Individual arrival either by car or by plane to Dubrovnik airport. You can check-in at 2pm and after this your are free either for a walk through the town with its beautifully preserved fortifications or for a short bike ride to a nearby beach. The dinner afterwards is the first meal on board the Ship. You spend the night in Dubrovnik.
There is an early start as the ship cruises from Dubrovnik to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, which takes about 5 hours. Kotor is in the most southerly fjord in the northern hemisphere and is the largest and best-protected bay in the entire Adriatic, surrounded by mountains reaching heights of up to 1.700 m. At the very end of the bay is the town of Zelenika, where you officially enter Montenegro. In the afternoon the first biking trip leads to Kotor. The town is almost 2.000 years old and famous for its medieval centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can end the day with a leisurely walk through town and dinner at one of the numerous cosy restaurants.
Early in the morning leave the bay of Kotor by boat and cruise along the Montenegrin coast until reaching the port of Bar. Here you unload your bikes and take a tour to Stari Bar - the original town which was abandoned after a strong earthquake 1979. Some of the buildings have been restored and are worth a visit. One of the three oldest olive trees of the world is also present at this place. Next stop is the pirate hideout of Ulcinj which is located close to the Albanian border. Ulcinj is the southernmost town in Montenegro and has a picturesque old town, surrounded by fortified walls. With every step you encounter the oriental past. The oriental atmosphere is also influenced by the many mosques scattered across the city. In the evening a shuttle bus takes you back to the port Bar.
The transfer bus takes you up a mountain road approximately 500 m above the lake. The bus takes you first to Stari Bar which was the original town of Bar that was abandoned after a heavy earthquake in 1979. Some of the buildings have been restored and are well worth a visit. With a length of 48 km and a width of up to 14 km it is the largest lake on the Balkan peninsula. The bottom of the lake lies partially below sea level. It is a haven for migrating birds on their flight south and was declared a National Park in 1983. You cycle along the panoramic road with fantastic views of the sea and Albania. In the evening a transfer takes you back to the ship waiting for you in Bar.
After a short transfer ride we reach the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje. The President of Montenegro still has his official residence here and many government buildings and former embassy buildings attest the town’s past as the capital. From here take a beautiful bike ride to Virpazar. Another transfer bus brings you to Budva and back to the ship. Upon arrival cruise back directly to the bay of Kotor. If time allows the boat makes a stop at the church - located at the small island of “Our Lady of the Rock” – which is a famous place of pilgrimage for sailors.
After breakfast cycle on almost traffic-free roads with stunning views and numerous small churches. A bus transfer awaits to drive to Cetinje. Here you have time to take some refreshments before taking the transfer up to Lovcen. Depending on the mood we have the opportunity to leave the shuttle earlier in order to cycle a part of the the way. From the highest point (more than 1.500 m above sea level) you can expect a rapid descent with spectacular view of the Bay of Kotor.
In the morning you sail once more into the heart of Kotor Bay. A small island, with the church of Mary of the Rock is situated here. After leaving the country at the harbour of Zelenika, the ship takes you back to Dubrovnik. In the afternoon a local guide will accompany you through Dubrovnik and tell you everything about its eventful, turbulent history.
You are asked to check out after breakfast by 9am.
The Captain reserves the right to make itinerary changes if required due to weather conditions and other organizational necessities.