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From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip with Cruise in Kotor Bay

1. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip with Cruise in Kotor Bay

Cross the border to Montenegro from Dubrovnik and explore the treasures of the Bay of Kotor on a full-day guided tour. Visit the picturesque towns of Perast and Kotor and take in the breathtaking views of Our Lady of the Rocks on an optional bay cruise. Depart Dubrovnik in the morning in an air-conditioned vehicle and head for the Croatian/Montenegrin border. Stop at the border for a coffee break before continuing to your first stop, Perast. Arrive at the town of Perast and embark on a short 15-minute guided tour followed by 45-minutes of free time. Admire its Baroque architecture and lush hillsides before boarding your reserved boat for a scenic cruise on the Bay of Kotor (if option selected). Sail to Our Lady of the Rocks island, an artificial island situated in the heart of the bay. Disembark for a guided visit of the island and step inside the idyllic blue-domed church and museum. Then, resume your boat tour to Kotor, soaking up the views of the Montenegrin coastline lined with orange-roofed houses and sloping hills. If you choose not to take the cruise, relax on a scenic bus ride along the coast to the old town of Kotor. On arrival, join a 30-minute guided tour if you like, or discover the town at your own pace. Follow your guide through the narrow streets of this UNESCO-listed town, located on the only natural fjord of its kind. After the tour, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to browse local shops, try traditional cuisine, or walk beside the 4.5-kilometer city walls. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations. Finally, board the bus once more for a comfortable ride back to Dubrovnik.

From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

2. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Day Trip

Explore Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy free time in the picturesque towns of Kotor, Perast, and Budva, and embark on a sightseeing ferry across the Boka Kotorska Bay. Departing from Dubrovnik in the morning enjoy the sights of the Old Town and its surroundings while driving through the beautiful Župa Dubrovačka and the Konavle region. After crossing the Montenegro border, continue along the picturesque Montenegro coast. During the drive through Boka Kotorska Bay, stop at the charming town of Perast. Have the option of visiting the island of Our Lady of the Rocks. During the drive, your host will tell you all about Montenegro's most important cultural monuments, and about the country's history and legends. Upon arrival at Kotor, enjoy free time to explore on your own. The town of Kotor is famous for its nautical tradition, famous commercial fleet, and imposing city walls. After sightseeing, proceed towards Budva. Once at Budva, enjoy another sightseeing tour and free time. Budva is famous for its old city core and beautiful clean sandy beaches. It is a key tourist center of Montenegro. From Budva, return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon, by van and a short ferry trip across the Boka Kotorska Bay.

Kotor Boat Tour: Our Lady of the Rocks, Mamula and Blue Cave

3. Kotor Boat Tour: Our Lady of the Rocks, Mamula and Blue Cave

Enjoy a boat tour to the most popular sights of Montenegro. See the impressive Our Lady of the Rocks, swim in the Blue Cave, and visit the caves where submarines were hidden. Set sail to your first stop, Our Lady of the Rocks, a church that sits on a man-made island. Hear the story of the two brothers who found a painting of the Madonna and Child and the church that was built where the painting was found. Pass through the scenic Verige Straits along the Herceg Novi Rivera. Sail out of the bay and spot Mamula Island, a prison during WWII. Follow the Lustica Peninsula to the Blue Cave. Here, enjoy the opportunity to swim in the crystal water of the cave. On the way back to Kotor, visit the caves the army used for hiding submarines.

From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Boat Tour from Perast to Kotor

4. From Dubrovnik: Montenegro Boat Tour from Perast to Kotor

Take a day trip to Montenegro and sail down the Adriatic Coast. See Boka Kotorska Bay, explore Kotor, and wander through Perast. Come across UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you explore Montenegro. Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Dubrovnik and drive to the border crossing with Montenegro to climb aboard a boat and cruise to Kotor. Admire the Venetian port and defensive city walls from the water. Get breathtaking views of the fjord and learn more about the cultural heritage of Boka Kotorska Bay. Enjoy free time to explore the monuments of the Old Town. Board the boat again and sail to the small town of Perast. Visit the artificial island of Our Lady of the Rocks on arrival, and get some free time for lunch in the beautiful town center. Stroll the streets to find Baroque palaces, Orthodox monuments, and other UNESCO World Heritage monuments at your own pace. Marvel at the stone defense towers that remain untouched, and follow in the footsteps of Russian czars and Venetian princes who sailed in Kotor Bay. Return to Perast by air-conditioned bus or minivan, and continue to Dubrovnik after the border crossing.

