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Cruises to Kotor

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About Kotor

You'll be rewarded if you set your alarm for an early start when arriving in Kotor. Part of the fun is entering the Bay of Kotor and gliding for an hour through the mountains on a 17-mile waterway known as Europe's southernmost fjord. It's not actually a fjord -- fjords are caused by glacial activity, and the Bay of Kotor has been carved by a river running from the interior to the Adriatic Sea. Still, the views are fjord-like, with mountains rising on both sides of a long, thin bay that leads to the old walled town of Kotor. Cruise ships often begin the bay journey as early as 6:15 a.m. for an 8 a.m. arrival.

Its fortified entrance to the sea made the Old City of Kotor an ancient trade center. Now it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Montenegro's most famous town. The Old City is a well-preserved collection of buildings, churches, squares and stone streets that date to the Middle Ages. The car-free, walled town is just across the street from the city's cruise ship dock.

Kotor is full of shops and little restaurants. Pick a square, order a coffee and gaze at churches from the 12th to 15th centuries.

Looking for more great views? Put on your walking shoes for a hike. The city walls climb the mountain behind the town, and it's about 90 minutes up to the fortress at the crown (at 853 feet) and back.

If your ship is in port for just a few hours, you may want to concentrate only on exploring the Old City. If you have all day, consider excursions into the mountains for sightseeing and stops at seaside resorts on the Adriatic.

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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Mediterranean Tapestry Greece & Adriatic Antiquit...Details

1,045 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 14, 2023
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More about Kotor

Why go to Kotor?

Pros:

Kotor is a more relaxed European port, ideal for a leisurely day of strolling people-watching and shopping

Cons:

You won't find an idyllic Mediterranean beach within easy reach. Most are small, private, pebble beaches

Bottom Line:

This port offers easy access to Kotor's few attractions and plenty of opportunity for relaxation

Kotor Cruise Port Facilities?

No need to; head straight to the Old City, where you'll find souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants, ATMs and inexpensive Internet cafes.

Good to Know?

Port traffic is busy along the waterfront; take care crossing the road. Be aware of loose rocks and uneven steps when walking around the city walls and up to St. Ivan's Fortress. If you decide to do this, wear sturdy shoes. Also keep an eye out for the two tiny islands at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor (if you're up early enough to enjoy the approach). One is Our Lady of the Rocks, a lush, green outcropping that's popular as a diving site. The other, St. George, is home to a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Walking is the best way to get around Kotor's Old City, which is fairly small, compact and car-free. And as the streets get narrower, the shops get more interesting. If you have only a few hours in port, you'll probably want to spend them making the most of the Old City. But if you have more time, trips into the mountains or along the Adriatic coast are worth considering.

By Taxi: Local taxi drivers meet the cruise ships and will ply you with offers of countryside tours, priced from around 60 euros an hour for a car and up to four passengers. Check out the Don't Miss section for ideas, and don't be afraid to negotiate; it's a good way to check how good the driver's English is.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Montenegro's currency is the euro. (For the latest exchange rate, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.) There are plenty of ATMs dotted around the Old City.

Language?

The official language in Kotor is Montenegrin, which, like the languages of the neighboring Croats, Serbs and Bosnians, has its roots in ancient Slavic.

A few key phrases are translated below, but don't worry too much. English is widely spoken -- and even more widely understood -- in Kotor.

Hello -- Zdravo
Please -- Molim
Thank you -- Hvala
You're welcome -- Nema na cemu
Ye /No -- Da/Ne
Excuse me (to get attention) -- Izvinjavam se, ali
Do you speak English? -- Dali pricate Engleski?
I don't understand-- Ja ne razumijem
Where is the toilet? -- Dje je WC?

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock and discharge passengers right onto the quayside, just across the street from the Old City's imposing 16th-century Sea Gate (about a 50-yard walk). The Old City is something of a warren, but you can wander off without fear, as any local will be able to direct you back to this gate.


Kotor Cruise Reviews
The sail in & out of Kotor Bay (like a Fjord) was quite scenic. Boat trip to "Our Lady of the Rocks" in Perast was the highlight (moreso than Kotor itself).Read More
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WhippetWalker
I'd never heard of Kotor before taking this cruise. The sail into and out of Kotor has to be one of the most beautiful journeys on earth - you spend over an hour sailing through a number of interconnected bays, eachRead More
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Steerpike58
Kotor was breathtaking. We enjoyed the scenery from the ship and walking around in port. Read More
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k_art
Kotor was special. The ship docks downtown. The city is free of graffiti and trash (what is with graffiti in Greece and Italy?). The sea is beautiful. The old town is beautiful. A city that was not crowded. We Read More
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