Montenegro

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A superb destination for excellent walking.

Montenegro (or more correctly Crna gore, ‘black mountain’) lies on the southern Adriatic coast, sandwiched between Croatia, Bosnia - Hercegovina, Serbia and Albania and within its borders are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited trails and mountains in Europe.

 

Montenegro has it all on offer, from beautiful turquoise coastline, fjords, rivers, canyons and lakes to majestic hills and mountains and idyllic unspoilt old and new towns and villages as well as a vast range of wildflowers and birds.

 

We stay for our holiday is on the side of The Bay of Kotor in Kotor town, a deeply indented, fjord like turquoise inlet surrounded by mountains that reach the sky. Stunning sunsets. Because of its beauty and superb location and access to fantastic, varied walking our hotel for this new holiday is in Kotor, on the Bay.

 

Accommodation and meals

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We stay in the old town of Kotor, on its sheltered inlet bay.

Fantastic historical town in itself.

The Hotel Marija-  a traditional town design hotel - offers en suite rooms, WIFI, and breakfast and dinner.

HOTEL MARIJA • KOTOR • 3? MONTENEGRO • RATES FROM $95 (hotels-kotor.com)

You can explore the town from the door.

Dinner is three course- a varied menu with vegetarians catered for.

Sole Occupancy Supplement

The sole ccupancy supplement is £25 per night.- this is for a twin room/or double room for sole occupancy

 

Getting to Montenegro/Flights

Due to its hotel location and plentiful flight options we fly to Dubrovnik in Croatia then travel by private taxi overland , crossing the border into Montenegro and then contour the beautiful Kotor Bay to our Hotel location. Private road transfer is approximately 90mins  and offers the most amazing first views of Montenegro  the first wow factor on this holiday.

 

Flights are from most Uk regional airports- just ask us to quote form your nearest airport when you ask for a quotation.

 

 

 

Your walking programme

We use Montenego guides to lead this holiday, supported by a UK tour guide who will make sure all walks transport and your needs are met.

Walking is moderate - with a few steep sections- on limestone terrain.

Because we are near the coast, the variety of walking is superb. We take transport on three days to start and finish our walks, with two days walking directly from the hotel.

Montenegro is mountainous - so when we take transport to a higher altitude- the views are spectacular, with the clear blue sea always in the distance. Coastal walks hug the Kotor Bay and soon as we climb, the full extent of the magnificent coast line is revealed.

 We walk on five days with one day to relax in the town and its attractions - normally the middle day.

Weather should be warm, yes it may rain, so be prepared - it can be heavy.

 

 

Great reasons to join us

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover Montenegro but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We are a small friendly company

  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website

  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions

  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.

  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.

  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.

  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.

  • We always use good hotels. Our hotel in Kotor is set in lovely surroundings with fabulous views and the standard is really good. It is a walkers hotel so it caters for all your needs.

  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

What's included

What you get on a Secret Hills Holiday

  • Individual quotation
  • Flights
  • Transfer from airport to Hotel Marija  and return
  • Half board accommodation, including a three course dinner
  • Guided walking- local guides- and UK tour guide
  • Any transport needed on the walks
  • The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention
  • Our administration and management service

Whats not included

- Lunch

- Entries to museums

Drinks at lunchtime , on the walk or in the evening

Additional days

We can arrange extra days at the end of your holiday/ coming out earlier.  Just ask.

Maybe in Dubrovnik

Holiday highlights

Simply stunning coast and mountain scenery

- superb walking by the coast, in lovely gorges and river valleys, and in the local mountains above Kotor

- wild flower paradise

- the hospitality of the Montenegran people

- terrific local hotel in a friendly, historic town by the bay

- lovely food both in the hotel and mountain huts for lunch

- our relaxed social approach

And its only 3 hours away

 

Montenegro - the country

Montenegro emerged as a sovereign state after just over 55% of the population opted for independence in a May 2006 referendum.

The vote heralded the end of the former Union of Serbia and Montenegro - itself created only three years earlier out of the remnant of the former Yugoslavia.

The EU-brokered deal forming it was intended to stabilise the region by settling Montenegrin demands for independence from Serbia and preventing further changes to Balkan borders.

The same deal also contained the seeds of the union's dissolution. It stipulated that after three years the two republics could hold referendums on whether to keep or scrap it. Montenegro opted for the latter.

Montenegro, which means "Black Mountain", borders Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo and Albania. About half of it is covered in thick forest.

The tiny republic encompasses an Adriatic coastline, lowlands and high mountain ranges. The Tara River canyon is the deepest and longest in Europe.

Our relationship with New Experience Holidays

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinery when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding - New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

 

The quotation and booking process

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

- the basic price of the holiday as advertised

- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice

- single supplement if this applies

- a choice of flights if this is applicable

- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

- final price and payment information

The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation

In order to conform  to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna  Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form,  and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on their web site  - before you sign the booking form.

 

 

Insurances needed

Insurance - you need to be fully covered

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place.

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What Others Said...

Every meal was delicious and beautifully presented, couldn’t fault anything. It was everything I wanted from a holiday, great walking, lovely surroundings, and very nice people to share the walking with, Alan crossed every T and dotted every i It was a great holiday, and one I shall not forget.

Maria Patterson Slovenia

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