Montenegro is the type of place where you could spend weeks, if not months, exploring its charming old towns and diverse natural beauty. Due to the compact size, a shorter trip of say 7 days in Montenegro is still very much possible. After all, many people come here as part of a larger Balkans tour – which may include the neighboring Albania, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina – and thus have to allocate their time wisely between each destination. A week gives you just enough days to tick off the main attractions plus head off-the-beaten-path for authentic adventures.
Putting together the perfect week-long itinerary is no easy task. There are many things to consider such as which cities to visit, the best route to take, how to get around, where to stay, etc. If this is your first time traveling to Montenegro, you will probably want to experience a wide range of activities so as to get a broader view of the culture. While hanging out in the spectacular Kotor for 7 days is tempting, we suggest venturing to some of the countryside and mountainous areas too (in addition to the coast) – as there you will discover a different side to this hidden gem of Europe.
With this in mind, you should consider booking with 360 Monte. They are one of the highest rated outfits in Montenegro and one of their most popular tours is the Best of Montenegro in 7 Days. As the name suggests, this package covers all the highlights that you would expect as well as locally-loved spots unknown to the average tourist. It’s an all-inclusive journey that takes care of your transportation, transfers, meals, entrance fees and accommodation – so you can focus purely on sightseeing.
There is simply no better tour in Montenegro for those who are limited to 7 days! The tour is led by professional guides who deeply understand their homeland. They share detailed information on each location and introduce you to the rich Montenegrin way of life. Customers love the casual and light-hearted approach that the guides take. Since the guides can speak fluent English, the Best of Montenegro in 7 Days tour is a wonderful option for anyone coming from English-speaking countries like the US or Australia. Below we flesh out what is involved on each day of the tour.
How to Experience the Best of Montenegro in 7 Days
Day 1: Budva
The first day begins with a transfer from the airport to Budva. Depending on the time you check-in to the hotel, you will be enjoying breakfast or lunch. The rest of the day is free to spend how you please – whether you want to get lost in Stari Grad (Old Town) or sunbathe on the beach. The Old Town is definitely the number one attraction of Budva. It’s perched on a small peninsula by the sea and is bursting with charm – narrow streets and squares showcase stunning churches, and some of the architecture here dates back to the ancient Greek and Roman periods.
Day 2: Highlights of Central & South Montenegro
With Budva as your base, the second day allows you to reach nearby jewels in the southern and central parts of the country like Lovcen National Park. It’s in the mountains of this park where you visit the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, which offers epic views from a 1,660 meter high platform. The guide will inform you about Petar’s life as a prince-bishop, poet and philosopher. Later in the day, the group continues to the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje and after that for a scenic boat ride on the River of Crnojevic.
Day 3: Highlights of the North – Part 1
The following day is all about immersing in the north of Montenegro, contrasting the south beautifully. The group leaves for the mountains to visit the most incredible pilgrimage site in the country: Ostrog Monastery. Resting in a cliff face 900 meters above a valley, this Orthodox site never fails to inspire – whether you be a Christian, non-believer or hold to a different faith. The other point of interest is Black Lake in Durmitor National Park. Here, the group can choose between hiking around its lush trails or taking a dip in the icy-cold glacier waters. Either one is invigorating!
Day 4: Highlights of the North – Part 2
Since your overnight stay was in the northern town of Zabljak, you will be a stone’s throw away from further treasures of the north such as Durdevica Tara Bridge and Biogradska Gora National Park. The former affords you sweeping views of the deepest canyon in Europe, while the latter is one of the last primeval forests of Europe where you can hit up a trail and soak up the pristine nature. On the way back to Budva, your driver takes you through the spellbinding canyon of the Moraca River – which is considered one of the most dangerous but scenic roads in all of Montenegro!
Day 5: Kotor
After a couple of action-packed days in the north, it’s time to slow things down in the UNESCO-listed Kotor. But don’t get too relaxed because the walking tour here leaves you in awe. You will marvel at the architecture and history of the Old Town, go swimming in the bay and take photos. Upon returning to Budva, another walking tour takes place for those who have the energy. Budva combines the old with the new in fascinating ways, and you will find it interesting to contrast with Kotor. The drive between these two places is only 30 minutes, adding to the leisurely nature of the day.
Day 6: Boka Bay Cruise
The Bay of Kotor, otherwise known as Boka Bay, may not have long stretches of sand like in the Budva Riviera – but the waters are stunning and there are so many cool things to see and do, not just swimming. On the second to last day of the Best of Montenegro in 7 Days tour you will be joining a specially designed cruise of Boka Bay. Some of the highlights include: swimming near Bijela, cruising around Mamula, entering the Blue Cave, stopping at the Submarine Tunnels, visiting the church on the islet called Our Lady of the Rocks, and enjoying a coffee and walk in Perast.
Day 7: Farewell
The Best of Montenegro in 7 Days tour finishes in Budva. You can spend your final morning relaxing at the beach, swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea or chilling at a cafe with your new friends. Say goodbye to the tour guides and group members before you fly back home or continue on with your travels in the Balkans region. From just 750€ per person, the value for money on this week-long adventure is phenomenal. To give you another reason to book the tour, we have a promo code that you can use to save yourself 10%. Continue reading to find out more.
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