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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

  • (2022) Apr 30, (2023) May 6
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: Montenegro
  • Flights costed separately

A simply fabulous walking destination, with stunning scenery on all our guided walks  – taking in the coast, the mountains and some uniquely lovely villages –  so what’s not to like? We are based in Kotor Bay which is an amazing host destination – so why not join us on our walks where the sea is ever present somewhere in the distance?

Our company’s unique speciality is solos and singles. We offer guided walking in magnificent locations in the UK and Europe. We further design bespoke holidays for special groups.

If you decide to book this holiday, please complete the Quotation Request Form in full – this is the first part of the booking process… (as per ATOL requirements).

What you get on a Secret Hills  Montenegro 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

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Entry to museums
  • Drinks at lunchtime , on the walk or in the evening

Hotel and Meals

We stay in the old town of Kotor, on its sheltered inlet bay. Kotor is a fantastic historical town in itself. The Hotel Marija  is a traditional town design hotel which offers en suite rooms, WIFI, and breakfast. You can explore the town from the door.

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

Lunch is generally packed and can be bought locally in Kotor.

Single Supplement details

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

Itinerary

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

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.

Flights and Transfers

As from 13/12/21 – we will quote all our 2022 holidays in two stages 

Stage one – the price for land only

Stage two – the flight cost from your selected airport to your chosen destination and return

The combination of the two will add up to the total price we are quoting you.

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.

Tour Details

We walk for five days with one free day.

We take a minibus to our walks start and from the finish. Our local guides, supported by a UK tour guide will explain each walk at dinner daily. The walks we choose from are shown- there are others we may take dependent on walkers ability and weather.

Mount Vrmac

Villages – Viewpoint – Fortress trail . (16 km/9.9 miles, +765m/2509ft , -765m/2509ft).
Mount Vrmac is situated like a barrier between the innermost part of the Bay, Bay of Kotor and the outer part, Bay of Tivat. The best hike starts right in Kotor and follows uphill old town follows the military zig-zag-trail named after Austrian emperor Franz-Josef (in local language: Franjo Josip) to Vrmac fortress ridge. From here you follow the mountain ridge to the highest top of Vrmac, Sveti Ilija (765 m). You descent to the village of Stoliv. In Stoliv both group embark a shuttle boat to be taken to Perast which right opposite. Time to visit and enjoy Perast. Return to Kotor.

The Ladder of Kotor and Lovcen National Park

Transfer along a serpentine road (1h) to the Mausoleum of king-bishop Petar Njegos which is
located on top of mount Jezerski Vrh, 1600m right above the Bay of Kotor in Lovcen National
Park. We follow the old trade route which once connected Cetinje with Kotor – even Billard tables
were transported along this trail! This old caravan route with more than 70 zig-zags to Krstac
pass offers countless magnificent views torwards the bay. Upon arrival at the pass 900m,
continue another 7 km through across the Nationalpark Lovcen to the top of Jezerski Vrh
This walk can be either accomplished in both directions.We recommend a downhill since it offers better views.

Lustica peninsula

This is an attractive walk which shows all natural attractions of Luštica peninsula which is located right at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. From the original rural ambient of village Babunci, to beautiful olive groves, ending at one of the most attractive beaches – Beach Žanjice and Fort Arza.
Transfer to the village of Bjelila/Radovici where the hiking trail starts. Follow slightly inclined rocky paths with amazing panoramic view over the Bay of Tivat, passing through Babunci village – picturesque traditional village with olive groves on both sides of the path. Also, this part of the route provides a marvellous view towards the entrance to the Boka Bay, with unique chance to enjoy the view of Mamula island and peninsula Prevlaka Croatia’s most southern tip. The trail continues to descent to the is beach Žanjice a beautiful pepple beach. We follow the shore line passing another beach to the fortress Arza, a watchtower built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire to guard together with the island fortress Mamula the entrance to the bay.
Optional: On the way back you have the chance to taste locally produced organic olive oil and food. (optional). After this walk you will be transfer to your new hotel in Petrovac.

Mountains of Budva

Strong walkers: Panorama walk. Transfer of both groups to the monastery Praskvica near Budva. There we start a pleasant panorama walk above the Riviera of Budva. After our initial ascent we have a refreshing stop at the church of Ogradnica before we continue on to follow an old military trail towards the ruins of Kosmac fortress. Return transfer to Petrovac with a stop at the old town of Budva.  (15 km, + 650m, -150m).

Lake Skadar National park

You conclude your walking holiday with a tour in the National park Skadar lake. Transfer to Virpazar a village in National Park Lake Skadar. There you embark a boat which takes you to the start point of your walks. You will disembark in the village of Posljedani which features several old mills and picturesque old stone buildings. You follow the old trail which once connected this village with Rijeka Crnojevica, in former times an important market place and “port” of Montenegro, but most well known to be the place the first book was printed in the Balkans. 

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

Grades and Difficulty

Walking is moderate – with a few steep sections- on limestone terrain. Good footpaths, sometimes stony underfoot. Walking between 7 and 10 miles per day.

We do not rush – we take ascents and descents steadily at your own pace.

 

Meet New Friends

It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Great Reasons to Join us

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

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for single and solos travellers
  • 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, selected and constantly reviewed.
  • 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 at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

How to Book

How to book your holiday

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- the land only price

– the flight cost 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 £250 – plus the additional flight costs 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 (Slovenia 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.

 

Our Relationship with New Experience Holidays / ATOL Bonding

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  them.  Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, New Experience will send you a reservation form and all deposits / final payments will be made to them. Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary 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

Insurances Required

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. If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate travel insurance.

Location

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.

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.

 About half of Montenegro 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

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Reviews

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Peter Ashcroft

Solo Traveller

Great organisation with much attention to detail particularly during each day to ensure people were briefed and getting the most from their holiday…both guides were experienced, considerate, informative and great company. They quickly learned who needed more support than others. Great range of walks, with enough of a challenge to add to the experience. The hotel was most charming and comfortable. It seemed authentic, a most attractive building from the outside and cosy inside. Being family run it was extra friendly, the staff soon got the know me by name. Bedroom room was just right with great shower. A great location. The breakfast was impressive with a vast the range of tasty and unusual items, many new to me, and all prepared fresh that morning.
On a scale of 10, close to 10!

May 10, 2022

Jan Whittaker

Solo Traveller

Montenegro was an amazing experience made even better by the wonderful staff – Jill, Pete, Amian and Drajian. They were tremendous and I cannot give them enough praise for the friendliness and knowledge.
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 was 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. One of the most enjoyable holidays I have had.

May 9, 2022

Julia Carroll

Solo Traveller

Yes (I would reserve again and recommend to others), very much enjoyed the guided walking experience. A basic hotel but provided everything needed. Very well organised.

May 8, 2022

Sarah Trevis

Solo Traveller

I really loved the holiday. I was very fatigued after the first day and wondered if I could really manage the holiday but I did and would certainly book another one. I thought our local guide was a big personality and fun to walk with. He was knowledgeable about the area and the local history and made things interesting. I think Jill (walk leader) did extremely well to try and cater to all of the different requirements of this holiday. I do think we had a superb group this time. I got to speak to everyone and there was a good camaraderie between us.

May 8, 2022