Kotor Bay and Montenegro gulet cruise

One of our most popular small ship cruises, exploring Montenegroís Bay of Kotor aboard a traditional but luxurious wind-powered gulet. Its small size enables access to smaller ports as well as much quieter villages, bays and local restaurants
Tivat Kotor Budva Bar Stari Bar Bigova Lustica Bay Lovcen National Park Herceg Novi Perast Guided tour of Maritime Heritage Museum, Old town at Kotor, Stari Bar, Mount Lovcen, and Perast and its islands Paddleboard and kayak on board
£1159To£1335 excluding flights
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Description of Kotor Bay and Montenegro gulet cruise

What better way to explore the magnificent Bay of Kotor than from the deck of a traditional Turkish gulet?

You'll start your gulet cruise in the bay at Tivat. After exploring the beautiful town of Kotor next door, you'll head out along the Adriatic coast to visit lively Budva and then the historic old town at Bar. The second half of the trip is devoted to more time in the beautiful Kotor Bay again. Time well spent, indeed, as you hop between the pretty shore-side towns of Herceg Novi, Perast, and Tivat again.

Your home for the week is a beautiful Turkish gulet. The advantage of being on a boat is that whilst you can visit Montenegro's busier towns, you can also moor up and enjoy swimming in secluded bays just outside town, all before docking in Kotor or Bar for the evening.

Speaking of swimming, there's plenty of time for it on a cruise. With easy swimming straight off the boat, and kayaks and a paddleboard stashed on board ready for an outing, it's easy to make the most of that famously clear Adriatic water.

This trip has a relaxed pace, but there are plenty of historic sites to delve into as you please. Montenegro's towns have been at the crossroads of historic events for centuries, and the architecture and history reflects its many occupiers. Guided tours of historic Kotor will reveal its 12th century cathedral and medieval history, whilst Stari Bar, Bar's old town, has been preserved for visitors. After a day of sightseeing, come back on board and wind down with a drink at the boat's bar.

What's included
- 7 nights cruise superior category gulet in a cabin with private facilities
- Arrival and departure transfer from/to Tivat Airport or hotel (Dubrovnik or Podgorica Airport transfers are 50 Euros per person return, paid in cash on arrival ) to Tivat Harbour.
- 7 breakfast, 6 lunches with 3 courses , welcome dinner with 3 courses
- Captain’s dinner
- Complimentary fresh fruits, coffee, tea, water available during all day
- Bed linens, bathroom towels, beach towel changed on the day 1 and day 4 -
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Up to 6 h A/C daily
- Recreational equipment (snorkeling sets, kayaks, fishing rods, paddle board, TV, DVD, Music System, card games, library)
- Guided tour of Maritime Heritage Museum, Old town Kotor, Stari Bar, Mount Lovcen, Perast and islands
*Prices are per person sharing a double/twin cabin


Price information

£1159To£1335 excluding flights
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Price varies depending on season.
Port fees 50 Euros paid locally
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2 Reviews of Kotor Bay and Montenegro gulet cruise

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming in the warm sea at the start of the week; landscapes

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Cabins are very small so make sure you take as little as possible in a soft suitcase which can be squeezed under the bunk - but take warm clothes if going at
either end of the season. No shoes allowed inside the boat so take slipper socks or similar if travelling late in the season (or early). Enjoyment of the holiday is
quite weather dependant; it can change the itinerary a lot. We got a good week between two wet weeks but the wind diverted us; the one wet day was pretty
miserable so we are glad we did not go a week earlier or later which were both wet. Top tip is that think hard before you book September/October!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Caroline. Thank you for your feedback on your recent gulet cruise. It seems there
was some unusual weather in The Adriatic this autumn. I am sorry you felt that your
holiday didn't benefit the local community at all, and a little surprised. On that cruise you
were scheduled to eat ashore on most evenings - providing some financial support
to local businesses and employees. additionally all the food you ate on board was
locally sourced. Additionally the vessels managers support the local red cross - specifically in their efforts to support elderly people who get no state support. I hope you enjoyed your holiday and once again thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Simply being on a beautiful boat with stunning scenery all around. Learning to paddle board (though a second board would have been useful)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take factor 50 sunscreen! It was 40degC for us and very difficult to avoid burning.
Be aware youíre on a relatively small boat with 7 other couples and youíre sat together for most meals, hopefully you get a good bunch! (We did!)

With a typical bar bill and tip, plus one night that is cash only, youíre going to need something in the region of Ä400 in cash, though most towns have cash machines and accept cards. An evening meal with wine is going to cost about Ä60.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not as much as advertised. The sails were only deployed for 30 mins in the whole week, and clearly not something the crew prefer to do. Only two nights
were spent in what could be described as small local communities, the rest were in tourist hot-spots. I donít feel we learnt a lot about Montenegro, far more was learnt from taxi drivers!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable and relaxing. Incredibly helpful crew. Good facilities for a modest-sized boat.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Mark, thank you for your feedback. The crew have acknowledged that they didn't sail as much as they would have hoped. We have adjusted the sailing details to more closely match what may be possible. Especially in Kotor Bay with the large mountains around the irregular wind patterns make sailing more complicated. Montenegro is a very popular destination at the moment, and as a small country with limited facilities some of the smaller communities do get busy in the height of summer. We have asked the crew to provide more local information and we will provide more local information in our pre-departure notes too. I am pleased that you enjoyed the cruise, the vessel and the crew so much. Best wishes. Powell Ettinger.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


By using a small vessel that can access the smallest ports, we restrict our travel to just a few miles per day, unlike larger vessels that have to travel a great deal further between ports thus reducing our emissions greatly.

Sail power has very obvious benefits and we hope to sail under sail power some of the time, though this obviously depends on the prevailing weather conditions.

The small size of these cruise vessels and the small passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that donít usually benefit from this form of tourism. This also enables small communities to host tourists without the need for building hotels and other infrastructure that may be required.

All our waste is returned to port and disposed of responsibly as we know that the beauty of the environment we work and live in provides us with our income. If we spoil our environment our livelihood would be in jeopardy.

All the food on board is bought locally; fruit, vegetables, plenty of fish, shellfish and other seafood, meat and other staples are all locally grown and produced, and much of it is bought from small retailers or even directly from the grower or fisherman. This has a threefold benefit of reducing food miles, supporting local communities and providing our customers with very fresh food.


Although only a small vessel we provide full time employment for 4 staff on board. The crew, at leat half of whom are usually from the area, know the area where we cruise well as they have been sailing there for several years. In addition by visiting small ports and harbours, and encouraging our guests to eat ashore on most evenings we are supporting local businesses as well as farmers and fishermen, as most of the produce in the restaurants is grown locally.

Our chef on board uses almost entirely fresh local produce, which, apart from providing our guests with healthy and very tasty food, supports local farmers and fishermen in their traditional methods.

We encourage our passengers to learn a few words (or more) of the local language so they can communicate a little with anyone they meet. We also encourage them to try some fresh produce rather than well known huge international brands.

The vessels managers support the Montenegro Red Cross, specifically in their efforts to improve the quality of life and reduce the poverty of the elderly in Montenegro. This is aimed at people 65 or over who are not covered by other forms of assistance; elderly people who are in poor health; elderly people in a state of social need; older people living alone or with someone in need.

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