8 days/ 7 nights walking guided holiday from Dubrovnik to Durmitor Mountain and Adriatic Coast 690 Euros
Adventure walking vacation in Montenegro and Dubrovnik- Stroll streets of Dubrovnik, explore Kotor town and Adriatic Coast and hike on Durmitor Mountain
DURMITOR is inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. It is a strikingly beautiful natural park, one of the highest (2523 m) and probably the most beautiful mountain on the Balkans. There are 17 glacier lakes called "mountain eyes" in the area of Durmitor. The most famous is Black Lake, covered with ice and crystals of frozen snowflakes in the winter. You can swim in it in the middle of the summer. Between the steep hillsides or hidden in the green, thick foliage, are the magic beauties: Zmijinje, Barno, Riblje, Vrazje, Modro and the other lakes. Because of its geographical location and range in altitude, the park is under the influence of both Mediterranean and alpine micro climates.
Vegetation zones, covering 17,000ha, include deciduous forest, coniferous forest, sub-alpine zones and Alpine meadows. The dominant species include Scots pine, Norway pine, silver fir, beech, occasional birch, mugo pine and juniper. The park supports a rich korstic flora with many rare and endemic species.
Zabljak town is "moved up" to 1460 meters of the massive mountain of Durmitor. This small mountain town will be used as our base for exploring the mountain. Our hiking tours will start from the hotel.
"The jewel of Europe", violent, clear and wild River Tara is a huge water mass made of snow and rains. It rises from the mountain range in the northern part of Montenegro and it flows 140km in length. It meets Piva river and together they make the river Drina, one of the longest and water-richest rivers in the Balkans. For centuries, with its strength the Tara river has been hollowing out a soft limestone surface giving it a sculptural form full of gorges, large rocks or chasms.
Durmitor we will proceed south towards the Adriatic coast. We will stop and
visit the 17th century OSTROG Monastery. It is built on the rocky
mountain slope overlooking the Zeta River, near Danilovgrad town.
The monastery of Ostrog is placed against an almost vertical background, high up in the large rock of Ostroska Greda, from which a superb view of the Bjelopavlici Plain explodes. Ostrog Monastery is the most popular pilgrimage place in Montenegro. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije, the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century. He died there in 1671 and some years later he was sainted and proclaimed a wonderworker. His body is enshrined in a reliquary kept in the cave-church dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God to the Temple. The present-day look was given to the Monastery in 1923 -1926, after a fire which had destroyed the major part of the complex. Fortunately, the two little cave-churches were spared and they make the essential value of the whole monument. The frescoes in the Church of the Presentation were done towards the end of the 17th century. The other church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is placed within a cave on the upper level of the monastery and was painted by Master Radul, who successfully coped with the natural shapes of the cave and laid the frescoes immediately on the surface of the rock and the south wall. Around the church are the monastic residences, which together with the church building and the beautiful scenery make this monument an agreeable place to stay in.
The orthodox Monastery of Ostrog is the most frequent visited one on the Balkans. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all three confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims, because it is believed that the enshrined body of Saint Vasilije Ostroski makes miracles work. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body, many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.
From there we will have about 100km long ride to reach Kotor town in amazing Boka Kotorska Bay.
The old town of KOTOR is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. It was succeeded in preserving its original form, so typical of towns between the XII and the XIV century. The asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with the numerous valuable monuments of medieval architecture, contributed to Kotor being placed on UNESCO’s “The world natural and cultural inheritance” list. The cultural inheritance of this town is enriched by the unique architectural styles and the ambient atmosphere. The fortification system of Kotor, which protects it from the sea, is actually a wall 4.5 km long, 20 m high and 15 m wide, and is preserved as one of the world’s historic values.
Stefan, a town – hotel, is located on an island connected to the
mainland by a narrow strip that has two red colored sandy beaches.
Originally built by traders and fishermen in the 15th century, it became
town – hotel in 1960 thanks to famous painters Lubarda and Milunovic, who
recognized this old place as a potential tourist attraction. …
Milocer, located close to Sveti Stefan, was once famous as a summer residence of the Karadjordjevic Royal Family. The place is famous for a great number of rare plants, beautiful beaches and top service hotels and villas.
is the metropolis of Montenegrin tourism thanks to the great number of beaches
that make this a most desirable tourist destination. Apart from its natural
beauty, such as its bay islands and beaches, Budva is rich in historic
monuments. Old town lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of
culture heritage. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings,
the Church Sv. Trojica, housing the tomb of the exquisite writer Stjepan Mitrov
Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava. During the
summer months it turns into a City Theatre with numerous local performances and
shows from abroad. In the Stari Grad (old town) you can also visit many shops,
cafés, restaurants and galleries. Monasteries Stanjevici, Podostrog, Rezevici i
Gradiste are important historic and religious monuments of Budva.
||George Bernard Shaw was enchanted
by DUBROVNIK: for
him, it was paradise. Millions of people also take home happy memories from
this "jewel of the Adriatic".
