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MH Travel organizes a visit to the famous Ostrog Monastery and Nikšić, the second-largest city in Montenegro famous for the production of the popular Nikšić beer. This tour is an ideal choice for all guests who stay in Podgorica especially because of the short distance to the monastery of 45 km. The popularity of the monastery among visitors and pilgrims from all over the world makes that holy place very crowded. Our visit to the monastery will be in the morning hours when is monastery's complex quieter, which will make our sightseeing more relaxing and enjoyable. The view from the upper monastery on Bjelopavlica valley is very impressive. White monastery's walls stuck in the cliff as well as the spirituality of this unique place will affect you in an emotional way and make the beginning of the day special.
The city of Niksic is very close to the monastery and lies on several lakes and the beginning of Durmitor mountain massif. Niksic has a modest city center with the lovely Trebjesa city park and popular Krupac lake with beach and promenade. By choosing this tour guests will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the fascinating and miraculous energy of the Monastery as well as the relaxing city of Niksic, which is surrounded by beautiful nature.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: Ostrog Monastery and The City of Niksic
Duration: 7 hours
Total length: 140 km
Language: English guided tour
8:30 departure from Podgorica
9:30 arrival to Monastery Ostrog
Visit Monastery Ostrog of 2 hours
11:30 departure from Monastery
12:00 arrival to Niksic
Lunch break and sightseeing of 2 hours
14:00 departure from Niksic
15:00 arrival to Podgorica
THE BOOKING IS OPEN
from the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2021
Full description of the tour you can find HERE.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:30 am from the city center of Podgorica. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route, we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
NOTE: Guests from Budva or Kotor can go on this tour only on demand.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to Ostrog Monastery and the city of Niksic
OSTROG MONASTERY (MANASTIR OSTROG)
Ostrog Monastery is one of the biggest attractions in Montenegro, and we certainly recommend everyone to see the monastery and the relics of St.Basil. Ostrog is an Orthodox monastery built in the 17th century cut into the vertical cliffs of the Ostrog's Greda at 900 meters above sea level. The priest Vasilije Ostroski (Basil of Ostrog) built a monastery with his monks and greatly helped his people, healed the sick, anticipated the events that would happen, so he was named the miracle man, and his miracles continued to happen even after his death.
He died in 1671, and he was proclaimed a Saint (St. Basil of Ostrog) because of his faith, immaculate life, goodness, and helping the people. His body is carefully guarded in the cave church, which is dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God. Ostrog Monastery is not only a sanctuary of Orthodox people but a sanctuary of all the people of the world who come here to pay homage to the relics of St. Basil, seeking a cure for the soul and the body.
The monastery complex on Ostrog consists of the lower and upper monasteries. We will visit the upper monastery where are two churches: The presentation of Mother of God with St. Basil's coffin, and the church of the Holy Cross decorated by famous fresco painters in the 17th century. They also partially painted the rocks of the Ostrog mountain. The complex has also a dormitory, souvenir shop, confessional rooms, and other monastery rooms for monks and visitors.
After visiting the upper monastery, we will visit the lower monastery that was built in the 19th century. The lower complex makes up the church of the Holy Trinity, a monastery, and a religious school founded in the 18th century. Today, liturgies are here held regularly, baptisms and weddings too. From the Upper to Lower Monastery is 5 km of distance by the main road but the track through the forest is a pilgrims route and can be crossed in about 25 minutes.
Half an hour's drive from Ostrog Monastery is the city of Niksic. It is the largest industrial city in Montenegro thanks to the factories of iron and steel as well as bauxite mines, but it is certainly more famous thanks to the brewing and production of the popular Niksic beer. The brewery is only 10 minutes away from the city center and visits are permitted. One of the most beautiful natural places near the city center (5 km away) is a very popular Krupac Lake and has been nicknamed the Niksic Sea because it has promenades, beaches, restaurants, and numerous activities on the beach and water sports. In the case of summer heat, we can spend a lunch break on this lake, where guests can take a swim.
There are many places worth seeing in the center of Niksic: the Central Square of Liberty, the Royal Palace of King Nikola I Petrović Njegos containing the museum, the Church of St. Basil of Ostrog, which was built in the 19th century. Near the center, there is an old Turkish city wall and Hadji-Smajil's mosque. The beautiful forest-park called Trebjesa is about ten minutes moderate walk away from the center with restaurants where guests can have lunch. Salt Lake, which is 6 km from Niksic, is an attraction that we can not visit because unlike Lake Krupac this lake has no proper access road. We'll see the lake from the main road. This lake is full of islands and peninsulas, extremely rugged coasts, suitable for fishing, but there are no organized beaches for visitors. After a visit to Niksic, we go back to Podgorica, where the tour ends.
NOTE: We can also organize a private Ostrog & Niksic Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at email@example.com
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Guests can use their own food and drink (lunch is not mandatory).
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team