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Fjord & Cove Swimming Montenegro | 7 days

Our Montenegro trip offers an incredible setting for a great sea and fjord swimming adventure. Country used to be a former constituent of the Republic of Yugoslavia and it lies on the Adriatic coast, nestled between Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. It is steeped in history stretching back millennia. Many call the country a “crossroads of civilizations” where the East and the West cultures meet.

Overview

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
Tour Type: Fjord and Sea Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 4 kms
Accommodation: 4* Hotel Splendido
Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies, Extra Kayak available for NON SWIMMERS
Lead Guide: Borut Strel

This small and unique country is one of the youngest in the world only having gained full independence as a modern nation state in 2006 after the struggles during the breakup of Yugoslavia. It has a multifaceted cultural heritage and the people are very hospitable. It also enjoys a Mediterranean climate and also offers a diverse natural beauty. Despite this rich tapestry, Montenegro has not yet become overrun with tourists and is one of Europe’s little hidden treasures.

We are based in the small and very beautiful village of Prcanj, known as an old marine centre since the times of the sail ships, close to the old UNESCO town of Kotor. 

We swim and explore the stunning Bays of Kotor and Tivat and hop from one cove to another in the crystal-clear and balmy waters along the Adriatic sea
 
This tour appeals to swimmers looking for unique fjord, sea and cove swimming adventures combined with great walks through historical towns and islands in the warm Mediterranean climate. Our guides speak the local language and together with local expertise, they have the best knowledge of the region and can guarantee an enjoyable time as well as ensuring safety. This tour is also suitable for non-swimmers or complete beginners who may wish to combine some walking and sightseeing with shorter swims. Non swimmers can use our kayak and follow their friends or partners while they swim.


Tour Highlights:

- Swim in the stunning Gulf of Kotor, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore and swim in the Yugoslavian submarine tunnels
- Swim through the turquoise waters of Plava Spilja (Blue Grotto) cave
- Visit the historical towns that are surrounded by mountains of Kotor, Perast, Tivat
- Walk up to nearby hill of Vrmac to enjoy views of the bays
- Swim around Mamula island (the Montenegrin Alcatraz)
- Enjoy the boat rides through outstanding natural beauty and dramatic scenery

PDF: Swimming Trip Notes Montenegro Fjords and Coves

Mamula Island + Fort is being rented for 49 years to develop a new luxurious property. This may be the last summer / year for us to go swimming around and exploring this historical place in its natural form.

See Photos From Our Recent Trip
Montenegro Swimming Holiday

Lonely Planet puts Kotor, Montenegro as no.1 best place visit in 2016


Lonely Planet puts Montenegro amongst top 10 best destinations 2013


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Montenegro Customer Reviews from our 2013 season

Montenegro Swimming Holiday Reviews

Local Operational Policy
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.

What is included in the price?
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches (except one). Each guest receives a swim hat and t-shirt. Drinking bottles, wetsuits, fins, rash vests and other complimentary swimming and snorkelling gear will be provided on each tour. NON SWIMMERS on this trip receive 10% discount. Please contact us on email on how to book.

What is not included?
Travel to and from the start of the tour, evening meals, 1 lunch.  Single room supplement available. We help to organise evening meals to go out together as a group and you can plan on average 12-15 Eur/meal. A local shop is across the road to buy food and drinks as well.
 

Accommodation

Excellent four star Hotel Splendido, Montenegro: www.splendido-hotel.com

Hotel Splendido, Prcanj, Kotor - Strel Swimming Montenegro

We are based in the small and very beautiful village of Prcanj, known as an old marine centre since the times of the sail ships, close to the old UNESCO town of Kotor. Our accommodation offers twin bedded, double and single rooms with en suite shower, WC, AC, balcony and Wi-Fi at the Hotel Splendido. This former palace is located in the stunning Bay of Kotor and offers a private beach, swimming pool and a car park.
 
Here we are directly on the stunning coast of Kotor bay and the fjord views from the hotels are simply majestic. There is a small beach a few meters from the hotel and a local restaurant nearby. Inexpensive taxi is available to go into Kotor or Tivat towns in the evening. The electricity supply is 220V AC and continental adapters can be used.


