About Montenegro Self Drive 2 - Highlights Route
A shorter holiday exploring Montenegro using direct flights to Tivat. Designed as a circuit so you can choose your direction of travel.
Activity code: MOFDO2
Duration: 10 Days
START / FINISH - Tivat
This fly drive itinerary is our recommended holiday route for a tour of Montenegro's "Highlights". In just ten days 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 then you are free to enjoy the open coast road almost immediately, either around the bay to Kotor or south to Budva. After this brief stay at the coast you can begin your adventure into the mountains of Montenegro, although we recommend a visit en route to southern Europe's largest lake, Skadar.
Whilst travelling around 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. There's a lovely drive along the Tara river valley all the way to the Durmitor National Park where we recommend staying in the smal town of Zabljak. 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.
On your way back to the coast you will drive along peaceful roads up and down to Niksic which is where you could detour to visit the famous Ostrog Monastery. More choices at this stage between the Zeta Valley to Podgorica and Cetinje or the route up past Lake Slano almost into Bosnia and then down to the Bay of Kotor at Risan. Whichever way you travel we feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in either Kotor or Budva where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car.
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 this fascinating country (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 - such as cycling, sea kayaking, etc.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airport
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Arrive into Tivat and take hire car directly from airport; short drive along coast to Budva. Balance of day to explore old town and relax on beach.
A choice of options of places to visit today; these include Sveti Stefan and Bar along the coast, inland to the fascinating Lake Skadar (Skadarsko Jezero) National Park and even the capital, Podgorica, en route to your next destnation in the mountains - Kolasin.
* you may decide to split this section by staying one night at Lake Skadar, e.g. Hotel Vir in Virpazar on the southern shore.
You then have one full day to explore the Biogradsko National Park and enjoy the pretty town of Kolasin.
Drive east over the beautiful Tresnjevik Pass heading towards the Kosovo/Albania border region 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. You may wish to use the full day to do some fishing on the lake or to head off for a hike in the "Accursed" mountains via the village of Gusinje.
Drive northwest through traditional rural scenes of Montenegro visiting the small monasteries such as Djurdjevi Stupovi and Dobrilovina en route to the Tara river valley which begins at Mojkovac. Along the way you will see the famous Tara Canyon where you may wish to take the fabulous zip-wire. From here continue up to Zabljak in the heart of the Durmitor National Park for a couple of days.
A choice of routes south to Kotor; all routes begin with the road south to Niksic and then either south east via a visit to the Ostrog Monastery and Podgorica to Cetinje and Lovcen NP or southwest along the shorter route over the mountains to Perast and directly to the Bay of Kotor.
You now have a full day to enjoy the old town of Kotor and a possible attempt at the Kotor "staircase" up to the fortress. We will collect the car from you as you won't need it whilst in Kotor.
Private transfer to Tivat 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 of Montenegro (10 days); price includes airport transfers, car hire, accommodation, all taxes and fully detailed itinerary.
Prices from £595
All prices are per person
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