Montenegro has been sitting firmly at the top of my travel wish list for a while and I finally experienced its incredibly varied landscape a few weeks back. Perched to the south of Croatia and better known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Montenegro is awash with beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains.
I was lucky to be treated by 360 Monte travel and taken on a day trip to the Northern part of Montenegro which gives you a completely different outlook on Montenegro when you are coming from the city of Kotor.
Who are 360 Monte Travel?
Those of you who know me and how I like to travel, will know I have never been a fan of organised tours with a tour guide. There is just something about having someone else take me places and being stuck to a time schedule that grinds my gears. 360 Monte flipped those reservations of mine on their head! While of course we did have a time schedule for departure on this trip ( a casual 6am rise, none the less), the tour guide was super chilled and let us decide how long we wanted to spend in each location( Sandra you absolute legend).
360 Monte are a leading travel agency based in the old town of Kotor in Montenegro. They operate a range of tours for short and long term stays in Montenegro. Some of the tours they run are as follows:
- Montenegro seaside tour
- Spiritual Montenegro tour
- Tara rafting tour
- Great Montenegro tour
While I can’t vouch for their other tours, the North Montenegro – Tara River, Durmitor and Osrong tour is one of a kind! I can only assume every tour they operate are equally as spectacular as the one I got to be part of.
Things to note about this tour
Price- €39.00 for the full day tour
Tour Length– Because there is a lot of travel time to get to the north, the total tour time is around 12 hours (bring those neck pillows lads)
Transport- Included in the price is full day transport on a luxurious Mercedes minivan accompanied with your English speaking guide (Sandra is the business by the way, if you get her as your guide you are on to a winner)
Meeting Point- Your tour guide will meet you directly outside Old Town hostel which is located beside 360 Monte travel agency.
What to bring– Wear comfortable shoes, bring a neck pillow and snacks (if you’re a hungry feck like myself)
What will you get to see and experience?
This tour has been created with nature lovers and outdoorsy types in mind! So if that sounds like you..then keep on reading!
Stop number 1- The first point of call is a photo opportunity at Perast. You will be able to capture incredible shots here of two very famous islands:
Saint George (man-made island)
Our lady of the rocks (Natural Island)
From here you are taken up into the heights of the mountains in Montenegro. During my trip we experienced immense snowfall so literally everything was covered in blankets of snow which provided truly breathtaking scenes for April time. The whole journey is a scenic one with views of the bay of Kotor dropping on your right hand side, so whether it’s sunny or snowing- the views still stay spectacular!
So while most of us like to catch a few extra winks on any long journey, this is one I would suggest trying your best to stay awake for. The views are like nothing you have seen before so you don’t want to miss a second!
On this journey you are going to pass through a variety of picturesque mountain villages, Grahovo being just one of them!
Stop number 2- is at the salty lake which is located in Niksic, the second biggest city in Montenegro.
Stop number 3- is the Tara Bridge, spanning over the Tara River. It stands at 172m above the river below. There is also the opportunity to zip line across the bride, so if your feel like getting the heart pumping- this is sure to do it!
Stop number 4- is the black lake in Durmitor national park. This for me was the highlight of the whole trip, I just simply couldn’t get over how beautiful everything looked here and how peaceful it was! Mainly because we had the whole park to ourselves!
Stop number 5- is the Ostrog Monastery, which is an incredibly touching and mysterious place in Montenegro. The drive here up the narrow winding Cliff side to reach it is nothing to prepare you for the views when you reach the top. A place that is known for touching the hearts of many people and changing their lives.
The trip finishes where you began at the old town in Kotor!
Note: There is one stop in the morning for breakfast (you will be offered Rakija at the breakfast table, which is about 40% alcohol- bound to put a pep in your step) and one stop for lunch. Other stops throughout the day also for snacks and beverages. Lunch price is not covered so bring a small amount of cash to cover this.
Looking for accommodation in Kotor Montenegro?
There are a handful of hostels and accommodation options in the old town of Kotor but the best place to stay is the Old town hostel in Kotor. The atmosphere in this hostel can be felt the moment you step in through the old style door. What’s offered here is affordable dorm rooms with both an interior and exterior that takes you back in time. Interestingly this building was once occupied by a local noble family (if it’s good enough for royalty eh?). There is dinner here every evening for all the guests staying at Old Town and themed nights as well for less than €5. Even the staff working here take you out for drinks and show you the best local hotspots. This place and the people working there are one of a kind and I am not throwing that out there lightly!
To book your tour with 360 Monte or stay at the Old town hostel, get in touch with the friendly and fun staff now.
A big thanks to 360 travel Montenegro for sponsoring this trip for me. As always views expressed on my blog remain my own.