SUP, MontenegroPlus
4.6
| 16 reviews

Hike, SUP and Kayak Montenegro's Coast

5 nights
Easy

Explore the National Parks and World Heritage Sites of this beautiful Balkan coastline with a paddle in hand

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, local, English-speaking guides

Hotel

5 nights in hotels

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All SUP and kayaking equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.6
| 16 reviews
Incredible
June 2024
Melissa B.
Amazing from start to finish.
June 2024
Sally C.
Amazing from start to finish.
June 2024
Sally C.
Amazing from start to finish.
June 2024
Sally C.
Amazing from start to finish.
June 2024
Sally C.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
June 2024
Nicola M.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
June 2024
Nicola M.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
June 2024
Nicola M.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
June 2024
Nicola M.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
June 2024
Nicola M.
What an amazing tour!
May 2024
Emi S.
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...
October 2023
Wendy
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...
October 2023
Wendy
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...
October 2023
Wendy
We had a fantastic adventure in Montenegro!...
September 2023
Matthew
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...
September 2023
Juliane
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...
September 2023
Juliane
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...
September 2023
Juliane
What an awesome week. Montenegro is beautif...
September 2023
Denise
What an awesome week. Montenegro is beautif...
September 2023
Denise
What an awesome week. Montenegro is beautif...
September 2023
Denise
Overall this was a lovely trip - beautiful...
September 2023
Laura
Overall this was a lovely trip - beautiful...
September 2023
Laura
Overall this was a lovely trip - beautiful...
September 2023
Laura
I’ve been on four MBA trips and this has be...
September 2023
Tom
I’ve been on four MBA trips and this has be...
September 2023
Tom
I’ve been on four MBA trips and this has be...
September 2023
Tom
I’ve been on four MBA trips and this has be...
September 2023
Tom
I’ve been on four MBA trips and this has be...
September 2023
Tom
SUP, MontenegroPlus

Hike through the spectacular Lovcen National Park and tackle a trail high above the historical fortified town of Kotor

SUP into the lush wetlands of Skadar Lake and paddle the Bay of Kotor at sunset against a mountainous backdrop

Kayak along the rugged Adriatic coastline and into the mesmerising Blue Cave, snorkelling in clear waters by idyllic beaches

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Montenegro!

Lovcen, Dinaric Alps, Montenegro, Getty

Hiking

2.5hrs · 8km · 75m up · 75m down

Your host will pick you up from either Podgorica Airport or Tivat Airport – sit back and enjoy an hour's drive to your hotel, situated in the heart of Lovcen National Park. Part of the Dinaric Alps, you'll be greeted by a cool mountain climate and green surroundings. Get to know your guide and travel companions over lunch before heading out for a hike to the ancient village of Majstori and it's abandoned chapel.

Day 2

Hiking in Lovcen National Park and sunset SUP

Hiking on the Wolf Trail, Montenegro, Host

Hiking

3.5hrs · 10.9km · 316m up · 316m down

Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hrs · 6km

Set off early from the hotel for a circular hike on the Wolf Trail. Tackle a spur to Babina Glava at 1,447m, taking in the wonderful scenery, local culture and diverse natural habitat of the spectacular Lovcen National Park region. You'll learn all about the significance of this mountain range to Montenegrins and how it gave the country its name, 'Black Mountain' before you make your way back to the hotel for lunch.

Admire magnificent views of Tivat and Kotor as you descend 1,100m in 12 minutes on the new Kotor Cable Car on your way to your first SUP spot. You'll have a basic lesson before a memorable sunset SUP in the beautiful Bay of Kotor.

Day 3

SUP in Skadar Lake National Park

River, SUP, Lake Skadar, MontenegroPlus

Stand Up Paddleboarding

3.5 hrs · 8km

Embark on a water-borne exploration of the winding Crnojevica River by SUP. Paddle downstream amidst floating water lilies as the river snakes into the heart of Skadar Lake National Park. A protected wetlands environment, this is one of Europe's most important bird habitats. Enjoy the dramatic scenery - keeping your eyes peeled for the rare Dalmatian Pelican. A support boat will be on hand to pick up any paddlers who get tired along the way. After lunch at a restaurant by the river, you'll return by boat and then drive to the coastal town of Tivat (approx 1.5 hours), your base for the rest of the trip.

Day 4

Hike to Fort Vrmac from Muo

Hike to Fort Vrmac, Montenegro, Host

Hiking

4 hrs · 8km · 472m up · 472m down

Lace up your boots for an uphill hike from the city of Muo up through dense forest and some exposed sections to Fort Vrmac, one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the area. While you'll be making your way up the steep ridge for the majority of the hike, there are a series of long and winding switchbacks all the way to the top, which makes the ascent feel more gradual, and you will be rewarded with spectacular views over the Bay of Kotor.

Day 5

Kayaking in the Adriatic

Kayaking

4 hrs · 8km

Take to the Adriatic waters today to explore the many caves and coves along the rugged coastline of Lustica Peninsula by kayak, stopping for some sea swims and snorkelling along the way. Paddle into the Blue Cave, the largest of the Lustica Peninsula caves which gets its name from the reflections of blue light that bounce off the water. Enjoy a picnic lunch and relax on a quiet beach.

