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Review Durmitor Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip Montenegro 2024

As we wandered through the labyrinth of streets in Stari Grad (Old Town) Kotor, Montenegro at 7.00 am we commented to one another ‘This is the best time to visit’.

The church bells rang loudly from various churches as we headed towards 360 Monte Travel Agency. The streets were void of tourists, many of them came from the large cruise ships that entered Kotor Bay every day and others who enjoyed day trips from surrounding towns.

The only noise was the local restaurants setting up their tables and chairs for the long day and evening ahead. A cat ran ahead of us as it heard our footsteps on the ancient cobblestones.

We had heard and read about the beauty of North Montenegro and even contemplated hiring a car to head north into the spectacular scenery and landscapes that Montenegro has to offer.

Our tour was hosted by 360 Monte Travel Agency and as always our opinions are our own.

Read Our Article on ‘All You Need to Know About Kotor, Montenegro‘ for what to do, where to stay and where to eat – your travel guide on Kotor.

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The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

In our minibus, we followed the shorelines of the Bay of Kotor past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Perast to our first photo opportunity of the day. Every brochure or magazine story you read about Montenegro shows images of “Our Lady of the Rocks” and “St George“.  No wonder, it is a sight to behold. Can you imagine in the middle of a bay two islands – one natural and one man-made, one a monastery and the other a Catholic Church and Museum?

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Our Lady of the Rocks Kotor

Kotor Bay Lady of the Rocks Montenegro
Our Lady of The Rocks Kotor Bay Montenegro

Sitting proudly in the bay with its shimmering blue roofs, nestled amongst the terracotta roofs and the buildings made of local stone, Our Lady of the Rocks is the local Catholic Church and a Museum.

How did they build it?  It took the locals over 200 years to build just the base, by throwing stones as they returned safely from each sea journey.  The Church houses over 68 important paintings by the Baroque Artist Tripo Kokolja.

Sveti Dorde (The Island of St George) Kotor

360Monte Tour Island of St George in Kotor Bay
View of the Island of St George Kotor Bay Montenegro

Sveti Dorde is a natural island, home to the 12th Century St George Benedictine Monastery. The island houses the graves of priests who once lived there.  Today, there are still Monks living in the Monastery.

360Monte Tour North Montenegro Bay of Kotor
An early morning mist settles over the Bay of Kotor Montenegro

As we slowly made our way up the steep mountains surrounding Kotor Bay we stopped for another photo opportunity.  This time, we could see the two islands in the mist and we enjoyed a panoramic view of Kotor Bay with its smaller bays of Risen, Tivat and Herceg Novi.  Although the area has been called the Mediterranean Fiord it is in fact, a submerged river canyon.

Awesome views!

Slano Lake

Slano Lake North Montenegro 360Monte Tour
The view of Slano Lake

Slano Lake situated 6km west of Niksic (famous for its production of Montenegro’s finest beer, of which we are great fans) is one of 3 artificial lakes that were formed in 1950 for the local hydroelectric power station construction. Although Slano actually means salt – the lake is not salty at all.  The water level was low when we visited in the summer due to the high usage of electricity during the summer months.  It is a spectacular lake and one where visitors can swim and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Tara River Canyon Montenegro

Tara River Canyon North Montenegro
Looking down at the Tara River Canyon from the Bridge

A canyon that is known as the deepest canyon in Europe and rivals the Grand Canyon of America was our next stop.  Measuring 82km in length and at its deepest 1300m the Canyon and Tara River that runs through it is on the list of the ‘world’s must-do rafting experiences’.

360Monte Tour Bridge over Tara River Canyon
The spectacular bridge overlooking Tara River Canyon

Those who were brave, dodged the traffic and walked out onto the bridge to witness the spectacular scenery below and to watch the rafters glide down the river.  If you are a zip-liner this would be one experience you would not want to miss!

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Black Lake Montenegro

Black Lake 360Monte Tour North Montenegro
Stunning Black Lake

One of 18 glacial lakes in North Montenegro, Black Lake lies 3km out of the town of Zabljak in the Durmitor National Park.  Do not miss this stunning experience.

There is a small entrance fee to enter the National Park of Euros 5 per person but it is well worth it. On the pathway to the Lake, there are locals selling fruit, fruit wines, mushrooms and jams.  Of course, we had to buy some wine, it was blackberry wine, so good we should have bought more than just one bottle!

360Monte North Montenegro Tour to Black Lake
Awesome Black Lake showing in the distance the smaller lake

Black Lake is actually made up of 2 lakes – Big and Little Black Lake.  The awesome colours of the lake, the reflections of the huge mountains around it, the ducks and the little rowboats certainly made this a memorable part of our tour.

There is a 3.5km walking path around the lake but we did not have time for that, but we just enjoyed the stillness and the beauty of this natural environment.  There is a restaurant to enjoy with stunning views over the lake.

Sacred Ostrog Monastery Montenegro

North Montenegro Ostrog Monastery 360Monte Tour
Spiritual Ostrog Monastery

A winding road, steep slopes, and sheer mountain cliffs lead you to Montenegro’s most famous sacred site – Ostrog Monastery.  If you are afraid of heights you may not enjoy the drive, but we can guarantee you it is well worth it.

Open to all faiths this 17th Century Monastery is situated on an almost vertical cliff of Ostroka Greda Mountain. Pilgrims who have visited have reported that when they prayed by the body of St Basil who lies buried there they have been cured of their illnesses.  Out of the sheer rock face grows a vine. How can a vine grow out of such a sheer rock face? Incredible!

North Montenegro Ostrog Monastery
Ostrog Monastery

Breakfast and Lunch on the Durmitor Tara & Ostrog Monstery Day Tour

The tour was a full day from 7.30 am to 9.00 pm and stops were made for breakfast at Restoran Kastel just outside Niksic and Luna Restaurant in Zabljak.

We would like to thank 360Monte for sponsoring us on their North Montenegro Tour. We would also like to thank our responsible and professional minibus driver and Ognjen our guide for the day, who was very passionate and knowledgeable about his country.  As always, our opinions are our own.

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Where to stay in Kotor

We stayed and can recommend the Old Mariner Guest House across the Bay of Kotor’s Old Town in Prcanj. The guest house has excellent accommodations, you can self-cater or enjoy some of the restaurants in walking distance. They provide sunbeds on the bay for guests.

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Airports Montenegro

The closest airport to Kotor is Tivat (TVI) 8 km away.

There are two further options:

Podgorica in Montenegro (TGD) 85 km away or

Dubrovnik Airport (DVB) in Croatia 58 km away.

You can pre-book a transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Kotor here.

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Bus Tickets Montenegro

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