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About Kotor

The old Mediterranean port of Kotor, is in the Gulf of Kotor - one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, and sometimes referred to as the most-southern fjord in Europe. Ruled by Venice for hundreds of years, this lovely coastal town's architecture bears heavy Venetian influences.

Surrounded by impressive walls, which have stood since medieval times, a stroll around the Old City will take you past historic buildings, criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, constructed in 1166, is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Roman architecture along this coast.

Head inland and you can discover the compelling Montenegrin landscape. With a backdrop of the rugged Balkan Mountains, Durmitor National Park is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Gaze in awe at the Tara Canyon, which is surrounded by dense pine forests and is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

 

Shore excursions in Kotor

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Montenegro

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5¼ hours

A wonderful opportunity to explore the villages of Montenegro, sample the local delicacies and see the sights of Kotor.

Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour of the medieval city of Kotor, visiting St Tryphon’s Cathedral. This important monument was under construction for decades and was finally completed in 1166. The interior contains valuable examples of rare art and furnishings including work by local gold and silversmiths.

The popular Maritime Museum will provide you with an insight into the history of life at sea over the years in the form of pictures, models, artefacts and displays.

Afterwards, a scenic drive will take you towards Njegusi village stopping at Krstac, a panoramic point, to view the beautiful Boka Bay. Located in western Montenegro, Boka Bay is one of the finest natural harbours in Europe consisting of 4 connected straits and 7 islands set in the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Continue southwards to the village of Njegusi, famed for its well-preserved traditional folk architecture and located on the slopes of Mount Lovcen, within the National Park. The locals’ hospitality is legendary and your guide will take you on a tour of the smokehouse to learn about smoked ham production. Sample a traditional snack of home-made ham and cheese served with fresh bread, served with local wine and brandy.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour walking over paved and uneven grounds. There are steps at the entrance to the Cathedral and the Museum. The mountain drive takes in 25 hairpin bends, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo.

Blue Cave and RIB Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience an exhilarating RIB ride, take a swim in the mysterious Blue Cave and relax in the sun.

Take to the water aboard a high-speed RIB and enjoy a thrilling ride across the bay of Kotor.

As you speed through the water, you’ll experience stunning scenery and wonderful views of Kotor and the surrounding islands.

A highlight of your tour will be a stop at the Blue Cave; this hidden wonder is perhaps the most beautiful, natural phenomenon on the Montenegrin coast. On a clear day, as the sun reflects on the water, indescribable shades of blue and indigo colours are created. During your stop you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim in these crystal blue waters.

Continue to a small resort, just off the beach of Zanjice. A welcome drink will be served upon arrival and then you’ll have approximately 2 hours to relax in the sun, swim in the sea, or perhaps purchase lunch at the restaurant.

A wonderful experience, not to be missed!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by rigid inflammable boat. It is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. A sun lounger and umbrella are included. Please carry Euros if you wish to purchase refreshments or lunch, as credit cards are not accepted. The visit to the Blue Cave may not be possible during inclement weather conditions.

Discover Kotor on Foot

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 1½ hours

This delightful walking tour of Kotor will bring you closer to the history of this medieval city.

Located along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays is Kotor. The Old City is well preserved and typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed ‘Historical Heritage Site’.

During your guided walking tour; your guide will bring to life the history of this medieval city, criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. One of these squares contains the Cathedral of St Tryphon, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. Pass by several treasures of Kotor’s rich historical heritage in the form of the Church of St Luka from the 13th century, the Prince’s Palace from the 17th century and Napoleon’s Theatre.

After a visit to the Maritime Museum, enjoy some free time to explore independently.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot and involves approximately 1½ hours’ of walking. There are steps at the entrance to the Cathedral and the Museum. The Orthodox Church of St Luka, Prince’s Palace and Napoleon’s Theatre will be viewed from the outside only.

Hiking Kotor City Walls

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Join a small group and climb the imposing city walls of Kotor, in the company of an experienced guide.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the City Walls of Kotor stretch for almost 5 kilometres, encompassing the city and offering those who embrace the challenge of climbing them, wonderful views of the bay of Kotor and the Old Town.

Your guide will join you at the pier and lead you on foot to the entrance of the walls, which represent a mixture of well-preserved ramparts, gates, churches and fortresses.

As you begin your ascent along the rugged paths, step back in time as your knowledgeable guide brings to life the history of the fortifications and the important part they played in the protection of the city during numerous sieges.

Pause midway for a well-earned rest and to capture photos of the wonderful views below.

Afterwards, continue climbing to the highest point, where you’ll find the well-preserved fortress of St John and be rewarded with a magnificent view of the harbour and the red roofs of the Old Town. Marvel at the views before your descent back down to the Old Town.

Essential information

This excursion will operate entirely on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of extensive walking, over uneven ground, as well as around 1,300 steps to negotiate. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. Headsets and a bottle of water are included.

Historic Montenegro

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Discover the majestic scenery and history of this beautiful, ‘once remote’ country, and indulge in some local delicacies.

Begin your tour with an orientation walking tour of Kotor Old City.

Afterwards you’ll board a coach for a scenic drive to the panoramic point of Krstac, at a height of over 3,000 feet, from where you’ll enjoy the magnificent view of Boka Bay, the only fjord in the Adriatic Sea. Head inland, stopping in the village of Njegusi to sample some local specialities such as home-made cheese, smoked ham, local brandy and wine (or soft drinks).

Complete your visit to Montenegro with a stop at Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro; visit King Nicola’s Palace, home of the first and the last king of Montenegro. Continue towards the coast to enjoy the panoramic view of the Budva Riviera.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours’ of walking. The mountain drive takes in 25 hairpin bends, which may affect passengers who suffer from vertigo. Photography is not permitted inside King Nicola’s Palace.

 

A selection of cruises to Kotor

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