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PODGORICA WINE AND HISTORY TOUR with mh travel agency
Podgorica Wine And History Tour we recommend to everyone who wants to learn more about the capital of Montenegro, its history, tradition, spirit, secrets, natural attractions, and its giant vineyard. Taking this tour, you will be able to see all the parts of the municipality of Podgorica and you will see that city has a lot to show. Podgorica is settled in the valley cut by 6 rivers and has a few small hills within the town.
At the first look, the city seems very simple and easy to explore, but if you need to know what are you looking for, then you can discover very exciting things, like Fortress Medun, Waterfalls on the Cijevna River, cave monastery Dajbabe, Duclea archeological site dated from Illyrians and Romans, Fortress Zabljak Crnojevica on Skadar Lake and finally Sipcanik, the wine cellar with 2 million bottles of wine. Tasting excellent wine Vranac in one of the biggest wine cellars in Europe will be definitely the highlight of this tour. So, don't miss it and enjoy the tour:)
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am from the city center of Podgorica. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route, we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
NOTE: Guests from Budva or Kotor can go on this tour only on demand.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to Medun, Duclea, Monastery Dajbabe, Zabljak Crnojevica, Waterfalls Cijevna, and wine cellars Sipcanik
Our first stop will be fortress Medun, 15 km away from the city center. While heading to Medun, we will have an open panoramic view over Podgorica where we will make a photo-stop. The fortress Medun is situated on a small hill where we will climb for a few minutes and where are located a small church and the tomb of The Duke Marko Miljanov who was one of the most glorious heroes, clan leaders, and poets in Montenegro. The 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.
We will also see the birth house of Marko Miljanov which is turned into a museum and has an excellent ethnographic collection of authentic Montenegrin, Albanian, and Ottoman national costumes, flags, weapons, furniture, jewelry, pottery as well as photos, books, letters and documents from the duke's era.
Leaving Medun, we go to Doclea, a very important archeological site near the city center. This place had been settled first by Illyrians named it Dioclea. Later in the 1st century Romans changed the name to Doclea and filled up the city with 10 000 inhabitants. South Slavs took over the region in the 6th century. 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 (courthouse).
DAJBABE MONASTERY (MANASTIR DAJBABE)
After we visit Doclea 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 the monastery's Church of Assumption of the Holy Virgin is in the cave with a couple of corridors. All painted frescoes were done by the saint Simeon Dajbabski who prayed and lived in this holy 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. Guests will be surprised how unique that humble place. Nowadays monastery complex has a lovely olive grove and visitor's place.
ZABLJAK CRNOJEVICA (ŽABLJAK CRNOJEVIĆA)
The next stop will be Zabljak Crnojevica which is located 20 km far away from the city center. Žabljak (with the addition of “Crnojević, which should not be confused with the one near the Durmitor mountain) is a well-preserved medieval fortress with a small village below it on the edge of Skadar Lake. The Žabljak fortress as we see it today is the work of Ivan Crnojević from the middle of the 15th century when he turned it into his main residence. However, neither its mighty walls nor its excellent position could save it from the relentless onslaught of the Ottomans, and in 1478 it was captured by Sultan Mohammed the Conqueror. After the Turks finally lost the castle in the war of 1878, Žabljak's defensive role disappeared and it gradually turned into a ruin.
Guests will hike a little up to the fortress where the view from this place on Skadar Lake is impressive and worth a visit. Lake channels and shores with traditional boats make the whole scenery very scenic, like part of some movie where the time stopped.
RIVER CIJEVNA WATERFALL (RIJEKA CIJEVNA VODOPAD)
In 15 minutes of ride from Zabljak Crnojevica, we will be in our next destination, the River Cijevna waterfalls, the beautiful hidden river that will delight you with its small canyon and waterfall. River Cijevna does not flow through the city center, but very near.
The river is just a few meters wide but thanks to its rocks and sunbeam 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. From this viewpoint, you can see Montenegrin famous vineyard “Plantaže”, one of the largest in Europe where we will go next.
WINE CELLARS SIPCANIK (VINSKI PODRUM ŠIPČANIK)
Visit of the wine cellar Šipčanik is a unique experience of the impressive ambiance of this enormous cellar, enjoying the unforgettable scents and tastes like the "bouquet" of wine Vranac-the national pride of Montenegro. Guests will have a guided tour through cellars with tasting wine. Guests can also buy bottles of wine for discount prices.
The cellar has the shape of a tunnel, 356 meters long, with an average width of 13.5 meters, 7 meters high. The air temperature ranges between 17 and 19 degrees, with 70-80% humidity. Wine is kept and aging in this cellar across nearly 7,000 square meters, in almost ideal and fully natural conditions in terms of climate and technology. Two million liters of wine age and mature in wooden barrels and bottles. The cellar includes a wine shop with 28,000 bottles of wines up to ten years old, a tasting room of 200 square meters, and a specialized shop. The tasting room is 50 seats in capacity thus being an ideal venue for meetings, seminars, conferences, and presentations.
After visit Sipcanik we will drive back to the city center of Podgorica where we will end the tour.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF PODGORICA WINE AND HISTORY TOUR
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour tickets can be bought on-line via the BOOK NOW! The last online booking can be made until 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF TOUR CONDITIONS
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fee for the museum on Medun of 1 euro
Entrance fee in wine cellars Šipčanik of 12 euros (tasting wine is included in the price)
Guests can use their own food and drink (lunch is not mandatory).
All vehicles are detailed clean and have sanitizers. Drivers and passengers should wear facial masks all the time in the vehicle during the tour.
NOTE: The information above is only relevant for the 2021 season, which has been hit by an epidemic of covid-19. Every future year we will update new conditions adapted to the current situation until we come out of the pandemic and start living normally as before it.
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team