Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & Kotor

Private day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro

Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & Kotor day trip is the most comprehensive Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik where you will discover different faces of Montenegro.



12 hrs.


Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & Kotor day trip from Dubrovnik


  • pick up at the agreed time and location (within Dubrovnik or Cavtat limits)

  • a 45-minute drive before reaching the border with Montenegro

  • scenic driving accompanied by an introduction to the history, everyday life, information about places of interest, main sights

  • visits to Cetinje, Kotor and Budva

  • private walking tour of Kotor

  • duration: 12 hours approximately

  • period: all year round

What to expect


On Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & Kotor day trip from Dubrovnik, we will start with Budva, which is a two-hour of scenic drive from Dubrovnik (it could take more during the peak season).

Budva is the most popular holiday destination in Montenegro, known for its beaches and nightlife. We will focus on the historical core which narrates centuries of history. 

After exploring Budva, we will start ascending the mountain. Spectacular views of the Budva Riviera will accompany us before we reach Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro. Due to its history and geographical position, Cetinje displays a completely different character from Budva or Kotor, certainly noteworthy.

Once we leave Cetinje, we will drive through the idyllic mountain village of Njegusi, where a degustation of famous local products can be done, and start our descent towards Kotor.

On our way down, you will enjoy the unique view of the Bay of Kotor. (The serpentine road is rather narrow and used for both directions, we do not recommend this trip to those who fear heights or adventurous roads).

When we reach Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site. you will be taken on a private walking tour*. You will be conquered by its impressive medieval wall, narrow alleys, numerous squares and genuine charm.

*If you are not interested in a private walking tour in Kotor, the service can be omitted.

Good to know

  • Official Montenegrin Covid-19 related website.

  • Passports are obligatory to enter Montenegro.

  • Montenegro is not an EU member and has its own visa policy. Before going to Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik, please check if your travel document is valid for entering the territory of Montenegro. Find more info on the official website of the Montenegrin government.

  • The currency used in Montenegro is the euro, payments in Croatian kuna are not accepted and if ever accepted, the exchange rate will be rather unfavourable.

  • Unlike what is common to read in many travel magazines or travel blogs, Montenegro, or at least its most beautiful coastal part, is not a secret or undiscovered place to go anymore. It is a popular tourist destination, with a big number of visitors, not rarely overcrowded due to the arrivals of cruise ships in the tourist season. However, when planning your trip to Montenegro from Dubrovnik (with local experts), there are ways to reduce the impact of the crowds on your visit and enjoy the experience.

  • Border crossings tend to be very busy during peak tourist season, major congestions happen in July and August, but with proper planning of the trip, there is a good chance to avoid longer queueing. 

  • Other possibilities for Dubrovnik to Montenegro private day trip: Montenegro: Bay of Kotor and Montenegro: Kotor & Budva.

  • Deciding between the Montenegro day trip and the Mostar day trip? Read our blog: Montenegro vs. Mostar, which day trip to choose?





Prices are per group, not per person








INCLUDED IN PRICE: private driving guide service, private walking tour with a licensed guide in Kotor*, fuel, parking fees, car ferry fee.

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE: entrance fees**, meals, drinks.

*If you are not interested in a private walking tour in Kotor, the service can be omitted.

**Any kind of visits that require entrance fees are not an integral part of the suggested tour.



"We had only one day at the end of our vacation to spend in Montenegro but we had a very ambitious wish list of experiences. We almost gave up, but were so fortunate to find Julija of Dubrovnik Driving Guides. Julija listened to our ideas and then using her deep knowledge of the whole area was able to design a fabulous tour that managed to fit everything in. From her sharing of personal experiences, patience with photo ops, and opportunities to explore it was the most delightful day. We finished a long day by watching the sunset over the Bay of Kotor from a waterfront cafe, perfect!"

- Walter, US



If you would like to book the Montenegro: Budva, Cetinje & Kotor private day trip from Dubrovnik or would like additional information, feel free to send us an inquiry!

Please note: all trips/tours are private-exclusive for your party and can be tailored to suit your preferences.


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