Montenegro and Southwest Adriatic Sea

History, culture, cuisine, and vistas collide beautifully in Montenegro and the southwestern Adriatic Sea. This land is graced with rugged mountains, ancient medieval villages, extraordinary bay ports, and narrow strips of secluded, capacious beaches. Inhabited since antiquity, a visit to the Bay of Kotor, known locally as Boka (the Bay), is highlighted with numerous coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor, Risan, Tivat, Perast, Prcanj, and Herceg Novi. The Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and the 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon. As travelers venture further on what is becoming known as the Adriatic Riviera they will discover a rich cultural history that is depicted in the sturdy fortresses built by many different powers, elegant minarets of local mosques, ornate Catholic churches, and ostentatious Orthodox monasteries. With some of Europe’s most stunning seaside panoramas the area is favored by a population of convivial and charming people welcoming visitors as cherished guests. Once riddled with conflict, the area has regained its calm, peaceful heritage and now offers sublime old world architecture, fabulous foods, fun filled nightlife, beaches to bask on, and a welcoming population. A visit on your luxury charter yacht will surely leave you wanting more, which is a sign of the perfect charter destination. 

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 - Tivat

You will meet the crew of your yacht in Porto Montenegro in the city of Tivat. You will have time to explore the one-time plain seaside town that has experienced a major makeover courtesy of the revitalization of the old naval base into a world-class marina, dining, and shopping district. Stroll the lavish shops. Enjoy a gourmet dinner while admiring a splendid sunset over the bay at one of the fabulous restaurants that line the bay. Retire to your yacht for cocktails before ending an exceptional day. 
 

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Day 2 - Zelenika

On anchor in the Bay of Kotor, explore Our Lady of the Rocks and the Island of Saint George (Sveti Dorde) on your luxury yacht’s tender. The man-made island where, according to legend, each ship returning to port would drop a rock at the site where an icon of Madonna and Child was discovered until eventually the perfectly beautiful Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks was constructed in 1452, later updated in 1722. Nearby is the 12th century Saint George Benedictine monastery located on a natural island just meters apart. Dine at one of the many unique restaurants the area has to offer that are accessible by tender. 

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Day 3 - Kotor

The picturesque, fortified town of Kotor is backed by the nearby limestone cliffs of Mount Lovcen. This medieval town is characterized by its winding streets and several Romanesque churches including Kotor Cathedral. The Maritime museum depicts the local seafaring history. Hike to Kotor Fortress and the Castle of San Giovanni. The ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the local waterside restaurants. Sample the delicious cream filled local delicacy, Krempita, or have the captain arrange for a wonder filled tour of the former royal capital of Cetinje and its National Museum of Montenegro. Stay onboard your luxury charter for a night of splendid comfort.

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Day 4 - Budva

Your captain will depart early for Budva, part of the Montenegro Riviera. Known for its sandy beaches and exuberant nightlife, Budva is a must stop when visiting Montenegro.  Although Budva was established during the 5th century BC, the Stari Grad (Old Town) is pretty much all that is left of historic Budva due to the recent rampant development. Holiday makers from Europe, Russia, and Ukraine add to the hectic, happy charm. Enjoy sunning on the picturesque beaches by day and joining the merry makers who will be partying until dawn at the score of clamoring bars and raging clubs. Known as “the Montenegrin Miami,” your visit to Budva will definitely be a memory maker.

 

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Day 5 - Bar

Bar is Montenegro’s main port that supports its large industrial area. It makes a good stop to refuel your luxury charter yacht and visit Stari Bar (Old Bar) in the bordering mountains. New Bar was founded in 1908 and has a more modern feel to it. However, heading towards the Albanian border you will come across handsome mosques and Ottoman-period architecture. Arrange for a tour of Lake Skadar where you can swim in the waterfalls or visit King Nikola’s palace before voyaging overnight to Saranda, Albania where the Adriatic and Ionians Seas collide. 

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Day 6 -Saranda

What was once a sleepy fishing village is now the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera with is busy beach and even busier nightlife. 12-miles (18km) south from Saranda is the impressive ruins of Butrint, among the most important seaports of the ancient world. Butrint is a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the highland. This is a must visit site. In the evening, share a glass of wine or an aperitif at Lekursi Castle. The former castle is now a restaurant. Enjoy the extraordinary views, especially as the sun sets over Saranda and Butrint lagoon.

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Day 7 - Corfu

As your luxury charter winds down, you may enjoy the crystal-clear water and spectacular beaches of Corfu, Greece. The town is renowned for its fabulous Greek cuisine and the many Tavernas along the waterfront. Corfu, since first settled in the 8th century has been lusted over by various empires for its strategic location and its immense beauty. In its early days, it was the seat of European learning with libraries and institutes of education. The people of Corfu take tremendous pride in their intellectual and artistic heritage, as reflected in the many fine museums and rich cultural life. You may consider staying on to venture up the wooded mountains with their spear-shaped cypress trees and explore the vertiginous villages, cobalt blue coves, and the bountiful interior strewn with olive groves.  

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