Vacation to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

“Enjoy gentle walks and cultural sightseeing in and around the cities, towns and highland villages of Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina.”

Highlights

Dubrovnik | Kotor city tour | boat ride on Bay of Kotor | Cetinje city tour | Ostrog Monastery | Durmitor National Lake | stroll around Zabljak Plateau and the Piva River | Sarajevo city tour including tunnel museum | gentle walk around village of Lukomir | Mostar sightseeing tour | Ottoman town of Pocitelj | Kravica Waterfalls | Blagaj village | Tvrdos Orthodox Monastery |

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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Vacation to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend 10 nights in small hotels and pensions. All accommodation is locally owned and staffed, which provides employment and income alternatives for many locals. Where meals are provided, locally sourced, traditionally used ingredients like yoghurt, meat (pork, lamb and veal) and seasonal vegetables will be provided. Guides will be able to recommend authentic restaurants to visit for dinner and these will often be family run. In Kotor, guests can visit a fresh fish market and in Saravejo there is a popular market called Markale, where guests can buy local produce.

Local Craft and Culture:
This tour is packed with culture: we visit the walls of Kotor and its many churches and palaces, the galleries and museums in Cetinje and Saravejo’s Old Town and Tunnel Musuem. However, the best way to culturally explore the three countries in this trip is to engage with local people. We arrange to have lunch with a local family in two small, mountain highland villages (one in Montenegro and one in Bosnia) where we can enjoy some authentic food and see that our presence benefits this remote economy. After this there is the chance to buy traditional handicrafts, like woollen gloves and sweaters or carven wooden relics, directly from the villagers.

Community:
This trip designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we buy local produce, eat local food and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economies and the host communities. By visiting a large number of cultural and natural sites and paying entrance fees, we are contributing towards maintaining, restoring and protecting these valuable monuments and facilities. Stops include Kotor's 4.5km long fortification walls and its many churches and palaces, Ostrog Monastery, Durmitor National Park, Saravejo’s Old Town and the Tunnel Museum, Tvrdos Orthodox Monastery and the walls of Dubrovnik.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

4 Reviews of Vacation to Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenery and learning about the history of Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Visiting local communities and vineyards supported local people and busnesses

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole vacation was enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for some lengthy coach journeys and border crossings.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do feel it benefitted the local economy e.g the meals with local families.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The only real disappointment was Dubrovnik where we had very little time to do much at all except go for a group dinner in the old town. The hotel Komodor
was also very tired and not worthy of 3 stars.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The tour of Sarajevo

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take into account there is quite a lot of fairly steep walking involved

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was exciting and the scenery in both countries is breathtaking. I have only two negative comments: (1) The operator advertises the tour is for 2 to 16 people and there were 18; (2) the hotel in Mostar was changed from the Almira (4 star) to the Kapetanovina (3 star), which is not a problem but the operator does state that should the hotel differ from the original one on the list, it would be of the same standard.

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The stunning scenery and trips to isolated villages.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that two of the walks described as gentle are in fact quite strenuous, but of course they are optional. If you are nervous being driven on narrow mountain roads with sheer drops this tour may not be for you, but I always felt perfectly safe. if you do not like very hot weather choose to go in the spring or autumn. Good trip for solo travelers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. I enjoyed every minute. Terrific leader and very nice companions.

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