The Black Pearl of Montenegro

A multi-active family adventure holiday in sunny Montenegro







From $1,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Visit mountain shepherds and swim the ‘Black Lake’ in Durmitor
  • Swim and kayak in the Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic
  • A high ropes course for all the family in Lovcen National Park
  • Options for Tara River rafting and sailing on the Mediterranean

This multi-activity family adventure holiday in Montenegro provides something for all family members. Inland of a picturesque ribbon of rugged coastline, Montenegro has beautiful limestone mountains with pretty alpine lakes and unspoilt villages. After arriving into the Croatian town of Dubrovnik this excellent family holiday begins in the Durmitor National Park in northern Montenegro where we stay in rustic A-frame chalets designed and laid-out as a traditional shepherds camp. We meet the local shepherds with their flocks and enjoy some easy walks and swimming in the beautiful Black Lake. We cook a traditional dish for lunch and have the option for white-water rafting on the Tara River. The second half of this family holiday is spent on the idyllic Adriatic coast where we explore ancient forts and enjoy the beach swimming and kayaking in the spectacular Bay of Kotor. While staying on the coast there are options to take a sailing lesson or further sea kayaking. We also sneak in a quick visit to an olive farm as a perfect end to a delightful activity orientated family holiday in lesser travelled Montenegro.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old

This family holiday in Montenegro includes a number of activities including short hikes and sightseeing, joining in with the Durmitor shepherds in their daily duties, sea kayaking in calm, clear, warm waters close to the coast, and various beach activities including swimming. To get the most out of this family holiday all members of the family should be able to swim, but it is not necessary to have any previous experience of kayaking and it is possible to miss out this activity altogether. As optional extras it is also possible to do some beginners level rafting on the Tara River and to take a sailing lesson from Kotor.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the accommodation in Durmitor NP. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
  • Walk around the Black Lake. Zip wire option across the lake.
  • Traditional cooking or option of white water rafting in the Tara canyon.
  • Transfer to Bay of Kotor. Afternoon kayaking session.
  • High ropes adventure park. Return to Kotor Bay, afternoon free.
  • Transfer to St Stefan Beach, optional sailing lesson. Return to Kotor Bay.
  • Explore Lustica and beaches, optional kayaking to blue caves. Olive farm visit. Return to Kotor Bay.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Dubrovnik. A group transfer is provided from Dubrovnik Airport to the first night's accommodation in the Durmitor National Park. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Dobrovnik. These include Easyjet who have flights from London and Edinburgh, Monarch who have flights from London and Manchester and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. Other airlines and airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the accommodation in Durmitor NP. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    A single timed transfer is provided from Dubrovnik (Croatia) airport to our accommodation in Durmitor National Park (Montenegro). The transfer is around 2hrs. Time permitting we have a quick swim in the sea before our drive. Here we stay in chalets built to resemble traditional stone and timber huts laid out in a typical shepherds’ camp. Overnight small A-frame chalets in Durmitor National Park.
    Swimming: In the sea (time permitting)

    • Accommodation Chalet

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  • Walk around the Black Lake. Zip wire option across the lake.

    A short 30min transfer takes us to the Black Lake, the largest lake in the Durmitor National Park. This park has been a UNSECO World Heritage site since 1980, when it was still part of Yugoslavia. It was formed by ancient glaciers, which now have no ice, but it is very green with underground rivers and lakes. It also has the deepest canyon in Europe, carved by the River Tara, where golden eagles and falcons can be spotted. It also contains one of the last virgin black pine forests in Europe, and in here we can find brown bear, wolf, wild boar, wild cat, and chamois! The Black Lake (Crno Jezero) is dominated by the rocky peaks of Durmitor on one side and deep forest on the other, an easy path along the shore allows us to appreciate it from all angles. The walk is around 2-3hrs. We have lunch on the lake shores, and then depending on the weather possibly a swim. If we wish we can try the optional flying-fox (zip wire) across the lake (min age 10yrs)! In the late afternoon we return to our accommodation.
    Swimming: In the Black Lake

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs walking

  • Traditional cooking or option of white water rafting in the Tara canyon.

    Today we really see what living life in the mountains is about. We meet some of the local shepherds who will show us the ropes of life here. We will then help the cook prepare one of Montenegro’s traditional dishes which we will have for lunch. We will also see how cheese is made in the traditional way. The rafting option is a full day excursion of 6hrs. We transfer to the start of the route (approx 1 hr drive) before getting kitted up with all the gear for the trip. A full briefing is given before we get in the rafts and on the water. The famous Tara canyon is part of the rafting route, and the most exciting with the dominating mountains on either side. We stop along the route for lunch on the river side and a swim in some of the pools from the gentle waterfalls coming into the river. We return to our accommodation for dinner.
    Swimming: In the Tara River (on rafting tour)

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Bay of Kotor. Afternoon kayaking session.

    We depart the hills and Northern Montenegro today and head towards the coast. Our transfer to the Bay of Kotor takes approx 2-3hrs. Arriving at the stunning Bay of Kotor, we stop at Risan to see 8th century wall paintings at a Roman villa, and also rare mosaics floors. After lunch we continue to Perast where we meet our sea kayaking guide for the afternoon. We are given a full briefing and kitted up before going on the water. We paddle along the coast and out to the 'Lady of the Rock' Island. This man-made island is situated next to the natural island of St George in the middle of the Bay. There are many legends and stories of how the tradition came about to throw stones in this spot and sculling ships here to make the island. Did the seaman see the icon of the Madonna & child, or did a fisherman get miraculously saved here – the story is unclear, however it is a holy site and in the 15th Century there was enough land here to build a church on. We paddle around the islands and stop and briefly visit the church. On returning to the main land we check into our apartment in Kotor for the next 4 nights.
    Swimming: In the sea

    • Accommodation Apartment

    • Meals bld

  • High ropes adventure park. Return to Kotor Bay, afternoon free.

