Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe's longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park.

Kotor is renowned for its nightlife: the streets of the old port are lined with pubs, taverns and cafés. The city is also host to a renowned summer carnival.

Kotor is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Budva
  • Njegusi
  • National Museum
  • Cetinje
  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Lastva
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  • St. Tryphon Cathedral

    The ornate St. Tryphon Cathedral was completed in 1166, and boasts fascinating Romanesque and Byzantine architecture.

  • Maritime Museum

    The Maritime Museum chronicles Kotor's rich naval history.

  • Budva

    A historic Montenegrin town, Budva is 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. It boasts narrow streets, medieval ramparts, and 15th century towers.

  • Njegusi

    Situated high in the mountains and offering panoramic vistas of the coastline, Njegusi was the birthplace of Peter Petrovic-Njegos, considered the most important leader in Montenegrin history.

  • National Museum

    The National Museum is housed in a former royal palace that was once home to King Nikola Petrovic I, who ruled from 1860. It is home to the 'Oktoih Prvoglasnik', a revered 15th century manuscript.

  • Cetinje

    Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro was founded in 1482, and is located at the base of the spectacular Lovcen mountains. This charming town found itself under siege during the Ottoman Empire.

  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks

    Perast flourished in the 1700's, due to its busy shipyards, and is arguably the best-kept Baroque city in Montenegro. Our Lady of the Rocks Island is home to the charming 'Gospa od Skrpjela' church.

  • Lastva

    This pretty village nestles in the hills high above Kotor, and offers stunning views of the coastline below, including Tivat Bay. It is famous for its delicious olive oil, and village smoke houses.

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Kotor Walking Tour

2 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-380
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum

Slip on your sensible footwear and spend two hours following your guide through the cobbled streets and narrow alleys of Kotor, alive with local color. The city of Kotor, nestled on a narrow strip of coast at the foot of Mount Lovcen, was at the height of its development in the Middle Ages. It was during this time that its stone fortification walls were built; they are still in existence today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts the centuries-old St. Tryphon Cathedral, built in 1166. Pause here to admire its Romanesque and Byzantine architecture before stepping inside to take in its stunning interior with jewel-tone frescos and a gilded altar. Continue your stroll to the Maritime Museum, where you'll uncover the city's naval history. This concludes the guided portion of your tour, but now that you are well-oriented, you can take some time to explore independently. Enjoy ample shopping and quaint cafes before returning to port at the conclusion of this charming day.

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Perast & Boka Bay

3.5 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-240
  • Maritime Museum
  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks

Your unique adventure starts at Kotor pier for the hour-long cruise on the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea along Boka Bay. Once your boat has moored at Our Lady of the Rocks Island, your guide will escort you around the delightful 'Gospa od Skrpjela' Baroque church, which contains 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th century artist Getting back onto the boat, you with then head to nearby Perast, one of the best-preserved Baroque cities in Montenegro. This small town flourished during the 18th century when it had four busy shipyards, and a fleet of around one hundred ships. Stroll the town's narrow streets, admiring the many listed Baroque homes, before viewing the picturesque cathedral, which was built in the 15th century. Then tour the Bujovic Maritime Museum, which is home to a collection of naval uniforms, weapons, and paintings.

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Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Budva & Scenic Drive

4 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-210
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Budva

Your first stop on this enjoyable half-day excursion, is Budva, a genuine highlight of the Montenegrin Riviera. With your guide, stroll the fascinating narrow streets of this 2,500-years-old medieval town, before browsing the shops for souvenirs. Climb back onto the bus for the scenic drive along the pretty coastline back to Kotor. Here, your guide will show you around the ornate St Tryphon cathedral, which was completed in 1166, and is a wonderful example of Romanesque and Byzantine architecture. The interior is decorated with an impressive gilded altar, frescoes, and a collection of Venetian art dating to the 14th century. End the day at the Maritime Museum, which is housed in the 17th century Grgurina Palace. This wonderful museum chronicles Kotor's glory days as one of the Adriatic's major naval powers, and showcases many artifacts including exhibits from World Wars I and II, Naval weapons and navigation instruments.

