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LOVCEN NATIONAL PARK TOUR

KotorPanorama KotorNjegusiNational Park Lovcen, Mausoleum- Kotor

Duration: 7-8 hrs

KOTOR - The Old Town of Kotor, over 2000 years old, with its Venetian palaces, churches, museums and squares lays in the shadows of the fearsome St. John’s Hill and the walls protecting this town are a fortification masterpiece. It is located on the only natural fjord of its kind in the world and in a bay that has made the list of Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Kotor’s Old Town, trapped in time, is a maze of cobblestone streets. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have put Kotor on the UNESCO’s World Natural and Historical Heritage Site list.

PANORAMA of Kotor is breathtaking.  The amazing scenery of the mountains disappearing in the water, endless views of the sea and sky, and the mighty walls with their imposing watchtowers, looming over the medieval cities and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, make this ancient city an impressive sight.

NJEGUSI VILLAGE - With the mountains hovering all around and fields of wild grass covering every square inch of land, the character of this small mountaintop village, in southern Montenegro within Cetinje municipality, shines through. It is located on the slopes of Mount Lovcen, within Lovćen national park at 1,111 meter above sea level. This village is best known as birthplace of Montenegro’s royal dynasty of Petrovic that ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918. Njeguši, while quaint, is very famous for its smoked ham (prosciutto) and local cheese (called Njeguški sir and Njeguškipršut) as well as for its well-preserved traditional folk architecture.

NATIONAL PARK LOVCEN covers the central and the highest part of the mountain Lovcen with total area of 6,220 hectares. Established in 1952, Lovcen is also full of the rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage protected by the national park. The area has numerous elements of national construction such as the old houses and village guvna. The cottages in katuns, summer settlements of cattle breeders are also typical for this part of Montenegro. Two thirds of the park is covered in forest. It is an important reserve for many of Montenegro's native bird species. It is home to around 200 species of bird which include falcons and eagles.  Nine different habitats at a very small space result in large diversity of flora and fauna - there are 2000 plants in the Park. View from Lovćen from all sides leaves an unrepeatable and unforgettable visual impression.

MAUSOLEUM - It is the world’s tallest mausoleum -1660 meters above sea level. The sculptor tasked with designing the mausoleum, Ivan Mestrovic, sought to design the structure to honor the man and his main themes of “justice, freedom, and the dignity of Man and nations.” Upon submitting his design, Mestrovic refused compensation “except for a piece of cheese and the shoulder of a ram.” That was the honor shown in 1970.This monumental complex on the top of JezerskiVrh was built in honor of the Montenegrin prince-bishop and poet Petar II PetrovićNjegoš. You can climb the 461 steps lining the tunnel that runs through the mountain. Visit the atrium and the crypt, and continue to the rotunda behind the Mausoleum; you will be awarded with a spectacular view. If you are lucky and the day is bright, you can see BokaKotorskaand even Italian coast, and at the same time, the village of Njeguši, situated on a green plateau surrounded by pine trees. On the opposite side appears Skadar Lake and far away you can even see the mountains in the northern part of Montenegro: Durmitor, Komovi and Prokletije.The chapel is the most impressive part of Njegoš mausoleum. It is nine meters high with the arch covered in mosaic with 200.000 gold-plated tiles. Sarcophagus reminds of traditional Montenegrin tomb, with the state emblem and a cross carved in stone, as symbols of Njegoš spiritual and secular authorities.

This tour can be booked with licensed tour guides speaking English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.

The tour can be modified (shortened or prolonged) to suit your personal preferences and adjusted according to your needs and wishes.