Exclusive Budva and Kotor
Sale Price: $59.00
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 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 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. 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.
Reviewer: Katherine Winship
Kotor is a breathtakingly beautiful town in an equally breathtakingly beautiful bay and I wish we had just stayed there and walked the old city & town ourselves. The ride to Budva was very long & we did NOT expect or need to stop for the leather fashion show & store.
Reviewer: William Brown
Was a very good tour. Guide was really proud of her country and enjoyed showing it. One thing about SEG tours is they always have a vendor stop set up where you have to go through a high pressure sales pitch and have to fight your way out the door without buying anything. Wasn't planning on buying a $1800 jacket before tour, so why should I be forced to buy one?
We enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about the area. Beautiful port and interesting tour. The stop at the leather coat store provided a wonderful restroom break even if we weren't inclined to buy anything - they did not pressure and their products were beautiful, but VERY expensive.
Reviewer: Stephen Leonard
This tour went perfectly. Their was ample time to tender to the pier and easy to find the tour group. The tour was well organized, we always felt at ease. The small group made it easy to find a good spot on the bus, next to my wife, without stress or rush. The tour leader was outstanding and the itinerary was interesting. The experience was personable due to the smaller size. Excellent value. I would recommend this tour
Reviewer: B. Solheim
The drive to Budva was very scenic. Some traffic issues getting back to Kotor which lengthened the tour but shortened the time we had inside the old city walls in Kotor.