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We created this tour in 2009 as the first Big Montenegro tour in our country. Standard Montenegro tour consists of a visit to one national park (Lovcen National Park), but our idea was to put one more national park (Skadar Lake National Park) and give an option that travelers can see two national parks in Montenegro by daily excursion. Thousands of people took this tour in the last 12 years, and thousands of photos and impressions have been spread out all over the World, confirming how beautiful Montenegro is. Our Big Montenegro Tour is very carefully planned and its itinerary is designed in a way that traffic jams will be avoided, especially in the high season. Skadar Lake in the morning, Lovcen mountain in the early afternoon, and sunset above Boka Bay is absolutely the most enjoyable route and the perfect choice for photographers. The tour has 7 highlights, and some of them very unique like the panorama road in the region of Skadar Lake National Park.
This tour lasts 10 hours and does not contain long breaks for breakfast and lunch. If you are an easy-going person and prefer to seat and eat rather than explore this is not a tour for you. But if you are a person who wants to have a full experience of the Skadar Lake and Lovcen National Park this tour is a perfect choice.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: St.Stefan, Virpazar, Skadar Lake, Rijeka Crnojevica, Lovcen National Park, Mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegos, City of Cetinje, serpentines above Kotor
Duration: 10 hours
Total length: 180 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Kotor in front of restaurant Bastion 3 (Tabacina street, next to the North Gate of the old town of Kotor)
8:45 departure from Budva in front of Voli supermarket (Mediteranska street, next to the car park of hotel Avala and Mogren)
9:00 photo stop at St. Stefan of 10 minutes
10:00 arrival in Virpazar
Breakfast break and sightseeing of 90 minutes
11:30 departure from Virapazar
12:15 arrival in Rijeka Crnojevica
Photo stop at the view-point of 15 minutes
12:30 departure from Rijeka Crnojevica
13:15 arrival at Cetinje (Royal Capital city of Montenegro)
City tour in Cetinje of 90 minutes
14:45 departure from Cetinje
15:30 arrival at the Njegos's Mausoleum on Lovcen NP
Sightseeing of 45 minutes
16:15 departure from Mausoleum
16:30 arrival at the 25th serpentine
Photo stop at the view-point of 15 minutes
17:30 arrival in Kotor (next to the supermarket Idea)
18:00 arrival in Budva (on the bus stop next to the NLB Bank)
THE BOOKING IS OPEN
from the 1st of March to the 30th of November 2021
Full description of the tour you can find HERE.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am close to the old town of Kotor. The next pick-up is in the city of Budva close to the old town. From Kotor to Budva is only a 25 km distance. In the off-season, we need 25 minutes of the ride between the cities, but in very high season we need 45 minutes which is written in our itinerary. 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 (for example guests from Sveti Stefan), we can pick them up on the main road. Because we organize smaller tours, pick up points can be flexible if suits guests better than the standard one.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to Sveti Stefan, Virpazar, Skadar Lake, panorama road via Crmnica Region, Pavlova Strana on River Crnojevica, Royal City of Cetinje, Mausoleum on Lovcen National Park, and panorama road over Boka Bay by old serpentines road.
SVETI STEFAN (ST.STEFAN)
After we start from Budva, we will make a 10-minute photo stop on a viewpoint above Sveti Stefan. The most beautiful photos of St. Stefan can be taken in the morning so we will be at the right time in the right place. After this short photo-stop, we continue to the right-hand side of the attractive Budvanska Riviera so you will be able to see the beautiful Budva panorama and places Rezevici, Petrovac, and Buljarica.
Right after leaving, Budvanska Rivijera, we will continue the road towards Skadar Lake using one of the longest tunnels in Montenegro called Sozina (4,2 km long). Only in case of big summer jams, we will go the alternative road over the mountain Paštrovska Gora, but nevertheless, in Virpazar, we will arrive accordingly to the itinerary time.
VIRPAZAR (FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE) AND SKADAR LAKE
Virpazar is a little village and very popular among tourists where will take 90 minutes of a break. Guests who don't want to take a boat ride can have breakfast in a few extraordinary traditional restaurants or they can take a short walk to the 15th-century Besac fortress and take photos of the lake panorama. Mostly all guests want to take a boat ride which we highly recommend where guests will be able to see the Albanian side of the lake with the town of Shkoder, then the 18th-century Lesendro fortress, the bird sanctuary, and the biggest island of the lake named Vranjina.
Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans. 60% of the lake belongs to Montenegro and 40% is Albanian. Since 1983 it has been declared a national park. There are over 250 bird species including pelicans. Tourist boats on Skadar Lake are not very fast that guests can make excellent bird pictures, especially when boats passing the bird sanctuary silently at minimum speed.
PANORAMA ROAD THROUGH CRMNICA REGION
After visiting Virpazar, we will go to the village Rijeka Crnojevića taking the old panorama road. In its 25 km length, guests will see the traditional villages in the lake surroundings, vineyards, and breathtaking view on the lake. We will make a few photos stops on our way. Farmers use to sell their organic products by the road: brandy/rakija, likers, honey, wine, vegetables, and fruits. If some guests want to buy some of these products we will make a short stop for a trade.
PAVLOVA STRANA ON RIJEKA CRNOJEVIĆA (RIVER CRNOJEVIC)
Making a beautiful circle around the larger part of the lake, and arriving at Pavlova Strana viewpoint, the experience of the Lake of Skadar is maximized. Pavlova Strana has the best view of 14 km long River Crnojevica and its attractive canyon and delta. River Crnojevica flows into the lake as a part of Skadar Lake National Park. The photo stop here is one of the most wanted parts of the tour.
CETINJE (THE ROYAL CAPITAL CITY)
Our next stop is Cetinje, the royal capital of Montenegro. Cetinje is not a big city that's why the most important historical core can be visited in 40 minutes. In our city walk, we will see Cetinje Monastery, Njegoš's house Biljarada (museum), Museum of King Nikola, Ethnographic Museum, House of the Government, Njegoševa Street, Blue Palace, The House of Zeta (Royal Theatre), King's park, etc. Also, we will have a short time for a coffee break and snack.
LOVĆEN NATIONAL PARK AND MUSEUM OF PETAR II PETROVIĆ NJEGOŠ
After visit Cetinje we will continue through the Lovćen National Park, up to the second-highest peak (Jezerski Vrh) of 1660 meters where is located the famous mausoleum of Peter II Petrović Njegoš. At the time of our arrival, guests will be able to enjoy the view and take impressive photos of the panorama. From the car parking to the mausoleum and the viewpoint is around 500 stairs, which is sometimes difficult for seniors, but with a few stops, it is possible for everyone.
OLD AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN ROAD WITH 25 SERPENTINES AND PANORAMIC VIEW ON THE BOKA BAY
After visiting the Mausoleum, the best part of the tour comes. Fantastic descent to Kotor (25-way serpentine route) where you will get an impressive view of the Bay of Kotor. We will make a photo stop on the viewpoint and enjoy a beautiful panorama, one of the most beautiful in the world. The magnificent nature of the bay will turn the end of this tour into absolute enjoyment.
NOTE: We can also organize a private Big Montenegro Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fee for Lovcen National Park of 2 euros.
Entrance fee for Njegos's Mausoleum of 5 euro (this visit is not obligatory)
The boat ride includes an entrance fee of Skadar Lake National Park and costs 10 euro (this boat ride is not obligatory).
City tax in Cetinje of 1 euro
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are 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 email@example.com or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team