Monasteries and Mountains of Montenegro
Montenegro, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,295 (land only)
- A hiking holiday at the heart of the Balkans
- The challenging ascent of Bobatov Kuk
- Overnight at Ostrog Monastery
- The World Heritage Site of Kotor
- Walking through quiet rural countryside
This simply superb walking holiday offers a splendid mix of Mediterranean and mountain scenery combining two challenging mountain days with more moderate but spectacular walks through canyons and along the Adriatic coast and with visits to several ancient monasteries. From the beautiful Croatian town of Dubrovnik, we cross into Montenegro and spend our first night at the striking 17th century, cliff-side Ostrog Monastery. Then, heading north to the Durmitor National Park, we hike the 'Bear Circuit', via Black Lake's forest trails and up to the Previja Pass (2145m) amongst high peaks where snow patches linger throughout the summer. Our second day of trekking in this wild and remote area takes us through a dramatic limestone landscape to the rocky summit of Bobatov Kuk (2543m). Travelling south through the spectacular Tara Canyon we visit Moraca Monastery and stop off for a morning's walk in the 1100 metre deep Mrtvica Canyon. We spend a final 2 days in one of the most scenic landscapes in Europe on the fabulous Adriatic coast staying in the picturesque town of Prcanj located on the stunning Kotor Fjord, southern Europe's deepest inlet. From our base here we explore Kotor's medieval architecture and also to hike up to the viewpoint peak of Vrmac. This trip in an undiscovered European 'gem' is perfect for those who want the option of challenging walks but don't necessarily want this to be sustained for the entire period of their holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
The walking on this holiday is not long or sustained. In the first half of the holiday we are based in the Durmitor National Park and here we will undertake two moderately challenging hikes, walking the ‘Bear Peak' circuit followed by the ascent of Bobotov Kuk. Both these hikes will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete and the ascent of Bobatov Kuk which can only be undertaken in fine weather, involves some simple scrambling requiring a good head for heights. On both these days there is the option to take alternative walks along the excellent way-marked trails in the park. For the second part of the holiday we are based on the Adriatic coast and here we have a series of shorter hikes which will allow time for sightseeing and swimming. Overall this is a very moderately paced walking holiday. but clients should be aware that the two days walking in Durmitor are quite long for this grade.