Experience Blue Cave & Boka Bay by Boat from Kotor
Visit the Montenegrin Coastline
Taste the Local Cuisine
Attend a Cultural Event
Visit the Maritime Museum
Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Lovcen National Park
Kotor Walking Tour
Enjoy the sunset at Fort Goražda
Bonus – Where to stay in Kotor & Top 5 Montenegro Tours from Kotor
Discover the History of Kotor's Old Town
Kotor's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in history and culture. This walled town is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. Visitors can stroll through the Old Town's narrow streets, admiring the medieval architecture and learning about the town's rich history.
One of the must-see attractions in Kotoris the St. Tryphon Cathedral, built in the 12th century. Illyrians were the first significant conquerors of Kotor in the 5th century BC, followed by the Romans in 476 AD and the Byzantines in the 7th century AD. The Serbian Nemanjić Dynasty ruled Kotor from the 12th to 14th century, making it a seaport and experiencing a significant economic and cultural boom. After the Hungarians took over, the throne was taken by Bosnian king Tvrtko I Kotoromanić, and Kotor was an independent Republic between 1391 and 1420. In 1813, a union between Boka and former Montenegro was established, but the Vienna Congress held in 1814 didn't acknowledge this new alliance, so Boka and its surroundings were given to Austria. For the next 104 years, Boka was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Hike Kotor's Fortress (San Giovanni)
Time to Conquer the Walls of Kotor! For a breathtaking panoramic view of Kotor and its surroundings, we highly recommend hiking to the top of Kotor Fortress. The fortress is located on St. Jonh's hill - overlooking the town. Visitors can admire the Bay of Kotor and the surrounding mountains, as well as the picturesque rooftops of the Old Town. The hike can be challenging, with steep steps and a narrow path, but the view from the top is well worth the effort. Totaling 1350 steps to the top will make you put some effort into reaching the top of Kotor's Fortress, where to ruins of San Giovanni's (St. John) Castle are. The overall difficulty, depending on your physical fitness level, is 2/5, and it takes an average of 30-40min to reach the top where the flag pole is.
What to bring:
And a must: Your Camera!
The best time to visit the Kotor fortress & go hiking is earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon, as it can get quite warm, especially during those hot summer days.
Note that, from April until November there is a surcharge to enter the Walls of Kotor - 8€
Explore & hike Vrmac
Vrmac is a mountain peninsula located opposite of the Old Town of Kotor & one of the most popular places in Kotor Bay for the locals, from both Kotor and Tivat, to go hiking and explore. It offers beautiful views of the Boka Bay with its surrounding areas, and is a popular destination for hiking and exploring nature. Vrmac is also home to several historical and cultural landmarks, including the Vrmac Fortress, built as a protection of Kotor and its Bay.
Experience Blue Cave & Boka Bay by Boat from Kotor
For a good reason, the Bay of Kotor is often called the southernmost fjord in Europe. Dramatic mountains surround the Bay, and its deep blue waters are dotted with small villages and towns.
One of the best ways to explore the Bay is by boat. Our crusise is one of the most uniqe Kotor Boat Tours, showcasing the best places to visit in Boka Bay, exploring all its highlights, including visit to a famous Blue Cave in Montenegro. And doing a boat tour from Kotor is the best way to experience Boka Bay. Some of the highlights of the Bay include:
A visit to Our Lady of the Rocks & Perast from Kotor - a man-made island in Perast, and the only one of its kind on this side of the Adriatic Sea.
Blue Cave – a must-visit place when in Montenegro! Visitors get about 30 minutes to swim, dive & explore the Blue Cave.
Old Yugoslavian Submarine Tunnels!
Porto Montenegro in Tivat, and not to forget – making many swim breaks to cool off during the hot summer days.
Cruising along some of the most picturesque villages on the Adriatic coast: Muo, Prčanj, Stoliv & Perast!
Visit the Montenegrin Coastline
To top your bucket list of places to visit in Montenegro, a visit or a tour to Perast and Budva from Kotor are a must! While Kotor is undoubtedly a highlight of Montenegro, the country has much more to offer. The Montenegrin coastline is lined with charming towns and beaches, each with its unique character.
One of the most popular destinations on the coast is the town of Budva, known for its medieval architecture and lively nightlife. Visitors can also explore the nearby peninsula of Sveti Stefan, famous for its stunning beaches and luxury resorts. Perast is one of the most well-preserved villages on this side of the Adriatic & a must-visit place. Perast only has one street, and its location provides you with some of the most beautiful views in Montenegro. Once here, pay the visit to the local museum, take a quick boat ride to the Islands in front and enjoy the medieval charms of this willage.
Taste the Local Cuisine
No trip to Montenegro is complete without sampling the local cuisine. Montenegrin cuisine is heavily influenced by Mediterranean and Balkan flavors, resulting in a unique culinary experience.
Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood, grilled meats, hearty stews, and locally produced wine and rakija - a traditional fruit brandy. When it comes to seafood, we can all thank local fishermen for waking up early to catch the fish & sell it in the local market or to the restaurants ensuring that it is always the top quality and fresh! Even though the Mediterranean diet is dominant here and a considerable part of local culture, one (slightly different) place has stood out lately. Resto Bar Taraca is one of the newly opened restaurants in Kotor. Located just outside the Walls of Kotor, this place has a rather exciting menu & plenty of vegan & vegetarian dishes to choose from - quite a rare sight in Montenegro.
Attend a Cultural Event
Kotor is a destination for all seasons, and virtually every month, something significant happens. Kotor has a thriving cultural scene and holds several festivals and events every year. The most well-known of them is the Kotor Carnival, which takes place in February and is one of the biggest carnival festivities in the Balkans (as of 2023, it celebrated its 505th year!).
Another popular event is the KotorArt Festival, which features a variety of artistic and cultural performances, as well as the Boka Bay's Night (Bokeljska Noć), dedicated to the town's maritime history with celebrations that begin during the day and last until the early hours of the following morning, Fashion Week, and other events.
Visit the Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum in Kotor is dedicated to the town's rich maritime history, with exhibits showcasing traditional boats, navigational instruments, and artifacts from the town's maritime past.
Visitors can learn about the Kotor's history as an important trading port and its importance as a naval base during various periods of history with an audio guide provided at the entrance. Visit Maritime Museum, and more, on our Kotor walking tour.
Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Lovcen National Park
Located just a short drive from Kotor, Lovcen National Park is a must-visit place when in Kotor! There are a couple of ways to reach Lovćen & get to one of its peaks, where the highest Mausoleum in the World is.
- Visitors can hike from Kotor to Mount Lovćen. Starting from the Old Town, take the Ladder of Kotor & continue until you reach Lovcen National Park. Hike through the park's rugged terrain, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and coastline until you get to Jezerski Vrh (Lake's Peak) – home to the Njegos' Mausoleum, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
- Rent-a-Car if you didn't arrive with one and take the Old Autro-Hungarian Road, taking you towards Njeguši village towards Lovcen.
Sure, there are many of things to do in Kotor but for those in love with culture & heritage we suggest joining the walking tour in Kotor for the best experience. Full of history, stories of old & corners to be discovered, Kotor is a must-visit place in Montenegro.
Enjoy the sunset at Fort Goražda
A place is easy to miss but hard to forget! A perfect spot to relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset with the view of Old Town Kotor & Kotor Bay on one side & Tivat Bay and the Adriatic Sea on the other. One of the most spectacular views in the entire Boka Bay is from the top of this abandoned Austro-Hungarian Fortress.
