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Experience some of the finest – and quietest – hiking anywhere in Europe. This self-guided walk through southern Montenegro follows historical trade routes from the stunning Bay of Kotor, through incredible mountain scenery, a string of national parks, the glorious Lake Skadar, before finally arriving at Podgorica. Along the way you'll see historical towns and villages, enjoy local hospitality and some incredible cuisine.

Choose your tour type

This trip can be organised as a small group tour, a private guided tour, or a self-guided tour.

The route can be customized to suit your needs from your accommodations, difficulty and pace.

Contact us now to discuss your preferences.

Good to know

  • Discover Montenegro's stunning national parks & mountain scenery
  • The leading Balkans hiking specialist
  • Self-guided or guided options
  • Book with confidence: covid-19 refund/rebookings

What's included

  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included Breakfast
  • Included Support
Days

8

Starting from

€690 pp

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Destinations
Montenegro
Activity
Family, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Cities, History, Culinary, Food
Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
June - October

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A 3e Travel travel specialist will be happy to advise.

Arrival to Perast

On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Perast hotel. Once settled you'll meet a 3e Travel representative for an orientation and introduction to your upcoming adventure.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Our representative will be happy to recommend a local restaurant.

Orahovac to Perast

A short transfer by taxi of 5 min takes you to the start of your first walk. This walk follows a zig-zag trail on the northern side of the Kotor channel, starting at the village of Orahovac. You are initially walking through woods before reaching a pass and the ruins of the Vranovo Brdo fortress. From here you emerge at a wonderful viewpoint where breath-taking views of the Kotor channel and the Adriatic Coast await you. Continue to Perast, with its ancient churches and houses.

Ascent: 800m Descent: 860m Distance: 9km/5.5 miles, Time: 5hrs

Included meals: Breakfast

Perast to Kotor

You will then be transferred across the Kotor channel by boat to Stoliv. Todays walk takes you up through cyclamen-strewn woods to the ridge of the peninsula separating the Bay of Kotor and the outer part of the Bay of Tivat. You climb up through chestnut woods via an abandoned village to Stoliv to to the summit of Vrmac, Saint Ilija (765m). From here you follow the ridge the mighty Vrmac fortress, built in 1892 it remains almost completely intact before descending an old military zick-zack trail to Kotor.

Ascent: 960m Descent: 1020m Distance: 13 km/8 miles, Time: 4.5hrs

Included meals: Breakfast

Kotor to Njegusi

Starting outside the city walls, this walk takes you up the famous Ladder of Kotor. Following the old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor you will be rewarded with countless magnificent views towards Kotor and the Kotor channel. Continue through pine forests and between mountains until you reach Vrh Polija.

Included meals: Breakfast

Njegusi to Lovcen National Park

From your accommodation in Njegusi you follow first a shepards trail, later the remains of an former Austro-Hungarian military trail up to the top of Jezerski vrh. On top of this mountain the mausoleum of Petar Njegus, the most important historical person of Montenegro so far, is situated. From there you enjoy great views towards the Bay of Kotor, lake Skadar and the northern mountains. Continue downhill towards the center of the Lovcen National Park. Right there is you next overnight place. Enjoy an afternoon in fresh mountain air.

Ascent: 700 m Descent: 350m Distance: 10 km, Time 5 hrs

Included meals: Breakfast

Lovcen National Park to Cetinje

From your accommodation in the mountains, a gentle descent to Montenegro’s former capital of Cetinje. You will pass many pleasant meadows and arrive in plenty of time to explore Cetinje, which has wonderful museums, churches and monasteries and an old diplomatic quarter.

Included meals: Breakfast

Cetinje to Lake Skadar National Park

A pleasant walk through lovely farmland to reach Rijeka Crnojevika, situated on a river feeding Lake Skadar, the largest in the Balkans. The riverside and arc-shaped bridge at Rijeka Crnojevica are very picturesque.

Ascent: 340m Descent: 1000m Distance: up to 17 km/8.5 miles, Time: 4hrs

Included meals: Breakfast

Departure

After breakfast you'll be met by our driver for a transfer to Podgorica Airport, or your onward destination.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Perast

    Perast

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  • Orahovac

    Orahovac

    ...
  • Bay of Kotor

    Bay of Kotor

    Montenegro is a country full of beautiful views, but the Bay of Kotor’s waterfront might just be the best...
  • Njeguši

    Njeguši

    ...
  • Lovćen National Park

    Lovćen National Park

    Located in the Dinara Alps, Lovćen National Park incorporates a range of habitats with a variety of plant and animal species residing in the park...
  • Cetinje

    Cetinje

    Sitting at the foot of the Lovcen mountains, Cetinje is the former royal capital of Montenegro...
  • Lake Skadar National Park

    Lake Skadar National Park

    Skadar is the Balkans largest lake, with two-thirds sitting in Montenegro and the rest in Albania...
  • Podgorica

    Podgorica

    ...

