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7 Days
Availability : Jan to Dec
Kotor | Podgorica | Dubrovnik
Kotor | Podgorica | Dubrovnik
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Are you interested in exploring Montenegro as one of the most beautiful and diversified countries in Europe? Do you want to visit the beautiful Adriatic coast together with even more beautiful regions of black mountains, after which Montenegro got its name? If yes, the Funky Tours relaxed but in-depth, 7 day tour is the best way to explore this beautiful country.

Our in-depth 7 day itinerary with tons of extensions and amazing add-ons, stunningly covers the coastal and continental Montenegro, offering insight and understanding both, urban and rural life of this beautiful country. From seeing the most famous attractions and those off the beaten path, to meeting the locals, trying their food, learning their customs, Funky Tours brings you the very best of Montenegro.

Itinerary Note: This itinerary is designed to start and end in Kotor, where the best entrance point is Tivat or Dubrovnik airport. However if you prefer to start from the Montenegro capital of Podgorica, Albanian capital Tirana or Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the itinerary can be easily altered as this is a loop tour with an extremely diverse and flexible itinerary.

Highlights

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver for 7 days
  • Accommodation at 4* hotel for 6 nights.
  • Meals included – 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 home hosted dinner, 2 wine tastings – total of 13 meals.
  • Airport transfer and all tour overland transfers.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility. Cancel 24hrs before departure or change dates.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Getting There

  • Kotor Bay or Podgorica (Montenegro) The original itinerary is planned to start from Kotor bay or Podgorica, while the best entrance point into Montenegro during the summer time could be via Tivat International Airport.
  • Sarajevo or Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Alternatively itinerary without any additional costs can start in Sarajevo or even Mostar.
  • Tirana (Albania) If by some chance you prefer to start this tour from Tirana please contact us for available options.
  • Arrival Preferred arrival time on Day 1 should be no later then 4/5 PM.
  • Departure Tour ends on the evening of Day 7.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival to Kotor

Destination: Kotor, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: L

Kotor bay in Montenegro

>Kotor bay with Kotor old town and fort (right)

Arrival Note: Depending on your arrival time (Tivat, Dubrovnik or Podgorica) and hotel check-in policy, you might not be able to check into your room immediately after arrival. Of course, you are welcome to store your luggage at the reception desk of your hotel. If you are arriving through Tivat, your Funky Tours Host upon your airport arrival and pickup, will inform you about all check-in details and will brief you on the rest of the day’s activities.

Morning/Afternoon: Accommodation we use in Kotor are amazing 4* hotels, which usually offer cafe or bar services, ideal for refreshment after your arrival. Among other perks, all rooms are air-conditioned and always equipped with private bathrooms, minibar, satellite TV and wireless internet.

After you settle in your room, your Funky Tours local guide will pick you up and will take you for the afternoon walking tour of Kotor.  Tour will take us via hidden cobble stoned streets, giving us an opportunity for in-depth understanding of the history and cultural background of Kotor.

In the present day originating from Venetian-era, but originally mentioned during the Roman era as a strategic position on the Adriatic sea, the Kotor throughout its nearly 2 millenia long history has been through many ups and downs. Since Romans, followed by Illyirians, Slavs, Hungarians, Serbian, Venetians, French, Austrians, Yugoslavian, and today finally part of modern Montenegro, the Kotor has seen many empires passing by, while leaving part of their history engraved within heavily fortified walls of Kotor.

Learning specifics about the past and presence of Kotor, while admiring the narrow stone streets, stone churches, stone walls, high mountains above, small windows with drying laundry, a ton of cats, hidden bars and cafes, and so much more, is a great way to experience UNESCO heritage of Kotor town.

Dinner: Depending on your arrival time and rest, after the walking tour followed by free time in Kotor, it will be time for dinner (included in the package price). Since we are on the beautiful Montenegro coastline, the best choice for your first evening is to try some of the local seafood combined with the best local, Njeguši cheese and prosciutto. If you prefer vegetarian or vegan options, please let us know in advance and we are happy to provide.

Evening: On your own. Your Funky Tours Host will provide you with all the amazing recommendations on locations to chase for some good time during your evening free time in Kotor.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN KOTOR

During your time in Kotor, you will have some free time slots, during which you can opt for some interesting activities in Kotor. For independent explorations, we recommend the following:

  • Hike the Kotor Fortress

The famous Saint John’s Fortress, or Castle of San Giovanni just above the lowground of Kotor is the number one thing to do in Kotor. We recommend this experience either in the early morning or late afternoon during your free time in Kotor. To avoid big heats and sun getting directly to your camera while taking photos, the most recommended time is early morning. For romantics, the late afternoon during the sunset is also very recommended. Regular time to climb the top is 45min and 30min to come down. For the majority of people, this experience lasts around 2hrs.

How to get there: Fort entrance is located in the old town of Kotor
Hours: 24hrs
Costs: 8 EUR per person (May to October).

  • Maritime Museum of Kotor

The Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor has grown out of the collection founded by the “Boka Marine” Fraternity around the year 1880, and opened to the public in 1900. Great place to visit for history buffs and lovers of maritime glory of Kotor.

How to get there: Museum is located in the old part of Kotor
Hours: Mon – Sun: 9 AM to 6 PM (limited winter times)
Costs: 4 EUR per person.

  • Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Kotor Cathedral)

St Tryphon Cathedral is a Romanesque style church that dates to 1166, and was built on the site of the church dating to 809. It is one of two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro, and houses the relics of St. Tryphon, the city’s patron saint and protector. As it is one of the most popular things to see in Kotor, we heavily recommend a visit.

How to get there: It is located in the old town of Kotor.
Hours: Mon – Sun: 7 AM to 8 PM (limited winter times)
Costs: 2 EUR per person.

DAY 2: Kotor Bay & Montenegro Coastline

Destination: Kotor, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: B

Perast in Montenegro

>Perast

Activity Note: Today’s itinerary includes walking on uneven terrain, while visiting some of the remains of the Stari Bar. 

Breakfast: Our beautiful 4* hotel in Kotor will serve us buffet breakfast from 7 to 10 AM featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: After the morning starts at 9 AM, our first place of the visit will be the 2nd most famous spot in Kotor bay area, the beautiful Perast village. Only 15min driving away from Kotor, Perast is a baroque village in the municipality of Kotor with its two stunning islets: Sveti Djordje (St. George) as a natural one, and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks) as artificial one. Historically important for its naval history, Perast strategically stands opposite of the only water entrance to Kotor bay.

After we take a pleasant short walk through Perast village, we are ready to take a short boat ride to the islet of Our Lady of the Rocks.

