About Montenegro Self Drive 1 - The Grand Tour
A two week fabulous fly drive holiday exploring this incredibly diverse country. The whole route is within easy reach of convenient flights into nearby Dubrovnik and is designed as a circuit so you can travel out via the national parks of the north and return via the Bay of Kotor or vice versa.
START / FINISH - Dubrovnik
Activity code: MOFD01
Duration: 15 Days
This exciting self drive holiday is our suggested itinerary for a tour of Montenegro's "Best Bits", with the ease of starting and finishing in Dubrovnik. In just two weeks you can explore the Durmitor National Park and the Tara Canyon; the two lake-based national parks - Biogradsko and Plav (Prokletije); the Adriatic coast around Budva and the spectacular scenery of the Bay of Kotor.
The exploration begins straight away on this holiday as you can get your hire car directly at the airport and you are free to enjoy the views of the coast from the open coast road almost immediately. Few visitors travel to the surrounding countryside so you will get to enjoy the open road as soon as you cross the border into Bosnia. We've included a night in the lovely small town of Trebinje to break the journey; an early morning walk along the river is a delightful start to the day with an impressive stone bridge and still-working water wheels the reward (of course, the local pastries are also a good reward on your return to the town).
Once you've climbed up and over the border into Montenegro there is a magnificent view of Lake Slano just outside Niksic which is where you could detour to visit the famous Ostrog Monastery. There's a lovely drive ahead though, all the way to Zabljak in the heart of the Durmitor National Park. You have an impressive choice of things to do whilst in this northern region of the country - take a walk around the beautiful, pristine Black Lake, head to the nearby peaks or why not consider a simply incredible and unique experience at the Tara Canyon - the "hands free" zip wire ride.
In the rest of inland Montenegro you will encounter forests, gorges, lakes, stunning views, traditional rural landscapes, monasteries, quiet roads and a friendly and diverse people in locations such as Kolasin, Plav and Mojkovac. On your way back to the coast we recommend stopping off at Lake Skadar, the largest lake in southern Europe. The remainder of your holiday can be tailored to your preference between the beach resort of Budva with its tranquil old town and Kotor with its impressive walls, historic buildings and challenging walk up the "staircase" to the fortress high above.
We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Dubrovnik where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car as the local buses and cable car offer an excellent service.
We can tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, activities, etc.
Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in these fascinating countries (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport (or port) transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel in Dubrovnik at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide detailed driving routes, sightseeing suggestions and parking information for all accommodation.
Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing, particularly in Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airport
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Arrive into Dubrovnik; take hire car directly from airport and drive up coast a little then inland to the delightful town of Trebinje (in Bosnia & Herzegovina). Explore old town in evening on foot from your hotel. This is only a short distance to drive and would work with most flight arrival times; however, if you plan to arrive on a late flight then a night in nearby Cavtat would be recommended.
Enjoy your morning in Trebinje (we recommend a walk along the river to the Arsalangic Bridge). Afterwards, drive east into the mountains and cross into Montenegro, then head for Niksic (her you may like to take a small detour to visit the Ostrog Monastery). From Niksic continue north through yet another mountain pass to the small town Zabljak in the heart of the Durmitor National Park. There is so much to do here so we suggest a 3 night stay to give you two full days. Activities include a walk around the stunning Black Lake, rafting on the Tara river and an incredible zip wire ride across the deep gorge at Tara Most.
Drive east along the Tara river valley and continue through rural Montenegro where you will experience traditional agricultural scenery little changed in decades. You may also like to visit some of the little monasteries such as Dobrilovina and Djurdjevi Stupovi en route to the Prokletije National Park and Lake Plav. Stay here for a couple of nights to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery adjoining the borders of Albania and Kosovo. Once again, activities available include hiking in the "accursed" mountains, fishing and boating on the lake.
A choice of options on Day 7:
1. visit the Biogradsko Gora National Park and stay in Kolasin (e.g. Hotel Cile, Bianca Resort)
2. visit Kolasin and continue to Podgorica (e.g. Hotel Podgorica)
3. visit Kolasin, bypass Podgorica and continue to Lake Skadar (e.g. Hotel Vir in Virpazar)
Day 8 - continue along road towards the coast, optional visits to Bar, Sveti Stefan and Petrovac.
Full day to relax and enjoy the resort and old town of Budva.
Today you have a choice of routes to Kotor - head north via the old imperial capital of Cetinje and Lovcen National Park or west along coast and then through the Tivat Tunnel or even along the coast road and arrive at Kotor on the southern shore of the bay via Prcanj.
Day 11 offers you a full day to enjoy the old town of Kotor, you may like to challenge yourself to climb the "Kotor Stairs" to the fortress way above the town with stunning views across the bay.
A full day to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Bay of Kotor, drive along the north shore via Perast and Risan or the southern shore via Prcanj and the short ferry crossing to Kamenari. From here it is a short drive along the main coast road to Hercog Novi prior to re-entering Croatia. If you have time we recommend a short visit to the pretty little resort of Cavtat (near the airport) before arriving in Dubrovnik. Drop off car on arrival.
Local sightseeing on foot, by bus or cable car; optional excursions by boat, mini-submarine or sea kayak. Plenty of activities and excellent choice of dining.
Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport for flight home.
Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.
Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Please note that discounts will apply if there are 4 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
Fly Drive to Montenegro with Bosnia & Dubrovnik. Price includes airport transfers, accommodation, car hire, all local taxes and fully detailed itinerary.
Prices from £1086
All prices are per person
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