Adriatic Coast, Montenegro Culture & history

Our most recommended Adriatic Coast, Montenegro Culture & history

Virpazar: 3-Hour Skadar Lake Cruise to Monastery Kom

1. Virpazar: 3-Hour Skadar Lake Cruise to Monastery Kom

Climb aboard your boat and set off to see the magnificent 18th-century fortress of Lesendro while admiring the breathtaking scenery around you. Cruise along the Moraca River, a bird reserve with up to 15 different species. Depending on the time of year, you'll spot native birds such as cormorants, seagulls, and if you're lucky, even pelicans.  Cruise along the narrow channels of the Skadar Lake and gaze in awe at the carpets of beautiful lily flowers and reeds. This area is often called the safari part of the lake because it resembles wild passages in old forests. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see some nests with baby birds in it. Discover the three beautiful islands of Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak and continue through a similar small channel leading you to Odrinska Gora, the home of the Monastery Kom. Listen to the tales and stories about its past and get acquainted with the lifestyle of the monks residing here. Marvel at the artworks inside the monastery and take time to explore this hidden island gem.  Then, board your boat again, returning to the meeting point. On the way back, your captain will take an alternate route so you can admire the three islands from the other side. You'll also have the chance to go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the lake. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

2. Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

See the picturesque countryside of Montenegro on a guided day trip from Kotor, Budva, Tivat, or Herceg Novi with optional hotel transfers. Admire clear lakes, spectacular coasts, the famous Ostrog Monastery, and more. Take your first photo stop shortly after leaving Kotor and capture the beauty of two nearby islands, Our Lady of the Rocks and Saint George. Move to higher elevations for a second photo stop above Risan Bay. Continue to Nikšić, the second biggest city in Montenegro, and make another stop for pictures at the artificial Salty Lake. Take a much-needed breakfast break after your morning sightseeing and enjoy some tasty local food and drink (not included in the tour cost). Drive towards Mount Durmitor, where rocky peaks rise high into the sky. Pass dense pine and colorful deciduous forest. Stop at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, the highest in Europe when built in 1940. Cross the 365-meter-long bridge, 172 meters above the canyon floor if you´d like. Proceed to the hidden jewel of Durmitor National Park, the majestic Black Lake, among 18 glacial lakes above 1,500 meters on Durmitor Mountain. Altogether they are called "Mountain Eyes". Embark on a hike on the 4-kilometer trail around the lake. Stop at Žabljak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1,450 meters above sea level. Dine on a lunch of traditional Montenegrin food. Afterward, hit the road towards the most visited spiritual site in Montenegro, the Ostrog Monastery. Begin your ascent up the narrow and winding road close to sunset, enjoying spectacular views of the highly-perched monastery. View the relics of the monk Vasilije Ostroški, who founded the place. Return to Kotor at the end of your tour.

Kotor: Ostrog & Rijeka Crnojevic Private Tour

3. Kotor: Ostrog & Rijeka Crnojevic Private Tour

High in mountains next to Niksic, you'll find the Monastery of Ostrog, the biggest Montenegrin pilgrimage site built in 17th-century where you will find the remains of St. Vasilije Ostroski. The holy relics of Saint Basil can be found in the lower church of the upper monastery. Ostrog Monastery was built by natural and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff. There is not much written evidence about the process and time of construction, but looking at it now, it is a really amazing piece of human work difficult to imagine being done even today with modern technology. This monastery, carved in the mountains, is high above Bjelopavlici plain. The most impressive part of the monastery is Upper Ostog where two small churches are built, upper small church dedicated to Saint Cross and lower dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. This sanctuary is one of the most visited orthodox pilgrimage sites in the world. It is a spiritual center of Montenegro and also a place for pilgrims to gather of various faiths and religions of the world. This breathtaking destination will fill your soul with high elevated feelings of devotion and reverence to God. After the monastery visit, go to Rijeka Crnojevic, for sure the most attractive part of Skadar Lake National Park. While visiting Rijeka Crnojevic, you will have many photo opportunities as well as a lunch break, a great opportunity to taste the most delicious fish soup, fish and wine. During the 19th and early 20th-century, Rijeka Crnojevic was the biggest Montenegrin port and leading shopping center. Due to its uniqueness and exquisite taste, dried bleak was one of the most popular products in this area, especially at the Italian table. Pavlova strana is the place found on most of the postcards from Montenegro, certainly most impressive during the May October period thanks to its vegetation - blooming water lilies, just adding to the beauty of this magnificent place. That is where you will have some time on your own, as well as the chance to walk around and enjoy yourself in this peaceful area.

