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If you are an active vacation fan, you are in the right place! In that sense, Montenegro has a lot to offer, and with the ‘Helios Travel Agency, you can enjoy in rafting, horse riding, hiking, cruising and other tours through the beautiful areas of our country.
Budva is a coastal city on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. This city dates back 3,450 years ago and is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic Sea. The area around the city, along the coast, is called Budvanska Riviera. The Riviera is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its sandy beaches and nightlife, the area of hotels and restaurants that separates the beautiful coast from high mountains. The name Old Town, Budva was worn in the Middle Ages, and most of the architecture of this city was of Venetian origin. Doors, windows, balconies and many other parts of the building are of Roman style. Budva has a large number of cultural and historical monuments, monasteries and churches that document the historical and social events in the area of the Budvanska Riviera. Among the most famous churches are the church of San Giovanni, built in the seventh century, the church of Santa Maria “in Punta” from 840, the church of the Holy Trinity from 1804. The most famous part of the city walls is called Citadela and is an interesting tourist attraction. The city abounds in beautiful beaches of which the most famous are: Mogren, Slovenska, Bečići, Jaz … Today Budva is a tourist center, a monumental resort, a city theater and a prestigious town on the tourist map of Europe and the world. Budva is often referred to as the “metropolis of tourism” because it is the most visited destination in Montenegro and one of the most visited ones on the Adriatic, and it is often given epithet like “Queen of the Adriatic”.
Vrmac is a mountain and peninsula in Montenegro. The highest peak of this mountain is St. Ilija – 785 m above sea level. Vrmac is a continuation of the mountain Lovćen, and towards the west it ends with the strait of the Verige. It is located between Kotor and Tivat bay, so it is not difficult to assume that during this tour you will have a wonderful view of the magnificent Boka Bay. Vrmac in the past had a great strategic significance because it was border through the Verige, between the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian Republic, and so today there are traces of fortification objects, built for the defense of the borders. There is a tunnel broken through Vrmac, 1.637 meters long, connecting Kotor with the Adriatic Highway and the rest of Montenegro.
Lovćen is the symbol of Montenegro and its freedom. The mountain is located at 1749 m above sea level, and in 1952, it was declared a national park. On one of the peaks of Lovćen, Jezerski vrh – 1675 m above sea level, there is a Mausoleum, dedicated to Peter II Petrović Njegoš bishop, ruler, thinker and poet, one of the most important figures of Montenegrin history. This place, this great man has chosen for his life for his eternal rest. From the Jezerski vrh you can see half of Montenegro, Adriatic Sea, Skadar Lake, and when are good weather conditions the coast of Italy. As one of the 5 national parks, Lovćen is special in many ways. It is rightly said that Lovćen is a natural treasure of Montenegro. At the foothill of Lovćen, at 900 m above sea level, there is the most famous Montenegrin village Njeguši, where the Petrović dynasty comes from, which ruled for 300 years by Montenegro.
Tara River is formed by the merging of two rivers, Opasnica and Veruša, at the foothill of the Komovi mountain. This river is known for its clean water as the “tear of Europe”. With a length of 146.4 km it is the longest river in Montenegro. Its clear and icy water can be drunk in any part of the stream. It is one of the most attractive rivers in the world, created for lovers of adventure and active vacation. The last 25 km of Tara river and the canyon represent the most attractive part for rafting with beautiful landscapes and 20 most exciting rapids. The Tara canyon is the deepest in Europe (1.333 m deep), and the second in the world after the Colorado canyon in America. The largest part of the Tara River, including its canyon, is under the protection of UNESCO as part of the Durmitor National Park since 1977, and it is one of the 25 most important natural sights. The river and the canyon abound with natural phenomena, cliffs and rapids, wild and untouched nature, which takes breath away to the visitors. The rich flora of this river conserves many species of plant from time, so it is possible to find some types of terrestrial flora from the ice age. A large part of the canyon is covered with conifers, among which the most important is black pine, old up to 400 years in certain locations, with a height up to 50 m.
Kolašin is a town in the north of Montenegro, 72 km away from Podgorica. It was founded in 1651 by the Turks as a fortification and a caravan station from the coast to the north. It extends in the upper and middle courses of the Tara and Morača rivers. It is surrounded on all sides by mountain peaks and ridges of Sinjajevina, Bjelasica, Komovi and Vučje. For mountaineers and tourists, the peaks of these mountains are especially attractive: the most famous Jablanov vrh (2203 m) on Sinjajevina, Troglava Bjelasica (2075 m) and Zekova Glava (2116 m), then Komovi (2484 m) . Kolašin is at 954 m above sea level and offers excellent holidays in winter and summer. In Bjelasica there is a well-known ski resort just a few kilometers from the city. Many people call this city an aerial spa due to the height and extraordinary climatic conditions. There is a unique botanical garden in Kolašin, which is a true treasure of flora of the continental part of Montenegro.
