COASTAL HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Kotor – Panorama Kotor – Panorama Budva – Panorama St.Stefan – Budva – Porto Montenegro – Panorama Mamula- Blue Cave – Submarine Tunnel – Our Lady Of The Rocks – Perast –Kotor
Duration: 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.
PANORAMAS of Kotor, Budva and St. Stefan are 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 towns and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, make these ancient towns an impressive sight.
ST.STEFAN is a tiny island situated just off the Montenegrin coast and it used to be a fishing village. The island itself is very small, connected to the mainland only by a narrow bridge, with the stone houses tightly packed together on top of the rocks. Today, it’s a luxury resort and many celebrities have visited the island.
BUDVA an ancient town that lies on a small peninsula hides a rich historical past. The distant past reaches back to the V century B.C. As Montenegro’s busiest tourist destination, Budva is certainly a city that should be on every traveler’s list. Budva’s Old Town is a Venetian maze of cobblestone streets, anchored by the 15th century citadel.
PORTO MONTENEGRO is a Montenegrin coastal wonder. This nautical village with a marina, five residential buildings, numerous restaurants, cafes, boutiques, a super modern swimming pool and other amenities that make up the city in the city is a unique affirmation of interest and tourists. Located in the beautiful UNESCO Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro is a spectacular, world-class yachting destination.
MAMULA ISLET is an uninhabited islet in the Adriatic Sea near Herceg Novi. It is located between Prevlaka and Lustica peninsulas at the entrance to the Boka Kotorska Bay. This small islet has 200m in diameter. During the period of the Venetian Republic rule, the island was known as Rondina. The island has a fort, built in 1853 by Austro-Hungarian general Lazar Mamula. The fort takes up about 90% of the island's surface area. Fort Mamula was part of the Austro-Hungarian Army's contingency plans of preventing the enemy entrance into Boka Kotorska
BLUE CAVE on Lustica Peninsula is one of the must-see attractions while you’re on the coast. It’s called the Blue Cave because the way the light hits the sandy bottom and reflects up through the water, making the whole cave look blue. You can see the blue light shining out of the cave when you approach, but to really see it, you’ve got to go inside and get underwater. You can only get to the cave by boat.
SUBMARINE TUNNEL is near a small village called Rose. There are three most impressive Submarine Tunnels which were built by the Yugoslav Army. The outside of the opening is designed and covered by fake rocks so they would not be invisible to satellites or spy planes. One of the tunnels is out towards the open sea and Mamula islet, the other two are about 1-2 km towards Tivat direction. There are also a few abandoned Yugoslav Navy ships around. All tunnels are dead ends, so you cannot swim through, but you can swim to the end and back.
OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS is a manmade islet. In 1452 two sailors from Perast discovered a picture of the Virgin Mary perched upon the stone jutting out of the bay. Around the legendary stone, citizens of Perast began to sink old ships and transported stones to the site for over 200 years, creating the Adriatic Sea's only artificial island where they subsequently built the chapel of Our Lady of the Rocks in 1630. Because of its supreme importance in the region, hundreds of rich gifts were donated to it, including 68 oil canvases by many famous Baroque masters and over 2,500 gold and silver tablets, thought at the time to ward off disasters.
PERAST is one of the most beautiful small old towns in the bay, with its sixteen Baroque palaces and its seventeen Catholic churches and two Orthodox churches. One of the biggest churches in Perast is the church of Sveti Nikola, built in 1691, and it impresses with its bell tower which is 55 meters tall and whose bells in 1713 were the biggest in Europe. The old city does not have a defensive wall, but instead it has nine defensive towers, all set in stone.
This tour can be booked with licensed tour guides speaking English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.