Day 6

Goodbye Montenegro

Tivat, Montenegro, Getty

Your adventure comes to an end today, with a group transfer provided around lunchtime from the hotel to either Tivat Airport or Podgorica Airport.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Seafood, Montenegro, Canva

Mediterranean dishes are prominent in coastal Montenegro – often fish and meat accompanied by pasta, rice and vegetables. In the mountains, the cooler climate and Turkish influence means hardier dishes like mutton, pork, and potatoes are staples of the average diet. Throughout the country, dairy products are constant at breakfast, where you'll also encounter priganice (fried dough balls, served savoury with cheese, or sweet with honey).

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Monte Rosa Hotel, Lovcen NP, Montenegro, Hotel
Lovcen National Park

For two nights you'll stay at the Monte Rosa, a beautifully situated rural hotel in the heart of Lovcen National Park. Standing at an elevation of 1240m, the area enjoys a cooler climate and gives direct access to walking trails and the surrounding mountains – it's the ideal basecamp for an active adventure.

Hotel in Tivat, Montenegro, Hotel
Tivat

In the picturesque coastal town of Tivat, you'll stay at the comfortable Palma Hotel, centrally located on Kotor Bay with its own small beach. Stroll along the shore to the marina and discover the local bars and restaurants serving up typical coastal cuisine.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Easy

No previous experience is required for participation in, and enjoyment of, the activities included in this trip. You should be reasonably fit, particularly for the hikes and sea kayaking, and should be a confident swimmer due to the water-based theme of the trip.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daysack to carry personal items during each day.

Montenegro has a hot, dry climate, particularly during the mid-summer months of July and August when temperatures can reach over 30°C, so come prepared for warm weather. In the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn temperatures are slightly lower, typically in the upper teens to the upper twenties (degrees Celsius) during the daytime. Mountainous areas, even those close to the coast, are typically 3-6 degrees cooler compared to the coast, especially at night.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Podgorica or Tivat Airport

12:30 on Day 1

Ends

Podgorica or Tivat Airport

Afternoon of Day 6

Transfers

Your host will pick you up from either Podgorica Airport or Tivat Airport on the morning of Day 1 and you are advised to arrive before 12:30pm. The transfer from either airport to the start hotel in Lovcen National Park takes approximately one hour. At the end of the trip there will be a group transfer to both airports, departing around lunchtime, therefore you are advised to book flights departing after 3pm. The transfer from Tivat to Podgorica Airport takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Arrival and departure transfers are only included in the trip price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 6.

Travel options

Direct flights are available from the UK to both Podgorica and Tivat airports.

You may also consider flying to Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia and making your own way independently to one of the pickup points in Montenegro - let the host know your arrival plans prior to travel.

Pre- and post-trip accommodation in Tivat can be booked - see Optional Extras for pricing.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • All SUP, kayaking and snorkelling equipment

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Softshell duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for kitbag/rucksack, or drybags

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar for cooler evenings
  • Plenty of clothes changes for getting wet often
  • Sun hat
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Swimming shoes/footwear suitable for water activities

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional night in Tivat (01May-07Jul & 10Sep-31Oct)

Payable Before Departure

Additional night in Tivat (01May-07Jul & 10Sep-31Oct)

Per Night

Additional night in Tivat (08Jul-09Sep)

Payable Before Departure

Additional night in Tivat (08Jul-09Sep)

Per Night

Additional night in Podgorica

Payable Before Departure

Additional night in Podgorica

Per Night

Private Room Upgrade (01May-07Jul & 10Sep-31Oct)

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade (01May-07Jul & 10Sep-31Oct)

Per Person

Private Room Upgrade (08Jul-09Sep)

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade (08Jul-09Sep)

Per Person

Melissa B.(June 2024)
Incredible
Incredible

It was my very first time doing this kind of trip and it was incredible. Big thank you to Rafael and Igor for taking us everywhere every day and for planning this whole trip. Montenegro is absolutely gorgeous and would recommend everyone to visit. The trip was perfect mix of mountains, lakes & beach. The food was delicious... I met an incredible group of women and look forward to my next trip!!

Sally C.(June 2024)
Amazing from start to finish.
Amazing from start to finish.
Amazing from start to finish.
Amazing from start to finish.
Amazing from start to finish.