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Easy Montenegro

4 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-290
  • Budva

Encounter Montenegro's rich culture, historical heritage and natural beauty as you travel by motor coach up the Lovcen serpentine hills on the way to Njegusi. A beautiful view of Kotor Bay and lovely mountain scenery accompany you en route to a local restaurant for a snack of smoked ham and cheese, brandy and wine -- all local specialties.
Back on the coach, you can sit back and relax as your journey takes you above the city of Budva. Nicknamed the "Montenegrin Miami" for its lively nightlife and crowded beaches, Budva also shines as one of the country's oldest cities. Established in the 5th century B.C., its Old Town boasts Venetian walls that jut out over the crystalline waters and creamy white buildings topped with red-tiled roofs. Get your camera poised for this dazzling panorama during a photo stop overlooking the town. Enjoy beautiful views of Montenegro as you return to Kotor for an adventure you design for yourself. Stroll past cathedrals, historic government buildings and museums before returning to the ship.

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Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje (guided in Mandarin)

6 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-990
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Njegusi
  • National Museum
  • Cetinje

At Kotor's small harbor, meet your guide before boarding the motorcoach for a scenic drive up the narrow mountain road to Njegusi. This charming village was the birthplace of Peter Petrovic-Njegos, considered the most important leader in Montenegrin history. At a local restaurant, sample regional foods including smoked ham, cheese and local brandy. Head to the old capital of Montenegro, Cetinje and tour the National Museum, which is housed in a former palace. Descend the mountains to Budva, a popular seaside resort and one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Enjoy a photo stop at a mountain overlook that offers panoramic views of the Budva area. In Kotor, visit St. Tryphon Cathedral, which was completed in 1166, and the Maritime Museum, which is housed in the 17th century Grgurina Palace, and chronicles Kotor's glory days as one of the Adriatic's major naval powers.

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Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje

6 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-200
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Njegusi
  • National Museum
  • Cetinje

At Kotor's small harbor, meet your guide before boarding the motorcoach for a scenic drive up the narrow mountain road to Njegusi. This charming village was the birthplace of Peter Petrovic-Njegos, considered the most important leader in Montenegrin history. At a local restaurant, sample regional foods including smoked ham, cheese and local brandy. Head to the old capital of Montenegro, Cetinje and tour the National Museum, which is housed in a former palace. Descend the mountains to Budva, a popular seaside resort and one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Enjoy a photo stop at a mountain overlook that offers panoramic views of Budva area. In Kotor, visit St. Tryphon Cathedral, which was completed in 1166, and the Maritime Museum, which is housed in the 17th century Grgurina Palace, and chronicles Kotor's glory days as one of the Adriatic's major naval powers.

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Kotor, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Njegusi & Cetinje (Guided in Japanese)

6 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-993
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Njegusi
  • National Museum
  • Cetinje

At Kotor's small harbor, meet your guide before boarding the motorcoach for a scenic drive up the narrow mountain road to Njegusi. This charming village was the birthplace of Peter Petrovic-Njegos, considered the most important leader in Montenegrin history. At a local restaurant, sample regional foods including smoked ham, cheese and local brandy. Head to the old capital of Montenegro, Cetinje and tour the National Museum, which is housed in a former palace. Descend the mountains to Budva, a popular seaside resort and one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Enjoy a photo stop at a mountain overlook that offers panoramic views of the Budva area. . In Kotor, visit St. Tryphon Cathedral, which was completed in 1166, and the Maritime Museum, which is housed in the 17th century Grgurina Palace, and chronicles Kotor's glory days as one of the Adriatic's major naval powers.

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Adventure Kayaking in Boka Bay

3.25 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-880

The endless natural beauty of Kotor ribbons before you when you explore the historic walled city from the seat of a kayak. Your lovely three-hour adventure begins with a short walk from the pier to the kayak station, where you'll engage in a safety briefing and don life jacket. No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but participants should be in good physical condition. Your paddling distance is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), and you'll explore the coastlines of quaint villages and take in exquisite mountainous views that define why Montenegro is considered the "pearl of the Mediterranean." Throughout the tour, you will have an opportunity to rest, swim and snorkel in the crystalline waters and simply enjoy the great landscapes of the surrounding mountains. Refresh with a bottle of water, then return to port after this exhilarating day.

