OVERVIEW: Montenegro's fascinating history is revealed during your half day exploration of the two fortified medieval towns of Budva and Kotor.
HIGHLIGHTS: View the panoramic Budva Riviera on your way to the old town of Budva, one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Inside the walls, the town is a collection of narrow streets and squares with treasured monuments. Proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor and enjoy a walking tour with its walled city, Cathedral of St. Tryphon and Maritime Museum. Enjoy free time for independent exploration or shopping.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and numerous steps.
Montenegro’s fascinating history is revealed during your half day exploration of two fortified medieval towns, Budva and Kotor.
-Scenic ride: See the Adriatic coast along the Budva Riviera including Sveti Stefan Island resort.
-Old Town of Budva: Witness the city gates, defense walls and towers of one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans.
-UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor: Enjoy a walking tour of one of the best preserved medieval fortifications in the Mediterranean, the Maritime Museum and the Cathedral of St.Tryphon.
-Free time: Explore or browse on your own in Budva and Kotor.
Begin your half-day journey with a scenic motor coach ride from the town of Kotor along the Budva Riviera. The road leads to panoramic views of the jewel of the coast, world renowned hotel resort Sveti Stefan. Once a 15th century sleepy fishing village, it is a modern resort connected to the mainland by a natural causeway today. Pause for a photo above the island and continue to the seaside resort of Budva, one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Budva is surrounded by ramparts from the XV century, including a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Inside the walls, the town is a collection of narrow streets and squares with treasured monuments. Today Budva is a tourism destination and a city of theaters, festivals and celebrations. It is a summer stage for cultural productions. Time permitting; enjoy approximately 60 minutes of free time while in Budva. At the conclusion of your time in Budva, rejoin your guide and proceed by motor coach bound for Kotor.
The old town of Kotor is one of the best preserved and most beautiful medieval fortified towns in the Mediterranean. It developed within a small triangular area enclosed by walls forming a unique fortification able to resist attacks for months and survive long sieges. Walk with your guide for a view of the walls, constructed by Venetians from 1420 through the mid-18th century. The 5 km long wall extends to the Fort of St. John. Proceed through this charming little town for a visit to the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, built in 1166. The cathedral is a Romanesque basilica whose nave is separated from the aisles by alternating square pillars and antique columns. Complete your walking tour with a visit to the famous Maritime Museum with its valuable collection of the area's rich maritime heritage. At the conclusion of your guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the town of Kotor on your own before returning to the ship.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Local currency for shopping (most stores also accept credit cards).
-Sun protection and sunglasses.
What to Wear:
-Strongly recommend wearing comfortable clothes.
-Comfortable walking shoes are recommended..
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and numerous steps.
-Camera usage is not allowed inside the Cathedral of St. Tryphon and Maritime Museum in Kotor.
-No shopping stops are made during the tour but guests will have ample time once the tour has concluded or during the free time in Budva and Kotor.