Here’s the big question! How many days should you plan for a trip to Montenegro?
Montenegro is a fairly small country so it is possible to see the top highlights in a weekend. It takes less than 4 hours to drive the entire coastline so you could spend 2-3 days exploring the coastal towns. But if you want to have the best experience in Montenegro, a five day trip or longer is perfect. Here is our ultimate travel itinerary to Montenegro for a one week trip!
Day 1 - Podgorica
This trip begins at the capital city of Montenegro - Podgorica. Here you can stroll through lovely parks, cross the millennium bridge, see the historic Ribnica bridge, visit museums, monasteries and galleries and have dine at lovely restaurants in the city.
Day 2 - Lake Skadar to Ulcinj
From Podgorica, take a drive through Lake Skadar National Park on your way towards Ulcinj. Stop at Rijeka Crnojevića and take a photo from the Pavlova Strana Viewpoint of the river bend. There are a few nice stops along the way, like Besac Fortress, Murici beach and Rumija peak.
When you arrive in Ulcinj you will have plenty of beaches to choose from to spend your day swimming, tanning and snorkeling. Some nearby places to visit are Milivoc Winery and Ulcinj Salt Pond where you can see flamingos.
Day 3 - Budva
Visiting Budva can easily become a highlight of your trip! Budva has a lot to enjoy with vibrant nightlife and picturesque beaches. Wander through Budva’s Old Town which is more than 2,500 years old, visit the Citadel Fortress or walk along the city walls. Later you can take a boat to Sveti Nikola Island or sail along the coastline to see the rugged cliff faces and hidden beaches.
Day 4 - Lovcen
Head towards Lovcen National Park and stop at the Fortress of Gorazda on the way. There is parking at the top of the peak but there are circular hiking and cycling trails that also take you to the top. Climb up 461 stairs to see the 360° view over Montenegro and the mausoleum.
Day 5 - Kotor and Perast
Explore the fortified town of Kotor which is famous for its maritime defenses and medieval architecture. Take a walking tour through Kotor Old Town and see Katedrala Svetog Tripuna, a romanesque church. If you feel energetic, then hike up the ‘Ladder of Kotor’. It takes 3 hours to hike up the 6.4km long trail that rewards you with a stunning view of the bay.
Not far from Kotor, you can also check out Perast. There you will find a small artificial island called ‘Our Lady of the Rocks’ and another small island with a monastery called ‘Saint George’.
Day 6 - Durmitor National Park
Head inland towards Durmitor with a stop to explore the wonderful lakes surrounding Niksic. From Kotor to Durmitor, the drive takes 2.5 hours on the shortest route.
Once you arrive in Durmitor National Park it is worth staying at least two days in the area. Check out Bobotov Kuk the highest mountain in Montenegro which is 2,523 m tall. See the Djurdjevic Bridge, spend the day hiking and see the breathtaking Black Lake called ‘Crno Jezero’.
Final Day - Podgorica
Head back to Podgorica, the drive takes about 2 hours so depending on the time of your flight you may have time to make a few more small stops on the way! If you will drive past Niksic again then make a stop at Ostrog Monastery and admire the incredible Serbian Orthodox Church built into the cliff face.
That’s our amazing one week trip itinerary to Montenegro! We hope you found inspiration and tips to help you plan your own wonderful journey! The great thing about Montenegro is that it is so small that you can easily change your route day by day if the weather or your plans change.