Hotel Galia - Strel Swimming Montenegro
 

Extended stay
Extra stay in the hotel: If you arrive earlier or want to stay longer, feel free to contact the hotel for extra nights.
Contact info: www.splendido-hotel.com, rezervacije@splendido-hotel.com ,
Ph: +382 32 301 700, Mob: +382 67 632 758.
 
For our discount please ask / quote Strel Swimming at the time of booking.

We also know few other alternative places to stay in the area and you can contact us for such request.

General Trip Info

Start Point: Hotel Galia, Prcanj
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel Galia, Prcanj
Finish Time: 11am on the last day
Hotel Galia in Prcanj, Kotor Bay: www.garnihotelgalia.com
Google Map Link

Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Montenegro and Croatia. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Montenegro and Croatia. Visa regulations do change, so be aware of this and check the current requirement with your local authorities. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return back home.

Vaccinations
There are no specific vaccination requirements for Montenegro and Croatia, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.

Extra Expenses
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as extra dinners, entertainment, optional Lovcen National Park trip, souvenirs, etc.

Currency
The local currency in Montenegro is Euro, in Croatia Kuna. It is advised to have local currency with you before you arrive. Also, ATMs are widely available to draw cash. Most places prefer cash and bear in mind an average dinner meal costs around 15 Eur.

Group Size
Up to a maximum of 14 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.
All treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.

Country Info
Official Name: Montenegrin Republic
Capital: Podgorica (administrative) Cetinje (historical and cultural capital)
Population: 685,000
Total Area: 14,026 square kilometres
Official Language: Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Croatian.
Religions: Majority Eastern Orthodox, with a Muslim minority.
Voltage: 220 volts / 50 Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are in use.
Dialling Code: +382
Time Difference: GMT/UTC +1.
Airport Departure Tax: none

Itinerary

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: 6.30pm hotel Splendido meeting for tour briefing.
Day 2: Swimming in the Gulf of Kotor, Orahovac-Perast. Afternoon filming for stroke analysis and then a swim to “Our Lady of the Rock” island.
Day 3: Risan Bay swimming and hike to Gornji Stoliv village.
Day 4: Adriatic coastal; crossing the Bigova bay, Oblatno quarry - Plavi Horizont.
Day 5: Tivat Bay; Gospa and Sveti Marko islands and Kumbor straits to Krasici.
Day 6: Mamula island swim / visit and Plava Spilja Cove (Blue Grotto) crossing.
Day 7: Final morning swim in Prcanj or drive and hike up to mountain Lovcen National Park. Trip finishes at around midday.

Google Map of the Area with Swimming and Hiking Routes

ITINERARY
Day 1
Meet at our accommodation - Hotel Splendido front terrace at 6.30pm for the trip briefing.


Day 2
Before breakfast we walk down to a hotel beach for a short acclimatisation swim. Following breakfast, we take a short boat ride for the first swim in the Gulf of Kotor. We start the 2 km swim at Orahovac beach following the shoreline to Drazji Vrt little lagoon. While swimming in the Gulf of Kotor, make sure you take a chance to experience the remarkable scenic views of the fjord surrounded by imposing, rugged mountains. We dock for lunch in Perast, the old Venetian town where you can walk around and enjoy the old stone architecture. A great number of historical monuments have made Perast a UNESCO listed World Natural and Historical Heritage Site. Before we start the second swim, we film your stroke for later video analysis at the hotel. For our afternoon swim we aim to swim from Perast to 2 little islands: St. George island, and  “Our Lady of the Rock”. Once on the islands you can walk and explore picturesque chapels. Our day finishes with swimming from the islands back to Perast, where we are picked up by our boat and taken back to the hotel.



Day 3
Our second day is spent in Risan bay, which is part of the Gulf of Kotor on the north-east side. We swim along the coast from Risan (the oldest settlement in Kotor bay) towards Lipci, from where you can see the cave drawings purporting to be the 8th century BC. For lunch we stop at Donji Stoliv´s church, Gospa od Andjela (Lady of Angels) and then we take a short walk along the old village path up the hill to Gornji Stoliv’s church.. Once we reach the largely abandoned village we continue up and across the Vrmac summit along a zigzag path offering superb views of Kotor and Risan bays.  Our afternoon 2 km swim takes us from Verige Straight to Morinj, a little village in the Risan bay. Boat drive back to the hotel.

