Private Tour North Montenegro – Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog

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!

  • DURATION: up to 13 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, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, warmer clothing for the mountain and other months than summer
  • 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

Recomended 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, 1 hour free time at Black Lake (hiking, swimming)

15:00 pm Lunch break

17:00 pm Arrival at Ostrog Monastery

20.30 pm Finish in the Old Town of Kotor

THE ITINERARY CAN BE CHANGED ON CLIENTS’ REQUEST

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.

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).

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.

Our next destination is Žabljak, the highest town in the 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

We go 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 (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.

 

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

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.

 

Ostrog Monastery

Ostrog Monastery

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.

Sunset along the way

Sunset along the way

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.

 

Comments(4)

  • 12.08.2019 AT 15:11:29  Reply

    Mili was wonderful, friendly, professional and very safe driver. For us, we didn't realize that so much time would be spent in the car. So we would probably do things differently next time. Beautiful country and we understand it required distance to travel to see everything.

  • 03.08.2019 AT 15:54:21  Reply

    Slavko was a brilliant tour guide! We loved the tour and thought is was so well timed and planned. Highly recommend 360 Monte, you guys were awesome.

  • 30.07.2019 AT 22:33:41  Reply

    Absolutely compentent tour-guide, professional Organisation. Tour was very comfortable. We'd enjoyed it very well. Surely we would book again your agency, when we comes back to Wonderful Montenegro.

  • 29.07.2019 AT 21:21:05  Reply

    What a great time we had on the nort tour. Our guide, Slavko, was super. He told us so mutch, went to the places before its was very crowdy. We enjoyed it so mutch that we booked the same day also the great Montenegro tour with Slavko. Also I want to thanks 360monte for the quick response, to arrange that we were picked up at our house in Svinje. I have already recommend the organisation at the owner of our stay so she can tell to other guest

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