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How many days do you need in Kotor?
Generally, a 2-3 day visit is recommended to fully experience Kotor. This allows enough time to explore the Old Town, climb the fortifications, and take in the beautiful bay views. However, if you're keen on hiking, exploring the local cuisine, or visiting nearby attractions, you might want to extend your stay.
Is Kotor worth visiting?
Absolutely! Kotor is a fascinating city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with medieval architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and picturesque squares. Not to mention, the stunning Bay of Kotor offers breathtaking views. Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or a foodie, Kotor has something to offer.
How long to spend in Kotor Old Town?
To explore Kotor Old Town thoroughly, a full day is usually enough. You can walk around the Old Town, visit its many churches, museums, and explore its myriad shops and cafes. Remember to climb the walls of Kotor for a stunning view of the Bay. However, the beauty of the Old Town can be captivating, leading many visitors to return for a second day.
Which is better, Kotor or Budva?
Both Kotor and Budva offer unique experiences and choosing between them depends on your personal preferences. Kotor is perfect for those interested in history, architecture, and nature. It's a quiet, scenic city with a beautiful Old Town and stunning views from the fortress. On the other hand, Budva is known for its vibrant nightlife, beaches, and modern attractions. If you're after a more lively, beach-based holiday, Budva might be the better choice. But why choose? If time allows, visiting both cities can give you a comprehensive experience of Montenegro.
Step into the realm of unparalleled adventure with 360Monte, and experience the Tara River Rafting from Kotor. The yearning for freedom, outdoor thrills, and the exhilaration of embracing the unknown helped us craft our all-inclusive rafting tour on the Tara River, promising a safe, memorable, and utterly thrilling journey.
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At 360Monte, we pride ourselves on curating experiences that delve deep into the heart of Montenegro's astounding beauty. Our rafting tours venture through the dramatic Tara River Canyon, the deepest canyon in Europe. You'll navigate electrifying rapids and enjoy serene stretches of the river, surrounded by breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and towering cliffs. All this is aimed at satisfying your innate desire for freedom and exploration.
Our all-inclusive Tara rafting tour is here for everyone, from seasoned rafters to novices. Our professional skippers will guide you through the river's adrenaline-pumping rapids and ensure you're well-versed in safety procedures while having a rafting experience of a lifetime. We provide all necessary equipment, placing your safety and comfort as our highest priorities.
Yet, the experience we offer goes beyond the white-water thrill. The true adventure involves immersing oneself in the environment and the scenic ride toward the rafting camp. On the way to our rafting tour, you'll make stops at spectacular locations such as a photo stop at Perast, a photo stop above the Bay, and the Salty Lake near Niksic. Each of these locations offers a unique perspective on Montenegro's captivating beauty.
One of the tour's highlights is a stop at the Mratinje Dam in the Piva Canyon. Here, you'll have an opportunity to marvel at the extraordinary engineering achievement and the dramatic landscape it's nestled in.
Another integral part of our all-inclusive tour is an authentic Montenegrin culinary experience. Before and after the rafting thrill, we’ll have a hearty breakfast near Niksic and a fantastic lunch at the camp, promising a gastronomic delight that complements your adventure.
Our commitment is to provide a seamless, worry-free adventure. Our all-inclusive rafting tour package covers everything from transportation from Kotor to the Tara River, professional skippers, all rafting equipment, meals, and English speaking tour guide who will accompany you throughout the day.
In conclusion, if you're seeking an adventure that blends thrill, exploration, freedom, and a dash of Montenegrin culture, look no further than our Tara River rafting experience. With us, your rafting adventure will be more than a journey; it will be a cherished memory. So, gear up and get ready to ride the waves of adventure with 360Monte!
Yes, you can swim in the Tara River. However, it's crucial to consider safety precautions due to the river's fast-flowing nature, especially during the rafting season. Swimming is generally safer during the summer when water levels are lower, and the currents are calmer. Always follow local advice and safety guidelines before entering the water.
How deep is Tara River?
The Tara River varies in depth, with some parts being shallow enough to wade through while others can reach significant depths. The river's deepest point is about 12 meters (39 feet). The river's flow and depth can change with seasons and weather conditions.
What is the longest River in Montenegro?
The longest river in Montenegro is the Tara River. It extends for a total length of approximately 140 kilometers (87 mi) within Montenegro, and overall, it spans 218 kilometers (135 mi) when including its flow through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
How deep is Tara River Canyon?
Tara River Canyon’s deepest point is 1,300 meters (4,300 feet), making it the deepest canyon in Europe and the second deepest in the world - right after the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
How tall is Tara River Bridge?
The Tara River Bridge, also known as the Đurđevića Tara Bridge, is an awe-inspiring piece of architecture standing approximately 172 meters (564 feet) above the Tara River. This five-arched concrete bridge is one of Europe's highest of its kind, providing a breathtaking view of the Tara River Canyon.
What are the best things to do on Tara River?
There are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy on the Tara River. The most popular is undoubtedly Tara rafting, providing an adrenaline-fueled ride down the river's white-water rapids. Besides, you can swim in calmer river sections or enjoy fishing. Hiking along the river's trails offers stunning views of the Tara River Canyon. Finally, don't miss the opportunity to cross the Đurđevića Tara Bridge, and if you're brave enough, you can try zip-lining across the river for a truly unforgettable experience. Check out our North Montenegro Tour to experience the zip-line at Tara Bridge and more.
The Great Montenegro Tour takes you on a journey through some of the country's most beautiful and culturally significant spots. This comprehensive guide will explore the key attractions and experiences that make this Montenegro trip unforgettable. From the departure in the fortified Old Town Kotor to the mesmerizing sunset view over Sveti Stefan, this is one of the best Montenegro tours we offer and an unparalleled experience of our county's diverse beauty.
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Departure from Kotor
Kotor’s Serpentine Road
Lovcen National Park and Mausoleum
Cetinje - the Old Royal Capital
River of Crnojevic
Sunset view over Sveti Stefan
Departure from Kotor
Our guided tour begins in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor - a fortified coastal town situated at the foot of Mount Lovcen and the edge of the stunning Kotor Bay. Kotor has well-preserved medieval architecture, labyrinthine streets, and vibrant squares, making it a must-visit destination. As you explore the town, you'll find key attractions such as the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, a Romanesque-Gothic structure with a rich history, and the Maritime Museum, which showcases Kotor's maritime past through artifacts, ship models, and naval uniforms. Explore by yourselves and get ‘lost’ within its windy alleys, or join a Kotor Walking Tour, which is always an excellent choice to learn more about this medieval town. Be sure to hike the fortress and conquer the walls of Kotor, where you'll enjoy unforgettable views of the bay and the town below. And as you leave Kotor, the Great Montenegro Tour takes you on an exciting journey through the country's diverse landscapes and attractions.
Kotor’s Serpentine Road
Soon after we start our day trip from Kotor, we take you on an exhilarating drive along Kotor’s Serpentine Road - a remarkable engineering feat consisting of 25 hairpin turns connecting the Bay of Kotor with the mountains. The narrow, winding road provides unparalleled views of Kotor Bay and the surrounding landscapes, making it a photographer's dream and a perfect place for a few photo stops! As you ascend the serpentine road, you'll notice how the scenery changes from the lush Mediterranean vegetation near the coast to the rugged mountain terrain further inland. The hairpin turns, and dramatic inclines make the journey a thrilling experience full of breathtaking views.
