Montenegro Hiking Holiday

Skadar Lake VillaThe villa you get to call home on a Montenegro hiking holiday

This Montenegro hiking holiday will take you on some of the most scenic hikes in Montenegro.

It's perfect for people who enjoy hiking, but don't want to sacrifice their creature comforts and sleep in a tent. The holiday combines the comfort of a beautiful villa with four guided hiking tours that range from easy to challenging. 

It’s almost like Montenegro was designed for walking holidays. It's full of primeval forests, mountain vistas and sea views.  Hiking is also one of the nation’s favourite past times, along with ‘cafeing’ – yes that is a verb over here… but that’s a story for another day!

We love strapping on our hiking boots and heading into the mountains. The great thing here is, you don’t even need to go far. Just 10 minutes from the coast will bring you to some of the country’s best hiking trails. 

Us and Simba above PerastHere we are with Simba at an old fortress above Perast

The mountainous and wild country here is perfect for exploration on foot. There are ancient donkey trails and roads built by long-gone empires  criss-crossing the country.

When you follow these, you never know what you’ll come across: Austro-Hungarian fortresses, Illyrian graveyards or a wandering tortoise. Watch out when you pick these up – their defence mechanism is letting out a stream of urine!

One thing is guaranteed: fabulous scenery of forests and breath-taking vistas over lakes and seas.

If you’re looking for a guided Montenegro hiking holiday, look no further than this Skadar Lake based one. This national park is one of the most stunning areas in Montenegro and the hiking is superb. 

The Montenegro hiking holiday is hosted by a lovely couple, Ben and Emma (and their three children), who have an undying passion for this region.

They’ve made the lake their home and love to share the best of it with their guests. They take excellent care of all of their guests and give them an experience they’ll never forget.

I have no hesitation in recommending them whole-heartedly!

Your hosts - Ben and Emma

Many of my customers have booked a week’s beach holiday on the coast and a week’s holiday with Ben and Emma – the feedback I’ve received about splitting a two week holiday in Montenegro like this has been overwhelmingly positive. You get the best of both worlds – a week enjoying the sun and beaches and a week exploring Montenegro’s hidden backcountry.

So, let me tell you about this walking holiday in Montenegro...


Skadar Lake Villa

Villa Miela where you’re based on your holiday is in Virpazar – the gateway to Skadar Lake. It’s an old, stone building that’s been lovingly renovated. It’s even rumoured that an Orthodox saint was born there!

Villa MielaVilla Miela

The villa’s terrace has stunning views over the lake and there’s a hot-tub for you to relax in at the end of a day’s exploration.  There’s also a well-stocked kitchen and a barbecue so you can enjoy your meals al fresco  while you drink in the views.

The villa’s orchard is full of organic fig, plum and pomegranate trees.

This is the kind of idyll villa holiday dreams are made of!

Villa MielaThe view from the terrace
Hot tub, orchard and residentsEnjoy the hot tub, pick fresh fruit and meet the locals

It’s also just two minutes from the lake shore, bars, shops and restaurants and 30 minutes from the coast.

The villa can sleep  up to 10 people:

  • 3x double/twin rooms
  • 1x 4-bed family dorm room

Each room has an ensuite bathroom.

Villa Amenities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Modern kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher (who wants to wash dishes holiday?)
  • Living area with TV, DVD player, library of books and dvds
  • Terrace with gas barbecue, sun loungers, hammocks
  • Hot tub
  • Mountain bikes (no charge)
Villa Miela interiorLight, airy and cool in summer, you'll feel right at home in the stone villa

You can read Trip Advisor reviews of Villa Miela here.


Montenegro Hiking Holiday Guided Tours

There are 4 guided tours included with the Montenegro hiking holiday. There are also extra optional tours that you can add to your itinerary.

Tour 1:      Fortified Hilltop Village to Freshwater Beach

The first hike is a great introduction to the Skadar Lake area. You start out from Villa Miela and head up to a hilltop village that’s well-known for its wine.

From there you’ll head down to a freshwater beach for a well-earned rest and cool-off in the lake’s waters. Here, you have the option of enjoying lunch at a local restaurant on the lake shore (extra cost).

From there, you can travel back to Virpazar by boat or kayak.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate. 4-5 hours walking with some short but steep parts. 

Group walking by Skadar LakeFollow ancient village paths to the lake

Tour 2: Kosmac Fortress to Sveti Stefan

Sveti StefanThe islet of Sveti Stefan

This tour starts at one of Montenegro’s old Austro-Hungarian fortresses. These abandoned remnants are scattered all over the country and are fascinating to explore. From Kosmac Fortress you’ll head down the old military trail to Ogradenica monastery and then on to Praskavica monastery. From there you’ll come down to sea level at the jewel in the Budva Riviera’s crown – Sveti Stefan.

