Private Tour 6 : Kotor – Njegusi Mount Villiage – Cetinje – Perast
Your private guide will meet you at Kotor port holding a sign with your name on it at the pre-arranged time. After meeting with your professional guide, your journey will start with a picturesque mountain village Njegusi is situated within the homonymous national park, on the slopes of the mountain Lovcen above Kotor. Njegusi are known as the birthplace of the Petrovic dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 – 1918 years.
With its altitude of around 900m and near the sea, Njegusi is the true air spa where the two climates intersect. It is almost untouched virgin area without any industry. Njegusi are particularly attractive in summer when the temperatures are much lower than on the coast. This is one of the most beautiful vantage points from which one can have a view of the Montenegrin coast, and if the weather permits even the coast of Italy can be seen .
Cetinje, where used to be old Montenegro capital, is located just below the tips of Lovcen, at 680m above sea level. Cetinje was the last strong point of Ivan Crnojevic. Here he built a Palace in 1482, and two years later, the Cetinje Monastery. Above the Monastery,there is the Tabalja Tower. King Nikola’s (Palace) Museum which was founded in 1926, within the residence of the last Montenegrin ruler Nikola I Petrovic Njegoš, in continuation of the tradition of collecting and carefully preserving the materials on the Montenegrin past. The construction started in 1863 and was completed around 1867. However, it is known for a fact that the original purpose of the building was to accommodate the widow and daughter of Prince Danilo. After Darinka left Montenegro, this residence obtained a new function. Members of the royal family moved from Biljarda to the new “palace”, as Montenegrins used to call it.
Our next stop will be Perast, a city built by wealthy sea faring families, later becoming a well known artist’s colony. View charming 17th and 18th century architecture and stop in a local museum to learn about the city’s rich history. From there, you will board a boat for a quick ride across the bay to Our Lady of the Rocks Church. This man-made Island was built by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. 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.
Our last stop will be Kotor where we were met in the morning at port. We will start our Kotor tour with the bustling market and gaze upon graceful baroque buildings. Step inside Cathedral Saint Tryphon to marvel at its vaulted roofs, and see one of Kotor’s most valuable treasures: the silver gilded bas relief altar icon. Constructed in 1166 A.D., then reconstructed following several earthquakes, this cathedral holds a wooden crucifix from 1288 A.D. and golden works spanning from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
Visit the three-story Maritime Museum with its unique collection of historical seafaring objects. On display are photos and models of ships, old instruments, uniforms, and exquisitely decorated weapons. Conclude your tour with a walk along the water or spend some time sightseeing on your own.
Then, you will be taken to the port. End of our services.