Treat your friends or family to a private activity-filled holiday. Montenegro, despite its small size and sparse population (less than 700,000), offers incredible diversity in its topography. Montenegro Mountains and Sea features two distinct regions: the Bay of Kotor on its Adriatic coast and its mountainous hinterland. The deep butterfly-shaped bay, 28 km/17 mi long, surrounded by cliffs that rise abruptly from the sea, is dotted with coastal villages along its 107 km/66 mi of coastline. Village to village sea kayaking routes are endless. Hop on a bike to cycle the bay’s coastal road for an on-land maritime experience. A breathtaking 2.5 hour drive reveals another world: the towering peaks of Durmitor National Park and the Tara River Canyon, one of the world’s deepest, largest, and most pristine river canyons. Raft the canyon, then relax riverside or pack your two night mountain retreat with additional alpine activities.
Trip Length: 7 days / 6 nights
Arrival/Departure Point: Dubrovnik or Tivat, Montenegro
Accommodations: 4 nights in a private seaside villa on the Bay of Kotor/ 2 nights in riverside log cabins in the mountains
Tour Price*: 8000 Kn / €1075 / US$1230 / £955, 4 person custom tour minimum
Includes: 6 nights accommodation, meals, car & ferry transfers, kayak/bike/rafting gear**, guiding, instruction
Single Supplement: not available
*prices are in Croatian Kuna: Euro, US$, & GBP prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
** alpine activities: canyoning (seasonal), off-road jeep tours, river canoe, hydro-speed, and zip line are available for additional fees
2019 Departure Dates: reserve as a private custom tour for groups and families of 4 to 10. Please submit an online inquiry form specifying preferred dates and group size.
Enjoy sea kayaking in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. Thickly forested mountains rise abruptly from the sea, scattered with ancient mountaintop villages and churches. The coastline, dotted with historic sites and villages, includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the medieval walled city of Kotor and picturesque Perast. Paddle to every nook and cranny in the butterfly shaped bay from your home base, a private waterfront villa in Lepetane village,
conveniently located at the bay’s mid-point. In addition to well preserved medieval coastal towns, the bay's layers of history include WW II submarine tunnels tucked in its cliffs; the postcard perfect church islands near Perast; Porto Montenegro, Tivat’s glitzy marina, shops and restaurants; and impressive stone fortresses built to defend the bay's narrow entrance from the open sea from seafaring attacks. Climb Kotor’s defensive city walls, built to protect the town from an overland attack, for sweeping views of the entire bay.
The transition from Adriatic coastal life to Montenegro’s mountainous hinterland is an adventure in itself. A series of 23 switchbacks transports you from sea level to Montenegro's rural inland. The final forty minutes of the drive is breathtakingly beautiful, along the deep green Piva River and through natural stone tunnels to your final destination: a cluster of log cabins overlooking the Tara River. White water raft the final 18 km stretch of river with 22 rapids before the river enters Bosnia, stopping to swim in waterfalls. Enjoy the crisp mountain air, feast on hearty meals around an open campfire, and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the fast flowing Tara River. Return to the seaside villa on the Bay of Kotor for a final dose of Adriatic sea and sunshine.
Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik or Tivat/ car transfer to a private seaside villa in Lepetane, Montenegro. Relax in the villa's gardens/ swim from the village pier/ orientation dinner at the villa or a local restaurant
Day 2: Paddle east to the bay's colorful "church islands" near the UNESCO acclaimed town of Perast/ paddle south to the UNESCO acclaimed walled city of Kotor/ hike Kotor's walls for panoramic views of the bay, mountains, and Adriatic Sea. Return to Lepetane by kayak/ dinner at the villa or a local restaurant
Day 3: Paddle to Tivat/ visit Europe's new upscale marina and resort, Porto Montenegro/ lunch at a Porto Montenegro restaurant. Paddle to St Marko Island's abandoned 1960s Club Med site and the near-by monastery island/ return to Lepetane
Day 4: Head north to the mountains and Tara River Canyon, a breathtakingly scenic 2.5-3 hour drive. Overnight in riverside log cabins and bungalows/ a hearty riverside dinner/ a star-studded sky and roaring bonfire
Day 5: White water raft 18
Day 6: Scenic drive to Durmitor National Park/ option to hike in the park (morning) or return to the coast early to cycle, kayak and swim. Final overnight in Lepetane/ farewell dinner at villa or a local restaurant
Day 7: Transfer to airport for departure flights**
*additional fee for activities: guided hike, hydro speed, river canoe, jeep tour, zip line
**departure flights from the Dubrovnik airport must be scheduled at noon or later, due to the unknown border crossing. Tivat departure flights may be scheduled in the morning.
Bay of Kotor Map