MONTENEGRO HOSTEL TRAVEL AGENCY IS THE ONLY ONE IN MONTENEGRO THAT ORGANIZES big montenegro tour COMPLETELY DEDICATED TO EXPLORE AND VISIT ALL attractions in central montenegro in one day!
BIG MONTENEGRO TOUR IS THE MOST POPULAR TOUR AMONG ALL GUESTS OF mONTENEGRO HOSTEL.
This unique 12-hours tour is organized by Montenegro Hostel exclusively for incredibly low price of 35 €.Total length is 280 km.
All other agencies offer each of this destinations separately, but only our agency combines all of these destinations in one tour.
At the beginning The Big Montenegro Tour was accessible only for the guests of Montenegro Hostel. Since 2012 this very popular tour can be used by the tourists who are not accommodated in last Montenegro Hostels, with small difference in charging.
We may say that Big Montenegro Tour is the biggest brand in Montenegro Hostel Travel Agency, and we are very proud of it.
Thousands of people were participated this tour in last 5 years, and thousands of photos and impressions are spread out all over the World, confirming how beautiful is this small country.
If you are interested to take this tour read carefully itinerary of the tour, see photos, read the stories about places we visit and we are sure that you will want to have seat in the bus on amazing Big Montenegro Tour (Read More about Central Montenegro HERE)
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The tour starts in front of Montenegro Hostel in Budva, then we pick up guests in Kotor and continue to our first destination Lovcen National Park.
Start from Budva at 08:00...... Guests pick-up in Kotor at 08:30
We will use old famous road built by Austria-Hungary (1879-1884).
This road still serves as the only connection between Kotor and Cetinje.
It climbs up with 25 serpentines, looming above the other, each with wiev a little better than the last.
The road is fascinating experience whether you cover it by car, bicycle or on foot. Arrival on 25th serpentine at 09:15.....photo-stop 15 minutes
After enjoying the magnificent view on Boka Bay we will continue to Lovcen National Park. The cultural monuments and traditional constructions of the National Park, with its immediate vicinity and mostly concentrated territories of settlements Ivanova Korita and Njegushi. Lovcen's landscape, in addition to other cultural values, is characterized by "katuns" scattered all over its slopes and pastures, attractive due to their unique and authentic architecture thus representing the valuable endowment of our traditional architecture.
We will drive further to Lake Peak (Jezerski Vrh) where Njegosh’s mausoleum is located. This peak is 1650 meters high, and it is the second highest mountain in National park Lovcen. Mausoleum introduces secession architecture, designed by the greatest Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovich. Mausoleum is entirely carved from the granite and marble stone, and contains beautiful view point from where you can see almost half of the country.
Arrival to Mausoleum at 10:00..... Visiting mausoleum 45 minutes
Petar II Petrović Njegoš was a Montenegrin ruler and metropolitan bishop, a renowned state reformer and enlightener, a philosopher and was also the greatest Montenegrin writer ever. In village Njeguši, you can also visit the birthplace of Njegoš, and a museum where you can see: historical documents belonging to the Petrović Njegoš family and ethnographic collection illustrating the national customs from the time of the dynasty.
The Petrovich Njegosh Dynasty was the last ruling dynasty in Montenegro. Petar II also contributed greatly to the tradition of prominent poets that have called Montenegro their home.
Montenegro’s poetry shows us the country’s unique soul in its true embodiment – one that is meant to inspire contemplation and inner peace. To better understand the soul of this great country, it is necessary to visit its historic treasures, to climb Mount Lovcen and gaze out for as far as the eye can see, finding Montenegro’s highest mountain peaks where they rest before you.
Our next stop is village of Njegusi, birthplace of the most famous Montenegrin ruler and poet, Petar II Petrović Njegosh.Njegosh's birth house is on Njegusi estate in Erakovici Village. It was built by Njegosh's uncle Petar I Petrovic, around 1780. Today it is a museum paying tribute to this outstanding Montenegrin ruler. Arrival to Njegusi at 11:45.....Bbreakfast/coffee break 30 minutes
This village is also known for its smoked ham called “prshuta” as well as smoked goat cheese. In this village we will have breakfast consisted of both of those meals, exactly the way local people eat it. Njegush cheese and smoked ham (local forms of cheese and prosciutto, respectively), made solely in area around Njeguši, are genuine contributions to Montenegrin cuisine.
The secret is in the preparation and "maturing" of the ham for a half-year period in a location where continental and Mediterranean climates meet.
After breakfast we will go to the old royal capital of Montenegro, Cetinje is proud of its rich cultural heritage and surrounded by traditional authentic villages with a divers animal and plant world, whose peaks reach up to 1,748 m above sea level.
Arrival to Cetinje at 12:45..... Visiting Cetinje sightseeing 1 hour
It scent with the architecture from 18th and 19th century that comes from rich greenery of this small city. Cetinje is the capital of Montenegro and Crnogorsko - primorska Mitropolija. During King Nikola’s reign many embassies were built that gives its today's specific look.
