P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Kotor in Montenegro as a Port-of-Call.
The old Mediterranean port of Kotor, is in the Gulf of Kotor – one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, and sometimes referred to as the most southern-most fjord in Europe. Ruled by Venice for hundreds of years, this lovely coastal town’s architecture bears heavy Venetian influences.
Surrounded by impressive walls, which have stood since medieval times, a stroll around the Old City will take you past historic buildings, criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, constructed in 1166, is one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Roman architecure along this coast.
Head inland and you can discover the compelling Montenegrin landscape. With a backdrop of the rugged Balkan Mountains, Durmitor National Park, is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Gaze in awe at the Tara Canyon, which is surrounded by dense pine forests and is one of the deepest gorges in the world.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Kotor as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Kotor Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Kotor Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Enjoy the beautiful Montenegro coastline and the medieval towns of Budva and Kotor.
The natural beauty of the Montenegro coast is legendary, with its numerous bays, islands and beaches. The city of Budva lies on a small peninsular and is rich in historic monuments. Visit the old town where you can roam the narrow streets and squares within its 15th century walls. Take some free time in Budva for shopping or relax with a coffee.
Continue along the coast to Kotor taking in the beautiful views of Kotor Bay. During your walking tour of the UNESCO listed town of Kotor you will visit the 12th century Cathedral of St Tripun and the Maritime Museum. The orthodox church of St Luka will be viewed from the outside.
Discover the majestic scenery and history of this beautiful ‘once remote’ country, with a chance to try some local delicacies.
Drive to the panoramic point of Krstac, at a height of over 3000 feet, from where you’ll enjoy the magnificent view of Boka Bay, the only fjord in the Adriatic sea. Head inland, stopping in the village of Njegusi to sample some local specialties such as home-made cheese, smoked ham, local brandy and wine (or soft drinks).
In Cetinje, the former capital of Montenegro, visit King Nicola’s Palace, home of the first and the last king of Montenegro. Continue towards the coast to enjoy the panoramic view of the Budva Riviera.
During a tour of the medieval city of Kotor, you will visit St Triphon’s Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.
Medieval Kotor Walking Tour
This walking tour of Kotor will bring you closer to the history of this medieval city.
Located along one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays is Kotor. The Old City is well preserved and typical of the Middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed ‘Historical Heritage Site’.
The whole city is criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. One of these squares contains the Cathedral of St Triphon, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. Pass by several treasures of Kotor’s rich historical heritage in the form of the Church of St Luka from the 13th century, the Prince’s Palace from the 17th century and Napoleon’s Theatre. After a visit to the Maritime Museum, there will be some free time to explore independently.
Cruising Boka Bay
Cruise around the only fjord in the Adriatic; this boat ride takes you to the 17th century town of Perast.
Enjoy a peaceful boat ride across the stunning Boka Bay consisting of 4 connected straits. High cliffs surround the bay from all sides which reflect the blue water of the Adriatic Sea.
The baroque church of Our Lady of the Rocks is on one of 2 islets, deep in the Bay. According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. Our Lady of the Rocks can be seen on this site. The church contains 68 magnificent paintings by a 17th century artist from Perast. The most famous, 30 feet long, is ‘The Death of the Virgin’.
Perast is a sleepy baroque town near Kotor, the buildings in this town were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Perast is a quiet and peaceful town with sacred monuments, such as the Church Sveti Nikola, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. During your time in Perast you will visit the local Maritime Museum.
Best of Montenegro
This tour offers the opportunity to explore the villages of Montenegro, sample the local delicacies and see the sights of Kotor.
Your scenic drive takes you towards Njegusi village stopping at Krstac, a panoramic point, to view the beautiful Boka Bay. Located in western Montenegro, Boka Bay is one of the finest natural harbours in Europe consisting of 4 connected straits and 7 islands set in the clear blue water of the Adriatic Sea.
Continue southward to the village of Njegusi, famed for its well preserved traditional folk architecture and located on the slopes of Mount Lovcen, within the National Park. The locals’ hospitality is legendary and your guide will take you on a tour of the smokehouse to learn about smoked ham production. Sample a traditional snack of home-made ham and cheese served with fresh bread served with local wine and brandy.
Returning to Kotor, your knowledgeable guide will take you on a city tour visiting St Triphon’s Cathedral; this important monument was under construction for decades and was finally completed in 1166. The interior contains valuable examples of rare art and furnishings including work by local gold and silversmiths.
The popular Maritime Museum will provide you with an insight into the history of life at sea over the years in the form of pictures, models, artefacts and displays.
Pearls of Montenegro
Experience the highlights of Kotor, the town of Budva, swim at St Nicholas Island, and have a traditional lunch with wine.
Kotor is a beautiful town with a very rich naval tradition and history and is the only old town in Montenegro that is under the UNESCO protection.
During your walking tour though the narrow streets of the town, you’ll see the old palaces belonging to Kotor’s ancient aristocratic families. The most beautiful landmark of the town is the Cathedral of St Tryphon, constructed in the 2nd half of 12th century in a Romanesque style, which absolutely captivates with its rich array of artefacts and paintings.
Continue onto Budva, the tourist capital of Montenegro, where you can also enjoy the beauty of the old town. Travel by boat to the island of St Nicholas which is considered one of the most popular swimming venues among the locals of Budva. The island of St Nicholas has a very interesting history and there is a small church after which the island is named. Take a relaxing dip in the sea before enjoying a traditional Montenegrin lunch served with wine.
After lunch take the short boat ride back to Budva before returning to Kotor.
Skadar Lake National Park
Visit one of the greatest natural and historical attractions in Montenegro.
Skadar Lake is the largest bird reserve in Europe which includes pelicans and the biggest Lake in the Balkans; it is referred to as Skadarsko Jezero in the Montenegrin language. This wonderful National Park is home to 264 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 30 submarine springs called ‘oka’, numerous islands and a complex of Monasteries.
Board your boat and sail along the lake taking in the many islands and bays this area has to offer. Stop off at a private beach to enjoy lunch of fish caught from the Lake you have just sailed on.
After lunch, enjoy some free time on the Lake’s beach to relax, sunbathe or swim, before the boat takes you on the journey back to Virpazar, where you will board the coach to travel back to Kotor.
You will find the full and current list of P&O Kotor Shore Excursions at
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