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TRIP OVERVIEW

7 days
SwimTrek Classic
5km/day
Moderate

Trip Dates

2023
27 May - 02 Jun, 2023
Available
03 Jun - 09 Jun, 2023
Available
17 Jun - 23 Jun, 2023
Full
24 Jun - 30 Jun, 2023
2 Spaces
01 Jul - 07 Jul, 2023
5 Spaces
08 Jul - 14 Jul, 2023
3 Spaces
19 Aug - 25 Aug, 2023
1 Space
26 Aug - 01 Sep, 2023
Private
02 Sep - 08 Sep, 2023
Available
16 Sep - 22 Sep, 2023
Full
23 Sep - 29 Sep, 2023
3 Spaces
30 Sep - 06 Oct, 2023
Available
07 Oct - 13 Oct, 2023
Available
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy an unforgettable swimming holiday in Montenegro and explore hidden coves, tranquil lakes and beautiful mountains

  • Relax in a beautifully restored former palace with outstanding views of the local fjords

  • Explore the famous Plava Špilja (Blue Grotto)

  • Swim towards the Albanian border in stunning Lake Skadar among the monasteries

Montenegro is one of the few locations in the world where you can swim in four different types of open water in the space of less than a week. On this warm-water swimming holiday, you’ll have the chance to swim in fjords, lakes, rivers and the sea, as you explore the spectacular scenery and rich history that Montenegro has to offer.

Explore hidden coves, tranquil lakes, and beautiful coastline as we take in some of Montenegro's finest landscapes from a truly unique perspective. With imposing mountains rising out of the area's fjords, this is a unique opportunity to discover the breathtaking natural beauty of such a scenic and historic corner of the European continent. From a swim in the famous 'blue cave' of Plava Špilja to swims across the Bay of Kotor and island hopping between monasteries in Lake Skadar, this trip is filled with amazing swimming experiences which will stay with you long after your last stroke in the water.

At the end of each day, you will have the chance to relax and unwind in a refurbished former palace in the historical town of Perast. The beautiful Perast Palace offers stunning accommodation, with a wide range of room options, an open-air terrace, and picture-perfect views of the breathtaking Bay of Kotor.


Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for guests who are keen to swim in a full range of open water types, from lakes and rivers to fjords and the sea. Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims).

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.


What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Montenegro
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Six nights' accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches (Excluding day six)

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Lunch on day six
  • Evening meals



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Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Mrshe Palace, Perast, Montenegro

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Mrshe Palace, Perast, Montenegro

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Day 1

We meet at our accommodation which is nestled near the bottom of the hill, a short walk from the water, accessed by a flight of 60 stone steps. After a chance to relax, you will meet your guides and fellow swimmers for a safety briefing and discussion of the week ahead. We will then hold an acclimatisation swim nearby, which will be followed by an optional traditional Montenegrin group meal at the house.

Day 2

After breakfast, our first swim is out to the two islands lying just off Perast; Saint George Island and “Our Lady of the Rocks” Island. It’s an excellent and exciting way to start the trip as we are surrounded by the imposing fjords that dominate the landscape in this area. The afternoon is given over to technique advice and filming for video playback. The second swim of the day is along the coast to the oldest settlement of the Bay of Kotor, the city of Risan. The view from here is unrivalled as the entire Bay of Kotor is laid out before us.

Day 3

We travel out of the Bay of Kotor through the narrow Verige Strait into Tivat Bay, but before we do so, we have time to stop and visit the church on “Our Lady of the Rocks” island. We then go on to swim between the islands of Prevlaka, Sveti Marko and Gospa od Milosrđa. Sveti Marko is known for its flowers and the whole swim is both intriguing and varied. After lunch, near the white-stone village of Bjelila, we swim up the Luštica Peninsula, a sparsely inhabited finger of land dotted with hilltop and seafront villages, finishing at the small fishing village of Franciskovići.

