This tour can be done alone or added as a pre tour to the Croatia May Yacht Cruise.
May 12 - 16, 2020
Come Explore this hidden Gem of Europe and learn about why Montenegro is reveling in the spotlight as a New tourist destination. The people here are candid, warm and charming. Unlike in many other emerging destinations, they welcome you as friends and are happy to embrace you as a visitor not a tourist. Just Bordering Croatia to the North it is not even 300km from top to bottom but Montenegro's coastline offers some of Europe’s most spectacular seaside scenery. Mountains peak sharply from crystal-clear waters offering a splendid view from Sea to Mountain. Ancient walled towns cling to the rocks and the water like as if they popped out of a story book. Ever since the Roman Empire split in two 1600 years ago, Montenegro has sat on the borderline between east and west. The richness of its cultural history can be seen in the mosaic floors of Roman villas, flamboyantly painted Orthodox monasteries, ornate Catholic churches, elegant minarets of mosques, and the fortresses built over these lands. Then there's the legacy of 50 years as a non-aligned communist state, independent of both the Eastern Bloc and the West. For those with even a passing interest in European history, it's a fascinating place.
Itinerary DAY 1: Tuesday May 12: Arrive DUBROVNIK
Upon arrival have a private transfer to your hotel in the city center of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the day at your leisure exploring Dubrovnik and the walled old city and historic sites.
Optional tours will be offered for this day.
Overnight at Valamar 4* hotel for the night Sea view room.
DAY 2:: Wednesday May 13: OLD MONTENEGRO - CETINJE - BUDVA
After breakfast will board a bus to be transferred from Dubrovnik to your hotel “Adria” (4 star) in Budva. You will start your tour program with a drive through the Bay of Kotor to Cetinje – old Capital of Montenegro where the most exciting part of the drive is a climb to Mt. Lovcen (Montenegro Mt. Olympus) by the old winding mountain road (25 serpentine's) with breathtaking views at the mountain-encircled, fjord-like Bay of Kotor (photo-stop). En route, we stop in the village of Njegusi to have a snack with an old Slavic drink mead (honey-wine) or beer/wine at the oldest inn in Montenegro. After a presentation of the making of their famous prosciutto with local brandy, we continue our journey to Cetinje – the historic capital of Montenegro – city of museums. Enjoy a tour of Cetinje starting with the National Museum - former royal palace of King Nikolas I. Free time for optional visit to the Monastery of Cetinje or some of the other museums of Cetinje, or stroll through the streets of this historic place. Continue our trip driving through Mt. Lovcen (“The old Montenegro”). Arrive in Budva and check into our hotel. Late afternoon a walking tour of the old town of Budva a lovely town, one of the oldest towns on Adriatic. Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (B/ snack /D)
DAY 3: Thursday May 14: WINE ROUTES OF MONTENEGRO and SKADAR LAKE TOUR
Today will start our visit to the wine area by visiting the most beautiful part of the Budva Riviera. Well visit the island hotel Sveti (St.) Stefan and former Royal Villa and Park, Milocer. Sv. Stefan - a 15th century village. Its buildings were turned into a unique upscale hotel during the Tito regime, and became an exclusive resort frequented by the rich and famous. It was refurbished in 2009. The villa Milocer (former Royal summer palace) is surrounded by a beautiful park. We continue our journey across mountain (photo-stops) to Skadar Lake area – “the wine country of Montenegro” You will visit two of the wineries of Montenegro as we journey to Cemovsko Field, part of the Zeta Plains. Up until the 1970s the Field was a wasteland, but it has been turned into the biggest vineyard in Europe with "Vranac" grapes. Europe’s largest and most beautiful vineyard, “Plantaze” was raised covering 2,250 hectares, with 11 million vine plants. We will visit a unique wine cellar built in a huge old underground air force hangar and taste some of the best wines. We continue our tour with a winemaker lunch and wine tasting at one of the best private wineries of Montenegro - “Zenta”. After lunch drive along Skadar Lake and through the mountains of Montenegro to Perast. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Perast. Hotel Conte for 2 nights. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Friday May 15: MONTENEGRO’S BLUE – CRUISE THE BAY OF KOTOR
There are very few places to be compared with the natural beauties of the Bay of Kotor, very often compared to the Norwegian fjords. Today, we explore ‘our’ Bay by motor coach and boat. First we will cross by boat to the islet called “Gospa od Skrpjela” (Our Lady of the Rocks) – The ‘Sistine Chapel of Montenegro’ due to its ceiling and walls painted by the famous local Baroque painter Tripo Kokolja. Return to Perast and drive along the gulf coast through numerous small towns and villages, to visit Porto Montenegro located in the town of Tivat. This lovely town melds a spectacular destination with a world class marina and services. After our visit to Porto Montenegro, will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Kotor is famous for. Its nautical tradition and the famous merchant nave of Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor). We will have a Guided Walking Tour of the old town, including a visit to the tenth Century Cathedral of St. Tryphon, or Nautical Museum. After the tour you are free to wander the town or climb the magnificent city wall with its fantastic vistas, before grabbing a bite of lunch on your own. Late afternoon return to Perast. Farewell Dinner. (B, D)
DAY 5: Saturday May 16: PERAST – DUBROVNIK
Option 1) This morning we say goodbye to our little Baroque town of Perast and drive along the shore of the Bay of Kotor to Dubrovnik to board the ship and start your Cruise program (B,D)
Option 2) Head to the Airport in Dubrovnik for your flight home. Flights cannot be booked prior to 1:00 PM (B)
Option 3) Enjoy a post night in Dubrovnik and return home the following day. (B)
Cost: $1223.00 per person based on double occupancy, (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $285.00
Bookings MUST be made by July 30, 2019
Booking/final payment due 60 days prior to departure
- 4 Nights Accommodation
- Meals as indicated B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Deluxe van throughout
- All excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- All entrance fees – as per itinerary
- Welcome gift
- All hotel and local taxes
- Airport arrival transfers in Dubrovnik
- Transfers in Dubrovnik to the boat for the post cruise tour
- International airfare. We can arrange airfare for you
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- International departure tax if any
- Travel insurance
- Guide/driver gratuities
- Additional tours or activities not listed
- Pre/Post hotel stay in Dubrovnik. Double room $75.00 per person Single or $150.00 Includes breakfast and room tax
- Airport transfers for post hotel stays