Kotor Guided Walking Tour
- Kotor: Your guide will take you on a fascinating tour of medieval Old Town's narrow, winding streets, fortified walls, palaces, squares, markets, and colorful marina.
- Cathedral of St. Tryphon: Admire the Baroque bell towers dramatically silhouetted against the mountains. Feel free to come back to explore the magnificent interior.
- Free time: Examine Old Town's fortress gates, visit the Maritime Museum, have a bite to eat, shop for keepsakes, or follow your curiosity through a maze of streets.
About This Kotor Tour
When you consider the history of this city, you may find yourself feeling a little awestruck. Roman emperors, Ostrogoths, Saracens, Illyrians, Bulgarians, Serbians, Venetians, Ottomans, the Habsburgs, the French ... they've all laid claim to Kotor at some point or another over the past two thousand years. Byzantine Emperor Justinian began fortifying it in the 6th century, a project that went on for at least nine centuries.
The labyrinth of cobbled lanes is lined with shops, restaurants, and historic churches. Most impressive of all is the Cathedral of St. Tryphon. Consecrated in 1166, this stunning example of Romanesque architecture has been challenged over the years by earthquakes. After the one that took down its entire facade in 1667, the dramatic Baroque bell towers were added.
Inside, Corinthian columns and pillars of pink stone provide support to vaulted ceilings. Fourteenth-century frescoes, bas-relief figures, and relics are part of its collection of impressive artifacts, but the gilded bas-relief altar screen is perhaps its most valuable masterpieces.
After another earthquake in 1979, the people and government of Kotor decided that the cathedral need to be protected from future disaster in this seismically active corner of Europe. Substantial yet ingeniously hidden reinforcement work was done; in the process, the cathedral's original plans were found, and the grand old building looks much like it did centuries ago.
The saint's silver skull
St. Tryphon was only 18 when he was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith, but his veneration has lasted for more than 17 centuries. The head was handed to Kotor Christians in the 9th century by a Byzantine emperor hoping to extend his sphere of influence; it was encased in silver sometime in the 14th century and is still revered as Slavia Glava (Glorious Head).
Please make your way to the main entrance of Old Town (west gate known as Sea Gate) and meet your GoBe representative with the logo sign.
Shopping available after the tour in Kotor Old Town.
This is a walking tour. Plan to stand or walk for the entire duration. This tour is not suitable for travelers utilizing a wheelchair. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group.
Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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