BUDVA, ST. STEFAN ISLAND & LOVĆEN NATIONAL PARK, MONTENEGRO
Budva, St. Stefan & Lovćen One Day Trip
Let us take you on an unforgettable private tour of Montenegro’s most popular Riviera.
Explore Budva and its famous Venetian style Old Town, its many beaches or relax at one of its many cafes facing the Adriatic sea. Visit Sveti Stefan, a picture-perfect private island with a glamorous history.
Opposite the hustle and bustle of the trendy Budva, Lovćen National Park offers a completely different kind of relaxation. Panoramic views and idyllic nature.
Budva’s well preserved old town and beaches
Sveti Stefan exclusive island
Lovćen National Park
Amazing panoramic views of the Adriatic sea
Who Is This Private Tour For?
Anyone who appreciates a combination of nature, history and also trendy spots! The tour in Budva and St. Stefan only involves a light walk, and is wheelchair and baby stroller friendly. To visit the summit of the Lovćen mountain you will need to climb 461 stairs.
Anyone who has already done the Kotor Bay Day Trip and simply can’t get enough of Montenegro!
Where Are You?
Budva, Sveti Stefan and Lovćen can be reached from several cities, the most popular being Kotor, Podgorica and Dubrovnik.
If you are in any other city and would like to visit this attraction, talk to us about your itinerary and we can suggest the best options for you to enjoy your time!
Itinerary for Budva, St. Stefan & Lovćen Day Trip
It varies from your selected city of departure, and we can set the pick up time to fit your schedule. Usually we suggest the following:
08:00 – 09:00 Departure from your accommodation
10:00 – 12:00 Budva private tour
12:00 – 15:00 Sveti Stefan private tour
15:00 – 16:30 Lovćen private tour
17:30 – 18:00 Return to your accommodation
More About Budva, St. Stefan & Lovćen Tailored Tour
This amazing tour starts in the morning when we pick you up at your accommodation at a time chosen by you. The drive takes place in a comfortable car or minivan with a driver/guide in English, or another language of your choice, always ready to give you lots of interesting information about the country, people, culture, etc.
We will start by exploring Budva’s old city which was originally built as a fortress in the Middle Ages. We will visit the remains of this fortress, now known as the Citadel, where we will take a walk along the walls, facing the Adriatic Sea. The entire historic center of Budva was destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1979 and later completely reconstructed to its original state. On the walking tour of this picturesque Venitian style town, you will see not only interesting historic sights, but fancy stores and restaurants as well. Ideal to combine shopping, relaxing in a cafe and history in one place.
After Budva, we will visit the exclusive private island of Sveti Stefan (St. Stefan). Tour of this unique island combines traditional architecture of this once fishermen’s village with the modern design brought by the owners, an elite hotel chain. There are opportunities for fine dining on the island and we suggest you speak to your guide for a recommendation.
In the afternoon we will take a short drive to the top of the Lovćen mountain, part of the beautiful national park. There are several attractions to visit at Lovćen and your guide can suggest the best ones according to your fitness level and interest. At the very least, you will not leave without a spectacular postcard photo of the Adriatic!
At the end of the tour you can choose between returning to your accommodation or heading to one of the local restaurants for a taste of amazing local food and wines!
Good To Know
Budva is known for its old town, but also for its beaches. Take some time to relax and have a drink by the beach facing the city walls.
Sveti Stefan will impress you the most from above! Talk to your guide about the best panoramic spot to enjoy the view and take photos.
There are 461 steps to reach the Mausoleum on Mount Lovćen and enjoy its spectacular views. Make sure you have comfortable shoes on.
Make sure to bring your camera so you can document the beauty of this area.
Currency in Montenegro is Euro, even though the country is not a part of EU. Make sure you have some cash with you as credit cards are not always accepted.
One of the oldest settlements in the Adriatic region, Budva is located by the sea, and is famous for its old city, beaches and nightlife.
It was founded by Cadmus, the founder of Thebes, Greece, in the 4th century BC. Throughout the centuries it was ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Muslim Saracens, Serbs, Venetians, Habsburgs, French, Austrians. It finally came under the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, with a short interruption between 1941 an 1944 when it was considered Italian territory. Montenegro was part of a union with Serbia from 1991 to 2006, when it declared itself an independent country.
Built on a rocky peninsula by the Illyrians, most of the old city buildings, surrounded by defensive stone walls were made by the Venetians, that ruled the region for about 400 years. The old city’s pedestrian-only orthogonal layout, connects its many narrow streets with piazzas, like the one where 3 churches are placed: St. Ivan’s church, Santa Maria in Punta and The Holy Trinity church. The city is set on an active seismic area, and its last significant earthquake happened in 1979, where most of the old town was destroyed. The damages are hardly seen today after the reconstructions and repairs were completed in 1987.