The picturesque village of Njeguši is nestled between the mountains at an altitude of around 900 meters (2953 ft) and is the birthplace of Petar Petrovic Njegos II, who once ruled Montenegro. Known for its traditional stone houses and mouthwatering local cuisine, Njeguši offers a taste of authentic Montenegrin life.
Don't miss the opportunity to sample the village's famous smoked ham (Njeguški pršut) and cheese (Njeguški sir), or simply order for breakfast as you will stay here for a moment, making it a food stop before continuing. Many families in Njeguši have been perfecting the art of producing these delicacies for generations, and their expertise is evident in the rich flavors and textures. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a small smokehouse and get insight into how Njegusi Prosciutto is made, all while trying a traditional Montenegrin drink - Rakija!
Lovcen National Park and Mausoleum
From Njegusi, our Montenegro tour continues towards the majestic Lovcen National Park, a protected area covering nearly 64 square kilometers and encompassing the towering Mount Lovćen. The park is home to the famous mausoleum of Montenegro's most celebrated ruler and poet, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Designed by renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, the mausoleum is perched at the top of Mount Lovćen's Jezerski Vrh (Lake Peak), offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. To reach the mausoleum, you’ll climb 461 steps, a challenging yet rewarding ascent that leads to the entrance, where you'll find the imposing statue of Njegoš and his tomb. Behind the Lovcen Mausoleum is a picture worth a thousand words - the Lovcen Viewpoint, from which you can see most of Montenegro and the mountains of neighboring countries. Truly, one of the best things to do in Montenegro!
Cetinje – The Old Royal Capital
The next stop on our Great Montenegro Tour is Cetinje - the historical capital of Montenegro and the heart of Montenegrin culture. Founded in the 15th century by Ivan Crnojević, Cetinje served as the royal capital until the early 20th century, and its rich history is evident in the well-preserved architecture and cultural landmarks.
Key attractions in Cetinje include the Blue Palace, once the residence of the royal family and now the official residence of Montenegro's president, and the Cetinje Monastery, which houses important religious relics such as the Right Hand of St. John the Baptist and the Royal Crown of Montenegro. The National Museum, consisting of several buildings throughout the city, showcases Montenegro's history, culture, and art through exhibits featuring ancient manuscripts, traditional costumes, and historical artifacts.
Our walking tour at Cetinje will take us down a memory lane of the times pass, and you'll encounter an atmosphere steeped in history and tradition.
Rijeka Crnojevića – River of Crnojević
From Cetinje our guided tour from Kotor takes you to the picturesque Rijeka Crnojevića, a charming riverside village situated along the winding Crnojević River. The village boasts pristine nature, a rich cultural heritage, and a relaxed atmosphere that invites you to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Montenegro.
During our visit, we will make stop at famous Pavlova Strana viewpoint, have a luch breat near an old bridge and embark on a boat ride along the river to fully appreciate the stunning views of the lush vegetation, dramatic cliffs, and historic stone bridges that characterize this serene locale. The riverbanks are home to various bird species, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. Additionally, the village's historical significance is evident in the well-preserved architecture and the ancient fortifications that dot the surrounding hillsides.
Sunset View over Sveti Stefan
Great Montenegro Tour concludes with a mesmerizing sunset view over the iconic Sveti Stefan, a small islet connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The luxurious Aman Sveti Stefan resort, housed in a beautifully restored 15th-century village, adds to the enchanting atmosphere of the area. As you watch the sunset over the Adriatic Sea, the warm hues of the sky cast a magical glow over the red-tiled roofs and ancient stone walls of Sveti Stefan.
This breathtaking vista is the perfect way to end your Great Montenegro Tour, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the country's diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture.
The Great Montenegro Tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience showcasing Montenegro's history, culture, and natural beauty. From the peaks of Lovćen National Park to the coastal charm of Kotor, this meticulously crafted Montenegro tour provides a comprehensive introduction to the diverse attractions and experiences that make Montenegro an unforgettable destination. As you journey through the country's stunning landscapes and delve into its rich history, you'll discover the warmth and hospitality of the Montenegrin people, who are eager to share their stories and traditions with you.
Whether you're an intrepid adventurer seeking to conquer Montenegro's rugged peaks, a history buff eager to explore its ancient cities and landmarks, or simply someone looking to relax and soak in the breathtaking scenery, this Montenegro trip offers something for everyone. This comprehensive guide aims to provide you with all the information you'll need to make the most of your Great Montenegro Tour, ensuring an unforgettable adventure that will leave you longing to return to this beautiful country.
Our Kotor to Lovcen private tour is a must for anyone visiting Montenegro, especially for the first time. Join us on a journey that will take you through the history, culture & heritage Montenegro boasts while enjoying incredible landscapes and windy roads ahead. The rest is on us to ensure that every traveler experiences the awe-inspiring splendors of this journey in the most immersive and enjoyable way.
Our private tour starts from Kotor’s Old Town, nestled at the foot of Mount Lovcen and bordered by the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Kotor's charm lies in its well-preserved medieval old town, adorned with winding streets, quaint squares, and captivating architecture that narrates a thousand-year-old tale. No wonder Kotor is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inviting travelers to witness its timeless allure.
Just a few minutes after departing, we will start ascending the old serpentine road, allowing you to witness some of the most stunning views of Kotor Bay. The drive itself is an adventure, with twenty-five serpentines taking you upwards, each turn unveiling a more spectacular panorama than the last. We will make two photo stops on this road and hear a few stories from our tour guide. So, don't forget your camera; the Kotor & Boka Bay views are postcard material!
From there, we’re off to visit one of the most important places, if not the most important, in Montenegro. Welcome to Lovcen National Park!
Upon arriving, we'll be greeted by the pristine and untouched beauty of Montenegro's wilderness. Here, the mountain air is crisp, the scenery is dramatic, and the tranquility is palpable. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna, presenting opportunities for thrill-seekers and nature lovers.
The highlight of our Kotor to Lovcen tour is undoubtedly the Njegos’ Mausoleum, situated atop the second-highest peak of Mount Lovcen. A tribute to Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, a beloved Montenegrin leader and poet, this mausoleum is a testament to the country's deep-rooted respect for its history and heritage. The climb to the Lovcen mausoleum is a significant part of the journey, featuring 461 steps that lead you to the highest accessible viewpoint in Montenegro. The hike is well worth it, as you're rewarded with a 360-degree view stretching across Montenegro and beyond. On clear days, you can see over half of the country, the Adriatic Sea, Lake Skadar, and even the distant peaks of Albania and Croatia.
After spending some time at the Mausoleum, doing our famous jumping photo at its viewpoint, we continue towards Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro, where we’ll have a free walking tour before returning to Kotor, where another activity awaits - our Kotor Walking Tour. This part is entirely optional, but as it doesn’t come at an extra cost, we highly recommend exploring the windy streets of Kotor with us!
In addition, here are a few frequently asked questions that might help you in deciding whether or not to join our tour:
The tour lasts approximately 6 hours. This includes the drive, time at the mausoleum, and walking tour at Cetinje, with the optional walking tour in Kotor.
What should I wear for the tour?
We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, as some walking is involved, especially when hiking 461 steps to the Njegos’ Mausoleum.
Is the tour suitable for children?
Absolutely. Children can enjoy the tour, although climbing the mausoleum might be challenging for younger ones. The stunning scenery and fascinating historical sites will captivate visitors of all ages.
