The Best Small Group and Private Kotor Tours

Kotor tours are a hands down the most popular thing to do in Montenegro. Read on to find out whether a guided tour is for you and to see the best ones. 

Montenegro is full of interesting history. It's been the scene of many battles and then, just like today, it was also full of interesting personalities

Unfortunately, it's hard to find out about Montenegro's local heroes and history unless you have a local guide with you! Like many other places here, when you visit Kotor, there aren't any signs or information placards telling you about the history or significance of a place. 

It's a common frustration of tourists here, and Kotor is no different.

As you walk through the town you'll see signs of the names of buildings but no information about their history. Kotor is full of history and interesting stories, but you'll need a guided tour to discover it. 

If you're happy just exploring the town on your own, then you won't need any Kotor tours. You can read more about what to see and do in Kotor here.

But if you want to see Kotor and learn about its history and important sights, I'd definitely recommend booking one of these Kotor tours.  

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Whenever you book a tour in Montenegro it's important to make sure your guide is licensed. Only licensed guides are allowed to take tours and there are spot checks throughout the tourist season.

What Kind of Kotor Tours Are there?

You can book small group or private Kotor tours. I recommend avoiding tours in large groups and here's why:

  • Some tours shepherd you around Kotor in large groups where it's hard to hear the guide and impossible to ask questions. Because of the size of the groups, these Kotor tours can't stop at any of the sights in the narrow alleyways.
  • Private and small group tours allow you to ask questions along the way.
  • Private and small group tours take you into St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum (only the private tours include the museum).
  • Private and small group tours can stop anywhere, meaning you can avoid the sun when it's heading towards 40 degrees (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer. Who can stand in the sun listening to their guide in that heat?!

These Kotor tours are ideal for:

  • Cruise ship guests
  • People on a short stay
  • People staying in the Kotor area
  • People without a rental car

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Small Group Tours

Kotor: 1 Hour essential Walking Tour

This tour is ideal if you've only got a short time in Kotor and want to see the highlights. It's great for cruise ship guests, especially if you've only got half a day to explore. 

The tour will take you through Kotor's historic old town. Along the way the guide tells you about the history of Kotor and the churches and squares inside the walls.

Once you've finished the tour you can go back and visit any attractions that interested you, like St Tryphon's Cathedral or the Maritime Museum. 

I recommend also doing a 2 hour boat tour to Our Lady of the Rocks and Perast or a 3 hour boat tour to Our Lady of the Rocks and the Blue Cave for the perfect day in Kotor. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 10am and 12pm
Duration: 1 hour
Price: €15 per person

Read More: Kotor: 1 Hour Essential Walking Tour


Kotor Small Group Walking Tours

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.

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: From €14 per person

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Kotor Walking Tour with Optional Food, Wine and Budva Tour - small Group Tour

These Kotor tours have multiple departures per day and is a small group tour. 

On the tour you'll be taken around Kotor and it also includes entrance and guided tours through St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum. 

You also visit: Arms Square, the clock tower, Bizanti and Beskuca palaces, Karampana Square, St Luke's Church, St Nikola's Orthodox church, St Mary's church and wind your way around to the North Gate. 

You can finish up your tour with a local food and wine tasting in a local restaurant or extend it to take you on to Budva for a guided tour of that old town and a photo stop at Sveti Stefan. The Budva extension takes 2 1/2 hours which brings the total tour to 4 hours.

You can also opt to make this a private tour using the questions and special requests box in the booking form below.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor Sea Gate (main entrance)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price of walking tour: €20 per person (min 2 to book)
Food and wine tasting supplement: €8-24 per person
Budva tour supplement: €50 (1-4 people) or €80 (5-8 people)

Read More: Kotor Walking Tour with Optional Gastronomy and Budva Tours


Private Kotor Tours

You can book private Kotor tours for yourself or a group. On these tours, the itinerary is tailored to your interests and you have a licenced guide who'll stay with your for the entire tour.

The private Kotor tours start from just €20 per person compared to €18 for a small group tour, so it can be worth paying a little bit more for more personalised service. I've listed tours that include Kotor and one that doesn't. They all start in Kotor. 

Private Walking Tour of Kotor

Kotor toursKotor's famous red rooftops

This private tour takes you on a journey through Kotor old town's most important sites. 

Your guide will also tell you about the history of Kotor and the entire region.

Your guide meets you on the dock opposite the old town and personally walks you through the old town. 

The tour includes visits to:

  • St. Tryphon's Cathedral - 1166. The cathedral was built on the remains of a former temple from the 9th century. Inside, you'll see the remains of 14th Century frescoes and valuable artifacts made of gold from both local and Venetian artists dating from the 14th century.
  • Kotor Maritime Museum which has a unique collection representing maritime history of the Bay of Kotor. The collection includes many historical artifacts, models and pictures of old ships and sailboats, plus ship parts and old instruments.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • Private licensed guide
  • Entrance to St. Tryphon's Cathedral and Kotor Maritime Museum

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking on these Kotor tours. Folding wheelchairs are okay but some sites may be inaccessible. Please let us know in advance. 