In the middle of the 15th century, on 22nd of July 1453, when two brothers, one of whom was seriously ill, found an icon on a rocks (“škrpjela”) in the water, as a sign of gratitude for healing, the locals of Perast, built an islet, by increasing the surface of the islet by pouring stones and sinking old sailing ships.

Already in the 15th century, a chapel was erected, in which the image of Our Lady was placed. By the beginning of the 17th century already, about a hundred ships had been sunk, including captured Turkish ships. The larger church was built in 1630, but was damaged in the earthquake of 1667. In addition to earthquakes, the shrine was also exposed to Turkish and pirate attacks.

Today, the islet with its church, beautiful frescoes and a small museum is one of the biggest attractions of the Bay of Kotor.

This activity will take around 30-40min, and once we are back to Perast, we will continue exploring other amazing parts of the Montenegro coastline.

St George and Our Lady of the Rocks islets in Kotor bay near Perast

>Islets of  Sveti Djordje (St. George) and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks) 

Afternoon: Just before the mid-day we still are exploring Montenegro coastline. We can’t miss out on Budva and the island of Sveti Stefan (eng. St. Stefan).

Budva traditionally is considered a Balkans summer time party capital. Long sandy beaches with open space clubs and bars bring young people from all around the Balkans, eager to party and enjoy the Balkan style of music.

Originally founded by Phoenicians, 2500 years of turbulent history are woven into the walls of Budva old town, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited places of the Adriatic coast. Walking around the narrow, cobble stoned streets and enjoying the wide panorama views from Budva old town fort, while listening to the historical facts on this beautiful small town, is a great way to peek into the glorious history of this small, but extremely beautiful town on Montenegro coastline.

Just outside of Budva old town is Mogren beach, offering amazing opportunities for summer time swim and chill, as it is the best beach in close vicinity of Budva old town.

Once an island, today connected with mainland by narrow isthmus, Sveti Stefan is now a 5-star franchise hotel of the international group of Aman Resorts. Entrance to Sveti Stefan usually is not allowed unless you have booked accommodation or lunch there. However, observing the beautiful Sveti Stefan islet from a short distance, and taking selfies during our visit is a must do.

Sveti Stefan Island in Montenegro near Budva

>Sveti Stefan

Lunch: Trying Adriatic seafood delicacies is of course the first choice. If you are more into continental cuisine, Montenegro specialties like Njeguši village cheese and prosciutto as appetizers are perfectly combined with mutton and lamb chops, served with roasted potatoes, onion and a mix of veggies. Food like this has the best taste if the meat is roasted under the bell (“Ispod sača”) on a hot coal or sometimes, in a milk marinade with fresh spices.

Of course, during the lunch your guide will recommend you the best of local and authentic Montenegro wines. Globally, Balkan wines are still an unknown phenomenon, but just knowing the European single largest vineyard, sized at 2000 acres, is located in southern Montenegro will make you rethink your wine choices when travelling the Balkans. The most popular Montenegro wine is called “Vranac” (eng. Black stallion), and is excellently combined with red meat.

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch our journey of exploring the historic coastal Montenegro continues. The next stop is the historic town of Stari Bar. Through the history being controlled by Venetians, Hungarians, Serbs and Ottomans, the town of Stari Bar has seen its fair share of interesting events. Finally in 1877, when the locals bombed the aqueduct and cut off the water supply, the town was finally reclaimed by Montenegro from the Ottoman rulers.

Today we shall visit the old town fort, the aqueduct, Stara Maslina – the olive tree said to be over 2000 years old.

Stari Bar town is the perfect place for afternoon coffee or drinks overlooking the panorama of the Adriatic sea. In the later afternoon we are heading back to Kotor.

Dinner: On your own. Your Funky Tours Host will provide you with all the amazing recommendations on where to dine and have a good time during your evening free time in Kotor.

THE BEST OF KOTOR’S NIGHTLIFE

    • The Nitrox Pub & Eatery

    If you are looking for great cocktails then look no more. The owners are very pleasant and bar has an amazing atmosphere. Additionally food and beers are of great choice and value as well.

    How to get there: Access is easy from the south entrance into the Kotor Old Town
    What to try: Long Island Ice Tea, craft beers;

    • Ladovina Kitchen & Wine Bar

    The great selection of wines and tasty sea food are ideally combined at Ladovina. The place has very small but beautiful garden so make sure to book your seats on time. Ladovina features great pizzas, red meat dishes and wonderful vegetarian options.

    Hours: Mon – Sat: 9 AM to 12 PM.
    What to try: Wine, pizza, steak;

DAY 3: Njeguši village, Cetinje, Skadar and Lovćen National Parks

Destination: Kotor, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: BL

Activity Note: Today we plan to visit Njegoš mausoleum at Lovćen National Park, and to reach all the way up, we will have 461 stairs. Make sure to have some water along the way and during the summer take sun cream. Additionally, our Skadar lake cruise will provide us an amazing opportunity for great swim and chill. The morning 1 hour ride that will take us from Kotor to Lovćen has 25 sharp hairpin turns, so make sure you don’t overeat yourself during the morning breakfast. We are visiting the beautiful Lipa cave, and the temperature inside is around 10 degrees Celsius, so make sure to have something warm to wear, if needed.

Breakfast: Our beautiful 4* hotel in Kotor will serve us buffet breakfast from 7 to 10 AM featuring Montenegrin and international options.

Morning: This morning we start at 8 AM. As the day is quite long, a bit earlier start is recommended. The first part of the tour will be a stunning experience of driving via an Austrians made road (1879) that originally connected Kotor and Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro. The road is enriched with 25 hairpin turns, and with several panorama stops, it gives us an amazing view over the Kotor bay. Once at the top, we have arrived at Lovćen National Park, a core and heart of Montenegro, its most valuable cultural, historical and religious heritage site.

Lovcen National Park Observation post at Petar II Petrovic Njegos Mausoleum

>Lovćen National Park Observation point at Petar II Petrović Njegoš Mausoleum

The Lovćen National Park was founded in 1952, with an area of 6220 acres. The heart of Lovćen is considered to be Jezerski vrh (1657m) on which the mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, the most famous poet, bishop and ruler of Montenegro from 1830 to 1851, was built.

Having climbed 461 steps, carved into the sheer rocks, we get the opportunity to explore the Mausoleum and to enjoy the 360 views of the stunning Montenegro landscapes. On one side we can see Skadar Lake and majestic Montenegro mountains, and on the other, stunning Kotor bay, and if the day is clear, possibly even the coast of Italy.