Is Lovcen worth a visit?
Without a doubt, Mount Lovcen is one of the must-visit places in Montenegro. It's not just the dramatic natural beauty that makes it a must-see but also its historical and cultural significance.
How do you hike from Kotor to Lovcen Mausoleum?
If you're an avid hiker and up for a challenge, you can hike from Kotor to Lovcen Mausoleum. The trail starts in Kotor's Old Town and follows the old caravan path (the ladder of Kotor) up the mountain. It's a steep and strenuous hike, with an elevation gain of over 1,600 meters (5249 feet), and can take 6-8. We recommend starting early, bringing plenty of water and snacks, and wearing appropriate hiking gear. Please note that this hike best suits experienced hikers in good physical condition.
How to get to Lovcen National Park from Kotor?
Getting to Lovcen National Park from Kotor is relatively straightforward. If you're not part of a tour, you can hire a taxi or rent a car. The drive takes you along the old serpentine road, offering splendid views of the Bay of Kotor. If you're more adventurous, you can bike or hike to the park, but be prepared for a challenging and steep journey.
Welcome to Kotor Cruise - one of the best ways to experience all that Boka Bay offers! Among the many Kotor boat trips available, the Blue Cave tour is one of the most popular and breathtaking options. Joining our boat tour from Kotor allows you to explore Boka Bay & its surroundings uniquely and unforgettably.
Photo: Audrey Penin
The Blue Cave is a natural wonder located just outside Boka Bay, accessible only by boat. Its crystal-clear waters are illuminated by a striking blue light, giving the cave an otherworldly, almost mystical quality. It's no wonder that the Blue Cave tour from Kotor is a must-do activity for many travelers who come to marvel at this awe-inspiring sight and soak up the beauty of Montenegro's coastline.
Our Kotor Cruise is one of the best Kotor boat tours. Specializing in providing high-quality, personalized tours of Montenegro, our Kotor boat tour with the visit to the Blue Cave is no exception. Our boat tour will take you on a leisurely journey along the stunning coastline, allowing you to take in the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Adriatic Sea.
What to expect:
Photo: Audrey Penin
As you set sail from Kotor, you'll immediately be struck by the beauty of the town's historic architecture, perfectly framed by the surrounding mountains and the glistening sea. The boat will take you along the Bay of Boka, often called the "Bride of the Adriatic" due to its stunning beauty. You'll pass by quaint fishing villages, enjoy swim stops, and visit the best Boka Bay offers.
But the highlight of this Kotor boat tour is, of course, the cave itself. As you approach the entrance, you'll notice that the water around the cave is a deep shade of blue, almost as if it's glowing from within. As you enter the cave, you'll be enveloped by the intense blue light reflecting off the walls and illuminating the water. It's a truly magical experience that will stay with you long after your Kotor boat tour.
After you've spent some time exploring the Blue Cave, your Kotor boat tour will take you to other stunning spots along the coast. You'll have the opportunity to stop at secluded beaches and swim in the waters of the Adriatic, which are said to have healing properties. You'll also see other famous landmarks along the coast, such as the island of Our Lady of the Rocks, located just opposite Perast. Visiting old Yugoslav submarine tunnels & Porto Montenegro in Tivat will only enhance your boat tour experience.
Photo: Audrey Penin
Throughout the tour, your guide will provide interesting facts and insights about the history and culture of this part of Montenegro, making your Kotor boat trip an enriching and educational experience. And because we limit the number of people on a single boat tour, providing you with a more relaxing atmosphere, you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and interact with your guide.
Why book Kotor boat tours?
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Reason: You should always look for a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty of Montenegro and our Kotor boat tour is a perfect choice. If you want to see one of the most breathtaking sights along the coast, then Blue Cave is an absolute must. With its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and peaceful atmosphere, Boka Bay is a true paradise on earth, and there's no better way to explore it than by boat.
In addition to our Kotor Cruise, we offer a variety of other Montenegro Tours that cater to different interests and preferences. Whether you want to explore the coast's natural beauty, learn about the history and culture of the region, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, they have a tour that's perfect for you.
Admire the beauty of Montenegro from one of its most beautiful peaks & join us for a hiking trip of a lifetime!
Overall, Kotor boat tour is an experience that you'll never forget. From the stunning natural beauty of the Blue Cave to the rich history and culture of southern Montenegro, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And with our high-quality tours, you can be sure you'll have a safe, comfortable, and unforgettable adventure on the Adriatic Sea. So why wait? Book your Kotor boat trip today and discover the magic of Boka Bay for yourself!
Is Montenegro still a hidden gem of Europe? Packed with natural beauty and biodiversity, Montenegro is a country with some of the most stunning landscapes, immense cultural & historical heritage, and summers to remember! From coast to the summits of its dramatic mountains, Kotor to Durmitor National Park, here's the top 6 must-see places when planning a trip to Montenegro:
Durmitor National Park
Kotor is a place for all seasons with every month offering something that will leave in awe even the most experiential travellers. From its winter to summer carnival, Boka Bay's night - probably even bigger celebration than New Year (at least here), medieval walls and fortifications, to its fjord like cliffs, and much more, Old Town Kotor as well as the entire Bay of Kotor should be on everyones itinerary when visiting Montenegro.
Once here, make sure to Conquer the Walls of Kotor and enjoy the view from the top as the Bay of Kotor stretches in all its beauty, in front of you. Roam and 'get lost' in its winding alleyways of book a Kotor walk tour if you fancy being transported in time and learn about Kotor's rich culture & heritage. If you have time to spare or using Kotor as a base to explore further, bring some sunscreen an go for a Kotor Cruise, a boat tour around Boka Bay, and stop for a swim in Blue Cave. For all the foodies out there, trying seafood here is a must and for those a bit more 'picky' ones, enjoy the charms of sunny terrace at Resto Bar Taraca, with wide variety of vegan & vegetarian food options. The only place in Kotor that offers it (to our knowledge).
Budva is a popular destination in Montenegro and Queen of Montenegrin tourism. Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife & one of the most charming Old Town's out there, Budva should be on everyone's bucket-list of things to do in Montenegro. From budget friendly places to those which will empty your pockets faster than you can say Budva, this is a place where summer really comes to life. Party, eat Mediterranean, relax, paraglide or take a boat ride, and do not miss exploring the Old Town. There's something for everyone here. So, rent-a-car, take a bus or do it as a day-trip. Either way, we are inviting you to scratch off another place from your Montenegro bucket-list experiences!
Durmitor National Park
Outdoor Montenegro adventure? Yes please! Durmitor National Park is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, including deep canyons, soaring peaks, and crystal-clear glacial lakes. Durmitor is a hikers dream with 48 peaks over 2000 meters (6561 feet) and a network of hiking trails that wind through the breathtaking scenery. Fancy hiking? Visit our Montenegro Hiking page & let's put some mileage on those legs. For more of Durmitor adventure, look no further than Tara River Canyon. The longest river in Montenegro, Tara is a home to the deepest canyon in Europe – a perfect place to go Rafting in Montenegro. Hike around the Black Lake, explore all of the 18 glacial lakes of Durmitor National Park, summit its peaks, cycle or go on a 4x4, go Rafting or Zip-Line at Tara River Bridge, this unpoluted piece of heaven is waiting to be explored. Are you ready to remove yet another place from your Montenegro bucket-list?
