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

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2 days ago

Thank you to our most recent group of guests whose good mood was contagious. 🙏 ✅ The past activity week at our Lake Skadar retreat Villa Miela was framed by some special highlights. How come?First of all, it was the first time of this season that we kayaked on the beautiful Morača river. Two of our guests have never been kayaking before, but managed that 12 km loop bravely. 😉 A vast number of (water) birds created extra memories for all of us. 🌦️ By the way, the rainy weather in the morning hours reminded our adventureres rather of England than South Europe. However, we kept on smiling and the sun reappeared later on – good conditions for our following hiking days. And a lovely 5-star review. #VillaMiela #lakeskadar #naturelovers #waterbirds #undiscoveredmontenegro #montenegro #kayaking #beautifuldestinations #wonderful_places #naturelovers #ActiveTravel See MoreSee Less
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The new Lonely Planet Guide to Montenegro is out at last, and we’re in it, recommended for tours, as well as for our eco lodge Villa Miela Lake Retreat, near Virpazar. Hurray! 🙌As former backpackers, the Lonely Planet is our travel bible, so we’re especially happy to see co-founder Emma interviewed about her favourite spots to kayak at Lake Skadar. Lonely Planet remains a cut above other guide books. Author Peter Dragicevich has done painstaking research in person (tough job!) to sort the wheat from the chaff, and lead you to Montenegro’s good stuff. His writing is hugely entertaining as well as informative. It's well worth buying a copy ahead of your trip!👉 shop.lonelyplanet.com/en-gb/products/montenegro#undiscoveredmontenegro #lonelyplanet #montenegro #traveltips See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Protecting our planet starts with us all! 🌍Thanks to everyone who came together to clean up Lake Skadar at the weekend, and on such a gorgeous sunny day. Our team at Villa Miela, a local school class, and even some of our guests pitched in to help, bringing our kayaks to clear rubbish from the water channel at Virpazar, and along the banks of the Orahovo river. Events like this are hugely important for our local community and environment. Great job everyone! ✅ Skadar lake – boat Milica Zeleni Talas NVO Nasa akcija / NGO Our action Nacionalni parkovi Crne Gore / National parks of Montenegro Bar.travel#undiscoveredmontenegro #responsibletravel See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

This isn’t your average yoga retreat!Our fantastic group of yoga guests have spent a week plunging into refreshing cold rivers, adventuring by kayak, tucking into great nourishing meals prepared by our retreat chef and local friends, and enjoying such incredible views at Lake Skadar you have to pinch yourself to believe they're real."You can literally see why its called Undiscovered Montenegro – we are literally surrounded by nature and beauty." – is how our expert yoga teacher and first-time visitor Fiona has summed up the experience. ✨Great vibes and times had by all at our wonderful @villamiela. More please! Speaking of which, we've released 2025 dates for two very special yoga weeks with Fiona next May and September. Who's in?🧘‍♂️ 11th-18th May🧘‍♂️ 14th-21st SeptemberBook your spot now for a week that will leave you amazed, re-energised and with some terrific new friends!👉 undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/montenegro-yoga-activity-holiday/#undiscoveredmontenegro #yogaholiday #yogaadventure See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

"I've never seen anything like this before!" 🤩Our current yoga guest Debbie couldn't believe her eyes out kayaking with us this week. We'd taken our group to admire Lake Skadar's nesting Grey Herons (soooo many!), ahead of enjoying a glass of homemade pomegranate drink with the nuns of Beška island monastery, then the short paddle back to the white pebble sands of Murići beach.And this, after a perfect morning yoga workshop on Villa Miela's outside deck courtesy of our brilliant visiting instructor, Yoga with Fiona, as well as delicious homemade brunch prepared by Elaine at Cooks of Kotor . 🧘‍♀️Our yoga retreat has been in full swing since Sunday, and it's just been and continues to be amazing. These photos from our first few days don't do it justice, because you just have to be there. 😉Speaking of which, booking has just gone live for next year. Be quick, because spaces are limited!✨ 11-18 May 2025 ✨✨ 14-25 Sept 2025 ✨Book now at undiscoveredmontenegro.com/tours/montenegro-yoga-activity-holiday 🧘‍♂️#undiscoveredmontenegro #yogawithfiona #villamiela #yogaretreat 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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7 Day Winter Activity Holiday in Montenegro

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