ABOUT PODGORICA WINE AND HISTORY TOUR
Podgorica Wine And History Tour is completely dedicated to everyone who wants to learn more about the capital of Montenegro in a beautiful way. If you take this tour you will be surprised how interesting is the city of Podgorica with its history, culture and natural attractions. Tasting excellent wine Vranac in one the biggest wine cellar in Europe will be definitely the highlight of the tour. So, don't miss it and enjoy us on the tour.
The tour starts from Montenegro Hostel Podgorica located in the center of the town at 10:00am. Our first stop will be fortress Medun, 20 km away from city center. While heading to Medun, we will have an open panoramic view over Podgorica so we will take a short photo stop. There we will see the birth house of one of the most glorious heroes of Montenegro called duke Marko Miljanov, which is turned into a museum. The fortress is situated on a small hill where we will climb for a few minutes and where are located a small church and duke's tomb. View is just amazing from this place. This fortress was founded by Illyrians more than two millenniums ago and represents a natural watchtower over the Medun field where numerous battles were fought during Montenegrin history. Museum of Marko Miljanov has an excellent ethnographic collection of authentic Montenegrin, Albanian and Ottoman national costumes, flags, weapons, furniture, jewelry, pottery, photos and documents from the duke's era.
You will be surprised how unique that humble place is, untouched for hundreds of years. Leaving Medun, we go to Duklja, a very important archeological site near the city center. This place had been settled first by Illyrians and later, in the 1st century, Romans settled the city named Duclea on this very place. Duclea had 10 000 inhabitants. South Slavs took over the region in the 6th century and named it Duklja. It is considered that this was the very beginning of the state of Montenegro. Doclea was a city with a big square (town forum), a line of market-kind shops, temples, a public bathroom and other important institutions. Today there are only remains of the city, later a state. There are many fragments of pillars, consoles or tombstones lying around while on the north side there are the walls of curia (court house).
After we visit Duclea we will take you to the Dajbabe monastery. This orthodox monastery is located at the foot of the hill Dajbabe and it is very specific because monastery's Church of Assumption of the Holly Virgin is in the cave with a couple of corridors. All painted in frescoes by the saint Simeon Dajbabski who prayed and lived in this holly place. This is the only monastery in Montenegro with frescoes of this kind that look more like modern art paintings than classic portraits of saints. From the monastery we continue to the top of the Dajbabe hill from where you can make excellent photos of the area. From this viewpoint you can see Montenegrin famous vineyard “Plantaže”, one of the largest in Europe.
We will go straight to Plantaže where the guests will be able to drive through the vineyards with a tour train and after that guests will go to wine cellar Šipčanik and experience the impressive ambience of this unique wine cellar, enjoying the unforgettable scents and tastes, the "bouquet" of wine Vranac-the national pride of Montenegro.
Guests will also be able to take domestic Njegusi cheese with wine and buy some of the wine if they want for the discount prices.
After guests get the appetite of good wine we will go just a few kilometers next to the River Cijevna waterfalls where we will stop to have a lunch break in a national restaurant. Podgorica is unique in Montenegro for its five rivers flows: Zeta, Moraca, Cijevna, Ribnica and Sitnica. Unlike other 4 rivers, Cijevna does not flow through the city center, but very near. So in just 15 minutes from amazing Skadar Lake we will be at this beautiful hidden river that will delight you with its small canyon and beauty.
The river is just few meters wide but thanks to its rocks and sun beam reflection, it has impressive indigo blue clear water. In and around the restaurant you will see a variety of animals such as rabbits, ducks, turkeys and geese that often walk around tables asking to feed them, that is always fun. When we finish our lunch break at Cijevna, we will drive back to the city center of Podgorica where we will end the tour.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour ticket can be bought on-line via BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Pogorica (address: Radoja Jovanovica 52, located in the Old Town of Podgorica named Stara Varos)
The last on-line booking is possible to make up to 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time ticket can be bought only at the reception of Montenegro Hostel Podgorica.
Receptions are open from 8 am till midnight. Guests can purchase the transfer ticket at the reception of the hostel up to 23:00 the day before departure.
Purchasing ticket directly in the mini-bus is not possible.
Tour is organized by air conditioned cars or mini vans or mini buses.
Licensed tour guide on English language.
Entrance fee in wine cellars Šipčanik of 10 euros.
Price doesn't include
Entrance fee for museum on Medun of 1 euro
Standard lunch costs from 8 till 12 euro
Guests can use their own food and drink (lunch are not mandatory).
Before you decide to purchase the tour ticket check our itinerary and terms and conditions.
For more info about the transfer and booking, contact us on e-mail
Hope you will enjoy on our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team