After struggling to find a UK based tour operator who could put together a tailor-made, two week holiday to Montenegro, I stumbled across MEA on the internet.
As we discussed our various holiday options over the telephone, I was immediately impressed by their friendliness, enthusiasm and knowledge. I have never before used a non-UK based company to plan and book a holiday and was initially a little apprehensive about paying the balance by Bank transfer to a foreign country. I really needn't have worried, MEA were efficient and totally professional throughout our entire holiday experience. Nikola kept in contact throughout our stay, checking that we were ok and really couldn’t have done any more for us.
Our two week holiday was based upon the mountain-lake-sea package which meant that we stayed in five different places, taking in four of the five National Parks within Montenegro. We chose not to hire a car so MEA took care of all our transfers as well as our tours and accommodation. We visited places, saw things and learnt things that we never would have been able to organise on our own. To name but a few, the two of us enjoyed hiking in the Durmitor and Lovcen National Parks with private guides, we received a blessing at Ostrog Monastery, we had an excellent, informative winery tour followed by wine tasting at a local, award winning private estate, we kayaked to Beska Island where a nun gave us a private tour of the two monasteries located there, we visited the home of a local bee keeper and enjoyed a fabulous lunch prepared by his wife, we ate wild water chestnuts on Lake Skadar and we enjoyed a private boat tour to the Blue Cave followed by a fabulous seafood lunch at the remote Dobrec Beach.
Montenegro is a stunningly beautiful country and the warmth and hospitality of the Montenegrin people is second to none. The food, whilst pretty basic, is locally sourced, mostly organic and totally delicious. MEA allowed us to see the real Montenegro, not a sanitised tourist version. The holiday was exactly what I was hoping for and I would go back in a heartbeat. Although I would love to keep this stunning little country a secret, I haven't stopped telling my friends, family and clients just how amazing it is. MEA are doing a brilliant job in keeping everything local and 'real' and they really do deserve to succeed.
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