About us

Hello and welcome (or should we say dobrodošli!) to Undiscovered Montenegro, your go to adventure travel specialist in the Balkans.

We’re Ben and Emma Heywood, the adventure-loving husband and wife behind this operation, and we’re thrilled to have you here with us in Europe’s most unexplored corner. 

When we landed in Montenegro in 2008 as frivolous travellers without kids, this beautiful country stopped us in our tracks. Its jagged mountains footed by blue and green lakes could easily be mistaken for the Canadian Rockies while miles of unspoiled wilderness resemble an African game reserve. 

Having visited more than 50 countries worldwide we’re not easy to impress, so you can trust we’ve selected only the most breathtaking locations for our holiday activities, with the help of our expert local guides. 

You won’t find big, brash resorts and double decker tour buses on our trips. We do small group travel, community tourism and family-run establishments – including our very own Villa Miela, where it all began. Sitting at the heart of Lake Skadar National Park, it’s the base for several of our holidays, from yoga retreats to kayak safaris.

Like our family, our holiday offering has expanded. We now run tours in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia through our sister site Undiscovered Balkans.

We pride ourselves on being a small business and we personally handle all bookings, so rest assured you will never be on hold to an operator when you get in touch. 

When you travel with us, you’re officially part of our ever expanding Balkan family and as a family, we take care of one another. That’s why a percentage of our takings go back to the communities we work with. You can learn more about that here.

We look forward to seeing you in the Balkans soon!

Ben and Emma

Meet the team

Emma, co-founder

A seasoned backpacker, Emma’s itchy feet have taken her across Africa, America, Asia and Australia in search of adventure and new experiences. She worked as a conservationist in Zambia, a press officer for the British Government, and for the US oil industry before deciding her future lay in sustainable tourism in the Balkans. Inspired by this region’s incredible, ever-changing scenery, Emma is able to indulge her love of travel, yoga, art and photography to the full organising adventures in Montenegro. In her spare time, Emma volunteers her publicity skills to local conservation projects and initiatives and enjoys strong Turkish coffee. She speaks English, Serbian/Montenegrin and French.

Ben, co-founder

Born in Scotland and raised in Venezuela, Germany, the UAE and the UK, Ben speaks English, German, French and Serbian/Montenegrin, and is a BCU qualified kayak coach. Prior to setting up Undiscovered Montenegro and Undiscovered Balkans with Emma, he spent 15 years in international publishing, Following a round-the-world backpacking trip with Emma., Ben ditched his desk job for Lake Skadar’s incredible backdrop where he can indulge in his passions for snowboarding, kayaking, occasional carpentry, and organic home-cooking (in between organising adventures for others).

Milija – Tour Leader, Montenegro

Milija comes from a family of adventure enthusiasts who live and breathe the outdoors. Whether biking, hiking, kayaking or skiiing, you’re in good hands. Milija speaks fluent English and Montenegrin/Serbian.

Aldo – Tour Leader, Albania

The further away from the crowds, the better, according to Aldo. A former Albanian Military Officer, Aldo began working as a guide in 2015 and particularly loves hiking, climbing & mountain biking. Aldo speaks excellent English as well as his native tongue Albanian.

Arben – Tour Leader, Albania

Arben‘s enthusiasm for his country and outdoor pursuits is infectious! As one of Albania’s most renowned licenced guides, there’s nothing he doesn’t know about Albania. Arben has travelled all over Albania, but Tirana, the capital, is his hometown.  Arben speaks superb English.

Robi – Tour Leader, Croatia

Robi is a highly qualified, highly knowledgeable tour leader with more than 15 years of experience. Robi calls Ston, a settlements on the beautiful Pelješac peninsula, home but he has travelled Croatia extensively. Robi speaks fluent English and Croatian.

Skender – Tour Leader, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Skender has been guiding groups around Bosnia for over a decade – and has built a reputation as one of the funniest and most quotable tour guides there. He speaks near-native English as well as Bosnian.

Vera – Tour Leader, Montenegro

Vera is one of the most respected hiking guides in the country. Like us, she loves being outdoors. In fact, the more remote the area, the higher the chances of spotting Vera. She’s particularly passionate about her roots in the north of Montenegro. Popular with parents and children alike, Vera speaks excellent English as well as Montenegrin/Serbian.

Nenad – Tour Leader, Montenegro

Nenad is an outdoor adventurer who is happiest when biking, hiking or kayaking –  a natural fit for Undiscovered Balkans! He speaks excellent English and Montenegrin/Serbian.

