This tour combines, in culture and history, richest and most beautiful places on the Montenegrin coast - Perast and Kotor (up to 4 hours) with optional Budva* visit (additional 2 hours).
Starting from Kotor, just few kilometers away, we reach town of Perast, enjoy its magnificent architecture, join for a quick boat ride to the island Our Lady of Rocks, visit both church and a museum at it.
Relaxing ride along the Bay takes us back to Kotor, where we have a walking tour around the city squares, discover Maritime Museum and St. Nicholas Church.
THINGS TO NOTE!
- REQUIRED: 4 people minimum, everyone can participate
- DURATION: up to 4 hours
- INCLUDED: transportation by car, mini-van or mini-bus, professional tour guide in english language, boat ride to the island, entrance fee to the church and museum, map of the city, entrance fee for Maritime museum in the Old Town, bottle of water 0.5l per person
- NOT INCLUDED: other drinks or souvenirs, tips for guide
- WHAT TO BRING: sun cream, a hat, camera
- HIGHLIGHTS: ride along the bay, Perast town promenade, boat ride, island Our Lady of Rocks, church and museum, Square of Arms, Clock tower, palace of Bizanti, Beskuća, Buća and Pima families, Cathedral of St Tryphon, Maritime Museum, St. Luke’s, St. Nikola’s church
Meeting point and start time – determined by the agency depending on the agreement with guests.
You can contact the agency via e-mail, or direct visit 360 Monte Travel Agency office is located in the Old Town of Kotor.
Starting point is Kotor from where we are heading to the most complete baroque town in Adriatic coast - Perast and small men-made island just across it - Our Lady of Rocks.
From the interaction between mainland and bay, the inherent contrast of stone and water, the dialogue of island and wave, sometimes in harmony but often in conflict, this sea-faring town has derived its unity, strength and sense of purpose. Despite its size, a sophisticated urban structure has arisen, demonstrated by the proportion, scale, massing and rhythm of the great number of public buildings, especially along the waterfront.
First we arrive in town of Perast just 20 minutes away from Kotor, from where we’ll take a boat ride to most famous island in Montenegro – Our Lady of Rocks.
Our Lady of Rocks
The legend has it that the island has been made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and the Child on the rock in the sea on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called "Fašinada", when local residents take their boats and throw rocks, widening the surface of the island, takes place.
Inside of the Our Lady Church
Besides the church from 17th century, there is also a museum of gifts which were mainly donated by sailors and captains who had lived through the storms, battles and long time at the open sea.
As we return from the island, we visit the main square in the middle of Perast with the church of St. Nicola’s and its impressive 55 meters high belfry. From there we continue our walk for about 1 kilometer along with the waterfront, admiring the beautiful architecture form 17th and 18th century, until we meet the vehicle waiting to take us back to Kotor.
Old Town of Kotor
Hidden beneath the Mountain of Lovćen, in the heart of the breathtaking Boka Bay, this jewel of Adriatic is unmatched in its beauty that is represented through assimilation of different culture influences whose signatures are more than visible even now.
Join us on this tour and help us to reveal all secrets that are lying around!
Map of Tour
Itinerary of the Walking Tour
1. Starting point in front of Entrance of Old Town Kotor
2. Arms Square
3. Town Clock Tower
4. Bizanti and Beskuća Palace
5. Flower Square (Pima and Buća Palace)
6. Cathedral of Saint Tryphon
7. Maritime Museum (visit)
8. Karampana fountain
9. Church of Saint Luke’s
10. Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
11. Church of Saint Mary
12. North (River) Gate
Here you can take a quick look of Kotor Old Town on 360° view: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zuBSSORz54Ew.k3OtZaUCoeQ4&hl=en_US
Our walking tour Kotor starts in the front of the main gate (1). When we enter the Old Town, first we’ll step on the main town square better known as the Arms Square (2), recognized by a 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), we pass beautiful baroque 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 we find the true diamond of this town - Cathedral of St Tryphon (6), built in honor of the St Tryphon, patron and protector of the city, on the same place where older church, dedicated to the same saint existed from 809.
St. Tryphon Cathedral
We proceed to the Maritime Museum (7), place with rich collections of exhibits that represent sailing history of this area and the way of living as well. Maritime Museum is a “must see place” in Kotor. Decorated with original furniture of noble families, models of ships that were used for trade and battles, large collection of guns and swards will show the important role of Kotor during past centuries.
Path leads us to the Church of Saint Luke’s (8) that originally used to be a Catholic school, but it was given to Orthodox believers for use and it represents a testimony of the harmonious co-existence of Catholic and Orthodox people. On your way to Saint Luke’s church, we pass by Karampana square (9).
St. Luke's church
Right next to Saint Luke’s is Saint Nicholas Church (10) (built in 1909.) which possesses a rich collection of icons and a beautiful iconostasis made by Cigler, a Czech artist.
St Nichola's church
Church of Saint Mary (11), 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.
View to the Lovćen Mountain from the North Gate
Soon we come to another gate and the end of our tour. North Gate of Kotor (12) was built in in remembrance of the battle against Ottoman Empire that occurred 1539; one year later gate was built. From that point you can see the shortest river in Montenegro, Škurda.
THINGS TO NOTE!