Monastery Kom: Skadar Lake Private Cruise & Wine Tasting

4. Monastery Kom: Skadar Lake Private Cruise & Wine Tasting

Climb aboard your boat and set off to see the magnificent 18th-century fortress of Lesendro while admiring the breathtaking scenery around you. Cruise along the Moraca River, a bird reserve where you will be able to se up to 15 different species. Depending on the time of year, you'll spot native birds such as cormorants, seagulls, and if you're lucky, even pelicans. Cruise along the narrow channels of the Skadar Lake and gaze in awe at the carpets of beautiful lotus flowers and reeds. This area is often called the safari part of the lake because it resembles wild passages in old forests. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see some nests with baby birds in it. Discover the three beautiful islands of Small Cakovica, Big Cakovica, and Lipovnjak and continue through a similar small channel leading you to Odrinska Gora, the home of the Monastery Kom. Listen to the tales and stories about its past and get acquainted with the lifestyle of the monks residing here. Marvel at the artworks inside the monastery and take time to explore this hidden island gem. Then, board your boat again, returning to the meeting point. On the way back, your captain will take an alternate route so you can admire the three islands from the other side. You'll also have the chance to go for a swim in the refreshing waters of the lake. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

Montenegro Private Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

5. Montenegro Private Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

You will be picked up at your accommodation in Dubrovnik by an air-conditioned vehicle to make the drive south to Montenegro. Enjoy the view of the Adriatic and the Dubrovnik Riviera,and learn from your guide about the history and culture of Montenegro.  After crossing the border, ride along the coast roads surrounded by high mountains reflected in the blue waters; the fjord-shaped Bay of Kotor is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Mediterranean. Visit Risan with Roman mosaics and Perast with its two islands, one of which you can visit, called "Our Lady of the Rocks". The next stop is in the ancient town of Kotor – the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean. During the visit to the Old Kotor, hop in the famous St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Maritime Museum of Kotor, which preserves the valuable exhibits of old traditions, or walk up the 1,350 steps to the Castle of San Giovanni and enjoy the amazing view. In the late afternoon, you will reunite with your guide. Your host can suggest some additional places to visit in Croatia, depending on how much time you have.

Podgorica: Ostrog Monastery and Niagara Waterfall Tour

6. Podgorica: Ostrog Monastery and Niagara Waterfall Tour

You will begin your tour by visiting the most famous waterfalls near the capital, Niagara Waterfalls. On the way to the falls, you will be able to see the Cijevna River Canyon, which was formerly the border between Montenegro and the Ottoman Empire until 1912. The waterfall was named after the Niagara waterfalls in Canada. Being much smaller, the waterfall is a great attraction for "Podgorica", and a place to rest on hot summer days.  Sometimes during the summer, the waterfalls dry up, so you get the opportunity to visit Virpazar or the lookouts above the river Crnojević, both part of the Skadar Lake National Park. These options are always available at the client's request. Kayaking in Virpazar can also be organized for an extra fee. After visiting the waterfall, the road will lead you up to the Ostrog Monastery. The beauty of this monastery, made by St.Vasilije, was written by Napoleon’s colonel and French commander Viala de Somier, who visited the monastery in 1810. He wrote a book about Montenegro before published it in Paris 10 years later. Ostrog Monastery also has relics of a boy named Stanko from Podvraca Village, who was killed by the Turks in 1714. From the terraces of this monastery, there are beautiful views of the Bjelopavlic plain and the Zeta River. In the Upper Monastery, all believers are provided with a bottle of holy water and oil. The monastery complex consists of a church, a large conch, and a series of ground-level buildings that once served as classrooms. The whole complex is surrounded by a high stone fence. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Kotor: Jeep Tour to Gornji Stoliv with Museum & Food Tasting

