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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.

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

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

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

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...

Tour inclusions

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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.

Reviews

What people are saying about 3e Travel

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Conall W
17/09/2019

The absolutely incredible scenery and the very friendly and welcoming people of Montenegro and Albania. One of my favourite holidays ever. Everyone was so accommodating on our trip. The hotels we stayed in were very friendly and did their best to make sure we had a comfortable stay.

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Marc R
08/09/2019

One of the best tours, it had everything. Stunning hikes during the day and then we could relax back at the hotel
and on the beaches, swimming and snorkeling. The whole team at 3e travel were amazing and they do all the
hard work for you (besides the hiking, but that makes the view so much more special). I can't recommend
3E enough, and we'll definitely use them again to explore the surrounding areas next time we get to
go back.

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Jenny S
13/08/2019

Fantastic route choice and lovely accommodations. Very friendly and good service from the company. Can highly recommend this holiday.

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Jason B
08/10/2020

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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Simon B
11/11/2020

I cannot praise Angelika and the team at 3e highly enough. I wanted to organise a trip for 40 friends to Montenegro to celebrate my partner's 50th birthday. a friend recommended 3e. I contacted Angelika and explained our rather complicated requirements - with a combination of long hikes and adventure sports for some, relaxation for others, lots of culture and history, authentic experiences, good food and wine, hip locations and boutique accommodation, and all of it for not too high a budget! much to my amazement, she came back to me within 24 hours with a proposed itinerary which exactly matched our requirements - she immediately understood the style that our group was looking for, and after that we only made minor changes to the basic itinerary. From then on, 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 o...

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from €690pp.

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

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  • Perast

    Perast

    ...
  • 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

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  • 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

    ...
Days

8

Starting from

€690 pp

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