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Montenegro Mountain Trails
Outstanding countryside riding, no fences and a rural life little changed since the early part of the last century!

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Horse Riding Holidays Montenegro – Montenegro Mountain Trails

PRICES & DATES top

Montenegro Mountain Trails – Prices 2020
8 days/7 nights/6 days of riding
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  • $1,610
    • GBP: 1,195
    • EUR: 1,439
    person sharing
  • Included – All riding, your guide and full board accommodation.
    Excluded – International flights to Montenegro, airport transfers, alcoholic & soft drinks and tips.

    Montenegro Mountain Trails : Getting There
    International flight to Podgorica

    Transfer
    We can pick you up (set time only) from Podgorica airport and this is included in the price. If you cannot meet these shared transfer times then taxis can be arranged at an additional cost (payable locally).

    Montenegro Mountain Trails : Dates 2020
    The Montenegro Mountain Trails is a fixed date departure.

    May 24- 31
    June 7-14
    June 21-28
    July 5-12
    July 19-26
    August 2-9
    Aug 16-23
    Aug 30- Sep 6
    Sep 13-20
    Sep 27 -Oct 4

    Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

    SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

    Montenegro is home to truly magnificent scenery; a land of majestic mountain ranges, hidden lakes and archaic forests. Your hosts for the week are Jann and Istfan who will expertly guide you through the land of “The Legends of the Wolf”. A typical day’s ride includes long grassy paths through rolling hills, dark mysterious forests, and some rather steep and tricky climbs. After a long day in the saddle enjoy locally produced hearty food and relax with your group reflecting upon your day’s adventures.

    THE RIDING top

    Montenegro Mountain Trails Horses
    Locally bred horses that are sturdy, sure-footed and sensible. They range from 14.2hh to 15.2hh.

    Montenegro Mountain Trails Level of Riding & Pace
    We recommend that you are riding fit to get the most out of your week as you will be in the saddle for up to 6 hours a day and trotting considerable distances. It is important that you are confident to canter under control in open countryside.

    Tack
    English with GP saddles and snaffle bridles.

    Montenegro Mountain Trails Weight Restriction
    90kg / 14st / 200 lbs.

    Montenegro Mountain Trails Group Size – Maximum 8.

    ACCOMMODATION top

    Accommodation is rustic and comfortable. You will be stay in an eco-house, ski hotel, mountain chalets and guest houses. Food in Montenegro is mostly farm to plate and seasonal.

    Sample menu:
    Breakfast:
    Omelette with cheese and ham or fried eggs, fresh bread, local pastries with spinach and cheese, tomatoes and cured hams.
    Lunch:
    A packed lunch including rolls with ham, cheese and tomatoes, fruit and biscuits.
    Dinner:
    Grilled chicken and chips, grilled veggies (peppers/onions/tomatoes), cheese and bread.

    Horse Riding Holidays like our Montenegro Mountain Trails holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Montenegro.

    SAMPLE ITINERARY top

    Day 1 (Sunday)
    Depending on your arrival time, after the short transfer from the airport, spend some time exploring Montenegro’s capital city of Podgorica. The highlights of this small city can easily be seen in a few hours on foot. If you feel like a snack, try one of the many cafes and restaurants in the city centre, or pick up a “burek” or “pita” (filo pastry filled with cheese, meat, or spinach) from one of the “Buregdžinica” dotted around the city. Prices are very reasonable compared to most European cities.

    Late afternoon, meet at a central point for transfer to the small Mountain Riders’ ranch, where our horses are based between tours. After settling into your rooms at our newly renovated guest house, meet for a ride briefing, get to know the horses, and organize equipment. In the evening, your hosts will prepare a barbeque or traditional local stew accompanied by, for example, roasted vegetables, salads and fresh bread.