Day 4

This day is significantly different from the rest of the trip as we travel to Lake Skadar, located across the Montenegrin/Albanian border, for a unique experience of lake and river swimming in freshwater. We make our escape from Grmožur, the “Montenegrin Alcatraz,” to the deepest part of the lake, the old fishing village of Raduš. The afternoon is spent swimming upstream in the cooler waters of the Morača River and ending at the 8th century Monastery of St Nikola. On the way back to Perast we have a break from travel to take in the majestic view of the private village and beaches of Sveti Stefan, perched on a rocky outcrop and joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.

Day 5

Starting in the Bay of Kotor we complete a crossing to the picturesque hamlet of Stoliv nestled on the Gulf’s remote western shore. From here, there is an optional 45-minute walk to the Church of Gornji Stoliv located on the slopes of Mt Velji Vrh. The views from 300m above the Gulf are truly breathtaking. After lunch, you have some free time to either relax at Perast Palace or catch a bus or taxi to the nearby town of Kotor where you can wander around and take in the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site which dates back as far as the 12th century.

Day 6

Travelling through the Verige Strait, we head to the Adriatic shoreline of the Luštica Peninsula and to the coastal village of Žanjica, which is only 4km from the Croatian border. Lunch is on the land today, with the opportunity to buy a local Taverna lunch and explore the village. From Žanjica we head from Rose along the coast to Prstan, stopping to explore the WWII submarine tunnel. The afternoon is taken up swimming in and out of caves along the Adriatic coast and ending in the largest and most famous cave in Montenegro; “Plava Špilja” (“Blue Grotto”). The cave is over nine metres high the water temperature inside is often a few degrees warmer than the outside sea temperature.

Day 7

After breakfast, there is time for a final morning swim in Perast before the trip finishes at our accommodation at 11:00.

Location Summaries

Perast

A picturesque Venetian town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Perast is located in the middle of the Bay of Kotor. It has inspiring views over the entire bay and the buildings represent the peak of Dalmatian Baroque architecture. Lying some 400 metres offshore are the two islands; Saint George, home to a 12th century Benedictine Monastery and the island of 'Our Lady of the Rocks', home to a 17th century Roman Catholic church.

Kotor

Lying in the south-eastern part of the Bay of Kotor, this former town of merchants and seafarers dates back to the 12th century. The old town is a densely packed triangle of twisting streets contained by the steep slopes of Sveti Ivan to the east. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and for a small charge, climb the approximate 1.350 steps to the fort for it’s impressive panoramic views of the bay.

Gulf of Kotor

The Gulf of Kotor is widely acknowledged as the single most impressive geographical feature anywhere along the Adriatic coast. It consists of two parts; Tivat Bay and, further inland, the Bay of Kotor. Giant mountains sweep straight down into the clear blue waters which form a series of inland fjords and the old historic towns dotted around the shoreline provide a wealth of opportunities for exploring.

Lake Skadar

The largest lake on the Balkan peninsula is split between Montenegro and Albania. The Montenegrin section was declared a National Park in 1983 and is home to over 260 bird species. Numerous sites and monuments show that this was an important cultural and historic centre in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Trip Grading

We have given this trip a 'Moderate' grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distance
Perast – St. George/Lady of the Rocks 1½km
Morača - St Nikola (Lake Skadar) 2½km
Risan Bay Swim (Bay of Kotor) 3km
Perast - Stoliv (Bay of Kotor) 1½km
Prevlaka - Milosrđa (Bay of Tivat) 3km
Rose - Prstan (Adriatic Sea) 3½km
Bjelila - Franciskovići (Bay of Tivat) 2½km
Veslo - Plava Špilja (Adriatic Sea) 2km
Grmožur - Raduš (Lake Skadar) 3km

*Please note that these swims are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

On Day 5 there is an optional 45-minute walk to the Church of Gornji and should you wish to visit Kotor, there is also the option to take the climb up the 1,350 steps to the Kotor Fort.

