In this Private Tour of Montenegro from Albania, you will have the chance to visit 2 of the most charming cities of the country. Part of the Riviera, both Budva and Kotor are characterized by a rich history and architectonic values with their stone structures.
During this tour, we will be introduced also to the history of Montenegro, local living and what makes these places so special. Kotor, marvelously situated on the Bay of Kotor is one of the most typical coastal cities of the Rocky Adriatic. On the other hand, Budva is smaller but definitely a place to be at least ones while you are in the Balkans.
Hotel Pick Up in Tirana
This day tour of Budva and Kotor is a combination of driving and walking. Almost all the walking activity is concentrated in Montenegro. Walking is easy and usually flat. The only difficult part is the uphill on the castle of St John, in Kotor. For this, we recommend comfortable shoes and clothes. Both cities are coastal and in the peak of summer, we expect to be hot. Also, we would like to notice that especially Kotor is a very visited city.
Although we try our best to skip the lines and the touristic traps, especially at the cruise time we might face some lines and crowded places during the tour. This, do not fade for any reason the beauty of the cities. As they say, where are people, it is good to go!
We will leave Tirana at 07:00 to head toward the North of the country. The North West of Albania is characterized by mainly a flat surface and it is one of the main trading and industrial areas of Albania. Passing through the historical city of Lezha we will be soon by the Buna river. It is the only sailable river and Albania and following its stream, we will head toward the border to continue the tour of Montenegro. Coffee stop by the River.
Our tour of Montenegro continues driving further and leaving behind the Scadar Lake. The next stop will be Kotor. Situated in an unusual gulf, named after its name it has been a very important historical, strategical and trading center. Founded around the 6th century BC, Kotor resembles an Open Book of history when you can spot different tracks and records from different periods of history. In our days most of the influence is from Venetian time, as for a good amount of time it was part of the Venetian Republic.
Our stroll starts from the lower part of the city, the Bay of Kotor and the Marina of the city. We will head toward the Old City going through the “Sea Gate”. It is also a symbol of the city resistance and liberation from WW2 at ’44.
The Old City is very charming. We will walk around the small squares, surrounded by typical quarters and visit some of the Old City Highlights for their architecture, historical values and style.
This Roman Church is one of the 2 Catholic Churches in Montenegro as a major part of the country now follows eastern Orthodoxy. The cathedral was consecrated on 19 June 1166. Compared to other buildings, the Kotor Cathedral is one of the largest and most ornate buildings in Kotor.
The tour of Kotor continues in the upper part toward the Castle of St John. Strolling towards the Cobblestones zig-zags we will reach the Fortress of St John. It was a very important point in the total defensive system of the city.
The walk is around 30 minutes from the lower gate but provides one of the best views of the “Mediterranian Fjords”
Finishing the Tour of Kotor we will continue driving toward the southern part of Montenegro, along some of the picturesque Riviera and tiny rocky beaches.
The city of Budva is also one of the most important touristic cities of Montenegro with a fascinating history, dating 2600 years ago.
The tour of Budva continues in the Old Part of the city with some quick visits at the Roman Ruins and the Budva Fortress by the coast offering spectacular views.
The tiny streets of Budva are very charming. It is worth spending some time wandering around and visiting some of the local shops. Free time for lunch.
St Stefan dates back from the 15th century as a Fishermans family which was fortified for better control to the sea. For the first time, it has transformed to a hotelier complex during the Yugoslavian Communist time, at the reign of Tito. From 2005 it is part of high-end touristic resorts and visits are limited only for the hotel’s customers.
After St Stefan, we will drive back to Albania and this will be the end of the tour.