Day 4
Today is slightly different as we go by car for 30 min to Bigova bay in Lustica peninsula. Bigova is an old remote fishing village situated in a small, sheltered Adriatic bay with rocky beaches and clear blue water - an ideal place for our swimming day. We do our morning swim across the entire Bigova bay to Oblatno quarry where we relax on the quite beach and enjoy lunch in this stunning bay. After lunch we explore Bigova village to get some great views on the Montenegro coast all the way down to Budva and further.  The afternoon is taken up swimming in the lagoon from Oblatno quarry to the Plavi Horizont sandy beach. The water is crystal clear and you can look at the marine life, rocks and stones all the way down to a depth of 25 m. Boat ride back to Bigova and transfer to the hotel.



Day 5
Today is Tivat Bay day and we travel out of Kotor bay through to Verige Strait where long chains used to be placed across to prevent/slow down warships in order to protect Kotor and Perast. We swim between the islands of Gospa and Sveti Marko. Sv. Marko Island is entirely covered with greenery and offers a great place to swim along. We have lunch in a small village of Krasici where you can walk around the stone village and meet locals. Our second swim is along northern side of Lustica Peninsula from the Kumbor Strait (Yugoslavian military base Zabrde) to Krasici. While in the water we can enjoy the views of the steep coast and seafront villages.

Day 6
We start our day early and travel out to the Adriatic shoreline back to the Lustica Peninsula until we reach Arza fort. For our morning swim we head to the fortress of Mamula, which was built by Austro-Hungarians and served as a strategic guarding point at the entrance of the Kotor bay. During the World War II, the fort was used as a prison by Italians. We explore the fort and then enjoy lunch at the nearby Zanjica pebble beach. Our second swim takes us from Arza fort to Plava Spilja (Blue Grotto), a local natural phenomenon. Blue cave is around 9 metres high and about 40 m long. During the day the reflection of the sun’s rays create an exceptionally blue sea which offers a great adventure for divers and swimmers. Of course, we swim through! Return back to the hotel.



Day 7
Final morning swim in Prcanj at 9.30am, trip finishes at around 11am. Alternatively, we can do a mountain drive up to Lovcen National Park and a short hike to Prince Petar II Petrovic Njego’s mausoleum (Jezerski vrh) 1,675 m above sea level. Lovćen mountain range is a natural, historical, cultural and spiritual symbol for all Montenegrins. The views from the mausoleum on the entire Montenegro are truly astonishing. This half day trip finishes at 1pm. Additional cost of 25  EUR/person apply.

Itinerary changes
Please note that our swims are carried out in the natural environment and we rely on the current weather conditions. As a consequence, sometimes on-trip changes in the planned itinerary are required.
 

Swimming Info

Google Map of the Area with Swimming and Hiking Routes

Swimming distances

SwimsDistance
Orahovac - Drazji Vrt (Bay of Kotor)  2 km
Perast - ‘Our Lady of the Rock’ Island (return) (Bay of Kotor)1.8 km
Risan - Lipci (Bay of Risan)2 km
Verige Straight - Morinj (Bay of Risan)2.5 km
Bigova - Oblatno quarry  (Adriatic Coast) 3 km
Oblatno quarry - Plavi Horizont  (Adriatic Coast)2 km
Island Gospa - Island Sveti Marko (Bay of Tivat)1.8 km
Krasici - Kumbor Straight (Bay of Tivat)2.8 km
Around Mamula Fortress (Adriatic Coast)1.9 km
Blue Cave - Veslo Bay (Adriatic Coast)2.0 km
Prcanj beach coastal (Bay of Kotor)1.5 km


Temperatures

MonthWater Temp. (°C)Air Temp. (°C)
June2325
July2428
August2530
September2427

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat(s).

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability
We have a range of swimming equipment available on each trip if required.

Walking Conditions
The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks on the islands and mainland, please bring comfortable walking shoes for summer temperatures.

Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend the following:
at least 2 swimming costumes, at least 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one anti-glare recommended), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof  sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes.

We also provide water bottles, swim hats, and other equipment, such as flippers, goggles, rash vests, if required.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know the safest and most picturesque places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out!
Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Dalmatian coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area immediately. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.

