Perfect Kotor Excursions: 40+ Ways To Spend Your Day in Kotor

There are Kotor excursions to suit every visitor to Kotor.

It's a beautiful place and you can see it on foot, by boat, by car, by bike or by jeep!

Whether you're visiting on a cruise ship or staying in Kotor, there are lots of things you can do to make the most out of your time here.

Here, you'll find info about Kotor's most popular excursions and tours. You'll also find info about how the best things to do if you want to explore on your own. 

If you're looking for something different, you've come to the right place. We've got lots of great excursions to choose from that aren’t just your run-of-the-mill sightseeing tours...

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How about kayaking into a sea cave?

Kotor ExcursionsTake a kayak and snorkelling tour to the Blue Cave

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Or mountain biking old military trails?

Kotor ExcursionsGet views like these when you bike down the Ladder of Kotor

Or even hiring your own speedboat?

Kotor Excursions: hire your own speedboat in Montenegro.

That’s another great thing about the port of Kotor: everything is so close, there’s no reason why you can’t take a sightseeing tour in the morning and do a fun activity in the afternoon!

Kotor Port is a great cruise ship stop because they dock right outside the old town. In Kotor you can get off the ship and you’re right in front of the town. So you can choose to do a Kotor excursion or just explore the town on your own.

Local's Tip: Stop at the information kiosk at the main entrance to the Kotor old town (also known as the sea gate because it's opposite the marina) and pick up a map of the old town. It'll make navigating the alleyways much easier. 


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Sightseeing Kotor Excursions

There are sightseeing tours that range from a quick 90 minute walking tour, to a full day of sightseeing around the country.

There are also small group tours and private tours available. I much prefer these. Often I see large groups from cruise ships being herded through Kotor and they clearly can't hear what their guide is saying. They're ushered quickly through narrow streets and only stop where there's space large enough to fit them all.

When you're in a small group with a guide, you have the advantage of being able to stop outside the old palaces you would have otherwise passed by. You can also ask questions and feel like you got to know about the place you visit.

The private tours I recommend are meticulously organised by an expat friend of mine who's made her home here and has fallen in love with the country. She's only too keen to share her love with you too!

I've also carefully chosen some other popular tours offered through reputable companies. Some are quite similar, but I've included them because you might want a slightly longer or shorter tour, depending on how much time you have. 


Kotor Walking Tour - Small Group Tour

Kotor ExcursionsSt Tryphon's Cathedral in Kotor

This small group walking tour will take you through the highlights of Kotor old town with one of Kotor's exceptional local guides (see all the 5* reviews this tour has!)

You'll find out about Kotor's history and the culture and the tour includes a visit to St Tryphon's Cathedral, which dates back to the 9th century.

Important: This tour only leaves once a day at 10:30am!

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 10:30am
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price: €20 per person

Read More: Small Group Kotor Walking Tour


Kotor Walking Tour - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsKotor old town and port

This private walking tour of Kotor's old town is perfect if you only have a short time or are visiting from a cruise ship.

The tour gives you a really good insight into Kotor and visits St. Tryphon Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.

A licenced guide will meet you at the pier or your hotel and take you through Kotor's medieval medieval quarter and bustling market.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 2 hours
Price: From €20 per person

Read More: Private Kotor Walking Tour


Kotor Open Tour - Hop On Hop Off Bus

Montenegro toursKotor Open Tour bus

A hugely popular tour, the hop on hop off bus does a circular route from Kotor to Risan and back.

It stops at the Roman Mosaics in Risan, Perast (where you can get a boat to see Our Lady of the Rocks) and Bajova Kula (a beach in Orahovac). 

The bus runs between April and December and you can book your seats exclusively with Montenegro Pulse.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: Flexible
Price: €20 per person for adults, €10 for children up to 14 yrs. 

Read More: Kotor Open Tour


Best of Montenegro: Perast and Kotor Trip

See the highlights of Kotor Bay in just 3 hours. 

This tour takes you to Perast, to catch a boat over to Our Lady of the Rocks church and museum. Then it's back to Perast for a walk through the UNESCO Heritage town. 

