Montenegro Active Fjord and Mountain
- Duration:7 nights
- Key Facts: Thursday departure
- Suitable for: Children aged 8 years and over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
- Flights: Return direct flights from London to Tivat or Dubrovnik. Regional departures may be available on request. Flight routes subject to change
- Transfers: Group airport and activity transfers (private airport transfers may incur a supplement)
- Accommodation: 7 nights' hotel accommodation in double/twin/triple rooms (5 nights in Hotel Marija 2 in Kotor, 2 nights in Polar Star Apartments in Zabljak)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches (with activities), 5 dinners
- The following activities are included in the price: Lazy beach day, Lovćen National Park and high ropes adventure, white water rafting, orienteering, Durmitor National Park and cable car ride, sea kayaking and snorkelling (order of activities subject to change)
- All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors
- Services of our local guides or representatives
Montenegro has only recently started to receive the kind of glowing publicity that we know it deserves. It is a land of exceptional landscapes which provide the backdrop to some incredible family experiences.
With its walled towns and vast dramatic mountains, a visit to Montenegro is like stepping into the past. It is a country that encapsulates an idyllic blend of Eastern and Western European cultures. Walking on streets over which Ancient Romans walked and swimming in waters once sailed by pirates. Children will feel like intrepid explorers and adults will no doubt be captivated by the sheer beauty of this tiny country.
All activities are included in the cost of your holiday, which starts and ends in the town of Kotor. With a rich history and Venetian influence, this is a delightful coastal base situated on the edge of a fjord. You will enjoy snorkelling, swimming and sea kayaking at the coast, as well as a thrilling high ropes course inland.
The many sandy beaches, warm climate and temperate waters make Kotor an ideal place for families and there are plenty of opportunities for you to swim in the sea, which is only a short walk from your hotel. In the town itself, you will be able to explore the winding cobbled streets and look around the piazzas with their numerous churches, restaurants, and shops.
For a country that’s about the size of Wales, Montenegro punches above its weight when it comes to scenery and national parks. With so much to see, you will relocate to the mountain town of Žabljak to enjoy the wonders and untouched nature of Durmitor National Park for two nights during your stay. Highlights include rafting through the Tara Canyon – the deepest river canyon in Europe – and orienteering around spectacular mountain lakes.
Image credits: Adventure Montenegro
Day 1 Arrival and Welcome
Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Kotor. Your hotel is just a short walk from the scenic shoreline of the fjord and you may want to wander some of the beautifully scenic routes that take in this ancient town in your free time. After settling in, dinner will be held at one of the most popular local restaurants in the small town, offering your first taste of traditional Montenegrin cuisine.Included Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Lazy Beach Day
This first day in Montenegro has been designed to allow you to relax and enjoy your stunning new surroundings before the pace increases later on in the week.
You will spend today visiting some of the picturesque beaches around Kotor, enjoying time at each and having the chance to swim and snorkel in the clear waters with your family.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Lovćen National Park and High Ropes Adventure
Today you will visit one of the most beautiful areas in Montenegro; the Lovćen National Park. One of your first stops is a monument which was built to honour one of the country’s most popular rulers. Situated on a mountain peak, this is a truly jaw-dropping location and offers views across all of Montenegro’s borders – a great spot for a family photo.
From here you will drive to a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Montenegrin lunch.
After lunch, it is time for an adrenaline filled high ropes adventure in the tree tops. There are numerous courses to choose from and following instruction, you will set off on the most appropriate course for your ability. There are zip wires, climbs, rope ladders and many more obstacles to enjoy during your time at the park.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 White-Water Rafting in the Tara Canyon
There will be an early start this morning as you temporarily relocate and head up to the small town of Zabljak, situated at 1450m, on Mount Durmitor. Zabljak is your base for the next two nights so you can enjoy all that this region has to offer. We can assure you that this area is well worth a visit as you will spend today and tomorrow exploring the Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The park offers a stunning natural landscape of carved limestone and is home to a varied range of mammals, as well as birds and butterflies, so there will be much wildlife for your children to keep an eye out for!
Your first activity is a thrilling white-water rafting experience. Upon arrival at the Tara River, you will be kitted out and the rafting fun begins. The river cuts right through the Tara Canyon making it a popular spot for rafting and it is easy to see why! This is Europe’s deepest river canyon and the scenery is utterly spectacular.
Lunch will be served after your rafting trip and you will have the chance to explore the town of Zabljak.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lakeside Orienteering
Today provides the chance to explore two of the most delightful areas of the Durmitor National Park – Black Lake and Snake Lake.
Black Lake is edged by mountains on one side and deep forests on the other, providing incredible scenery. You will follow the trail around the perimeter of the lake, weaving in and out of the forest paths and hopefully having the chance to spot some of the local flora and fauna.
You will then be challenged with the task of navigating to your next location; your guide will give you an introduction to orienteering before you test your skills and set off to find Snake Lake, deeper in the forest. The name "Snake Lake" is taken from the gnarled roots of the trees that surround the lake, which look like snakes slithering along the ground. It's an utterly stunning location with towering mountains and crystal clear waters; a great spot for a family adventure.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Durmitor National Park, Savin Kuk Peak Chairlift and Return to Kotor
This morning, you will check out of your accommodation in Zabljak and enjoy a day exploring the scenery of the Durmitor National Park, before heading back to Kotor.
