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The Skadar Lake Villa Holiday is the perfect way to experience all the treasures of this special area. The holiday includes plenty of tours to thoroughly explore this beautiful (and undiscovered!) area of Montenegro. And when you’re not exploring, you’re relaxing in a beautiful stone villa overlooking the lake.
During the holiday you’re 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!
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.
So, let me tell you about the Skadar Lake Active Holiday…
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!
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!
Oh and did I mention it’s 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:
Each room has its own ensuite bathroom.
You can read Trip Advisor reviews of Villa Miela here.
There are 4 tours included with this 7 day holiday. But you're not bound to do these tours. There are optional tours that you do instead of or in addition to these 4.
It's your holiday, you create the itinerary.
This tour combines a jeep safari, hiking and swimming. You really get a sense of the unique beauty of the region on this tour.
You’ll get plenty of dramatic views as the hilly countryside overlooks the lake. You’ll also swim in rock pools, visit a bat cave (not the Batman kind ;-)) and have lunch in a former palace in Rijeka Crnojevica. After that, it’s off for some more swimming and sightseeing before heading back for some R&R at the villa.
A trip to Skadar Lake wouldn’t be complete without a trip out on the lake This tour is a 4-5 hour kayak safari on the calm waters of the largest lake in Europe. You’ll visit the lake’s best beach – Murici – and enjoy views of the Prokletije mountain range which forms the border between Montenegro and Albania.You can also hop out of your kayak for a swim – in summer the water in the lake gets up around 28 C (82 F)!
On the trip you’ll visit 14th Century island monasteries and see all the bird life that makes the lake a haven for bird enthusiasts.
There’s no need to worry if you’ve never kayaked before either. Your guide is a UK qualified instructor and will make sure you enjoy the easy-paced trip.
The Walnut Valley hike is a circular route that takes you through ancient forests, across bridges built by the Ottoman Turks who invaded this area and along Roman paths.
Along the route you’ll stop for a swim break in natural spring-fed pools and then hike on to a hillside village called Dupilo. There, you’ll enjoy a lunch of fresh, local cuisine with a local family (there’s a nominal extra cost for this).
This route is a closely-guarded secret that you won’t find anywhere else! It’s a day of wild figs, herbs, tortoises and unspoilt nature!
The fertile Skadar Lake region is renowned for its vineyards. There are over 30 wineries around Virpazar specialising in red Vranac and white Krstac wines.
This tour takes you to three boutique wineries, where you can sample the local wines. All three wineries are medal winners and you can view the vineyards and learn about wine-making here.
You’ll have the option to have a private lunch or dinner, which is made up of the best local, organic produce – and lots of local wine of course!
The holiday comes with the four tours above. But you can switch any of the tours above for any of the ones below. You can also add any of these extra tours to the existing itinerary.
It’s your holiday, you choose!
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.
4 people: £15 per person
5-10 people: £10 per person
£40-60 per person depending on the tour
There’s a minimum of 6 people required for this tour.
£450 for a 4 hour cruise
This is for a max of 6 people and includes transport.
Try Lovcen's rope swing course. There are courses for all levels for ages 5 and up.
£30 per person
This includes transport and lunch.
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.
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.
The Skadar Lake Active Villa Holiday includes:
This holiday is for people who enjoy nature and exploring. It’s for people who like to have an active holiday, with plenty of things to see and do. I see this as being ideal for:
The great thing about this holiday is that it’s so flexible, you can mix and match your activities to suit you.
You can also skip an activity if you’re not keen on it, but the rest of your group is. For example, I know many mums out there who would trade a day’s activity for a day of peace and quiet on their own with a good book!
Yes, you have discovered my secret fantasy ;-)
The pricing of the holiday depends on the time of year you visit and the activities you want to do. 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 standard holidays with no extra activities included.
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