short journey from Budva to the splendid Bay of Kotor. The first stop today is the moated town of Kotor itself. Here a tour will showcase the medieval town’s churches and fortifications as well as colourful market.
Travel a little along the bay, where you’ll find the idyllic town of Perast. Perast is renowned for its man-made island, crowned by the Our Lady of the Rocks. A short boat ride brings you to the island to look around the charming church and museum before you return to the mainland for a scenic drive around the bay. At the end of the day, board the ferry across, heading back to Budva
Day 6 – Free day in Petrovac
Spend today as you wish, perhaps taking a stroll along the beach promenade or trying local cuisine at the waterfront restaurants.
Day 7 – Ostrog Monastery
Drive along the mountain road to the Ostrog Monastery, set into the rock some 900m above the Zeta Valley. Head inside to marvel at the colourful frescos and mosaics. You can also join the pilgrims in paying your respects to Saint Basil of Ostrog.
After, depart for Lake Skadar, which straddles both Montenegro and Albania. After time for lunch, boat a boat from a relaxing boat cruise.
Day 8 – Return home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Hotel Ami, Petrovac
This newly renovated hotel offers its own private beach, two restaurants and a bar, as well as an outside terrace, making it the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. All rooms have air conditioning, free WiFi, minibar (local charges apply) and a safe. The hotel offers an outdoor pool (subject to seasonal opening), indoor pool and spa & wellness area (some facilities carry a local charge).
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Montenegro however must have a valid passport.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic and the border crossing
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