Mountain walks in Montenegro

Start in Trebinje, a pretty town similar to Dubrovnik but without the costs and tourists, before beginning your walking trip with the deep gorges of the Tara Canyon. It’s a short jump to Durmitor National Park, home to underground streams and more than 50 peaks – perfect for hiking in summer or skiing in winter. Travel to Biogradska Gora National Park, where you can explore ancient forests full of elm, maple and beech trees, before heading to the Balkans’ biggest lake – Lake Skadar. Here, you can see Albania across the water and look for pelicans on the Montenegrin side. An hour’s drive away is Lovcen National Park, where you can see orchids before climbing to the mountain-top mausoleum to St Peter – Montenegro’s most famous son. Travel down the mountain to the Bay of Kotor to explore its waterfront villages before ending in Dubrovnik.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro
Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Bay of Kotor, Lake Skadar National Park, Lovćen National Park, Biogradska Gora National Park, Durmitor National Park, Tara Canyon
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Hiking, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level Mild
Season Season May - September

Suggested itinerary

Hang out in Trebinje – Bosnia’s answer to Dubrovnik

Hang out in Trebinje – Bosnia’s answer to Dubrovnik

Day 1–2 in Trebinje

Just 30km from Dubrovnik, Trebinje is a worthwhile alternative to Croatia’s classic destination, with a walled Old Town, mountain views and a river complete with swimming spots.

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Go wine-tasting in a monastery

Go wine-tasting in a monastery

Visit the 15th-century Tvrdos Monastery, where monks tend vineyards to create some of the best wine in the region.

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.

Go skiing and hiking in Durmitor National Park

Go skiing and hiking in Durmitor National Park

Day 4 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.

See ancient forests in Biogradska Gora National Park

See ancient forests in Biogradska Gora National Park

Day 5–6 in Biogradska Gora National Park

Peaceful Biogradska Gora is best-known for its primeval forest, where you can spot ancient beech, maple, elm and juniper trees — some of which are more than 500 years old. There are fantastic hiking opportunities, including a full-day hike crossing the Bjelasica mountain range, which is characterised by rounded volcanic mountain tops, forested valleys and meadows filled with wild globeflowers and orchids.

Venture by car 1 hour 20 minutes to a village close to the border with Serbia, where you can walk along the Bistrica river and gradually ascend to the remote 17th century frescoed monastery of St Nikola.

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

See pelicans at Lake Skadar

Day 7–8 in Lake Skadar National Park

The route south follows the Morača river where you can visit the eponymous 13th century Orthodox monastery, known for its outstanding Byzantine frescoes. Continue on towards Lake Skader for lunchtime.

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.

Get adventurous in Lovćen National Park

Get adventurous in Lovćen National Park

Day 9 in Lovćen National Park

Lovćen is most famous for the towering mausoleum of St Peter at the Jezerski vrh peak, but it’s worth exploring the park adventure activities, from ziplining and quad-biking for thrill-seekers to hiking and cycling for the more sedate.

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Explore the Bay of Kotor’s medieval towns

Day 10 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.

Get lost in Dubrovnik’s magic

Get lost in Dubrovnik’s magic

Day 11 in Dubrovnik

Drive along the coast to cross the border into Croatia en route to Dubrovnik airport, where you can board an onward flight or extend your trip in the Balkans.

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.

Where to stay

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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.

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Bianca Resort & Spa

In the popular mountain resort of Kolasin, the exclusive Bianca Resort & Spa offers luxurious rooms overlooking snow-capped mountains and magnificent pine forest. Styled like a luxurious hunting lodge, guests can enjoy the wellness centre, 2 à la carte restaurants, cafe and nightclub.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £2,303pp. 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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  • Trebinje

    Trebinje

    Just 30km from Dubrovnik, Trebinje is a worthwhile alternative to Croatia’s classic destination, with a walled Old Town, mountain views and a river complete with swimming spots...
  • Tara Canyon

    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...
  • Durmitor National Park

    Durmitor National Park

    Home to more than 50 peaks, mountain rivers and underground streams, the dramatic Durmitor National Park is Montenegro’s adventure playground...
  • Biogradska Gora National Park

    Biogradska Gora National Park

    Peaceful Biogradska Gora is best-known for its primeval forest, where you can spot ancient beech, maple, elm and juniper trees — some of which are more than 500 years old...
  • Lake Skadar National Park

    Lake Skadar National Park

    Skadar is the Balkans largest lake, with two-thirds sitting in Montenegro and the rest in Albania...
  • Lovćen National Park

    Lovćen National Park

    Lovćen is most famous for the towering mausoleum of St Peter at the Jezerski vrh peak, but it’s worth exploring the park adventure activities, from ziplining and quad-biking for thrill-seekers to hiking and cycling for the more sedate...
  • Bay of Kotor

    Bay of Kotor

    Montenegro is a country full of beautiful views, but the Bay of Kotor’s waterfront might just be the best...
  • Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik

    The jewel in Croatia’s crown, Dubrovnik might just be one of the most picturesque cities in the world...

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