Walking Conditions

Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 20-24°C / 68-75°F 22-24°C / 72-75°F
July 22-26°C / 72-79°F 23-27°C / 73-81°F
August 24-27°C / 75-81°F 26-29°C / 79-84°F
September 22-24°C / 72-75°F 23-26°C / 73-79°F
October 19-22°C / 66-72°F 18-22°C / 65-70°F

*Please note that these temperatures relate to the Bay of Kotor and should be used as a guide only. Water temperatures in the lakes and rivers in which we swim may be 3-5˚C cooler than these temperatures.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Trip Information

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two support boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Waterproof Jacket
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Small Daypack
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Walking Shoes/Sandals
Waterproof Sun Cream Sweater / Fleece
Insect Repellent Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Personal Drink Bottle (x2)

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

For more information, please visit our Packing List page on the website

Note: There is no need to pack towels as the accommodation provides both bath towels and beach towels that can be used outside of the house.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats, water, and electrolyte drinks. The guides will no longer distribute shared drinks bottles but will fill your personal drink bottles. Please ensure these are clearly marked to help our coaches identify yours. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest, snorkel, or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Getting There

There are several ways to travel to Perast, however, the most common route is to fly into Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia and book the shared transfer service which leaves between 12:30 and 13:00 on Day 1 of your trip.

It is also possible to fly into Tivat Airport in Montenegro, which is located closer to Perast but is a smaller airport than Dubrovnik and has fewer international flight arrivals. Please note that flights are often not available on Saturdays, so you may need to book an extra night’s accommodation at Perast Palace prior to the start of your trip.

As SwimTrekkers come from all over the world, and join our swimming holidays in numerous destinations, we don't currently offer flights as part of our SwimTrek packages. We do however want to do as much as we can to ensure that our guests get the best deals when travelling to one of our trips so check out our SwimTrek flight tips page on the website.

Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel bookings as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Option 1: Travel via Dubrovnik

Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast

Dubrovnik Airport Carhire offers a shared transfer service from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast Palace in Montenegro which coincides with morning flight arrivals into Dubrovnik and must be booked directly with the transfer company by emailing Mihajlo on: info@dubrovnik-airport-carhire.com. Please note that this is a shared transfer service and may include up to eight fellow travellers.

The transfer leaves between 12:30 and 13:00, depending on the flight arrival times of the guests who are booked on the transfer, and takes approximately two hours to reach Perast Palace. It is worth mentioning that this journey time could be significantly longer due to possible delays at the Croatian-Montenegrin border.

Prices for this transfer service are as follows and are payable directly to your driver upon arrival:

Number of Guests Transfer Price
1-3 Guests €90 to be split between all passengers (one way)
4-6 Guests €30 per person (one way)
7+ Guests €25 per person (one way)

IMPORTANT: To book your place on this transfer, you must email info@dubrovnik-airport-carhire.com with your flight arrival details at least 7 days prior to your arrival. Please note that your transfer will not be confirmed until you have received a written confirmation from Dubrovnik Airport Carhire.

Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast

Private transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to Perast are available at the above rates for guests whose flights to not coincide with the shared transfer at 12:30-13:00. To make your booking, please contact Mihajlo at: info@dubrovnik-airport-carhire.com. Alternatively, you can visit the Peugeot rent-a-car office at Dubrovnik Airport, located in front of the arrivals terminal, to get a quote on location.

Public Transport from Dubrovnik to Perast

There is a bus service which runs from Dubrovnik’s main bus station to the town of Kotor, which is situated just 12 kilometres from our base in Perast. Please note that Kotor is the closest scheduled stop on this service, so you will need to ask the driver to let you off in Perast. Once released, the bus timetable can be viewed at www.libertasdubrovnik.com, however, please note that it is subject to change without notice.

Private Transfers While Staying in Dubrovnik

If you are planning to stay in Dubrovnik before or after your trip and need a transfer between the airport and your accommodation (including to meet the shared transfer on Day 1), please email Mihajlo with your arrival details or travel plans: info@dubrovnik-airport-carhire.com.

Option 2: Travel via Tivat

Private Transfer from Tivat Airport to Perast

Private transfers are available from Tivat Airport to Perast from €30, which can carry up to three passengers and take approximately 30 minutes. To book this transfer, please email Liliana: lilianaglyn@hotmail.com.

