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Hiking and swimming trip to Montenegro and Albania

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A trip we've been all waiting for: Hike up the stunning Montenegrin mountains and swim in the Adriatic sea and the Skadar Lake. London European Club invites you to enjoy 8 days in Montenegro and Albania visiting a region that only a decade ago was accessed only by smugllers of weapons, cigarettes and all kinds of goods that could be smuggled on donkeys because no car could reach the rugged terrain. So before tourists flock let us enjoy the hospitality of the Balkans most unreachable mountain villages and the warmth of the end of summer swim in the Adriatic sea, which has an average temperature of 25 Centigrades in August.

After an early flight from London with Ryan Air flight [masked], 6:30am) to Podgorica, which is the modern capital of Montenegro we are going straight to Perast at the shore of the Adriatic sea. The difference between one of the busiest cities in Europe and this historic little town is striking, so we will use the weekend to just relax, swim and enjoy the good Montenegrin food.

Perast lies beneath the hill of St. Elijah (873 m), on a cape that separates the Bay of Risano from that of Kotor, and overlooks the Verige strait, the narrowest part of the Bay of Kotor.

Next day, we will go off to Kotor which is located in a secluded part of the Bay of Kotor. The old Mediterranian port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnY6pp0WNMA&feature=player_detailpage

Together with the overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovchen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive and picturesque Mediterranean landscape. These cliffs will be a part of our hiking expeditions, starting on Day 3. Both Kotor and the surrounding Bay are recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. To learn more about the region we are visiting please click on the clip below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlbFQdeWjKs

On the third day of our trip we will be going up Lovchen mountain from sea level to 1400 meters above sea level. We are staying in a cozy mountain hotel, which serves a most delicious breakfast of local cheeses , prosciutto and mountain honey.

We will then continue our hike across the mountains to reach the river Drina and take a boat that will take us to the the Skadar Lake so we can spend the night in a local B&B. After two days of hiking we will spend a leasurely day around the lake, swiming and exploring the national park before we cross over to Albania. Below is a map of the area which we will be visiting.

Few Europeans already hiked the Montenegrin coastal mountains last August

The border between Montenegro and Albania passes across the Skadar lake. After a boat ride, we’ll start our hike in what is geologically known as “the Tail of the Alps” or the Albanian Alp Mountains. The video below is for ilustration only, we will not be using ropes or going rock climbing and you do not need special equipment to join this trip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwgfspKXaDE&feature=player_detailpage

After an early start and a full day of hiking we’ll spend the night at a private guesthouse in a village on the Albanian side of the border. Next day, after a half day hike, we drive back to the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, where we are staying overnight in the central part of town and have a farewell dinner. We have enough time to visit a market in the morning before we depart to London on Day 8 at 12:15 pm with a Rynair flight.

Recommended flights from London Stansted to Podgorica

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Saturday, 30th of August London Stansted to Podgorica £61.99 Depart 6:30am

Sautday, 6th of September Podgorica to London Stansted £121.99 Depart 12:15pm

Cost of the trip - £490 which include:

Accomodation in 3 star hotels in Perast, Lovchen and Podgorica, B&Bs and guesthouses, depending on availability in villages.

Local transport from and to airport and between the places we are visiting and hiking to.

Guided hikes

All breakfasts are included as well as food that we will carry on the hikes. Dinner in the Albanian village is also included.

Flights and Travel insurance are not included in the price of the trip.

All other dinners are not included in the price.

If you want to join this trip please email Maja on [masked]