Then you return to Kotor for an hour walking tour through the old town.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 3 hours
Price: €52 per person

Read More: Best of Montenegro: Perast and Kotor Trip


Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks Group Tour

Our Lady of the Rocks is a must-see in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It's an island church and museum that you can only get to by boat.Our Lady of the Rocks

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This tour takes you to the highlights of the Bay of Kotor and leaves you plenty of time to explore on your own.

The tour visits Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks island and then returns to Kotor for a walking tour of the old town. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 hours
Price: €39 per person

Read More: Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks Group Tour


Budva Shore Excursion - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsBudva old town

This is a quick tour to Budva that's ideal for those with limited time.

You have a private transfer to Budva with some photo-op stops along the way. Then you have about 45 minutes to explore the old town before returning to Kotor. Budva is a 30-40 minute drive from Kotor. 

This tour doesn't have guided tour of Budva, so it will suit you if you prefer to explore on your own. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible between 7am and 6pm
Duration: 2 hours
Price: From €160 (4 people maximum per booking)

Read More: Budva Shore Excursion


Kotor to Sveti Stefan and Budva Tour - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsSveti Stefan

Image credit: Arno Hoyer

This tour takes you through Kotor as well as Montenegro's most famous resorts, Sveti Stefan and Budva.

These three are the highlights of the Montenegrin coast and you'll take in some of Montenegro's most lovely scenery.

The tour includes private guided tours of all three places.

This is a great tour to get a flavor of old world Mediterranean Montenegro.

tour Details 

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: From €46 per person

Read More: Private Tour Through Kotor, Sveti Stefan and Budva


Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks By Speedboat - Private Tour With Licenced Guide

Kotor ExcursionsSt George Island from Our Lady of the Rocks

This Kotor excursion starts with a scenic boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks. After a tour of the church and museum, your guide will take you through the streets of UNESCO Heritage protected Perast.

Then you take another boat ride back to Kotor where you have a private walking tour of the old town including St Tryphon’s Cathedral and the Maritime Museum. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: From €55 per person

Read More: Private Tour of Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks by Speedboat


Kotor, Perast And Our Lady Of The Rocks By Land - Private Tour With Licenced Guide

Kotor ExcursionsThe beautiful town of Perast

This excursion includes a walking tour of Kotor including St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.

Then you take a private transfer and have private guided tours of the small Baroque town of Perast and the island of Our Lady of the Rocks.

It's an excellent way to see the best of the Bay of Kotor.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: From €49 per person

Read More: Private Tour of Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks by Land


Lovcen National Park - Private Tour

This tour takes you up one of Montenegro's most scenic roads - the serpentine road to Lovcen National Park. 

You'll get panoramic views over Kotor Bay, before you head up into the national park.

The tour stops in Cetinje, where you can visit the former royal palace, and then you continue on to scale the 461 steps up to Petar Petrovic Njegos' mausoleum on Mount Lovcen. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9.30am
Duration: 5 hours
Price: From €488 per tour (up to 6 people)

Read More: Lovcen National Park Private Tour


Njegusi and Cetinje Tour - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsKing Nikola's Palace in Cetinje

On this tour you take a private transfer up the serpentine road to Njegusi, where you can try Njegusi parma ham and cheese.

Then you head onwards to Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro and visit Cetinje Monastery. From there you visit Petar Petrovic Njegos’ mausoleum in Lovcen National Park before returning to Kotor.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 hours
Price: From €55 per person

Read More: Private Tour of Njegusi and Cetinje


Best of the Montenegro Coast - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsOur Lady of the Rocks

The is perfect way to see Montenegro’s coastal highlights.

You start with a boat ride to Perast, where you have tours of the town and Our Lady of the Rocks.

Afterwards,  you head back to Kotor by boat where you have a tour of the old town including St Tryphon’s Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.

Finally, you take a transfer to the gorgeous Budva Riviera to see Sveti Stefan and Budva old town. 