Perast is a must-visit place in Boka Bay as well as one of the most beautiful and best places to see in Montenegro. Located in the Bay of Kotor, Perast is set to steal your heart the moment you visit. Enjoy walking along the Adriatic sea of the Bay, visit the local museum of Perast, try some local specialties or enjoy the boat ride to Our Lady of the Rock island - the only man made island on this side of the Adriatic coast. Whichever you decide, we are confident that this little jewel will leave you packed with memories.
If boat ride is too short, check out the Kotor Cruise and explore the highlights of Boka Bay & crystal clear waters of Blue Cave.
Biogradska Gora National Park
Step inside one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. Welcome to National Park Biogradska Gora. From its ancient trees, beautiful Biogradsko Lake and nature worth exploring, this truly unique & breathtaking place is definitely the one to cross off your list of bucket-list experiences in Montenegro.
How does walking around the thick forest surrounding the Biogradsko Lake sound? Or paddling away on its emerald waters? Horseback riding? There are so many activities to choose from and this National Park as a whole, is definitely worth spending a few days at! If you are not a fan of too much planning and have some time to spend in Montenegro let us do it for you or, join our Best of Montenegro in 7 Days all-inclusive tour and experience Montenegro with us.
Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, Ulcinj is a charming town in southern Montenegro. It is well-known for its stunning sandy beach, the longest on the entire Adriatic coast.
Visitors flock to Ulcinj to soak up the sun and engage in multiple water sports, such as kiteboarding and windsurfing. But Ulcinj has much more to offer than just its beautiful beach. You can wander through the winding streets of The Old Town of Ulcinj, a historic district filled with narrow streets and charming houses and you can check out the local shops and restaurants or visit the Ulcinj Museum to learn more about the town's rich history.
Of course, no mention of Ulcinj would be complete without Ada Bojana – a river, flowing into the Adriatic forming a delta which created a river-island of Ada Bojana.
It is incredible to many, how such a small Mediterranean country can pack up so much within its borders. Whether you want to hike the highest Mausoleum in the world and gaze upon its beauty, go from Kotor on a boat tour around Boka Bay, go rafting, skiing, paragliding – in Montenegro you will find and definitely leave a piece of your existence.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore all that this incredible country has to offer. You'll be glad you took the time to discover the natural gems of Montenegro. And remember, your Montenegro bucket-list starts with one scrach off.
Located on the Adriatic coast of the Balkans, this hidden gem is waiting to be discovered. Offering everything you'd want from a holiday destination—from breathtaking natural beauty to rich cultural history—Montenegro has it all and should be on everyone's bucket list of destinations.Nature enthusiasts will particularly love Montenegro, as its endless wild beauty presents opportunities for a proper Montenegrin outdoor adventure. Enjoy Tara Rafting on the river which flows through the breathtaking Tara River Canyon, the deepest one in Europe. Or, if you're more of a landlubber, hike through the Durnmitor National Park ( more info on Montenegro Hiking page ) go biking, or simply relax on one of Montenegro's charming beaches. And these are just to name the few! You cannot go wrong.
Montenegro is truly a wild beauty.
A home to rich cultural heritage, with ancient cities, churches, and monasteries scattered throughout its territory. Montenegro is home to the world's highest mausoleum, standing tall and proud on Mount Lovcen as the eternal resting place of its former ruler, Petar Petrovic Njegos II - a place we visit on our Great Montenegro Tour. Try and 'get lost' within the narrow alleyways at the Old Town Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or take a trip to the Durmitor National Park to see the Black Lake or enjoy some of the best hiking trails Durmitor has to offer. Given its small size, you can even do that in a single day. If you're lucky, you can even go skiing in Durmitor and come back the same day for a dip in Boka Bay! Join a boat tour around the entire Boka Bay on our Kotor Cruise & see all of its highlights in a day! Camping, hiking, biking, stargazing under the unpolluted stars—anything can be your Montenegrin outdoor adventure, and don't miss out on sampling the local Montenegrin cuisine, with smoked ham (prosciutto) being one of the best... anywhere really. Traditional customs, winter and summer festivals and carnivals, and much more are just some of the things to do in Montenegro and best places to visit.
Montenegrin coastline: there is no better place to get your daily dose of vitamin D while also enjoying its charms. From the long, sandy beaches of Ulcinj with their unique sunsets to the summer vibrancy of Budva and its Boka Bay, all the way to the Blue Cave, this is a place that truly tells those old stories around every corner.
Why wait? Pack your bags and visit Montenegro for the adventure of a lifetime. With its unique mix of natural beauty, history, and culture, this hidden gem is sure to become one of your favourite holiday destinations. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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For everyone in love with hiking & outdoors, Montenegro is a hiker's paradise! Known as a small Southeast European country, with stunning natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, from its rugged coastline to its high mountain ranges, Montenegro hiking experiences can be found behind every corner. And with about 80% of the country covered in mountains, why wouldn't they be?
Best Montenegro Hiking Experiences:
Prutaš Peak – Durmitor National Park
Prokletije National Park
Ready to get to know some of the best hikes in Montenegro? Put your hiking boots on, and let's hit the trails!
Durmitor National Park
The Durmitor National Park offers many beautiful hiking trails. From Bobotov Kuk Hike for those in shape, to scenic short hike around the Black lake and many others. Somewhere in between, leaning more towards moderate physical activity and with medium fitness level, Let's take a peak in one of our favourites – Prutas peak hike.
Prutas peak is renowned for its tumultuous geological history and breathtaking views from the top! From its highest point, you can see other famous Durmitor peaks such as Bobotov Kuk & Šareni Pasovi.
Hidden beneath these peaks are the magical Škrčka Lakes - a sight not to be missed & one of the things that make this peak absolutely fantastic! This is truly an extraordinary place that is sure to take your breath away.
Standing at 1,894m (6214 ft)Orjen is the tallest mountain in Boka Bay and a hike worth doing when visiting this part of Montenegro. With medium physical difficuly, get ready to experience the breathtaking views of Boka Bay in this 7-8 hours long hike. After you're done, you can go straight to the Adriatic sea for a dip and quick cooling down.
Prokletije National Park
Are you ready to test your mountain skills and feel like a true outdoors person? Look no further than Prokletije National Park! This park in eastern Montenegro boasts the highest peak in the country, as well as several other heights that will make your inner mountaineer do a happy dance. But the views aren't the only thing that will take your breath away - the trails in this park are no joke. They're tough, they're challenging, and they're guaranteed to give your legs a workout. But trust us. It's worth it.
Kotor and its Bay are lesser known destination for hikers in Montenegro, known more for their stunning natural beauty and rich history. Located on the Adriatic Sea, the Bay of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers many hiking trails that give stunning views of the sea and the surrounding landscape.
One popular hike is the Ladder of Kotor, a 1360 steps that take you to the top of the San Giovanni fortress(from where you can see the entire Bay of Kotor stretched out below you. Wanna put those legs to the test? From San Giovanni (St. John's Fortress) continue upwards and try and conquer Pestingrad Peak! Definitely worth the hike and afer you're done you can come by Restobar Taraca for some freshly squeezed juices & healthy food choices.
Perfect spot for hikers looking to add a little bit of culture to their outdoor adventures. It offers panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor as well as the surrounding landscapes which include most of Montenegro.
One of the most popular trails is the Kotor to Lovcen hike, which takes you to the top of the mountains Lake Peak where you can visit the highest Mausoleum in the world. Bare in mind that you are entering Lovcen National Park so you'll need to pay entrance fees to both NP & the Mausoleum. But it is deffinitely worth it!
