Kotor Municipality Culture & history

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Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

1. Montenegro: Durmitor, Tara & Ostrog Monastery Day Trip

See the picturesque countryside of Montenegro on a guided tour from Kotor. Admire clear lakes, spectacular coasts, the famous Ostrog Monastery, and more. Take your first photo stop shortly after leaving Kotor and capture the beauty of two nearby islands, Our Lady of the Rocks and Saint George. Move to higher elevations for a second photo stop above Risan Bay. Continue to Nikšić, the second biggest city in Montenegro, and make another stop for pictures at the artificial Salty Lake. Take a much-needed breakfast break after your morning sightseeing and enjoy some tasty local food and drink (not included in tour cost). Drive towards Mount Durmitor, where rocky peaks rise high into the sky. Pass dense pine and colorful deciduous forest. Stop at Đurđevića Tara Bridge, the highest in Europe when built in 1940. Cross the 365-meter-long bridge, 172 meters above the canyon floor if you´d like. Proceed to the hidden jewel of Durmitor National Park, the majestic Black Lake, among 18 glacial lakes above 1,500 meters on Durmitor Mountain. All together they are called "Mountain Eyes". Embark on a hike on the 4-kilometer trail around the lake. Stop at Žabljak, the highest town in the Balkans, located at 1,450 meters above sea level. Dine on a lunch of traditional Montenegrin food. Afterward, hit the road towards the most visited spiritual site in Montenegro, the Ostrog Monastery. Begin your ascent up the narrow and winding road close to sunset, enjoying spectacular views of the highly-perched monastery. View the relics of the monk Vasilije Ostroški, who founded the place. Return to Kotor at the end of your tour.

Kotor: Ostrog & Rijeka Crnojevic Private Tour

2. Kotor: Ostrog & Rijeka Crnojevic Private Tour

High in mountains next to Niksic, you'll find the Monastery of Ostrog, the biggest Montenegrin pilgrimage site built in 17th-century where you will find the remains of St. Vasilije Ostroski. The holy relics of Saint Basil can be found in the lower church of the upper monastery. Ostrog Monastery was built by natural and human interaction, carved almost in its entirety in a vertically positioned mountain cliff. There is not much written evidence about the process and time of construction, but looking at it now, it is a really amazing piece of human work difficult to imagine being done even today with modern technology. This monastery, carved in the mountains, is high above Bjelopavlici plain. The most impressive part of the monastery is Upper Ostog where two small churches are built, upper small church dedicated to Saint Cross and lower dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. This sanctuary is one of the most visited orthodox pilgrimage sites in the world. It is a spiritual center of Montenegro and also a place for pilgrims to gather of various faiths and religions of the world. This breathtaking destination will fill your soul with high elevated feelings of devotion and reverence to God. After the monastery visit, go to Rijeka Crnojevic, for sure the most attractive part of Skadar Lake National Park. While visiting Rijeka Crnojevic, you will have many photo opportunities as well as a lunch break, a great opportunity to taste the most delicious fish soup, fish and wine. During the 19th and early 20th-century, Rijeka Crnojevic was the biggest Montenegrin port and leading shopping center. Due to its uniqueness and exquisite taste, dried bleak was one of the most popular products in this area, especially at the Italian table. Pavlova strana is the place found on most of the postcards from Montenegro, certainly most impressive during the May October period thanks to its vegetation - blooming water lilies, just adding to the beauty of this magnificent place. That is where you will have some time on your own, as well as the chance to walk around and enjoy yourself in this peaceful area.

Villages of the Bay: Rick Steves Recommended

3. Villages of the Bay: Rick Steves Recommended

Unspoiled in their beauty and history, the medieval villages of Perast and Prčanj represent some of the most picturesque parts of Kotor Bay. On this private guided tour, learn about the medieval crafts in the charming village of Prčanj and walk through the cobblestone streets of Perast. The tour starts with a speedboat ride from Kotor’s old town toward the fascinating man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks. Enjoy a scenic ride with views of the Adriatic Sea surrounded by high mountains. Arrive at Our Lady of the Rocks and spot the church and treasury. Learn about the significance of this island before taking a 5-minute boat ride to reach Perast. In Perast, marvel at the village’s well-preserved architecture. However, hold your expectations, because Prčanj is your next stop, and it is Perast’s great competitor of beauty and charm. Reach Prčanj and go back in time in the medieval atmosphere. Get a glimpse of the life of locals in the past up to the present. Then, head back to Kotor’s old town, the final stop of the tour. See Kotor's The Palace of Living History and enjoy a short tour with your guide to complete your experience.