Two of the most representative buildings are the Monasteries of Cetinje and Biljarda. Cetinje Monastery was built in 1701 and even though the Turks destroyed it several times, the people built it up again. Relics of St. Petar of Cetinje, one of the illustrious patrons of Montenegrin history, are kept there. Cetinje Monastery represents the spiritual and political center of Montenegrin people.
For the state purpose Njegos built Biljarda, a building (monastery) that took its name after the pool (billiards) that this exceptional poet, metropolitan, philosopher and statesman liked to play. Cetinje abounds in museums, as well as the Art Academy, parks and from Orlov Krs (Eagle’s Crag) there is a great view on the city and the mountain of Lovcen.
When the capital of Zeta fell under the Turks in 1499, Cetinje sprang up as the region’s new capital, a symbol for all of Montenegro and the Balkan states of freedom, independence.Times were never easy for Cetinje, who suffered a string of attacks and trials over the centuries. However, the local population weathered the storm well and developed a sense of how to live life to its fullest.
Many travelers today will find an abundance of good food and even more impressive architectural structures in Cetinje, including a number of international embassies from the UK, France, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Belgium, and all points in between.
Don’t miss Vlashka church, built in 1450 and binded with a very special fence – made from the steel barrels of rifles captured from the enemy! The Zetski Dom theatre represents an impressive white facade against the otherwise rich green lawns that sourroundes it, and also some of the oldest libraries in Montenegro can be found in Cetinje, including the internationally recognized “Library of Cetinje Monastery”, which dates back to the 15th Century.Today Cetinje is an important historical and artistic meeting place and a cultural icon in Montenegro.
Next stop is Ostrog Monastery, the most important Montenegrin sanctuary, a pilgrimage site of believers of orthodox confession.
Arrival to Ostrog at 15:00..... Visiting Ostrog Monastery 1 hour
It is carved in the cliff in mountain Byelopavlichi by st. Basil of Ostrog in 17th century, the most notable Montenegrin saint, who built monastery throughout his ascetic life. His bones are kept inside the chapel, they are considered a relic, a sacred item, and they are said to have healing powers. Monastery also offers an amazing viewpoint on Byelopavlichi plain. The Monastery of Ostrog (Serbian Cyrillic: Манастир Острог; Tr. Manastir Ostrog) is a monastery of the Serb Orthodox Church. The Monastery was founded by Vasilije(Basil), the Metropolitan Bishop of Herzegovina in the 17th century.
He died there in 1671 and some years later he was glorified. His body is enshrined in a reliquary kept in the cave-church dedicated to the Presentation of the Mother of God to the Temple.
The present-day look was given to the Monastery in 1923-1926, after a fire which had destroyed the major part of the complex. Body of St. Vasilije of Ostrog is enshrined in a reliquary kept within the cool dark walls of the cave-church. Word spread quickly of the supposed miraculous healing powers of his mortal remains, and the monastery became a center of pilgrimage not only for Orthodox Christians but Catholics and Muslims as well.
After visiting the monastery, we are going to Skadar Lake and to the place named Rijeka Crnojevica, where we will have lunch break.
Arrival to Rijeka Crnojevica at 17:30.....Visiting Rijeka Crnojevića sightseeing + lunch break 1 hour
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. Located between Albania and Montenegro, Lake Skadar has an area of 362 km2; from which 213 km2 belongs to Montengro.The lake is one of the largest European bird reserves. Lake Skadar was declared national park in 1983 and was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance in 1996.
Picturesque and unique Skadar Lake is situated in Zeta-Skadar valley linked with the Adriatic Sea through the River Bojana. It was separated 7km from the Adriatic Sea by the chain of the high mountains in the distant past. About 70% of Lake of Skadar is in Montenegro and rest of 30% is in Albania. Depending on level of water surface of Lake varies from 530 to 370 km2, it is considered 44 km long and 14 km wide. Coast line is very cut especially in north west side. Low valley of north part of Lake is often flooded.
The Lake features a crypto-depression - some parts of its bottom are lower than the sea level. Those places are named sublacustric springs or eyes (”oko“). There are about thirty such places. The deepest “eye” is Radus, 60 meters deep, and by some records its even deeper, while the average depth of the Lake is 6 m. Its coasts are indented and rich in numerous bays, islets and capes, mostly swampy and overgrown with a wide rattan belt.
Then, we take a road to St. Stefan, the pearl of Montenegrin coast.We will stop for a brief photo on photo stop by the road.
Arrival to St.Stefan at 19:30.....photo-stop 15 minutes
This small village, now an expensive hotel complex, was built by the locals as a defense against Turkish fleet.St. Stefan hotel on island is not open for visitors this year.
Return to Budva at 20:00....Return to Kotor at 20:40
PRICE AND CONDITION
PRICE LIST FOR BIG MONTENEGRO TOUR:
35 euros for guests of Montenegro Hostels, 40 euros for other guests.
Big Montenegro Tour is organized in groups. Minimum group is 4 persons. Entrance fees, breakfast and lunch are not included in price.
Entrance fees is charged from 3-5 euros.
In total, all tickets, breakfast, lunch and snack will cost you 15-20 euros. But if you want you can use your own food and drink.
The price for the tour includes licensed tour guide on English language.
Montenegro Hostel Team