THE GRAND CANYON TOUR IS ONE OF THE LONGEST AND MOST INTERESTING. IT INTRODUCES TOURISTS WITH THE NATURAL ATTRACTIONS OF MONTENEGRO AND NATIONAL PARKS OF THE COUNTRY.
1-4 people 170 Euro
groups on request
Included in price:
- comfortable car
- toll roads and parking
- entrances to the National Parks
Conducts a tour:
- licensed English-speaking guide
What to take:
- comfortable walking shoes
- clothes below the knees for visiting the monastery
- a sweater or jacket
- duration is 15+ hours
- suitable for all ages
Excursion Grand Canyons is a fascinating journey to the main natural treasures and National parks of Montenegro. Tour operator “Open Balkans” has prepared one of the longest and most intense excursion routes, passing through which you will forever change your idea of the country.
Excursion “Canyons of Montenegro” is an opportunity to experience the whole range of emotions, from contemplation of the surrounding landscapes to unrestrained extreme. Each object on the route is a unique attraction that is worth seeing live. You will walk and drive through the picturesque canyons of the rivers Tara, Moraca, Piva and other small gorges, see the unique island-hotel Sveti Stefan, visit the Skadar and Black lakes, the reserve Durmitor and Montenegrin cities.
Our journey will start from the Budva Riviera. The first stop is a panorama of the unique closed island of Sveti Stefan. This is the visit card of Montenegro and, at the same time, an elite hotel, the rooms of which are old buildings of the XIV century, surrounded by a real fortress wall. We will make a short stop near the legendary island to capture the most recognizable view of Montenegro.
Next stop-Skadar lake, a unique nature reserve. There are dozens of species of birds, and even more species of birds come to the Islands of the reservoir for nesting. On the lake you can go photo hunting or buy a daily fishing license. The local beauty can be admired day and night.
Tour to the canyons of Montenegro will be incomplete without visiting the capital of the country. Podgorica is an economic, political and cultural center. The town is located near Skadar lake. The capital already has its own attractions and cultural monuments. An experienced Russian-speaking guide will show travelers the most interesting places and tell about the city. Podgorica has a special atmosphere and flavor. It is unique-there are no other such a city in Europe.
Here is the first of the canyons. Moraca Canyon in Montenegro is considered the most beautiful, picturesque, expressive. Here you can feel the power of nature and its charm. Below there will be an emerald raging stream of the Moraca River, above – a riot of greenery and majestic cliffs. On steep cliffs is a road along which vehicles move. We will make several stops in the most picturesque places of the canyon so that you take the best photographs as a memory.
Then, we will approach the ancient monastery of Moraca of the 13th century, and examine it from the outside and from the inside. Its territory, in comparison with other monasteries in the country, is the most well-groomed and drowning in greenery. Passing through it, we will admire the courtyard, the picturesque garden and the ancient temples. Inside the monastery walls are the best examples of Byzantine and Serbian painting – frescoes of the 17th century.
Tara canyon in Montenegro is a record holder, it is the local Grand canyon. It ranks second in the world. Tara river canyon was formed over millions of years, it is a natural object. The water of the river for a long time formed a channel in the stone. The rocks on either side were green. On the river you can go rafting in the summer – for this there is a whole section of 18 km long. There is also a zipline and a bridge.
Next, we will go to a restaurant located in the middle of a dense forest in the valley of the Tara River. For a pleasant dinner consisting of delicious dishes of the Montenegrin cuisine, you can enjoy the incredible views that open from the dining area.
Here we will stop for a more detailed inspection-we will walk along the high (173 meters) and breathtaking Djurdjevica bridge over Tara canyon, as part of a walking tour. The bridge built before the Second world war, offers incredible views to capture amazing photos. This popular place is a masterpiece of arched construction of its time.
Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO site. This is a unique natural place where you can relax and take a walk. The highest mountain peaks of Montenegro, including the famous Bobotov Cook, open from the slopes of the reserve. On the territory of Durmitor live more than 500 species of animals 1,500 species of plants. The climate is completely different from the coastal – the mountain and forest air are mixed. At the foot of the summer it is hot, and on the mountain peaks there is snow. Tourists love the nature reserve for its natural silence and tranquility. Walking along the winding paths and relaxing on a bench overlooking the mountain scenery are especially energizing.
Next, we will go to a small but very picturesque town, located on 1.5 km above the sea level . The number of inhabitants barely numbers 2000 people, here in singular: crossroads, post office, supermarket, bank and market. However, for tourists there is the entire infrastructure-a few colorful restaurants, guest houses and access to the main natural attractions. Zhabljak is located in the National Park Durmitor, so all that surrounds it-incredible beauty of nature, the main reason for people to visit this place.
At a distance of 22 kilometers from the bridge Dzhurdzhevicha is an incredible creation of nature of Montenegro – Black Lake. Located at an altitude of 1416 meters above sea level, it is a pond of glacial origin with a deep turquoise color. But this shade is noticeable only near the coast. From the top of the Bobot Cook, the picture is different – the water turns black. The name “Black Lake” comes precisely from this phenomenon, the secret of which is in the dark algae that inhabit the lake.
As part of the tour, we will walk a 500-meter walking trail along the shores of the lake and, if desired, take a boat ride on the surface of the water. Black Lake, in Montenegro, is located three kilometers from the famous resort Zabljak, in the territory of the Durmitor National Park, where excursions from Budva are very popular. There are no restrictions on the time of visiting the lake on an individual excursion, so you can relax as you like.
Next, we will pass through the Saddle of Durmitor to the national Park of the same name. Here we will stop at the endless pastures of wild animals and mountain valleys. Saddle pass is popular among tourists with incredible heights and views from them. This place is located between the eponymous ridge and the highest mountain point in Montenegro — Bobotov Kuk, with a height of more than 2500 meters. The highest section of the road serpentine lies at the level of 1907 meters.
Then, we will go on an excursion to the canyon of lake Piva of Montenegro-a unique man-made and fascinating natural views of the pond. Before you will open a dizzying panorama of lake Piva, the mountains and the small town of Pluzine.
The tour will continue and end in the Bay of Kotor-the most beautiful of the Mediterranean fjords with bays. During the trip along the last part of the route you will enjoy the natural scenery, as in miniature you will see the ancient Montenegrin cities and settlements.
This is the end of your incredible excursion “Grand Canyons of Montenegro”. Discover new places of the amazing country of Montenegro with “Open Balkans”.