If you have a chance to explore the stunning landscapes and rich culture of this neighboring country. Here’s a suggested itinerary for a perfect day trip to Montenegro, if you go by your own (rented) car, or you hire a chauffeur service:
Start your day early to make the most of your time in Montenegro and to avoid a border traffic. During a summer months, we advise you not to travel during a weekends.
Depart from Dubrovnik and head towards the Montenegrin border (Croatian border name is “Karasovici”, while Montenegrin border name is “Debeli brijeg”). The drive itself offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic coastline, passing a Konavle valley.
Arrive in the charming town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can park your car here (Auto Boka parking) as other parking areas are very limited with their space, or currently under the reconstruction. Explore the well-preserved medieval Old Town. Don’t miss the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and the Maritime Museum.
Climb the ancient city walls for panoramic views of the bay.
Drive to the nearby coastal town of Perast.
Take a boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks, a small island with a church and museum (trip costs around 10 Euros). Enjoy the scenic boat ride on the Bay of Kotor.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a seaside restaurant in Perast. Try local seafood and Montenegrin specialties. Look for a simple food at Cafe Armonia, and for a fine dining experience, we suggest a Hotel & Restaurant Conte.
For many of the visitors, this is more then enough exploration for a day, but if you have a time and want to se more then you can follow the itinerary below and continue to Budva and Sveti Stefan.
Head to the lively town of Budva.
Explore the charming Old Town, visit the Citadel, and stroll along the seaside promenade.
Relax at one of the cafes with a view of the Adriatic.
Drive to the iconic Sveti Stefan island, a luxurious resort.
Admire the picturesque view of the island from the mainland.
There may not be the time to drive all way to Sveti Stefan, and we don’t recommend driving there during a Summer months, just for a photo stop.
Head back to Dubrovnik, taking in the beautiful sunset along the way.
End your day trip back in Dubrovnik, reflecting on the beautiful sights and experiences of Montenegro.
Remember to check border crossing times and any travel restrictions before embarking on your day trip. This itinerary is just our suggestion, so feel free to adjust it based on your available time, and preferences.