    Overnight: Mountain Riders guesthouse- twin rooms with private bathrooms

    Day 2 (Monday)
    After breakfast, transfer to the start of our adventure, at Vucje Tourist Complex in the northern mountains over Niksic. (Rather than a resort, it is more like a “Hotel Garni”, or “Bed & Breakfast”) The cheese and milk is from the cows next door, and breakfast eggs are from the Vucje chickens.
    Saddle the horses and ride out through the dark forest and into the wide-open high plateaus. Grassy paths crisscross the high summer pastures bordered by the majestic Lukovo mountains. We trek up and over the Durkovo Brdo mountain range. Experience Montenegrin farming culture that has remained unchanged for centuries in the plains known as Konjsko (“of the horse”). Climbing up through the forest, we take a lunch break in a glade. The afternoon’s ride brings a mix of forest paths winding their way between mountains, and grassy paths on gently rolling hills.
    After a total of four or five hours’ ride, we return to the Vucje complex. After the ride relax by taking a walk, catch up on reading, enjoy the afternoon sun with a drink on the terrace – or enjoy the warm fireplace if more appropriate for the weather. Family-style dinner in the Vucje restaurant. Overnight in twin rooms with private bathrooms. The horses sleep in the nearby fields of the hotel.
    Ride length: 4-5 hours, circa 25-30 km – mostly fixed route, alterations possible. Ride length depends on weather conditions.
    Accommodation: Vucje
    Terrain: primarily grass roads, macadam roads. Some forest and steep paths may require leading the horses (dependent on footing conditions). Some asphalt if we extend the ride.
    Pace: walk, trot, canter.

    Day 3 (Tuesday)
    This is a day to marvel at the diversity of the Montenegrin landscape. Within a few kilometres, our path takes us from long canter paths on deserted high plateaus, down through a dark forest and into a fertile protected valley with traditional farmsteads.
    An hours’ ride through the forest brings us to rolling hills of the high plateau, dominated by the Krnovo mountain range. We enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views overlooking the Lola mountain range.
    After lunch, enjoy a brisk canter along the grassy roads of the Krnovo Polje until reaching the mountain pass down into the Bijela valley. After a challenging descent into the valley, we pass through a forest and emerge near Gornja Bijela, where farmers live and work in the same manner they have for centuries. Continuing along the breathtaking valley, our varied path takes us through traditional farming country, orchards, forests, and small settlements. We lead the horses down a final steep descent to “Vojnik,” a small complex built in a traditional style. This “etno village” is comprised of stone and wood bungalows and a main restaurant serving their own dairy- and meat-based products, as well as specialties of the region such as skorup, cicvaru, and kačamak; slow-roasted vegetables, and often fresh trout from the small local fishery.
    Ride length: 5-6 hours, circa 30 km – mostly fixed route, some extensions and small alterations possible within the loop.
    Terrain: primarily grass roads, macadam roads. Some forest paths may require leading the horses (dependent on footing conditions). Limited stretches of asphalt through the villages.
    Pace: walk, trot, canter.
    Accommodation: Etno Village Vojnik (Twin accommodation in comfortable bungalows. Most bungalows have a bed downstairs and several beds upstairs. All bungalows have a private bathroom).

    Day 4 (Wednesday)
    We begin the day’s journey with a steep descent through a forest to the Bijela river. Fording the river by the fishery, we then make our way up the opposite side of the valley, where we travel along a quiet country road skirting the side of the mountain. We then follow a macadam road further up to the almost deserted hilltop region. This unique area of high meadows is bordered by three rivers, each flowing 500 meters below. The elevated location provides stunning views over the neighbouring Durmitor, Sinjavina and Drobnjaci mountain ranges. Our trail is grassy and forested in turn, with some macadam roads and steep climbs. We enjoy a picnic lunch in a grassy field on the edge of a forest. In the afternoon, we explore the hills. As the day winds down, we descend towards the region of Malinsko and the village of Strug (population in winter: 6), where the few fiercely proud residents make their living in a traditional northern Montenegrin way: tending cattle and sheep, curing meat and making cheese. We leave the horses in the care of a local family, and transfer to our overnight accommodation in the village of Poscenje or Bijela. Traditional Montenegrin dinner. If we stay in Poscenje, it is possible to stop at a small market to get snacks and necessities en-route.
    Ride length: circa 5 hours, circa 25 km – mostly fixed route, some small alterations possible within the loop.
    Terrain: primarily grass roads, macadam roads. One 3 km quiet stretch of asphalt as we skirt a mountain range.
    Pace: walk, trot, canter.
    Accommodation: Poscenje: twin accommodation in bungalows with private bathrooms. Most bungalows have beds upstairs and one bed or sofa bed downstairs. In Bijela: newly constructed rooms in a private home with twin accommodation and private bathrooms.