Travel

Start Point: Hotel Galia, Prcanj
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st day
Finish Point: Hotel Galia, Prcanj
Finish Time: 11am on the last day
Google Map Link:

Getting There:
To get to Prcanj (Bay of Kotor), you can fly into either Dubrovnik (DBV) in Croatia or Tivat (TIV) and Podgorica (TGD) in Montenegro. There are a number of international flights to Dubrovnik (DBV) from various cities and a few to Tivat and Podgorica. From UK Easyjet, Jet2, British airways, Croatian airlines, Thomson, Monarch. For more details on all international airlines visit Dubrovnik airport´s website.

Detailed Travel from airports to Prcanj (Kotor Bay)

Please note that we will send you a clear detailed transfer and bus info with all the contact information two weeks before your tour starts, so you will be able to organise yourself.
To get to Prcanj, you can either travel by local bus or take a transfer. Travelling by bus you first need to make your way to Kotor town where is best to take a local taxi to take you to our hotel (10 min drive). Cost is 3-4 EUR. All buses from Dubrovnik, Croatia stop at the Kotor bus station. If travelling by rent a car or transfer, you can make your way directly to the hotel Galia in Prcanj. They have a parking place available.

Dubrovnik Airport

Flights to Dubrovnik:
www.skyscanner.com
www.easyjet.com
www.britishairways.com
www.jet2.com
www.croatianairlines.com
www.shomson.co.uk
www.monarch.co.uk
www.swiss.com
www.lufthansa.com
www.airfrance.com

Flights to Podgorica (Montenegro):
http://www.ryanair.com (TUE, SAT weekly) from London Stansted and Brussels
www.montenegroairlines.com
www.jat.com

Flights to Tivat (Montenegro):
www.montenegroairlines.com
www.jat.com
www.swiss.com

Please contact us directly to arrange your transfer and we will send you one of our partner vans to pick you up.

Transfer from Dubrovnik, Croatia
Transfer/taxi will take you directly to our hotel. Prices vary depending on where you travel from.
Transfer from the airport to the hotel takes about 2 hrs and it costs 70 Eur/one person plus 10 Eur extra for each additional person and 120 EUR for 5-7 pax. It includes border crossing. 

For transfer from Dubrovnik town, there is an extra charge of 20 Eur as it is more away. Please email us for such request.

Transfer from Podgorica, Montenegro
Transfer from the airport to the hotel takes about 2 hrs and it costs 70 Eur/one person plus 10 Eur extra for each additional person and 120 EUR for 5-7 pax.

Transfer from Tivat, Montenegro
Transfer from the airport to the hotel takes about 20 min and it costs 20 EUR per car/van.

Bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor (near Prcanj)
There are a few buses daily going in and out of Dubrovnik to Montenegro. Buses to Kotor (Budva) depart at 10.00, 11.00 15.00 and 19.00. Bus at 20.30 departs on MON, WED and SAT. From Kotor to Dubrovnik buses leave daily at 8.30, 14.45 and at 7.10 on MON, WED and SAT. The cost is 14 EUR one way and 1 EUR per bag. You can only buy tickets at the Dubrovnik bus station or on the bus itself. Please note that some buses stop at Dubrovnik - Cilipi airport, however, they can get full and we recommend you to go into Dubrovnik first to catch the bus from there. Once you arrive to Montenegro (Herceg Novi), there are several domestic buses leaving every hour to Kotor and other destinations. Prices are reasonable. Please note that Croatia uses the Kuna, while Montenegro has Euro. Both currencies are accepted at the airport and ATMs are available.


Dubrovnik to Kotor buses timetable
Kotor to Dubrovnik buses timetable

Buses from Podgorica 
Domestic buses leave for Kotor almost every hour and you just get to the counter and buy a ticket to Kotor. Cost per person is about 7 EUR and it takes about 2 hours. Once in Kotor, the best is to take a local taxi to take you to our hotel (5 min drive, 4 EUR). Bus times-station Podgorica: http://www.busterminal.me/


Finding Hotel Galia
Every local driver knows where the Hotel Galia in Prcanj is, so you just tell them where to take you. Hotel is located about 50m from the beach uphill and it has a clear sign from the road. Parking is available.

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