North Montenegro – Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Tour

Recommended for hotel and hostel guests

 

OVERVIEW

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.
BUYING TICKETS AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE THE TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Tara River Bridge (Đurđevića Tara Bridge)

Zip-Line at 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

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

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

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.

Black Lake

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`

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

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.

Ostrog Monastery

Ostrog Monastery

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.

Ostrog Monastery

Ostrog Monastery

Sunset along the way

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.

Thank you.

Itinerary

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

SEE YOU ON THE TOUR!

For booking or any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

info@360monte.me

Or click HERE to book directly.

Comments(52)

  • 02.10.2018 AT 14:19:09  Reply

    Excellent excellent excellent !!!!

  • 26.09.2018 AT 12:24:38  Reply

    Meet the knowledgeable guide SLAVKO. He first bring us to the Lady of the Rocks to capture the beautiful photos in the early morning. After having the great morning breakfast, we head to the highest point to overlook the Kotor Bay. We enjoy the dishes in lunch he introduced, delicious and reasonable in price! During the visit in Black Lake, we enjoy the peaceful place but we didn’t walk around as we had walked Bled Lake before. If you like Zipline, Tara River Canyon maybe your choice. At last we headed to the Ostrog Monastary, the important one sightseeing point erected in the mountains. We enjoy a lot and back to Kotor. Thanks to Slovakia for his details explanation and bring us to the auto bus station to buy tickets! Highly recommended this guide and the tour for those enjoy nature’s scenery.

  • 24.09.2018 AT 17:20:09  Reply

    We really enjoyed this day tour which packed in so many beautiful locations and yummy traditional food experiences. Luka is an excellent guide who was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and engaging throughout the almost 14 action packed hours! Roco our driver got us everywhere safely and ontime. I cannot recommend this tour company enough. They organised our transport from BUDVA to kotor for both tours we took with them. Value for money and quality of the experience was top notch. I would certainly use this company again for my next trip to Montenegro. My partner really enjoyed the opportunity to zipline over Tara Canyon and we will never forget the sights. Thanks to luka and the team.

  • 23.09.2018 AT 18:49:57  Reply

    The tour guide Luka was pretty good, and other members were also nice. The tour was a bit busy but it enabled us to see most of the highlights apart from Budva & Sveti Stefan in Montenegro in a day.

  • 17.09.2018 AT 15:06:55  Reply

    This tour was brilliant, it was a long day but we saw lots of the country so it was worth it! Luka was a great guide, he gave lots of local information and was really kind to us all. Highly recommended!

  • 17.09.2018 AT 14:09:36  Reply

    Luka gave us a fabulous day. I loved the whole tour and wouldn't change a thing. EXCEPT that it might be nice to have an option to spend more time in Durmitor instead of doing so much driving down to Ostrog, which was amazing but Durmitor was really spectacular. Loved it and have already recommended it to friends!

  • 16.09.2018 AT 10:47:46  Reply

    We enjoyed the trip with Slobodan very much! Quick ride, very interesting stories, lovely views. Thank you!

  • 10.09.2018 AT 12:20:02  Reply

    We enjoyed the trip very much, they took us to beautiful places. The tour guide was very nice and helpful as well. We came up with two points that could be improved - to get a detailed agenda of the times when we get to certain places. At some points we were not aware of how much kilometers are ahead of us, of course when we asked, the guide was more than happy to help but it might be good to know this in advance. We also think it could be useful for the guide to ask for the phone numbers of the participants, in some cases we missed people and it would have been easier to just call them and ask where they are. Thank you once again for this amazing tour! :)

  • 09.09.2018 AT 12:49:52  Reply

    I'd like to recommend the North Montenegro trip to everyone! If you don't travel by car and want to see the insights of Montenegro then it is worth every penny. Staff really knowledgeable and all very well spoken English. Our tour guide Slavko was fantastic, he engaged with us throughout the trip and he's one funny guy! Although you spend most of the time in a bus, you get to see places that you wouldn't be able to explore on your own and get to hear the history behind it all!

  • 08.09.2018 AT 15:17:27  Reply

    Great tour leader and driver. Nice group of only 10 of us. Beautiful scenery and historical spots. Great choice of restaurants. Thank you

  • 06.09.2018 AT 19:58:24  Reply

    If describe the tour I can say only one word - brilliant. Nature, landscapes, sights, meal, everything was excellent. Especially I woul like to admire/compliment our driver & guide Slavko. He showed us amazing places and viewpoints, told the history and nowadays of visited sights and Montenegro as well, kindly answered to our questions, from time to time told funny jokes and stories etc. If estimate his work in 5-points scale I would put 6! Regards, Svyatoslav

  • 05.09.2018 AT 16:41:24  Reply

    We are really happy that we have decided to go on this tour! Great day and plenty of things seen. Slavko, who knows plenty about the country is a great guide and one really gets to hear and learn a lot about the country, places visited and overall - life in Montenegro. The trip is very well planned in terms of time and allows one even to enter and see the inside of the beautiful Monastyr Ostrog.. Slavko knows really great spots for photos so one can really take advantage of the beautiful scenery and make photos from the best viewing points. We are planning to be back to Montenegro, and if only we will be in Kotor, we for sure will go on some other tours as the quality is great and one really gets to see a lot while enjoying the ride .