You're accompanied all the way by a private guide who'll make sure you don't miss any points of interest.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 8 hours
Price: From €95 per person

Read More: Best of the Montenegro Coast Private Tour


Best of The Montenegrin Seaside Group Tour

Savina Monastery in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.Savina Monastery

This coastal tour takes you along almost the whole Montenegrin coast and to the main sights. You'll visit:

The full day tour will show you the beautiful coastline with plenty of stops for photos and seeing the highlights of each destination. You'll see how diverse coastal Montenegro is and learn about the history that shaped each area. This tour is great because it includes the fascinating old town of Bar and the Roman mosaics of Risan.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 8.30am
Duration: 12.5 hours
Price: From €35 per person

Read More: Best of the Montenegro Seaside Group Tour


Budva, Sveti Stefan, Cetinje and Njegusi - Private Tour

Kotor ExcursionsCetinje Monastery

This tour takes you to some of the highlights of Montenegrin culture: Budva, Sveti Stefan, Cetinje and Njegusi.

In Budva and Sveti Stefan you'll see some of the most stunning coastline and Budva's old town. Then you head to Cetinje, the old royal capital before stopping in Njegusi to try Montenegrin smoked ham and cheeses.

On the way back to Kotor, you'll take the serpentine road which gives you postcard-worthy views of the Bay of Kotor

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Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 5-6 hours
Price: €330 (maximum 4 people per tour)

Read More: Budva, Sveti Stefan, Cetinje and Njegusi Private Tour


Lipa Cave Tour - Private Tour

Lipa Cave is Montenegro's premier caving experience and this is a fun tour for kids.

You take scenic drive from Kotor, through Budva towards the old royal capital of Cetinje. When you get to the cave you take another scenic trip on a small, open bus to the entrance of the cave. 

Kids love the entrance because a cold wind blasts you from below. It's only 10 degrees Celcius in the cave, so you'll need jackets and good foot wear year round. 

You have a guided tour of the cave, which has been expertly explored and preserved. Inside, you'll learn about stalagtites, stalamites and see the underground waterfalls.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9.30am
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: €463 per tour (maximum 6 people per tour)

Read More: Lipa Cave Tour


Montenegro Full day Tour

Montenegro toursView of Kotor Bay from Lovcen

This tour takes you up the serpentine road to Njegusi for a breakfast of the local specialty: proscuitto and cheese. My mum was not impressed with this, so you might want to have breakfast before you depart just in case!

From there, it's on to Lovcen National Park and up a flight of 461 stairs to Petar Petrovic Njegos' mausoleum. Then it's another short trip to Cetinje, where you 

have a walking tour of the sights. 

Next stop is Rijeka Crnojevica on the banks of Lake Skadar. Here you can either try the local fish specialties or take a boat cruise on the lake. Then it's off to Budva for a walking tour and swim on Jaz Beach - voted Europe's best beach in 2015!

This tour takes in Montenegro's diverse culture and scenery. And it's great value for a 12 hour tour. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 8.30am
Finish time: 8.30pm
Price: €35 per person

Read More: Montenegro Full Day Tour


North Montenegro - Durmitor, Tara and Ostrog Monastery Tour

See the most stunning scenery in Montenegro on this Kotor excursion around north Montenegro.The Black Lake in Zabljak

The North Montenegro Tour takes you to see some of the most iconic scenery in Montenegro.

From Kotor you head over to Perast and then it's up into the mountains towards the town of Niksic for breakfast. From there you head on to the Black Lake in Zabljak where you can walk around the lake or take a boat out on it.

After stretching your legs, you go to the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge over the Tara Canyon. The bridge towers 172m over the river below and you'll get a stunning view of the canyon from here. 

The next stop is Ostrog Monastery, one of the most important holy sites in former Yugoslavia which dates back to 1650. After a visit to the monastery, it's time to head back to Kotor. 

Watch a video of the tour below:

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 7.30am
Finish time: 8.30pm
Price: €39 per person

Read More: The Best of North Montenegro Tour


Miraculous Montenegro Monastery Tour

This tour takes you to three of the most venerated monasteries in Montenegro:

  • Cetinje Monastery
  • The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica
  • Ostrog Monastery

You'll visit these three holy places and learn about their unique histories and why they're so special. 