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Bon Appetit Exclusive: Lunch in a Local Home

3 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-150

A cornucopia of delights awaits on this three-hour Discovery Exclusive tour that begins with a guided walk through Kotor's colorful marketplace, where stalls upon stalls are laden with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, local wine and a dizzying array of cheeses and smoked meats. Take in the sights and sounds and taste a few samples from the generous locals before proceeding to the private home of a renowned local chef, where a gastronomic experience awaits. The romantic charm and warm ambiance of the home welcome you as your host offers a beverage. You'll feel right at home as the talented chef prepares regional favorites and imparts the culinary history of the region. Montenegrin cuisine recalls a long history of culinary influences, from the distinct flavors of Central Europe and Byzantium to the classical tastes of the Mediterranean Sea. You'll all sit down together to enjoy the wonderful traditional lunch. Return to port at the conclusion of this delicious day.

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Discovery Family Lipa Cave Exploration

6 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-600

A scenic 90-minute drive along the Budva Riviera begins your adventure-filled day. Your destination is Lipa Cave, one of the largest cave monuments in Montenegro. The first written account of Lipa Cave was by an English researcher who visited it in 1839. Upon arrival, disembark and take in the beautiful views of Skadar Lake and the majestic peaks of the Kuckih Mountains. Climb aboard a trolley train for a short drive to the cave entrance. Your guide will give you a safety briefing, then you'll descend into the maze-like passages where you'll find light holes, stalactites and stalagmites. You'll walk through the main tunnel and enjoy its outer-worldly atmosphere, cavernous chambers and underground rivers. Back in the sunshine, reboard the motorcoach and drive to the charming village of Njegusi, where you'll refresh with a tasty local snack of smoked ham, cheese and homemade bread, accompanied by a glass of wine. Relax on your ride back to port.

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Lastva, St. Tryphon's Cathedral & Tastings

4.5 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-315
  • St. Tryphon Cathedral
  • Maritime Museum
  • Lastva

Your day starts at Kotor port, where you will board the bus for a picturesque drive to Lastva, along the Montenegrin Riviera. At Lastva, which nestles high in the hills above Kotor, visit a village church, plus a former farmhouse to learn the secrets of olive oil production. Savor a tasty sandwich snack made with delicious locally-smoked ham and cheeses, accompanied by regional wines, and enjoy a performance of Montenegrin folk music. Drive back to the medieval old town of Kotor for a walking tour, and visit St. Tryphon's Cathedral, an ornate Romanesque and Byzantine building that boasts an extensive collection of 14th-century Venetian art. End the day with a tour around the Maritime Museum, a fascinating tribute to the region's glorious naval history.

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The Bay of Kotor by Tuk-Tuk

2.5 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-295

See the sights of Kotor from a fun and unique perspective, the seat of a tuk tuk. This auto rickshaw is an electric-powered, eco-friendly way to see the all that Kotor has to offer. The whisper-quiet ride takes you through Kotor and its surrounding areas in comfort. Roll alongside the magical Boka Bay, designated a UNESCO site for its natural beauty. Head into Kotor's Old Town, where history and culture are being preserved in its stunning landmarks. Enjoy the varied scenery of maritime villages along Kotor Bay. See Our Lady's Temple, completed in 1913 and built in the baroque style. Continue to the Verige Strait where Tivat and Kotor Bay meet. Discover the modern port of Boka Bay lined with luxury yachts decorated in typical Mediterranean style.Your return to Kotor will take a different route so you have a fresh perspective on Kotor Bay. Return to port after this picturesque day.

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Cooking Class & Kotor On Your Own

3 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-160

Indulge in an authentic Montenegrin feast that you cook up yourself during an excursion that begins with a guided tour through the city. During the brief walk to Restaurant Cattaro, you'll hear how Kotor's maze of cobblestone streets, simple buildings topped with sepia-toned roofs, lovely Romanesque churches, and a well-preserved and restored medieval Old Town have earned it a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Upon arriving at the restaurant, a prestigious chef will lead you into the art of cooking traditional Montenegrin cuisine, a melting pot of flavors influenced by many of its Mediterranean neighbors including Italy, Turkey, Serbia and Croatia. You'll be assigned a workstation with all the ingredients and utensils needed to prepare and serve some of the most delicious recipes from this internationally acclaimed cuisine. After lunch, walk back to the ship or, time permitting, explore the Old Town of Kotor on your own.

