OLD ROYAL CAPITAL TOUR (and Lipa Cave)
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.
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.
LIPA CAVE - Millions of years old, Lipa Cave is one of the country's largest caves and the first and only show cave in Montenegro open for organised visits with 2.5km of passages and halls filled with stalactites, stalagmites and freaky natural pillars. One must feel awed in the presence of such a huge and ancient space, shaped by eons of dripping water. When you see stalactites and stalagmites that have been created, drop by tiny drop, over centuries, it’s impossible not to be impressed by nature’s raw power and ability to create beauty. These hallways offer a variety of several interesting chambers, galleries and an abundance of cave ornaments. Underground streams, lakes and springs accentuate the cave’s natural beauty making it striking. Lipa Cave offers a charming diversity of karst features as well as a unique experience of the underground world of adventure to all of those who visit it.
CETINJE - the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, founded in the 15th century is located at the foot of Lovcen mountain, far enough and hidden from an enemy sight, yet close enough and open for all friendly people. You will discover the story on Montenegrin history through the riches of historic edifices and museums in the “valley of gods”. Go straight through the labyrinth of roads the aristocrats of Europe showed off on. Hear the life in the Palace of the King Nikola Petrović, where the princes forged maiden dreams about future. Under the centennial lime trees, see how the moon “pours magical rays, stirring secret feelings” in the legacy of spiritual ruler, great thinker and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Take a look at the first billiards in his Biljarda. Visit a Monastery built in 1484 with its rich treasury. And all this will just scratch the surface, as every wing treasures its own secrets. There are even three great relics in the town at the foot of Lovćen: the icon of Our Lady of Philermos, the hand of Saint John the Baptist and the particle from the Holy Cross. And in the streets… a living theatre created by academy students, actors, painters, musicians… a new creative trail at the traditional foundations. Rumours of past encompassing everything.
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.
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.