Kapa Moračka is a towering, majestic peak located in the breathtaking Morača Mountains of Montenegro.
If you're planning a visit to Kapa Moračka, you'll want to follow the winding road that leads to this awe-inspiring peak. Starting from Niksic, on the way to the picturesque village of Mala Lukavica where you can see Mali Žurim (one of the most beutiful peaks in Montenegro) and from there proceeding on foot towards the breathtaking Kapetanovo Jezero (Captiain's Lake). From there follow the path and the markings until you reach the top. The view from the summit is out of this world!
After my first visit to Montenegro, the beauty of this country and its nature blew me away, so I promised myself I’ll come back to grab some Montenegro outdoor experiences. I kept my promise and two years later, my girlfriend and I decided to stay in Kotor.
We checked in to an Airbnb and the first thing I did was googling ‘’Best hikes in Montenegro’’. At the same time, my girlfriend was talking to the Airbnb owner and he directed us to 360 Monte tour operator. I’m much more into wandering and rambling all by myself, but after I took a look at their Montenegro tour, we decided to give it a try.
And I can tell you that that was the best decision we could make.
Our destination was the highest peak of Mountain Durmitor called Bobotov Kuk!
The tour started at 6 AM from Kotor. New hiking experience was waiting for us just after the delicious traditional breakfast we had at Eco Village Camp. Before breakfast, we stopped at the most marvelous stops to take wonderful pictures.
If you ask me, that was very smart since we were going to be wet and tired after conquering Bobotov Kuk peak. The hike itself is considered moderately difficult, but if you are not in a good shape (like my girlfriend:), it could be a bigger challenge for you.
What’s the most important part is that it was fun all the time. We met some incredible people who were carrying rakija and were playing the music and singing almost all the time.
Our Montenegro outdoor adventure could start!
Three and a half hours of hiking in Durmitor National Part and I felt amazing when we finally reached the peak. I felt like a conqueror. The hiking trail was very picturesque all along the way, but I preferred to enjoy the views just using my eyes. I can’t describe to you how much I’m amused by Montenegro's wild nature.
Every step of the way, I got a humbling sense of feeling so small and all my problems even smaller. If you need sometimes to minimize your worries, just go climb a mountain. The higher the mountain, the smaller the problems.
After 30-min-launch-break, it was time to go back. I thought the hardest part is to hike up. I was wrong. Again. I always forget that sometimes (read: always) it is much more difficult to get back. My girlfriend and I were already tired and starving. Yes, even after a few sandwiches we’ve brought in our backpacks.
Lucky us, three and a half hours later, in Eco-Village, where we had breakfast, the dinner was waiting for us. If I didn’t eat breakfast when I was still fresh, I would maybe think that the food was so mouth-watering just because I was hungry, but that definitely wasn’t true. The best food I’ve ever eaten was made in the Balkans.
Breakfast and dinner were included in the price and that was something that thrilled me. That was the first time when I didn’t have to think about anything on the tour and at the same time the first time, I liked that fact. Like I said in the beginning I’m more like a solo traveler or the one who organizes everything, but this time I left everything to them and I did not regret it at all. Definitely the best hiking experience in Montenegro and experience we are likely to try again. This time, with a photo or two more. 😊
Big thanks to the tour operator and tour guides executing this amazing Montenegro Hiking Experience!
One of the reasons for visiting this beautiful country was to sail along the Bay of Kotor and to swim in fabulous Blue Cave Montenegro, so my family and I took Montenegro private tour from Kotor, with an organized transfer from Dubrovnik.
My family is quite big, so 360 Monte sent pretty comfortable and fancy Mercedes minibus.
Pick up was quite early, so already by 10 pm we were at the port of Kotor ready to start our Kotor boat trip!
The staff was very polite serving champagne, and our very friendly tour guide was already giving details on the day plan and the surroundings. From the moment we left the coastline, this boat ride seemed like a fairy tale! The day was just perfect – breezing wind and swimming stops were ideal for refreshing this hot August day, while the sky-ripping mountains were reflecting in the glass-like water surface.
Soon we headed out to the open waters of the Adriatic and anchored in front the imposing Blue Cave Kotor!
The cave was just simply beautiful! The kids loved the sparking effect it had, and I recommend putting on the snorkeling gear provided, because you will see much clearly of what is going on under the water, and it is a glowing party there!
Water is a bit cooler then inside of the Bay itself, so we didn’t stay too long, and this time of the year is quite busy with small boats entering the cave, so we went out after only 20 min.
From a natural cave, we went to completely artificial much bigger “cave” – men made tunnel inside of an actual mountain, constructed to hide the submarines and ships from Yugoslavian navy. Incredible and creepy place, to be honest.
Next stop was lunch at Porto Montenegro and some free time to explore.
By the itinerary, we had a scheduled stop to Our Lady of the Rocks, but since we visited this last time we were here with a cruise ship, we decided to skip it. Luckily, this was not a problem, considering we booked a private boat tour, so the captain didn’t mind changing it for us.
We stopped again for the last swim for the day, and as the sun was setting behind the mountains, I felt very grateful for this experience and beloved people around.
Our professional pick-up driver was waiting for us at the dock, this time with a different Mercedes, but we were so distracted with our impressions, that no one even noticed.
Drive back to Dubrovnik was long and the border was jammed but spending this magnificent day in Montenegro was definitely worth it.
Last summer a group of friends and I decided to visit a beautiful country, Montenegro, and our first destination was stunning Boka Bay. In the very heart of the bay - the ancient town of Kotor, we found a charming Old town hostel which offered Kotor private boat tours and Montenegro trips, so we decided to have this, an unusually exciting, experience with them right after our arrival to Kotor.
Namely, we visited a place that tourists usually visit, thinking that it will be just a simple ride and swimming in a cave (it’s called the Blue cave), but no, it was a unique experience that I want to tell you about in this little story of mine.
Our skippers on the boat were very kind, even incredibly nicely explaining everything during the tour, and at the same time making sure that everybody has fun. It was not difficult to have a good time on the boat as we were surrounded by an amazing crew, other travelers, fruits and drinks, and the most beautiful views one can imagine.
We observed the patterns of the hills and their doubling all the time, for the first time ever enjoying that kind of a landscape where a mountain rises from the sea. The beauty of the Montenegrin coast is mesmerizing, so we were not even taking so many photos as usual. This area deserved special observation, we all agreed upon that.
Eventually, upon seeing more, we realized that Boka bay is a careless, most graceful goddess of Montenegro. And swimming there was endearing, in the absence of a better word.
After embarking from Kotor and having the first swim we got to see an incredibly beautiful islet called Mamula. Mamula is an islet with the former prison fortress, a pretty stunning place to see in the middle of the blue waters and wilderness of the bay.
We cruised around the islet with our boat and then continued to the open sea.
After witnessing all the beauty of Boka bay, we swam inside the largest and most popular cave on Lustica peninsula, which deservedly bears the name Blue cave.
Inside, the depth is up to 9 feet and it’s very rocky, but with the most beautiful glare.
We were lucky to witness this natural phenomenon where the light and color play their dance with water in the cave and make the most beautiful show for the eyes and hearts of everyone lucky enough to witness it. The boat can go inside the cave, as it is big enough, so we could easily enjoy the view. Honestly, I wanted to stay there for the rest of our trip, but at one point we had to continue our trip, which took us to a very interesting place which seemed to be a long-kept secret of Montenegro - submarine tunnels built by the Yugoslav Army. We took a break there!
