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Montenegro: Azure Adriatic & Soaring Mountains

7 DaysStarting at $5,495

Overview

How will you explain Montenegro to your friends who haven’t been (and that will be 99.9% of them)? Do you start with its balmy Adriatic coast, where golden stone villages nestle on secluded, palm-lined bays? You can’t leave out the wild mountains with their sheer canyons and whisper-quiet lakes. You’ll certainly have stories about the hospitable Montenegrins…the olive growers, grappa-makers, shepherds and artists our local guide introduces to you. We think you’ll fall in instant love with this compact Balkan land like we did because it’s still so undiscovered, unexpected and unforgettable. In one easy-going week, we’ll take in UNESCO World Heritage sites, four scenic national parks, chic seaside resorts, and pre-Medieval landmarks. And you’ll come home with the satisfying sense of having fully experienced the culture of a country that most travelers can’t even find on a map.

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Highlights

DAYS 1-2 - PODGORICA / KOLASIN
We meet in the modern capital of Podgorica. After a brief walk, we visit Moraca Monastery with its 13th Century frescoes. En route to the mountain village of Kolasin (2 nights) we’ll stop to wander in a private botanical garden. We’ll drive through the awesome Tara River Canyon—Europe’s deepest—and walk the shores of glacial Black Lake. At the end of a mountaintop path, a family of shepherds welcomes us to lunch at their huts.

DAYS 3-4 - BUDVA
Then we descend to Budva (2 nights) on the lush Adriatic coast. We’ll explore a trail through a valley of ancient mills. By private launch, we’ll glide over the teeming waters of Lake Skadar and take in perfect views of legendary Sveti Stefan. And you’ll meet our friend Boris and learn how he preserves the classic art of mosaics.

DAYS 5-7 - KOTOR
Under a jumble of red-tile roofs, lovely Kotor (2 nights) sits on a fjord-like arm of the Adriatic. From our hotel, we wander (and shop) its narrow medieval streets and cruise out to a tiny island. A walk through olive groves with views of the sea leads us to Ilija’s farmhouse for an olive oil tasting. Our farewell dinner is at one of the country’s best restaurants.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Podgorica – 10:00 am – Lobby of Hotel Podgorica
  • Ending Point:

    Kotor or Podgorica – 1:00 pm – Kotor city center

Why Choose Classic Journeys

We believe in creating authentic connections by immersing you into the history and culture of a people and place. So we find the most well-connected local guides who share their relationships and knowledge with us. And with them, we handcraft walking tours in cinematic settings that allow you to see the world on foot and at eye level.
It's why Travel + Leisure magazine has named Classic Journeys as the #1 World's Best Tour Operator multiple times, and the editors of T+L say, "Classic Journeys provides unbeatable access to experiences around the globe." Here's what that access means for you every time you travel with us.

  • Experience the world on foot and at eye level. Each day, join your guide on the most cinematic footpaths in the region.
  • Exceptional full-time local guides who become your well-connected friend. Our amazing guides are with you throughout each day of the tour, share their lifelong connections as well as engaging anecdotes about the history and culture of the region.
  • Small groups that provide you unrivaled access. An average of fewer than 10 guests per departure means we can offer you special access to sites like Stonehenge so you experience the stone circle when it's closed to the general public, a guided visit to Zion Narrows that other companies cannot arrange because of larger group sizes, and vineyard walks with a count and countess in Tuscany.
  • Award-winning hotels are waiting for you at the end of every day. Luxuriate in the finest and most distinctive accommodations in the region you're exploring, including rainforest lodges, 16th century villas, and award-winning properties that show up on World's Best and Gold lists.
  • Eat like (and with) the locals. Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places you visit with us. From gourmet picnics to coveted local restaurants, our meals offer you opportunities to explore native food traditions and fine dining.
  • Handcrafted itineraries with all activities included. With our long-term friendships, we know our walking tour regions more personally than anyone else. So you get thoughtfully curated itineraries that combine explorations of the villages, organic farms, archeological sites and the people who know them best.
  • Sustainable travel that supports the places you're visiting. We put our local currency into the pockets of the people who live where we travel. It's your guarantee that you'll have authentic, up-close experiences on your trip. Best of all, our person-to-person approach helps sustain their ways of life.
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Family Departure

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Accommodations

Hotel Majestic Budva

Located in the centre of Budva, 200 meters away from the Old Town and 50 meters away from the sea, Hotel Majestic will provide you with a unique experience of style, elegance and comfort.

Regent Porto Montenegro

Set in a super-yacht marina, this property is a glimpse into the Adriatic Coast at its most luxurious. The design was inspired by Venetian palazzos. Each room, decorated in modern Mediterranean style, boasts a view of Boka Bay or the lush mountains.

Bianca Resort & Spa

High up in the Montenegrin mountains, the setting for this resort is a thick pine forest with views of mountain ranges and panoramic valleys. The classic chalet style carries over to the timber-vaulted indoor swimming pool.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Wine on Us

  • In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.