Price: From €20 per person


Kotor Fortress Walking Tour

Climbing the walls of the old Kotor fortress is a must-do when in Kotor. If you want to get off the beaten path here, this tour takes you up the original civilian path behind the fortress walls to Spiljari village. There, you can visit the only family still living there and try some of their home-made produce like juice, rakija, cured meat and cheese while you take in the view over the bay.

From there you explore the abandoned village and then meet up with the main fortress path before heading back down to the old town.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Price: €30 per person

Read More: Kotor Fortress Walking Tour


Kotor, Sveti Stefan and Budva

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This tour takes you through Kotor as well as Montenegro's most famous resorts, Sveti Stefan and Budva. These are are both beautiful medieval villages on the sea. This is a great tour to get a flavor of old world Mediterranean Montenegro.

The tour starts with a scenic drive along the coast to Sveti Stefan. Sveti Stefan is a luxurious resort that once used to be a small fishing village, first mentioned in the 15th century. The island is now part of the Aman Resorts chain, so you can only explore the area and take pictures of it from the shore.

Next you take a short drive to Budva. Budva is one of the oldest settlements on the Balkan Peninsula. It's surrounded by ramparts originating from the 15th Century and a medieval fortification system with city gates, defense walls and towers. Inside the walls, the town is a combination of narrow streets and little squares with valuable monuments of different Mediterranean cultures. 

After a walking tour in Budva you have free time for lunch and exploration before returning to Kotor.

Back in Kotor, you have a walking tour through the maze of Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and among the beautiful Renaissance buildings.

Your guide will take you to visit to St. Tryphon's Cathedral, which houses 14th century frescoes and valuable gold works from both local and Venetian artists dating from the 14th century.

BudvaBudva old town

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Your tour also includes a visit to the Maritime Museum of Kotor, which has a great collection of artifacts from the bay's history. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time:
Flexible
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • City tour of Kotor and Budva
  • Private licensed Kotor guide
  • Private round trip transportation in a private vehicle: Mercedes E class, Viano or Vito.
  • Entrance to St Tryphon's Cathedral and Kotor Maritime Museum

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking on the Budva and Kotor tours tours. No wheelchairs.

Tour Breakdown- All times are approximate based on traffic conditions and your personal interests.

  • Meet guide and drive to St. Stefan - 45 minutes
  • St. Stefan photo stop - 15 minutes
  • Drive to Budva - 15 minutes
  • Walking tour of Budva - 45 minutes
  • Leisure time in Budva -  30 minutes
  • Return to Kotor and city tour - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Price: From €46 per person


Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks By Speedboat

This tour includes a walking tour of Kotor and a boat ride to visit the small Baroque town of Perast and the island of Our Lady of the Rocks

In my opinion, there's no better way to get from Kotor to Perast than by boat!

After meeting your Kotor guide you'll enjoy a stunning scenic cruise along the Bay of Kotor to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. You'll want your camera out for this trip!

This man-made Island was built by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. According to legend, the islet was made over five centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea.

On the island you have a guided tour through the church and museum.

Our Lady of the RocksOur Lady of the Rocks

After this, there's a short boat ride to the must-see UNESCO Heritage protected town of Perast, a beautiful example of baroque architecture. In Perast you have a short walk among buildings and villas which were built during the city's prosperous years of the 17th and 18th centuries and then you will have some leisure time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Next you cruise back to Kotor where you have a walking tour through the Kotor. The tour includes visits to St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 
Flexible
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • Private speedboat trip
  • Private licensed Kotor guide
  • Entrance to St Tryphon's Cathedral, Kotor Maritime Museum and Our Lady of the Rocks

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking on the Kotor tours. No wheelchairs

Tour Breakdown- All times are approximate based on traffic conditions and your personal interests.

  • Meet guide and speed boat ride to Our Lady of the Rock- 30 minutes
  • Visit to Our Lady of the Rock – 45 minutes
  • Boat to Perast – 10 minutes
  • Walking tour of Perast and free time  - 45 minutes
  • Boat to Kotor-  25 minutes
  • Walking tour of Kotor- 1 Hour and 30 minutes

Price: From €55 per person


Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks By Land

Our Lady of the Rocks and St George islandsOur Lady of the Rocks and St George islands

This tour includes a walking tour of Kotor and an excursion to visit 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.

This tour starts with a 15 minute private transfer to Perast. From Perast you have a short boat trip to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks.

On the island you have a guided tour through the church where you can see the celebrated artworks and learn about local customs of the area. 

After this, it's another short boat ride back to UNESCO Heritage protected Perast. In Perast you have a short walk among buildings and villas which were built during the city's prosperous years of the 17th and 18th centuries and you'll have some leisure time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Kotor toursPicture perfect Perast is the perfect example of the Bay of Kotor's rich history

Then it's back to Kotor where you'll have a walking tour through the maze of Kotor's medieval quarter, its bustling market and among beautiful Renaissance buildings.

