After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer by coach to the village of Branesci to rejoin our special train at the little railway station for the spectacular journey to Bar via Bielo Polje. There has been a huge investment to repair this character filled line after years of neglect and war. Today it is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in Europe.
After leaving Branesci the line dips into Bosnia, then back into Serbia and ultimately into Montenegro, reminding you that the railway was built in the 1950’s as a unifying transport project in the heady days of Marshall Tito and his rambling Yugoslav Republic. After passing Beilo Polje, the line rises to its highest point at over 1000 metres near Kolasin, originally a fortress settlement first mentioned in the Sultan’s Decree in 1565. We then drop down to the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, crossing the highest railway bridge in the world while enjoying lunch in the Dining car. The last part of our train journey today hugs the spectacular Adriatic coast, rolling into the resort town of Bar in the mid-afternoon.
After a stop in Bar, we meet our coach and go on to enjoy a boat trip on Lake Skadar, the largest lake in southern Europe and bordering Albania and Montenegro, and part of the Skadarskop National Park. It’s then on to Podgorica, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, where we’ll check into our centrally located hotel, for some time to relax before having dinner together later this evening.
Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Podgorica (B, L, D)
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