Boat tour Starčeva Gorica and Beška monasteriesMonastery tours


Virpazar center




approx. 6 hours




185 €
per boat



General info 

Relax and see the highlights of Skadar lake from the comfort of your own traditional, Montenegrin lake boat! 

Skadar Lake and its surroundings have been the center of the Montenegrin state for a long time. Before the Ottomans occupied the region, it belonged to the Kingdom of Zeta. In the past, there were about twenty medieval monasteries and churches on the shores and islands of the Lake. Orthodox believers also call this region ‘The Holy Mountain of Zeta’ (Zetska Sveta Gora), comparing Skadar Lake with Mount Athos in Greece.

The Skadar lake is also known for being the last remaining breeding ground of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. It’s also a key resting place for birds migrating from northern Europe to Africa and is Europe's largest bird reserve.



  • up to 5 people 185 €
  • 6 to 10 people 215 €
  • 11 to 15 people 242 €
Boat tour Montenegro

Overview of the tour 

  • Meeting in Virpazar center.
  • Short cruise through a picturesque channel passing the former prison island of Grmožur. The abandoned fortification is known as Montenegrin Alcatraz as it was a former jail in the time of King Nikola. The locals call it - Island of Snakes.
  • Beška and Starčeva Gorica monasteries - The Beška monastery, dating from 14th century, is made up of two churches: an older church in honor of St. George and its newer counterpart the Virgin Mary. As the only female monastery on the territory of Skadar Lake, Beška Monastery is very unique.
    Starčeva Gorica is the oldest monastery complex on the islands of Skadar lake. The church, part of the monastery entity is mentioned in 1378. The foundation of the monastery is related to an old clergyman Makarije, who lived on the island as a hermit, and by whom the island got the name. Today, there is only one monk, Father Gligorije, living on this island.
  • Swimming break at Murići Beach.
  • Back to meeting point.



  • Spectacular lake views
  • Fauna and flora
  • Swimming break
  • Beška Monastery
  • Starčeva Gorica
  • Grmožur Island


  • Each guest must purchase a ticket to access the National Park before boarding. The ticket cost (€4 per person) is not included in our price and must be purchased separately. Children under 7 years old are exempt from this charge.
  • The ticket grants access to the Museum of Animal Species in Vranjina, which is located just a few kilometres from Virpazar.

What is included 

  • English-speaking guide
  • Drinks/refreshments
  • Life jackets

What is not included 

  • National snack of priganice with cheese and honey can be prepared for an additional €10 per boat
  • Tickets for entry to the Skadar Lake National Park
  • Transfers to the meeting point (can be arranged upon request – please add additional note when booking or contact us via
  • Insurance

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