The Highlights of Southern Croatia and Montenegro
- Croatia and Montenegro Tour 8days/9night
- Dubrovnik – Korčula – Budva – Kotor – Skadar
Croatia will impress you with its historic charm and breath-taking nature view. Croatia is full of historical and cultural monuments. You will be amazed by many historical buildings, old castles under the UNESCO protection surrounded by beautiful nature. Croatia is a place for those who enjoy peace and quiet and stunning vies of nature. You will step in over 1000 years old history in Croatia and it will enchant you with its deep rooted history going back to medieval times. Dubrovnik, one of the cities in Croatia is one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination.
Arrival to Croatia, Dubrovnik and private transfer with English speaking driver to the hotel. Check in. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After lovely breakfast meeting with the local guide and Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares.
Dinner in a famous ”Konoba” restaurant, where you will get a chance to try delicious local food and listen to the sounds of traditional Dalmatian group so-called Klapa.
In the evening we recommend (not included in the price): embark on the boat and explore Elaphiti islands and Blue cave. Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades and footpaths. Those are the scenes that remain forever in people’s memory, landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast departure to Korčula, an island known to be the birth place of famous world traveler Marco Polo. The ride from Dubrovnik is about 2,5H. The private driver/guide will drive you through some of the most beautiful sceneries on the Adriatic coast. In Orebić, we will embark the ship to go over to island Korčula.
In Korčula you will meet with the local guide for a private tour of Korčula. After we will continue to a wine tasting visiting one of the best wineries on the island. Along with wine tasting you will get a chance to try and taste domestic food that goes along with wine such as cheese, prosciutto, etc
After the wine tasting we are taking you to a local ranch for an dinner. The ranch has a long family tradition with only farm to the table food and it is a true authentic restaurant. After dinner, we will catch last ferry from the island to go back to Dubrovnik. Continue to Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast departure to Budva a town build of stone and love. Budva is a vibrant coastal city with a modern flair. The old city of Budva, a small labyrinth of narrow streets beholds the Citadela, an ancient castle and the most significant fortification building of the Montenegrin Coast. Hotel check in. In the afternoon meeting with the local guide and Budva sightseeing. Overnight in Budva.
After breakfast departure to National Park Skadar Lake via city Bar. We will stop and take a break to take photos over the island of St. Stefan. The island is private property so it can only be photographed from the shore line. It was visited, by the Queen of England Elisabeth II, Italian King Umberto II of Savoy, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Geraldine Chaplin, Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, and writers Andre Malraux and Alberto Moravia and many others. Continue to city Bar.
Experience the tales of the city with a local guide who will be happy to show you true highlights. Continue to Virpazar and embark on a boat to visit NP Skadar Lake (2 hours boat trip). The Balkans’ largest lake, dolphin-shaped Skadar has its tail and two-thirds of its body in Montenegro and its nose in Albania. Covering between 370 and 550 sq km (depending on the time of year), it’s one of the most important reserves for wetland birds in Europe. Fish lunch can be served on a boat or at the restaurant after the boat ride (you can decide on your own). Continue to the famous local winery and winetasting of domestic Montenegro wine, taste the difference between Croatian and Montenegrin wine and tell us which one you like better.
Return to Budva and dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Budva.
After breakfast departure to Boka Bay. One of Montenegro’s famous landmarks is the Bay of Kotor, which is more than 20 km in length. Bay of Kotor, also known as Boka Kotorska, is the largest Adriatic bay between Montenegro and Croatia. The Bay of Kotor is sometimes called Europe’s southernmost fjord, but it is not exactly correct: according to the latest studies the bay is, in fact, an inlet formed by a partial submergence of a river valley.
Arrival to Tivat, city famous for Marina Porto Montenegro – a luxury yacht marina. Walk with the guide through the city and port. Continue to Perast. A small town of Perast is yet another historical center of Montenegro. Numerous palaces, churches, fortresses, and fortifications were built in Perast between 1420 and 1797. Most of them are preserved to this day. Seafaring was also actively developing during this period. Panoramic sightseeing of Perast and embark on a boat. Sail to island Gospa od Skrpjela (Lady of the Rock). Visit Museum on the island.
