The Best Kotor Excursions to Explore Kotor and Beyond

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There are Kotor excursions for every visitor to this popular town. Explore Kotor's magical old town on a walking tour, spend a whole day exploring Montenegro or get outdoors on one of the popular activity tours.

Pictures of Kotor's terracotta-roofed old town jutting out into the Bay of Kotor and surrounded on all sides by dramatic mountains inspire thousands of people to visit Kotor every year.

This ancient town's beauty and history make it a must-see during your stay in Montenegro.

There's a plethora of things to do inside and outside Kotor's famous walls and you can see a surprising amount in just a day. If you just have a day, there are lots of great sightseeing excursions to choose from.

Kotor Port is a great cruise ship stop because ships dock right outside the old town. 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!

If you're spending longer in Kotor, I recommend choosing at least one sightseeing tour and one activity tour during your stay. The climate and geography make Kotor perfect for activities like boat trips, hiking and cycling.

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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. 


Sightseeing Kotor Excursions

Kotor Walking Tours

Doing a walking tour is a must while you're in Kotor. This area has been settled since Illyrian times (around 200 BC) and Kotor has a long and fascinating history. The best way to learn about the town is by doing a walking tour and there are several to choose from.

Tour Details

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 beach. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor port
Start time: Flexible
Duration: Flexible
Price: €25 per person

pRIVATE tOURS

Booking a private tour with a guide is the ultimate way to explore Kotor and the surrounding areas. You can choose from a standard itinerary or ask your guide to arrange an itinerary based on your interests and the time you have available. 

Your guide will meet you at the port, or other designated meeting place, and take you on the agreed tour. They'll make all the arrangements in advance and stay with you throughout the tour, so they're always on hand to answer questions.

It's important your guide is friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. I've found I guide I highly recommend and you can choose from her suggested itineraries or ask her to create one for you.

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.

Montenegro Full day Tour

This tour takes you up the serpentine road to Njegusi for a breakfast of the local specialty: prosciutto,cheese and a shot of rakija!

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.

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: €49 per person

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) 


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.

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

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

This is the most popular tour on Montenegro Pulse and it's a 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

Full Day Boat Tour

Spend a day swimming and relaxing on a full day boat cruise in the Bay of Kotor.

This tour hits must-see attractions, Our Lady of the Rocks and the Blue Cave, and also includes a lunch stop at one of Lustica's gorgeous coves.

The tour includes welcome drinks, fruit and plenty of time for swimming.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 9am
Finish time: 5pm
Price:  From  €49

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: From €80 per hour

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: From €80 per hour

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. 

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 3 hours
Price: From €80 per hour

Private Speed boat Rental

Book a private boat tour and go wherever you want. You choose the itinerary so you can stop at any attractions you like. Visit Our Lady of the Rocks, Porto Montenegro and the Blue Cave. You can also stop for a swim on deserted beaches, go cliff jumping and stop for lunch at seaside restaurants.  

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor City Park (200m from the old town/port)
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 1 hour
Price: From €80 per hour


Culture and Gastronomy Tours

Kotor Foodie Tour

Love food? Then this tour is for you!

Skip the restaurants and get the real taste of Montenegro, that you'll only find in the homes of the locals. 

This tour starts with a walking tour through Kotor old town, through its medieval alleyways, markets and churches.

After you've worked up an appetite you'll head to the home Mrs Mandic, where she'll prepare a feast of local specialities and flavours.

The menu varies depending on the season and what's ripe in the local farmers market that day... just like in homes throughout Montenegro. You might try gnocci made with potatoes from Grahovo village, sardines, mussels, proscuitto and finish with a traditional cream pie. 

Whatever's on the menu you're guaranteed it'll be fresh, local and delicious!

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 
Flexible
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Languages spoken: English
What's included:

  • Kotor walking tour
  • Kotor city tax
  • Welcome drink
  • Lunch
  • Private guide

Price: From €66 per person

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

Feel and Taste Lustica Peninsula Tour

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: 4 1/2 hours
Price: €65 per person. Transfers from Kotor: €50 up to 4 people

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: €583 (up to 6 people)


Water Sports Tours

Whitewater Rafting in the Tara Canyon

Montenegro toursWhitewater rafting in the Tara Canyon

Rafting in the Tara Canyon is the most popular activity tour in Montenegro. Tara Canyon is the deepest canyon in Europe and it's stunningly beautiful. 

Enjoy some exciting rafting, swim in crystal clear water and try some traditional mountain cuisine all on a day trip you can do from Kotor.

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor
Start time: 7am
Duration: 12 hours (approx)
Price: From €84 per person

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 €82 per person

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: Kotor or Tivat
Start time: Flexible
Duration: 4 hours 
Price: From €46 per person

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 €64 per person


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 €37 per person

Cycling the Ladder of Kotor

Montenegro toursView from the Ladder of Kotor

This tour takes you down Kotor's ancient path that connected the capital, Cetinje, with the coast.

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 over 70 switchbacks on this road and the views are stunning all the way!

Tour Details

Start point: Kotor 
Start time: 9am
Duration: 3 hours
Price: From €80 per person

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 €72 per person


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 €80 per person

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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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.


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 flats will make your visit more comfortable. You'll need trainers if you plan to do the Kotor walls walk or hike the Ladder of Kotor.

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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