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.
Table of Contents:
- Departure from Kotor
- Kotor’s Serpentine Road
- Njegusi Village
- 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.
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