You get stunning views of the Budva Riviera all the way down on this walk. And when you get down to Sveti Stefan you can reward yourself with a dip in the famous sea. Then enjoy the million dollar view of the island over a bite in one of the quality restaurants.

Difficulty: Moderate. A total of 5 hours hiking.


Tour 3: Mount Rumija

Mt Rumija is one of Montenegro’s most impressive peaks. Today you’ll scale the 1,594m peak. From the top you have stunning views of Skadar Lake and the Prokletije mountain range that forms the border with Albania. In the other direction you have views over the Adriatic Sea. Like many beautiful mountain tops in Montenegro, there’s a church on top!

Difficulty: Challenging. 6-7 hours hiking.

Summit of Mt RumijaThe view from the summit of Mt Rumija

Tour 4: Walnut valley

Group on Walnut Valley hikeA natural spring on the Walnut Valley hike

A closely-held secret of Skadar Lake locals, this is a must-do hike while in the area. Today’s circular trail takes you through woodland, across ancient Ottoman bridges and along old Roman caravan paths. You’ll take a swim break in natural pools and waterfalls. After all this, the hike is topped off with a home-made lunch in a local village (extra cost).

This hike shows you really authentic Montenegro – undisturbed forest, history, tortoises, wild figs and herbs.

Difficulty: Moderate. 6 hours hiking.

If you are interested in the Montenegro hiking holiday but are not sure about any of the hikes on the itinerary, please do send an enquiry. Ben and Emma may be able to amend the itinerary to suit you.

Optional Extra tours

The Montenegro hiking holiday comes with the four tours above. You can also add any of these extra tours to the existing itinerary.

Lake Cruises

Skadar Lake boat cruiseCruise through the lily pads on the lake

A great and effortless way to get out on the lake and up close with the wildlife. The lake is a haven for bird species in Europe.

Read more about cruising Skadar Lake here.

4 people: £15 per person
5-10 people: £10 per person


Horse Riding

£40-60 per person depending on the tour

There’s a minimum of 6 people required for this tour.


Adriatic Sunset Cruise

£450 for a 4 hour cruise

This is for a max of 6 people and includes transport.


Lovcen Adventure Park

Try Lovcen's rope swing course. There are courses for all levels for ages 5 and up. 

Read more about the Adventure Park here.

£30 per person

This includes transport and lunch.

Adventure Park LovcenThe ropes course in the treetops in Lovcen Adventure Park

Whitewater Rafting

Tara Canyon raftingRafting on the Tara River

1-4 people: £150 per person
5-6 people: £130 per person
7-8 people: £110 per person

This includes transport, English-speaking guide, one night in Durmitor National Park, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.

Read my review here.


Canyoning

This is Montenegro's most thrilling adventure tour through some of Montenegro's untouched scenery.

£60-80 per person depending on the tour

There a minimum of 6 people required for this tour.

Abseiling a waterfallCanyoning in Montenegro

What's Included

The Montenegro hiking holiday includes:

  • 7 nights’ villa accommodation in a double or twin room
  • Welcome dinner
  • 4 guided tours
  • Some lunches depending on tour
  • Use of mountain bikes


Who is This Holiday For?

This holiday is ideal for people who enjoy hiking and getting out in nature. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended.

There’s a minimum age of 8 for this holiday package. It's ideal for:

  • Couples
  • Families with children over the age of 8
  • Groups

Pricing

The pricing of the Montenegro hiking holiday depends on the time of year you visit. These holidays are payable in GBP so I’ve listed all prices in Pounds rather than Euros to allow for exchange rate fluctuations.

Here is the pricing of the holidays: 

April/October£625 per person
May/June/September
£645 per person

The holiday is not available in July or August. If like the look of this holiday and want to come in July or August, I recommend you check out the Active Villa Holiday.

Changes

  • If there are 6 or more in your group, you have the option to hire the entire a villa (a supplement may apply).
  • Sometimes  the villa can accommodate shorter stays, but it depends on availability. If this is something you’re interested in, I recommend you enquire to ask.
  • You can get a personal quote by filling in the form below and letting us know which activities you want to do.

Enquire and Book a Montenegro Hiking Holiday

If you have any questions about this holiday in Montenegro or would like to make a booking, you can do so by filling in the enquiry form below. You’ll be answered within 24 hours.

Walking Holiday in Montenegro Enquiry

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