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Extended Croatia and Montenegro (10 Nights)

Dubrovnik, Budva, Podgorica, Zabljak, Kotor, Dubrovnik

for Off-Beat Traveller, Family Traveller, Heritage Traveller

Holiday Overview

View over Bay of Kotor (Photo Courtesy: Adam Jones)
Our Lady of the Rocks islet (Photo Courtesy: Diego Delso)
Alley in Kotor (Photo Courtesy: Ggia)
Main Square of Zabljak (Photo Courtesy: Mercy)
Durmitor National Park (Photo Courtesy: Andrea Polereczky)
Republic Square (Photo Courtesy: Rasho)
Podgorica (Photo Courtesy: Milos58)
Fortress Grmožur in Skadar Lake (Photo Courtesy: Darij & Ana)
Sveti Stefan near Budva (Photo Courtesy: Krzysztof Zwirski)
Budva Mountain View (Photo Courtesy: Oleg Shibarov)
Skader Lake
Monastery of Saint Mary
Peljesac Peninsula (Photo Courtesy: Aradic-es)
Korcula Island
View of City walls from South (Photo Courtesy: Diego Delso)
Rector’s Palace Night View (Photo Courtesy: Diego Delso)
Rector’s Palace (Photo Courtesy: Ardfern)
City walls of Dubrovnik (Photo Courtesy: Diego Delso)
Cable Car Ride in Dubrovnik

Extended Croatia and Montenegro itinerary offers an extensive exploration of two beautiful countries of Central Europe i.e. Croatia and Montenegro. Here you can explore Croatia’s popular coastal town predominantly filled with heritage sites, national parks and country side to Montenegro’s famous alluring beaches and vibrant nightlife in Budva; Podgorica’s laidback Mediterranean style, Zabljak’s mountain tourism and to Kotor's stunning natural setting with World Heritage medieval structures.

Route

Dubrovnik(2) - Budva(3) - Podgorica(1) - Zabljak(2) - Kotor(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive Dubrovnik. Transfer to hotel and overnight at Dubrovnik
  • Day-2 Dubrovnik – day free or opt for Dubrovnik sightseeing tour
  • Day-3 Dubrovnik – Budva (2 hours’ drive approx. on private basis). Overnight at hotel
  • Day-4 Budva – Day free or Optional: Excursion to Cetinje and Mountain Lovcen (duration approx. 5 hrs)
  • Day-5 Budva – Day free or opt for Full day tour Skadar National Park (duration approx. 8 hrs) Drive from Budva to Sveti Stefan
  • Day-6 Budva - Podgorica (1 hour drive on private basis). Optional local Sightseeing tour
  • Day-7 Podgorica to Zabljak (duration approx. 2 hrs). Overnight at Zabljak
  • Day-8 Zabljak – day free or opt for Durmitor National Park sightseeing tour
  • Day-9 Zabljak to Kotor (03 hours’ drive on private basis). Overnight at hotel
  • Day-10 Kotor - Optional: Bay of Kotor - half day tour with local guide – Perast & Kotor (approx. duration 4 hrs)
  • Day-11 Departure Kotor
Sightseeing Summary

Budva - Kotor Cathedral (23.00 kms), Maritime Museum in Kotor (23.00 kms), Our Lady of the Rocks Islet in Kotor (37.00 kms), Skader Lake National Park in Budva (60.00 kms)

Dubrovnik - Walls of Dubrovnik (0.50 kms), Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik (3.50 kms)

Kotor - Kotor Cathedral (0.50 kms), Maritime Museum in Kotor (0.50 kms), Our Lady of the Rocks Islet in Kotor (15.00 kms)

Podgorica - Mareza River in Podgorica (6.00 kms), Ostrog Monastery in Podgorica (43.00 kms)

Zabljak - Durmitor National Park in Zabljak (9.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Dubrovnik Departure - Dubrovnik
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Dubrovnik to Budva
  • Budva to Podgorica -63 kms (1.15 hrs)
  • Podgorica to Zabljak -124 kms (2 hrs)
  • Zabljak to Kotor -164 kms (2.45 hrs)
  • Kotor to Dubrovnik
Route

Dubrovnik(2) - Budva(3) - Podgorica(1) - Zabljak(2) - Kotor(2) - Dubrovnik

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive Dubrovnik. Transfer to hotel and overnight at Dubrovnik Private transfer from the airport to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik area.

Day-2 Dubrovnik – day free or opt for Dubrovnik sightseeing tour Breakfast at the hotel. Optional: Dubrovnik sightseeing (duration approx. 2 hrs). This tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City. The walking portion includes visits to the Dominican Monastery with its fine collection of medieval paintings. Our guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other buildings will be viewed along the way. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik area.

Day-3 Dubrovnik – Budva (2 hours’ drive approx. on private basis). Overnight at hotel Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel in Dubrovnik to Budva (duration approx. 2 hrs). Overnight at the hotel in Budva area.

