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Looking for variety in your swimming, this trip offers a trio of water types to swim including fjords, lakes, and seas as you explore the coasts, coves, and bays of this scenic, historic, and secluded country!
Montenegro may literally mean ‘black mountain’, but the beaches are golden, the buildings are white stone, and the waters are a beautiful blue – and you get to experience it all as we swim along the Adriatic coast, explore the famous Plavea Spilja, cross the Gulf of Kotor, and island hop between monasteries in Lake Skadar.
At the end of the day, relax and unwind in the grand location of a revamped former palace in the historical town of Perast – with picture perfect views.
What's not included?
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
Walking Conditions and Distances
Most of the walks are on recognised tracks and paths. The major walk of the trip on Day 3 follows a mountain track, walking shoes being required.
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the water during swims.
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rash vests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
If you think you would benefit from a wetsuit but don't want to commit to buying one outright you are now able to hire a wetsuit for £40 through the company Vigour Events. They will send the wetsuit directly to your door. For further information please click here.
This trip has a maximum group size of 16 people. During swims the trip will be split into a maximum of 3 groups based on speed. Each group will be accompanied by their own safety escort.
The easiest way to travel to Perast is to fly in to Dubrovnik in Croatia and connect with the SwimTrek transfer that leaves the airport at 12:30pm on your arrival day. The cost of the transfer varies between €20-€30 per person depending on the number travellers.
Customers also have the option of flying to Tivat or Podgorica within Montenegro, although the flights are less frequent and often considerable more expensive.
Flights To Dubrovnik (sample only)
Flights To Podgorica (sample only)
Getting from the Airports to Perast:
If you would like to arrange a private transfer, this can be arranged through a local provider:
Dubrovnik: Transfers from Dubrovnik will cost roughly €80 and take 1½-2 hours. Contact email@example.com to book
Podgorica: Transfers from Podgorica will cost roughly €70 and take approximately 2 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Tivat: Transfers from Tivat will cost roughly €40 and take approximately 30 minutes. Contact email@example.com to book.
Transfer by Bus
Departures from the central bus station in Dubrovnik are at 10:00 and 15:00 daily and an extra one at 20:30 on a Saturday. The cost is around 144 Kuna each way with an extra charge for each bag in the hold.
* It is not possible to purchase tickets in advance. Regular bus services run from the airport to the central bus station and cost about €5. Perast is 12 kilometres before Kotor which is the nearest scheduled stop for the bus. Please ask the driver to let you off in Perast. Times are subject to change and you can view the time table atlibertasdubrovnik.hr
Podgorica to Perast
There are about 6 buses each day that depart from the Bus Terminal in Podgorica and stop in Perast. The journey should take 2 - 3 hours and the bus schedule can be found online at www.busterminal.me.
The Perast Palace is a former palace and is totally refurbished in a traditional Montenegrin style. It’s a home away from home and situated up a flight of steps, just metres from the water’s edge. Featuring a large lounge, TV room as well as wireless internet, this large house offers good accommodation in the heart of Perast. Full details on the Perast Palace can be found at www.perastpalace.com
Finding the Perast Palace once in Perast:
Included meals are breakfast and lunch, except on Day 6 & Day 7, where lunch is at your cost. Dinners are not included allowing you to choose where, when and with whom you would like to dine. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is between €20-€30 excluding alcohol.
On the first night there is an optional welcome dinner held at the Perast Palace at the cost of €15 per person. If you wish NOT to be included in this meal then please contact the office prior to the trip.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, meals and any of the additional tours etc. Local currency is the Euro (€). There is no cash machine in Perast, but there are cash machines in nearby Risan (3 km) and Kotor (12 km).
Please be aware that Dubrovnik is in Croatia, where the currency is Kuna rather than Euro.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport, that should be valid for 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. You should check if you require a visa. Most nationalities including EU, British, US, Canadian and Australian citizens do not require a visa. To enter Montenegro. Visa regulations do change. Please check!
There are no essential vaccination requirements for Montenegro. Check that your polio and tetanus vaccinations are up to date.
The Perast Palace is a former palace and is totally refurbished in a traditional Montenegrin style.