Venture to a little-explored slice of the Balkans – Montenegro!
Montenegro lies in a tiny slice of Europe that has yet to be assailed by hordes of tourists and is home to pristine, breathtaking scenery. Regardless of its popularity amongst visitors, Montenegro offers fantastic road trip adventures. Montenegro tours run the gamut, from domesticated city trips where you’ll explore art and architecture, to wild, untamed treks through the countryside. Montenegro’s geography only adds to the experience of a road trip. Within just a few hour’s drive, one can leisurely cruise coastlines and lake shores, carve through hairpin turns amid jagged mountain ranges, and get in some rugged off-roading through towering trees and undisturbed nature. We at Planet Ride have worked hard to scour through countless options for the best Montenegro travel options, those that bring you face to face with the landscapes and culture that surround you.
To find tours like that, we start by seeking out incredible local guides who have built a solid reputation for themselves and meet all of our stringent quality standards. Guides like Maria, who manages our 16-day Great Balkan Crossing tour, which includes a couple of days of riding through Montenegro. You will load up on one of several different BMW models to make the trek through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. In Montenegro, you’ll crisscross ridgelines, carve hairpin turns, and ride at altitudes as high as 2,500 meters! The entirety of the time you spend in Montenegro you’ll be surrounded by spectacular beauty. A few of your stops, Durmitor National Park, Tara River Canyon, and the cities of Zabljak and Skopje, are simply stunning. In fact, Durmitor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at 78 kilometers long and 1,300 meters deep, Tara Canyon rivals the Grand Canyon in the U.S.!
This Montenegro adventure also allows you to travel with nearly complete freedom, as it is one of the tours we feature where you travel without a guide. After arriving and receiving a briefing from Maria and her team, you’ll grab your vehicle and head out with your group. With your itinerary already defined, lodgings booked, and other vital details taken care of, you’re free to explore as you make your way from destination to destination.
The alternative is a tour where your guide travels with you for every kilometer of the journey. They will help find the most authentic, delicious places to eat (and help translate the menu), help decipher the local street signs, and help you deal with the unlikely event of vehicle troubles. We feature all types of vehicles, including motorcycles and 4x4s, as well as cars, scooters, ATVs, and a few others. So, whether you’re a beginner or a hardened rider, and whether you’re looking for a quick weekend adventure or an extended multi-week trek, Planet Ride has a tour that will be a perfect fit!
While the destinations we mentioned previously are certainly a couple of the highlights, the remainder of Montenegro offers far more than that little experience. The country is situated on the Balkan peninsula along the Adriatic coast, and it offers beautiful beaches, soaring mountain ranges, seemingly impenetrable forests, and other natural beauty. The Bay of Kotor region also offers two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the towns of Kotor and Perast. If a little beachside relaxation is what you had in mind, head to Budva and Becici, which are renowned for their beaches and resorts. A few other impressive stops we’d recommend are the historic capital of Cetinje, where you’ll find museums, monasteries, and former embassies; Podgorica, the modern capital city; and Zabljak, which is a dreamland for mountain sports. Along the way, be sure to check out some of the national parks like Lovcen, Skadar Lake, and others.
If we haven’t convinced you already, it won’t be far into your Montenegro adventure before you realize how amazingly gorgeous the countryside is. Rugged and serene at the same time, you can explore the beautiful beaches, blue waters, and warm weather along the Adriatic, or tackle some of the most rugged terrain in Europe! There are few places where you can go from a leisurely cruise along the sea to high-adrenaline mountain switchbacks in a matter of only a few dozen kilometers. Montenegro’s climate is directly affected by the terrain, with a Mediterranean climate along the coast and the south of the country, while average temperatures will drop quickly as you head to higher elevations, and snow will persist in the mountains well into springtime.
Having been shaped by a variety of influences throughout history, including Orthodox, Ottoman, Slavic, Central European, and seafaring Adriatic cultures, Montenegro’s culture offers just as much to explore, and you can get lost in the art, architecture, and other aspects. Throughout your Montenegro travel, you’ll find significant cultural and historical sites from the pre-Roman, Gothic, and Baroque periods. Several locations along the coast are especially well known for their religious monuments, like the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor, the basilica of St. Luke, Our Lady of the Rocks in Škrpjela, the Savina Monastery, and others. The art housed within some of these places is no less amazing. All combined, Montenegro’s medieval monasteries contain thousands of square meters of frescos on their walls.
If you’re arriving by plane, that almost certainly means you’ll land in Podgorica, which is home to the main international airport. Once on the ground, you can easily catch a taxi to the city center. Train, bus, and boat are all possible means of travel into the country, and Balkan motorcycle tours will have no problem entering Montenegro from any of its neighboring countries. Citizens of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most European nations won’t need a visa to enter Montenegro, only a valid passport, and you’ll be able to stay for up to ninety days. The country’s infrastructure is also constantly improving. So, no matter which of our Montenegro tours you choose, there is endless adventure to be had and you won’t have any problem getting to it!