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So much to discover

  • Stay in Budva and Cavtat on the Croatian coast 
  • Explore historic Dubrovnik with a local expert
  • Uncover the story of Cetinje with an expert local guide
  • Enjoy a lunchtime tasting of traditional Montenegrin mountain food
  • Tour the stunningly sited town of Kotor
  • Take a boat journey to the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast
  • Enjoy a tasting of Montenegro’s excellent wines near Podgorica
  • Visit the fascinating town ruins of Old Bar
  • Take a serene boat journey on Lake Skadar
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with a live folklore show

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Breakfast & dinner
Welcome drinks & dinner
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Expert tour manager
Return flights & transfers
Checked luggage
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Overview

Montenegro’s wild beauty and incredible heritage, encompassing the legacy of the Venetians, Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire and former Yugoslavia, make it a unique and enticing area to explore. Only independent once again since 2006, this small yet mighty country boasts fascinating history and truly magnificent scenery. Christened Montenegro by the Venetians for its imposingly rugged mountains – seen from the sea, the towering peaks appear black – this tiny Balkan nation combines an alluring coastline with a glorious, wild hinterland. 

Neighbouring Dubrovnik, described by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is the icon of Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian Coast. The perfectly picturesque old town offers unforgettable vistas that never fail to impress, whether you are visiting for the first time or the 50th. A prosperous independent republic and sea power for centuries, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik affords wonderful views from every angle with its Baroque buildings and marble streets harbouring riveting stories. 

While Montenegro has been conquered many times, it is telling that the Venetians and Austro-Hungarians never took the starkly rustic inland areas and instead settled the rich coastal areas. This left the bucolic village life of the Montenegrin mountain clans barely changed over the centuries and with little in common with the seafaring traders of the coast. 

From its hearty mountain fare of smoked meats and cheeses, to the many traditional dishes left behind by successive invaders, Montenegrin cuisine is appetising and varied. The UN’s 192nd country also has excellent but relatively unheard-of wine – little surprise with its pleasant Mediterranean climate and proximity to Italy’s wine regions. 

An integral figure in Montenegro’s eventful past is Nikola Petrović, who ruled Montenegro for 50 years as a duke and eight as a king. Nikola and his wife, Milena, drove their tiny kingdom into the 20th century with innovations including the country’s first constitution and currency. The forward-thinking monarchs also increased Montenegro’s presence on the international stage by marrying five of their daughters to European princes and kings, earning Nikola the epithet of ‘the father-in-law of Europe’. We will learn about Nikola, his queen and the rest of the intriguing Petrović dynasty’s impact on Montenegro during an enthralling tour of their former royal seat. 

You will return home with memories of the wonderful contrasts of this compact country, from the drama of the immense landscapes and mesmerising coastlines to how the people of the historic towns of Cetinje, Kotor, Budva and Bar shaped this surprising corner of the Balkans. Along with the eternal magic of Adriatic gem of Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro offers us a glimpse of the Mediterranean of yesteryear. By the end of this insightful tour you will have explored the rustic charm and coastal appeal that characterise Montenegro: a country still off the beaten track. 



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN BUDVA

The Budva Riviera

You will be greeted at the airport by a member of the Riviera Travel team to help you check in for your flight to Dubrovnik or Tivat. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the four-star Hotel Moskva. 

Settle in before rejoining the group this evening for a welcome reception with drinks and then a tasty dinner in Hotel Moskva’s restaurant: the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

During high season, Budva is a lively and sociable resort.

Hotel Moskva double room | Budva

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4* Hotel Moskva - Budva

Chosen for its central location and relaxing environment.

  • Central location and near the beach
  • Stylish rooms
  • Friendly and attentive staff

DAY 2 - BUDVA, PODGORICA & WINE TASTING

Podgorica

Morning

Our tour this morning, led by an expert local guide, uncovers the secrets of Budva’s atmospheric old town. Blessed with a beautiful climate and stunning coastline, lively Budva attracts visitors of all ages with its captivating mix of sand and pebble beaches, sheltered coves, lush gardens and a dazzling marina lined with shiny yachts. Along the seafront promenade are bustling restaurants and cafés, loved by both visitors and locals, with menus offering fresh seafood, barbecued meats, pizza and pasta. 

Afternoon

In the afternoon we drive through Podgorica, the understated capital situated at the confluence of two rivers, overlooked by rugged mountains. For nearly half a century, it was known as Titograd after Yugoslavia’s leader during communist rule. 

The first wine was produced in the region more than 2,000 years ago and Montenegro is no exception. To discover this ancient tradition and enjoy a tasting of some delicious local wines, we visit the mammoth Šipčanik wine cellar. It occupies a former underground military hangar, and now houses around 2 million litres of wine. Set directly below the vineyards where the grapes are grown, the cellar is the perfect setting for our tasting. 

Tonight, we enjoy dinner together in one of Budva’s charming restaurants.

DAY 3 - KOTOR & PERAST

DAY 4 - CETINJE & FOOD TASTING

DAY 5 - FREE DAY IN BUDVA

DAY 6 - BAR & LAKE SKADAR

DAY 7 - DUBROVNIK

DAY 8 - RETURN HOME

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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

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Tivat Airport Budva 30 mins Cavtat Tivat Airport 2 hrs (including border crossing)
Dubrovnik Airport 3 hrs (including border crossing) Dubrovnik Airport 10 mins

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Return flights 
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome dinner and drinks on the first night
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrance to King Nikola's Palace in Cetinje
  • Entry to Our Lady of the Rocks church
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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