LAKE SKADAR PEARL TOUR
Duration: 7-8 hrs
KOTOR - The Old Town of Kotor, over 2000 years old, with its Venetian palaces, churches, museums and squares lays in the shadows of the fearsome St. John’s Hill and the walls protecting this town are a fortification masterpiece. It is located on the only natural fjord of its kind in the world and in a bay that has made the list of Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Kotor’s Old Town, trapped in time, is a maze of cobblestone streets. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have put Kotor on the UNESCO’s World Natural and Historical Heritage Site list.
PANORAMAS of Kotor, Budva and St. Stefan are breathtaking. The amazing scenery of the mountains disappearing in the water, endless views of the sea and sky, and the mighty walls with their imposing watchtowers, looming over the medieval cities and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, make these ancient cities an impressive sight.
LAKE SKADAR is the largest lake at the Balkan Peninsula, with fresh water and one of the largest national parks in Montenegro. It’s extremely famous for its diversity of flora and fauna. Lake itself is unusual for mutual vicinity of different living areas and their chain of feeding. It’s a blissfully pretty area encompassing steep mountains, island monasteries, clear waters, and floating meadows of water lilies. The lake is a crypto depression, which means that in some parts the bottom of the lake is below the sea level. Those places are named sublacustrine springs or eyes (“oka”). In this lake about 30 such eyes have been found.In region of Lake Skadar there are 20 monasteries, churches, villages, fortresses and sacred monuments. This lake is witness of Montenegrin history from 11th century up to now. Around Lake itself there are 18 important historic monuments. 2.5 hour boat ride is planned during this tour with swimming stops and the ride can be adjusted to nature lovers or history lovers.
VIRPAZAR a tiny town, gathered around a square and a river blanketed with water lilies serves as the main gateway to Lake Skadar National Park. It may be a small speck on the map now, but it was once considered so strategically important that the occupying Turks built a large fortress on the hill looming above the village. After their downfall, Virpazar became an important trading town (pazar means marketplace) with a lively port; in the early 1900s, it was connected to Bar by Montenegro's first narrow-gauge railway. It was also the site of one of the country's first significant uprisings against Axis invaders in WWII. Two reminders of its bloody past still stand in – and over – the town.
This tour can be booked with licensed tour guides speaking English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
The tour can be modified (shortened or prolonged) to suit your personal preferences and adjusted according to your needs and wishes.