Wonderful beaches, clear waters and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival in the Gulf of Kotor. Encircled in the mountains, the innermost bays of the Gulf - Risan and Kotor - are the earliest inhabited areas in the region with evidences of civilization dating from the Illyrian, the Roman and the Early Christian periods. In our quest for traces and memories of past times, we will make a first stop in Perast and get on a short boat ride from the Baroque shore of this small town to the artificial island and the 16th-century Church of Our Lady of the Rocks which houses one of the finest collections of icons in this part of Europe.
In the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor enjoy a guided tour through one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities on the Adriatic. And finally, take the opportunity to make your own memories during your free time in Kotor!
Pick-up from selected hotels within the Dubrovnik city 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.
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 Kotor bay. Today it is often called the quietest town in Boka. Its narrow streets and numerous, mostly abandoned renaissance, and baroque palaces, testify about the former richness of the Kotor bay, and about the days when there used to be led a luxurious life of its inhabitants.
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 22nd July 1452, two brothers from Perast, both fishermen, found an icon of the Virgin with Christ on the sea-cliff. They brought it home but tomorrow morning it was gone. It appeared at the same sea-cliff, so two brothers took it home one more time. The same thing happened - the icon disappeared again and reappeared on the sea-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 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 Fašinada, held every year on 22nd July, 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 guided tour into this charming little town your experienced guide will show you all important historical sights, as well as Town 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 Cathedral of St. Triphone, built in 1166, is a Romanesque basilica, whose nave is separated from the aisles by alternating square pillars and antique columns, famous Maritime Museum with reach and valuable collection of maritime heritage of this area. At the end of guided tour you will have some free time and opportunity to explore town of Kotor on your own.
Drop-off at the hotel.
We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:
Custom pick up Gruz Port Lapad Post Office Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik Hotel More Dubrovnik Hotel Dubrovnik Palace Hotel Uvala Hotel Ivka Hotel Lero Grand Villa Argentina Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel Hotel Astarea Villas Plat Remisens Hotel Epidaurus Remisens Hotel Albatros Cavtat Bus Stop Hotel Croatia Cavtat Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Admiral Grand Hotel Hotel Osmine
Tour guide Private transfer Boat ride in Perast Local guide in Kotor Entrance fee to Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Tips and gratuities
Due to traffic and border regulations in Montenegro, we might use multiple vehicles during the trip.
Due to new EU regulations the border crossing may take some time, on rare occasions up to 2,5 hours.
Due to a situation at the border crossing making this tour last longer, this tour is not suitable for children under 4 years of age.
A current valid passport or EU ID is required on the day of travel.
Not wheelchair accessible.
What do I need to bring?
Passport Comfortable shoes
Refund if cancelled at least 2 days before the event
Live tour guide
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