Lovcen Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos

>Petar II Petrović Njegoš Mausoleum

Afternoon: After exploring the powerful story of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, we head down and take a short ride to Njeguši, the birthplace village of the Njegoš dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918. Njeguši village, aside from being the cultural and historical core of Montenegro, at the same time is the birthplace of Montenegrin national cuisine.

The idyllic village with just several tens of inhabitants, is homeplace to globally popular Njeguši prosciutto and Njeguši cheese. Since the region of Njeguši village ideally combines Mediterranean and Continental climate effects, the local products of prosciutto and cheese together with honey, rakija (eng. brandy), variety of herbs, local organic veggies and fruits, simply taste the best, and add up to the overall experience of this beautiful village.

Njeguši prosciutto is a dark colored pork meat of intensive taste. Salted, beech smoked and dried at the specially made dryers of 1m thick stone walls, combined with centuries old traditions and the art of making, this unique product of Montenegro is a must try. When you taste the Njeguši prosciutto, it feels as if you just have tried the pure hormone of happiness, serotonin, which tastes like the mysticism of the distant past.

At Funky Tours, we are devoted to the best of spiritual and material worlds, so tasting the best Njeguši prosciutto, combined with yellow Njeguši cheese, (if preferred, wine and local brandy), is simply a bit of both worlds.

After the historic and tasty visit to Njeguši village, our journey continues towards Cetinje – former center of the state, and today the cultural, historical and spiritual capital of Montengro.

In the 2nd half of 15th century, the Ottoman conquests have forced the then master of Zeta, Ivan Crnojević to move the seat of the state, from the fortified town of Žabljak, to a more inaccessible climate, deep into the mountains, to a foothills of Lovćen mountain. During 1482, Ivan Crnojević built a court and monastery, which were the first establishments of the new capital, Cetinje. Later when Ivan Crnojević transferred the Zeta Metropolitanate to the newly built monastery, Cetinje in addition to the secular, became a spiritual center. In the mid 19th century, when already mentioned, the glorious Petar Petrović II Njegoš, managed to unite Montenegrin tribes and create the foundations of a modern state, Cetinje until today became the mythical place of Montenegrin nationalism and statehood.

During our walking tour of Cetinje, we will learn historic facts about Montenegrin old capital, hear about the first printing house of the South Slavs (just 4 decades after the Guttenbergs), visit famous Cetinje spots such as Cetinje Monastery, historic centre with its famous foreign embassies, museums, royal theatre, Biljarda (the new royal residence) and so much more.

If required, free time in Cetinje, to explore the historic town on your own will be arranged.

Cetinje Orthodox monastery

>Cetinje Serbian Orthodox monastery

Just 5 kilometers from Cetinje, we will make a short detour and break away from socio-cultural stories to peek a bit into speleology, and visit Montenegro’s most famous speleological wonder, the Lipa cave. About 2.5km in length, a mix of beautiful passages and halls, enriched with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, some up to 5m tall, and with annual temperature ranging from 8 to 12 degrees Celsius, Lipa cave is a must see for anyone visiting the region of Cetinje.

Our 1 hour visit to Lipa cave is a professionally guided tour, with the local guide, whose speleological knowledge and expertise will additionally enhance our cave exploring experience.

Lunch: The lunch time is planned at Rijeka Crnojevića, or famously called Montenegrin Venice. When Ivan Crnojevic in 15the century founded Cetinje, in centuries to follow Rijeka Crnojevića (eng. Crnojević river – named after Crnojević dynasty), as one of the most famous Skadar lake tributaries, became the largest Montenegrin port and the leading trade center. Together with the Danilo bridge, built in 1853, several old buildings, a nice pedestrian zone and a few beautifully located traditional restaurants, Crnojevića Rijeka is the perfect place for lunch time chill.

Especially appreciated product of this region is dry bleak (dried fish), and due to its uniqueness and exceptional taste, traditionally very much in demand on the Italian market.

Normally, aside from locally appreciated fish, other Montenegrin continental and seafood dishes can be easily found here. Your Funky Tours Host job is to, according to your taste, recommend you the best food from the offer.

Rijeka Crnojevica at Skadar Lake National Park

>Rijeka Crnojevića

Afternoon: After delicious lunch it is time for the most inspiring moment of the day. The beautiful and fulfilling Skadar lake boat cruise.

Lake Skadar is a natural wonder. A protected National Park of Montenegro and Albania and a paradise of wildlife. Being home to more than 260 bird species, islet monasteries, old and traditionally built stone villages, stunning beaches, Skadar lake is Montenegro’s true heart and soul.

Our afternoon boat cruise will take us via Crnojevića river and Skadar Lake to the small village of Žabljak at a confluence of Morača river. With optional short uphill hike and visit to the medieval fortress, which under the Crnojević dynasty, was a capital of Zeta, the views from the top will be simply amazing, and worth every single effort.
For ornithology lovers, Skadar Lake is a true paradise. Unlimited offer of cormorants, herons, gulls, terns, ducks and sometimes a giant Dalmatian pelican, make this magnificent natural setting a must see.

Additionally carpets of water lilies, water snakes, frogs, all kinds of bugs and insects, fish, toads, dragonflies, etc., just add even more to an amazing Skadar Lake experience.

For true adventurers, during the summer time some swim and chill at crystal clear Skadar Lake is a must do.

In the late afternoon, after stopping at the stunning Pavlova strana viewpoint, and furthermore admiring the beauty of Skadar Lake and Crnojevića Rijeka, we are back to Kotor.

Dinner: On your own. Since this is your last night in Kotor, you might wanna have an easy and relaxing evening. By now, you already know the Kotor bay region very well, and are capable of planning your Kotor evening quite easily.

BEST BEACHES IN KOTOR BAY

During your three day stay in Kotor, you will have some free time slots, during which you can opt for beach time activities in and around Kotor. Our selection of the best beaches in vicinity of Kotor would be the following:

  • Jaz Beach

Probably one of the most famous Montenegro beaches. Though not an undiscovered beach, but big enough for everyone to find its “private” grain of sand. It is not walking distance from Kotor and would require either a public bus or private type of transfer. The beach if famous for being location of Madonna and The Rolling Stones concerts.

  • Mogren Beach

Located just few min walk from the old part Budva, Mogren beaches 1 and 2 offer great escape from the busy Budva streets. The beach is well equipped with snack bars and sun loungers, if you are looking for some relaxed time. Just nearby, for adventurous ones, there is 15m cliff, great for diving.  The golden sand the beach is made of, gives this portion of Adriatic sea very special vibe.

  • Kotor Beach

Close to the Kotor old town beaches are mostly rocky. However if you take a short walk from the old town along the Put I Bokeljske Brigade, you will find a lot of cafe and bars located along the beach offering great options for beach leisure time.