After seeing the tunnels, we went to Porto Montenegro, an exclusive marina where we had a delicious lunch and enjoyed some free time. We spent our free time walking around and observing beautiful yachts, as Porto is a yachting paradise in the Mediterranean.
After leaving Porto we saw another stunning village called Perast with its two little islands. We stopped to visit one of them - Our Lady of the Rocks Island and paid a visit to the church and the museum on it.
If you are looking for a way to get the most out of a day and see absolutely everything in the Bay of Kotor, Kotor Bay Cruise full-day private tour may be the best choice. It definitely was for us.
We were taking many private Montenegro tours during our stay in Kotor, but I must say that 360 Monte Agency definitely runs this business in a very different way!
Our main plan was to book some Kotor shore excursions, but upon arrival to the Old Town, everybody suggested it was much better to see the bay of Boka with taking Kotor boat trips, so we started looking around and very soon we were pulling our hair out with so many options everywhere!
Just before becoming totally desperate, our landlord gave us a leaflet with something that no agency offered - custom made trimaran, 8 hours onboard and more than reasonable price!
This was exactly what we needed, something special that stands out from the mass.
We contacted the office and very quickly everything was agreed and organized.
And just like that, the next morning we were embarking from Kotor port while very polite and relaxed staff on the boat was pouring champagne and sun was rising above huge mountains that were surrounding the bay - it felt like a fairytale from the beginning.
The sea was quite pleasant for swimming even though it was only 10 am, and ink blue water was refreshing both body and mind.
Small villages dating from Venetian times were edging the coast and decorating this magnificent panorama view, and lavish 17th century stone palaces we were starring seemed more like a fiction than reality.
On the other hand, infamous prison-island Mamula was uncovering the dark side of very turbulent history of Montenegro that our tour guide detailly explained.
Leaving the bay and seeing the endless sea horizon was just spectacular!
Short after, swinging on the waves stopped and the place we wanted so badly to see was right there – Blue Cave Kotor!
The boat we were on was too big to enter the cave itself, so we had to swim in, which wasn’t the problem for me, but my wife isn’t such a good swimmer, so the guide gave her life jacket, and went with her carrying water ring for extra safety, so there was no room for panic, these guys are well prepared! Snorkeling gear was also provided, which I totally recommend, as you can see better inside the cave.
Inside was just OH MY HEAVENS!
Breaking sunlight made water glowing, and as you shake your body, the bubbles under seem fluorescent. Water was a bit cooler than in the bay, but super clear so we could see everything!
The only thing I would mind are the other smaller but fully packed boats entering the cave, making noise leaving pollution behind.
I was a bit sad for having to swim out of this blue magic place, but many boats were waiting to bring the tourists, and we got the instructions from the guide to go back.
It was already noon and we were hungry a bit, so the guide took our order for lunch and called restaurant on the phone, which I think was a great move. One hour later we were docking in Porto Montenegro, best marina of the country. The restaurant was nice, fancy as expected, fish was delicious followed with a nice white wine.
After lunch we had some free time to see the town, but we were pretty much in food coma, so we went back to the boat instead.
Only 20 minutes of sailing away, we stopped at Our Lady of the Rocks island, where the tour guide took over our attention with the stories and legends of this holy place talking his way through the artefacts of the church and museum.
Sailing along baroque town of Perast felt like a movie scene, and to close the day, we stopped for another swim, before docking back to the Kotor port.
“How can you ever get used to this beauty?”, I asked the captain while we both looked in the sunset.
He just shrugged his shoulders, clearly not realizing how wonderful this day and this place is.
Yet, somehow, we both felt grateful and happy to be alive.
Okay – this was a challenge. I have planned earlier to go to Montenegro for skiing in winter and I knew that it is super small country, and it is possible to drive from Durmitor’s ski center to the coast in just 3 hours, so it gave me an idea to make this ski-swim challenge in one day!
Stay tuned for this!
First, I needed to organize good Montenegro private tour and find an agency to support and realize my ambition. 360 Monte Travel Agency was popping up everywhere, especially on Trip Advisor, so I took a chance, that later will turn out as an excellent choice! They responded promptly and very easily we made an agreement.
Thank you Marco and Slavco for everything!
So, the plan was to stay at Zabljak for 8 days, and on the last day to pack my stuff, leave my friends, and go skiing very early in the morning. The problem was the opening hours of ski resort, as the cable car starts at 9 am, and that was a bit later then I wanted.
With small hiccups with my check out in the morning, I made it to the slops on time, took the ride up and soon I was at the top, wearing my full ski gear, breathing in this sunny morning and admiring stunning white blanket on top of Savin Kuk.
What a time to be alive!
Sloping down was close to heaven experience and just for a moment I was hesitating to go for another round, but then Slavco called saying we are already running a bit late.
Adrenaline rushed through my veins, so I burst the bubble of imagination and went straight to the minivan. It was already 11am, and in order not to waste time, I had to change to dry clothes in the back of the van, while Slavco took his assignment very seriously and hit the gas!
Montenegro is so beautiful even seen through the car window, just seeing landscape changing with the altitude, especially with Slavco’s stories that follow every village and rock we passed.
Three hours passed in no time, I was totally hypnotized with the view of Boka Bay, sun was breaking in the Adriatic water, and the mountain peaks around looked like we came to Norway. And fool of me thought it couldn’t get better.
Weather at the coast didn’t disappoint, Slavco said I was really lucky to have this semi-sunny day, as in previous days it was raining heavily.
I was happy.
The original plan was to jump and swim as soon as I saw the sea, but it seemed somehow too easy.
Then, I was thinking to book some Kotor Shore Excursion, or any of Kotor Boat Trips advertised, until Marco from the 360 Monte agency didn’t suggest that the best option to complete my adventure is to go to famous Blue Cave Kotor. I took this as a perfect solution, and it was convenient for me that he would organize everything too!
It was already 2 pm, and Slavco had a smile on his face, probably being proud of himself for his admirable driving skills – I must admit, Montenegrins are crazy drivers, but somehow it seems like this guy knew what he was doing, and I felt really safe.
Speed boat was ready for us – and it was only two of us and skipper since Marco arranged a private tour from Kotor. It wasn’t the warmest temperature for speed boat, but we dressed up well, and skipper even gave us local brandy Rakia (super strong when it’s homemade, and this one definitely was) to warm us up, and it did work, just as every time – worming up and lifting up our mood!
Next stop was the superstar of the coast - Blue Cave Montenegro!
I wasn’t sure what got me more, the mountains of Durmitor covered with snow, or this wild merciless limestone peaks rising from the water like walls and ripping the clouds with its height. OH MY!
As soon as we passed Mamula island, the Adriatic horizon appeared, and the sea became a bit rough for the boat. Captain didn’t seem to be upset, so I was pretending to be relaxed too.
All my worries were gone as soon as we entered the Blue Cave – it was more like a portal to the different world, where the sea kisses the rocks in the most romantic way.
“Now or never!”, Slavco sreamed, and the cave echoed.
We were all alone in the cave, since this was definitely the off-season time to do this, and the captain said again that we were really lucky to have this weather in the winter, as normally, this is very risky thing to do.
I striped into my swimming shorts and took a breath and jumped into the freezing fluorescent water.
It was cold, but not unbearable as you might imagine. I didn’t stay for long, just enough to film it on my go pro!