Accommodation

Mrshe Palace is a beautiful former palace which has been totally refurbished in a traditional Montenegrin style and which is booked exclusively for SwimTrek’s use during our trips. The Perast Palace is a home away from home and is situated up a flight of steps, just metres from the water’s edge on the banks of the Bay of Kotor. The house features a large lounge, separate dining room and TV room as well as wireless internet and an outdoor terrace in the heart of Perast.

Please note that there are a range of bedroom/bathroom options at Perast Palace. The majority of the rooms are offered on a twin share basis and have en suite facilities, however, please be aware that there are two bedrooms (Rooms 2 and 5) which have a shared bathroom. Please ensure that you select the correct room type at the time of booking and be aware that all rooms are subject to availability. Due to the limited number of rooms at the house, there is only one single supplement available on each departure, which is often booked very early. If the single supplement is still available for the departure that you are interested in booking, it will be available to select during the booking process.

Full details on Perast Palace and photos of the bedrooms and living spaces can be found at www.mrshepalace.com.

Finding Perast Palace

The Mrshe Palace is known locally as ‘Palata Mrshe’, so if you are asking for directions, it is often helpful to use this name. If you arrive into Perast from Kotor, the steps leading up to Perast Palace are just after the fire station on the right-hand side. If you are coming into Perast from Risan/Herceg Novi, the steps leading up to Perast Palace are just before the fire station on the left-hand side.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

It is possible to book an extra night at Perast Palace before or after your SwimTrek trip, which is a fantastic way to extend your stay in this beautiful accommodation. If you would like to book an extra night, please contact Liliana by emailing: lilianaglyn@hotmail.com.

Food and Drink

All breakfasts and lunches (excluding lunch on day six) are included on this trip. On the first night, an optional 3-course welcome dinner is held at the Perast Palace at a cost of €20 per person. This meal is always a great way for you to get to know your guides and fellow swimmers over a delicious, homemade meal, however, if you wish not to be included, please let the SwimTrek office know prior to your departure. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request. Please do get in get in contact with the SwimTrek customer team to let them know of any dietary requirements.

Other dinners are not included, allowing you to experience the local restaurant of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is €20-25.

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, meals etc. The local currency in Montenegro is the Euro (€). There is one ATM located in Perast, as well as others nearby in Risan (3 km from Perast) and Kotor (12 km from Perast). Please be aware that the currency in Dubrovnik is Croatian Kuna, not Euros, so it’s best to get Euros and Kuna prior to travelling. We believe that tipping is done entirely at your own discretion. If you have been provided with excellent it may be something you wish to do. Your SwimTrek Guides can advise on local norms for service providers like boat crew, waiters or taxis. Nothing is expected for your SwimTrek Guides but many groups like to present something to the Guides at the end of the trip.

Responsible Travel

SwimTrek is conscious of the importance of protecting the world’s natural wonders. We are acutely aware of our responsibility to not only take care of the natural environments which we are lucky enough to explore, but also to educate our guests about the importance of conservation efforts and responsible tourism. It’s for this reason that we have worked so closely with our partners to ensure that our trips are conducted in the most responsible and sustainable way possible, working tirelessly to minimise the impact of our presence on local marine life and the natural habitat.

For further information, please visit our Responsible Travel page on the website.

Passports and Visas

Non-citizens of Montenegro require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Montenegro for less than 90 days. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference.

For further information about travel insurance, please visit: www.swimtrek.com/travel-insurance.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

Here at SwimTrek we pride ourselves on our focus on safety and the well-being of all our guests. As we operate in some beautiful and remote locations medical facilities are not always easily accessible. SwimTrek Guides, and many staff working for our local partners, are first aid trained. However we ask that you read our Travel Health page to ensure that you are informed about general Travel and Swim Health precautions.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in the hotel. For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

  • The Montenegro trip should not be missed! Beautiful water in a stunning setting, and the most welcoming and comfortable lodgings with Liliana. Having the entire group together around one table for delicious, home-cooked food really enhances the camaraderie among swimmers and makes for a super fun and joyful week.

