Start your trip at Croatia’s Dubrovnik, exploring its old city walls, narrow lanes and Adriatic coastline, before crossing into Montenegro to hike around Durmitor National Park’s glacial lakes and enjoy its 50+ peaks. Travel to the nearby Tara Canyon for rafting or kayaking, before sampling the restaurants, pretty villages and relaxed culture of Kotor Bay. End your trip on the border with Albania at Lake Skadar National Park, where you can birdwatch, hike and taste local honey and wine.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Croatia, Montenegro
Dubrovnik, Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar National Park, Durmitor National Park, Tara Canyon
Activity Activity Family, Nature & Wildlife, Culture
Physical Level Physical Level Mild
Season Season June - October

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Get lost in Dubrovnik’s magic

Get lost in Dubrovnik’s magic

Day 1 in Dubrovnik

The jewel in Croatia’s crown, Dubrovnik might just be one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Explore the city’s ancient city walls and historic building, head up the hills to Mount Srd and dip your toes in the Adriatic Sea.

Go skiing and hiking in Durmitor National Park

Go skiing and hiking in Durmitor National Park

Day 2 in Durmitor National Park

Home to more than 50 peaks, mountain rivers and underground streams, the dramatic Durmitor National Park is Montenegro’s adventure playground. Come in winter (December-March) for skiing, or head out of season for hiking, kayaking and rafting.

Try white-water rafting at Tara Canyon

Try white-water rafting at Tara Canyon

Day 3 in Tara Canyon

Found on the northern edge Durmitor National Park, the Tara Canyon cuts deep into the landscape, with its deepest point being only 200m less than the Grand Canyon. Explore the waters by rafting or kayaking, cycle along the river or admire the views from the top of Mount Curevac.

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Day 4–6 in Bay of Kotor

Montenegro is a country full of beautiful views, but the Bay of Kotor’s waterfront might just be the best. Spend a couple of days meandering through its towns, from the restored palaces of Perast to Kotor’s Venetian old town. Nowhere combines ancient history and stunning scenery better.

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

Day 7 in Lake Skadar National Park

Skadar is the Balkans largest lake, with two-thirds sitting in Montenegro and the rest in Albania. The surrounding national park is the perfect place to escape the heat of the city, with awe-inspiring mountains, island monasteries and pretty villages. Look for rare Dalmatian pelicans on the lake’s water – the world’s heaviest flying bird.

Where to stay

Classic

Apartments Lake View

Only 200 yards from Lake Skadar, this accommodation provides guests with independent air-conditioned apartments complete with fully equipped kitchen, dining area and balcony with lake views.

Classic

Hotel Marija

Within the city walls of Kotor Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Marija is a traditional baroque building with a unique oakwood interior and warm, comfortable guestrooms. Only 100 yards from Kotor Bay's marina, this hotel is perfectly situated to explore the many restaurants and attractions of the lively city centre.

Superior

Hotel Vardar

Located in the main square of the UNESCO listed old town of Kotor, Hotel Vardar offers guests elegant rooms, a small gym, wellness centre complete with sauna and Turkish bath, and an outdoor terrace.

Deluxe

HUMA Kotor Bay

Located on the seafront of the historic town of Dobrota, in the heart of Kotor Bay, HUMA Kotor Bay provides guests a private beach area, stylish modern rooms, restaurant, beach club and an outdoor pool.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from €810pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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