Shore Excursion Details

Best of Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Best of Montenegro

DETAILS

  • 61/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Snack

Start your tour with a short walk to Kotor, which is well-preserved and surrounded by a protective wall built in the Middle Ages. Discover the Renaissance-style 18th-century Prince’s Palace and the striking Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, one of Kotor’s largest and most revered buildings, built in 1166 to honor the patron and protector of the city. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of Kotor’s past as you explore these iconic steppingstones of Montenegrin history. Board your coach and continue along steep slopes to Nevjesta Jadrana venue with the best view of Boka Bay. This is an area of powerful contrasts. To one side towers the cold Montenegrian mountains and opposite them you will find the wealth and mildness of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The road carries you on to 15th-century Cetinje, once the Montenegrin capital, and Kotor’s medieval fortified Old Town, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Following a route that inspired playwright George Bernard Shaw to wax poetic about its beauty, you’ll understand his enchantment as you pass majestic mountains on one side and a sparkling cerulean bay on the other. In Cetinje, the former center of Montenegrin rule, visit the neoclassical Museum of King Nikola, once a palace and seat of the Montenegrin royal family. Settle in for a captivating ride along the Budva Riviera, a resort area known for its nearly eight miles of sun-drenched beaches. You’ll journey to the Carpet shop in Grbalj plain. The invention of the rugs and kilims originated from the need to cover the bare grounds inside the tents, in order to warm it as much as possible (nothing is better than wool). Invertors of rugs and kilims were semi nomads and nomads living of the sheep rearing. After little bit more than a century of pause, the 500-year long Osman influence returns to Montenegro in a form of the oriental handmade rugs and kilims. Great variety of rugs and kilims, all kinds of sizes, designs and colors are here to floor your home. The experienced staff will gladly help you choose the ones that will suit your home and stay for following generations adding up in value over the years. Every product is made by hand and will be issued with a certificate of origin. Free home delivery is provided worldwide. For you, not wishing to spend time here, a shuttle to Kotor will be at disposal.


HIGHLIGHTS:
• Discover Kotor’s walled Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• See the 12th-century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in homage to the city’s patron and protector.
• Wend your way along a road so lovely that it inspired playwright George Bernard Shaw.
• Enjoy a snack of local favorites, perhaps savory smoked ham and delicious cheeses.
• Visit Cetinje, named honorary capital of Montenegro in recognition of its past importance.
• Explore the Museum of King Nikola, housed in what was once his palace.
• Travel along the Budva Riviera, a holiday destination renowned for its expansive beaches.
• Shop for rugs and kilims.


Need to Know:

Note: We recommend you dress in layers and bring a jacket or windbreaker as you’ll experience lower temperatures in the mountains. Tour reaches altitudes of nearly 4,300 ft./1300 m above sea level and part of the drive takes you through winding mountain roads; guests who suffer from high blood pressure or motion sickness should consider this when selecting this tour. There is approximately 1 1/2 miles of walking over flat surfaces and cobblestones with approximately 30 steps. Guests who would like to skip the shop will be taken back to the port. For the guests that stayed shopping, the shuttle bus will be provided to take them back to the port.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks
Shopping

Activity Level:

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    Easy
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    Moderate
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    Challenging
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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