  • 03.09.2018 AT 14:41:53  Reply

    The best way to discover Montenegro!

 We went on a tour ‘North of Montenegro’ which covers 5 out of 10 places-to-visit of the country. What a discovery! Brilliant guide, amazing scenery all the way, tasty food and so many discovered treasures from Kotor Bay protected by UNESCO to Tara canyon - the world second deepest after the Great canyon, Durmotori National Park with its glacier lakes to the Ostrog Monastery hidden in the mountains. 
Highly recommend!

  • 27.08.2018 AT 09:21:42  Reply

    The trip to North Montenegro was super informative and magical. Specially that our team leader was very fun to travel with. He really took care of all of us. We saw other fantastic part of Montenegro which I’m so grateful to 360montenegro. This is a MUST do trip that you should do when you travel to Kotor. Loved every part of it.

  • 26.08.2018 AT 16:21:17  Reply

    Thank you for the great communication and the possibility to take part in your tour by picking us up in budva

  • 26.08.2018 AT 12:15:14  Reply

    Excellent tour! Excellent host! Thank you!

  • 23.08.2018 AT 15:28:02  Reply

    good organization, comfortable bus, nice guide

  • 22.08.2018 AT 23:23:28  Reply

    Brilliant tour ... worth every penny and more !

  • 19.08.2018 AT 23:37:18  Reply

    Awesome

  • 17.08.2018 AT 11:13:16  Reply

    The tour was really great, in 1 day we visited all the most important places in the mountains. Excellent service, very nice guide! Highly recommended as with a public transport is very difficult to go on the mountain trip and when someone doesn't want to rent a car as me 360.monte will be the best option :)

  • 13.08.2018 AT 01:27:57  Reply

    5*

  • 31.07.2018 AT 19:50:56  Reply

    The tourguide was very nice!

  • 31.07.2018 AT 09:54:42  Reply

    Well organized and thorough tour. Enough breaks and length of breaks were perfect. Knowledgeable, friendly and laid back tour guide. He was personable and attentive. However we would have liked some more time at the monastery. It was very rushed

  • 30.07.2018 AT 14:40:41  Reply

    Ossom guide, amazing locations, good food, comfortable bus and excellent driver - it was a perfect day!

  • 29.07.2018 AT 22:40:09  Reply

    The North Montenegro Tour was a real pleasure even though we drove a lot of kilometres, it was worth it! The black and salty lake are beautiful and the ostrog monastery stunning. The whole team made us feel welcomed and everything was perfectly organized. We wanted to specially thank our guide Luka who made the trip even more special. He knew and told us a lot of interesting things and always had a joke on his lips. He was very caring for each of us.

  • 29.07.2018 AT 00:53:01  Reply

    fantastic trip, good restaurant and excellent substantive preparation

  • 25.07.2018 AT 16:16:11  Reply

    Such a fun trip with beautiful scenery! A great way to see some of the North of the country if you don't have time to spend multiple days there. Slobodan was a great guide with lots of knowledge about Montenegro and the areas we visited. Would definitely recommend!

  • 25.07.2018 AT 14:13:36  Reply

    Great tour where you see a lot when you travel through Montenegro on your own without a car. Our tour guide was very nice, very good, told us a lot and was very flexible - good atmosphere. Also the small group size was a great plus!

  • 24.07.2018 AT 14:37:30  Reply

    Slo was amazing had so much fun and such a great tour!

  • 23.07.2018 AT 08:37:32  Reply

    I took the North Montenegro tour in mid-July. That day we were only five, so we were in a mini-van which was very comfortable. I felt like I was having my own private tour. Our driver/guide Ognjen was awesome (as he always is). It was a long day but with the breaks and sights in between it passed quickly and at the end I didnt want it to end. Even the places we drove through were looking so good that I didnt want to fall asleep so that I dont miss anything. Tara zip-line was awesome, I recommend it (though it lasts less than a minute). And try to walk the bridge, otherwise you dont appreaciate the place enough. Similarly in Durmotir we had one hour and it was kinda short (but couldnt be longer as it is very busy day already, so one option could be not waiting for anyone and discovering it on your own. For the price/value, it is definetely worth it as you see how beautiful Montenegro is.