Day-4 Budva – Day free or Optional: Excursion to Cetinje and Mountain Lovcen (duration approx. 5 hrs) Breakfast at the hotel. Optional: Excursion to Cetinje and Mountain Lovcen (duration approx. 5 hrs) Visit historical postcard of Montenegro, old royal capital Cetinje with its many museums and charming streets. This town is situated at the foothill of Mountain Lovćen, unique natural and historical monument of Montenegro - its sacred place. Through national park Lovcen, known for authentic and unspoiled natural beauty one arrives to the top of the mountain enjoys magnificent view on surrounding area and climb to the one of the highest positioned mausoleums in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Budva area.

Day-5 Budva – Day free or opt for Full day tour Skadar National Park (duration approx. 8 hrs) Drive from Budva to Sveti Stefan Breakfast at the hotel. Optional: Full day tour Skadar National Park (duration approx. 8 hrs) Drive from Budva to Sveti Stefan, for a panoramic photo stop. Continue to Virpazar, for a visit of the last habitat of pelicans and the largest bird reservation in Europe. Experience one of the last sweet water swamps along the Mediterranean, the biggest lake in the Balkans. This tour will show you one of the greatest natural and historical attractions in Montenegro! The proud owner of all these superlatives is Skadar Lake - Skadarsko Jezero as it is known in the Montenegrin language. These are the reasons for declaring it a National Park: 264 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 30 submarine springs called "oka"(eyes), numerous islands, fish colonies and a complex of Monasteries - so, if you want to enjoy the day ... don't miss this excursion! Overnight at the hotel in Budva area.

Day-6 Budva - Podgorica (1 hour drive on private basis). Optional local Sightseeing tour Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel in Budva to Podgorica (duration approx. 1 hour). Optional: Podgorica sightseeing tour (duration approx. 8 hrs) Podgorica is the administrative capital of Montenegro, its cultural and economic centre. The town was always on the crossroad of caravans and armies - from the period of Illyrian-Roman wars, it has witnessed Greek travellers, Roman legionnaires, Byzantine messengers, Serbian noblemen, Venetian merchants, Turkish invaders, Montenegrin warriors, Fascist occupiers and Yugoslavian liberators. It was never a big city and today it is very hard to imagine all these centuries and changes as not many of the monuments of any kind are evident at present. Overnight at the hotel in Podgorica area.

Day-7 Podgorica to Zabljak (duration approx. 2 hrs). Overnight at Zabljak Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel in Podgorica to Zabljak (duration approx. 2 hrs). Overnight at the hotel in Zabljak area.

Day-8 Zabljak – day free or opt for Durmitor National Park sightseeing tour Breakfast at the hotel. Optional: Durmitor National Park sightseeing tour (duration approx. 5 hrs). Region of Durmitor, the beauty and integrity of the rare and authentic work of nature, was declared a national park in 1952. Located in the northwest of Montenegro , the park includes the main massif of Durmitor with canyons of Tara, Draga and Susica and upper canyon valley Komarnica, covering an area of 39000 ha. All the splendour of natural beauty, landscape and cultural values of Durmitor and Tara, prevailed to the Durmitor National Park included in the list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the decision of the International Committee for the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, in Paris in 1980 , while Tara and its canyon valley, UNESCO's man and the Biosphere program in 1977 was included in the World's ecological biosphere reserves (area of 32,000 ha). Overnight at the hotel in Zabljak area.

Day-9 Zabljak to Kotor (03 hours’ drive on private basis). Overnight at hotel Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel in Zabljak to Kotor (duration approx. 3 hrs). Overnight at the hotel in Kotor area.

Day-10 Kotor - Optional: Bay of Kotor - half day tour with local guide – Perast & Kotor (approx. duration 4 hrs) Breakfast at the hotel. Optional: Bay of Kotor - half day tour with local guide – Perast & Kotor (approx. duration 4 hrs). Enjoy the drive around the Kotor Bay with its numerous small settlements. Visit the island of Our Lady of the Rocks, with its beautiful baroque church. Enjoy a walk in Perast, city of famous sailors. Continue to Kotor, located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed “World Natural and Historical Heritage Site". Overnight at the hotel in Kotor area.

Day-11 Departure Kotor Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to the Dubrovnik airport for your departure flight.

Detailed Sightseeing

Budva :

  • Kotor Cathedral - Kotor Cathedral was built during the 12th century in Kotor and is the seat of the Catholic Bishopric of Kotor. This Cathedral was built in honour of Saint Tryphon and is one of the two Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Montenegro. The Kotor Cathedral is one of the largest ornate buildings in Kotor and also preserves a rich collection of artefacts.

  • Maritime Museum in Kotor - Maritime Museum of Montenegro is of three storeys of display housed in a 18th century Palace in Kotor. The collections include models of ships, portraits of famous sea captains, old nautical instruments, folk costumes, antique furniture, old weapons, etc.