Ana – Tour Leader, Montenegro

Ana has over a decade guiding tour groups under her belt – and most would agree she is very witty. She speaks near-native English as well as Montenegrin/Serbian.

Semir – Tour Leader, Montenegro & Albania

Semir is a qualified mountain guide and is probably the most knowledgeable tour leader in the entire Balkans. We dare you to find something he doesn’t know about the region. He speaks superb English and Albanian as well as his native language Montenegrin.

Fatos – Tour Leader, Kosovo & Albania

Fatos is our most experienced guide with more than three decades of guiding behind him. He is a qualified mountain guide who loves caving, canyoning and hiking. He speaks superb English as well as his native language Albanian.

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5 days ago

They call it Wellness Wednesday for a reason – mid-week is when we most need to nurture ourselves and fight that ticking clock to Get Things Done. ⏰Our friend and yoga teacher Natalia Bošković has this advice:“Don't forget to take good care of yourself.Nurture, support and be gentle to yourself.Then you can better take care of your loved ones.”So simple. Yet we often forget. So today, find a way to take good care of yourself, whether taking a walk, a proper break at lunch, arranging a date with friends or by planning a visit to Montenegro on our awesome yoga and nature retreat with Natalia this May (the last two go especially well together! 😄).Join us at Lake Skadar and stretch, unwind, hike, wild swim and kayak your way to contentment. Villa Miela spots still available for w/c 5th May, perfect for solos, friends and yoga-loving couples 👉 undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/yoga-retreat-in-montenegro-with-sound-healing-and-nature-activit...Natalia - Love Infusion By Sound And Yoga #undiscoveredmontenegro #yogaretreat ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Stuck with holidaying in summer because of school-age kids?We have a top tip for you that avoids the people crush at borders, and also benefits from a Montenegrin sun just that little less, well, sizzling (still guaranteed glorious though).Book the last week in August! ☀️Having run our holidays for 12 years now, we’ve noticed that families willing to arrive home and boot the kids off to school immediately (secret grin!) are rewarded with all the above and more. Be a late summer winner and book our Lake Skadar activity holiday for w/c 25th August at the link below! 👇undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/multi-activity-holiday-lake-skadar/All photos from our epic last week of summer last year. 😄#undiscoveredmontenegro ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you survive? Yesterday's Blue Monday, that is. 😉That second Monday in January can be a tough one (these dark mornings, ugh!). But let's not dwell on that. Instead, let's talk about some amazing Montenegrin adventures that will definitely perk you up!Especially with our new special offer - £100 off* per person to fill the last few spots on the tours below, all of which are guaranteed departures with small, friendly groups.☀️ w/c 12th May – kayaking, wild camping and bushcraft with Ben at Lake Skadar National Park☀️ w/c 12th May – get super-active with Nenad canyoning, white-water rafting, mountain biking and more☀️ w/c 7th July – an unbeatable family adventure in Montenegro's epic mountains*But hurry, this offer ends at midnight on 31st January. Just message us for the booking code.See you in Europe’s wildest corner! 👉 www.undiscoveredbalkans.com#undiscoveredmontenegro #adventuretravel #activityholidays ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is New Year's Day in Orthodox Montenegro (Srećna Nova Godina to our friends celebrating! 🥳).In honour of the new year, we made burek and baked our wishes into it. It went down a treat with baked beans... sorry not sorry. Fancy having a go? Find the recipe below 👇undiscoveredbalkans.com/burek-traditional-balkan-reci#undiscoveredmontenegron#undiscoveredbalkansl#foodieoodie ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

We're diving into 2024 fuelled by some cracking memories of our 2023 season. 🙌 Join us in reliving some of our top moments out with guests, exploring the stunning landscapes of Montenegro. This reel only captures a fraction of the fun! More, please, and may your 2024 be filled with the best adventures (preferably out here with us 😄). Hit the following link to find out more about our range of activity holidays and specialist breaks like art, birding and yoga. 👉🏽https://www.undiscoveredmontenegro.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Man enjoying Multi activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar
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7 Day Activity Holiday at Lake Skadar

Our original adventure loved by everyone! Kayaking, hiking & wild-swimming...
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Winter holiday guests snowshoeing through winter landscape to camp
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7 Day Winter Activity Holiday in Montenegro

Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing on the alpine slopes of Montenegro!
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