You'll also be treated to some of Montenegro's stunning scenery both along the coast and inland. The cultural experience is topped off with a delicious mountain lunch of regional specialties.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 8.30am
Finish: 8pm
Price: From €35 per person

Read More: Miraculous Montenegro Tour


Lake Skadar National park - Private Tour

Lake Skadar is one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro. A national park of huge ecological importance in the Balkans, it's home to over 280 bird species.

This half day tour takes you to the lake from Kotor and out on the lake on a boat cruise. 

You'll also have the chance to try the area's specialty - marinated carp - in a local restaurant. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9.30am
Duration: 4 1/2 hours (approximately)
Price: From €500 per tour (up to 6 people) 

Read More: Lake Skadar National Park Private Tour

Local’s Tip: Always make sure you book a licenced guide on any Kotor excursions. All guides must be licenced and are regularly checked. The last thing you want is to book a tour and have your guide get stopped from taking you because they’re not licenced. All of these tours have licenced guides.


Kotor Boat Tours

Taking a Kotor boat trip is one of the best ways to spend your time in Kotor. There are lots of options to choose from and there's something for you, no matter how much time you've got to spend. 

You'll get stunning views of the coastline from a boat. The shore is lined with ancient stone palaces and the mountains make a stunning backdrop.


Kotor Boat Tour - Group Tour

Montenegro toursKotor boat tour

This boat tour starts in Kotor and takes you to Kotor Bay's most popular attractions - Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks

You have a 30 minute stop at each before cruising back to Kotor.

This is the cheapest of these tours because there are lots of people in the boat. But it's great value for a 2+ hour boat tour.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: 12pm or 2pm
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price: From €15 per person

Read More: Kotor Boat Tour


Our Lady of the Rocks Express Speedboat Tour - Group Tour

This express speedboat tour to Our Lady of the Rocks is perfect if you're on a tight schedule.

Because you'll spend less time getting there, you'll have more time to explore the island and church. You'll also have a short stop in historic Perast, a UNESCO Heritage listed town on the way back to Kotor

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9:15am and 11:15am daily
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price: From €40 per person

Read More: Our Lady of the Rocks Express Speedboat Tour


2 Hour Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks Speedboat Tour - Small Group Tour

This is the best value tour you'll find. There are 6 departures daily and you'll get private service at a large group tour price.

This small group speedboat tour has a maximum of 15 people on each tour and you can buy single tickets if you're travelling alone. 

The tour cruises along the coast from Kotor to Our Lady of the Rocks, where you have a 30 minute stop to tour the island.  

Then you head over to Perast, where you have another 30 minute stop to see the UNESCO Heritage town, before cruising back to Kotor City Park, by the old town. 

The tour includes free cold drinks and you can book now and pay on the day. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm daily
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Adults €20 each, children <12  €10 each

Read More: Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks Speedboat Tour


3 Hour Our Lady of the Rocks and the Blue Cave Speedboat Tour - Small Group Tour

This tour is great way to pack the most into your boat tour. 

First stop is Our Lady of the Rocks, before you head through the Verige Straits and along the Herceg Novi Rivera.

Then it's out of the bay, past Mamula Island, the WWII prison island, and along Lustica Peninsula to the Blue Cave, where you have a 30 minute stop to swim in the cave.

On the way back to Kotor, you'll stop in the caves the army used to use to hide submarines. 

The tour includes free cold drinks and you can book now and pay on the day. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm daily
Duration: 3 hours
Price:  Adults €30 each, children <12  €15 each

Read More: 3 Hour Our Lady of the Rocks and Blue Cave Speedboat Tour


1 Hour Our Lady of the Rocks Speedboat Tour - Private Tour

If you want to take a private boat tour or don't have much time to see the sights, this tour is just an hour and is really well priced.

The tour departs from Kotor and takes you on a scenic ride through the Bay of Kotor to Our Lady of the Rocks in front of Perast.

You have a stop at Our Lady of the Rocks to take a tour through the church and museum (€1 per person), before returning to Kotor. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 1 hour
Price: €60 up to 9 people


1 1/2 Hour Our Lady of the Rocks and Perast Speedboat Tour - Private Tour

The fastest way to see both Our Lady of the Rocks and Perast town.

This private speedboat tour starts in Kotor and takes you through the scenic Bay of Kotor to Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks.