A special attraction for tourists is the National Park Biogradska Gora, located in the north-east of Montenegro, between the Tara river and Lim in the central part of the mountain Bjelasica. It is the first declared national park in Montenegro in 1952 and it occupies an area of 5650 ha. His protection dates back to 1878, when this area was given to the lord of Montenegro Prince Nikola Petrović, and it has since become the “Knjažev zabran” – ‘’Prince’s reserve’’. Biogradska gora simply captures its pure beauty. Surrounded by mountain heights, centuries-old forests and meadows, sprinkled with streams and coves, decorated with beautiful lakes, is a magnificent gift of nature. Green is dominated by a combination of unique forest ecosystem and meadow vegetation areas. The most important natural value of this national park is the rainforest of Biogradska gora, which covers an area of 1600 hectares. It is one of the last trees in Europe and has the character of a strictly protected reservation.
In the heart of the forest there is a beautiful Biogradsko lake, the largest and most famous of many glacier parks in the area of the national park. It is located at an altitude of 1094 m. In clean water on the lake, all the beauty of the ancient forest is reflected, giving it a blue-green color and creating a special landscape for visitors that leaves the impression of depth. Ice forms of relief, such as peaks high and over 2,000 meters and glacier waves with several fairytale glacier lakes, give this region unparalleled beauty.
The rich flora and fauna of the National park Biogradska gora made it very interesting and attractive to many scientists, scientific observations and studies, as well as sightseeing tours and visits of nature lovers.
Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, located in the center of this country, at the intersection of several important roadways leading from the sea to the continental part. It is the main administrative, political, economic, traffic, scientific and educational – cultural center of Montenegro. The city is close to winter centers in the north and resorts in the Adriatic Sea. It offers a wide range of discoveries to visitors through cultural heritage, archaeological sites, monuments, museums, through nature in a national park, active holidays, views of canyons, rivers and bridges, as well as enjoyment of traditionally produced food and wine. What additionally adorns this city is one of the largest and most beautiful vineyards in Europe – ’13. Jul Plantaže ” as well as the impressive wine cellar ” Šipčanik ”, unique in Europe, where you will enjoy unforgettable smells and tastes of Montenegro.
Virpazar is a small fishing village, located on the road between Podgorica and the Montenegrin coast, at the confluence of the river Crmnica and Orahovica in the lake. In the past, this place considered as strategically important, so that the occupier Turks built a large fortress – Besac, on the hill above the village. After their fall, Virpazar became an important trading city with a lively port which was connected to the first Montenegrin railway at the beginning of the 1900s. Today this place serves as the main gate in the Skadar Lake National Park. It is also recognizable by local wines, which you can taste in family vineyards and cellars in the center and the surrounding area.
Skadar Lake is the largest lake in Montenegro and on the Balkan Peninsula, with an area of 369.7 km² (of which Montenegro has 221.8 and Albania 147.9 km²). The length is from Vranjina to Skadar 40 km, and width in some places 14 km. Depth 4 to 6 meters, and further on to the west hill. According to seasons, the size changes, and water is obtained from many rivers. It passes through the river Bojana to the Adriatic Sea. The Montenegrin part of the lake with the coast was declared National Park in 1983. The lake has many islands and peninsula with traces of history and valuable cultural heritage: Žabljak (15th century) – the capital of the Crnojević dynasty, Lesendro – fortress on the rock at the lake, the borderline of the Montenegrin army in the era of Njegoš, the fortress Grmožur – the Montenegrin Alcatraz, in the period when Nikola Petrović ruled. The lake has 18 important historical monuments that witness to Montenegrin history from the 11th century to the present. Clean water and the preserved environment have enabled the development of an extremely rich ecosystem. It is known for its diversity of flora and fauna. Skadar Lake is a bird’s paradise, it has 264 bird species, and about 90% of them are migratory and of international importance. This is the only pelican habitat in southern Europe. The lake is an ideal location for observing birds because it is the largest bird reserve in Europe.
