Getting on/off motorcoach; approximately 60 miles total; about 1.5 hours each way. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; elective activity to climb over 1,000 steps to ascend the City Walls; sturdy walking shoes recommended. Getting in/out of small motor boats; short ride to island.
In the hotel dining room, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.
Beginning with a panoramic drive aboard a motorcoach through Herceg Novi, we will take a field trip led by a local expert to explore small coastal towns in this part of the Adriatic. The Bay of Kotor’s towns and islands have become internationally recognized as one of Montenegro’s primary attractions and cultural treasures. One of the most interesting of these is ancient Perast. The motorcoach will take us around the bay where we will begin our walk to see palaces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras that attest to its former days of wealth as a favored vacation spot for Venetian and Russian nobles. There are also reminders of the town’s seafaring heritage when it was a bustling port. Yet today, Perast has a population of fewer than 400. We will then take small motor boats out into the bay to the tiny island, Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend has it that in 1452, two brother sailors passed by a small crag jutting out of the bay, on which they found an icon of the Madonna and Child. To honor this experience, generations of mariners pledged their faith and created an artificial island by scuttling old ships and depositing stones. Eventually, the base was strong enough for a chapel that was named Our Lady of the Rocks, which we will visit and see inside. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, we will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th Century.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated and served meals with water; other beverages available for purchase.
A local expert will lead our exploration of Kotor’s old town—small, but one of the best preserved on the Adriatic. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for exceptional architecture in a stunning natural setting. Founded by the Romans, Kotor developed into an important center of commerce and the arts. Traded back and forth between empires, its history is tempestuous. It was a prized city in the Venetian empire, and Venetian influence is apparent everywhere including the impressive city wall. One of the key sites we will visit is the Maritime Museum, housed in a former palace, which documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture as well as its former status as a naval power.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, transfer, and embarkation in the morning.