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Best of Montenegro

5.25 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-100
  • Maritime Museum
  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks

The richness of Montenegro is on full display on this exciting five-hour sightseeing adventure. Begin with a guided pedestrian tour of Old Kotor. Stroll with your guide through ancient streets, learning the city's rich history as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause to visit its robust Maritime Museum. From here, a short drive brings you to Perast, a peaceful baroque village. Climb aboard a short boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks Isle, a man-made islet with a church that juts out from the sea. The original church was constructed in 1452, but the magnificent church seen today was built in 1632 and enlarged in 1722. View elaborate works of art in this part-museum part-house of worship, including The Death of the Virgin. Return to Perast and enjoy a guided stroll past its highlights before stopping at a lovely restaurant with picturesque sea views. At the conclusion of the day, relax on your pleasant ride back to port.

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Skadar Lake

hours | Kotor | ZKQ-645

Grab your swimsuit and escape to the cool refuge of Lake Skadar. Far off the beaten track, the seclusion and serenity of the site are unsurpassed. After boarding your coach, you'll set out on a scenic 90-minute drive through the countryside and into Lake Skadar National Park. But the time spent is well worth the wait. Once you arrive, you'll step onto the boat. Feel the breeze in your hair as you cruise the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans, acclaimed as the last remaining habitat of pelicans and the largest bird reservation in Europe. Once the summer residence of the Montenegrin royal family, today it's home to 264 species of birds, 48 species of fish, lily-strewn lakeshores, monasteries, fishing villages and islands. At a nearby beach, fish from the lake will be served for lunch followed by sunbathing and swimming (weather permitting).

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BEST OF MONTENEGRO (FOR SMALL GROUPS)

5.25 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-999
  • Maritime Museum
  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks

The richness of Montenegro is on full display on this exciting sightseeing adventure designed for small groups. Begin with a guided pedestrian tour of Old Kotor. Stroll with your guide through ancient streets, learning the city's rich history as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause to visit its impressive Maritime Museum, which chronicles Kotor's glory days as one of the Adriatic's major naval forces. From here, a short drive brings you to Perast. Climb aboard a short boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, a man-made islet with a church that juts out from the sea. View elaborate works of art in this museum/house of worship, including The Death of the Virgin. Return to Perast and enjoy a guided stroll past its highlights before stopping at a lovely restaurant with picturesque sea views. At the conclusion of the day, relax on your pleasant ride back to port.

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Kickin' Kotor!

hours | Kotor | ZKQ-460

Get your motor running while surrounded by Kotor's jaw-dropping beauty. With a well-trained guide behind the wheel of a 4x4 vehicle, you're able to soak up the beauty as you head out of Kotor and into the breathtaking countryside. After passing Kotor's city walls, your driver will make his way along a narrow and winding road that ascends approximately 3,000 feet along steep drop-offs. Twenty-five hairpin turns later you'll find yourself in the heart of Lovcen National Park. Stretching out over 38 miles, the park is home to around 200 species of birds such as falcons and eagles. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Lovcen is the charming farming village of Njegusi. Known as the birthplace of the Petroviæ dynasty it's also acclaimed for its cheese and prosciutto. After a day of off-roading you'll stop at a farm and relax with a sampling before returning to Kotor.

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Kotor Bay Catamaran Sail & Beach

4.5 hours | Kotor | ZKQ-760
  • Perast & Our Lady of the Rocks

Set sail across beautiful Boka Bay, taking in Montenegro's exceptional views on a lovely catamaran. Bring your camera, wear your swimsuit under your clothes, grab a sweater and set off on your cruise from Kotor pier venturing into the cobalt-blue waters. The surrounding landscape is breathtaking with its tall cliffs and dense vegetation, and as you sail, the crew will point out all the natural and historical highlights. The ancient village of Perast-a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its outstanding Venetian-style architecture-will come into view. You'll also admire Our Lady of the Rocks, a lovely little church that sits on its own tiny island. Your destination is Movida Beach Club, where you'll relax and refresh on Solila Beach. A lounge chair awaits, the waters are inviting, and you'll have time to soak up the sun and the picturesque atmosphere before boarding a motorcoach for a pleasant drive back to port.

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