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.
Begin the morning with a panoramic drive through Herceg Novi, where we will see some of the small coastal towns and islands off the Bay of Kotor. These sites are internationally recognized as some of Montenegro’s most iconic cultural treasures. Led by a local expert, explore the small town of Perast. Despite its current small population of 400 people, palaces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras attest to this town’s history as a favored vacation spot for Venetian and Russian nobles. Home to one of the best maritime schools in the 18th century, this town was also has a strong seafaring heritage. After exploring Perast, we will take a short motor boat ride into the bay to an artificial island known as Our Lady of the Rocks. According to legend, two sailors passing by this part of the bay in 1452 encountered the image of Madonna and the Child upon a rock. Since then, generations of seamen have pledged their faith to the saint by laying a rock on the bay after each successful voyage. Over time, an islet emerged from the sea, upon which a small chapel was erected. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted masterful paintings and thousands of silver plates. After some time to explore the island, we will return to shore once again via motor boat. We will board the motorcoach once again and head to explore Kotor’s old town. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its exceptional architecture and 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, most notoriously in 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.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated and served meals with water; other beverages available for purchase.
Free time. Enjoy some time to explore the city of Kotor on your own before returning to the hotel in Herceg Novi via motorcoach.
On your own. 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.