Montenegro – “Pearl of Adriatic”
8 days / 7 nights | Bike & Boat
Boat and Bike holiday is a unique way to explore. Cycle during the day, visiting the charming mountains of Montenegro, then relax swimming, dine and sleep on board your “floating hotel” at night. Enjoy the variety of this multi-activity cruise and experience the beautiful Montenegro coast, historic towns and secluded beaches. Montenegro, often called the “Pearl of Adriatic” this is a country of unique beauty and dramatic contrast where beautiful mountains surround calm waters. Located in the South-eastern Mediterranean, Montenegro has 295 km shoreline, Unesco listed towns, beautiful beaches and four National Parks. Montenegro presents a mix of the cultural influences of the Venetian, Ottoman and Hapsburg empires which makes it particularly attractive with great cultural diversity .
Day 1: Kotor
Check-in Kotor 5 pm. Welcome drink on board. Dinner on board. Overnight in Kotor.
Kotor, Unesco Heritage
Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, the achingly atmospheric Kotor (Котор) is perfectly at one with its setting. Hemmed in by staunch walls snaking improbably up the surrounding slopes, the town is a medieval maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. It’s a dramatic and delightful place where the past coexists with the present; its cobblestones ring with the sound of children racing to school in centuries-old buildings, lines of laundry flutter from wrought-iron balconies, and hundreds of cats – the descendants of seafaring felines – loll in marble laneways. Come nightfall, Kotor’s spectacularly lit-up walls glow as serenely as a halo; behind the bulwarks, the streets buzz with bars, live music – from soul to serenades – and castle-top clubbing.
No matter whether you enter Boka by land or by sea - your experience will be the same - Boka will fascinate you! It looks as if the mountains have cracked and let the sea in. This is the southernmost fjord in Europe. The high mountains bend over the thin coastline thus protecting it from the severe climate from the north. That is why Boka is an oasis of Mediterranean vegetation: agave, palm, mimosa, oleander, kiwi, pomegranate, medicinal herbs. When its peaks are covered with snow, the roses bloom in the foothills. The bay is naturally divided into four smaller parts - Herceg Novi bay, Risan bay, Kotor bay and Tivat bay. The small towns, as treasuries of history, art and beauty, are strung like pearls on its coastline.
Day 2: Kotor – Herceg Novi
After breakfast organized visit to Kotor Old town with guide. Start sailing from Kotor at 12 am. Stop near Sveti Marko island for swimming and lunch onboard. Dinner out in Herceg Novi. Overnight in Herceg Novi.
Standing at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor like an eager host, Herceg Novi (Херцег Нови) welcomes visitors with bright bouquets, sparkling seas and almost-constant sunshine. Can’t find the party? Look down; it’s all happening in Stari Grad (Old Town), a few dozen wonky steps below the main street. Though its shiny squares, elegant churches and formidable fortresses are centuries old, they’re brought to life by the buzz of clattering cafes and the sound of pianos drifting from the windows of music schools. Further down, pebbly beaches and concrete terraces offer access to the bay’s best – and cleanest – swimming. Follow the pedestrian-only promenade and you’ll hit Igalo, famed for its therapeutic mud.
Day 3: Herceg Novi – Budva (Cycling Rose – Lustic Bay 18 km / 12 miles)
After breakfast start sailing from Herceg Novi to Rose. In Lustica Peninsula biking until 1pm. Stop in Traste Bay for swimming and lunch onboard. Afternoon stop for swimming in Trsteno Bay. Dinner out in Budva. Overnight in Budva.
ascent: 400 m, descent: 320 m, approx. 2 hrs.
Aside from enjoyment in exciting night life and beautiful beaches, Budva will take you on an incredible journey throughout history. Budva is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast, over 2,500 years old. With its perfect location, settled inside a small peninsula, part of the black Montenegrin Mountains have safely guarded one of the most beautiful Christian settlements and definitely the most amazing churches in this part of Europe.
Reaching out to form the southern headland of the Bay of Kotor, the lovely Luštica Peninsula hides secluded beaches and a dusting of idyllic villages scattered among the olive groves of its remote southern edge. If you want to enjoy this magical area while it’s still relatively untouched.
A fortified island village connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, its photogenic jumble of 15th-century stone villas overlook an impeccable pink-sand beach and tempting turquoise waters. Sveti Stefan has unsurprisingly been named as Montenegro’s most photographed site.
Day 4: Budva – Rijeka Crnojevica (Cycling Obzovica – R. Crnojevica, 32 km / 20 miles)
After breakfast transfer to “Obzovica”. In “Rijeka Crnojevica” biking and than transfer again in Budva around 1 pm. Stop in front of Sveti Stefan island for swimming and lunch onboard. Start sailing and 2nd stop for swimming in Pecin Bay. Arrive in Bar marina around 6 pm and visit with guide to “Start Bar” ( Old Bar ). Dinner out in Bar. Overnight in Bar.
ascent: 370 m, descent: 1210 m, approx. 3 hrs.
