A week of simply stunning fjord scenery!
6th May 2021 – 13th May 2021
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Tour code: 28970
Last Modified: 22nd September 2020
See what's planned
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.
What's not included?
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.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Welcome to Montenegro
We arrive into Tivat Airport 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.
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.
The Slopes of Mount Lovcen
Breakfast & Dinner
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.
Budva and Praskavica Monastery
Breakfast & Dinner
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.
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.
Breakfast & Dinner
A super day offering breath-taking views of Skadar Lake, the largest in Europe. Our day culminates in the old capital city of Cetinje.
Upon the top of Mount Vrmac
Breakfast & Dinner
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.
Following breakfast, we make the transfer back to Tivat for our return flight to the UK
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Tivat and return with British Airways.
Transfer time from the airport to our hotel in Tivat, Montenegro is approximately 15 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 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 www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, 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.
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.
Where are we going to stay?
Hotel Palma Šetalište Iva Vizina br. 8 Tivat
+382 32 671 393
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
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 www.watertogo.eu. 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 www.watertogo.eu 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 www.themapshop.co.uk
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Visas and Passports
No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days
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.
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.
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 ehic.org.uk.
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 www.gov.uk/travelaware. 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.
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
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
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.