Exclusive Budva and Kotor
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Exclusive Budva and Kotor
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.
This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide Norman was friendly and informative. He was very knowledgable in the history and culture of the areas we visited. He made our large group with different ages and walking abilities feel comfortable. The sights were beautiful and the shopping was great. Thank you for a fabulous experience!
Reviewer: Wei Jiang Yeh
Very good. small group, guide speak very good English, very good knowledge.
Reviewer: Joe V
Very clean and safe. We had a great time touring Budva and Kotor. Our guide made the tour even better. I recommend this tour
Reviewer: Lydia donofrio
Tour operator was waiting for us exactly where you could see her. We had a small van only 17 people which was nice. Took a nice drive along coast to go to Kotor. City very interesting with alleys and buildings. Free time we decide to have lunch in a beach side restaurant. Food was very good. We were supposed to go to a fashion show but everyone voted and decide to skipped show and go to local market. Tour guide handled the vote and called company they had no problem with are vote. Tour guide was excellent.
Reviewer: J S
Very knowledgeable and delightful guide named Anna. We enjoyed the scenic ride and history of the cities. Although I read about the stop at the leather factory and how pricey it was, I couldn't resist. Knowing or rather hoping that it's one of a kind and cant get anywhere else, I indulged in one reversible jacket. I'd never seen anything like it before. There were no high pressure sales tactics, we didnt have enough time, or rather it was enough.