The tour includes visits to Kotor's most interesting attractions: St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum. Both of these house collections of art, furniture and artifacts that are significant to the Bay of Kotor. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 
Flexible
Duration: 4.5 hours
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • Transportation in private vehicle: Mercedes E class, Viano or Vito.
  • Private licensed guide
  • Boat to Our Lady of the Rocks
  • Entrance to St. Tryphon, Maritime Museum of Kotor and Our Lady of the Rocks

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking on the Kotor tours. No wheelchairs

Tour Breakdown- All times are approximate based on traffic conditions and your personal interests.

  • Meet guide and drive to Perast - 30 minutes
  • Boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks – 10 minutes
  • Visit to Our Lady of the Rocks – 45 minutes
  • Boat to Perast – 10 minutes
  • Walking tour of Perast and free time  - 45 minutes
  • Drive back to Kotor-  25 minutes
  • Walking Tour of Kotor- 1.5 hours

Price: From €49 per person


The Best of the Montenegro Coast

This full day tour visits the most popular sites in Montenegro including Kotor, Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks, Sveti Stefan and Budva. You explore the fjord by boat and then drive along the Mediterranean coast in a private transfer. 

PerastPerast and St George and Our Lady of the Rocks islands

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After meeting your guide, you'll drive along the coast to the village Perast. This small town is a beautiful example of baroque architecture.

In Perast you have a short walk among buildings and villas which were built during the city's prosperous years of the 17th and 18th centuries. 

After your walk in Perast you take a short boat trip to the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. This man-made Island was built by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag. 

Upon returning from each successful voyage, sailors laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea.

You'll have a guided tour of the church and adjoining museum which has a lot of artifacts from the area dating back to prehistoric times.

Next you drive to Sveti Stefan, where you'll have a chance to take photos of one of Montenegro's top attractions.

Our Lady of the RocksOur Lady of the Rocks

Then it's on to the ancient town of Budva which is the most famous resort in Montenegro. While you are in Budva you have free time for lunch (meal not included) before you go on a walking tour of the town.

After the tour you drive back to Kotor where your guide will take you on a walking tour through Kotor. The tour includes a visit to St Tryphon's Cathedral and the Maritime Museum.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 
Flexible
Duration: 8 hours
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • Private licensed guide
  • Round trip transportation in private vehicle: Mercedes E class, Viano or Vito.
  • Boat trip
  • Entrance to St. Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum of Kotor and Our Lady of the Rocks

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking on the Kotor tours. No wheelchairs

Tour Breakdown- All times are approximate based on traffic conditions and your personal interests.

  • Meet guide and drive to Perast - 30 Minutes
  • Boat to Our Lady of the Rocks - 10 Minutes
  • Visit Our Lady of the Rocks - 45 Minutes
  • Boat back to Perast - 10 Minutes
  • Stroll around Perast and leisure time – 30 Minutes
  • Drive to Sveti Stefan - 45 Minutes
  • Photo stop at Sveti Stefan - 15 Minutes
  • Drive to Budva - 15 Minutes
  • Free Time for Lunch - 1 Hour
  • Walking Tour of Budva - 1 Hour
  • Drive back to Kotor – 30 Minutes
  • Walking Tour of Kotor - 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Price: From €95 per person


Other private Tours From Kotor

Njegusi and Cetinje

This tour visits two of Montenegro's cultural highlights, Cetinje Monastery and the Njegusi Mausoleum, which are located in the mountains above the Kotor Bay. This trip is worth it just for the views on the way up! 

Kotor BayThe views from the serpentine road to Lovcen

On this tour you'll visit Njegusi and the birthplace of Petar Petrovic Njegos, whose mausoleum you'll visit later. While here, you'll be able to sample the local ham and cheese which the village is famous for. Locals stalls also sell local brandy and honey.

Next stop is Cetinje Monastery which dates back to 1701 and holds several important relics.

Lovcen MausoleumNjegos' mausoleum on top of Lovcen
CetinjeCetinje Monastery

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The town of Cetinje was once the capital of Montenegro, known for both its religious and political powers. It's a cute little town and home to palaces, the national museum and the President's official residence.

On the way back to Kotor, you'll stop at the mausoleum atop Mount Lovcen. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 
Flexible
Duration: 4 hours
Languages spoken: English
What's included:

  • Pick up from port or your hotel in Kotor
  • Private licensed guide
  • Round trip transportation in private vehicle: Mercedes E class, Viano or Vito
  • Entrance to Cetinje Monastery and Njegusi Mausoleum

Difficulty: There is a moderate amount of walking. No wheelchairs

Tour Breakdown- All times are approximate based on traffic conditions and your personal interests.

  • Meet Kotor guide and drive to Njegusi - 1 hour
  • Njegusi stop - 30 minutes
  • Visit Cetinje Monastery - 1 hour
  • Visit Njegusi Mausoleum - 30 minutes
  • Return to pier in Kotor - 1 hour

Price: From €55 per person


Bespoke Montenegro Tours

You can book bespoke Kotor tours based on what you want to see and how much time you have to spend. 

If you're not sure, you can just list your interests and Liset will design a tour just for you. The great thing about an experienced guide is they know exactly what will suit you. It saves you so much time and worry about find the right tour. You just leave it an expert's hands... couldn't be easier!

If you'd like to request a bespoke tour, just pop your details into the form below and a guide will get back to you with a suggested itinerary. 


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