Montenegro’s jewel
The old Rector’s Palace
St Tryphon’s Cathedral

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Glorious history by a crystal clear sea

We carissimo Sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea you can see perched on the edge of a majestic bay, the medieval Old Town of Kotor; it’s the undisputed jewel in Montenegro’s crown.

Though no longer Europe’s best-kept secret, Kotor’s sudden elevation to the tour-cruise league has failed to dim the timeless delights of its cobbled alleyways and secluded piazzas. Enclosing cafés and churches galore, the town walls are themselves glowered down upon by a series of hulking peaks.

Down below, a harbour now bustling with sleek yachts marks the end of the Bay of Kotor, made fjord-like by the 1000m cliffs that rise almost vertically from the serene waters. Kotor’s charms are best appreciated by heading to the Old Town, without map, and getting lost in the labyrinthine streets. You’ll likely start your excursion entering through the Sea Gate, next to the harbour, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, and emerge onto the main square, Trg od Oružja.

Cafés spill out from glorious buildings, the most notable of which are the old Rector’s Palace and a leaning clock tower. Burrow through the streets and before long you’ll end up at St Tryphon’s Cathedral, backed by a wall of mountains and perfect for photos; it’s well worth the entry fee for a peek inside.

Elsewhere there are several churches that merit a look, as well as a fascinating Maritime Museum, a repository of nautical maps and model ships. The old fortress walls sit proudly above the town, and make for a rewarding climb. Allow at least ninety minutes for the round-trip to St Ivan’s Castle, from which you’ll have tremendous views of the fjord.

Must see places in Kotor

  • Blue Cave

    Blue Cave

  • The Bay of Kotor

    The Bay of Kotor

  • Budva


  • Savina Monastery

    Savina Monastery

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    This entertaining water-based tour not only gives you a chance to get active, but also to explore the highlights of Montenegro from a completely new perspective. A short walk from the port will first take you to the kayak base for a thorough safety briefi
    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person




    Once called Castelnuovo as part of the Italian Republic of Venice from the early 15th to the late 18th century, the coastal town of Herceg Novi is an appealing holiday location located at the mouth to the Bay of Kotor at the foot of Mount Orjen. A scenic
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        4:15 h

      • Adults$52.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person




      The excursion begins with a walking tour through the old town of Kotor, one of the best preserved medieval towns in this part of the Mediterranean. The asymmetric structure of the narrow streets and squares, combined with the many important medieval monum
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$42.00Price per person




        Panoramic views of Montenegro’s stunning coastline on the Adriatic Sea, complete with rugged cliffs falling steeply to the water far below, as well as calls at two picturesque coastal resorts, the port of Kotor itself and the nearby Budva, await you on th
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$55.00Price per person

          • Children$39.00Price per person




          Tucked away in a secluded nook of the Gulf of Kotor, the eponymous town sits like a pristine jewel amid limestone cliffs and stunning Mediterranean countryside. Fortifications built during the area’s Venetian period surround the town, which also features
          • Limited seats

          • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

            Difficulty Level

          • Duration
            3 h

          • Adults$62.00Price per person

          • Children$49.00Price per person

        The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.


        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.


        An unexpected jewel
        An unexpected jewel

        The tiny state of Crna Gora is better known under its Italian name, Montenegro. The English translation – “Black Mountain” – may sound a little bleak, but it’s a land exploding with colour.

        Carpeted with flowers for much of the year, the country’s muscular peaks are dappled with the dark greens of pine, beech and birch from which turquoise streams rush down to a tantalizingly azure blue sea. Its Mediterranean coastline is dotted from border to border with beaches of yellow and volcanic grey, and huddles of picturesque, orange-roofed houses – a postcard come to life to admire during your holiday to Montenegro.

        While the coastline is most appealing for the traveller, Montenegro’s most precious jewel – phenomenally photogenic Kotor – sits just a little inland at the end of a fjord-like bay. The beach town of Budva is the other real highlight, but you should also try to make time for the ruins of Stari Bar.

        Away from the coast, the country’s pleasures are mainly confined to the mountains, particularly the spectacular national park of Durmitor, while the old Montenegrin capital of Cetinje is also well worth a visit; the present-day capital, Podgorica, gets few visitors but certainly has its charms.

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