Explore beautiful national parks and rediscover why Montenegro’s glistening coast was a haven for the rich and famous prior to the tragic civil war.
Day 1-3: Kotor
You will arrive at Tivat Airport, where you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your accommodation in Kotor, the Boutique Hotel Hippocampus. You will spend the following two nights at this modern, exquisitely furnished hotel located in the quaint old town.
The Bay of Kotor is widely considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world, with stunning views across a large expanse of pristine clear waters and a jaw-dropping mountainous backdrop. You can escape the busy Kotor resort by driving to Perast, from where you can also visit Lovcen National Park, which has a breathtaking viewpoint at the Mausoleum of Njegos, the burial location of Petar II Petrović Njegoš. It is said that on a clear day you can see across the sea and glimpse the Italian coastline!
Day 3-5: Kolasin, Biogradska Gora National Park
Today you will make the 100 mile drive inland to Kolasin, where you will stay two nights at the Bianca Resort & Spa, a beautifully appointed luxury hotel located just outside Biogradska Gora National Park.
The park is known for its fantastic mountain bike, hiking and skii trails, as well as the stunning Lake Biograd, a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 1,094m.
Day 5-7: Zabljak, Durmitor National Park
Today you will travel 50 miles north to Zabljak, where you will spend two nights visiting Durmitor National Park, staying at the wonderful Etno selo Sljeme lodge.
Soak in the fresh mountainous air and enjoy Durmitor National Park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, and contains glacial lakes and the famous Tara River Canyon, which is the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon. Activities here include skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, or hiking and mountaineering in the summer.
Day 7-9: Skadar Lake National Park
Today you will travel southwards, stopping for lunch in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, before travelling to Skadar Lake National Park. You will spend the next two nights in the stunning Plavnica Eco Resort, which is located within the park and is surrounded by 7 hectares of gardens and offers fantastic views across the lake.
Lake Skadar is the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, of which two thirds lies within Montenegrin territory, the rest in Albania. It is home to a wide array of wildlife, including more than 260 species of bird, and is unusually fed by both the Morača River and several underwater springs. You can take boat tours, go cycling or hiking, and visit several interesting caves which encompass the lake.
Day 9-12: Sveti Stefan
Today you will make your final journey back to the coast with a scenic 30 minute drive to Sveti Stefan, where you will stay at the Maestral Resort, where you can enjoy its private beach and the beautiful sunset view over the sea.
Sveti Stefan is a curious town that is connected to the mainland by a thin sand isthmus, which adds to its exclusivity and privacy. These days, only guests of the resort are granted entry. Back in the 1970s, it was a particularly popular destination with the rich and famous, including Marilyn Monroe and Kirk Douglas. It is located just 20 minutes from Budva, which is the most popular tourist destination in Montenegro, attracting young europeans looking to party. While still beautiful, its beaches are often very crowded, so you will be especially grateful for the private beach access on Sveti Stefan. Take the time to sit back, relax, and reflect on your Montenegrin adventure.