Croatia and Montenegro are two beautiful nations situated where the Dinaric Alps meet the Adriatic Sea. With small fishing villages, magnificent mountain scenery, delicious food and warm hospitality, you will be glad this is not just a one day stop on a cruise!
Seaside VillageS & Majestic Mountains
Seaside villages abound in this region, and we will be visiting some of the most beautiful- Dubvrovnik in Croatia and several towns on Kotor Bay in Montenegro (Kotor was recently selected by Lonely Planet as the #1 city to visit in 2016!). Both of these areas have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of the towns are over 1,000 years old, and the laid back lifestyle in the small fishing villages is enchanting. You will love exploring the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets, and your idea of waterfront dining will be redefined by many of the waterfront cafés where your table is just inches from the sea!
Rising up from the sea are Montenegro's beautiful mountains for which the country is named. Mount Lovcen rises from sea level to over a mile high right behind Kotor and offers a wide range of activities and hikes. The panoramic views are breathtaking, the fresh mountain air refreshing, and the local delicacies are delicious! This truly is a country to be discovered with all your senses.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
This trip is less strenuous than some of the other trips that we offer, yet still offers plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure! Kayaking and hiking are the designated group adventure activities, and we do these for a few hours at a time. If you feel like this is too much for you then you can very easily sit out and relax, or partake in an alternative activity. If you would like more adventure, you can go cliff jumping during the kayaking and opt for additional activities such as canyoning and whitewater rafting.
You may not have tried Croatian or Montenegrin food before, but prepare to be surprised! Some of the more popular items are homemade cheese, prosciutto and olive oil. Then there are the drinks—from homemade rakija (fruit brandy) to small family wineries with varieties of wine found nowhere else in the world, you will never run out of things to try. Here, farm to table is not just a trend, it is a way of life. With fresh ingredients from land and sea, eating will definitely be a highlight of the trip! Better yet, you will learn how to make some of these specialties in the cooking class we offer so you can have a taste of the Balkans when you return home.