• $3,295
  • $600
  • AHI

Join us for seven nights to discover the Balkan nation of Montenegro, a tiny country packed with rich cultural history, old-world architecture and jaw-dropping natural beauty. Perched along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro surprises visitors with a trove of inviting villages and ancient relics. From our base in charming Tivat, we’ll uncover the proud historical heritage of Cetinje, sail on the cobalt Bay of Kotor and visit Venetian-era towns—including Perast, Kotor and Budva, living museums with ramparts and sun-splashed palazzos. Encounter enchanting Orthodox monasteries and gaze at untouched, mountain scenery. Plus, a visit to a wine cellar offers insight into Montenegro’s viniculture and a journey to beautiful Lake Skadar reveals one of the most fascinating ecosystems in the Balkans. Wrap up this epic journey with an overnight in Dubrovnik, Croatia, home to compelling medieval treasures. This small-group adventure features deluxe accommodations, plus an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Dubrovnik, Croatia. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: DBV.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Tivat, Montenegro

Arrive at Dubrovnik’s Čilipi Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Regent Porto Montenegro. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

A Note About Activity Levels

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

Day 3

Cetinje

Enrichment: History of Montenegro.

Join a local expert to learn about the country’s history spanning from the early Middle Ages to modern-day Montenegro.

Discovery: Cetinje — The Old Capital.

Activity level: Moderate
Founded in the 15th century, Cetinje was Montenegro’s capital between 1878 and 1946. After the country’s Second World War, Montenegro’s capital was moved to Podgorica, which was then known as Titograd. Today, Cetinje is a living time capsule with impressive architecture, galleries, art academies and museums that reveal fascinating cultural and historical insight into Montenegro. Take a guided tour of the National Museum of Montenegro, housed throughout five historic buildings.

Following a lunch of regional cuisine, savor stunning panoramas during a scenic drive on the return to Tivat.

Gather for a group dinner at a restaurant in town.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Bay of Kotor | Perast | Kotor

Discovery: Bay of Kotor.

Activity level: Moderate
Unlike the dazzling fjords sprinkled throughout Europe, Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor was not carved by glaciers. Instead, the strikingly beautiful bay is a ria, or a submerged river valley that was created by rising sea levels. Today, you’ll discover the bay’s jaw-dropping hills, plummeting cliffs and emerald waters during a private cruise. Admire the scenery while sailing to Our Lady of the Rocks, a man-made island founded over 500 years ago. Along the way, learn about the island’s legend and tour its baroque-style church.
Continue to medieval Perast, a charming lakefront town with a storied seafaring history. The tiny village is showcase to 16 churches and many palaces, defensive towers and monuments, including the Bloody Tower, a fort that once served as a Turkish prison. Enjoy free time in Perast followed by a group lunch.

Cruise to Kotor and explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town that is encircled with over 2.5 miles of fortifications. Here, cobbled lanes give way to shaded squares, historic churches, restaurants and a stone clock tower. Built in 1602, the clock stands sentry above the Square of Arms.

After time at leisure, return to Tivat by motor coach.

Your evening is at leisure to make your own discoveries.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Lake Skadar | Tuzi

Discovery: Lake Skadar.

Activity level: Active
Travel through a picturesque mountain landscape to Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans and one of Montenegro’s most impressive national parks. Perched on the Montenegrin and Albanian border, the lake is a pristine wonderland peppered with sleepy villages, as well as the remains of ancient monasteries, monuments and churches. During a boat tour, admire the lake’s flora and fauna, glide through lily pads and learn about the area’s ecosystem and endemic species, including otters, dragonflies and over 270 species of birds. Enjoy a group lunch during your cruising adventure.

Discovery: Montenegrin Winery.

Activity level: Active
Travel to the small town of Tuzi to visit a vineyard owned by Plantaže, one of eastern Europe’s biggest producers of wine and grape brandy. Tour the company’s Šipčanik wine cellar, located in a former underground Yugoslav-era aircraft hangar. Learn about the region’s unique microclimates and grape varietals, and enjoy a tasting of delicious Montenegrin wines.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 6

Tivat | Kotor

Enrichment: Yugoslavia and Montenegro.

Learn about Montenegro’s place in the communist federation of Yugoslavia as well as how the modern state of Montenegro was formed.

Discovery: Maritime Heritage Museum.

Activity level: Moderate
Dedicated to the former Naval Yugoslav base “Arsenal,” this museum features two dry-docked Yugoslav navy submarines and nearly 300 relics, including Austro-Hungarian ship equipment and industrial machines. Learn about Montenegro’s naval history and step inside a submarine to experience the quarters.

Discovery: An Evening in Kotor.

Activity level: Moderate
Travel from Tivat to Kotor to encounter the village by night. After sunset, the streetlights cast a soft, romantic glow on Kotor’s cobblestone lanes and honey-stone buildings. Take a walk and enjoy the tranquil ambience while dining on your own.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Breakfast

Day 7

Budva

Enrichment: Independent Montenegro.

Today, a local expert discusses the political, economic and social forces that helped shape the republic of Montenegro after the country gained status as an independent nation in 2006.

Discovery: Budva.

Activity level: Moderate
There are more than 50 monasteries sprinkled throughout Montenegro and each offers significant historical and cultural treasures. Today, visit two of these monasteries — the medieval Serbian Orthodox Reževići Monastery and the thousand-year-old Praskvica Monastery. Located in an olive grove, the UNESCO-protected Monastery of Reževići is comprised of two churches. Enjoy the peaceful setting and learn how the monks lived before continuing to Praskvica Monastery. Believed to have been founded in 1050, the landmark features sleeping quarters, a former school, ancient manuscripts and interesting relics.
Continue to Budva, a coastal town enclosed within medieval citadel walls that is host to many historic monuments and pretty churches. During a guided walk, witness the Old Town’s narrow streets lined with charming shops and eateries. Take note of the 14th-century Saint Sava Church and the pink-and-white stone Church of the Holy Trinity. These beautiful churches tell stories of the different peoples that have passed through Budva.

Conclude your excursion with lunch before returning to Tivat.

Accommodations – Regent Porto Montenegro
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 8

Dubrovnik, Croatia

After breakfast, drive across the border to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and check in to the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.

Discovery: Dubrovnik.

Activity level: Moderate
This beautiful city was relentlessly shelled during Croatia’s Homeland War in the early 1990s, but the medieval churches, graceful fountains and squares have been restored to their former glory. Discover the highlights of Dubrovnik during a walking tour. Admire the 14th-century Franciscan Monastery’s Romanesque cloister and visit its small apothecary, the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. Explore medieval Sponza Palace, which houses priceless ancient manuscripts, see the loggia and ornamentation of the Rector’s Palace and visit the baroque cathedral.

Free Time: This afternoon, you may wish to walk around the old walls of the city, an experience that offers splendid views of Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange rooftops, the harbor and the vast stretch of blue sea. For lunch at leisure, consider trying manestra, a typical bean soup found along coastal Croatia, or brudet, a fish stew simmered with chili pepper and polenta. Finish off your meal with rozata, a sweet pudding with a flan-like texture.

Gather for the Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight at the hotel.

Accommodations – Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, bid farewell to this stunning slice of Eastern Europe. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Čilipi Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.


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