This tour is designed for all nature and adventure lovers made to combine all the places that make Montenegro wild and wonderful – beginning with the beautiful coastline of Kotor and Risan Bay; driving up to the high elevations of the Durmitor Mountains; admiring the deepest canyon in Europe - the river Tara; hiking around Black Lake and visiting the most famous and mysterious spiritual spot in the Balkans – the Ostrog Monastery. An overall memorable travel experience!
THINGS TO NOTE!
- REQUIRED: 4 people minimum, everyone can participate
- DURATION: up to 12 hours
- INCLUDED: full day transport by mini-van or mini-bus, professional tour guide in english
- NOT INCLUDED: entrance fee to np durmitor (3€ per person), food and drinks (breakfast from 3,5€, lunch from 7€)
- WHAT TO BRING: water, suncreen, comfortable shoes
- HIGHLIGHTS: Perast photo stop, View of Boka Bay above Risan, Slano Lake, traditional breakfast, Đurđevića Tara Bridge, Tara Canyon, Town of Žabljak, traditional lunch, Black Lake, Ostrog Monastery
Meeting point is in front of “360 Monte” Travel Agency office in the Old Town of Kotor.To check exact location on a map, please click HERE.
We begin from our meeting point at 7:10 am.
After 20 minutes we take our first photo stop at the outskirts of the baroque town of Perast. A short distance from the shoreline you’ll be able to capture perspectives of two famous islands – Our Lady of the Rocks (artificial) and Saint George (natural).
Our Lady of Rocks, view from Perast (* PHOTO STOP)
After our brief stop in Perast we´ll continue our North Montenegro tour towards the higher elevations of Montenegro. As we begin the drive up into the surrounding mountains, a reflective panorama of the Bay of Kotor will reveal itself below. Often, instead of deep blue water, we can see morning fog filling the bay, offering a more mysterious impression. We won’t miss an opportunity for a photo stop along the way to capture this amazing scenery.
View above Risan Bay
We continue our trip towards Nikšić, the second biggest city in Montenegro. Driving through the slopes of Orijen Mountain, we pass the small picturesque village Grahovo, surrounded by classic mountainous countryside of Montenegro.
Abandoned mountain house
Just before we arrive in Nikšić (where the best Montenegrin beer is made), we’ll take another photo stop at the beautiful Salty Lake (Slano Jezero), one of two big lakes that surround this historical city – We’ll also view the other one, Lake Krupac,along the way.
Salty Lake at Nikšić
After about 2 hours of astounding natural landscapes, we’ll take a much-needed breakfast break, enjoying tasty local food and drink.
No need for a fabric softener, all you need is a mountain breeze
From Nikšić we continue towards the Mountain of Durmitor, where dramatic rocky peaks rise high into the sky. Along our route we’ll pass dense pine and colorful deciduous forest.
Our next stop is the Đurđevića Tara Bridge – the highest in Europe when built in 1940 - spanning the renown Tara River. If so inclined, time will be allotted to cross the 365 meter long bridge, 172 meters above the canyon floor.
Tara River Bridge (Đurđevića Tara Bridge)
Zip-Line at Tara Bridge
During this 30 minute break,don’t miss your chance to try-out the longest zip-line in the region,crossing the river from a bird’s-eye perspective!
The Tara is not only the longest river in Montenegro (length of 144 km) – it also has created the deepest canyon in Europe (1,300 meters) - and 2nd deepest in the WORLD! (Right after the Grand Canyon)
Tara River, view from the Bridge
This turquoise wonder is called by many “The Tear of Europe“, being very pure and completely drinkable.
It’s almost 2 pm and the perfect time to stop for a lunch break, so our next destination is Žabljak, the highest town in Balkans, located at 1450 meters above sea level.
Countryside on Durmitor Mountain
This popular tourist winter and ski center hasn’t lost its traditional countryside spirit.Comprised of many mountain houses with steeply-angled roofs extending to ground level; hand written boards advertising domestic products;small wooden restaurants and bars; and, sheep and cows wandering about.
Experts testing endemic plants on Durmitor
After enjoying excellent local food, we proceed our North Montenegro tour straight to the hidden jewel of Durmitor National Park – the majestic Black Lake.
Since the lake consists of two lakes combined in one (depending on the time of the year and the amount of water) - from above it appears like a pair of clear blue eyes, giving the impression that the mountain is looking back at you. This lake is among 18 glacial lakes above 1,500 meters elevation on Durmitor Mountain.All together they are called “Mountain Eyes”.
Black Lake also known as "Mountains eyes"
For a full experience of this pristine and wild environment, we’ll take a one hour break to hike around the 4 km trail around the lake, to go swimming (conditions allowing), or to simply relax and breathe in the fresh mountain air while enjoying the view of Bear’s Peak, rising majestically above the thick pine forest.
Black Lake with Bear's peak in the background
Time to hit the road towards the most visited spiritual and mysterious place in Montenegro – Ostrog Monastery.
Nearing sunset, we’ll begin our ascent up the narrow and winding road, enjoying spectacular views of the highly-perched monastery in the effects of the setting sun.
You may have an opportunity to observe bare footed pilgrims climbing up the 3 km long road, in order to reach this holy place and sleep over in the monastery yard.
Ostrog was built in 1667 by the monk, Vasilije Ostroški,who lived and died there. His relics are now preserved and considered miraculous. This place gives a good insight into the history of the conservative Orthodox tradition of Montenegro.
Sunset along the way
People from many different countries come to venerate the holy relics of the saint and to ask for help and healing. There are a lot of documented evidences of miraculous healings after visiting the holy relics.
Around 6 pm, amidst the surreal influences of the setting sun, it’ll be time to sum up our impressions and return back to our beloved seasidebase – Kotor, where we’ll arrive around 8.30 pm.
When applying, please have in mind summer traffic jam and unpredictable delays on sights, so the returning time could be later than proposed.
We always do our best to respect the time schedule.
07:10 am Start from Kotor
07:30 am Photo stop at Perast
07:50 am Photo stop above Risan Bay
09:00 am Arrival at Nikšić, breakfast break
11:30 am Arrival at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, zip-line (optional)
14:00 pm Arrival at town of Žabljak, lunch break
14:45 pm Visit to the Black Lake, 1 hour free time (hiking, swimming)
17:00 pm Arrival at Ostrog Monastery
20.30 pm Finish in the Old Town of Kotor
Hi, we are 3 adult interested in this Tour for 05/23/2017 please but we have a concern. We want to take the whole Trip of course but we want to see also the Tara Canyon and we know the best part is going down from The Tara bridge south to Mojkovac and Kolasin ( only for the views is ok) then to Ostrog Monastery(if we can't enter into the church it is ok, just to see it from outside is ok). We are not worry about the departing or returning hours from and to Kotor or paying more expensive. Can we do this Tour like this please: Kotor, Perast, Durmitor( the views of Nevidio Canyon for the stop for lunch is ok and Black Lake also is ok too ), Tara Bridge and Tara Valley, Ostrog Monastery?. We can fit the Trip to the time, the traffic, the length of the stops(shorters maybe) and so. Please let me know if this possible and how much. Thank you so much in advanced.Abelardo Reguera