Best of Southern Croatia and Montenegro Tour

Combine 2 fascinating Eastern European countries on a cultural tour for
9D/8N Starting at $2890.00 per person

This trip will introduce you to historical cities, natural history, local cuisine and wine, national parks, all on a very personal and beyond the standard tourist routes.

Tour highlights include: Dubrovnik. the pearl of the Adriatic; visiting a traditional local farm on Korcula Island; experience the best of Montenegro including Kotor, Budva, and Tivat; hand-picked local guides for an outstanding and true local experience.

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : Dubrovnik 

Today you will arrive to Dubrovnik and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 2 : Dubrovnik 

After lovely breakfast meeting with the local guide and Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls (UNESCO Heritage Site) and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares. 

Dinner in a famous ''Konoba'' restaurant, where you will get a chance to try a delicious local food and listen to the sounds of traditional Dalmatian group so-called Klapa.

Optional afternoon tour

Embark on the boat and explore Elaphiti Islands and Blue cave. Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well-preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades,and footpaths.

Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory, landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places.

Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 3 : Korcula  

After breakfast departure to Korcula, an island known to be the birth place of famous world traveler Marco Polo. The ride from Dubrovnik is about 2,5H. The private driver/guide will drive you through some of the most beautiful sceneries on the Adriatic coast. In Orebi, we will embark the ship to go over to island Korcula.

In Korcula you will meet with the local guide for a private tour of Korcula. After we will continue to a wine tasting visiting one of the best wineries on the island. Along with wine tasting, you will get a chance to try and taste domestic food that goes along with wine such as cheese, prosciutto, etc 

After the wine tasting, we are taking you to a local ranch for a dinner. The ranch has a long family tradition with only farm to table food and it is a true authentic restaurant.  After dinner, we will catch last ferry from the island to go back to Dubrovnik.

Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 4 : Budva

After breakfast departure to Budva a town built of stone and love. Budva is a vibrant coastal city with a modern flair.  The old city of Budva, a small labyrinth of narrow streets beholds the Citadela, an ancient castle and the most significant fortification building of the Montenegrin Coast. Hotel check in.

Evening meeting with the local guide and short Budva sightseeing. Overnight in Budva.

Day 5: Skadar Lake National Park - Virpazar  

After breakfast departure to National Park Skadar Lake via city Bar. We will stop and take a break to take photos over the island of St. Stefan. The island is private property so it can only be photographed from the shore line.

It was visited, by the Queen of England Elisabeth II, Italian King Umberto II of Savoy, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Geraldine Chaplin, Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, and writers Andre Malraux and Alberto Moravia and many others. Continue to city Bar. 

Experience the tales of the city with a local guide who will be happy to show you true highlights.

Continue to Virpazar and embark on a boat to visit NP Skadar Lake (2 hours boat trip). The Balkans’ largest lake, dolphin-shaped Skadar has its tail and two-thirds of its body in Montenegro and its nose in Albania. Covering between 370 and 550 sq km (depending on the time of year), it’s one of the most important reserves for wetland birds in Europe.

Fish lunch can be served on a boat or at the restaurant after the boat ride (you can decide on your own). Continue to the famous local winery and wine tasting of domestic Montenegro wine, taste the difference between Croatian and Montenegrin wine and tell us which one you like better. 

Return to Budva and dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Budva. 

Day 6: Boka Bay - Tivat - Perast - Kotor 

After breakfast departure to Boka Bay. One of Montenegro's famous landmarks is the Bay of Kotor, which is more than 20 km in length. Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka Kotorska, is the largest Adriatic bay between Montenegro and Croatia. The Bay of Kotor is sometimes called Europe's southernmost fjord, but it is not exactly correct: according to the latest studies the bay is, in fact, an inlet formed by a partial submergence of a river valley. 

Arrival to Tivat, city famous for Marina Porto Montenegro - a luxury yacht marina. Walk with the guide through the city and port. Continue to Perast. A small town of Perast is yet another historical center of Montenegro. Numerous palaces, churches, fortresses, and fortifications were built in Perast between 1420 and 1797. Most of them are preserved to this day. Seafaring was also actively developing during this period. Panoramic sightseeing of Perast and embark on a boat. Sail to island Gospa od Skrpjela (Lady of the Rock). Visit Museum on the island.

After Perast, continue to Kotor. The city of Kotor is one of the main historical landmarks of the region. Roman Empire had been present there since 3rd century BC. During the Byzantian period the town was fortified with impressive city walls, which stretch 4.5 km along the shoreline of the Kotor Bay.

Kotor Fortress rightfully takes its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a city tour of the Old Town Kotor. After sightseeing lunch at a local restaurant. Free time to explore Kotor by your own. Return to Budva, dinner in the hotel and overnight. 

Day 7: Cetinje - Lovcen  National Park - Mausoleum - Njegusi

After breakfast departure to Cetinje. Cetinje, founded in the 15th century is a town of immense historical heritage. It became the centre for Montenegrin life as both a cradle of Montenegrin culture and an Orthodox religious centre. It is because of its heritage as a long-term Montenegrin capital that it is recognized today as the honorary capital of Montenegro.

We do a one hour walking tour through Cetinje visiting its main sights, such as Cetinje Monastery where several relics are kept (Remains of St. Peter of Cetinje, the Right hand of John the Baptist, Particles of the True Cross, the Icon of the Philermos Mother of God, the Remains of Petar II Petrovi?-Njegoš (relocated), Royal Regalia of Serbian Emperor Stephen Uroš IV Dušan, among others), Vlaska church (built in 1450, with its fence made out of barrels of captured enemy rifles), museums, the royal theatre and historic foreign embassies.

Continue to National Park Lovcen. Heading up towards the Lovcen National park the fascinating view of Boka bay can be seen. We make several stops for taking photos and to enjoy the beauty of Boka bay. Arrival on the Mausoleum (the second highest peak of mount Lovcen) where is buried the greatest Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrovic Njegos. It is situated 1675m above the sea level.

The mausoleum sits at the top of a climb of 461 steps. The most impressive part of the mausoleum is the chapel which has six sides and one central niche; it is built from the finest Boka and Brac marble. The beautiful ceiling is 9 metres high and covered with over 200,000 gilded tiles creating a fascinating mosaic. In front of the central niche stands a grandiose sculpture of Njegoš, created by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrovi. 

Also there is the sarcophagus bearing Njegoš’ remains. The sarcophagus is reminiscent of traditional Montenegrin graves including the national coat of arms and the cross engraved in the stone which symbolizes Njegoš’ state and spiritual roles.

After we finish visiting the mausoleum we head towards a village called Njegusi located on the slopes of Mount Lovcen, within the Lovcen national park. The village is best known as the birthplace of the Petrovi dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918.

Cheese and prosciutto made solely in the area around Njeguši are genuine examples of Montenegrin cuisine. Here we stop for a break and lunch. Rested and filled with good food we continue to Budva. You will be amazed by the Old Road constructed in 1879 by Austro-Hungarians to connect Kotor and Cetinje (Old Royal Capital).

Once a year a short part of this road is used for racing in the Montenegrin car racing championship. It has 25 curves till the point in which the road divides where we go to the top of Lovcen Mountain. 

Departure back to Budva. Overnight in Budva.

Day 8: Day at leisure  

Day at leisure.

Overnight in Budva.

Day 9: Departure

Today you will be transferred to the Dubrovnik or Tivat airport for your flight home.

 

Price from $2,890.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 9
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"Everything went off without a hitch."

We had drivers that picked us up and delivered us to our hotels and flights. Not having to worry about where we were going and how to get there, made it much easier.

 

- Colleen F, Apr 2011

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