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MH Travel Agency organizes English-speaking tours, especially for a small number of guests, and private tailor-made itineraries. Every guest in Montenegro, no matter where is accommodated (hotel, hostel, guest house, private apartment, cruise ship, campsite, luxury resort, etc) can participate in our tours. Look at the overview, highlights, itinerary, video presentation, photo gallery, terms, and conditions of the tour. If you like to take a seat on our tour you can easily make an online reservation, using the button BOOK NOW!
If you want to explore the South of Montenegro and its coast you should be prepared for a lot of surprises and differences, from the landscape and beaches, culture and historical heritage up to the traditional living and cuisine. This tour is an ideal offer for guests staying in very touristy and popular places like Budva or Kotor, where the undiscovered part of the southern Montenegrin coast is a pure delicacy for researchers and travel enthusiasts. You will be able to see a spectacular sandy grand beach of 14 km, the largest olive grove in Montenegro named Valdanos, as well as the cities of Bar and Ulcinj. The itinerary of the tour is easy going and that makes it so popular. Morning in the sunny Bar, early afternoon in Ulcinj, and sunset on the Grand Beach make that you will spend another unforgettable day in Montenegro.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: Port of Bar, The Old Town of Bar, Old Town of Ulcinj, The Old Olive Tree, Valdanos, and Grand Beach in Ulcinj
Duration: 10 hours
Total length: 140 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Kotor in front of restaurant Bastion 3 (Tabacina street, next to the North Gate of the old town of Kotor)
8:45 departure from Budva in front of Voli supermarket (Mediteranska street, next to the car park of hotel Avala and Mogren)
10:00 arrival to City of Bar
Breakfast break and 60 minutes of sightseeing.
11:00 departure from City of Bar
11:15 arrival to The Old Town of Bar (hillside)
60 minutes of sightseeing in the Old town of Bar
12:15 departure from The Old Town of Bar
13:00 arrival to The City of Ulcinj
60 minutes of sightseeing in The Old town of Ulcinj
14:00 departure from The City of Ulcinj
14:15 arrival to The Grand Beach of Ulcinj
90 minutes break for sightseeing and lunch
15:45 departure from The Grand Beach
17:30 arrival in Budva
18:00 arrival in Kotor
THE BOOKING IS OPEN
from the 20th of January to the 20th of December 2022
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 Kotor. The next pick-up is in the city of Budva close to the old town. From Kotor to Budva 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 Petrovac), 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 the Port of Bar, the Church of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar, the old town of Bar, Mosque Selimija in Bar, The Old Olive Tree, Valdanos, The Old Town of Ulcinj, and the Grand Beach in Ulcinj.
CITY OF BAR
After a couple of minutes of driving from Budva, we will make a photo-stop above the island of Sv. Stefan, well known as a pearl of the Montenegrin coast, and then we will continue along the coastline enjoying the view of beautiful beaches and places that belong to the Municipality of Budva, such as Rezevici and Petrovac. After an hour's drive, we will reach the city of Bar, which has the largest port and marina in Montenegro.
We will see a beautiful promenade with its beach and where former King Nikola's summer mansion is located. The port of Bar is not overloaded with large cargo or ferry or cruise ships. Many restaurants and bars on the beach give a special charm to the port and make it very touristy.
On the opposite side of King Nikola's palace and its small royal park, we will see the largest Orthodox church in Montenegro named the Church of John Vladimir which has been open since 2016. The church has seven magnificent bronze doors with unique decors. The interior of the church is as impressive as the exterior with traditional frescoes decorated on the ceiling and walls. The frescoes describe scenes from the Bible and figures of Orthodox saints made by masters from Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Greece (a total of 4,860 square meters of works of art). After visiting the church we will continue to the old town of Bar.
THE OLD TOWN OF BAR
The Old Town of Bar has positioned on a hill Londša 5km from the sea and has no inhabitants. The hill encircled by the walled town was settled in prehistoric and Illyrian times but was abandoned during the Roman era when it was moved to the coast, to the same location where modern Bar stands today.
During its rich history, the old town of Bar had over 1000 inhabitants, but unfortunately, it was destroyed in a major weapons explosion in 1912. The ruins of the city are well preserved, which attracts a large number of tourists. In the old town of Bar, you can see Roman waterworks, a Turkish bath, an Orthodox church, Venetian palaces, a Turkish clock tower, a Catholic church, and a diocese in one place. Every ruling empire and culture has left its mark in this old city. Walking around the old town lasts up to one hour.