Montenegro Private Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

4. Montenegro Private Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

You will be picked up at your accommodation in Dubrovnik by an air-conditioned vehicle to make the drive south to Montenegro. Enjoy the view of the Adriatic and the Dubrovnik Riviera,and learn from your guide about the history and culture of Montenegro.  After crossing the border, ride along the coast roads surrounded by high mountains reflected in the blue waters; the fjord-shaped Bay of Kotor is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Mediterranean. Visit Risan with Roman mosaics and Perast with its two islands, one of which you can visit, called "Our Lady of the Rocks". The next stop is in the ancient town of Kotor – the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean. During the visit to the Old Kotor, hop in the famous St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Maritime Museum of Kotor, which preserves the valuable exhibits of old traditions, or walk up the 1,350 steps to the Castle of San Giovanni and enjoy the amazing view. In the late afternoon, you will reunite with your guide. Your host can suggest some additional places to visit in Croatia, depending on how much time you have.

From Kotor or Budva: Kotor Bay and Fortresses Off-Road Tour

5. From Kotor or Budva: Kotor Bay and Fortresses Off-Road Tour

With an off-road vehicle, you will visit the most beautiful parts above the Bay of Kotor and explore Austro-Hungarian fortresses. Two interesting fortresses, many viewpoints and a scenic drive in the hills is something that will make these 3 hours beautiful. The first is the Gorazda fortress, which is a masterpiece of military architecture, it is camouflaged with earth and has a rotating dome of 100 tons of iron on top. After the fortress, next is the nature park Vrmac, visit another fortress and continue off-road drive to the viewpoint above Kotor. At that viewpoint, you have an organized picnic and the opportunity to enjoy fresh coffee, national food and unique homemade rose petal juice. At the end of the tour, we leave a short coastal drive to the museum of living history. Within the museum you have a beautiful cafeteria where you can have a drink.

Kotor: Jeep Tour to Gornji Stoliv with Museum & Food Tasting

6. Kotor: Jeep Tour to Gornji Stoliv with Museum & Food Tasting

Your unique opportunity to drive with an off-road vehicle to the lonely stone village of Gornji Stoliv, which is a treasure trove of history and offers a wonderful view of the Bay of Kotor. We start from Kotor and have a coastal drive to the beginning of our off road track. We pass by jeep on a forest and dirt road, go around a forest of chestnut trees and reach a hidden village that is under the protection of the cultural heritage of Montenegro. We have a light walking tour through the village where we get to know the locals and try various local juices, local olives and cheese in the village household. After the adventure and tour of the village, we return to the coast and go to the museum, which is otherwise a Franciscan monastery. There you have the opportunity to visit the museum, hear various interesting things and see the methods of how rope was once woven, Gutenberg's first printing machine, Kotor coinage. The museum is a treasure trove of the history of the Bay of Kotor and what sets it apart from other museums is its incredible ambiance as well as the possibility to sit there and enjoy a coffee. After the museum, our tour ends and we take you back to your accommodation by coastal drive.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,259 reviews

This was a great day. Our driver, Tomislav, was a great guide and talked to us about the history of the countries and towns as we drove us. For the history buffs among us, it was great. We stopped in Perast, which wasn't really worth the trip, but then went on to Cotar in Montenegro, which was. We had 90 minutes there to eat lunch and walk around the old city. It was great and worth the drive. We did get stuck at the border coming back, sitting for nearly an hour in the van. That's not his fault, of course, but just something to consider. We would recommend this trip to those want a day trip.

Authentic, all day private car tour that combined a spiritual visit to an important well known pilgrimage site at the Ostrog, local cuisine at a family lakeside restaurant and a boat tour at the Skader lake. The lake is a part of the National park, full of wild birds, water lilies and magnificent views combing the lake, the mountain and the wild nature. Be prepared for long driving times. Milos was very kind and hospitable host. He is a knowledgeable guide and an excellent driver which has made for interesting and enjoyable full day tour.

Millie was the perfect guide/driver for this tour. He’s a local who grew up near the monastery and knows everything about it’s history and importance… Perfect day. Capping it off with lunch and boat ride along the river into the Skadar lake… Well worth the time spent for the experience…

Adam, our driver was exceptional. I think he’s a certified genius. His knowledge of history was extraordinary and he had a great sense of humor. This was an excellent private tour for 8. I would heartily recommend to anyone who desires a day trip to Montenegro.

Beautiful places worth seeing, we are delighted with Montenegro. We recommend the company organizing the trip, our favorite guide - Adam.