DAY 4: Durmitor National Park

Destination: Žabljak, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: B

Activity Note: On the first day of explorations of Durmitor National Park we shall check out from our Kotor accommodation and the next two nights we shall  spent at Žabljak.

Breakfast: Our beautiful hotel 4* hotel in Kotor will serve us buffet breakfast from 7  AM featuring Montenegrin and international options. Make sure to have good breakfast as lunch will be a well deserved one.

Morning: Our start is early morning at 8 AM, as Montenegro coastline is some 2.30hrs away from Durmitor. The beautiful journey will take us via Nikšić into the highlands and mighty lands of Durmitor National Park.

Black Lake at Durmitor National Park at Montenegro

>Black Lake at Durmitor National Park.

When we left the Adriatic sea coastline, we immediately started gaining altitude, and noticeably the bare and dry lands of Mediterranean climate will change into beech, oak and pine forests, mainly residing in the Continental parts of Montenegro.

Originally named by Celtic people “Dru Mi Tore”, literally meaning “Mountain full of water”, Durmitor National Park was founded in 1952. As a part of the Dinaric Alps, the Durmitor massif was shaped by glaciers, with the highest peak at 2523m, called “Bobotov Kuk. With nearly 50 peaks more than 2000m high, surrounded by rivers Tara, Piva, Sušica and Komarnica, Durmitor National Park is the UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the most amazing national park of Montenegro.

When the first Durmitor’s mighty mountain peaks appear ahead of us, it will be time to take a break at the stunning Nevidio canyon (Nevidio – eng. Unseen). Located in the southern parts of Durmitor region, as a part of Mala Komarnica river, Nevidio canyon is Europe’s last explored canyon. This amazing, 1700m long canyon of unbelievable beauty was first fully explored in 1965, when the World first time discovered the true nature of this Montenegrin gem.

Our stop will include exploring the starting entrance of the canyon, located at an altitude of 935m. Just feeling the cold water of Mala Komarnica river and admiring the area surrounding the Nevidio canyon will leave you breathless.

Of course, for the adrenalin junkies Funky Tours offers an addition to the package – three to four hours of in-depth canyoning experience of Nevidio canyon. Fully equipped, with a professional guide, on a medium demanding activity, enter the depths of Nevidio canyon and experience the adventure of a lifetime. The standard add-on price for this experience is 100 EUR per person and is paid locally to our Montenegrin canyoning partner company.

Nevidio Canyon - Durmitor National Park

>Nevidio Canyon offer great canyoning adventure

Afternoon: As we leave Nevidio canyon behind, the road will take us towards Žabljak. Depending on the time of arrival (if you opted for Nevidio canyoning, or not), we can check into our Žabljak accommodation, or if we are a bit early continue towards Djurdjevica Tara bridge, to experience another amazing canyon of Durmitor National Park region, the Tara river canyon.

Before we reach Tara Bridge, we shall make sure to stop at Vražije and Riblje lakes and admire the turquoise color of these two stunning glacier lakes. Few legends on how the Vražije (eng.devils) lake got the name must be heard.

Vrazije and Riblje Lakes at Durmitor National Park in Montenegro

>Vražije and Riblje lakes at Durmitor National Park

When originally constructed in 1940, during the era of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, with length of 365m and maximum height of 172m, looming over the 150m deep river Tara canyon, Đurđevića Tara bridge was the highest in the World. Once there, we have several options on how to explore one of mankind’s greatest achievements in the sphere of architecture. Aside from walking the bridge and admiring the beautiful surroundings of Tara canyon, the best way to experience this scenery is by one of Europe’s longest ziplines. If you decide to opt for this stunning experience, the price of 20 EUR per person for 1200m of rope, will be an amazing upgrade to this amazing day.

Djurdjevica Tara bridge in Montenegro

>Đurđevića Tara bridge in Montenegro is one of Europes best zip line opportunities

For those not really into zip-line, some nice time exploring the bridge and Tara canyon will be provided. Of course, the Tara canyon, which is much more accessible than Nevidio Canyon, offers several ways and opportunities to explore, the best of which, of course, is rafting through Tara Canyon, an experience we plan to have on Day 3.

Lunch: The best way to introduce Durmitor cuisine is to try the food made by the local organic producers, and Funky Tours bring you the best of it.

Trying Montenegrin mountain side dishes such as “cicvara” (traditional dish made from milk, cheese, cream (kajmak) and flour), “kačamak” (or polenta, famous dish prepared usually from corn flour, served with yoghurt, cheese and kajmak) and variety of “japraci” (grinded beef meat with spices rolled and boiled into vine leaves or layers of onion), are always a good choice.

One of the most famous specialties of the Durmitor region is lamb meat. If you opt slowly cooked and then baked, or alternatively slowly cooked in milk, the taste will simply blow you away.

Later Afternoon: Arrival to Kotor in Montenegro, will be in later afternoon hours, mainly depending on our border crossing time. However in the Balkans, crossing the borders in later hours is always better than in the mornings, so our expectations, even in the highest season, is that we will not spend too much time on the Bosnia-Montenegro border.

Once at Kotor, we shall check into our centrally located hotel, relax for some short time and head to Kotor old town for delicious dinner.

Later Afternoon: After delicious lunch, hotel check-in at Žabljak, and short but well deserved rest, we shall pay a visit to the Black Lake.

The largest and most famous of all 18 lakes on Durmitor, the absolute most beautiful is Black Lake. It is located only 3km from Žabljak, and it is an ideal place for afternoon visit.

Crno Jezero (Black Lake) in Durmitor National Park in Montenegro

>Beautiful Black Lake at Durmitor National Park

It consists of two water surfaces, the so-called Small and Large Lake, separated by a narrow surface of land, called “struga”. Located at the altitude of 1418m, with the Small lake much deeper (49 vs 24m), both lakes during the hot summer months reach temperatures of 22°C, creating a real paradise for swimmers. Once at the lake you will have free time to explore the beautiful nature surrounding it. You can either swim, relax and chill by the lake or take a beautiful walk around the lake, with the total circle of hiking around the whole lake being around 4 kilometers.

Evening/Dinner: On your own. Žabljak has about 2000 inhabitants and is considered the city at the highest altitude in the Balkans. Being quite well populated, Žabljak is a very lively place as it is a very popular tourist destination throughout the year. Whether you visit it in summer or winter, Žabljak and Durmitor National Park have a lot to offer.

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN ŽABLJAK

During your time in Žabljak region, you will have some free time slots, during which you can opt for some interesting activities in the town. We recommend few of the following for independent explorations:

  • Extend the walk from Black Lake to Zminje Lake

When you are visiting Black Lake, great add-on would be 30/40min oneway walk to Zminje (Snake) Lake. The trail is properly marked and walk through the forest is an amazing experience. Many people find Zminje Lake much more beautiful and less crowded then the famous Black Lake.

