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Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & the Bay of Kotor

8 days from only £869pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Explore the winding streets of Budva's medieval old town, with a local guide
  • See the incredible Ostrog Monastery, set into the cliff-face almost 900 metres above the Zeta Valley, then enjoy an afternoon boat trip on beautiful Lake Skadar
  • Tour the atmospheric walled town of Kotor with a local guide, plus visit Venetian Perast and its island church of Our lady of the Rocks
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Albanian town of Shkodër, one of the most ancient cities in the Balkans, and a religious and cultural hub
  • Learn about Montenegro’s best kept secret with a tour and tasting at one of the most unusual wine cellars in the world, hidden 30 metres underground in a former aircraft hanger
  • Explore elegant Cetinje, Montenegro's royal capital, and visit King Nikola's palace with a guide, before sampling delicious local specialities produced in the mountains
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and four dinners
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager

Selected departures from April to October 2019 

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

There aren't many countries in Europe that could still be classed as a hidden gem, but Montenegro has been largely overlooked and underestimated. However, this tiny Balkan beauty – incredibly diverse for a country smaller than Wales – is beginning to attract visitors, so now is the perfect time to catch it. There's no doubt you'll be warmly welcomed, as Montenegro is enthusiastically throwing open its arms, keen to show off its awe-inspiring mountainous landscape and the spoils of a fierce struggle through history to achieve independence.

While Montenegro today proudly stands apart from its Balkan neighbours, its turbulent past, including 50 years under Communist rule, has delayed its development – it's almost as if someone pressed pause a few decades back and time stood still. This certainly adds to the country's unspoilt charm, and even its most-visited destination, beachfront Budva, has yet to succumb under the tourism limelight. The roads can be a challenge to navigate, which is why a guided tour with an experienced driver is recommended.

Despite its name, which literally means ‘black mountain’, the scale of Montenegro's jutting terrain is still astonishing. The mountains aren’t shy of the coast, and the peaks of the rocky Lovćen range provide the backdrop to our stay. With the sparkling sea on one side and limestone mountains looming on the other, our base in Budva couldn't be more dramatic. An enthralling journey into Lovćen National Park brings us to Njeguši, a tiny traditional village where you'll experience a clash of the Alpine and Mediterranean climates that are created by Montenegro's unusual geography.

From Njeguši we travel to Cetinje, Montenegro's old royal capital, which sits on the opposite edge of the national park. As the official capital of Montenegro from its declaration of independence in 1878 until 1946, Cetinje has been an important cultural and historical centre since its founding in 1482. The entire city is a treasure trove of Montenegrin history, proudly showcasing the former Palace of King Nikola, the 19th-century 'Blue Palace', and Montenegro's impressive National Museum complex. And yet a lack of overdevelopment means that Cetinje still manages to retain a pleasant, local town feel.

While Mother Nature has no doubt blessed Montenegro with a fascinating topography of tremendous mountains, thick forests and lush valleys dotted with olive groves – all splashed by the occasional sparkling lake, there have been tumultuous times, too. Multiple earthquakes have left their mark, from the lean of the clock tower on Kotor's main square to the ruined city of Stari Bar.

Our Balkan adventure also takes us over the Albanian border to visit the multi-cultural city of Shkodër. Together with trips to the mountain-backed Bay of Kotor and the incredible cliffside Ostrog Monastery, a boat ride across tranquil Lake Skadar and free time to explore the Budva coastline, this tour embraces Montenegro in all its mountainous, mesmerising glory.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrance to the palace of King Nikola Petrovico, the old fortress in Stari Bar, a boat trip and entrance to Our Lady of the Rocks church, a boat trip on Lake Skadar, the Sipcanik wine cellar, and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Useful Information

Entry Requirements

UK passport holders do not need a visa for this holiday. However please be aware that holders of other passports may require visas for entry into Croatia, Montenegro and Albania. We advise you to check with the relevant embassy prior to booking.  

UK passport holders must ensure passports have been issued within the last 10 years, are undamaged and valid for 3 months after the planned date of departure from Montenegro.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Airport    Hotel location   Transfer time 
 Dubrovnik Airport   Budva   2 hrs 30 mins*

*depending on the border crossing

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Kuna
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time:  Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Languages: Montenegrin, Croatian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Montenegro, Croatia

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility.

Accommodation


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