So many firsts for me on this trip but from the very beginning Rafa and Sam put me at ease. One of the arrival flights was delayed so plans were rearranged and whilst Rafa and Igor waited for the others, Sam took the time to show a few of us around Budva. Realising we were tired he guided us round the town at just the right pace, giving us some interesting info and a little history, this was to set the tone for the rest of our trip. Montenegro is simply beautiful, and the mix of activities and locations made it fun and interesting. I’m not sure which was my favourite part of the week, hiking to see the views of endless mountains and amazing green scenery, paddleboarding along the most beautiful lake or kayaking in the crystal clear waters. I am not the fittest most active person, I had never kayaked or SUP’d before and I was so nervous, mostly of falling in and not being able to get back on the board/kayak but I more than managed and I really enjoyed it. Everywhere we went Rafa took time to tell us about places, to stop and take photos (or snack) and answer our endless questions, explaining every activity to us before we started, checking in on those of us who’d never done it before and encouraging everyone, he never rushed us and it really felt like he wanted to help us have the best holiday. The team were great at finding the balance of activities and down time, and of being there and involved or leaving us to it to help bring the group together. I don’t know if we were just lucky but our group was a great bunch of girls, everyone helped and supported each other, there was no complaining about how fast or slow anyone was, and I really enjoyed their company. The hotels were both in great locations for the various activities, with lots of good food and friendly teams. Sam had warned us on the first day that in Montenegro food was about good quality local produce rather than fancy meals and the portions are huge, he wasn’t wrong on either count. If you are a foodie expecting gourmet food you may be disappointed but lower your expectations and you will enjoy some really good meals. Igor was great at helping order when dietary requirements came into play, and Rafa was great at ordering sharing dishes for us all to try (who doesn’t like tasting a bit of every thing) From start to finish the organisation and communication was great, letting us know when anything needed to change and rearranging days to make the most of the better weather, the local guides Igor and Sam and particularly Rafa really did put in so much effort to make it an amazing week. If all the local guides are as good as the Montenegro team, I will definitely be booking again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this adventure to anyone. Thank you for the amazing memories!

Nicola M.(June 2024)
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.
Fabulous week in Montenegro - stunning paddle trip.

What a wonderful trip away. My first as a solo traveller joining a group. Definitely like minded people. Best paddle board trip ever and the kayak into the caves was also pretty special. Fabulous guide - Rafa, and skillful and patient driver, Igor. Both Rafa and Igor were great at ensuring we were all happy and well informed. A couple of changes to the itinerary due to weather, but excellent decisions by R&I to ensure we didn't miss out. Food was great and plentiful, especially the breakfast at the hotel in Tivat. Excellent choices by our guides for lunch destinations too. Everyone made it to the summit on the hikes for some glorious views, and the complete novice paddlers did brilliantly after some initial instruction and lots of encouragement from the group and guides. A great mix of activity and some down time.

I'm already seeking out my next trip with MBA or the local organiser Montenegro+. I would thoroughly recommend this adventure.

Thank you. Lots of lovely memories and masses of lovely photos. N

Emi S.(May 2024)
What an amazing tour!
What an amazing tour!

Montenegro is so beautiful- mountains, rivers, sea, ancient sites - and we’ve seen it all! I loved the whole tour, but my personal highlight was the river SUP, it was my first time trying it and I really got hooked! Both hotels were comfortable with a good food selection, expect to see massive food portions everywhere- there is not such thing as a ‘small’ meal in Montenegro 😅 Lastly, Jeffrey and his team went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, we were unable to do kayaking, but we got an extra SUP evening and throughout the trip, a couple visits to local towns and a cave tour - all our days were filled with activities. I was also very lucky to make great friends with the group and we’re already planning an SUP meet up back home! Special thanks to Jeffrey, Sam and Igor and extra special thanks to Rafa - a superstar guide, who’s ’stress less, keep smiling’ attitude has really rubbed off on us and made the trip even more fantastic 😊 11/10

Alex(December 2023)

Great trip! Enjoyed all the activities, was well supported by the host throughout and catered to all abilities.

Wendy(October 2023)
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...
We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is...

We had an amazing week in Montenegro. It is a beautiful country with a lot to offer. The trip was very well organised by Jeffrey and his team. The activities were fun and exciting and included bonuses such as a ride in the new Kotor gondola and a visit to an old fort to watch the most amazing sunset.

Raf, our guide was great, read the group well and was supportive and encouraging.

There was also flexibility with different options offered for activities according to the weather or group preferences / capabilities.

I wouldn’t describe this as ‘easy’ as advertised but as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina, you’ll be ok. Would highly recommend this trip.

Matthew(September 2023)
We had a fantastic adventure in Montenegro!...

We had a fantastic adventure in Montenegro! Great weather, beautiful country: the coastline and water is clean and not overdeveloped. The activities are well organised and balanced in terms of challenge without being excessive. The local team did a great job in moving us around, accommodating wishes and sharing knowledge and tips. Recommended!

Jenny(September 2023)

Great trip with a lovely group! Highlight was paddleboarding through Lake Skadar. Some tweaking required to trip with it being so new which has been fed back to MBA

Juliane(September 2023)
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...
Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - grou...

Tour was amazing. We had lots of fun - group was super nice, we had a great host and his team was amazing! We were a bit unfortunate with the weather towards the end but Jeffrey did a great job by providing alternatives, like an extra SUP tour, which was my favorite! We got great food, especially the seafood lunches were super delicious. A tip for future travellers - once in Tivat, the following two restaurants are worth visiting for dinner: One (in the Yacht Marina) and Ponta Veranda (good 20 min walk from the hotel).

All in all, I can only recommend the tour :-) enjoy!!!

Alice(September 2023)

Beautiful place to visit and nice to go from mountains to the sea all in one trip. Be prepared for a slightly more difficult trip than the rating, but Jeff and Igor are always able to accommodate changes if you need more rest time etc.

Will(September 2023)