  • Have a Nikšićko beer at one of local Žabljak bars

With more than a century of brewing tradition and mastery, dating from 1896, Nikšićko beer is one of the most recognizable brands of Montenegro.

  • See a million of stars on the sky

Take a short late evening walk just outside of city lights of Žabljak, and during the clear night get to experience the sky of million stars.

DAY 5: Optional: Hiking or Jeep Safari via Durmitor Ring

Destination: Žabljak, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: B – L

Durmitor National Park Landscape

>Beautiful Durmitor Landscapes

Activity Note: Today we are exploring Kotor bay, meaning we will have quite a lot of opportunities to swim. In case you are visiting Montenegro coast during the summer months, a swimsuit, towels and sun cream should be on your must-have list.

Breakfast: Our beautiful hotel 4* Hotel Astoria (or similar) in Kotor will serve us buffet breakfast from 7 to 10 AM featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: Use the Funky Tours benefits of your optional day and decide what kind of activity you would like to engage with on Day 5. Depending on your fitness capacity we have several options for in-depth explorations of the Durmitor National Park.

Of course our preferred activity is hiking, and you can choose which trail fits you the best: Prutaš (easy) or Bobotov Kuk (hard). However, if you don’t prefer to hike, alternatively you can opt for more relaxing explorations of some of the most beautiful and hidden spots of the Durmitor region. Via the famous “Durmitor Ring”, an 85 km long off the beaten path photo safari tour, you get to experience the most hidden and most beautiful parts of Durmitor National Park.

OPTION 1: Hiking to Bobotov Kuk peak (2525m) 

Breakfast: Our stunning 4* accommodation will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 7 AM, featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: After delicious breakfast we are ready to go. The first part of the morning will be short, 14km ride from Žabljak to the “prijevoj Sedlo” (pass Saddle). Sedlo is located at an altitude of cca 1900m, and is our start of the hiking trail to Bobotov Kuk. The highest point of Montenegro, Bobotov Kuk can be reached from various sides, but the most convenient, easiest and our choice of the day, will be access from the southern side.

As soon as we leave our vehicle and gear up, we are ready to start the hike. At a normal pace, the morning ascent will be 3.30 hours long, with a trail taking us via beautiful plains and mighty peaks of Durmitor to the glorious Bobotov Kuk peak. Once at the top, we have gained a bit over 700m in altitude difference. This kind of altitude gain, on average inclination of 24% during a bit over 5.5km hike, is considered high-moderate to hard demanding activity and is doable by anyone of normal fitness level.

During the hike, panoramic views, valleys, powerful peaks of Durmitor and its glacial lakes, light adrenaline, beautiful storytelling, legends, and everything that this adventure brings, will be one of the best experiences of life.

At the top, all the efforts will be highly rewarding. Stunning 360 panorama views from Bobotov Kuk, with special emphasis on peak Prutaš, Škrčka lakes and stunning Šareni pasovi (colorful layers), will surely make all the pain go away.

On the way to Bobotov Kuk overlooking stunning Skrcka Lakes - Durmitor National Park

>Climbing up towards the Bobotov Kuk with stunning views over the Škrčka Lakes

Special Note: The last part of the ascent (20min) to Bobotov Kuk peak is quite steep and requires use of hands. At points part of the trail is secured with cables which come handy when climbing. In case you have vertigo this part of the trail should not be climbed.

Afternoon: The returning hike will take us all the way to Žabljak with a visit to a beautiful “Ledena Pećina” (ice cave), located at an altitude of 2164m. As the name suggests, with an annual temperature of 0°C, the cave retains snow and ice all year round, creating unusual ice shapes of various stalactites and stalagmites. Short stop at the cave, to admire the beauty of its ice creations is a must.

The returning hike from Bobotov Kuk to the Black Lake and to Žabljak will take us additional 4 to 5 hours, depending on how much photos and rest we take.

The total hike will be around 14.5km and some 6-7 hours of active walking. We should be back to Žabljak around 5, or latest 6pm.

At the top of Bobotov Kuk at 2525m - Durmitor National Park

>At the top of Bobotov Kuk at 2525m – Durmitor National Park

Lunch: Since we shall have rather late lunch, it is recommended that during the day you have a several, carbohydrates rich, high quality snacks and at least 2l of water. Once back to Žabljak, get ready for the most delicious lunch of your lifetime. A beautiful mix of traditional Montenegrin, organic food will be served. The choice of food will be recommended and served according to our guests needs and choices.

Evening: On your own. The rest of the day is on your own where you can choose to have well deserved rest from a quite demanding day or explore Žabljak region on your own. However, if preferred at some later evening hours, rakija (local brandy), wine or beer night out can be organised, with the aim to “taste” and experience the real lifestyle of Durmitor highlanders.

OPTION 2: Hike to Prutaš peak (2398m) – Recommended by Funky Tours 

Breakfast: Our stunning 4* accommodation will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 7 AM, featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: After delicious breakfast we are ready to go. The first part of the morning will be a short, 18.5km ride from Žabljak via “prijevoj Sedlo” (pass Saddle) to Šarban (Dobri Do) which is our starting point for the Prutaš hike.

Prutaš Peak at 2398m - Durmitor National Park

>Prutaš peak at 2398m – Probably the most beautiful hike at Durmitor National Park

Hiking to Bobotov Kuk is considered a “hard” hiking activity since it includes quite steep ascents and a bit of “ferrata” elements. Additionally, since Bobotov Kuk is quite a popular place, which is visited by a large number of hikers, our medium demanding, surely the most beautiful and warmly recommended hiking adventure, is hiking to Prutaš.

Adorned with unique rock shapes (wands or rods), the name “Prutaš” (eng.mountain of branches), ideally reflects the real beauty of this peak. With easy ascent along the deep, green slopes, amazing views over the glacial “Škrčka lakes”, “SOA Nebeska” (eng. Altar of the Sky) including peaks of “Đevojka” (2440m), “Bezimeni Vrh” (2487m) and “Bobotov Kuk” (2525m), the Prutaš hiking trail is by far the most beautiful trail on Durmitor massif.

Our usual start is from Šarban and during the next 2-3 hours with a total ascent of 650m over the 4km trail, we shall reach this magnificent, grass covered peak. This access is from the southern side via “Škrčko ždrijelo” (2114m) and is considered the best and easiest access to Prutaš.