Bar is a maritime city in Montenegro located in the south of the country, between the Adriatic Sea and the Skadar Lake. It is 52 km away from Podgorica. It is a city with a large number of cultural events during the summer period, such as concerts, exhibitions, books promotions, children’s festivals, sports tournaments, etc. Harbor Bar is the largest Montenegrin port.
Old Bar is mentioned in documents dating from the 10th century. The Old Town is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. His streets are cross-country guides, from Greek colonies to the Middle Ages, the rule of Venetians to the Turkish period and up to the new era.
Near the town, in the Mirovica settlement, there is a monument of the nature of the Old olive tree, an olive tree between 2,000 and 2,500 years old. The oldest olive tree is the oldest tree in Europe, and also one of the oldest trees in the world. There are also seven other olive trees in the same courtyard between 500 and 700 years old. At the end of November, every year in Bar, it is held the “Maslinijada”, event dedicated to this ancient tree and its yields. Since 1957, the Old Olive is under the protection of the state as a monument of nature.
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Day 1 – Arrival at the airport (Podgorica or Tivat) or port (Kotor/Bar/Tivat). Accommodation in hotel with 4* in Budva/Bečići. City tour through the Old Town Budva.
We will welcome you to the airport, and then head towards Budva, the beauty of the Adriatic.
Accompanied by a guide, you will see the Old Town, which unites with unity, walk in the winding streets, enjoy the view of the late Middle Ages squares that form a whole with solid ramparts, their towers and city gates, Orthodox and Catholic churches – approx. 1 hour.
Free time for refreshment on one of the beaches.
Check-in hotel 4* in Budva/Bečići, free time and overnight stay.
Budva is also famous for its nightlife, its squares and streets live deep into the night, so you can’t miss the opportunity and go out already on the first night in some of the famous discotheques or restaurants on the seashore, cafes, pastry shops, taverns. Offer in Budva’s restaurants is very diverse, dominated by Mediterranean and Montenegrin national cuisine, while in the foreground there are marine specialties along with unavoidable olives and wine.
Day 2 – Vrmac – Hiking tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the starting point of the tour.
Altitude: approx. 785 m
Track length: approx. 10 – 12 km
Duration: approx. 3 hours and a half depending on the readiness and breaks
We will begin mountain hiking through marked paths, through the beauty of untouched nature, over rocky areas, near the wells. We will enjoy fresh air and preserved nature. Vrmac is decorated with numerous plant species and the beauty of rural architecture. We climb to the first viewpoint with a fantastic view of the Tivat bay, while from the other one, we will have open views on Tivat bay and open sea from one and Kotor Bay on the other side. The most important construction we will see is Vrmac fortress, one of the bestpreserved Austro-Hungarian fortifications in the Bay of Kotor, built in 1860. By sightseeing of the remains of the fort, you will discover the way of building Austro-Hungarian objects of that time, and you will be amazed. We come to the top of St. Ilija, from which there is a view of the entire bay and the surrounding mountain peaks. We will take a short break and enjoy the heavenly view.
Return to the starting point.
Don’t miss this wonderful combination of mountain and sea!
*Optionally – after hiking tour finish, visit to Kotor.
Come back to the hotel in Budva/Bečići. Free time. Overnight stay.
Day 3 – Lovćen hiking tour and visit to Njegoš’s mausoleum Breakfast at the hotel. Driving towards Lovćen (about 1h and 30min), with a photo pause on the viewpoint above the Budvanska Riviera. Starting hiking tour. The starting point of our ascent is from the Ivanova Korita from the hotel Monte Rosa. Fantastic easy tour to the mountain Lovćen with an amazing view to the bay from the top. Difficulty level: Medium Length: approx. 9 km Elevation: ascent approx. 850 m Duration of the hike: From approx. 3 to 5 hours (the duration depends on where you want to start and finish the tour, because there are to ways – longer and shorter) After finishing hiking tour, visit Njegoš’s mausoleum (461 steps to the top). Stairs to Njegoš’s mausoleum also lead through the tunnel through the mountain, and after a few minutes walk you arrive to the “sky under the clouds”, to the Jezerski vrh – Lake peak, from where all around you is provided as in the palm – approx. 1 hour. *Optionally – After hiking tour finish, Cetinje sightseeing. Return to Budva/Bečići. Free time. Overnight stay in hotel in 4* in Budva/Bečići.
Day 4 – Leisure day for enjoying on some of beautiful beaches in Budva Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time. Budva is a town with beautiful beaches, so let enjoy on one of them – Mogren, Slovenska, Jaz, Bečići… Overnight stay in hotel in Budva/Bečići.