In the western part of the town are the remains of St Nicholas’ Church (Crkva Sv Nikole) offering glimpses of Serbo-Byzantine frescoes. The northern corner has an 11th-century fortress with much-photographed views showcasing Stari Bar’s isolated setting amid mountains and olive groves. Nearby are the foundations of St George's Cathedral (Katedrala Sv Ðorđa). Originally a Romanesque church, it was converted into a mosque in the 17th century by the Turks, but the unlucky edifice was yet again in ruins after an accidental explosion of gunpowder. If you’re wondering why St John’s Church (Crkva Sv Jovana) is in such good nick, it’s because it’s been completely reconstructed by one of the families associated with the original church. One of the few other buildings to have an intact roof is St Verenada's Church (Crkva Sv Verenade), which contains a display of photography from the greater Bar area. Ottoman constructions include a solid and charming Turkish bathhouse from the 17th or 18th century, the clock tower (1752) and the 17thcentury aqueduct that carried water from a spring 3 km away; it was reconstructed after the 1979 earthquake.
The northwestern end of Lake Skadar thins into the serpentine loops of the Rijeka Crnojevića and terminates near the pretty village of the same name. It’s a charming, tucked-away kind of place.
Day 5: Rijeka Crnojevica – Petrovac (Cycling Virpazar – Arbnez 37 km / 23 miles)
After breakfast transfer to Virpazar. In Skadar lake biking until 1 pm. Visit to the winery and lunch in winery with traditional local cuisine. At 3 pm transfer to Marina Bar and start sailing. Afternoon stop for swimming in Petrovac. In evening arrive in Bigova Bay. Dinner out in Bigova. Overnight in Bigova.
ascent: 970 m, descent: 680 m, approx. 3 hrs.
Petrovac is a city with a rich and interesting history. The first habitants settled here in the 3d century A.D., that is according to the Roman mosaics, which Petrovac is surely famous for. Later on the settlement got the name of Castel Lastva in the 16-18th centuries and was renamed to Petrovac only in the 20th century. It is now very attractive to tourists from all over the world, for its fresh air from the pine and olive groves, clear blue water, a variety of pebble beaches that give the opportunity for an unforgettable family holiday.
Two Thirds of Skadar Lake is in Montenegro and rest one third is in Albania. Skadar Lake is the largest lake at Balkan Peninsula one of the last fresh water spaces and largest national park in Montenegro and the most famous for its diversity of flora and fauna. Lake itself is unusual for mutual vicinity of different living areas and their chain of feeding. In region of Skadar Lake there are 20 monasteries, churches, villages, fortresses and sacred monuments. This lake is witness of Montenegrin history from 11th century up to now. Around Lake itself there are 18 important historic monuments.
Day 6: Petrovac – Porto Montenegro, Tivat (Cycling Lovcen – Mauzoleo 30 km / 19 miles)
After breakfast transfer to Njegusi. In Lovcen National Park biking until 1 pm. Transfer again to Bigova and lunch onboard in Bigova Bay. Stop near Blue Cave, Mamula island and Zanjice Bay for afternoon swimming. In evening arrive in Tivat and dinner out.. Overnight in Tivat. Suggested visit of Porto Montenegro.
ascent: 100 m, descent: 1560 m, approx. 3 hrs.
Porto Montenegro, Tivat
The small “Saint Tropez”. At about twenty minutes from Kotor, surrounded by the waters of the Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro was born, a luxury village and brand new building specifically created for tourists who love luxury and can afford to travel by boat. The marina is surrounded by seafront and exclusive residence where between a walk and a cocktail you can choose to play sports on the beach and have lunch at one of the international restaurants found in it. Or you can visit shopping street and shop in one of several flagship stores where renowned fashion houses have already opened their own boutiques.
Lovcen National Park
When you mention Lovćen National Park, many people just think of the Njegoš Mausoleum. Foreigners also like to visit the village of Njeguši and to drive the famous panorama road with 25 serpentines down to Kotor. But Lovćen National Park has much more to offer. In spring, when the pastures are covered with colorful flowers; or in summer, when the forests are full of people who want to escape the high temperatures; but also in autumn, when the beautiful yellow and dark-red colors of the beech forests illuminate the narrow road and the bright autumn days enable spectacular views from the old road to the Krstač pass, high above the coast.
Day 7: Tivat – Perast (Cycling Vrmac 16 km / 10 miles)
After breakfast transfer to Vrmac and biking in Vrmac. Come back on board around 1 pm. Stop in Sveti Marko island for swimming and lunch onboard. Afternoon stop for swimming in Ljuta Bay. At 6 pm arrive in Perast. Suggested visit of “Our Lady of the Rocks” and “Saint George island” . Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight in Perast.
ascent: 450 m, descent: 660 m, approx. 2,5 hrs.
Perast is the homeland of many world-known sailors and a town whose destiny has always been related to the sea. By its lifestyle, it resembled Venice with which it had very lively trade and cultural links. There are a lot of remains of the old aristocratic palaces that now bear witness to its ancient splendor and richness. In one of them, the Bujevic’s palace, the Town Museum is located. There is a very interesting historical story saying that the Russian soldiers used to come in Perast to learn sailing skills and that it was known as a cradle of the Russian fleet. There are two islets around Perast town – Gospa od Skrpjela(Lady of Skrpljel) and St Gorge, both unique tourist attractions.
There's a ridge that separates Kotor and Tivat bays that's perfect for seeing some of Montenegro's famed wild beauty - without having to travel too far. The ridge is criss-crossed with paths that have been used by locals, and invading armies, for centuries. You can also just head up there for a picnic, to admire the views or to visit the abandoned 19th century fort that was built by the Austro- Hungarian empire.
At 8 am sail to Kotor. Breakfast onboard. At 9 am check-out procedure.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.