Join our fantastic 5 day adventure tour to Montenegro. A country to the Durmitor National Park, where we visit Zablajak, hike around the scenic Black Lake and stay next to the beautiful Lake Skrcko. We also climb the highest peak in Montenegro; Bobotov Kuk, visit Ostrog Monastery then spend all day relaxing in Budva, the Russian Rivera. Montenegro is a spectacular country formally part of the republic of Yugoslavia. It lies on the Adriatic coast between Croatia and Albania. At 13,938km sq it’s a small country and has a high concentration of mountains, the highest being ‘Bobotov Kuk’ standing proud at 2,522m. It has a narrow coastal plain of 293km of which 73kms are fantastic beaches.
The coastal belt enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long dry summers and short dry winters. Average July temperatures are around 28C with the winter averaging at around 9C with November being the countries wettest month. Montenegro is home to a vast range of fauna including; bears, wolves, lynx and jackals. It also has a wide variety of wild flowers, some unique to this area of the Balkans. For a small country, Montenegro has an immensely complex history. But bearing in mind that it sits in the middle of the Balkans, it’s been near or on the front lines of many empires including the Roman, the Ottoman, the Austro –Hungarian, the Napoleonic, the Nazi and the Soviet and all its people are said to take seriously only God and war, which is not much of a surprise !
Dates : 3rd - 8th August 2012 / 10th - 15th August 2012
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Fri 3rd August : Aer Lingus 07:30 Dep Dublin - 11:45 Arrive Dubrovnik
Wed 8th August : Aer Lingus 12:30 Dep Dubrovnik - 15:00 Arrive Dublin
Fri 10th August : Aer Lingus 07:30 Dep Dublin - 11:45 Arrive Dubrovnik
Wed 15th August : Aer Lingus 12:30 Dep Dubrovnik - 15:00 Arrive Dublin
Price : €759
Durmitor National Park – Zablajak – Hike around Black Lake – Stay at Lake Skrcko –
Climb the Highest Peak ‘Bobotov Kuk’ – Visit Ostrog Monastery - Budva.
After arriving in Dubrovnik, you will take a fascinating drive to the town of Zabljak which lies on the boarder of Durmitor National Park. Until 100 years ago Zabljak was a tiny trading post known as ‘Hanovi’ but these days it is the natural base for outdoor lovers who want to explore this spectacular region either in summer for hiking, mountain biking and climbing or all through the winter when it gets its snowfall for all sorts of winter sports. Once you arrive you’ll have time to relax before tomorrow’s hike or take a walk around the cute town and check out its stores and restaurants.
We’ll have you up bright and early and after a hearty breakfast well take our first hike out into the beautiful Durmitor National Park. This walk should last around 5 – 6 hours around ‘The Black Lake’ which is the parks largest lake. The lake is flanked on one side by mountains which there are around 30 peaks over 2000m in the park and all pretty much are snow-topped all year round to make for some spectacular views. We spend the night back at Zabljak with some great food and company and chat about the days adventure.
Today you’ll see some of the most beautiful views of Durmitor. We take a short drive to the drop off point and hike through the Crveni Mountain Pas. You’ll see one of parks highest peaks called ‘Purtas’ which stands at 2393m as we make our way to the Skrcko Jezero Lake. Here you’ll stay in a mountain hut at Planinarski Dom. You’ll have views of the snow peak mountain behind and the still waters of Lake Skrcko in front.
Today you will climb Montenegro’s highest peak, ‘Bobotov Kuk’ standing at 2522m high. We hike from the mountain hut to the foot of the mountain and ascend to the summit. After you take in the views and spend some time taking photographs we descend and head for the road where we’ll be picked up and returned to spend the night back at Zabljak.
Today we leave Zabljak and head toward Budva, a beautiful town on Montenegro’s coast. You’ll enjoy a fascinating stop at Ostrog Monastery, a holy building built in the caves of almost vertical cliffs rising above the Zeta River. It was build in the second half of the 17th century and has since become the biggest place of pilgrimage in Montenegro. When we arrive in Budva you’ll have plenty of time to relax on the beach and explore the beautiful town to your heart’s content.
After spending our last few hours sightseeing around the pretty town of Budva, we make our way back to Dubrovnik to catch our flight home.