  • 19.07.2018 AT 00:41:23  Reply

    Great north tour of Montenegro with Luka. He is an awesome guide - knowledgeable, professional, enthusiastic and personable. Seen so many sights in just one day. Totally recommend Luka and the agency!

  • 18.07.2018 AT 16:27:53  Reply

    You have a perfect guide for this tour! Regards to Ognjen :)

  • 17.07.2018 AT 19:14:40  Reply

    Luka our guide was excellent. Informative, funny, accommodating and knowledgeable. We will certainly recommend. We had a great tour and saw some beautiful parts of Montenegro. Thank you. Kind regards Sarah and Alan.

  • 16.07.2018 AT 12:14:42  Reply

    Hallo, i just book the tour for tomorrow, but we only have two people, we really want to join the tour , yet we cannot fUfill the minimum requirement of the partiCipants >< Please kindly reply Me to reconfirm thr tour , thank yOu

  • 15.07.2018 AT 20:42:42  Reply

    Hello. We would like to book a trip to dormitor, for 4 people, for wednesday or thursday. We are staying in risan and would like to be picked up from risan. Please advise. Thank you. Regards. Olga

  • 08.07.2018 AT 14:40:19  Reply

    The guide was Slobodan was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was excellently paced and executed- it never felt rushed, though it was over an entire day. Great experience that I would highly recommend!

  • 26.06.2018 AT 21:27:17  Reply

    There's a lot of things to see in Montenegro but so little time to do so. It's our first time in this beautiful country and to maximize our time we booked 360 Monte's North Tour to Durmitor, Tara and Ostrog Monastery. It was a great experience! Slavko, our guide was really informative. We have learned a lot about Montenegro's history because of his stories. We also gained a lot of friends during this trip and until now we are in touch with a couple of them. You are awesome 360 Monte! Please create more tours/activities in Montenegro and continue to give happiness to your guests. Thank you for a wonderful Northern experience!

  • 25.06.2018 AT 23:26:23  Reply

    The driver(guide)was very nice. Thank you!

  • 25.06.2018 AT 16:56:50  Reply

    it was a great tour with an excellent guide

  • 24.06.2018 AT 16:16:58  Reply

    The tour was great and Slobodan was an awesome guide !!! My only criticism is that the number of sites we visited over the course of the day required a lot of driving at high (and sometimes slightly scary) speed. Other than that we appreciated the variety and fun/interesting activities.

  • 23.06.2018 AT 18:58:56  Reply

    Extensive tour round a number of sites in north Montenegro very informative tour guide who told us lots about the history of, Montenegro,had a beautiful view of kotor bay,then drove into the north of the country stopping for breakfast,before heading to the National Park walking round a lake,visiting a canyon and to finish a fantastic monastery.

  • 19.06.2018 AT 14:19:52  Reply

    The tour enlightens you about the nature and culture of Montenegro. The views where breathtaking and the lake was picturesque and postcard worthy . The guide was amazing and very knowledgable about the country and the locations we visited. As it is the northern part of the country it does require a lot of driving but was an amazing day.

  • 18.06.2018 AT 17:39:16  Reply

    Hello from Italia! Excellent tour, amazing guide and food, strongly recommended!!

  • 16.06.2018 AT 17:15:17  Reply

    Awesome tour and good itinerary! Nicolina was our guide and she showed us a beautiful north part of Montenegro. I highly recommended thist tour!

  • 14.06.2018 AT 15:16:24  Reply

    Very good tourguide, very likeable. I had a very good time and would highly recommend this Tour to anyone :-) thank you so much!

  • 10.06.2018 AT 09:58:45  Reply

    Nice weather, nice scenery and nice tour guide

  • 20.05.2018 AT 23:56:25  Reply

    The tour is really great. Our tour guide Slobodan is excellent in giving us the narratives of the places and we truly enjoyed ourselves during this trip!

  • 17.05.2018 AT 20:24:31  Reply

    Great tour with an excellent guide. Nice variety of sights visited.

  • 17.05.2018 AT 15:21:15  Reply

    The North Montenegro tour on 11.5. was wonderful! Our tour guide, Slo, was extremely knowledgable and helpful throughout the day. Even though there were a lot of stops, I never felt rushed or pressed for time at any of them and was able to truly enjoy each experience. I was especially grateful that we were able to walk up to the Ostrog Monastery alongside those completing their pilgrimage in celebration of the feast of St. Basil. The tour was extremely well organized with good timing, great food and Slo could not have been a better guide!

  • 17.05.2018 AT 14:25:49  Reply

    Slodbodan was a fantastic guide and the driver was great as well.

  • 05.05.2018 AT 08:48:16  Reply

    I’ve been on two of their tours: the great And the north tour. Both of them were awesome and the tour guides too. Last time we went with SlavkO and He took good care of the passengers. My tIp: do both tours!!

  • 06.10.2016 AT 17:02:22  Reply

    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

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