A short hike will give you access to some of the best vistas out across this dramatic landscape.
You will then enjoy a chairlift ride to the summit of Savin Kuk at a height of 2330m, a very enjoyable way to ascend a mountain. From the top, you should be able to see Black Lake below before you head back to Kotor.
You will have some free time in the town this afternoon before your evening meal.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling
Back at the coast and we may well have saved the best until last! You will be paired up in teams of two before it is time to kayak on the Fjord of Kotor. As you paddle along, your guide will highlight points of interest in the town and pass on some of the local legends. You will stop off at one the fjord’s sandy beaches for swimming and snorkelling. The Bay of Kotor is a sheltered location which provides gentle sea conditions and more relaxed kayaking experience. You can expect to cover up to 6km/ 4 miles at a leisurely pace, it normally takes around 3 hours and throughout the tour you will have the chance to swim, snorkel and just stare around you at the bay’s beauty!
This evening a farewell meal will be served at a local restaurant.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Departure
Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Hotel Marija 2
Your principal accommodation in Montenegro is in a small, family-owned hotel located approximately one mile from the centre of the old town of Kotor and just a short walk from the scenic shoreline of the Bay of Kotor.
There are excellent walking routes along the waterfront that will give you the opportunity to see some of the ancient sites of this historical region of Montenegro, as well as the natural wonders of the fjord.
The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and helpful and will do all that they can to make your family’s stay an enjoyable one.
- The small restaurant at the hotel serves a simple but tasty buffet breakfast of primarily continental options
- Tea and coffee are available in the lobby
- An outdoor terrace offers the perfect spot to relax and offers views of Mount Lovćen and the bay. Indoors, families can also make use of the bar and lounge area
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
- Only a short walk from the hotel there is a decking area with sunbeds and an outdoor bar. From here it is possible to take a cooling swim in the clear waters of the bay
Double or triple rooms
The hotel has 18 spacious double and triple rooms (one double bed and one single), which are all en-suite. Every room has its own balcony area with many of them overlooking the fjord. All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, a telephone, hairdryer and a mini-bar/fridge.
Polar Star Apartments
Midway through your holiday your family will be taken to the region of Zabljak where you will stay around 4km outside of the town in the Hotel Polar Star. Situated in the impressive Durmitor mountain region and on the border of two UNESCO-protected national parks, the hotel sits in a stunning location.
This modern 3-star hotel offers a wonderful base during your time in the National Park, both for exploring on foot and for some world class white-water rafting on the Tara River (the second deepest canyon in the world).
- The welcoming restaurant serves a range of local specialities giving you the chance to sample some delicious Montenegrin cuisine
- The hotel has a cosy lounge area which can be enjoyed with your family in the evening and an outdoor sun terrace for post-activity drinks
- There is a spa area with sauna and steam bath (payable locally) which is ideal for relaxing after an exciting day’s adventure with your family
- There is also a playroom and playground for children to enjoy
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas
Double or twin rooms
Each of the modern and comfortable rooms has one double or two single beds and is equipped with an en-suite bathroom or shower room, TV and hairdryer.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Price per person based on 2 adults sharing with 2 children
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £250pp is due by 01 February 2020 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
Thu 23 Jul 2020
to Thu 30 Jul 2020
|Adult price (per person): £1470.00||Child (8-16): £1430.00||Enquire|
Thu 06 Aug 2020
to Thu 13 Aug 2020
|Adult price (per person): £1470.00||Child (8-16): £1430.00||Enquire|
|Single supplement per adult||£170|
For our full booking terms and conditions please click here
Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 and maximum 16 persons (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.
The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.
Guides & Safety
When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.
Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.
Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times; please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.
Minimum and Maximum Age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
The kayaking and rafting were both in stunning scenery 25 July 2019 by The Bramham Family
All activities were enjoyable so it is impossible to choose. The kayaking and rafting were both in stunning scenery. If I must I'd choose one of those, maybe kayaking. Our guide spoke excellent English and he was very well informed about the history etc of Montenegro. A great plus about him was that he was flexible so able to respond well to the different wishes of members of the group.
We had a fab holiday thank you! 10 September 2017 by The Thomson Family
The first hotel in Kotor was good in that the rooms were very big and clean, breakfast was good; only a very short walk down to the sea was a cafe/bar which was very good. We really enjoyed the rural accommodation in Durmitor National Park and having to walk 10-15 minutes to the main hotel across the fields was great! White water rafting and the zip wire across the Tara Canyon - beautiful and exhilarating. We would also like to pass on our big thanks to our local guides who were very knowledgeable and reliable.
The white-water rafting was exciting and the view of the Tara River stunning. 14 August 2012 by Chris Jewell
The white water rafting was exciting and the views of the Tara River stunning. We enjoyed all activities. Our local guide, Reno, and his family, could not have done more for us. Reno was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guide throughout. We would certainly (and indeed often do!) recommend Activities Abroad and Montenegro in particular. Many thanks.