Boasting a stunning stretch of Mediterranean coastline, gorgeous tucked-away mountain hamlets and charming small-town affability, it probably comes as no surprise that Montenegro is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations. Hit buzzing Budva during the two-month summer season and you’ll likely be beggared by the antics of Eastern Europe’s well-heeled pleasure seekers, yet venture beyond the glitz and be rightly rewarded with pristine natural landscapes and rustic towns oozing old-Europe charm. Subtle but seductive, stylish and schmick, this new kid on the Balkans block is fast moving to the top of its class.

Montenegro Tours & Travel

All our Montenegro trips

Balkan Adventure

15 days from
USD $2,295
CAD $2,367
AUD $2,322
EUR €1,584
GBP £1,341
NZD $2,583
ZAR R23,229
CHF FR1,930

Travel across historic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Croatia. Visit cultural sights and cities in Serbia, Montenegro...

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Vienna to Dubrovnik

29 days from
USD $4,790
CAD $4,920
AUD $4,825
EUR €3,270
GBP £2,775
NZD $5,375
ZAR R48,540
CHF FR3,960

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik and discover Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia...

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Dubrovnik to Santorini

22 days from
USD $4,855
CAD $4,845
AUD $4,750
EUR €3,395
GBP £2,720
NZD $5,270
ZAR R48,255
CHF FR4,010

Witness the jewels of the Mediterranean, from Dubrovnik to Santorini. Explore the old towns of Montenegro, Croatia’s...

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Dubrovnik to Istanbul

29 days from
USD $5,955
CAD $5,985
AUD $5,875
EUR €3,985
GBP £3,380
NZD $6,545
ZAR R59,700
CHF FR4,825

Travel from Croatia through Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Greece to finish in Turkey. Explore fabulous European...

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Dubrovnik to Athens

15 days from
USD $3,250
CAD $3,235
AUD $3,175
EUR €2,155
GBP £1,810
NZD $3,545
ZAR R32,270
CHF FR2,595

Explore highlights and hidden treasures while travelling through Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece...

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Articles on Montenegro

“Welcome to Jordan!” Seven tips to help you achieve total local immersion

Posted on Tue, 4 Aug 2015

Upon arriving in Jordan, the first thing you'll hear is, “Where are you from?” And the second, almost every time, is: “Ahhh…Welcome! Welcome to Jordan!”

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The undeniable benefits of Slow Travel

Posted on Mon, 3 Aug 2015

Our instinct is to cram in more highlights, more temples, more monks, more galleries, more meals, more wanderlust, faster faster faster, all in order to “maximise our time”. Enter Slow Travel.

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Going deeper underground: subway stations that will make you think “wow that’s a really cool subway station!”

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2015

From the beautiful to the bizarre - we round up a handful of the world's most interesting subway systems.

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Chef and author Ivan Orkin shares the secret to ultimate Japanese ramen

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2015

In a city in where ramen enjoys cult-like status, Ivan Orkin's achievements would be no mean feat for a Japanese chef – for a foreigner they're unheard of.

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About Montenegro

At a glance

Capital city: Podgorica (population 155,000)
Population: 678,000
Language: Montenegrin
Currency: EUR
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +382

Best time to visit Montenegro

Party to both Mediterranean summers and Balkan winters, the question of when to visit Montenegro really depends on what you’re after. The months of July and August, referred to locally - and somewhat dramatically - as ‘the Season’ sees coastal tourism at full-throttle with beaches, hotels and restaurants packed out by Europe’s summer sun seekers. As a result, either side of this period is the best time for a visit - with May, June, September and October still enjoying balmy days, pleasant evenings and warm waters. November through to April is the winter period when inland temperature can drop to below freezing, but it also marks the opening of the country’s ski runs and the coast can present a scenic - and quiet - getaway for the less adventurous.

Montenegro weather chart

Geography and environment

Montenegro’s slim 294km-long coastline quickly develops into inland plains before rising to forested mountain peaks - some of Europe’s most rugged - along the country’s borders with Serbia and Albania.

Top Picks

Top 5 Creatures in Montenegro

1. Bears

Fairytale and soft-toy enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that Montenegro is home to a stable population of European brown bears. Eternally vying with its polar cousin for the uber-cool title of ‘world’s largest land-based predator’, you may not like to encounter one unexpectedly (extremely unlikely), but it’s fun to know that they’re plodding about somewhere not too far off.

2. Wolves

As the most widely distributed large mammal on the planet, it’s probably not overly surprising to hear that the country boasting Europe’s highest index of species per area unit should also have its share of grey wolves – even if the government has made it legal to hunt them.

3. Otters

Much like the tourists who descend on the country’s beaches during July and August, these curious and cheeky critters can sometimes be spotted breaching the surface of Montenegro’s freshwater lakes or basking by their shores. So well liked are these little guys that in 2011, the Montenegrin Ministry of Culture launched ‘Otter Fest 2011’: a festival promoting the development of Skadar Lake’s local communities, which draws attention to its endangered otter population.

4. Lynx

Probably the fluffiest of Montenegro’s wildlife, but with a dwindling population thought to be less than 100 due to illegal poaching, the Balkan lynx is only very rarely spotted in the remote mountainous region of the country’s east.

5. Golden Eagles

Proudly emblazoned on the country’s flag, the majestic golden eagle is sometimes spied scouring its skies. One of the best-known birds of prey, it’s certainly one of the most powerful hunters, with reported sightings of sheep and goats being snatched up, and one confirmed account of a brown bear cub being carried off!

FAQs on Montenegro

A service charge of 5-10% is often added to restaurants bills. Where it’s not, approximately 5% of the bill (or taxi fare) is the usual gratuity.
Internet cafes with good connections can easily be found in cities and main towns.
Mobile phone coverage is pretty good throughout Montenegro and roaming agreements are in place with most international phone companies. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you plan to use your mobile phone.
Montenegro’s toilets are usually of the Western-flushing variety, though you could possibly come across the occasional squat/pit toilet in rural areas. Expect to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets.
Meal at a simple restaurant = 6 Euro
Domestic beer = 2 Euro
Coffee = 1.5 Euro
Meal at a mid-range restaurant = 25 Euro
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Visa, Mastercard, Diner’s Club and Maestro will often be accepted at shops and gas stations, but not necessarily restaurants.
ATMs generally accepting Visa and Mastercard can be found at banks in Montenegro’s main towns, though few will accept debit cards.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 6 Orthodox Christmas Eve
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 3 Orthodox Good Friday
May 6 Orthodox Easter Monday
May 9 Victory Day
May 21 Independence Day
Jul 13 Statehood Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:

Health and Safety

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Responsible Travel

Montenegro Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Montenegro

1. Be considerate of Montenegrin customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Montenegro has some of the purest water in Europe.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through YugoslaviaRebecca West
A Tomb for Boris DavidovicDanilo Kiš
Blood of MontenegroBajram Angelo Koljenovic and James Nathan Post
The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europe Can Teach UsFrancis Tapon
Realm of the Black Mountains: A History of MontenegroElizabeth Roberts