Prutas beautiful grass covered valleys and trails - Durmitor National Park

>Beautiful Prutaš trails via grass covered valleys with Bobotov Kuk peak in the distance

At the top, well deserved time for rest, while soaking up the beauty surrounding you will be the highlight of your Montenegro and Durmitor National Park adventure.

Afternoon: The return from Prutaš can be along the same route we came, with some 2hrs of easy descent or, can be extended for additional 3 hours with a visit to Škrčka lakes. This extension can be decided on the spot depending on your desire and fitness level.

Lunch: Since we shall have rather late lunch, it is recommended that during the day you have a several, carbohydrates rich, high quality snacks and at least 2l of water. Once back to Žabljak, get ready for the most delicious lunch of your lifetime. A beautiful mix of traditional Montenegrin, organic food will be served. The choice of food will be recommended and served according to our guests needs and choices.

Evening: On your own. The rest of the day is on your own where you can choose to have well deserved rest from a quite demanding day or explore Žabljak region on your own. However, if preferred at some later evening hours, rakija (local brandy), wine or beer night out can be organised, with the aim to “taste” and experience the real lifestyle of Durmitor highlanders.

OPTION 3: Durmitor Ring Photo Safari Tour

Breakfast: Our stunning 4* accommodation will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 7 AM, featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: After a delicious breakfast we are ready to go. The “Durmitor Ring ” is an 85km long circular, completely off the beaten path trail around the Durmitor mountain. Requiring a low level of physical activity, this experience is a great way to meet the local people, try and buy their homemade products, learn about their way of life and explore the Durmitor National Park’s vast natural and cultural diversity.

The first stop of the day will be “Momčilov Grad”. At the slopes, high above Tara canyon, is home to a fortified town of Prlitor. The town founded by Bosnian duke Sandalj Hranič Kosača, in the XIV century, is today better known for the epic hero Duke Momčilo who died of treason by his wife. Momčilov Grad is home to one of the most famous restaurants in the region of Durmitor.

As we continue, the magnificent views over the canyon of Tara river, will prove a fact that after the Grand Canyon in the USA, it is the World’s 2nd highest canyon. The saddle of Veliki Štuoc, which will be our highest point of the day, is the location of Tara’s deepest canyon point, reaching over 1300m.

Overlooking the canyons of Tara and Susica river

>The stunning Tara and Sušica river canyons

As we continue our Durmitor Ring adventure, we visit one of the most interesting villages, not only in Montenegro, but in the whole region of Balkans – the famous village of “Mala Crna Gora” (Little Montenegro). It is located at an altitude of 1700m, at the edge of stunning Sušica canyon, the village is snow-blocked from November to May, as the road is mostly inaccessible during the winter time. At the village, get ready to meet a few of the remaining locals, possibly be invited for a rakija, and admire the lifestyle of true Durmitor nomads.

Little Montenegro village - hanging out with a locals - Durmitor National Park

>Little Montenegro village – hanging out with a locals – Durmitor National Park

At the bottom of the Sušica canyon, there is an amazing Sušica lake. The lake is of periodical nature, especially being beautiful during the early spring days. Usually in the summertime, when large underground streams drop down, the lake disappears underground until the next winter.

After passing the beautiful Sušica canyon viewpoint and furthermore enjoying beautiful scenery, we will arrive at the picturesque village of Nedajno. Located at an altitude of 1463m, this village is unusually vibrant and full of life. Views of Sušica canyon are simply breathtaking. Stopping at a local cafe bar, trying the homemade juice, and listening to legendary stories about how “Nedajno” (eng.to not allow) got the name, will surely be one of the highlights of our stunning Durmitor day.

Nedajno village overlooking the Susica canyon - Durmitor National Park

>Nedajno village overlooking the Susica canyon – Durmitor National Park

Afternoon: After Nedajno, another village on our Durmitor tour itinerary is Trsa. The village itself is actually located on Piva mountain at an altitude of 1470m. Being located near the canyons of Piva, Tara and Sušica, and below the slopes of the gigantic Durmitor, Trsa village is a great starting point for a variety of outdoor adventures such as, camping, biking, horseback riding, hiking, rafting and so much more.

Lunch (Top Experience): Home hosted lunch with a local family from Trsa village will be the best part of the day. Trying the specialties of local cuisine such as steamed lamb, roasted veal, homemade bread, kačamak and cicvara is a true gourmet’s dream. The Funky Tour Trip Leader will be aware of your food choices, and will make sure to fully accommodate all your requests. During our home hosted lunch you will have an opportunity to meet the locals and learn about their life today and over the past centuries. Understanding that the great majority of people living in the rural Durmitor region is completely self-sufficient when producing their own organic food, will additionally “boost” the taste and make you fully appreciate your meal today. After the lunch you will have an opportunity to stroll through the village and furthermore explore the life of locals at Durmitor region.

Homemade food by the local families in Durmitor National Park

>Homemade food by the local families in Durmitor National Park

Secret Add-on: At the village we will do a short secret 20min hike to one of the most beautiful peaks of Piva Nature Park. Great activity before we continue our Durmitor ring journey.

Afternoon: Passing by the small village of Pišće and enjoying one of the beautiful viewpoints over the Piva lakes, we will arrive at Prutaš (2393m) and Todorov Do (Todor’s valley) viewpoint.

With its peak at 2393m, and beautifully adorned with gentle ridge lines, green mountain sides, miraculous oblique layers called “prutovi” (eng.wands or rods) after which it was named, Prutaš is one of the most beautiful massifs in the whole region of Durmitor National Park. Prutaš massif and Todor’s valley are perfect place for stunning photography.

The Prutas viewpoint during the amazing journey via Durmitor Ring

>The Prutaš viewpoint during the amazing journey via Durmitor Ring

Finally our Durmitor Ring journey will take us via Sedlo pass (1907m, famously called “saddle of gods”), below the striking peak of Stožina, back to Žabljak. The total length of the tour is around 7-8 hours, during which we have travelled across 85km of stunning scenery of unique Durmitor National Park.

Evening: On your own. The rest of the day is on your own where you can choose to have well deserved rest from a quite demanding day or explore Žabljak region on your own. However, if preferred at some later evening hours, rakija (local brandy), wine or beer night out can be organised, with the aim to “taste” and experience the real lifestyle of Durmitor highlanders.

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN HIKING IN DURMITOR NATIONAL PARK?

  • What to wear?

If possible opt for hiking boots, or sturdy hiking shoes that will protect your ankle in case of twist or if you accidentally hit the rock. Try to wear layered clothing and as less as possible cotton and, replace it by quick-drying high performance fabric. Bring protective hat and suncream. Have spare shirts. Make sure to have appropriate socks and long legged hiking trousers.

  • What food to bring?

