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Perast, Boka Bay

Highlights of Montenegro - Budva and Kotor

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,260 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore the Montenegrin gems of Budva, Kotor and Sveti Stefan on this eight-day, tailor-made journey


  • Explore Budva, a treasure chest of cultural heritage known for its snady beaches and lively nightlife
  • Lounge on beautiful beaches and dip your toes in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • Take leisurely strolls through the narrow streets of Montenegro’s medieval old towns

In Brief

  • 4 Nights Budva
  • 3 Nights Kotor


Recommended for:
Beach | City | History & culture | Natural world | Relaxation

Wandering the historic old towns of Budva and Kotor, marvelling at the breath-taking Baroque buildings of Perast, swimming off gorgeous beaches in the clear waters of the Adriatic and visiting local vinters on the shores of the Balkans' largest lake are just some of the highlights of this Montenegro getaway. Discover why Lord Byron described the Montenegrin coastline as “the most beautiful encounter between land and sea” on this 8-day tailor-made tour of the alternative summer destination that is certainly hot right now.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Dubrovnik in Croatia and transfer across the border to Budva in Montenegro. Check in for four nights at the Hotel Astoria Budva, the first and only boutique hotel in Budva's atmospheric old town. Having dropped off your bags you're already in good stead for exploring Budva - holding a charming spot on the main street in the old town, Hotel Astoria is the perfect base for seeing this section of the Budva Riviera.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Budva

Day 2

Settle into Montenegrin life with a private tour of the old town of Budva, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Coast, surrounded by medieval walls, towers and gates. Visit the City Museum, Church of the Holy Trinity and wander through the narrow streets and relax in the piazzas and squares, before returning to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day soaking up some afternoon sun on the hotel's private beach - the ideal spot to unwind. Just before sunset, head up to the hotel's roof terrace and sip on cocktails whilst enjoying the views for a perfect end to your first day.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Budva

Meals: B

Day 3
Sveti Stefan

Today can be happily spent relaxing on any of Budva's 17 beaches, or we can arrange a visit to the Sveti Stefan region just six miles east of Budva. The main draw of the region being Sveti Stefan itself of course - a privately owned islet, attached to the mainland by only a narrow causeway. Now exclusively a luxury retreat, the lack of accessibility to this island is just one aspect of its allure. But it's not just its hideaway status that seduces. Think quaint cobbled streets, 15th century red-roofed villas, striking pink sand beaches and cooling cobalt waters. To ensure that you don't miss out on this highlight we can organise your entrance to the island as well as a private tour with one of the employees from Aman Sveti Stefan. And, don't forget your camera because this island idyll has been named as Montenegro's most photographed site.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Budva

Meals: B

Day 4
Virpazar & Karuc

Transfer from your hotel to Virpazar for a day exploring Montenegro's luscious lakes. A private boat tour will take you through water lilies and reeds until you reach the open lake at Skadar, as you approach karuc you will enter the river leading to the charming town of Rijeka Crnojevica. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local konoba (restaurant) specialising in fish lake hooked by the owners. After indulging in some local delicacies head back to Virpazar with a swimming stop before a visit to a small family owned wine cellar for tastings. After a long day, perhaps request an in-room massage back at the hotel for some serious indulgence - you are on holiday after all.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Budva

Meals: B L

Day 5

Today's optional tour visits UNESCO-listed Cetinje, the one-time capital of Montenegro; Mount Lovcen, the black mountain that gave Montenegro its name; and the village of Njegusi, where you'll have the chance to sample a number of local Montenegrin products. Whether you opt for the tour or not, you'll end the day in Kotor, where you'll check in for three nights at the Hotel Astoria Kotor, a 14th century Gothic palace reborn as a stylish hotel.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Kotor

Meals: B

Day 6

Ancient Kotor, dramatically wedged between brooding mountains and a flooded river canyon, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Adriatic. With grand Venetian mansions dominating the seafront and pretty stone churches hidden among cobbled streets and shady squares make for the perfect place to spend a day exploring. For those who want to make sure that they don't miss anything, an optional walking tour of the Old Town can be arranged for the morning and the energetic should make sure to climb the 1,350 stone steps that lead up from the city walls to an incredible viewpoint.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Kotor

Meals: B

Day 7

Your last day can either be spent at leisure or you can opt to take a tour around Boka Bay. The majestic coastline known as Boka Kotorska, is nothing if not idyllic with it's dramatic cliff-lined edge and sparkling waters - the Baroque town of Perast with its many islands is a real gem, and you will also visit the port of Tivat including it's museum and submarine.

Stay: Astoria Hotel, Kotor

Meals: B

Day 8

After a relaxed final breakfast, your adventures through Montenegro come to an end. Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Meals: B


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,260 incl. flights

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