Exclusive Budva and Kotor

Exclusive Budva and Kotor Tour (Becici and Rafailovici, Grbalj)
Price: $62.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeScenic
Shore Excursion Duration4 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressIf 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 sunglasses are also suggested.
RestrictionsGuests 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.
Tour Details

Exclusive Budva and Kotor

Departing from the port of Kotor, you will enjoy a drive through the wild 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 an exclusive luxury resort. After the photo stop above this island, you will visit the oldest settlement on the coast, 2,500 year old Budva.

Departing your transportation, you will take a short walk to the old town of Budva, which was first mentioned in the old Greek legend of the grandson of Zeus Cadmus and his wife Harmonia. After entering the city walls, you will walk 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 of 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. On the way back, you'll have an opportunity to peruse some local leather goods as we make a 30-minute stop in a shopping center. Feel free to re-hydrate with some refreshments.

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 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended 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 sunglasses 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 Stars4.7 / 5  |  69 ReviewsReview This Tour
Review of Budva and Kotor
December 26, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tour guide was informative and knowledgeable about the two cities that we visited. Additionally her English was excellent so there was no issue about what she was saying.
Reviewer: Lionel Rainman
5 Stars
Great guide and enjoyable tour
December 05, 2019
A nice walking tour of Budva and quick tour of Busy Kotor. Our guide was knowledgable and answered many questions from our group.
Reviewer: Glenn Sinclair
5 Stars
Budva worth visiting
November 15, 2019
Tour went smoothly - met by guide no issues -she was very good, informative, easy to work with, did a very good job overall. Going to Budva was worth it, saw more of the coast line, better understanding of the country and economy .
Reviewer: Paul
5 Stars
Budva and Kotor excursion
November 11, 2019
Over all we were very satisfied with our tour excursion to Budva and Kotor. The guide spoke fluent English and was very knowledgeable and informative. She met us in the designated spot at the designated time. Unfortunately 2 people didn’t show up and we were left waiting over 20 minutes which took from our tour time.
Reviewer: John Bouchard
4 Stars
Budva and Kotor tour
November 07, 2019
We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable about the areas that we visited. In addition, she was very patient with the group and interacted well. The tour was very typical and had a little bit of extra walking to get to some of the sites
Reviewer: Wayne Moore
4 Stars
Budva and Kotor.
October 24, 2019
Good tour of both towns. Best place to pull up in a ship. The water ways around Kotor are jaw dropping.
Reviewer: Eleanor Lord
4 Stars