I hopped back on the boat, dried off a bit, and we took the familiar sea route back. I was shaking wrapped in skipper’s blankets all the way, little bit from cold, and much more from the excitement.
Mind is confused, but satisfied and proud. What a day! What a country!
Weather continued to be nice, so we stopped at Porto Montenegro for some nice, well-deserved meal.
I must say, it was a bit funny when the waiters from that fancy restaurant were looking in my wet hair, probably thinking I came from a shower.
It seemed like I woke up in paradise that morning. You know that moment in which everything is just good and your whole being can just exist, without thinking. I believe that's what Boka Bay does to people.
I had a nice breakfast at the hotel when somebody said that first-morning coffee has to be enjoyed in a small place called Letrika, hidden in one of the romantic cobblestone streets of Kotor Old town.
Letrika is the only place in Kotor that serves this kind of coffee. It's ancient charcoal coffee brought by unknown sailors to the town. It was such a special thing to try, just before continuing with the day that it still makes my heart smile.
I am that kind of girl that somehow sees all different shades of water and imagines the precious stones in the shades of what I see. That's why I chose Kotor private tours as a way to explore the fjord and find some inspiration as a jewelry designer, and I saw so much beauty.
I have chosen Kotor private tour as I wanted that day to be slow and relaxed, to feel and experience Boka Bay deeply.
My tour on a custom-made cruise boat began and I got lost in the beauty of Kotor Bay immediately.
Just when I took my notebook, we had our first break for swimming. I was surprised how even on a hot day like that, crystal clear water was almost coldly refreshing.
Swimming surrounded by the breathtaking mountains of the Kotor Bay would have been the most beautiful moment of the day if my private sailor hadn't taken me to my favorite place in the whole wide world.
Now I know that when you wake up like I woke up that morning, a day will be filled with love.
We went around Mamula which is a small island with a fortress that used to be a prison in the past and then... Exploring the unreal is what I remember about our next destination, the mesmerizing Blue cave Kotor.
Do you remember what I told you about the shades? Well, here, I found myself living in my dream. Sunlight, refracted through the sea, is reflected in the interior of this natural cave, producing a magical blue color. A lot of shades of blue.
The Blue cave can be visited only by private boat tours or Kotor shore excursions and it's a spot in Montenegro trip which you should not miss.
I swam a lot in the cave, so after that, we had a lunch break in Porto Montenegro from where we came back to the embrace of beautiful Kotor.
After a whole day on the boat, I slept like a baby and since then I have been working on a collection inspired by the Blue cave in a magical Kotor Bay.
Boka bay as one of the most romantic destinations in Europe was the first place that popped up in my mind when my dear husband asked me to think about our honeymoon destinations. Little did I know that next to the beautiful Old Town of Kotor there will be a small baroque town, Perast, that we’ll be dipping from the boat into the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, and that this magical fjord hides treasure that makes this part of Montenegro even more romantic and beautiful.
Andrew and I were so lucky to spend a week in Boka Bay and to choose Kotor Private Boat Tour as a part of our stay because it was the way to see the place which we didn't know about when we were planning a trip, but it ended up being our favorite and most precious memory.
Kotor Private Boat Tour took us to the Blue Cave, which is the biggest, all-natural cave on the peninsula of Luštica.
It's a natural hall, with 9m high vault, gracefully and enchantingly demonstrating the power and beauty of Mother Earth. There are some places that make you forget where you came from and when our boat entered the Blue cave that's exactly what happened - I felt so safe and mesmerized by the beauty of the world in which we live.
There are two entrances into the cave and our boat went in through the bigger one, discovering another dimension of Montenegrin wild beauty.
During clear and sunny days, the openings of the cave allow the sun's rays to penetrate inside. They bounce off the surface of the sea and, due to reflection, create an indescribable azure blue color on the walls of the hall. The play of the shades inside the cave is followed by the sound made by an echo... making this experience multidimensionally beautiful.
Boat tours are the only way to reach the cave and there are Kotor shore excursions starting every day, but we recommend having a private tour from Kotor, as it is a truly unique experience which made our trip look like the one from the movies. Romantic ones, ones in which life is just so beautiful!
It is possible (and we do recommend) to swim in the cave, which will probably be the most magical swim of your life.
Kotor Boat Tours are taking you to some other stunning places as well, such as Perast town and its cute, small, scenic islands - St. George, which is a natural island, and Our Lady of the Rock that has a special, historic story that we were told by our amazing boat crew. Perast is another place which I would definitely choose as a top romantic destination, not only in Montenegro but globally.
Actually, when I think about it, Blue cave and Perast are my perfect combination. It just happened to be the choice for our romantic holiday, but these places will take your breath away, whoever you are and whatever you expect from your trip.
Our dear Kotor Private Tours crew, thank you for making it happen!
And there it was! Glowing under fresh morning rising sun, dividing light fading sky from ink blue water, emerging under cracked limestone mountain, thousands years old – Old Town of Kotor.
We have just spot the port, slowly approaching with our cruiser all the way to the castle that was dominating the landscape and kidnaping our eyes from anything else around.
Very soon we were at the dock, where among dozens of agog locals sweating in the August heat, waving in rush with names of their guests, was our tour guide, standing calm with easy-to-spot “Mr. Williams and 360 Monte Travel Agency” sign.
This time, luckily, we booked Kotor private tour, as few days earlier, in Dubrovnik, we joined packed bus of tourist, and concluded – it’s just not our thing.
She took us on the journey that gave Kotor very high ranking place in our travel memories.
Passing what looks from the outside like intimidating unconquerable dark walls with very high main Sea Gate, we entered a surprisingly bright and warm atmosphere with smiles on faces all around, including ourselves reflecting them. It felt like we’ve entered straight to a kind hug of the heart and soul of Kotor from frightening armor on the outside.
Stories of our tour guide were only dragging us into this medieval illusion even more, as she told us about many families like Bizanti, Beskuca, Pima - that lived here, while their rising palaces above us were depicturing wealth and reputation required for this “nobility list”.
Suddenly we were squeezed among other tourists in a tiny little street that lead to the next quite wide and spacious square dominated by marvelous in Venetian style - St. Tryphon Cathedral. One of main protectors of the town is buried here since 809 AD, when Venetians brought his holy body to Kotor while recovering from a storm, and as the legend has it, he made new storms every time they tried to get him out of the town, showing he doesn’t want to leave and staying in Kotor ever since.
Sent of freshly cooked fish and mussels, coming from numerous restaurants surrounding, was taking over our senses, but soon our minds went wondering off from food as we entered an actual palace from Grgurina family that is now Maritime Museum of Montenegro.
Great advantage of having a private tour is that you can stop at any item interesting to you and just stare, imagine and feel energy of the space, while the tour guide brings this forgotten parts of history to life.
Music from “Game of Thrones” theme at the St. Lukas square interrupted the story of how the oldest church dating from 1195. actually had two different altars at the same time, and everybody just started staring at the young violinist who was taking over all the tourists’ attention from their tour guides. Clinking coins falling into his hat made his face glowing and red at the same time, while he was trying to minimize his big smile.
You know those places where everything is new, and yet you feel like home?
Yes, those ones.
Our medieval bubble dispersed when we looked at the time! It was just enough to hug our dear host and say goodbye until next time, because there will be one for sure!
We cannot thank enough 360 Monte team for organizing this for us and setting us beyond interesting tour guide, and I would gratefully recommend to try this or other Kotor private tours that they organize, you won’t be disappointed.