- PRICE: 50€ up to 4 persons, 80€ between 5 and 8 persons
- REQUIRED: 4 people minimum, everyone can participate
- DURATION: additional 2 hours (6 hours total tour)
- INCLUDED:transport by mini-van or mini-bus, PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE IN ENGLISH
- NOT INCLUDED: other drinks or souvenirs
- WHAT TO BRING: sun cream, a hat, camera
- HIGHLIGHTS: OLD TOWN of BUDVA, SANTA MARIA in PUNTA, St. JOHN’S and HOLY THIRNITY church, photo stop above Kotor, bird’s eye view of the bay on the way back
*From Perast we drive about 50 minutes directly to Budva.
By far the most visited summer destination in Montenegro - queen of tourism – Budva is attracting tourists from all over the world with its beautiful Old Town, vivid atmosphere, bars, nightclubs, palm trees and beautiful beaches consisting primarily of pebbles and sand. Magnificent combination of the ancient and modern, Budva is great option to visit something absolutely different from Boka Bay, and yet it is only 30 minutes away from Kotor.
Old Town of Budva
Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula surrounded by the sea and represents a treasure chest of culture heritage. From Greek and Roman traces, over medieval influence to final combination of byzantine and baroque style. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are relevant monuments that indicate the important religion aspect of Budva – including the church of Holy Trinity, churches of St. John, St. Sava’s and Our Lady "In Punta" (Santa Maria in Punta).
Old Town of Budva
After the 45 min walking tour, we drive back to Kotor and use the opportunity to take a photo stop above the bay to take some breathtaking pictures of the town below.
*We finish with the walking tour in the Old Town of Kotor (described earlier).
When applying, please have in mind summer traffic jam and unpredictable delays on sights, so the returning time could be a bit later than proposed.
We always do our best to respect the time schedule.
00.00 h Start from Kotor (from the agreed location)
00.20 h Arrival at Perast
00.30 h Boat ride to the island Our Lady of Rocks
00.40 h Visit to the island, Church and Museum
01.10 h Boat ride back to Perast, visit to the main square
01.50 h Walk along the waterfront
02.10 h* Ride back to Kotor
03.30 h Arrival at the Old Town, Walking Tour 1.30 h
02.10 h* Ride to Budva from Perast
03.00 h Arrival at Budva, Walking Tour
04.00 h Ride back to Kotor, photo stop above the bay
04.40 h Arrival at the Old Town of Kotor Walking Tour
I booked 360.monte given all the wonderful reviews that were given online and they did not disappoint! We were only in Kotor for about 6 hours via cruise ship and after a few email exchanges, 360monte and I agreed on a packed day that would take our group of 13 to the key Kotor highlights. Unfortunately our ship couldn't dock at the port and we had to tender but the whole process took about 2 hours. I was worried our tour guide left already but when we finally arrived at the port, she was still standing by the gate under the hot Kotor sun and greeted us pleasantly with complete understanding of our situation. We had to rearrange our itinerary last minute due to the delay and our guide was flexible, knowledgeable and very easy going. She had an immense amount of knowledge regarding Kotor history and the story behind the Lady of our Rocks and she was also able to direct us to all the "key" places to eat/drink in Old Town. I highly recommend 360monte vs. any cruise ship shore excursion. You get the privacy, flexibility, efficiency and service most cruise ship shore excursions won't be able to match!
Myself and 2 friends recently spent a lovely 4 days in Montenegro. As we only had limited time we chose to take a guided day tour of Perast, boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks, Budva, Tivat, and Kotor. I would highly recommend 360.monte and particularly our guide. It was easy to book online before we departed the UK (although we chose to pay the guide direct with Euros at the end of our tour) and we were met at our hotel on a pre-agreed date and time and returned to there at the end of the tour. As well as a guide we had a driver and very comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to ourselves for the duration of our tour. Our guide Nikolina was wonderful-excellent spoken English and really personable, knowledgable and fun to spend the day with, ( in fact we missed her when we came to part at the end of the tour)! The tour was a perfect mix of historical facts and information about modern Montenegro and she was able to answer our many questions, and remained good humoured and cheerful. Other benefits of the tour included being able to bypass the queues outside attractions and go straight in, having someone with us who could haggle in the local language when purchasing, pointing us in the direction of good coffee shops/restaurants, and being able to have our pictures taken together by her in the best scenic locations, it was like having our own “Instagram” photographer with us for the day! Definitely would recommend 360monte, and ask for Nikolina if possible. A very memorable and enjoyable day, thank you from ‘Emily, Samantha & Sasha.’
Good arrangement, see the best in Kotor n Budva in couple hours. Taking Good care of us with 4 yong kids.
Slavik was really informative, the tour of the old city was interesting and we really learnt a lot as well as the tour of the island - lady of the rock etc. What was also really nice was how passionately he spoke about Montenegro and the history of this country. Would recommend you guys and Slavik - fab guide.
Jelena was terrific. we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Fantastic tour. Thanks Slobodan.
Great tour of what was our favorite place of all our cruise port stops. Slo was very knowledgeable and flexible with us, and we had a fabulous time and visit to Kotor, Perast and Island Our Lady of the Rocks! We will be back to Montenegro and will definitely explore other options with 360Monte.
Hi, I am verifying the PRICE of THE Perast, our lady of the rock/kotor TOUR....If you add BUDVa in is it an additional 50E p/P.....So a total of 95E? Karrie