Montenegro Gulet Cruise: Explore the Adriatic Coast
There’s nothing else quite like sailing the mediterranean on a gulet cruise. These traditional handcrafted gulets for 12 to 16 guests offer a unique and luxurious experience. Perfect for couples, small groups and families looking for a real and authentic sailing cruise with plenty of time to relax and explore.
Our boutique cruises along the gorgeous Montenegro shoreline will showcase the finest natural and historical sights. You will be amazed by the picturesque coastal towns situated against a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Explore the Bay of Kotor and Kotor’s Old Town, ancient Budva, the abandoned ruins of Stari Bar and the Blue Cave. When in port, you are free to wander the towns and visit the many medieval fortifications and churches or simply get a taste of the Montenegro cuisine in one of the many bars and restaurants.
A gulet cruise offers you the opportunity to be as active as you like. The sea is right outside your cabin, making it effortless to go for a swim in the mediterranean whenever you like. Unwind on the sundeck with a cocktail in hand, or go snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing.
The crew will ensure you can enjoy your time away from the crowds at your own pace. Expect a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere from the moment you step on board. The chef uses the finest local ingredients to create tasty regional dishes while the expert crew attends to every detail.
Our boutique cruises in Montenegro take place on board gulet yachts MS Baba Veli, MS Adatepe and MS Sadri Usta & Sadri Usta I. The 8-day voyages (7 nights on board) depart from Porto Montenegro. Each ship follows its own itinerary. Below locations are likely to be visited during your voyage.
Porto Montenegro, Tivat
Your cruise starts in Porto Montenegro where your gulet yacht awaits in the modern marina. This will be your home for the week. Just sit back and let the captain take you on a breathtaking voyage along the Montenegro coast. During most of your cruise, the ship will sail using the motor. Wind permitting, you will also travel under sail to experience that true authentic gulet sailing feeling. The nights are spent either at dock or at anchor so you can sleep comfortably.
To arrive in Montenegro there are three available airports: Tivat, Podgorica and Dubrovnik. Most recommended is to fly in/out of Dubrovnik airport because it has many international flight connections. Transfers from Dubrovnik airport can be arranged and take around 1h-1.5h.
Also known as 'Boka', the Bay of Kotor is a 28km long bay in the heart of Montenegro. Dramatic mountains surround the water and picturesque towns can be found dotted along the shore. The secluded medieval town of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fortified walls overlooking the beautiful bay. The Old Town is a maze of historical buildings, museums, squares and cafes alongside Venetian palaces.
Across the bay we will find Perast, a small coastal town which still holds the grace and charm of a bygone era. Just of the coast we will pass by the tiny islands 'St. George', which is home to a 12th-century monastrery, and 'Our Lady of the Rocks' on which a church was built in the 15th century.
Located in the north of Kotor Bay is the town Risan. It's situated against a backdrop of steep cliffs rising straight up from the bay. The village is most famous for the remains of a Roman villa with mosaic floors, dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Historical Towns of Montenegro
Montenegro's cultural heritage is an intriguing mix of Roman, Venetian, Ottoman and Hapsburg influences. The coast is littered with old settlements, palaces and ancients structures, some dating back over 2500 years!
At the entrance of Kotor Bay lays Herceg Novi, and old city with a very turbulent history. This is probably one of the reasons why the town has four fortresses. One is shaped as an amphitheater where, even today, concerts and festivals are being held.
The town Budva, situated on a small peninsula, is one of the oldest along the Adriatic coast. The well-preserved medieval walled settlement has survived the test of time and holds some of the most amazing churches in this part of Europe. Take a walk down the cobbled streets and you'll find many cafés, boutiques and museums that are certainly worth visiting.
The historic town Stari Bar is located app. 5km inland from the harbour town Bar. Nestled against the mountains, this ancient settlement has many historical treasures for you to explore. Besides the impressive 11th-century fortress, there are various Romanesque churches but also Ottoman constructions including a Turkish bathhouse and a 17th-century aquaduct.
Bays & Beaches of Montenegro
Montenegro is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” for good reason. You'll fall in love with the countries beautiful shoreline! This cruise will take you away from the crowds to secluded beaches and enchanting bays where you can enjoy the sun and the crystal clear sea water.
The ship might stop at the nice sandy beach in Lucice Bay, close to Petrovac. Or for a leisurely swim in the emerald waters of Traste Bay, where there are multiple small beaches hidden in quiet coves. The popular sunbathing spot Jaz Beach, one of the longest beaches in Montenegro, will almost certainly be on your route.
There will be plenty of time to literally immerse yourself in the shimmering Adriatic during your voyage. And to make sure you can fully enjoy your time on the water, there's equipment for kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkelling and fishing on board.
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