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).
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.
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.
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.
After about 2 hours of astounding natural landscapes, we’ll take a much-needed breakfast break, enjoying tasty local food and drink.
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.
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).
This turquoise wonder is called by many “The Tear of Europe“, being very pure and completely drinkable.
Our next destination is Žabljak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1450 meters above sea level.
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.
We go 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”.
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 (only in summer months), 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.
It’s already 3.00 pm and time for well-deserved lunch break! Do not miss to try our local specialties.
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.
If you are lucky, 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.
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.