  • Our Lady of the Rocks Islet in Kotor - Our Lady of the Rocks islet is an artificial island off the coast of Perast in Kotor. This Church is the largest building on the isle and has a museum attached to it. Our Lady of the Rocks contains 68 paintings by a 17th century famous baroque artist Tripo Kokolja.

  • Skader Lake National Park in Budva - Skader Lake is the largest lake on Albania and Montenegro's border on the Balkan Peninsula. The Montenegro part of the lake was declared as a national park and the Albanian part has been designated as a “Managed Nature Reserve'. Skadar Lake is one of the largest bird reserves in Europe and a well known hotspot of freshwater biodiversity. Skadar Lake National Park is a vast freshwater lake surrounded by karst mountains and hosts an array of wildlife with more than 260 species of birds, traditional fishing villages, islet monasteries and pristine beaches. Since 1983, this Park has been protected and was later added to the World's List of Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.

Dubrovnik :

  • Walls of Dubrovnik - The highlight of Dubrovnik is its 10th century walls that are built to protect the city. A visit to Dubrovnik is incomplete without exploring its stunning city walls. The top of the walls offers a spectacular view of the Adriatic Sea. The Minceta Tower and Bokar Tower, and the two forts are a part of the city walls.

  • Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace is a 15th century Gothic-Renaissance palace built for the elected rector of Dubrovnik. The palace complex includes the rector's office, his private chambers, public halls, administrative offices and dungeon. Currently the palace is converted into a Cultural History Museum. During summer the palace's central courtyard is a venue for various classical music performances.

Kotor :

  • Kotor Cathedral - Kotor Cathedral was built during the 12th century in Kotor and is the seat of the Catholic Bishopric of Kotor. This Cathedral was built in honour of Saint Tryphon and is one of the two Roman Catholic Cathedrals in Montenegro. The Kotor Cathedral is one of the largest ornate buildings in Kotor and also preserves a rich collection of artefacts.

  • Maritime Museum in Kotor - Maritime Museum of Montenegro is of three storeys of display housed in a 18th century Palace in Kotor. The collections include models of ships, portraits of famous sea captains, old nautical instruments, folk costumes, antique furniture, old weapons, etc.

  • Our Lady of the Rocks Islet in Kotor - Our Lady of the Rocks islet is an artificial island off the coast of Perast in Kotor. This Church is the largest building on the isle and has a museum attached to it. Our Lady of the Rocks contains 68 paintings by a 17th century famous baroque artist Tripo Kokolja.

Podgorica :

  • Mareza River in Podgorica - Mareza is a small river in Montenegro that originates in Mareza springs, 3 kms from Podgorica famous for its drinkable water and provides water for an artificial pond for fish breeding.

  • Ostrog Monastery in Podgorica - Ostrog Monastery is a monastery for the Serbian Orthodox Church set against a vertical mountain cliff in the large rock of Ostrska Greda in Montenegro and around 50 km from Podgorica. It is one of the three most visited Christian destinations by both pilgrims and travelers to this cave like chapel that preserves the sanctity of Saint Basil – the Orthodox Christian Saint of Miracles.

Zabljak :

  • Durmitor National Park in Zabljak - Durmitor National Park was formed by glaciers, numerous rivers and underground streams. This National Park includes a stunning limestone massif, canyons of Tara and river Draga. In 1980, Durmitor Park was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Durmitor is popular with hiking, climbing, mountaineering and canoeing opportunities.

Destination Overview

Dubrovnik - Located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one Croatia’s most beautiful cities and its most popular tourist destination. The city is considered as one of the best preserved medieval walled cities and is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The azure Adriatic Sea, marbled streets and baroque buildings make Dubrovnik an inspiring city, one that never fails to impress. Dubrovnik can be visited all around the year, although spring and summer are best time, when the city is bustling with life.

Budva - Budva is a metropolis town developed around a small Peninsula and part of Montenegrin with 17 beautiful beaches along 21 km long coast. Budva is well known for its preserved medieval walled city, vibrant nightlife and as one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast.

Podgorica - Podgorica is the largest city and capital of Montenegrin situated between the scarce lowlands of Dinaric Alps and Lake Scutari.

Zabljak - Žabljak is a small town in the north of Montenegro and the highest altitude town on the Balkans. This city is surrounded by numerous lakes, mountains and is well known to attract visitors for its natural beauty.

Kotor - Kotor is a winding bay on the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro where the city and surrounding territory is protected under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Distances
  • Dubrovnik to Budva
  • Budva to Podgorica -63 kms (1.15 hrs)
  • Podgorica to Zabljak -124 kms (2 hrs)
  • Zabljak to Kotor -164 kms (2.45 hrs)
  • Kotor to Dubrovnik

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Distances
  • Dubrovnik to Budva
  • Budva to Podgorica -63 kms (1.15 hrs)
  • Podgorica to Zabljak -124 kms (2 hrs)
  • Zabljak to Kotor -164 kms (2.45 hrs)
  • Kotor to Dubrovnik

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