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Boka Kotorska (in Italian bocche meaning “mouth”) is a region surrounding one of the grandest natural features of east Adriatic- the Gulf of Kotor, a series of four bays penetrating 25 km of inland. The names of bays are Bay of Kotor, Bay of Risan, Bay of Herceg Novi, and Bay of Tivat. If you want to get to know the places, history, and natural beauty of this magnificent bay, we recommend this tour organized by MH Travel. We may say that this is one of the most wanted tours, especially as private ones.
When we planned this excursion in 2011, we had a very ambitious itinerary to visit all the attractions in the Bay of Kotor, including the peninsula Lustica and Blue Cave. But, in the meantime, the construction of tourist complexes with very frequent road traffic congestion began to start on the Lustica peninsula, so the existing itinerary became unfortunately unsustainable. Then we created the new itinerary, which enables us to stay longer in the cities of Perast, Herceg Novi, and Tivat. This tour is very relaxed with an easy driving schedule and many breaks. Morning in Perast, early afternoon in Herceg Novi, and sunset in Porto Montenegro will leave you breathless.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: Perast, Lady of the Rocks, The Old Town of Herceg Novi, Porto Montenegro in the city of Tivat
Duration: 10 hours
Total length: 150 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Budva in front of Voli supermarket (Mediteranska street, next to the car parking of hotel Avala and Mogren)
8:45 arrival in Kotor in front of restaurant Bastion 3 (Tabacina street, next to the North Gate of the old town of Kotor)
09:15 arrival in Perast
Sightseeing and visit the Lady of the Rocks for 90 minutes
10:45 departure from Perast
12:00 arrival in Herceg Novi
Visit the old town of Herceg Novi and lunch break for 135 minutes
14:15 departure from Herceg Novi
15:15 arrival in Tivat (via ferry)
Sightseeing of Tivat and Porto Montenegro for 90 minutes
16:45 departure from Tivat
17:15 arrival in Kotor
18:00 arrival in Budva
THE BOOKING IS OPEN
from the 1st of January to 31st of December 2021
Full description of the tour you can find HERE.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am close to the old town of Budva. The next pick-up is in the city of Kotor close to the old town. From Budva to Kotor is only a 25 km distance. In the off-season, we need 25 minutes of the ride between the cities, but in very high season we need 45 minutes which is written in our itinerary. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route (for example guests from Dobrota), we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to Perast, Lady of the Rock, the city of Herceg Novi, and Porto Montenegro in the city of Tivat.
Perast is only 11 km away from Kotor, so we will be there quickly and make a break of 90 minutes. This is a beautiful small town of 220 inhabitants and belongs to Kotor municipality. Perast has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. Its history is impressive and it was known as the center of the Boka Kotorska navy which still exists in a symbolic way. Although Perast is the tourist epicenter of Boka Kotorska's, it is still preserved the dignity of a peaceful town in which the spirit of the past is truly felt and looks that the time stopped there.
Traffic in the city is closed in the summer months so tourists can safely walk around and enjoy sightseeing. We will walk through the main street and see the St. Nicholas church with its belfry, the town square, the Maritime Museum, as well as many traditional palaces and churches built in from the 16th-18th century that still kept their authentic looks. Usually, we visit Lady of the Rocks first and then we walk around the city of Perast.
LADY OF THE ROCKS (GOSPA OD ŠKRPJELA)
Tourists are fascinated with the beauty of two small islands in front of the city. There is a church on each island. St. George's is closed to the public, while the man-made islet the Lady of The Rocks is open to visitors. We will go to the islands by a short boat ride making a ride close to St. George that guests can take photos and then we will dock at Lady of the Rocks where we will stay up to 40 minutes.
Guests will be able to visit the interior of the lovely baroque church from the 17th of century as well as a small church's museum with artifacts from Roman imperial up to today. Artifacts show very unique silver plates given to the church by local people from centuries, as well as utensils, household items, navigation instruments, weapons, handmade embroidery, and paintings. Also, guests will have enough time to take wonderful photos on every corner of the island.
After visiting Perast, we are going to Herceg Novi. The ride lasts for a maximum of 60 minutes. Herceg Novi is a town with the most number of sunniest days throughout the year in Montenegro and has a beautiful old town with a lot of stairs and no city walls. It was founded in 1382 by King Tvrtko of Bosnia who grated it wide privileges in his intention to turn it into a trading port, which would rid Bosnia of its dependence on the Dubrovnik merchants who controlled almost all of the Bosnian trade.
The town was originally known as Sveti Stjepan (St. Stevan) after the protector saint of the King’s dynasty but was referred to by locals (and still is) simply as Novi (New Town). The old town is connected with the promenade and waterfront by stairs so we will split our visit into two parts. First, we will visit the main squares and attractions in the old town and then we will slowly go down to the promenade where we will have a lunch break in the shade of magnolias and linden trees.
The atmosphere in Herceg Novi is always relaxing and extremely pleasant even in the high season. With a lot of greenery gardens and parks, with the view on the entrance of Boka Bay, and peninsula Lustica, with the line of the charming small restaurants around the old train station next to the swimming pool of water-polo club Jadran (almost 100 years old) and 6 km long lovely promenade, visit of Herceg Novi is more than pleasant experience.
TIVAT AND PORTO MONTENEGRO
After Herceg Novi, we will take a ferry, then cross the bay and continue to Tivat. This is the only town on the Montenegrin coast that doesn’t have an old town but has the most beautiful promenade with one of the symbols of the Montenegrin maritime tradition which is a school sailboat "Jadran". The quiet and relaxing atmosphere is the key to the popularity of this town which attracts investors from all over the world who created the biggest luxury marina for mega-yachts and yachts in the Adriatic Sea, named Porto Montenegro.
Work began in 2006 and will be fully completed in the next five years. To date, numerous tourist buildings, apartments, the luxury hotel Regent, swimming pool-club, and the Maritime Museum with two submarines from the Yugoslav period have been built here. The marina has a lot of shops, restaurants and cafe bars. Prices of food and drinks in restaurants in Porto Montenegro, as well as on the Tivat waterfront are affordable, so we can freely say that Tivat is an ideal place to end our tour. With a light dessert or a glass of good wine, you can enjoy the sunset in the beautifully decorated Porto where there are no traffic jams or tourist crowds.
We depart from Tivat no later than 17:00, and then we slowly return guests first to Kotor and then to Budva. Our visit to Kotor Boka Bay will present a wonderful experience that guests will remember for a long time.
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Boat ride ticket to the Lady of the Rock of 5 euro person
Entrance fee to the church's mausoleum of 1 euro.
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory)
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team