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Montenegro

MONTENEGRO AND THE BALKANS TOURS

Adorned with towering mountains, ancient villages and a narrow strip of sun kissed beaches along its Adriatic coastline, the southeastern European country of Montenegro is an excellent destination for travellers looking for some fun in the sun.

Its popular Bay of Kotor, which shares a resemblance to a fjord is home to a host of coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi. Boasting over 290 kilometres of unspoilt coastline, Montenegro almost always has ideal weather conditions for a day at the beach, offering more than 250 days of sunshine annually and typical Mediterranean wind conditions.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Montenegro?

Montenegro has a reputation for being a safe and friendly country to visit.

What is the official currency of Montenegro?

Montenegro does not have a currency of its own, but the euro is accepted throughout the country.

When is the best time of the year to visit Montenegro?

The shoulder season (May-June & September-October) is the best time of the year to visit, as the waters are warm and there is plenty of sunshine.

Should you tip in Montenegro

In Montenegrin restaurants, a service charge is generally not included in the bill so a 10-15% gratuity is appreciated.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Montenegro?

The tap water is drinkable in Montenegro, but if you are by the seaside you should drink bottled water.

TOUR REVIEWS

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
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I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

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Montenegro Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +382
Area: 13,812 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Montenegro is the Adriatic Sea at 0m | The highest point in Montenegro is Bobotov Kuk, located in the Durmitorrange, with an elevation of 2,522m (8,274 ft.)
Population: 629,219 (2018)
Capital: Podgorica
Governemnt: Republic, Semi-presidential system, Parliamentary republic
Language: Montenegrin

Montenegro is a country in Southeastern Europe, located on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia and Kosovo to the east, Albania to the south and Croatia to the west. The capital of Montenegro is Podgorica, which is one of 23 municipalities in the country.

The Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro and its minor coalition parties govern the country. The World Bank classifies Montenegro as an upper middle-income country. Montenegro is a member of UN, The World Trade Organization and NATO.

The landscape of Montenegro is characterised by high peaks stretching along the borders and coastal plains. The mountains encompass some of the rockiest terrains in Europe. Bobotov Kuk is one of the country's most prominent peaks in the Durmitor Mountains.

The country has a high biological diversity as a result of its landscape, soil, position, landscape and geographical base. Out of the 526-bird species in Europe, 333 are assumed to be present in Montenegro.

The official language in Montenegro is Montenegrin. Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Croatian are also spoken throughout the country. Serbian Orthodox Christianity is the most popular religion in Montenegro. The second largest religion is Islam, which makes up 19% of the population.

The coastal region of Montenegro is known for its religious monuments including the Basilica of St. Luke and the Savina Monastery. The country also has a vast array of historical and cultural sites as well as heritage sites from the pre-Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic periods.

Highlights

  • Kotor – a fortified town on Montenegro's Adriatic coast, known for its medieval Old Town and Romanesque churches.
  • Perast – located on the Bay of Kotor, this small town overlooks two pretty islands.
  • Tara Canyon – one of the world's oldest canyons on the northern edge of the national park, popular for rafting.
  • Ulcinj – a town on the southern coast of Montenegro and one of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic Coast.
  • Lake Skadar National Park – the largest lake in Southern Europe on the border of Albania and Montenegro.
  • Stari Bar – the original settlement of Bar at the foot of Mount Rumija with cobbled streets and a fortified entrance.
  • Lipa Cave – one of the country's largest caves that is millions of years old and open for organised visits.
  • Niagara Falls – a waterfall in Podgorica, best seen in springtime as the banks are covered with purple anemones.

Tips

  • Dress modestly and cover shoulders and knees when visiting religious buildings.
  • Learn some simple phrases or words of Montenegrin to speak with the locals.
  • If you are hiking in the summer, be wary of ticks and carry a pair of tweezers to pull them out.
  • The summer months can be extremely hot so stay hydrated and wear sun cream.
  • Avoid minor scams, especially when it comes to taxi rides and find out the prices beforehand.
  • Haggling is not customary in Montenegro and vendors at street markets have fixed prices.
  • Don't be surprised that smoking is allowed in most places and inside restaurants.
  • Bring sturdy shoes for mountain climbing, walking across pebbly beaches and exploring fortresses.

Small Group Montenegro TOURS

TAILOR-MADE Montenegro TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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