It was worth waking up early to enjoy the views as we slowly sailed into the picturesque port of Kotor. The unspoilt landscape is striking with vast mountains, deep green water and clusters of houses with orange coloured rooftops. Have a look at some of the ways you can enjoy a day in Montenegro…
Facts about Montenegro
- Montenegro is a country located in the South East of Europe.
- Countries which border Montenegro are Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Montenegro’s coastline is on the Adriatic Sea.
- The capital city is Podvarak
- The official language used in Montenegro is Montenegrin
- Currency used here is Euro
- Time difference is one hour ahead of the UK
Disembarking the ship
From the ship, there were a number of excursions you could book depending on how you wish to spend a day in Montenegro. The tours were varied and great for solo travellers. You have the option to explore on your own or be part of a guided tour…
Walking tour of Kotor – £26
Kotor is a beautiful, natural harbour. The town itself is 2000 years old and is now on the UNESCO world heritage list. This guided tour will take you to points of interest, allowing you to learn key facts along the way.
View Kotor by Tuk Tuk – £58
This tour will allow you drop by Boka Bay as well as the Kotor Fjord. You will also get the opportunity to visit monuments, the Porto Montenegro luxury marina and maritime villages. Finally, you will be taken to Mount Vrmac to enjoy the dramatic scenery.
The Blue Caves Tour – £54
This is a very popular tour and needs to be booked early to avoid disappointment. A 15 minute walk from the ship will take you to your speedboat. Each boat seats 18 people. Once onboard, prepare for an hour’s fast ride through calm water, passing breathtaking landscape along the way.
Watch out for the two tiny islands at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. One island is St George and on it is a 12th Century Benedictine Monastery.
The other island is a popular site for diving – Our Lady of the Rocks.
Approaching the entrance to the blue caves is interesting as it looks too small for the boat from a distance. As you draw closer, you are dazzled by the bright blue water.
Once inside, it becomes dark and cool. The stalactites look spectacular hanging from the cave roof.
Any swimmers are encouraged to jump into the clear blue water to cool down before setting off 20 minutes later to the beautiful Zanjice beach, with its crystal clear water and several restaurants.
Restauran Zanjice had wonderful views of the beach and is surrounded by olive trees. The pizza, salad and olives were delicious. It is a super place to eat good food and enjoy beautiful scenery before returning back to the port.
The Blue Caves Tour is a great way to spend a day in Montenegro combined with a relaxing lunch and beautiful surroundings.
Guided Bike Tour £31
The relaxed 10 mile cycle route will take you around the bay of Kotor and through 3 villages – Dubrota, Boka Kotorska and Trstenik. You will also be given a chance to stop at a cafe and browse the old town of Kotor.
Panoramic Montenegro £48
This coach tour will allow you to enjoy stunning views from the comfort of your seat. You will stop at the village of Njegusi to taste some of the local smoked ham and cheese. Next you will drive through Cetinje which used to be the royal capital of Montenegro, before heading to the medieval port of Budva.
Budva on your own – £25
An organised transfer will take you to Budva and allow you free time to explore, shop and enjoy a beach or restaurant. There is also an aqua park if water rides are your thing!
Coastal Charms – £55
Visit the waterfront town of Perast, then take a boat to one of the islands in the bay, before taking a ferry to Budva. Here, you can go on a walking tour with a guide or browse at your own leisure. Finally, join a guided walking tour of Kotor.
Lovcen off road – £76
From Lovcen National Park you will be able to take an off road safari to the mountain villages of Dolovi and Ivanova Korita then climb up to Lovcen Mountain. Next there will be an opportunity to eat local cheese and cured ham before taking a scenic journey back to Kotor.
Traditional Kotor – £47
Visit an olive grove on the peninsula of Lustica, view the hills in the village of Tici. Enjoy tasting extra virgin olive oils along with a variety of homemade breads, fruit and local brandy. Finally, enjoy a tour of Kotor.
Kayaking on Boka Bay – £50
Kayaking around Kotor Bay will allow you to view the local villages and churches. There will also be an opportunity to swim and snorkel.
Highlights of Montenegro £60
Visit the village of Njegusi to sample smoked ham and cheese. Move on to Cetinje with its stunning architecture including King Nikola’s palace before heading to Budva with its sandy beaches.
Suggested further reading:
Here is the link to TUI’s website for further information about the recommended Marella Celebration Cruise. You may also be interested in the links below for my review of the cruise and relevant blog posts…