Coastal Town, Montenegro Montenegro

Essential Montenegro

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

A Private, Historical and Cultural Tour of Montenegro with your personal English-speaking guide.

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Day 1
Arrival | Split – Mostar – Podgorica

This morning you will begin your journey to Podgorica with your private car and driver. En route you can stop in Mostar where your local guide will meet with you to take you around the Bosnian city. Mostar is where two cultures, Christian and Muslim, coincide.

The River Neretva divides the city into the Eastern Muslim dominated section and the Western Christian dominated section. You will visit the Old Town with your local guide. You can also visit the Mehmed Pasha mosque, as well as the Turkish House on the Eastern Side. Cross over the river to the Western side, where you can visit Kujundiluk Street, the Franciscan monastery and the Cultural Center of Herceg Stjepan Kosacha.

This afternoon continue with your driver to Podgorica. Upon arrival in Podgorica you will transfer to your hotel. Evening at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Transfer Split-Mostar-Podgorica & Guide in Mostar

Day 2
Podgorica | Podgorica

This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on a walking overview tour of Podgorica.

Podgorica is the commercial and cultural centre of Montenegro. The name originates from 1326 and it is built amongst five rivers: the Zeta, Moraca, Ribnica, Cijevna and Sitnica. Most of the city was destroyed during World War II, so Podgorica is relatively new, with modern buildings at every step of the way and green spaces as well as parks.

Your guide will take you to the Dvorac Petrovca, today a part of the Contemporary Art Center, with over 1500 displays of contemporary Montenegran painters. You may also want to visit the Museum of the City of Podgorica, which has an interesting collection of archaeological, ethnographic, historical and cultural exhibits that have been excavated in and around the city.

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Day 3
Podgorica Surroundings | Podgorica & Surroundings

This morning your driver and a Montenegrin guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you to the ancient city of Doclea.

The town was named Doclea (Duklja) after the Illyric tribe Docleata. Doclea is the most significant and largest urban centre created in the period of Roman domination in Montenegro. The town was founded in the first decade of the 1st century AD. It is situated on the plateau elevating on the very mouth of the River Zeta into the Moraca. Archaeological excavations have revealed several churches, necropolises and artefacts from the remains of the city.

Continue to Cetinje and visit King Nicola’s Museum, the only king of Montenegro, and the Monastery of St. Peter, famous for its reliquary “right hand with three fingers of St. Joan Baptist”.

Return to your hotel in Podgorica and the evening is at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide, Car & Driver

Day 4
Podgorica – Skadar – Ulcinj | Podgorica – Skadar – Ulcinj

After breakfast your guide and driver will take you to Skadar where you will cross into Albania. You will visit the lake and old town of Skadar with a local Albanian English-speaking guide.

Continue to Ulcinj, the southern-most city on the Montenegrin coast. Ulcinj has the longest beach on the Adriatic coast which is called Velika Plaza and is almost 7 miles long. Ada Bojana is a unique river island with marvelous sandy beaches and Valdanos is a unique bay with its back full of old olive trees, and the reconstructed old city of Ulcinj, full of interesting restaurants, cafés, galleries and hotels.

Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide, Car & Driver

Day 5
Ulcinj – Bar – Sveti Stefan | Ulcinj – Bar – Sveti Stefan

Check out of your hotel this morning and start your day with a visit to Bar. Bar is a port and is an extremely pleasant and green city.

Your guide will take you to the old town of Bar, Haj Nehaj Fortress, with the remnants from the 15th century fortress and the castle of King Nikola. There's an olive tree that is more than 2000 years old and the Montenegrin side of Skadar Lake, with one of the biggest habitats of birds, as well as a large number of monasteries and churches.

Continue on to Budva. Your guide will take you to visit the Old Town district. You may visit the church of St. Trinity that was completed in 1804 and the Church of St. Sava, which has fragments of frescoes dating back to the 12th century. You may also wish to step briefly into the Archaeological Museum with its vast collection of Hellenistic and Roman antiques. Budva is a fortified city and the 15th century ramparts still have Venetian inscriptions engraved into them.

This afternoon you can have lunch in the Citadel in Budva. Continue to the nearby town of Sveti Stefan. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide, Car & Driver

Day 6
Departure | Sveti Stefan – Dubrovnik

Transfer from Sveti Stefan to Dubrovnik with your Croatian driver and guide. En route we suggest visiting Kotor which is in Montenegro, and Konavle, the southern-most part of Croatia, which borders with Montenegro.

In the port town of Kotor start your visit at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Triphun from the 12th century with reliquaries of St. Triphun from the 9th century. Continue to the Orthodox Church of St. Luca from the 12th century, as well as the Franciscan Church of St. Clare from the 16th century with a baroque marble altar of Francescio Casabianca.

Continue your journey to Konavle, one of the most traditional regions in Croatia and the southern Dalmatian countryside. This is where many of the old ways of life, clothing and culture continue to exist. You will have the unique opportunity to visit an old water-mill where you will see how bread is made in the ancient tradition even today!

Today we suggest having lunch in Konavoski Dvori, a traditional southern Dalmatian restaurant located on the banks of the Ljuta river. (Cost of lunch is not included).

Arrival in Dubrovnik and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide, Car & Driver

NOTE: You can also fly directly in and out of the following airports in Montenegro:

Tivat – 30 minutes from Kotor, Budva and Sveti Stefan

Podgorica Cilipi Airport (Dubrovnik) about an hour from Kotor, Budva and Sveti Stefan

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