General rule of thumb is 1/2 l of water for every 2 hrs of hiking. Bring food rich in carbohydrates that will give you energy through the day. Include protein bars, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

  • Know your limits, be in focus! Always follow your guide and marked trails!

Always make sure to follow your guide and marked trails. Never wonder off the marked trail unless it feels completely safe. Be aware of your physical and mental limits and, always make sure not to loose focus. 

DAY 6: Tara River White Water Rafting and Biogradska Gora National Park

Destination: Kolašin, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals Included: BL

Biograd Lake at Montenegro

>Biograd Lake at Biogradska Gora National Park

Activity Note: The River Tara, famously called – the tear of Europe, is one of the most beautiful and exciting rivers in Europe! Visiting Durmitor National Park without experiencing the white water river rafting via the most attractive part of the Tara canyon, is a miss.

Breakfast: Our beautiful hotel 4* hotel at Žabljak will serve us buffet breakfast from 7 AM featuring Montenegrin and international options.

Morning: Just after 30min driving away from Žabljak, passing by Đurđevića Tara bridge, via the beautiful scenery of Durmitor National Park, we shall arrive at our Tara river rafting park. Once at the rafting camp, we shall have coffee break, pick up our rafting gear and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Tara river canyon is one of the most impressive wonders of the World. With a height of 1300m, Tara canyon is considered the deepest in Europe and 2nd deepest in the World (after the Grand Canyon in USA). It is no wonder that UNESCO inscribed Tara river into its program “The Man and Biosphere” due to its vast natural diversity and richness of life. Truly the best way to experience this natural phenomenon is along the Tara river white water rafting route. So if you visit Durmitor National Park and don’t experience Tara, you are missing a lot. Credibility of Tara river was proven in 2009, when the World Rafting Championship was held on the slopes of Tara river.

Our rafting gear consists of a neoprene suit and special rafting boots, helmet, vest and paddle. Water temperature during the summer season never goes above 11-12°C, meaning we will provide you with the best rafting gear available on the market to make sure everything goes smoothly. Funky Tours always collaborate with the best rafting companies, providing professional English speaking skippers and best of the best equipment.

 

Whitewater rafting trip on Tara river in Montenegro

>Tara white water rafting experience is full of amazing rapids and offers unique adventure

Usually we are hitting rapids around 10 AM and depending on the month of the summer season, rafting lasts between 2 and 3 hours. The later the summer months are, the lesser the water levels are, meaning, the longer the rafting is.

During the Tara river rafting, we are having so much fun on the rapids. Aside from admiring the natural wonders of this beautiful turquoise river, its rapids, its cleanliness, its high peaks, we are also learning about the natural diversity of the canyon itself, and what it means to the local community. Diving, swimming, chilling, cold drinks, adrenalin rush are all the beauties on our “menu” today.

Biogradsko Jezero at Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro

>Beautiful Biograd Lake is ideal 1 hour walk

Lunch: At the end of our rafting adventure, once we are back to our rafting camp we shall have a well deserved lunch. Lunch will be a combination of local Durmitor specialties with available vegetarian options.

Afternoon: After an amazing rafting experience our journey continues towards Biogradska Gora National Park. Our 4th National Park of Montenegro, as part of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, is one of the last three large rainforests in Europe. Today we are planning to visit the beautiful Biograd glacial lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the forest surrounding the lake.

In 1878, when local fraternities and tribes donated this area, of the present day National Park Biogradska Gora, to the then master of Montenegro – Prince Nikola, who declared this pearl of nature a “princes ban”, it marked the beginning of the state protection of this region. Known for its wide biodiversity, with 7 glacial lakes, the most famous of which is Lake Biograd, archaeological sites, rich flora and fauna, cultural heritage, Biogradska Gora National Park is one of the most beautiful locations in Montenegro.

Educational and easy 3km (cca 1h) hiking trail around the lake, with coffee break at one of the local cafes is the best way to explore this gem of Central Montenegro.

Evening: Early evening arrival to Kolašin will be followed by 4* hotel check in, dinner and free time to relax and rest for the next day.

Kolašin is the most famous ski resort in Montenegro and during the spring-summer-autumn season is an ideal place for hiking, biking or Jeep safari explorations. Bjelasica mountain with its stunning glacial lakes and variety of mountain peaks offers a great outdoor experience for anyone of any fitness level.

Dinner/Evening: Kolašin is a town of cca 10.000 inhabitants, and offers great opportunities for great cuisine and relaxed dinner. Trying local specialties of central Montenegrin regions can be quite a different experience then trying those on the coastline or in the north.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TARE RIVER WHITE WATER RAFTING?

  • Pickup a professional, licensed outfitter!

Funky Tours only collaborates with professional and licensed rafting organizations. Our job is to provide the best experienced rafting supplier and maximize safety for our guests. We prefer working with medium-sized organization which can be completely focused on the guest needs and safety.

  • Always wear the the life jacket and helmet!

Rafting at Tara river is ranked from 3 to 5 on the scale 1 to 6 of The International Scale of River Difficulty. The difficulty level depends on several factors of which the most important are: water levels, seasonality, number of rainy days and amount of rain, amount of snow on surrounding mountains in winter, beginning and the speed of snowmelt, number of sunny days in early spring and so on. As Tara river can be quite unpredictable, it means you should always be aware of the risks involved during the raft and should always keep your life jacket and helmet on.

  • Listen to your skipper!

Your experienced rafting guide (skipper) is trained exactly to know how to handle every situation you encounter during the rafting. Make sure to properly understand the briefing and follow the orders during the rafting adventure.

DAY 7: Bjelasica Mountain, Morača Monastery & Mrtvica Canyon

Destination: Podgorica | Kotor | Sarajevo
Accommodation: Not included in package price
Meals Included: B

Biogradska Gora National Park - Bjelasica mountain

>Bjelasnica mountain at Biogradska Gora National Park

Activity Note: Last day of the Grand Montenegro Tour is extremely flexible. For the first part of the day, the main attraction is Bjelasica mountain. On this day we can opt for hiking to the 2nd highest peak of Bjelasica mountain called Zekova glava, a stunning mountain biking adventure or jeep safari via the most hidden and beautiful parts of Bjelasica mountain.

At the end of the day, this itinerary package is planned to end in Kotor, so it becomes a 7 day round trip from Kotor. However, the package can alternatively end in Podgorica, Tivat or Dubrovnik or even Sarajevo, depending on what is most convenient for your further plans of Balkan explorations.

Breakfast: Our stunning 4* accommodation at Kolašin will start serving buffet-style breakfast around 7 AM, featuring Montenegrin and International options.

