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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy an unforgettable swimming holiday in Montenegro, surrounded by a breathtaking mountain back drop

  • Relax in a beautifully restored former palace with outstanding views

  • Explore the famous Plava Špilja (Blue Grotto)

  • Swim towards the Albanian border in the stunning Lake Skadar

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 the crossing of the Gulf 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 have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Montenegro
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching and video analysis
  • 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.

Day 1

We meet at our accommodation which is just metres from the water. 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 stroke improvement, where the guides record and analyse your stroke above and below the water, which will be reviewed later in the evening. 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 on the Albanian border, for a unique experience of lake and river swimming in fresh water. 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 village of Kotor to wander around and take in the charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed village 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.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Perast Palace, Perast

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Perast Palace, Perast

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

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 Googles* (x2) Small Daypack
Sunhat and Sunglasses Walking Shoes
Waterproof Sun Cream Sweater / Fleece
Insect Repellent Aqua Shoes / Sandals

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

Note: There is no need to pack towels as the accommodation provides a couple of towels that can be used outside of the house.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

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

*Please note that these swims are an example of the what 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

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 20-22°C / 68-72°F 22-24°C / 72-75°F
July 22-24°C / 72-75°F 23-25°C / 73-77°F
August 23-25°C / 73-77°F 27-29°C / 81-84°F
September 22-24°C / 72-75°F 24-26°C / 75-79°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.

Group Size

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 inflatable 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.

Getting There - General Information

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 book an extra night’s accommodation at Perast Palace prior to the start of your trip.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. 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

Flights to Dubrovnik

To search for available flights into Dubrovnik Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

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 Mihalo 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
7+ guests €20 per person

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 Mihalo 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 Libertas Dubrovnik, 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

Flights to Tivat

To search for available flights into Tivat Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Private Transfer from Tivat Airport to Perast

Private transfers are available from Tivat Airport to Perast for €25, which can be split up to three passengers and take approximately 30 minutes. To book this transfer, please e-mail Liliana: lilianaglyn@hotmail.com.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Perast Palace, known locally as Palata Mrshe, 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 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 here.

Extra Nights at Perast Palace

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

Finding Perast Palace

The Perast 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.

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches 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.

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

Extra Expenses

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 (3km from Perast) and Kotor (12km 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.

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 most countries, including 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.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Montenegro, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit ElectricalOutlet.org.

  • Idyllic, Inspiring, Challenging, Rewarding, Enriching, Fulfilling, Addicting! With each SwimTrek completed I immediately start thinking about where I want to go next. Thank you for my dream holiday.

    Amy B, USA - 2017
  • I have never laughed for so long, with so many new friends... Thank you for making this week in my life a wonderful one to remember always - every day, every swim and wonderful adventure

    Kim P, UK - 2017
  • An unspoilt location with really good water quality and incredible views. The accommodation is a Palace and I would go back in a heartbeat!

    Victoria M, UK - 2017
  • The beauty of Lake Skadar and the river will move you to tears.

    Jacqueline H, UK - 2017
  • The sheer variety of swimming locations - coastal, bay crossings, lake and river - really made this trip special. That, and the best breakfasts anyone could ask for!

    Jonathan E, UK - 2017
  • Unforgettable!

    Trudi B, UK - 2017
  • The expertise and empathy of the Swim Trek guides is what makes these trips so special - they bring the group together so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

    Fiona M, UK - 2017

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Perast Palace

The Perast Palace is a gorgeous former palace which has been totally refurbished in a traditional Montenegrin style. Ideally situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the palace overlooks the Bay of Kotor and offers a number of different bedrooms options, as well as large open plan living areas with spectacular views.