    Day 5 (Thursday)

    After breakfast, we transfer back up to high pastures of the Kravica. There, we saddle the horses and continue our visit to this region of unspoiled nature: beautiful mountains, clean air and lush meadows. Only the enormous mountain dogs snoozing in the shade hint at the long, dangerous winters where wolves and foxes roam freely. Our trail follows grassy or macadam roads and is open, with some steep climbs. We enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the peaks of the Sinjajevina mountains before entering the Javorje region. This is an area largely unexplored and unpublished on tourist maps, with numerous mountain ridges, river valleys and pronounced vertical slopes. Our landscape is dominated by mountain of the same name, as well as the Lola, Kapa Moracka and Djavo Lukavice mountains. Patches of snow can linger until July. We continue the day’s ride on long canter paths crisscrossing the largely uninhabited Krnovo region until we again cross through the dark forest, returning to the Vucje tourist complex for dinner and overnight.
    After the ride: Again, enjoy comfortable Vucje. Family style dinner in the restaurant with fireplace.
    Ride length: at least 6 hours, circa 38 km – mostly fixed route, some extensions and small alterations possible.
    Accommodation: Overnight in twin rooms with private bathrooms.
    Terrain: macadam roads, canter stretches on grass roads.
    Pace: walk, trot, canter.

    Day 6 (Friday)
    After a hearty breakfast, we saddle the horses, ride out on grass and macadam paths as we make our way across the rolling high plains towards the imposing Babji Zub (Grandmother’s teeth – 2277 m). Our path then takes us up through karst formations until we reach our Mala Lukovica, a “katun” (summer shepherds’ village) nestled between majestic mountain ranges. There we enjoy a picnic lunch, and weather permitting, ride up to the glacial Kapitanovo jezero (“Captain’s Lake”). The horses drink and graze while we watch the daily routine of the shepherds who make their summer home around the lake. We then return to Lukovica for dinner and overnight.
    After the ride: Take a walk around the settlement; try to distinguish between sheepdog and sheep; climb a tricky rock path to the “hidden” village of our hosts’ ancestors. (For centuries, Montenegrins hid from endless wave of invading soldiers in the rocky hills, building stone refuges for themselves and their animals.) Enjoy a homecooked northern Montenegrin dinner and overnight at a round wooden house perched on a mountain, “My Dream.” Our host has spent years collecting local legends from this and neighboring settlements and loves to spend his evenings sharing his stories with his guests.
    Ride length: 4 to 6 hours, circa 25 km – flexible route.
    Terrain: primarily grass roads, macadam roads. Some forest paths.
    Pace: climb, walk, trot, canter.
    Accommodation: “My Dream” Chalet in Mala Lukovica (5 twin, 1 double room, all with small private bathroom.) Solar power for light and water — no heat in the rooms. Cell phone connection available on a nearby hill only. If it is cold, we usually all end up in the kitchen around the wood-burning oven until it is time for bed.

    Day 7 (Saturday)
    After breakfast, saddle the horses and descend from Mala Lukovica. Throughout the day, we pass small katuns where farmers carry on the traditions of their ancestors. We break for a relaxing lunch at a local farm/eco-campground in the Katun of Lučica. All ingredients (potatoes, sausage, grilled vegetables, salads) are grown or raised on the premises, without chemicals. The owner’s wife collects wild berries and fruits to make pomegranate, quince, and rosehip juice. She mixes these with organically grown apple, carrot and beet juice for sweetness. After relaxing, we start our afternoon’s ride. A few exhilarating canters and final descent through the dark forest brings us back to Vucje, where our ride wraps up. After loading the horses for the trip home, we then transfer back to Mountain Riders ranch near Podgorica. En route, visit the Ostrog monastery, arguably the most culturally important religious site in the former Yugoslav area. The 17th century monastery is dedicated to Saint Basil, whose body is enshrined in one of the two cave chapels. Built into the side of a cliff face, the monastery is visited by Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Muslims alike. You may pass pilgrims making their way up the mountain path barefoot or on their knees. Respectful clothing (no shorts, covered shoulders) required.
    Back at the Mountain Riders ranch, enjoy a farewell dinner and party (drinks included this evening).
    Overnight at the Mountain Riders guest house.
    Ride length: 4 to 5 hours, circa 25 km – flexible route.
    Terrain: primarily grass roads, macadam roads. Some forest paths.
    Pace: walk, trot, canter.
    Accommodation: Mountain Riders guest house (twin rooms with private bathrooms)

    Day 8 (Sunday)
    After breakfast, transfer to the Aria hotel near the Podgorica airport where you can relax around the pool and outdoor bar/restaurant until your flight. (If you are departing from Tivat, your transfer will be arranged at a suitable time). Guests with later departures can choose an optional excursion (at own expense) to the lakeside village of Virpazar, in Lake Skadar National Park, and engage in a variety of lake-based activities such as a boat ride or kayaking prior to their flight

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