Dubrovnik has a remarkable history. An independent, merchant republic for 700 years (abolished by Napoleon in 1806), it traded with Turkey and India in the East (with a consul in Goa, India) and had trade representatives in Africa (in the Cape Verde Islands). It even had diplomatic relations with the English court in the middle ages. (There is a letter from Elizabeth I on display in the City Museum in Dubrovnik). Its status was such that powerful and rich Venice was envious of this Croatian-Slav city.
The old town was completed in the 13th century and
remains virtually unchanged to the present day. Tall ramparts surround it and
there are only two entrances to the old town which lead to the Stradun, the
city's promenade. One of the greatest pleasures for many visitors is to have a
drink in one of the nearby cafes and watch the world go by, whilst they
themselves are being watched by the city patron, St. Blaise, or Sveti Vlaho as
the locals call him.
But whatever we say, our words do not give justice to this dazzling place. So come soon and see it with your own eyes!
We will be settled in three-star family run hotels both on Durmitor and Prcanj town in Boka Kotorska fjord. All rooms are with private facilities. All hotels have restaurants with great choices of local specialties. If you have some dietary restrictions we will be happy to adapt our menu to you. All breakfasts and dinners included in tour package will be served in the hotels restaurants.
Please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy.
Tour cost is 690 Euros and includes:
- seven breakfasts and two dinners in two star hotels
- three picnic lunches
- guiding service of two ACE guides
- full van support
- use of ACE walking poles
- snacks and refreshing drinks during the hiking tour
- photos from this tour burned on CD (we will mail you after the tour). The tour is available from April to November
We could organize car or van transportation to/ from the tour starting point what is not included in the tour price.
The price is based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement 105 Euros. High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August)- 140 Euros.
Longer or shorter options are available
Tour price for self-guided option is 620 Euros per person based on double room occupancy. The surcharges for high season and single room accommodation apply as noted above. We provide the maps, detailed route instructions and logistical back-up, leaving you to walk the hiking trails in freedom.
Arrival and Lake tour
||DAY 2 The
Breakfast at 8:30. The path follows the shore of Black lake and after 200 meters turn into the mountain. We start to climb from 1.460 meters above sea level (elevation of Black Lake). Whilst we climb and gain altitude, scenery is changing. A fir forest changes into the low alpine bushes and soon we will be among mountain peaks and pass snow covered slopes. Some snow stay there through whole year. Our goal is Previja pass (saddle) 2.145 meters. Picnic lunch (including) at Previja saddle and return to Black lake via Lokvice (the shepherd’s camp). Total hike lasts about 6 hours. Dinner in hotel (included).
DAY 3 The Tara Canyon View Point
Breakfast at 8:30. Today we will have again easier day to rest the group after a day-before hike. So, we will stay at the plateau and passing through farms, forest and vast meadows come to summit of Curevac- a view point above the Tara Canyon. Picnic lunch (included) at Curevac. Going back different way. Mostly flat terrain with some small rolling hills. Start from Zabljak- 1.460 meters and highest point is Curevac 1.625 meters. Dinner in town (not included)
Breakfast at 8:30. Visit Kotor town and 2,5 hours walk tour on cities ramparts. There is magnificent view on town and fjord from Ivan Tower standing on the top of ramparts. There is 290 meters to climb from town to Ivan Tower. Going down is different way via small church of Sv. Jovan. Lunch in Kotor (not included).
Free afternoon. We advice clients to take boat tour of the Kotor Fjord with stops on small islands Gospa od Skrpjela (Lady of the Rocks) and Sv. Djordje (St. George) as well as town of Perast. Dinner (not included)
DAY 6 Sv.
Pastrovacka Gora Hiking
Transfer to Budva (30 min long ride) and free time to explore the town. Transfer to Brajici village where our hike starts. Passing by the Kosmac Fortress trail reaches Ogradjenica Katun (Shepard's place) and St Spiridon mountain church. Descend to Monastery Praskavica and famous St Stephan island- hotel. Possible swimming at St Stephan's beach. Return to Kotor Fjord. Night in hotel. Hike approx 4h30 with denivelation of +100m and -550m.
DAY 7 Dubrovnik
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