Full day Skadar Lake National Park
Lake Skadar still remains off the beaten track for many visitors to Montenegro, but if you do visit it - you'll be richly rewarded.
Balkan Adventure takes you on a one-day tour through this magical area to see its best parts!
In just one day you'll get the opportunity to:
- Experience breathtaking landscapes of National Park Skadar lake by boat
- Learn about Europe's largest bird reserve
- Besac fortress
- Explore the idyllic towns Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevića
- Try Montenegrin cuisine and go wine tasting
- Take photos at the famous "Pavlova strana" viewpoint
Overview of the tour
Part 1 - Visit to Besac Fortress
Our first point of visit is Virpazar, the "center" of Skadar lake National Park. We take a walk to Besac Fortress, built by Turks in 1478. Besac Fortress is a cultural and historical site of exceptional importance and one of the most attractive lookouts on Skadar Lake. This is one of the oldest military fortifications preserved on the territory of today's Montenegro. This place was used as a prison by occupying Italians in Second World War, and has been restored in 2013.
Part 2 - Boat ride across the biggest lake in Balkan
The trip heads to Skadar lake, the biggest lake on Balkan peninsula, where we take a boat ride to Kom Monastery. On the way to this XV century monastery we get the chance to explore the wild beauty of Skadar lake, see fishing villages, lotus flower channels and much more! Skadar lake is famous for being the last remaining breeding ground of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. It is also a key resting place for birds migrating from northern Europe to Africa. The Kom Monastery, built between 1415 and 1427, has some of the oldest frescoes in Montenegro.
Part 3 - Wine tasting
After the boat tour it is time for some good food and wine. We head to a local family-run winery with a long wine-making tradition, to try local wines and Montenegrin cuisine. You will learn about Montenegrin indigenous grape varieties, family traditions and life in this well known wine region.
Part 4 - Rijeka Crnojevića, the "Montenegrin Venice"
On the way to the entrance to Rijeka Crnojevića, there is a fantastic view of the river of the same name, and a little further on Lake Skadar. The beginning of the story is linked to the ruler of Zeta, Ivan Crnojević, who in the XV century, in order to avoid the Turkish army, built a fortress and a monastery on Obod, whose church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. There he transferred his capital from Žabljak Crnojevića, and the monastery became the seat of the Zeta Metropolis. Here we can find the remains of historical buildings from the time of Ivan Crnojević, such as the basement room which is connected to the work of the Obod printing house, where the first Cyrillic book "Octoich prvoglasnik" was printed in 1494. In addition, the first pharmacy in Montenegro was opened here, as well as the first weapons workshop. During the XIX and early XX centuries, Rijeka Crnojevića was the largest Montenegrin port and a leading trade center.
Part 5 - Pavlova strana viewpoint
We start our departure by passing along the most famous viewpoint in Skadar lake region - Pavlova Strana (the side of Pavle). You will recognize this fantastic landscape from numerous postcards. This viewpoint owes its thanks to the Crnojević river, which meanders here and merges with Skadar Lake. After a photo break, we continue our way back to Podgorica.
- Besac fortress
- Kom Monastery
- Flora and fauna of NP Skadar lake
- Spectacular lake views
- Rijeka Crnojevića
- Boat ride
- Wine tasting
- Bring swimwear
- The tour includes groups up to 18 people maximum
- In case of bad weather conditions, the tour may be delayed or canceled
- Please contact us for a private tour
- Final confirmation and full payment is needed 30 days prior to start
- After confirmation guests will receive a voucher and detailed itinerary of the tour
- Cancelation policy: 50% if the service is canceled 7-15 days prior to the start; 100% if canceled 7 or less days before the day of service
What is included
- Wine tasting and snacks
- National park ticket
- Boat tour
- Besac castle tickets