KOTOR - LOVĆEN tour
*Recommended for hotel and cruise guests
Starts from Kotor at your request.
Just after a short drive you will be amazed by the Old Road constructed in 1879-84 by Austro-Hungarians with ambition to connect Kotor and Cetinje (Old Royal Capital of Montenegro). Once a year a short part of this road is used for racing in the Montenegrin car racing championship.
Serpentines on the way to Lovcen NP
The Old Road has 25 curves (serpentines) till the point in which it divides in two - to the top of Lovćen Mountain and towards famous village Njeguši.
Durring our drive up, we’ll make a quick photo-stop at two best vantage points of gorgeous Boka Bay – at 5th and 25th serpentine and try our best to memorize this stunning view.
View of Boka Bay
View of Boka Bay
After a curvy ride through the rocky mountain, we arrive to the Mausoleum (the second highest peak of mount Lovcen) where the greatest Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš is buried. The mausoleum is situated 1675m above the sea level which makes it the highest one in the world.
There are exactly 461 steps to pass to reach the amazing view-point from the top.
The most impressive part of the mausoleum is the sculpture of Petar II Petrović Njegoš.
Sculpture of Njegos
50 tones heavy giant piece of marble became current 28 tones imposing statue of Njegoš sculptured by the famous Croatian artist Ivan Meštrović. At a height of 9 m ceiling is covered with a mosaic of 200 000 gold-plated tiles, while at the lower level just underneath the statue is located a marble sarcophagus with the remains of Njegoš.
And then again… spectacular view.
On a clear, sunny day, we can normally see almost 70% of Montenegro, together with village of Njeguši (where we had our breakfast), Durmitor range far at North and Skadar Lake on southeast – even border mountains of Croatia, Bosnia, parts of Serbia and Albania.
Top of the mountain
After visiting this important elevation, we drive back to Kotor through the rocky mountains and winding roads.
KOTOR WALKING TOUR
Prepare your senses for completely new experience of mysterious and majestic Old Town of Kotor. We start our walk and casual chat with our guide who will lead us through all important monuments which are firm testimony of Kotor’s turbulent and admiring history.
Being one of the oldest towns at the Adriatic Sea it has scars of constant fight and every single stone built into massive defense walls has a different story to tell about this medieval fortification.
Map of the Tour:
Here you can take a quick look of Kotor Old Town on 360° view:
1. Starts in front of Entrance of Old Town Kotor
2. Arms Square
3. Town Clock Tower
4. Bizanti and Beskuća palace
5. Flower Square
6. Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
7. Maritime Museum
8. Karampana square
9. Church of Saint Luke
10. Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
11. Church of Saint Mary
12. North Gate
Our walking tour Kotor start with the guide in the front of the main gate (1). He will take you to place of merchants and sailors and lead you through two and a half thousand years of history of this amazing fortification. Kotor as we know now was built between 12th and 14th century and contains numerous monuments of historical heritage and outstanding medieval architecture as well, which have made Kotor a UNESCO listed „World Natural and Historical Heritage Site“.
When you enter the Old Town, you’ll step on the main town square, which is Arms Square (2), with the Town Clock Tower (3) which dates back from 1602. By the tower facade there is a pyramidal pillar, a pillory, a testimony of the moral as well as legal norms respected in the town.
Town Clock Tower
On your way to Flower Square (4), you’ll pass beautiful architecture which reflect in monumental palaces of families Bizanti and Beskuća (5), followed by the great story and legends about those noble residents.
Near the most beautiful palace in Kotor - Pima, there you’ll find the diamond of this town -Cathedral of St Tryphon (6) that was built in honor of the St Tryphon, patron and protector of the city, on the same place where older church, that was built 809, had already existed long ago.
After you proceed to the Maritime Museum (7), place that holds collections of items that represent sailing history of this area and the way of a living as well. Maritime Museum is must see place in Kotor.
Path leads you to Church of Saint Luke (8) that used to be a Catholic school, more precisely until the middle of XVII century, but later because of the wars and the arrival of the Orthodox people in Kotor it was given to Orthodox believers for use and it represents a testimony about the harmonious co-existence of Catholic and Orthodox people. The church today is significant because of the fact that it has two altars, a Catholic and an Orthodox one. The floor in the church was made of tomb panels on joined graves of citizens of Kotor, because until 1930’s the burring were held in the church itself.
On your way to Saint Luke’s church, you’ll pass by Karampana square (9).
Right next to Saint Luka church is Saint Nicholas (10) church (built in 1909.) that possesses a rich collection of icons and a beautiful iconostasis made by Cigler, a Czech artist.
Church of Saint Mary (11) that is built in 1221 on the site of a 6th-century basilica, is not something you want to skip. This Catholic church is distinguished by impressive 20th-century bronze doors covered in bas-reliefs, a particularly gruesome larger-than-life crucifix, and a glass coffin containing the body of Blessed Osanna of Cattaro (1493–1565). She was what is known as an anchoress, choosing to be walled into a small cell attached to a church so as to devote her life to prayer.
Church of Saint Mary
After the church of St Mary, you’ll be headed to North Gate of Kotor (12) that was built in in remembrance of the battle against Otoman empire that occurred 1539; one year later gate was built. From that point you can see the shortest river in Montenegro, Škurda.
View from North Gate
THINGS TO NOTE!
Price: 39 € per person
English speaking tour guide
Entrance fee to Lovćen NP,
Entrance fee to Mausoleum of Njegoš
Entrance fee to Maritime Museum of Kotor
60 min - Ride up to the Lovćen NP via serpentines, two photo-stops
60 min – Climbing 361 step up to the Lake Peak and visit to Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš
40 min – Drive though the rocky mountain back to Kotor
60 minutes – Kotor Walking Tour (historical sites, visit to the Maritime Museum and St. Nicolas Church)
Minimum people required: 4. Everyone can participate.
Times of arrival to certain places can vary depending on traffic jams and tourist crowds.
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