Just an hour from Croatia’s border, Dubrovnik is a perfect base for exploring Montenegro. The small country boasts tremendous natural beauty, from the winding Adriatic Coast to the UNESCO-listed Tara River Gorge. Here’s how to visit on a day trip.
Climb up to the Castle of San Giovanni for incredible views of Kotor and its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Relax on the pebble beaches of Budva or get lost exploring its narrow cobblestone streets.
Take a boat ride from Perast to see Our Lady of the Rocks Church.
Check out the medieval island of Sveti Stefan, now a luxury resort.
Visit the fortresses and churches around Herceg Novi, at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor.
Go white-water rafting in the stunning Tara River Gorge, the longest canyon in Europe.
From Dubrovnik, numerous group tours to Montenegro are available. Most include Kotor and Budva as highlights and may add in other stops as well, such as Sveti Stefan, Perast, or Herceg Novi. Another great option is a trip to the Tara River Gorge for white-water rafting. Foodies may enjoy a group tour that includes a stop for food and wine tasting in the village of Njegusi.
Private tours to Montenegro include many of the same options as group tours, but you can customize the itinerary based on your interests and schedule. A typical tour will include visits to Perast, Kotor, Sveti Stefan, and Budva before embarking on a ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor, all with the help of your private guide.
Things to Know
Be sure to bring your passport, as you will be crossing an international border.
Montenegro is set 114 miles (183 kilometers) from Dubrovnik, just over three hours away by road.
The currency of Montenegro is the euro.
Most tours charge extra for a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks Church.
Many tours include a ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor.
Tours may last up to 12 hours.