The hour and a half tour gives you 30 minutes to see Perast town and 20 minutes to take a tour of Our Lady of the Rocks. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price: €80 up to 9 people


3 Hour Our Lady of the Rocks and the Blue Cave Speedboat Tour - Private Tour

This 3 hour tour starts in Kotor and takes you through the whole of the Bay of Kotor and out to Lustica Peninsula.

You cruise through the bay to Our Lady of the Rocks, where you have a 20 minute stop to see the church and museum.

You continue cruising along the Herceg Novi Riviera and past Mamula island, the fortified WWII prison island. 

You then cruise along wild and beautiful Lustica Peninsula to the Blue Cave, where you have a 30 minute swim stop to swim in the cave before cruising back through the bay to Kotor. 

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Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 3 hours
Price: 

  • Quicksilver 555: €180 (up to 6 people), €220 (7 or 8 people).
  • Bayliner Element XL:  €220.
  • Quicksilver 605:  €200.
  • Don Amon VIP: €300.

Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks By Speedboat - Private Tour With Licenced Guide

Kotor ExcursionsSt George Island from Our Lady of the Rocks

This Kotor excursion starts with a scenic boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks. After a tour of the church and museum, your guide will take you through the streets of UNESCO Heritage protected Perast.

Then you take another boat ride back to Kotor where you have a private walking tour of the old town including St Tryphon’s Cathedral and the Maritime Museum. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price: From €55 per person

Read More: Private Tour of Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks by Speedboat


Rent a Speedboat

Montenegro boat rentalRent your own boat in Montenegro

You can rent your own skippered or unskippered (bareback) speedboat on a daily or weekly basis.

We have the largest selection of boats to rent Montenegro.

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Private 2 hour Speedboat Charter

Montenegro toursCharter this boat from Kotor

Charter a skippered speedboat to take you wherever you like.

This boat fits up to 15 people  and is perfect for larger groups wanting to see as much as possible in a short time.

It comes with snorkelling gear for 10 people and is fully covered by a bimini to protect you from the summer sun.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor, Tivat, Budva or other by agreement
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 2 hours
Price: From €300 (€20 per person)

Read More: Private 2 Hour Speedboat Charter


Culture and Gastronomy Tours

Boat Trip and Slow Food Tour on Skadar Lake

Montenegro toursA fisherman in a traditional lake boat

This tour takes you to Montenegro's hidden gem - Skadar Lake. 

On the tour you'll get to see how the locals live and fish on the lake. You'll start with a boat trip on the lake. Then you'll learn about (and try) the local wine, grappa and honey before sitting down to an authentic Montenegrin, organic lunch.  

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor (walking distance from port)
Start time: 9am
Duration: 8 hours
Price: From €130 per person

Read More: Boat Trip and Slow Food Tour on Skadar Lake


Feel and Taste Lustica Peninsula Tour
- Top Pick!

Montenegro toursOlive trees on Lustica Peninsula

Lustica Peninsula is one of the last untouched places on the Montenegrin coast.

This tour will pick you up and take you to experience the essence of Lustica: olive groves, fresh cuisine, religion and the simple life. 

You'll visit local olive mills and learn about olive oil production. A three-course meal of local specialties is also included. 

Tour Details

Start point: Lustica or Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price: €30 per person without transfers and €60 with transfers from Kotor

Read More: Feel and Taste Lustica Tour


Montenegro Wine Tasting Experience at a Family Winery - Private Tour

This is your chance to get to know Montenegrin hospitality and culture, even if you're just visiting for a day. 

This tour takes you to a family-run winery to sample local food and wine in an intimate setting. Find out about Montenegrin cuisine, seasonal food, wine and tradition over lunch with a local family. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 10am
Duration: Flexible
Price: €581 (up to 6 people)

Read More: Montenegro Wine Tasting Experience at a Family Winery


Kotor Art Gallery Tour

Art's Inside! is a unique gallery and residence for international artists in Kotor. 

Established by an exiled Russian artist, there are always 4-6 international artists living and creating in the Art's Inside gallery.

