Serbia And Montenegro Cruises

Cruising in Serbia And Montenegro

Cruising into the port of Kotor in Montenegro has to be one of the most spectacular arrivals on any part of the Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor is a long sea inlet that has been inaccurately called ‘Europe’s most southerly fjord’ because of the high mountains that plunge straight into the sea along its seventeen mile length. It takes an hour to reach the port, which opens up before you as you turn a corner in the bay: a lovely red-roofed town built around three sides of its own little inlet and nestled below rocky peaks.

The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautifully preserved medieval walled town, just a few steps away from the dock. Here you can wander the traffic-free streets and squares, explore the historic buildings or find a seat outside one of the town’s charming little cafés and enjoy the sunshine and one of the best views in the Mediterranean.

Belgrade, the capital of land-locked Serbia, is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers and is a popular starting point for river cruises or a stopping point on cruises from Budapest, Vienna or Passau. The city’s strategic location has meant that its history is very much one of repeated conquests down the centuries, but it is now a lively, attractive city with a mix of architectural styles and influences, from the grand 19th century river frontages and the delicacy of art nouveau to the ultra-modern or the traditional Serbian, Byzantine style of St Mark’s Church.

One of Belgrade’s finest attractions is the beautiful Kalemegdan Park, which contains the ancient Belgrade Fortress. The Old City, just outside the park, is an area of densely packed narrow streets full of interest and easily explored on foot. The old cobbled Skadarska Street, in the Bohemian quarter, is famous for its art galleries, traditional taverns and cabaret performances. For some rest and recuperation, head south out of Belgrade to Ada Ciganlija, or ‘Gypsy Island’, for a stroll among the trees, a swim in the river, or to spend time on Belgrade’s own sandy beach, where you can even go water-skiing, bungee jumping or ride on a giant water slide.

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