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

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Apartments Lake View
Classic

Apartments Lake View

Only 200 yards from Lake Skadar, this accommodation provides guests with independent air-conditioned apartments complete with fully equipped kitchen, dining area and balcony with lake views...

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Hotel Marija
Classic

Hotel Marija

Within the city walls of Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Marija is a traditional baroque building with a unique oakwood interior and warm, comfortable guestrooms...

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Hotel Brile
Classic

Hotel Brile

Located in Kolašin, Hotel Brile offers 8 comfortable, air-conditioned family rooms and apartments, a restaurant, bar, private parking and garden...

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Bianca Resort & Spa
Superior

Bianca Resort & Spa

In the popular mountain resort of Kolasin, the exclusive Bianca Resort & Spa offers luxurious rooms overlooking snow-capped mountains and magnificent pine forest...

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Hotel Vardar
Superior

Hotel Vardar

Located in the main square of the UNESCO listed old town of Kotor, Hotel Vardar offers guests elegant rooms, a small gym, wellness centre complete with sauna and Turkish bath, and an outdoor terrace...

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HUMA Kotor Bay
Deluxe

HUMA Kotor Bay

Located on the seafront of the historic town of Dobrota, in the heart of Kotor Bay, HUMA Kotor Bay provides guests a private beach area, stylish modern rooms, restaurant, beach club and an outdoor pool...

Reviews

What people are saying about 3e Travel

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Jason
25/09/2020

I am a regular cycle visitor to the Adriatic coast but had little knowledge of Montenegro. I found 3e on the internet and was glad I did. I told them our dates, number or riders and ability and they did the rest. They came up with an excellent itinerary, sorted accommodation and bikes and supported us on the ride. Without their local knowledge we could not have discovered the fantastic rides and places without 3e. Angelika was just fantastic. Hope to get back for some trail rides soon.

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Catherine
03/07/2021

Perfect organisation of our family trip to Montenegro. Very professional guides. Unforgettable experience!

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Limor
13/10/2019

WOOOOW Just finished 6 magical cycling days in Montenegro. The riding was as a self guided tour- grand tour Montenegro. 3etravel organized everything. Starting from sending the route as a gpx file, reserved hotels, transferring my luggage from hotel to hotel, emergency phone, bicycle and a side bag, and 2 transportation. The tour was amazing!!! Avoiding the main roads, using beautiful side roads which leads to the most beautiful points in Montenegro. Thank you for your professionalism and concern.

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Bob
21/10/2020

We had an outstanding experience. While planning the trip, communications with the owner, Borislav, were timely and effective whether by email, Skype or WhatsApp. Borislav was accommodating in customising the trip to my specific requests. He coordinated airport transfers to/from Dubrovnik to Montenegro and arranged COVID testing so we would re-enter Croatia on the return. Our driver was outstanding in all regards: friendly, bend-over-backwards helpful and safe. Of the accommodations, 5 of the 7 were very good-to-excellent. I provided feedback on all of them. I plan on additional Balkan travel and, when I do, I will return to 3e Travel.

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Jana
13/09/2021

Thank you very much for the nice vacation. I really enjoyed the ride, nature and places where I could be. Your service was excellent and I definitely would recommend your agency to my friends.

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Simon
08/05/2020

I wanted to organise a trip for 40 friends to Montenegro to celebrate my partner's 50th birthday. Everything about the organisation could not have been smoother - the communication back and forth was fast, the 3e team successfully greeted our guests arriving at 3 different airports on multiple different days, all of our guides and drivers were excellent, the accommodation in each part of the country was local and authentic as requested, and most importantly we got exactly the amazing set of experiences that we were looking for: skiing and show-shoeing, long hikes, stunning views, historical tours, private tours and tastings at vineyards, bee-farms, olive farms and herb farms, boat-rides, oyster tasting, and many excellent meals and wine-tastings. 40 people left Montenegro as ambassadors of the country, and we all hope to return again. If anyone is planning a trip to Montenegro or any of the neighbouring countries, I will always recommend the 3e team.

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from €690 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Accommodation

All nights in carefully-selected accommodation. Depending on the route you may spend the night in a hotel, apartments, guesthouses or even mountain huts or a shepherd's cottage! All our accommodations are selected for their charm, we aim to visit family-run hotels and guesthouses wherever possible.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections and overland transfers are included as specified. Door-to-door luggage transfers are included, meaning your overnight bags will be taken to your next accommodation – you only need to carry your lighter daypack while hiking.

Included Breakfast

All breakfasts are included. Your accommodations may provide optional packed lunches for the day's hiking. Your accommodation will either serve an evening meal, or offer local restaurant recommendations.

Included Support

24/7 support, free maps and walk book.

Learn more

Contact us now for expert advice on how to tailor this tour to your requirements and budget.

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