Kotor: Perast Old Town and Our Lady of the Rocks Boat Tour

5. Kotor: Perast Old Town and Our Lady of the Rocks Boat Tour

Embark on a cruise tour on which you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the rich biological diversity of Kotor. Visit Boka Bay, and see ancient Romanesque churches and other countless historical monuments. The tour starts at the seaport of Kotor, where a friendly skipper will await travelers on board. Discover the hidden gems of Boka Bay including authentic fishing grounds and villages, antique Romanesque churches, Byzantine palaces, and more historical monuments. Out of many panoramic views, the first one is directly aimed at the islet Our Lady of the Rocks, a site enriched with a mythical legend that goes back more than 5 centuries. Legend has it that it is an artificial island expanded by seamen who discovered the Madonna and Child emblem on a sea rock. Feeling grateful for safe returns after long journeys, the sailors vowed to honor the Holy Mother, so, little by little and stone by stone, they built it into an island that harbors the Lady of the Rocks church. Visitors can listen to stories about the relics while seeing the chapel's many frescoes, paintings, votives, tapestry, and other treasures. Outside, guests can stop for a drink or buy souvenirs or ice cream. The next stop on the journey is Perast. This UNESCO heritage site once housed people from the Illyrian, Roman, and Christian periods. The architecture of the nine defensive towers, Baroque palaces from the 17th and 18th centuries, and distinctive Catholic churches demonstrate the city's affluence during Venetian administration.

Montenegro: Kotor Bay Tour with Boat Ride from Dubrovnik

6. Montenegro: Kotor Bay Tour with Boat Ride from Dubrovnik

Visit Kotor bay in Montenegro, one of the most scenic and picturesque places on the Adriatic Sea. It is also the biggest bay on the Adriatic, and because of its strategic importance in this turbulent region, it has been under rule by different nations.  Each of them left a mark that can be seen today through a beautiful blend of architectural influences. Romans, Turks, Venetians, Austrians - each nation left a mark on this region and its cities. After your departure from Dubrovnik and a scenic drive through Konavle valley, enter Montenegro where you make a short stop at Verige to take photos of the beautiful landscape just before entering Kotor bay.  Continue your drive along the coast through Risan and Perast, to reach Kotor. Often called the best preserved and prettiest town in Montenegro, this UNESCO-listed fortified city is famous for its city walls, a display of Venetian-inspired architecture, beautiful churches, and rich history. Whether it was independent, or as a part of the Byzantine Empire, Serbian kingdom, or Venetian republic, Perast may be one of the most historically intriguing places in Boka Kotorska. Baroque, renaissance palaces and narrow streets in Perast will take you back to a time of luxury and wealth. In Perast, you have the opportunity to take a boat ride and visit Our Lady of the Rocks island. The legend says that in 1452 two brothers found Mary’s picture on a rock in the sea. This led to a miraculous healing of one of the brothers. Ever since locals have been bringing rocks and sinking ships next to this rock. An island was formed and first, a chapel was built, then a church in its place. Some call it the Croatian Sistine chapel because of the artwork that enriches its walls. Itinerary: • Departure from Dubrovnik • 8:00 AM - Arrival at the border of Montenegro • 8:45 AM - Photo/coffee break (approx. 20 minutes) • 10:00 AM - Arrival to Kotor, local guided tour, free time (approx. 3 hours) • 1:00 PM - Drive from Kotor to Perast • 1:30 PM - Arrival in Perast, boat transfer to Our Lady of the Rocks island, free time • 3:30 PM - Departure from Perast • 6:00 PM - Approximate return to Dubrovnik 

Kotor: Blue Cave and Mamula Boat Trip with Swimming Time

7. Kotor: Blue Cave and Mamula Boat Trip with Swimming Time

Travel to the top sights in the Bay of Kotor on this speedboat cruise from Kotor. Enjoy access to a fridge onboard and listen to music as you sail across the water at thrilling speeds. Stay connected with onboard Wi-Fi. Meet your guide at the tour agency and head to the speedboat in Kotor. Admire panoramic views of charming coastal towns like Perast, Tivat, Porto Montenegro, and Herceg Novi. Stop near the entrances to the abandoned submarine tunnels, which were built by the Yugoslav Army. Continue to the island of Mamula where you will see the fortress of Mamula which was converted into a concentration camp by the Italians in World War II. Hear about the history of the island from your local skipper. Feel the wind in your hair on the way to the Blue Cave where you can enjoy swimming and diving in the azure waters. Use the snorkeling mask to explore the underwater landscapes of the cave. Sail to the Our Lady of the Rocks island, which was created by local fishermen in the 15th-century. Have the chance to purchase a ticket to enter the Our Lady of the Rocks Church which contains 68 famous paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th-century baroque artist from Perast. Return to your starting point in Kotor at the end of your cruise.