On this 75 minute tour you'll have a guided tour of the gallery, view works created in the studio and speak to the artists.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 1pm every day except Mondays
Duration: 75 minutes
Price: €21 per person

Read More: Art's Inside! Guided Tour


water Sports Tours

Whitewater Rafting in the Tara Canyon

Montenegro toursWhitewater rafting in the Tara Canyon

There are two rafting tours to the Tara Canyon from Kotor. Both are 12 hour tours as it's quite a long drive up there.

This is the most popular activity tour in Montenegro and it's a great experience if you've got a full day - cruise ship guests might not have this long. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 7am
Duration: 12 hours (approx)
Price: From €74 per person

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Blue Cave Snorkelling and Kayaking Adventure

Montenegro toursKayaking in the Blue Cave

Kayak and snorkel your way to the Blue Cave on Montenegro’s rugged and beautiful Lustica Peninsula

The tour includes a transfer to Lustica Peninsula and then a 2 hour kayak tour which takes you into the Blue Cave which is famed for it's iridescent blue colour. 

You can also take the chance to snorkel in Lustica's amazingly clear waters.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor, Tivat or Budva
Start time: 9am or 3.30pm
Duration: 5 hours (approx)
Price: From €56 per person

Read More: Blue Cave Snorkelling and Kayak Adventure


Stand Up Paddling Tour

Montenegro toursStand Up Paddling in Kotor Bay

This stand up paddle tour is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced paddlers. 

The tour takes you around Sveti Marko island and the Island of Flowers in Tivat. You'll also pass Solila Nature Reserve.

There are lots of chances to swim and cool off while you explore.

Tour Details

Start point: KotorTivat or Budva
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 hours 
Price: From €40 per person

Read More: Stand Up Paddling in Kotor Bay


Kotor Riviera Stand Up Paddling And Bike Adventure

Stand Up paddle Montenegro

This tour starts in Kotor and takes you SUPing along the historic coast to the village of Prcanj.

From there you'll hop on your bike and continue on to Stoliv, before returning back along the seaside road to Kotor.

The tour takes a minimum of 3 hours, but you can take as long as you like. When you finish you're welcome to hang out at the outdoor cafe and use the free WiFi.

Tour Details

Start time: Flexible
Duration: Minimum 3 hours
Start location: Kotor - start and finish is 400m from Kotor old town
Price: From €38 per person
What's included:

  • SUP and bike equipment
  • SUP lesson for beginners
  • High speed internet

Book a Kotor Riviera SUP and Bike Adventure


Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Experiences in Tivat Bay

Montenegro toursWakeboarding in Kotor Bay

The perfect Kotor excursions for adventure sports lovers.

If you've never tried it before, the calm water here is the ideal place to learn. If you're a seasoned rider, you'll enjoy speeding around Tivat's islands.

Up to 3 people can accommpany each wakeboarder or waterskiier.

Tour Details

Start point: KotorTivat or Budva
Start time: Flexible
Duration: Flexible 
Price: From €75 per person

Read More: Wakeboard and Waterski Experience in Tivat Bay


Bike Tours

Self-Guided Bike Tour

Montenegro toursCyclists in Kotor Bay

Jump on your bike and navigate your way around the Bay of Kotor, stopping wherever you like.

Bike past the seafront palaces and churches to Perast or go all the way around the bay! You can also take your bike across the Kamenari-Lepetane ferry and do a full circle of the bay.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9am
Duration: 3 hours (approx)
Price: From €30 per person

Read More: Self-Guided Bay of Kotor Bike Tour


Cycling the Ladder of Kotor

Montenegro toursView from the Ladder of Kotor

This tour takes you down Montenegro's most stunning scenic road.

You transfer to Njegusi, the home of Montenegrin proscuitto and smoked cheese. You'll have a short tour of the village and then begin  your descent. 

There are 25 hairpin turns on this road and the views are stunning all the way!

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor 
Start time: 9am
Duration: 3 hours
Price: From €75 per person

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Epic 25 Turns Bike Descent to Kotor

Montenegro toursCyclists overlooking Kotor Bay

This tour takes you down the stunning serpentine road from Njegusi to Kotor.

The tour starts with a transfer to Njegusi and a short tour of the village. Then it's on the bike for a beautiful ride down the serpentines, with plenty of stops for photos!

