Travelling around the stunningly beautiful Bay of Kotor, this full-day coach tour introduces you to the historic seaside gems of the Montenegrin Riviera: Perast and Kotor.
Start this day trip by being picked up at your hotel in the Dubrovnik area and enjoy a drive in a comfortable coach, as it meanders its way south along the beautiful stretch of road along the shimmering Adriatic Sea. After traveling through the scenic Konavle Valley, stop in Perast for a boat ride to the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, located on a small island in the bay. Browse historical wall paintings, learn about the site's history and then continue to the intriguing town of Kotor for a guided tour and some free time to explore the town on your own.
Pick-up from the selected hotels in the Dubrovnik area.
Bay of Kotor
The Bay of Kotor is often described as awe-inspiring. This “last fjord of Europe”, like a winding crack in the ominous Montenegrin mountains, glistens of clear Adriatic Sea, with its rugged shores adorned in deep-green forests and picturesque seaside settlements.
A short boat ride from Perast to the man-made island of Our Lady of the Rocks, housing a 17th century church.
Perast is surely one of the strangest and, by its history, one of the most beautiful places in the Kotor bay. Today it is often called ''the quietest town'' in Boka. Its narrow streets and numerous, mostly abandoned Renaissance and Baroque palaces testify to the former richness of the Kotor bay and the days when its inhabitants used to live a luxurious life.
Two little islets floating in front of Perast are the symbols and the main attractions of the Bay of Kotor. One of them, Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks), stands out in its beauty, but the legend behind its name makes it even more enchanting.
Our Lady of the Rocks is an artificial island created in the 15th century. According to the legend, on July 22, 1452 two brothers from Perast, both fishermen, found an icon of the Virgin with Christ on a cliff. They brought it home, but tomorrow morning it was gone. It appeared at the same cliff, so two brothers took it home again. The same thing happened - the icon disappeared again and reappeared on the cliff.
They understood this as a Virgin's wish to stay there forever. They vowed to build a church dedicated to this icon of the Virgin, the patron saint of the seafarers and fishermen.
A small island was made by people from Perast who were throwing rocks and stones around the cliff. In the center of the island they built a little chapel. For centuries, in traditional event called Fasinada held every year on July 22, they were dropping stones and over time the surface of the island has grown. Now, in the center of the island is a catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks.
In the town of Kotor, a local expert guide will unveil the intricate history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
The old part of the town of Kotor developed within a small triangular area enclosed by the town walls which extends to the Fort of St. John. During a guided tour into this charming little town your experienced guide will show you all the important historical sights, as well as the city walls, 5 km long, built by the Venetian who began to work on them in 1420 and continued strengthening them until the middle of the 18th century. Enclosing the whole Old Town, the walls formed an unique fortification project which could resist attacks for months and survive long sieges.
You will also see the Cathedral of St. Triphon. Built in 1166, it is a Romanesque basilica, whose nave is separated from the aisles by alternating square pillars and antique columns. There is a famous Maritime Museum with a rich and valuable collection of maritime heritage of this area. At the end of the guided tour, you will have some free time and an opportunity to explore the town of Kotor on your own.
Departure from Kotor and a short ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor.
Drive towards Dubrovnik and arrival to hotels.
We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:
Gruz PortLapad Post OfficeValamar Lacroma Dubrovnik HotelValamar Collection Dubrovnik President HotelHotel Kompas DubrovnikHotel More DubrovnikHotel Dubrovnik PalaceHotel UvalaHotel IvkaHotel LeroGrand Villa ArgentinaHotel Excelsior DubrovnikHilton Imperial DubrovnikSheraton Dubrovnik Riviera HotelHotel AstareaVillas PlatRemisens Hotel EpidaurusRemisens Hotel AlbatrosCavtat Bus StopHotel Croatia CavtatSun Gardens DubrovnikAdmiral Grand HotelHotel Osmine
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels only)TransportationTour escortLocal guide in KotorEntrance fees to Our Lady of the Rocks (in Perast) and KotorFerry ride across the Bay of Kotor (on the way back to Dubrovnik)
Tips and gratuitiesPersonal expenses
What do I need to bring?
Due to new EU regulations the border crossing may take some time, on rare occasions up to two and a half hoursDue to a situation at the border crossing making this tour last longer, it is not suitable for children under 4 years of ageA valid passport or EU ID is required on the day of travelFor some countries, visa is requiredNot wheelchair accessibleNot stroller accessible
Refund if cancelled at least 1 day before the event
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