After Perast, continue to Kotor. City of Kotor is one of the main historical landmarks of the region. Roman Empire had been present there since 3rd century BC. During Byzantian period the town was fortified with impressive city walls, which stretch 4.5 km along the shoreline of the Kotor Bay. Kotor Fortress rightfully takes its place in the UNESCO world heritage Sightseeing of the Old Town Kotor. After sightseeing lunch in a local restaurant. Free time to explore Kotor by your own. Return to Budva, dinner in the hotel and overnight.
After breakfast departure to Cetinje. Cetinje, founded in the 15th century is a town of immense historical heritage. It became the centre for Montenegrin life as both a cradle of Montenegrin culture and an Orthodox religious centre. It is because of its heritage as a long-term Montenegrin capital that it is recognized today as the honorary capital of Montenegro.
We do a one hour walking tour through Cetinje visiting its main sights, such as Cetinje Monastery where several relics are kept (Remains of St. Peter of Cetinje, the Right hand of John the Baptist, Particles of the True Cross, the Icon of the Philermos Mother of God, the Remains of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš (relocated), Royal Regalia of Serbian Emperor Stephen Uroš IV Dušan, among others), Vlaska church (built in 1450, with its fence made out of barrels of captured enemy rifles), museums, the royal theatre and historic foreign embassies…
Continue to National Park Lovcen. Heading up towards the Lovcen National park the fascinating view of Boka bay can be seen. We make several stops for taking photos and to enjoy the beauty of Boka bay. Arrival on the Mausoleum (the second highest peak of mount Lovcen) where is buried the greatest Montenegrin ruler and poet Petar II Petrovic Njegos. It is situated 1675m above the sea level. The mausoleum sits at the top of a climb of 461 steps. The most impressive part of the mausoleum is the chapel which has six sides and one central niche; it is built from the finest Boka and Brac marble. The beautiful ceiling is 9 metres high and covered with over 200,000 gilded tiles creating a fascinating mosaic. In front of the central niche stands a grandiose sculpture of Njegoš, created by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Also there is the sarcophagus bearing Njegoš’ remains. The sarcophagus is reminiscent of traditional Montenegrin graves including the national coat of arms and the cross engraved in the stone which symbolizes Njegoš’ state and spiritual roles.
After we finish visiting the mausoleum we head towards a village called Njegusi located on the slopes of Mount Lovćen, within the Lovćen national park. The village is best known as the birthplace of the Petrović dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918. Cheese and prosciutto made solely in the area around Njeguši are genuine examples of Montenegrin cuisine. Here we stop for a break and lunch. Rested and filled with good food we continue to Budva. You will be amazed by the Old Road constructed in 1879 by Austro-Hungarians to connect Kotor and Cetinje (Old Royal Capital). Once a year a short part of this road is used for racing in the Montenegrin car racing championship. It has 25 curves till the point in which the road divides where we go to the top of Lovcen Mountain.
Departure back to Budva. Overnight in Budva.
Day at leisure. Overnight in Budva.
Departure to the airport (Dubrovnik or Tivat) and fly out.
9 Days Package starts at $2,690 per person.
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation for 8 nights in 4* hotels
- All transfers
- Transfer from Dubrovnik to Budva
- 3 breakfasts in hotel in Dubrovnik
- 5 breakfasts and dinners in hotel in Budva
- Sightseeing tour with local guide in Dubrovnik (3 hours)
- Entrance fee for Dubrovnik city walls
- Excursion to Korcula from Dubrovnik with private transfer and English speaking driver, boat to Korcula, local guide in Korcula
- Entrance fee to Dubrovnik city walls
- Dinner in Dubrovnik
- Wine tasting and an authentic dinner in Korčula
- Excursion NP Skadar Lake: private transfer, licensed English speaking guide, Entrance fee for Old city Bar, fish lunch, entrance fee for NP Skadar Lake, boat trip (2 hours), wine tasting
- Excursion Boka Bay (Tivat, Perast and Kotor): private transfer, licensed English speaking guide, tourist tax in Kotor, boat trip Perast – Old Lady of the Rocks – Perast, entrance fee for the museum on island, lunch in Old town Kotor, visit Tivat Porto Montenegro
- Budva Old Town sightseeing with a local guide
- All local taxes
Price Does Not Include
- International flights (possible to provide)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Any other items not mentioned above
Excursions not included in the price:
- Boat ride in Dubrovnik to Elaffiti islands- $ 55 per person