    Jennifer L, USA - 2022
  • Sightseeing by swimming...only way to go!!

    Kim G, USA - 2022
  • We had been planning our Montenegro trip for years and it did not disappoint. Beautiful setting, great swims, wonderful guides. Can't say enough good things!

    Josh F, USA - 2022
  • A trip of a lifetime! Perfect location, outstanding accommodation, gorgeous water, couldn't have been better cared for by the swimtrek crew!

    Krista W, UK - 2022
  • This was an amazing trip. Stunning scenery, wide variety of swim locations, fabulous guides and wonderful food. Would highly recommend.

    Clare W, UK - 2022
  • SwimTrek are the perfect experts, hosts, organisers to arrange a wonderful swim holiday through. Faultless.

    Stafford, 2021
  • We had amazing experience made all the better by the location the guides and the weather.

    Martin Cain, 2021
  • Our fourth Swimtrek experience - Montenegro was amazing, as were the Swimtrek guides Morgan and Frank. A wonderful holiday and can’t wait for the next one!

    Michael Reeves
  • SwimTrek holidays are everything I wished for, but didn't know even existed until 5 years ago - and I have been a devotee ever since. Their locations and guides are second to none and I plan to swim with them well into old age! Thank you SwimTrek!

    Susan B, UK - 2019
  • My swim trek experience in Montenegro completely excelled all my expectations. Each day was a new and exciting discovery of different locations and waters the team were exceptional and experienced. The trip was fun , challenging and relaxing all in one and utterly beautiful. I’d go again in a heartbeat!

    Chantal C, UK - 2019
  • This trip way exceeded my expectations - everything about it was superb. The accommodation and food (both on and off the boat) were fabulous and ensured we were always ready for our next adventure. The swims were amazing; all different, breathtaking scenery, safety a priority, closely followed by support and reassurance from our fantastic guides. The guides made it for me though - professional, knowledgable, supportive and fun. I felt completely safe and therefore relaxed the whole time. A great trip and I can’t wait for the next one. Already planning......... thank you.

    Helen E, UK - 2019
  • Have you ever been on holiday and felt desperate to swim across a lake, bay or along a coast and no one will do it with you? Join a SwimTrek and everyone is as eager as you to swim all day and the guides make it a safe and rewarding experience!

    Oonagh E, Netherlands - 2019
  • Amazing, amazing, amazing! One of the best weeks of my life. I made friends, swam in beautiful waters, had the best guides, the best food and accommodation.Thank you! Can't wait for my next Swim Trek adventure.

    Jane R, UK - 2019
  • SwimTrek opened my eyes and all my other senses to the wonders of open water swimming. As a regular ocean swimmer from Sydney the mix of lake, river, fjords and open ocean amongst stunning scenery of Montenegro has changed future travel plans for the foreseeable future - SwimTrek all the way!

    Rachel S, Australia - 2019
  • A week of SwimTrek in Montenegro exceeded all my expectations. To swim in such stunning locations with great guides and a fun group of new friends was an amazing experience that I feel grateful to have experienced.

    Aileen F. IRL-2018
  • This trip reminded me of why swimming is good for my soul.

    Alex L, Germany - 2018
  • This was an amazing week that exceeded my expectations

    Barbara H. USA- 2018
  • If you love to swim and love to travel, SwimTrek is the vacation for you. Go by yourself, or take 14 of your best swimming friends, like I did. Either way, you can't beat the friendliness and quality of service, the local knowledge of the water environment, the swim expertise of the guides, and above-all, the safety standards and guidelines that are adhered to. SwimTrek, you have 15 new fans for life!

    Kelly S. USA- 2018
  • This was a magical vacation. So perfect with the swim, hikes, food and drink!! My perfect vacation!

    Sue P, UK- 2018
  • Variety of swims, warmth of welcome and accommodation makes this trip a must for all SwimTrek addicts.

    Nicky C. UK- 2018
  • Swimming in the only Mediterranean fjord, was just an outstanding experience.

    Philipp H. GER- 2018

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