Lake Skadar Guided Tour: Discover the Montenegrin Alcatraz

Lake Skadar Guided Tour: Discover the Montenegrin Alcatraz

Shared tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Lake Skadar during this hour-long guided tour. Get close to the famous Montenegrin Alcatraz and swim in the lake's deep blue waters. In the meantime, try delicious local wine.

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English, Serbian


  • Navigate along a small river channel with a fence made of willows and reeds.
  • Soak up the scenic views of Mount Vranjina and the impressive ranges in Albania.
  • Watch the Montenegrin Alcatraz ascend from the waters of Lake Skadar.
  • Take a refreshing swim in the lake’s captivating blue, crystal-clear waters.

Are you looking for a quick way to explore Lake Skadar, one of Europe’s largest lakes? Our unique, short sightseeing tour offers you a chance to discover the famous Montenegrin Alcatraz, learn about its intriguing past from our knowledgeable guide, and enjoy the picturesque views of Lake Skadar.

  • Your journey begins in Virpazar, just a half-hour drive from Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. Once you arrive at the meeting point, the local tour operator will check your vouchers and explain how to pay the National Park fee. After that, you’ll be all set to board the boat and start your adventure!

Navigate along a small river channel with a fence made of willows and reeds and be treated to stunning views of Mount Vranjina and the impressive ranges in Albania. Keep your eyes peeled for many species of native birds perched on the walls of Grmožur, the ruined fortress that looms before your eyes.

During the time of King Nikola, this abandoned fortification was used as a jail. The island is also known as the “Island of Snakes” by the locals; however, it is more commonly referred to as the “Island of Birds” due to its permanent and temporary bird species.

On your way back, the boat will stop in the middle of the open water to allow you to take a refreshing swim. Bring your swimsuit and towel and fully enjoy the crystal-clear blue waters!

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Sightseeing boat tour with Wi-Fi onboard
  • Map with stories from the Lake Skadar area
  • Regional wine, juice and water
  • Life vests and other safety equipment
  • National park fee (5€ per person, free for children under 15)
  • Music onboard
  • Lunch/meals
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point & other important information

Join us at the Kingfisher information desk near the central bridge in Virpazar 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Click here for the exact location. 

It is important to note that the information desk is the designated meeting point, and you should arrive there only after you have parked and are ready to start the tour.

If you are running late and unable to reach the meeting point at the predetermined time, please get in touch with us immediately using the emergency phone number provided.

  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Swimwear and towels
  • Binoculars
  • Jacket

Please note that this tour is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. If it is raining or there are strong winds, we may alter the boat used for the tour, reschedule your booking for another day, or cancel the tour. We will contact you promptly in the event of any changes to your booking.

For any other questions, please check our FAQ page.

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We highly recommend it!
Everything was great. The team, the service and the view! See you again, for sure!
Christina, GetYourGuide, July 2023
Indeed, the highlight of our holiday!
It was a great trip, a nice guide, unforgettable impressions, and delicious wine! Thank you!!! ;)
Agnieszka, GetYourGuide, June 2023
Very well organised, excellent stuff
It was a great shared tour with the best captain on the lake. If we would do this again with our two children, it would be a unique experience!
Pavlinka, GetYourGuide, April 2023

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