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MH Travel created shore tour KOTOR-BUDVA-PERAST as one of the most popular choices for cruise-ship guests who stay in the port in Kotor longer than 5 hours. Taking this tour guests will visit three of the most popular cities on the Montenegrin coast. Kotor and Perast are UNESCO World Heritage, while Budva with its charming old town is the most popular tourist destination in Montenegro.
We understand that some cruise ships cannot dock at the port that guests need shuttles from the cruise-ship and back, which takes additional time, so we created a short version of this tour that visits only Kotor and Budva without Perast. Others who want to visit Kotor and Perast without visit Budva can take our shore-tour KOTOR-PERAST.
Shore tour KOTOR-BUDVA lasts 3 hours while the tour KOTOR-BUDVA-PERAST lasts 5 hours. The departure time depends on the guest's arrival in the port of Kotor and the estimated time for passing the border control. The city of Budva is 25km far away from Kotor and St. Stefan 7 km far away from Budva. Perast is located in the Municipality of Kotor 10 km far away from the old town of Kotor and its port. The tours are guided in English and they will give guests full experiences of places and their highlights.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: The old town of Budva, Perast, Lady of the Rocks, and the old town of Kotor
Duration: 5 hours
Total length: 80 km
Language: English guided tour
The itinerary depends on the cruise ship's arrivals and departures in the port of Kotor.
NOTE: Departure time of the tour depends on passengers pass-out the border control in the port of Kotor
Start from Kotor to St. Stefan
Arrival in St.Stefan in 40 minutes of ride
Photo stop at the viewpoint above St. Stefan
Visiting The Old Town of Budva for up to 45 minutes
Return back to Kotor in 30 minutes of ride
Photo stop at the viewpoint above Kotor
Arrival in the old town of Perast in 20 minutes of ride
Visiting Perast and Lady of the Rocks for up to 60 minutes
Return back to Kotor in 15 minutes of ride
City tour in the old town of Kotor up to 60 minutes
Visiting the city walls for up to 30 minutes
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 infection restrictions, the booking is currently closed. Booking will be open as soon as the crouse-ships arrivals will establish without any travel restrictions.
Full description of the tour you can find HERE
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts from the port of Kotor after guests pass border control. Departure time depends on the docking time of the cruise ship. Guests just need to inform us of which cruise ship they will come and the tour will start according to guests' arrival time in the port of Kotor.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to The Old Town of Budva, Perast, Lady of the Rock, and The Old Town of Kotor
After we start from Kotor we will drive 30 minutes to the viewpoint above St.Stefan (Sveti Stefan) where we will make a photo-stop. The panoramic view of St. Stefan is surely one of the most memorable sights along Montenegro’s coast. This miniature island is dotted with stone houses and joined with the mainland by a sandy isthmus which the sea currents have built during the ages. The old village has been transformed is an exclusive tourist resort, with each house serving as a separate luxurious apartment.
A few kilometers driving back to Budva and turn towards the Old Town, where we will start the visit. Guests will have a guided tour of the old town and learn about its impressive history from ancient times to the present day. The old town of Budva was founded 2500 years ago.
It’s the only old town on our coast with a beach just next to the city walls which is why has become a center of tourist interest a few decades ago. In front of the city walls, there is the town square and two beaches to the south and west side.
St John’s Cathedral is the highest building in the old town among numerous traditional stone houses and the Citadel viewpoint. The town has a special atmosphere which is always a little glamorous. Budva is the fastest developing town on the coast, with a special blend of modern and traditional tourism. It is also the center of fun and great nightlife.
After visiting Budva we will go back to Kotor via scenery road where we will make the photo-stop above the Bay of Kotor. The old town of Kotor is located hidden in Kotor Bay like at the end of the blind street surrounded by two mountains Lovcen and Vrmac, which give to it exceptional uniqueness. Everyone who visits Kotor is left breathless due to the beauty and splendid surroundings of this city.
Guests who take a short tour BUDVA-KOTOR will continue the tour in the old town in Kotor, while guests who take a full tour will continue to Perast, which is a part of the municipality of Kotor and has been protected by UNESCO since 1979. Perast is a small place with one main street by the sea and 2 small islands in front with the churches on them. The island's names are St George and Our Lady of the Rocks, which is why Perast is mostly known in the tourist world. When we arrive we will firstly visit the islands and then take a walk around the town.
Island St. George is a natural rocky islet with the Benedictine abbey from the 12th of century, the graveyard with the cypresses, and St. George church from the 17th of century. The islet is closed for the public except in some rare events, while the next islet Our Lady of the Rocks islet is open for the visitors. We'll take a boat ride to get to the island, where guests will have 45 minutes of sightseeing. The small baroque church from the 17th century with a bronze roof painted in light blue it is just as attractive on the outside as it is on the inside.
The interior of the church is lovely decorated with paintings made by the talented local painter Tripo Kokolja where the ceiling is the most fascinating. Guests can also see numerous small silver plates with reliefs on them exhibit on the church's walls. These were consecration-gifts to Our Lady of the Rock, for the protection of life, health, and family of believing people.
The church has a small museum with a collection of stone inscriptions from the Roman era, parts of ships and navigation instruments, utensils, swords, clocks, weapons, old furniture, handicrafts up to modern paintings.
After our visit to the Lady of the Rock, we will go back to Perast where we will explore its main attractions: St. Nicholas church with its belfry, the town square, the Maritime Museum, as well as many traditional palaces and churches built in the 16th and 17th century that still keep authentic looks.
Although Perast is the tourist center of Boka Kotorska, it still preserves the dignity of a peaceful town in which the spirit of past times truly feels. Spared from modern buildings, cozy-luxury shops, fast food restaurants, souvenir shops, and everything else that accompanies modern life and tourism, The traffic in the city is closed in the summer months so tourists can safely walk around and sightseeing the town.
We will go to the old town of Kotor where guests will have a one-hour city tour and get information about the town's rich history and its squares, streets, churches, historical buildings, and gates like as Square of Arms, Bizanti Palace, Beskuca Palace, Pima Palace, St Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum, St Nicholas Church, Blessed Osanna Church, the Sea Gate, and the North Gate. Kotor old town has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979 mostly thanks to its impressive city walls.
St. Giovanni is the name of the city walls and fortification, built above the old town of Kotor on the rocky slopes of the Lovcen mountain from the 9th to the 19th of century. To reach the top guests need to climb almost 1500 steps, (45 minutes of intense climbing) which is not easy during the summer heat. Most guests climb up to the small chapel of St. Giovanni where they can take impressively beautiful photos of the Kotor panorama.
NOTE: We can also organize a private Kotor-Budva-Perast Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Guests should inform us by e-mail at which time will they come to the port to be able to wait for them.
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 Lady of the Rock island of 5 euro person (not mandatory)
Entrance fee to the church's mausoleum of 1 euro.
Entrance fee to the city walls in Kotor of 8 euro
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