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor, Tivat or Budva
Start time: morning or afternoon
Duration: 4 hours
Price: From €69 per person

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Vrmac Ridge Mountain Bike Tour

Montenegro toursCyclists on Vrmac Ridge

This mountain bike tour is for intermediate or advanced riders.

On the tour you transfer to Fort Vrmac and then ride to the summit of Mt Vrmac. Then you descend through the pretty villages overlooking the bay and finish in Porto Montenegro in Tivat

The tour finishes with a transfer back to your start point.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor, Tivat or Budva
Start time: 8am (1st June - 31st August), 9.30am all other times
Duration: 4 hours
Price: From €46 per person

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Hiking Tours

Hiking the Ladder of Kotor

Montenegro toursHikers on the Ladder of Kotor

This tour takes you up Montenegro's most scenic road to Njegusi village.

From there, you hike the centuries-old military trail down to into Kotor old town.

You'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Bay of Kotor all the way down and witness part of Montenegro's past. 

This route is surprisingly mostly deserted, so you'll avoid the tourist crowds.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor 
Start time: 9am
Duration: 4 hours
Price: From €75 per person

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Vrmac Ridge Guided Hike

The guided ridge hike starts just outside Kotor and takes you up the old switchback military trail to the top of the ridge.

The tour takes around 4 hours and there are plenty of stops along the way for photos and to grab a drink. 

It includes transport from your accommodation anywhere in Kotor Bay. 

It also has a flexible start time so you can request any date and start time you like when you make a booking. 

Tour Details

Start/End Point: Bay of Kotor
Start Time: Flexible
Price: €45 per person (minimum 2), groups of 3 or more qualify for a discount.

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Canyoning Tours


Skurda canyon Tour from Kotor, Tivat or Budva

Montenegro toursAbseiling in Skurda Canyon

This tour starts in Kotor (with pick ups from Tivat and Budva available) and and takes around 6 hours in total.

The tour starts with an hour's hike to the start point before you spend around 2 hours descending through the canyon with ropes. Skurda is a dry canyon, so there's no swimming.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor, Tivat or Budva
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 6 hours 
What's included: Guided canyoning tour, all canyoning equipment.
Price: From €80 per person

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Other Things To Do In Kotor

If you prefer to skip the tours and explore Kotor yourself, there's still plenty for you to do. 

Here are some ideas:

San Giovanni Fortress

When you arrive in Kotor, you’ll immediately notice the fortresses running up the mountain behind the town. This is San Giovanni/San Djovani/Sveti Ivan/St John’s Fortress.

KotorThe entrance to the fortress walk

And guess what… You can walk up it!

Packed some gym shoes but haven’t even unpacked them yet? Well this is your chance!

For just €3 you can climb the 1350 steps to the top of the fortress. Your reward will be breath-taking views of the Bay of Kotor and bragging rights.

To get there, you’ll head to back of Kotor town, where you’ll see this archway. Head up this alleyway, which is quite slippery, and you’ll find the ticket desk and the entrance to the fortress.

The path is steps on one side and gravel on the other. The steps are broken in some places and can be really slippery. I definitely advise wearing walking or hiking shoes if you have them. I have done it in flip flops, but they’re a long way from ideal on this walk.

About halfway up you’ll come to Our Lady of Health, a 15th Century church that’s usually closed.  Just after this, turn around and  you’ll get the most photographed view of Kotor. You have the church in the foreground with the town and bay behind.

Once you get to the top, you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent views of the bay, Mt Vrmac and Kotor.

KotorThe view of Kotor from part way up the San Giovanni fortress walk

Local’s Tip: Bring water and wear sunscreen. Sometimes there’s someone selling water at the church, but just as often there’s not. There’s little shade on the path, so you’ll be in the sun most of the time.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can veer off the path and through one of the ‘windows’ in the wall that lead to the church behind the fortress. The tiny Catholic church here is more than 1,000 years old and if you come in the height of summer, you’ll find some wild figs to pick along the way.

The whole walk up and down takes about 90 minutes.


Maritime Museum

KotorKotor Maritime Museum

Kotor’s maritime museum is spread over three floors in former Grgurina Palace.