From Cavtat: Montenegro Day Tour

8. From Cavtat: Montenegro Day Tour

Uncover the mysteries of Montenegro on a full-day tour from Cavtat. Cross the border into Montenegro and savor views of Boka Kotorska bay as you journey along the coast. Discover the small medieval town of Perast, opt for a boat trip to the island Our Lady of the Rock, and visit the town of Kotor. Meet in Cavtat and head for Montenegro. Once over the border, drive the scenic coast until you arrive in Perast. This small medieval town is rich in history, and only has one street. Walk through it and admire the 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palaces that still stand. From there, take the option to ride by boat to the island, Our Lady of the Rock. There, you can visit the beautiful and only church of the islet and browse its museum. Afterward, drive to Kotor, the pearl of the Montenegran Coast. Explore the Old City, Stari Grad, and learn the important history of the area. Walk around St. Tryphon's Cathedral, the patron saint of Kotor, and admire the Romanesque architecture. On the way back, take in the natural beauty and stunning scenery of the jagged rock-lined coast and turquoise seas of Montenegro.

Kotor: Speed Boat Tour to the Blue Cave & Beach

9. Kotor: Speed Boat Tour to the Blue Cave & Beach

Depart from Kotor in style, bouncing over the waves in a speedboat. Feel the wind in your hair with the open ocean, beautiful beaches, and sea caves awaiting you. Make your way towards the magnificent islet of Our Lady of the Rocks, famed for the two locals who discovered an icon of Madonna and the Child here. Take a walk around the islet and set off again to stop at an old submarine base. Get off the boat at the next islet of Mamula, surrounded by the picturesque walls of an old Austro-Hungarian fortress. Cruise off into the impressive natural landmark of the Blue Cave. Watch the sun shine through the cave to see the breathtaking blue waves and swim in the warm, crystal clear water. Have another swim at Žanjic Beach or choose to have lunch at one of the excellent restaurants, before returning to Kotor.

Kotor: Boka Bay, Our Lady of the Rocks and Blue Cave Tour

10. Kotor: Boka Bay, Our Lady of the Rocks and Blue Cave Tour

Enjoy a day of exploring the beautiful Boka Bay with the guidance of a local expert, as you go from island to island and take in all the stunning views of mountains, water, and impressive historic buildings alike. Admire a panoramic view of the bay as you depart Old Town Kotor on the way to the famous Blue Cave. Take some time to swim and snap some photos at this fantastic cave created at the bottom of a cliff. As you leave, take in amazing views of Mamula, the natural island where a fortress was built by the Austrian navy. Your next stop are former military tunnels used during WWII for hiding and repairing submarines. Continue to the main highlight of this tour: Our Lady of the Rocks island. Visit the church and tour the inside, filled with interesting objects from back in the day. End your journey with a wonderful overview of UNESCO-protected Old Town Perast from the water, before heading back to Kotor.

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What people are saying about Our Lady of the Rocks

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Fantastic tour, great locations and guides. Make sure to take the boat trip as you see the same view from the comfort of the coach on the way back anyway. Kotor is worth exploring all of it's small streets and alleyways, be sure to make a trip to the cat museum or just appreciate the abundance of cats within the walls.

We had a great time. The cruise and the visit to the Lady of the Rocks was amazing. Really enjoyed the different attractions . Thanks for the ride from the owner taking us back to our accommodation in Dubrovnik!

A great trip, a stop of Our Lady on the rock, nice although the church is very small and Max sightseeing for 20 minutes, Kotor beautiful town of Budva a bit too little time

Really great day trip. Ivana and the local guide were really knowledgeable about Kotor. Montenegro was beautiful and I'd highly recommend this trip.

Very beautiful route. Well planned. Difficult to understand guide's pronounciation.