7. Kotor: Jeep Tour to Gornji Stoliv with Museum & Food Tasting

Your unique opportunity to drive with an off-road vehicle to the lonely stone village of Gornji Stoliv, which is a treasure trove of history and offers a wonderful view of the Bay of Kotor. We start from Kotor and have a coastal drive to the beginning of our off road track. We pass by jeep on a forest and dirt road, go around a forest of chestnut trees and reach a hidden village that is under the protection of the cultural heritage of Montenegro. We have a light walking tour through the village where we get to know the locals and try various local juices, local olives and cheese in the village household. After the adventure and tour of the village, we return to the coast and go to the museum, which is otherwise a Franciscan monastery. There you have the opportunity to visit the museum, hear various interesting things and see the methods of how rope was once woven, Gutenberg's first printing machine, Kotor coinage. The museum is a treasure trove of the history of the Bay of Kotor and what sets it apart from other museums is its incredible ambiance as well as the possibility to sit there and enjoy a coffee. After the museum, our tour ends and we take you back to your accommodation by coastal drive.

From Kotor or Budva: Kotor Bay and Fortresses Off-Road Tour

8. From Kotor or Budva: Kotor Bay and Fortresses Off-Road Tour

With an off-road vehicle, you will visit the most beautiful parts above the Bay of Kotor and explore Austro-Hungarian fortresses. Two interesting fortresses, many viewpoints and a scenic drive in the hills is something that will make these 3 hours beautiful. The first is the Gorazda fortress, which is a masterpiece of military architecture, it is camouflaged with earth and has a rotating dome of 100 tons of iron on top. After the fortress, next is the nature park Vrmac, visit another fortress and continue off-road drive to the viewpoint above Kotor. At that viewpoint, you have an organized picnic and the opportunity to enjoy fresh coffee, national food and unique homemade rose petal juice. At the end of the tour, we leave a short coastal drive to the museum of living history. Within the museum you have a beautiful cafeteria where you can have a drink.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 36 reviews

This tour greatly exceeded my expectations! We were driven around in an excellently-maintained comfortable minibus around the roads of Montenegro with a kind, insightful guide who made sure everyone was comfortable. I don't consider myself a nature guy, but I was blown away by the incredible sights that the driver took us. Because this tour was marketed by a nearby hostel, the tour has plenty of cool travelers who are great company and are now my new friends. I recommend this tour as a must-do for any traveler to Montenegro.

As someone who doesn’t do a lot of organized trips, this was definitely a positive suprize! The trip had a nice balance of activities, sightseeing, history, culture, food and good old fun. And even the long car rides didn’t feel that long at all. Our guide (Milos) was very knowledgeable and charming, and seemed genuinely passionate about the history and culture of Montenegro.

It was a great tour for first-time travellers since the trip served as introduction of all the amazing places in Montenegro. We spent relatively much time in the van and it was all worth it. The driver was excellent driving along the contour lines. I can imagine visiting the spots again in the future and spend more time enjoying the nature.

We had a fantastic time on our trip to the north of Montenegro. Stunning scenery and all the travel accounted for. Only slight issue is having to wait for other guests who are late and get lost..! Our tour guide Milos was fab and informative. Make sure you go on the zipwire!! We can’t wait to go back to Montenegro.

The trip was perfectly organized, our guide Slavko was friendly and highly professional. We enjoyed the trip a lot!