Montenegro is a country of excursions, and there are some of them that can be considered the main directions:
- Cetinje, Lovcen are the historical heart of Montenegro;
- Boka Kotorska bay;
- Canyons of the river Tara and Morača, Durmitor, Black Lake, Djurdjevic Bridge;
- Skadar Lake, Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevic;
Additional and much desirable directions of the excursions:
- Ulcinj: Velika Plaža a, Ada Bojana;
- Podgorica: Duklja, St. George’s Temple;
- Hertzog Novi;
While planning excursions in Montenegro, do not forget to pay attention to a number of points:
- Determine what your goals, opportunities and destinations are in advance.
- Do not plan excursions for the day of arrival and the day of departure.
- Do not forget to take a headdress, sunscreen, water, and warm clothes in case you go to the north part of Montenegro or to the mountains.
- Travel pills may be needed on boat trips or in the mountains.
- Tourists, when they visit temples in Montenegro, should not only cover their heads but also their feet if they are exposed above their knees.
- Be careful with children – do not forget to wear them into sun-protected clothes and take water.
Heart of Montenegro
There are the most important places for Montenegrins in the historical region of Heart of Montenegro. The excursion program includes Cetinje, the cultural capital of the country, as well as Cetinje monastery with unique religious relics and Lovcen Mount.
Cetinje may be interesting for the Blue Palace, the Palace of King Nikola, the Palace of billiards.
Mount Lovcen raises not far from Cetinje. Here is the mausoleum of Peter Petrović-Njegoš, the tomb of the legendary ruler of Montenegro. You can enjoy an unforgettable view of the whole Montenegro from this place.
It is worth mentioning the pilgrimage tours to the monastery Ostrog, in the Danilovgrad neighbourhood. It is a place of exceptional importance for Orthodox culture, which is equivalent to the Mount of Athos in Greece.
Canyons of the rivers Morača and Tara open up a beautiful mountain world for tourists.
The canyon of the Morača River is located in the place where the river cuts through the Plateau Gorge. The length of the canyon is 30 km, its depth is about a kilometer. The canyon is considered to be one of the most picturesque on the planet.
The huge canyon of the Tara River with a depth of 1.3 km and a length of 80 km. It is a part of the Durmitor National Park, a mountain and forest massif with a unique and virgin nature. Tara Canyon also attracts rafting lovers.
Excursions to the canyons, as a rule, include the Dzhurdzhevich Bridge, Dovolia Monastery, Pirlitor, Archangel Michael, Dobrilovin.
Lake Skadar is the largest and most beautiful lake in the Balkans. It is a cultural and historical reserve under the UNESCO protection, a National Park, a “bird’s airfield” in Europe, the birthplace of Montenegrin wine “Vranac”, ancient monasteries and fortresses, and excellent fishing place.
Often a visit to Lake Skadar begins with the city, or more precisely, with the Virpazar village, which is an unique fishing village. From Virpazar tourists go on a trip through Lake Skadar to enjoy the exotic views of the lake.
Excursions on Skadar Lake often include the city of Rijeka Crnojevic. This city is suitable for fish and fishing amateurs. The caught fish can be prepared especially for you in the restaurant.
Boka Kotorska bay
Boka Kotorska is extremely diverse, the routes of excursions are different in duration, and content. But Kotor is always the first point of any excursion in the amazing world of the bay.
The Old Town of Kotor is a medieval town protected by UNESCO and it is a large open-air museum.
The list of attractions of Kotor includes fortress walls towered up the slope of the mountain directly from the city, numerous palaces of noble citizens of different eras, ancient temples, interesting monuments of the Middle Ages.
The list of places to visit in Boka Kotorska can be the Island of the Mother of God, Perast, beaches of Dobrota, and so on and so forth. The list is impressive; you cannot see everything in one tour, so you can immediately gather for another tour.
Budva is considered to be the center of tourism in Montenegro in the meaning of entertainment – cafes, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and, of course, it will not be possible to avoid the Budva beaches.
The most visited and interesting place in Budva is the Old Town, which has preserved its medieval appearance. There are many interesting events are held.
The resorts of Budva Riviera such as Becici, Rafailovici, Milocer, Przno, Petrovac, each of which is beautiful by its own and not only because of its comfortable beaches.
If you have the opportunity to visit Velika Plaža and Ada Bojana in the neighbourhood of Ulcinj, do not miss it.
Velika Plaža is a wide 15 km long beach to the mouth of the Bojana River. Clean sea, shallow and warm, hot clean sand and the whole range of beach entertainment – that’s what is Velika Plaža.
Ada Bojana is an island at the mouth of the Bojana River, a unique place for ecological recreation and fishing.
You can see the ruins of the Roman Dioclea (Duklja), visit the temple of St. George in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica. Podgorica attracts shoppers, because there are many cafes and restaurants.
Bar, Herceg Novi, Tivat and other Montenegrin cities are wonderful destinations for tourism.
What type of excursions are there?
Excursions can be:
- individual, for a small group of tourists;
- and group excursions – for a large group of tourists.
Individual excursions are more expensive, group one are cheaper.
Guides by car carry out individual excursions; all passengers pay individual excursion “per car”. It is better to buy the excursion in advance.
Group excursion by bus on information and impressions is not inferior to individual, but the route is cutter. You can buy a ticket for the group excursion in a couple of days before the excursion.
Where you can buy the excursion?
On the website of the tour organizer: you can be acquainted with the directions, prices and reviews. The quality of excursions in this case is good, safety and punctuality are guaranteed.
At the representative of the agency, when he comes to the hotel where the tourists stay. Less predictable variant: the excursion can be less informative, and the prices for it are too high.
Finally, it is not recommended variant, when you buy a tour on the beach or at a tourist kiosk in crowded places. Sellers attract tourists with the low prices, but the quality of excursions will be low, and due to “additional” fees, they will not be cheap.