Morning: After a delicious breakfast, we are ready to leave Kolašin and head towards Bjelasica mountain. Passing by famous Kolašin ski resorts we will easily reach the point called “Troglava”. From Troglava we can decide to chase the 2nd highest peak of Bjelasica mountain, called “Zekova Glava” (2117m), by car via a very good gravel road or, opt for an easy hike. At the very peak, we shall have an amazing 360 panorama view, with beautiful Pešića glacier lake some 20min walking distance away. Generally, the volcanic origin of the Bjelasica mountain is responsible for the milder relief forms.

Bjelasica mountain beautiful grassland regions - Biogradska Gora National Park

>Bjelasica mountain beautiful grassland regions – Biogradska Gora National Park

Since it is our last day of Montenegro explorations, decisions for hiking difficulty can be made on the spot, as Bjelasica mountain is an extremely accessible, well road covered mountain. It simply offers hiking options from just a few, to several hours of glorious hiking.

For those of higher hiking capacity, we can easily connect two highest peaks of Bjelasica (Zekova Glava and Crna Glava) and make it into a full day hiking adventure.

Additionally, biking or Jeep safari adventure, connecting Zekova Glava (2117m) and Crna Glava (2139m) to Biograd Lake, is something worth considering as well. These options are available for special requests.

Lunch: After thorough exploration of beautiful Bjelasica mountain, the lunch, depending on the itinerary choice, will take place in a wider region of Kolasin or at one of Katuns at Bjelasica mountain. Since this day is a very flexible day, food options are very flexible as well.

Afternoon: After thorough explorations of Bjelasica mountain, our journey will continue towards Podgorica and/or Kotor bay where this tour is planned to end. However, an unmissable stop will be the Morača monastery and Morača river canyon.

The Morača monastery was originally built in 1252 by the early ruling era of the Nemanjići dynasty. The monastery is built on the left bank of Morača river, after which it was named. With a very turbulent past, historical and cultural value, and being one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries in the Balkans, it is a must see place when passing through this region of Montenegro.

Short, 45min to 1 hour visit, with detailed explanation of the site’s historical background is planned at the Morača monastery.

Just after we finish exploring the beautiful Morača monastery, a few kilometers further, along the beautiful Morača river canyon, we shall arrive at one more stop worth seeing, the beautiful Mrtvica canyon.

Mrtvica river springs at the foot of the mountain Sinjajevina, and during the next 10 kilometers of the course, of which the whole eight kilometre flows through a beautiful canyon, as its largest tributary flows into the river Morača.

Our job today is to properly explore this beautiful gem of untouched Montenegrin nature. Admiring its turquoise color, passing over beautiful bridges, visiting the “Wish Gate”, a trail excavated in the sheer rock of the canyon with the aim to connect two villages, etc., will make a visit to Mrtvica canyon an amazing adventure.

Evening: After exploring the beautiful Mrtvica canyon, the last part of the day will be a transfer to Podgorica or Kotor, depending on your preferred choice of your final destination. In the early evening of day seven, tour officially ends.

Dinner: On your own. Tour ends.

ACTIVITIES TO CONSIDER AT BJELASICA MOUNTAIN?

Bjelasica mountain offers wide range of activities, where each one of those can be considered as optional on day 7 of our itinerary.

  • Hiking

The best hiking trails at Bjelasica mountain include hiking up the peaks of Zekova Glava (2117m) and Crna Glava (2139m). Zekova Glava peak can be easily accessed by car, or can be combined into full day of hiking connected with Pešića lake and Crna Glava peak. Regardless what option you might consider, Funky Tours can give you the best recommendations.

  • Jeep Safari

One of the most amazing activities at Bjelasica mountain is Jeep Safari tour from Kolašin, via most remote parts of Bjeasica mountain to Biograd Lake. This 4-5hrs Jeep safari experience is by far the best way to fully explore the untouched natural wonders of Bjelasica mountain and Biogradska Gora National Park. This adventure can be arranged as part of the itinerary with special notice.

  • Mountain Biking

Alternatively, instead of Jeep safari around the Bjealasica mountain, the same trail can be beautifully accessed by mountain biking experience. This activity can be easily arranged to avoid almost any biking uphill, as Bjelasica mountain is very well road connected and the most remote parts. We can drive up to the Zekova Glava and from these to Biograd lake, the biking trail will mainly be relaxed and easy adventure.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket in case of rains
  • Warm jacket (during the winter period)
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Water bottle

Map

Trip Photos

Experiencing the annual cutting and dragging out wood fire logs by ox power.
> Experiencing the annual cutting and dragging out wood fire logs by ox power.
Hosted for traditional Durmitor breakfast by the local people
> Hosted for traditional Durmitor breakfast by the local people
Hanging out with locals villagers at Durmitor National Park
> Hanging out with locals villagers at Durmitor National Park. Learning how the cow milking at 6 AM works out
Well deserved lunch at Žabljak
> Well deserved lunch at Žabljak after the amazing day of exploring the Durmitor National Park
At the top of Bobotov Kuk, at 2525m which is highest peak of Durmitor National Park
> At the top of Bobotov Kuk, at 2525m which is highest peak of Durmitor National Park
View over the Škrčka Lakes during the climb to Bobotov Kuk
> View over the Škrčka Lakes during the climb to Bobotov Kuk
During the climb to Bobotov Kuk
> During the climb to Bobotov Kuk
> At the top of Prutaš at 2398m – Probably the best hiking experience in Durmitor National Park
Oxen pulling the logs from the forest which are used during the heavy winter periods at Durmitor
> Oxen pulling the logs from the forest which are used during the heavy winter periods at Durmitor
Beautiful hiking trails towards Sedlo (1900m) from Prutaš
> Beautiful hiking trails towards Sedlo (1900m) from Prutaš
Enjoy the amazing zip line experience at Djurdjevica Tara Bridge
> Enjoy the amazing zip line experience at Djurdjevica Tara Bridge
Prutas beautiful grass covered valleys and trails - Durmitor National Park
> Prutas beautiful grass covered valleys and trails – Durmitor National Park
Learning the local traditions of making the butter, cheese and kajmak
> Learning the local traditions of making the butter, cheese and kajmak
Listening to the stories of the past and how the life once used to be at Durmitor
> Listening to the stories of the past and how the life once used to be at Durmitor
Understanding the importance of cow milk in the rural regions of Durmitor National Park
> Understanding the importance of cow milk in the rural regions of Durmitor National Park

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  2. Is this a private tour?
    This is a private tour.
  3. Can this tour be modified to start from Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Tirana or Belgrade?
    Yes, tour can be easily modified to start from different places in the Balkan region.
  4. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Let us know if you would like to go solo on this tour, or would prefer to be mixed with other travelers.
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