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The Bay Of Kotor

A week of simply stunning fjord scenery!


  • Montenegro

  • 7 nights
  • Sightseeing

  • May




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Tour codes: 28970


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Our holiday walking grades


Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the history of Kotor Old Town with a local guide.
  • Summit Mount Lovcen, Kotor’s mountainous neighbour.
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the fjord as we head to the Island of the Lady of the Rock.
  • Absorb stunning views of the Fjord of Kotor below from high up on Mount Vrmac.
  • Enjoy the view of picture postcard Sveti Stefan as we descend the path.
  • Take time to enjoy the fjord at a relaxed pace.
  • Local Guide for the duration of the trip.

If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Ancient Cities of the Adriatic.

Montenegro is a fascinating place. Although it is one of the youngest countries in the world, it is steeped in history stretching back millennia. Having seceded from Serbia after the Balkans conflict in the 90s, prosperity has returned. Our hotel is set in the picturesque fjordside town of Tivat with Kotor old town and it walls not far away. With enticing walking opportunities in the hills behind the town, we are ideally situated for a great holiday. 

On our week’s walking programme we will explore the local hills, the Lovćen National Park and the skyline of the Bay of Kotor, southern Europe’s deepest fjord, which offers world class scenery. We walk the zig-zag trail of Vrmac Mountain where we can enjoy views of both Kotor and Tivat’s breathtaking fjords.  We will spend time in the labyrinth streets of Kotor’s magnificent old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, walk its ramparts and take a boat trip to further explore the fjords.    

We stay in the town of Tivat. The harbour still remains but pleasure yachts now float where the sailing ships once traded. Here we are directly on the coast of Kotor bay and the views from the hotel are simply wonderful and you could easily confuse the town for Monaco.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • One dinner in a local restaurant
  • English speaking local guide for the duration of the holiday.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Montenegro




We arrive into Dubrovnik and transfer by private coach to the Hotel Palma, situated on the Bay of Kotor but in the idyllic town of Tivat, for seven nights' accommodation. After check in, there will be time for an orientation walk of the area with your group leader, before you evening briefing, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

The Old City of Kotor


Breakfast & Dinner


We get to know the Old Town of Kotor today with a guided visit of the city. Following on from our guided tour we will head up onto the city's medieval walls. After free time for lunch, we take a boat trip around Kotor Bay including Lady of the Rock island with its fascinating church and museum.

Day 3

The Slopes of Mount Lovcen


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We travel to the famous village of Njegusi, the birthplace of Prince Njegusi (Montenegro's national hero), which lies on the slopes of Mt Lovcen. We visit a smokehouse and taste the local products before we continue to Lovcen National park, where we walk up to the prince's mausoleum and the mount's summit.

Day 4

Budva and Praskavica Monastery


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


We start our day in Budva, with time to explore the town, before continuing to Brajici to begin our day's walk. We pass by the Kosmac-Fortress and reach St Spiridon mountain church. Here we start our descent to Praskavica Monastery with views of iconic Sveti Stefan as we go.

Day 5

Free Day


Breakfast & Dinner


Today is a free day. You may choose to relax at the hotel, take an optional excursion or explore the area around the hotel.

Day 6

Skadar Lake


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


A super day offering breath-taking views of Skadar Lake, the largest in Europe. Our day culminates in the old capital city of Cetinje.

Day 7

Upon the top of Mount Vrmac


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


From Kotor Town, we'll walk amongst the mountains on a zig-zag trail which takes us to the top of Mt Vrmac. The views of Kotor Bay are spectacular! Today's walk will have the most challenging descent of the week's walks.

We return to our hotel with time to freshen up before eat go out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8

Goodbye Montenegro



Following breakfast, we make the transfer back to Dubrovnik for our return flight to the UK

From (GBP)£1,449

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Oct 2020 - 20th Oct 2020 (7 Nights)

8th May 2021 - 15th May 2021 (7 Nights)

22nd May 2021 - 29th May 2021 (7 Nights)

28th Sep 2021 - 5th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

12th Oct 2021 - 19th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr 40mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Palma

The Hotel Palma is set in the picturesque fjordside town of Tivat with Kotor old town and it walls less than 5 miles away. With enticing walking opportunities in the hills behind the town, we are ideally situated for a great holiday. 

Situated just 5m from the shore, in the heart of Tivat, with a beautiful view of Tivat Bay. The hotel has modern and comfortable rooms, most of which are with a sea view (sea view not guaranteed). Each room is air-conditioned and offers a bathroom with a shower.

The property has a large restaurant and offers free WiFi.  

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

It is impossible to visit a city like Kotor without a spot of sightseeing which will be significant on this holiday. What makes this holiday different is where possible, sightseeing is done on foot. Whether this be walking the city walls or taking a cruise to the Lady of the Rock walking isn’t far away. As the holiday is a Grade 4 you can expect full and half days walking at a moderate pace over established paths. The terrain may be hilly and is often rocky. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 2,000m.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Montenegro

The official currency of Montenegro is the Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Only Bank of England issued bank notes are recognised or exchanged in Montenegro.

Currency on the Bay of Kotor

There are banks and ATM machines in Tivat town. Banking facilities are also available in Budva and Cetinje both of which are visited during the week. Please note that Croatia uses the Kuna. Euros however are accepted at the airport.


Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik and return with British Airways. 

Transfer time from the airport to our hotel in Tivat, Montenegro is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes by road.

During our stay in Kotor we will be using private transport to get to and from our walks.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at and at

Passport Information for Montenegro

An undamaged passport valid for the duration of your stay in Montenegro is required but a visa is not for British passport holders. Please ensure you obtain an entry stamp in your passport from the border police to avoid complication on leaving. Holders of non-British passports should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Montenegro of their nearest consulate regarding via requirements.


We enjoy breakfast and dinner at the hotel each day, with the exception of our last night, when we go out to a local restaurant.

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Montenegro

In Montenegro electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Montenegro

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Montenegro.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Rabies, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.


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  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 138mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 138mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 116mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 112mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 87mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 45mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 140mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 187mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 168mm

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