From Kotor, via Old Austro-Hungarian Road, which takes you towards Njegusi village, eventually entering Lovcen National Park. With incredible sceneries, photo stops and plenty of culture, history and heritage – we welcome you to our Kotor to Lovcen tour.
00.00h Start from Kotor (from the agreed location)
00.20h Photo stop at 5th serpentine
00.50h Photo stop at 25th serpentine
01.15h Arrival at the top of Lovćen, climbing 461 steps to the mausoleum
02.30h Return to Kotor
03.30h Arrival at the Old Town, Walking Tour 1.30h
05.00h Finish at Resto Bar Taraca for the healthy snack or lunch (optional)
Being very narrow and winding with its 25 serpentines (sharp curves), this Austro-Hungarian Road represents a unique attraction and a perfect start to our Kotor to Lovcen tour.
Fun Fact: Once a year, a short part of this road is used for racing in the Montenegrin car racing championship.
We will make quick photo-stops during our drive up at two mind-blowing vantage points above the gorgeous Boka Bay – at the 5th and 25th serpentine.
From here, our private tour continues towards Lovćen National Park & its peaks. To conquer this “Sea of rocks,” we will drive through the National Park Lovćen and reach the well-known Lake Peak at an altitude of 1.660 meters (5446 feet).
On top of the second highest peak of Lovćen sits imposing and officially the highest mausoleum in the world - where the greatest Montenegrin ruler and poet, Petar II Petrović Njegoš, rests in peace.
After climbing 461 steps to reach it, we finally get to see a massive statue of the ruler made by world-known sculptor Ivan Meštrović.
This art masterpiece was made from one piece of granite, which initially weighed 50 tons!
The statue was finished in 1974, weighing 29 tons with a height of 4 meters (13 feet).
The ceiling inside the Lovcen Mausoleum is covered with 220.000 golden pieces that together make one spacious, 18 kg (40 lbs) heavy golden mosaic.
As we go behind the Mausoleum, we will discover a bird-eye-view vantage point with the best possible view of, cca 70%, mountainous and rocky land of Montenegro.
Time to capture a famous jumping photo!
From Mount Lovcen, we go to Cetinje - an Old Royal Capital of Montenegro and a city of vast historical significance and the heart of Montenegrin culture and Orthodox religion, with its origins tracing back to the 15th century. A guided tour explores significant landmarks, including the Cetinje Monastery and the Court Church at Ćipur.
From here, we head back to Kotor.
Hidden beneath Mount Lovcen, in Kotor Bay, this jewel of the Adriatic is unmatched in its beauty, represented through the assimilation of different cultural influences whose signatures are more than visible even now.
Join us on this walking tour and help us reveal all the town's secrets!
Our walking tour starts in front of the main gate.
When we enter the Old Town, first we’ll enter the main town square, better known as the Arms Square, with its famous Clock Tower, dating back to 1602. By the tower facade, there is a pyramidal pillar - pillory, a testimony of the moral as well as legal norms respected in the town.
On your way to Flower Square, we pass beautiful baroque architecture reflected in the monumental palaces of families Bizanti and Beskuća, followed by great stories 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, built in honor of the St Tryphon, patron and protector of the city - on the same place where an older church, dedicated to the same saint existed from 809.
From there, we proceed to the Maritime Museum - a place with rich exhibits representing the maritime history of this area and its way of living. The Maritime Museum is a must-visit attraction in Kotor. Decorated with original furniture of noble families, models of ships used for trade and battles, and an extensive collection of guns and swords showing Kotor's vital role during past centuries.
The path leads us to the Church of Saint Luke’s, which initially used to be a Catholic school, but it was given to Orthodox believers for use, representing 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.
Right next to Saint Luke’s is Saint Nicholas Church (built in 1909.) which possesses a rich collection of icons and a beautiful iconostasis made by Cigler, a Czech artist.
Church of Saint Mary, 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 to devote her life to prayer.
Soon, another gate and the end of our tour. North Gate of Kotor was built in remembrance of the battle against the Ottoman Empire that occurred in 1539; one year later, the gate was built. From that point, you can see the shortest river in Montenegro, Škurda.
Our Kotor to Lovcen tour is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Montenegro all while getting in touch with the country's rich culture, history, and heritage. Book now
Douglas Canning03.08.2019 17:45:41
Thought it was a great tour, our guide was very good and there was a lot of flexibility
LINDA DONAHUE01.10.2018 17:13:19
Overall our tour was excellent. Unfortunately, our cruise ship was late getting approval to tender to shore - so this put a bit of a time pressure on our excursion... To make the tour experience better, I would have the following tips: 1. Level set to the group up front in terms of what is going to occur on the tour and when. Since we were on a cruise ship and had booked a lot of tours in advance...the details of each excursion were not fresh in our minds (and/or some of our group didn't really know what I had signed them up for). So a recap of the day, the timeline - what not to be missed etc - would have been great. The Lovcen part of the tour was fantastic...but unfortunately, we didn't really know what was up top to be incented to climb...so a couple of our group members stayed behind because they really didn't know what was at the top (and how great the experience of seeing it was)...and a couple stayed behind because they could not manage the stairs (which was fine - and expected). But if our guide had told us that this was not to be missed, I believe that the 2 (able) folks would have come up. Also, because we didn't know how much time we would take to climb and explore - our folks who stayed below didn't go into the restaurant for a drink...because they were not aware of the timeline. 2. Find a way for your drivers to have parking close to the old town. Our group had to walk a fair distance from the parked car to the old town...which just added additional stress to our timeline worries.
LAszlO Matics04.08.2018 14:14:07
Thanks Slobodan. It was a great private tour.
paul west14.06.2018 14:35:42
At short notice, Luka and Marko arranged this wonderful trip for us. An exhilerating drive to 'the top of the World'. This tour was made special by an exceptional guide. Caring, polite, knowledgeable and passionate about his country. It was a pleasure to spend five hours in the company of Veljko and learn so much about the Montenegrin way of life. A truly memorable day and well worth the money.