    This morning we leave the bay of Kotor and transfer (1hr) to the Lovcen National Park, just south of Kotor in the hills. The adventure high ropes park here is a series of platforms in the trees with various bridges, wires and swings from each platform to the next. A large amount of fun and adrenalin to be had by all members of the family, young and older! There are a selection of different trails which have different degrees of difficulty for a choice of age groups. After lunch we return to our accommodation on the shores of Kotor Bay. We have the afternoon to enjoy the beaches, swim or just relax and enjoy some of the little cafes.

    • Accommodation Apartment

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to St Stefan Beach, optional sailing lesson. Return to Kotor Bay.

    After breakfast we transfer down the coast to Budva (approx 30 mins). Budva is one of the oldest settlements in Montenegro and in fact on the Adriatic coast with references dating back to 5th Century BC. We stroll around this pretty town, with its old Venetian walls dropping into the sea. The beaches on this section of coast are renowned for their beauty as they are perfectly sandy. We continue along the coast for another 10 mins to Sveti Stefan, where we find a pink sandy beach. The actual village of Sveti Stefan is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and is now a hotel for the rich and famous! We spend some time on the beach enjoying the warm seas. We transfer back to Tivat where we have the option of a sailing lesson in the calm waters. The lesson (approx 2hrs) is suitable for beginners and full instruction is provided. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon.
    Swimming: In the sea.

    • Accommodation Apartment

    • Meals bld

  • Explore Lustica and beaches, optional kayaking to blue caves. Olive farm visit. Return to Kotor Bay.

    A 45 minute transfer takes us the peninsula of Lustica, the least developed part of the Montenegrin coast, once home to pirates and smugglers. It's a great place to explore and discover hidden coves and beaches. From one of the lovely beaches here we can participate in an optional sea kayaking excursion to the blue caves (only operates in calm waters). The Blue Caves/Grottos get their name from the mesmerising effect of the light reflecting through the clear crystal waters. We may even have the opportunity to swim here in the cave. After some lunch we visit an olive farm and learn about the production of olive oil. We will have a 'farewell' dinner at the farm before returning to our apartment for our final night.

    • Accommodation Apartment

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    After breakfast we have a group transfer to Dubrovnik airport where KE Land Only package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Group airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • National park entrance fees
  • All excursions and activities that are part of the the itinerary.

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Extra activities and excursions marked as 'optional'
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed group transfer (2hrs) will be provided on day 1 of the trip itinerary from Dubrovnik airport to the first night's accommodation in Northern Montenegro's Durmitor National Park. This transfer will depart from Dubrovnik Airport in the mid morning.

At the end of the holiday a single timed transfer is included from the hotel in Dubrovnik to the airport in time for the mid morning flight back to the UK.

These timings are designed to meet with Easy Jet from Gatwick & Stansted, and Thomson from Manchester, Gatwick & Birmingham. All these flights arrive and depart within an hour of each other. Depending on who else is in the group and on which flights you may have a short wait at the airport.

Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. It is possible to get a taxi or a private transfer to the group hotel, please contact the office for prices. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During the holiday we stay for three nights in simple timber A-framed chalets. These are designed to resemble the traditional Durmitor shepherds' huts with the addition of some mod 'cons'. Kids will love staying here. The chalets have 4 beds in two separate rooms, a bathroom and living room. In the Bay of Kotor we stay in apartments in the Dobrota area near the city walls, for 4 nights. All rooms are en-suite.

Ususally as a standard in the accommodation, children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The cuisine of Montenegro has been shaped by its geographical position. Turkish, Mediterranean Hungarian and other European cooking styles are common throughout the country and typical dishes of all these cultures are available in most places in Montenegro. Soups, stews, and goulashes are common as are meatballs. There is always plenty of bread which is usually Italian style, often served with a tomato and olive salad and various cheeses. On and near the coast, the diet is even more Mediterranean with fish understandably featuring in the most common dishes.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

We estimate that €150 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses such as drinks, snacks and tips for the local staff. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in Dubrovnik, Kotor or any of the major towns on the coast, and credit cards can also be used to pay for some goods and services. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Prices are correct at time of writing, but are subject to change Flying-fox, zip wire: €15 per person Rafting on Tara River: €55 per adult, €30 per child (including transfers and lunch). Payable locally, but please re-booking essential Sailing lesson (2hrs): €45 per person

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local tour leader.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

There is no weight restriction as such on this holiday other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one trek bag/suitcase and one small daypack per person.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Trainers/Sneakers/Walking shoes
  • Sandals – should be ‘Teva’ style for kayaking and rafting (not crocs)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt
  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel (for swimming)
  • Snorkel and mask (if snorkeling)
  • Small daypack (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent, antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Travel clothes
  • Wetwipes
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Toys / games / books / a football / kite etc.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

At the coast, Montenegro’s climate is very Mediterranean while up in the mountains it is typically alpine. Summer temperatures will range from around 17ºC in the evening to a daytime maximum of around 26ºC. In August, daytime temperatures at the coast can rise to 30ºC. In the mountains, it will be cooler, with daytime temperatures of between 15 and 25ºC. The country is relatively dry, with 70% of its precipitation falling in winter. However rain showers, cloud and relatively cool temperatures can occur in the mountains at any time of the year and during the summer months as with most European mountain ranges, thunder storms bringing heavier rain particularly in the afternoon, can and do occur.

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