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Magnificent Montenegro – what a holiday.

‘Montenegro. I knew I’d love it. I knew it would be beautiful. – So says Jill Pinkerton who led our team on this holiday.

But I had no idea that it would have the kind of beauty to knock me off my feet and make me speechless! My two-week holiday in June 2020 left me wanting more of it and left me desperately wanting to add it to Secret Hills portfolio of holidays knowing it will wow everyone who goes and walks its splendid trails. It confirmed the plans that were being put into place- many clients had requested we put this venue onto our holiday portfolio.

And Montenegro did just that. Three years after the initial visit and plan hatched to add it to our portfolio of European holidays and our first group of ten folk left this morning after having a fabulous week, and yes, it wowed them all as well.

Montenegro had been on my bucket list for a good few years, it was a place I had seen photos of in travel books and just the name of it enticed me. At that point I didn’t actually fully know where it was, I just knew I had to go one day.

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 is easily reached by flying to Dubrovnik in Croatia, then a ninety minute extremely scenic road transfer crossing the border into Montenegro makes sure the holiday gets off to a wonderful start.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor Old Town, which sits on the secluded waterfront of the beautiful Bay of Kotor is where our group stayed, and three out of our five walks took place within easy reach of our hotel. Two of our walk days also included extremely scenic boat trips to get us to the start or finish of our walks which certainly added to the adventures of our holiday.

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.
Our local Montenegrin guides knew just where the best walks are- and we offered two grades of walk daily.
We ate in our hotel – the centre of the old town, a traditional hotel full of character- and also in local restaurants for the variety of menus they offer.

Going in April and October means we avoid the stifling heat of the summer- but the weather was good- a bit of rain one day- but we are British – we can take that.

Our next Montenegro holiday – see Guided Walking for Solos and Single in Montenegro (secrethillswalking.co.uk)

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What did our clients think – have a look.

Jan Whittaker
The guides both from Secret Hills and the local guides were tremendous and I cannot give them enough praise for the friendliness and knowledge; Organisation was excellent. Any problems were rectified immediately and without any fuss.
Montenegro was an amazing experience made even better by the wonderful staff – Jill, Pete, Amian and Drajian. My fellow walkers were great fun and lovely, interesting people who I hope to meet again on future holidays. The walks were at times challenging but made you feel a real sense of achievement upon completion. The flora and fauna were beautiful and abundant. Keep up the good work as this was a holiday I will never forget – more please. I particularly liked the two boats trips which added a lovely variety to the programme.

Peter Ashcroft
Great organisation with much attention to detail particularly during each day to ensure people were briefed and getting the most from their holiday.
On a scale of 10, close to 10! Being a first-time visitor to Montenegro was added value

Marion O’ Brien
This was a fabulous holiday. Great walking with a really nice group of people. I hope to keep in contact with one in particular as we really hit it off. I came back buzzing and dying to book my next one though I am not quite in a position to do so yet!



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