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Montenegro’s Riviera & Dubrovnik for Solo Travellers

8 days from only £1,199pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Stay in Budva, a beautiful town on the Montenegrin riviera Explore historic Dubrovnik with a local expert
  • Uncover the story of Montenegro on a visit to the former capital, 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 Boka Bay
  • Enjoy a tasting of Montenegro’s excellent wines close to the capital, Podgorica
  • Visit the fascinating town ruins of Old Bar
  • Take a serene boat journey on southern Europe’s largest lake, where bird life abounds
  • Enjoy a farewell ‘fisherman’s dinner’ on the shore of Lake Skadar
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports with hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in excellent four-star accommodation inclusive of local taxes, plus breakfast and dinner
  • The services of our experience and insightful tour manager throughout

Departures from April to October 2019

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board including Welcome Dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

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 fiftieth. 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

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on one person in a double/twin room for sole occupancy. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all tours as mentioned, all transfers, all local accommodation taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions are Cetinje with entrance to King Nikola’s museum, traditional Montenegrin tasting lunch, guided walk of Budva, Kotor & Perast including Church of Our Lady, Dubrovnik, Podgorica Wine Tasting, Visit to Old Bar, Lake Skadar Cruise and Fisherman’s Dinner.

Useful Information

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   3 hrs including border crossing  
Tivat Airport 30 mins


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

Visas and Passports

UK passport holders do not require a visa for this holiday, however, please be aware that holders of other passports may require visas for entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. We advise that you 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.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

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.

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