This five day holiday on the Dalmatian coast incorporating Dubrovnik and Montenegro combines the history and culture of the UNESCO cities of Kotor and Dubrovnik with exciting day time activities, making it an ideal break for families with active kids or restless grown-ups looking for a fun and original long weekend.
• Arrive into Montenegro in a pretty stylish manner on board a private motor boat
• White water raft the Tara Canyon, the longest and deepest canyon in Europe
• Explore the trails criss-crossing Lovcen National Park and climb the highest point
• Finish up at the unbelievably picturesque city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik to Kotor Bay
Discreetly be whisked away by a private chauffer and driven the short distance to Cavtat marina where a motor yacht has been chartered to reach Montenegro in style. Surprisingly only 50 kilometres separate Dubrovnik from Boka Bay (Kotor). The journey takes you out of Croatian waters with the opportunity to swim in some of the deserted coves before arriving into a marina full of superyachts. Once on dry land, spend the rest of the day, sunglasses donned, people watching form the waterfront of Palazzo Radomiri, in the heart of Boka Bay.
Lovcen National Park
The following day turn your back on the shimmering superyachts and head inland where the country’s true richness becomes apparent. A morning hike with a local guide takes you through Lovcen National Park. The drive itself warrants photo stops on every bend as Boka bay unfolds below. This old road, constructed in 1879 is still used for an annual Montenegrin race championship.
The mountains in this region are criss crossed with hiking paths and biking trails, mostly following old pack horse tracks. The views of Skadar Lake, Kotor bay and the surrounding mountains are out of this world. This region is renowned for its local produce so keep room in your bag for smoked ham and cheeses. Find time for a tasting!
Start early by car today to reach Durmitor National Park, home of the Tara River Canyon. Again the drive is spectacular and possibly one of the most understated roads in the world. Tara canyon is an impressive canyon. To give it perspective it is 1300 metres deep, Arizona’s Grand Canyon is only 200 metres deeper. This natural formation is best viewed from the water. Rafting along the river is a highlight of this holiday.
Rafting in the summer months can be easily geared for all ages. There is a popular 18 kilometre stretch including waterfalls which should take around four hours to complete. After an exhilarating day return to Boka bay to wander around Kotor on the final evening in Montenegro. Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic and itself is a world heritage site.
Taking a leisurely drive back to Dubrovnik on the final day, arriving in good time for lunch on the terraces of the Excelsior Hotel. The picture postcard view of the old town is a hard one to beat.George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik", as well as famously describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Walking the ancient city walls is a great way to spend the afternoon before flip flopping into any one of the chic cocktail bars to watch the sun go down on your holiday. Try 360 Dubrovnik for supper before wandering back to the hotel.
Why we like it
With direct daily flights from a choice of London airports, Croatia is a destination that can be reached with ease. In under three hours you could be walking the old city walls of Dubrovnik or feeling the spray of the Adriatic on the deck of a fast yacht. This short break focuses on the rich natural attractions that Montenegro has to offer. Take an in-depth exploration further afield than the spectacular coastline, all the while staying in luxurious hotels.
It may be worth pointing out that private motor yacht charters are painfully expensive. If you are interested in this itinerary but would like to see the price slashed, then we can certainly organise a flight into Tivat (Montenegro) or a leisurely road journey down the coast from Dubrovnik.
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