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Exclusive Budva and Kotor

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Departing from the port of Kotor, you will enjoy a drive through the mild landscapes of the valley of Grbalj. Upon reaching the Adriatic coast you will drive to the town of Budva. You will drive through the seaside areas of Becici and Rafailovici, best known for their resorts and small boat marinas. You will also be able to view Sveti Stefan, once a 15th century fortified town on an island, that was acquired by the Yugoslav government and turned into a hotel during the Tito regime. Today it is a exclusive luxury resort. After the photo stop above this island you will visit the oldest settlement on our coast, 2,500 year old Budva.

Departing your transportation, you will begin a walking tour of a town that was first mentioned in the old Greek legend of the grandson of Zeus Cadmus and his wife Harmonia. You will be walking through the narrow streets and small squares of a fortified medieval town, mostly influenced by the ancient republic of Venice.

The layers of the numerous civilizations that have occupied this area show an interesting view into the history of Budva: Romans, Byzantines, Slaves etc. The most important buildings and constructions in the Old Town are the churches of St. John, Holy Trinity, Holy Mary in Punta, St. Sava, the citadel fortress, and the town walls.

Returning back to the inland bay where you started, you will depart your transportation and take a stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor. The town was first mentioned in 168 BC, and was settled during Ancient Roman times, when it was known as Acruvium, It has been fortified since the early Middle Ages, The city became part of the Venetian Republic in 1420 and except for two periods of Ottoman rule, it remained under Venice until 1797, It is these four centuries of Venetian domination that have given the city the typical Venetian architecture.

It served as a naval base during World War I and luckily avoided any serious damage from either World War. Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is home to several sights of interest, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (1166), and the ancient walls which stretch for 3 miles on the steep hillside directly above the city.

Your tour ends within the ancient city. From here, your guide can make suggestions for further sightseeing, shopping or the gate that leads to the cruise pier across the street from the Old Town.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Dress
If you plan to enter a religious or memorial site during your free time, your shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Sunscreen and sun glasses are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile total over uneven surfaces with various inclines and numerous steps. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 38 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsBeautiful SceneryAugust 29, 2018

Reviewer: Marv williams
Budva had some spectacular beaches and was a fun town. The old town of Kotor was fun to explore. Wish we had more time to climb to the fort on top of the mountain.

3 StarsJust okAugust 18, 2018

Reviewer: Arrienne Hudnall
Beautiful locale. Tour guide offered a certain charm but this was not my favorite tour, though we were able see beautiful views in Montenegro. Tour guide spoke of many negative aspects of Montenegro which one may interpret as her “being real” but someone else may see it as negative. Nevertheless, I appreciated her perspective of her home but she seemed a little “rough around the edges.” But this is an absolutely beautiful country.

5 StarsBeautiful walled citiesAugust 06, 2018

Reviewer: Geraldine Rasmussen
First time in Montenegro with an enjoyable tour made all the more memorable by our wonderful guide, Norman. We first drove out from Kotor for a photo opportunity and then visited the old walled city of Budva with its narrow streets. We came back and toured the old town of Kotor. Norman really made this tour for us. He is from Germany, married to a local and was passionate about his adopted country. We never felt rushed, and Norman actually was with us longer than the stated time - after checking with the group that it was okay. Highly recommended and don’t forget to ask for Norman.

4 StarsExclusive Budva and KotorJuly 23, 2018

Reviewer: BRIAN FINNERAN
Good overview and guide

5 StarsExclusive Budva and KotorJuly 02, 2018

Reviewer: D Taylor
We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very interesting and gave us a lot of information and history of the place. He also made it fun.

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