It’s great value at just €2 for an audio-guided tour.

Inside, the museum is full of furniture, weapons, costumes and other artefacts that show the Bay of Kotor’s proud naval history.


Farmer's Market

Right in front of the old town, this is the place locals go to get fresh produce. If you want some snacks for the day, this is the place to go. I recommend trying:

  • Prosciutto
  • Cheese
  • Olives
  • Figs – fresh in summer, dried in other months

Look out for the word ‘domaci’ – this means the produce comes from Montenegro.


Churches

KotorSt Tryphon's Cathedral in Kotor

St Tryphon’s is the most visited church in Kotor and has a small museum on the 2nd floor. The entrance is €2.

But there are two more churches worth looking out for:

Sveti Luka (1195) – was originally a Catholic church, then was turned into an Orthodox church and has since served both faiths.

Sveti Nikola (1909) – a large Serbian Orthodox church. It’s easy to find because of the large Serbian flag draped down the front. Serbian churches are free to enter and photograph.

KotorSveti Luka Church
KotorSveti Nikola Church

Local's Tip: Most cafes and restaurants in the old town have free WiFi - you'll just need to ask your waiter for the password. Drinks are reasonable at about €1.50 for a coffee and €2.50 for a beer.


Dobrota Seafront

If you take one of the boat excursions from Kotor, you’ll get a good view of the Dobrota seafront as you pass. But you can also go for a nice walk along here from the town. You just head left (when facing the town) and follow the seaside promenade.

The Dobrota seafront has lots of old palaces in various states of preservation. Some have been turned into beautiful hotels, like Palazzo Radomiri. Some are in ruin. It makes for a nice walk and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to stop at.

I wouldn’t recommend heading in the opposite direction towards Muo. There are lots of dilapidated buildings and the coast isn't great for swimming.


Kamelia Shopping Centre

Kamelia Shopping Centre is just across the bridge. It’s got a few clothing shops (including a lot of high end branded clothing), a supermarket and a couple of cafes. The top floor has a children’s shop and an indoor playground that’s good for kids up to about 8 years old.


Porto Montenegro

TivatPorto Montenegro's Jetty One

For about €15 you can catch a taxi over to Tivat and see Porto Montenegro. It’s a beautiful village and marina. You’ll be able to take a walk around the marina and see lots of very nice yachts and some super yachts.

The village also has a Regent Hotel and restaurants overlooking the water. 

My recommendations are to stop at the Regent's beautiful outdoor seating or at Al Posto Giusto's pierside tables. 

Montenegro toursThe Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro

What to Pack for Excursions

If you book some Kotor excursions, pay close attention to what they ask you to bring with you. You might need your swimsuit or shoes that can get wet. That's another reason why it's a good idea to book your Kotor excursions in advance. 

Whether you book Kotor excursions or not, I also recommend bringing:

Walking shoes – the cobbled streets are treacherous for heels. Local women seem to have mastered the art of teetering along and not breaking their ankles, but I prefer flats!

Euros – there are a couple of banks in the old town that are open from 8am to 3pm. They don’t open on Sundays. You can pay by bank or credit card almost everywhere.

Camera – obviously! If you choose one of the activity excursions, a GoPro can help you make a lasting memento of your tour.


The Best View Kotor Bay for Cruise Guests

PerastA cruise ship passes Perast

When you come into Kotor you’ll get a beautiful view of the Bay of Kotor. The town is tucked right in the back, so you’ll travel through the bay to get there. Lots of ships come in in the early hours of the morning though, so you might have to get up early to see it.

It’s worth it though!

First you sail in past Mamula Island, a former Fascist prison during WWII. Then you come along the Herceg Novi Riviera and through the Verige straits – the narrowest part. This opens up to the most photogenic part that you definitely won’t want to miss. You’ll want to be on the left side of the ship for this because the ship will turn right towards Kotor. When the ship turns you’ll have a stunning view of two island churches and the UNESCO Heritage-protected town of Perast.

This is a view you don’t want to miss!

You can visit Perast and one of these islands when you take one of the excursions. I highly recommend visiting these. Going by boat will give you the best views. 

PerastOur Lady of the Rocks and St George Islands in front of Perast

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