The development of tourism brought great expansion for the city, bringing several hotel chains and international investments to the Budva city center. Other areas of the city and its hills grew without urban planning or adequate infrastructure due to real state pressure and today traffic and parking space are real problems in Budva, specially during the season when the city population triples in size. The city is know for being a crowded beach resort, with a vibrant atmosphere and fun nightlife.
The Budva Riviera is very popular, with Mogren beach being its most famous area. Other city beaches closer to the old town are also popular, such as the Ričardova glava, Pizana beach and Slovenska plaža. Outside of Budva, but within its Riviera, Jaz Beach is very popular, for being spacious and the venue for concerts and summer festivals. Tourists are also fond of the Saint Nichola’s island, across from the Old town, as it is easily reachable by watertaxi and less crowded.
Gambling is legal in Montenegro, and many hotels in Budva have their own casino. Maestral hotel and its casino Pržno are the most popular among international gamblers. The James Bond 2006 film Casino Royale was partly set in Budva, bringing visibility for the gambling tourism in the region.
About St. Stefan
Once a fishing village, the Island of Sveti Stefan is today an exclusive and high end part of the Budva Riviera. Home of the 5 star hotel Aman, the island is filled with rooms, cottages, and suites, and wows guests with its 15th century courtyards, secluded beaches and award winning restaurants.
Sveti Stefan was first mentioned in 1442 as a fort in the defense line against the Turks. Venetians rebuilt the city in the 16th century, and by the 17th century the village already had over 400 people. In the 20th century it became the summer residence for Queen Marija Karađorđević, of Serbia.
During the Yugoslav ruling, all of the buildings were acquired by the government and turned into an upscale hotel, forcing villagers to move to the mainland. The area became a popular destination for celebrities, like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Princess Margaret.
The resort declined with the fall of Yugoslavia, and was eventually awarded to Aman Resort chain in 2007 for a 30 year lease. It was renovated in modern style and opened for public in 2009.
This 5 star resort in Sveti Stefan attracts a luxury clientele, arriving by air or onboard luxurious yachts. It offers 2 of the most splendid beaches in Montenegro, the 800m long Sveti Stefan and te 400m long Miločer, as well as luxurious rooms, cottages and suites, restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts and casinos, surrounded by palm trees, olive groves and manicured gardens.
The resort’s structure includes 58 guest rooms, cottages and suites, including 8 luxurious suites at Villa Miločer, across the island. Every room is unique, and architects have managed to preserve the original walls, and add traditional windows and doors, combining with modern amenities.
The island is situated about 10kms away from Budva, and has a 2km coast line, marked by the rose sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and Queen’s Beach. The island’s area is about 12,400 m2.
About Lovćen National Park
The Lovćen National Park was founded in 1952, and is located at the upper part of the Dinara Alps, between the Kotor bay and the Skadar lake, and rising from the coast of Budva. Its highest peak measures 1749 meters above sea level and the park covers an area of 62 km2.
Several buildings within the area are protected:
- Katuns: summer settlements of farmers and old stone houses with roofs made of sawn straw or laminar limestone
- Guvna: village where folk meetings were held, and people celebrated
- House of Petrović: located in the village of Njeguši, it is the birthplace of Montenegro’s royal family
- Petar Petrović Njegoš’s Mausoleum: biggest, most important and most visited monument in the park, located at the summit of Jezerski vrh
Most visited monument in the Lovćen National Park, the Mausoleum of Njegoš is located at the breathtaking Lake Crest peak (Jezerski vrh) and was chosen by Njegoš himself.
Petar II Petrović Njegoš was a ruler, poet and philosopher, today considered among the most important in Montenegro. The mausoleum started to be built in 1951 during Yugoslavia rule and was the work of renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. It was finished and open for public in 1974.
The mausoleum is a mixture of architectural and artistic work, and can be reached after climbing 461 stairs from the parking lot. The chapel is the most impressive attraction, as it is 9 meters high and covered with gold plated tile mosaics. It is also decorated in the traditional Montenegrin style, with the state emblem and a cross carved in stone on the Njegoš sarcophagus.
Its location between the Adriatic sea and the mainland is marked by the presence of 2 distinct climates, the Mediterranean and Continental, as well as the difference in altitude. This helped develop different biological systems in the park area. There are 9 different habitats registered and about 2000 species cataloged in Lovćen, four of which are endemic.
Lovćen National Park is famous for Nordic skiing, tracking and walking. Every year thousands of tourists visit the park interested in the amazing Adriatic views from Mount Lovćen.
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