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About Kotor

The old Mediterranean port of Kotor, is in the Gulf of Kotor - one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, and sometimes referred to as the most-southern fjord in Europe. Ruled by Venice for hundreds of years, this lovely coastal town's architecture bears heavy Venetian influences.

Surrounded by impressive walls, which have stood since medieval times, a stroll around the Old City will take you past historic buildings, criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, constructed in 1166, is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Roman architecture along this coast.

Head inland and you can discover the compelling Montenegrin landscape. With a backdrop of the rugged Balkan Mountains, Durmitor National Park is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Gaze in awe at the Tara Canyon, which is surrounded by dense pine forests and is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

 

Shore excursions in Kotor

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bay of Kotor by Tuk Tuk

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

See the stunning sights surrounding Kotor in a fun way. Visit the Old Town, Porto Montenegro and more.

Have you ever hopped on a tuk tuk motorised rickshaw? Feel the breeze in your hair and see the stunning sights of the Bay of Kotor (aka Boka) in a fun way.

Surrounded by beautiful nature and steeped in history, it’s no wonder Kotor is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour begins As you pass by the Old Town, viewing the pretty cobbled streets lined with Venetian and sacral buildings, and you’ll soon be buzzing along the bay, admiring the charming maritime villages as you pass them.

Following your ride through the quaint fishing village Muo, you’ll arrive in Prčanj where you can view Our Lady’s Temple; a Baroque church and one of the largest religious sites in the Adriatic. Next, survey the Verige Straight from where the town of Tivat meets the bay. You’ll have a fantastic view of the picturesque islets of St George and Our Lady of the Rocks – the only man-made island in the Adriatic. According to legend, it was built by Croat sailors over hundreds of years after a picture of the Virgin Mary was found on the rocks there in 1452.

Discovering the modern part of ‘Boka’, do some ‘window shopping’ at Porto Montenegro – the luxury yacht marina frequented by the world’s rich and famous. And see Kotor from a different perspective as you descend from Mount Vrmac. Enjoy the bird’s-eye views of the red-roofed Old Town before heading back to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by tuk tuk. This tour involves around 30 minutes of walking at historic sites and photo stops, mostly on flat, paved ground. Each tuk-tuk holds up to 4 passengers.

Best of Montenegro

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5¼ hours

A wonderful opportunity to explore the villages of Montenegro, sample the local delicacies and see the sights of Kotor.

Join your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour of the medieval city of Kotor, visiting St Tryphon’s Cathedral. This important monument was under construction for decades and was finally completed in 1166. The interior contains valuable examples of rare art and furnishings including work by local gold and silversmiths.

The popular Maritime Museum will provide you with an insight into the history of life at sea over the years in the form of pictures, models, artefacts and displays.

Afterwards, a scenic drive will take you towards Njegusi village stopping at Krstac, a panoramic point, to view the beautiful Boka Bay. Located in western Montenegro, Boka Bay is one of the finest natural harbours in Europe consisting of 4 connected straits and 7 islands set in the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Continue southwards to the village of Njegusi, famed for its well-preserved traditional folk architecture and located on the slopes of Mount Lovcen, within the National Park. The locals’ hospitality is legendary and your guide will take you on a tour of the smokehouse to learn about smoked ham production. Sample a traditional snack of home-made ham and cheese served with fresh bread, served with local wine and brandy.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour walking over paved and uneven grounds. There are steps at the entrance to the Cathedral and the Museum. The mountain drive takes in 25 hairpin bends, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo.

Blue Cave and RIB Adventure

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience an exhilarating RIB ride, take a swim in the mysterious Blue Cave and relax in the sun.

Take to the water aboard a high-speed RIB and enjoy a thrilling ride across the bay of Kotor.

As you speed through the water, you’ll experience stunning scenery and wonderful views of Kotor and the surrounding islands.

A highlight of your tour will be a stop at the Blue Cave; this hidden wonder is perhaps the most beautiful, natural phenomenon on the Montenegrin coast. On a clear day, as the sun reflects on the water, indescribable shades of blue and indigo colours are created. During your stop you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim in these crystal blue waters.

Continue to a small resort, just off the beach of Zanjice. A welcome drink will be served upon arrival and then you’ll have approximately 2 hours to relax in the sun, swim in the sea, or perhaps purchase lunch at the restaurant.

A wonderful experience, not to be missed!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by rigid inflammable boat. It is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. A sun lounger and umbrella are included. Please carry Euros if you wish to purchase refreshments or lunch, as credit cards are not accepted. The visit to the Blue Cave may not be possible during inclement weather conditions.

Budva On Your Own

Activity medium

Duration: 4¾ hours

Enjoy a relaxing day as you explore this ancient seaside town at your own pace and relax on the beach.

Looking for a laid-back time as you see more of Montenegro? Head to Budva for a few hours of total freedom. Best of all, your trip starts with a panoramic drive to the picturesque village of Sveti Stefan, located at the foot of the Lovcen mountain range. Cameras at the ready to capture a postcard-perfect view of this Adriatic gem.
Just down the road is Budva - one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. It’s surrounded by 15th century ramparts, including medieval fortifications with city gates, defence walls and towers. Inside the walls, the town is a fascinating patchwork of narrow streets and small squares. Shops, cafes, bars and galleries vie for your attention. And it’s a treasure trove of culture, known for its arts, theatre and festivals. Remember, bring a towel if you fancy chilling out on the beach or taking a swim in the crystal clear sea.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.This tour does not include lunch or refreshments. Guests choosing to visit the beach are reminded to take swimwear, a towel and sunscreen with them. Sun-beds are available to hire, payable locally and subject to availability. Remember to carry local currency. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Catamaran Sail & Beach

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Enjoy spectacular views of Montenegro and the gleaming Adriatic from the comfort of a stylish catamaran.

The perfect opportunity to take in some of the most sensational scenery of Montenegro’s idyllic coastline, from the comfort and unbeatable vantage point of a stylish catamaran.

Your relaxing cruise starts with a sail along the deep blue waters of Boka Bay, surrounded by dramatic, high cliffs. Relax on board with a refreshing drink as you sail towards the famous and beautiful baroque town of Perast, with its nearby magical islet of Our Lady of the Rocks and its stunning church.

From your catamaran you’ll be able to appreciate a 360 degree panoramic view of the islet. According to legend, the islet itself was ‘constructed’ over the centuries by seamen who kept an ancient oath. It is said that, upon returning from each successful voyage, they had to lay a rock in the bay and over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea – testament to their safe return.

You’ll then pass Porto Montenegro Marina, the first luxury marina on the Adriatic, before continuing to the Movida Restaurant and Lounge Club, situated in Solila Marina. You’ll have approximately 3 hours to relax in the sun and take a dip in the crisp cool waters of beautiful Solila beach before the coach journey back to the ship.

Essential information

Please remember to wear your swimwear and take a towel and sunscreen with you. Sun loungers and an umbrella (per two guests) are included. Depending on local conditions, the catamaran may be required to anchor off the beach; in the event of this passengers will be transferred the short distance to the beach by dinghy. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. The tour may operate in reverse. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in the shore excursions brochure.

 

A selection of cruises to Kotor

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