SELIMIYA MOSQUE AND ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER BAR (SELIMIJA DŽAMIJA I ISLAMSKI KULTURNI CENTAR U BARU)
Only 2 kilometers from the old town of Bar is the largest mosque in Montenegro named Selimija with The Islamic Cultural Center in Bar, which has been open since 2004. The center has a capacity for 2000 believers and visitors, classrooms, a kindergarten with a playground, the library, the research center, the restaurant with oriental cuisine, the simultaneous translation room, the guest apartments, the sports and congress hall, and many other dedicated rooms. We will visit the interior of the mosque. Ladies will find suitable clothes that they can cover themselves to be able to get inside.
THE OLD OLIVE TREE
The next stop will be the Old Olive, which is a mile away, near the main road. The Old Olive Tree has more than 2 millennia and is one of the oldest olive trees in Europe. The tree is protected by Montenegro as a natural treasure that still yields olives as a symbol of the southern region. We will make a photo-stop and continue towards Ulcinj celebrating olives and passing by the largest olive forest in Montenegro.
VALDANOS (THE OLIVE FOREST)
The inhabitants of Bar and Ulcinj have traditionally been engaged in the production of olive oil. That is why this area is known for the largest olive forest in Montenegro named Valdanos with more than 18,000 olive trees. One part was planted by the Romans, which makes the old Roman rules still exist, where olives belong to the owners of the trees, not the owners of the land.
Visitors can pass by the land of different owners and no one will stop them. Valdanos is a large region with a beautiful bay and beach, above where is a view-point. After the photo-stop, we will continue to the town of Ulcinj, which is only 5 km far away from the forest.
THE OLD TOWN OF ULCINJ
Ulcinj is the southernmost town on the Montenegrin coast with distinctive oriental tastes and feelings, partly due to the long Ottoman presence (from 1571 to 1878), and more due to the fact that this is the only coastal town with a majority of Muslim Albanians. Albanian's language is the first language here, and most of the signs are bilingual. The old town of Ulcinj is located on top of a cliff above the sea near the Small Beach.
The town was captured by Uluz-Ali, an Algerian pirate in 1580. His rule began a period of more than a century in which Ulcinj was the dreaded seat of pirates, who with their light vessels attacked Venetian, Christian, and Turkish ships in the Adriatic. The pirates were known far and wide, acquired vast wealth in valuables, especially from slave trading.
It is speculated that the famed Spanish writer Cervantes was sold as a slave to Algerians in Ulcinj when he fell captive. This era was ended in 1737 after the Sultan banned corsairs in the Adriatic and destroyed their fleet. That pirate's image is still very popular in Ulcinj and gives him a special charm. We will visit the old town for up to an hour and then we will go to Grand Beach for a deserved lunch break.
GRAND BEACH (VELIKA PLAŽA)
The road to the beach leads across the Milena Canal (named after King Nikola’s wife) leading to the vast Ulcinj saltpans. Guests can see kalimere, traditional fishing devices with the net on the ends of the long poles designed to catch fish. From this point, the long Great Beach (Velika plaža) stretches, with a length of 14 km of fine gray sand as the largest beach in Montenegro. This is the ideal place for a first-class experience at the end of this tour. Guests can enjoy the extraordinary dishes, especially fish because restaurants often have equally represented sea fish as well as fish from Lake Skadar as well as fish from Bojana River (the southernmost river in Montenegro).
Guests who do not want to have lunch can enjoy swimming in the sea or simply sunbathing while enjoying the sound of the waves. So relaxed and full of new experiences, we will return to Budva and Kotor.
NOTE: We can also organize a private South Montenegro Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at email@example.com
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fee for Old Town Bar of 3 euro
Entrance fee for Old Olive Tree 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.
All vehicles are detailed clean and have sanitizers. Drivers and passengers should wear facial masks all the time in the vehicle during the tour.
NOTE: The information above is only relevant for the 2022 season, which has been hit by an epidemic of Covid-19. Every future year we will update new conditions adapted to the current situation until we come out of the pandemic and start living normally as before it.
For COVID-19 info in Montenegro click HERE
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team