Day 5 – Tara ‘’white water’’ rafting
Departure in the early morning hours, driving towards Šćepan Polje. Duration of the journey: approx. 3 hours – 3h 30 min. Arriving at the camp, meeting with skippers and other participants in rafting, a traditional Montenegrin breakfast at the restaurant on the riverside (approx. 1h 30 min).
Preparation for rafting – fitting with neoprene clothing and footwear, safety belts, helmets (set for Go Pro camera) – approx. 30 minutes. You can take camera and mobile phones with yourselves, because there is a safety, waterproof bag in your boats where you can leave your stuff during rapids, and use them during breaks as well as in quiet parts of the river. Your adventure begins with short and exciting driving by off-road vehicles to the starting point of the rafting tour “Brštanovica” (approx. 40 min). When you arrive, skipper will give you all instructions that you need for rafting, so the important thing is listen to him and be careful what he will say. Also, he will inform you during the rafting before each rapid. Rafting with pauses for swimming and photography at the most beautiful places and unavoidable most beautiful waterfall on the Tara (3 – 4 hours). Tara River seems to has white restless water stairs with beautiful, peaceful pools between rapids that allow you to rest, take a photo of its unique landscapes, or to try out swimming in crystal clear but very cold water. Back to the camp. Traditional Montenegrin lunch (various dishes – gourmet, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other dishes of your choice + aperitif – homemade Montenegrin brandy) – approx. 1h 30 min. Almost all products are of organic origin, purchased from local breeders and manufacturers. Continuing drive to Kolašin. Check – in apartment/hotel 3* or 4*. Free time. Overnight stay. Don’t miss the evening walk in this small mountain town, whose slow pulsation speeds up only the seasonal avalanches (it is noisy in cafeteria, when mountaineers and skiers, people on vacation, one-day curious passers-by or weekend visitors are lowered down to the center).
Day 6 – Horse riding on Bjelasica mountain Breakfast. Driving towards National Park Biogradska Gora – approx. 30 min. A tour of the park in which heart is the beautiful Biogradsko Lake – about 1 h. Free time for photography in unspoilt nature. After visiting the lake, we return to Kolašin, from where we embark on a new adventure – riding horses – about 2 h. Return to the city center. Back to the hotel/apartment in Kolašin. Free time. Overnight stay.
Day 7 – Skadar lake cruising – Old Town Bar – Old Olive Tree Breakfast. Check – out. Driving towards Skadar Lake – about 30 min. Arrival at Virpazar, a fishing village with charming stone houses. A short walk. Free time for climbing on the Besac fortress – the most attractive viewpoint on the Skadar Lake, or drinking coffee at one of the restaurants – optionally (approx. 20 min). Start of cruising. The cruise lasts approx. 1 hour and 30 min. You will see fishing villages, cultural and historical monuments, the flora and fauna of the lake, and take swim in the lake. For refreshment on the boat, the host will serve us domestic products (delicious donuts, wine, brandy and juice). After cruise, drive to the Old Town Bar – approx. 30 min. Visiting one of the oldest archaeological sites in the world. Old Olive Tree visit – approx. 1 h. Driving towards Podgorica – approx. 45 min. Check – in 4* hotel in Podgorica. Free time for walking through the capital of Montenegro. Overnight stay.
Day 8 – Transfer to the airport (Podgorica or Tivat) or port (Kotor/Bar/Tivat) Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Transfer to the airport. The end of the arrangement.
The price of the arrangement includes:
The price of the arrangement does not include:
Additional options (for extra charge):
Need to bring (for hiking tours):
Equipment: Comfortable, firmly shoes, sneakers or climbing shoes, waterproof clothes, additional protective equipment from the rain – depending on weather conditions
Readiness: Good physical and mental health
Recommendation: Take a sweet, energy drink, hat, sun protection.
Need to bring (for rafting tour): Passport or ID card, Swimsuit, Dry clothes, Sun protection and good mood for unforgettable enjoying!
Note: Min age for rafting tour is 6 years.
*Arrangement availability: From April to October each year (depending on weather conditions)
*The Organizer reserves the right to change (rotate) tours by day in case of bad weather conditions, for a better atmosphere.
*The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the trip due to bad weather conditions.
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*VAT included in price
*No group size limit. For larger groups, price on request.
*Possibility of organizing tourist packages according to your wishes, budget and interests.
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