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Must see stops from Perast to Orebic driving portion

Wondering if anyone has any unique and must see stops/towns along the way from Perast to Orebic in late August. We may get up quite early and see the walls of Dubrovnik but we may just give Dubrovnik a total miss as all the reading I have done indicates it has just gotten too busy and touristed in the last few years.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I can't give any advice or suggestions about must see stops from Perast to Orebic. (We really enjoyed Perast, BTW.) However, I'd like to suggest, based on firsthand experience, not to miss Dubrovnik. It is a beautiful city in a stunning location! We were there this past September. Yes, it was crowded, but I can honestly say the crowds did not detract from our enjoyment of Dubrovnik and it did not detract from its beauty. We weren't bumping into people and we didn't have any long waits. We started walking the walls by 9AM. There were people on the walls, of course, but it honestly wasn't horrible. We were able to go at our own pace. We visited War Photo Limited, the Franciscan Monastery, and took the cable car to the top of Mt. Srd, and did not encounter long lines or horrible crowds. We did not have to wait very long at restaurants (about a 10-minute wait at Kopun, and they gave us a complimentary drink as we waited). We did have advance reservations for Taj Mahal (Bosnian food).

It's your decision, of course, but we loved Dubrovnik, and we think it is definitely worth seeing. I thought Seville in September was much more crowded, especially with tour groups, than Dubrovnik. You can always check the cruise schedule for Dubrovnik to see how many cruise ships will be in port that day. To be honest, I didn't do that because we didn't have a lot of flexibility. I think we only saw one cruise ship in port when we were there, but I'm not 100% sure.

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Perast, good choice if you like a bit more laid back and great scenery. Dubrovnik is the Disneyland of the Balkans. That being said, Disneyland does so good because its great. So is Dubrovnik. If you were to arrive about noon, spend the night inside the walls, climb the walls, sight see a bit till dark and then it really gets worth the time. Then get the heck out before noon the next day. That would actually be time well spent. If your are driving Perast to Orebic then I hope you are spending good time in Montenegro. Great place.

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I recommend a stop in Herceg Novi, which has a very nice historic center. However, I don't know what the parking situation would be like. I took a bus.

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Ahhh...thank you so much guys. That is why I love this travel forum. I have been humming and hawing about Dubrovnik and having a hard time dropping it......great advice and so nice to know it is doable if we go early. I think I may have regretted missing it so thank you kmkwoo & James E. We have been to Disneyland in July with the heat and the crowds and we went early and had an incredible time.

Herceg Novi looks just lovely. Have added that onto our itinerary for when we are in Montenegro now. Then we can just get up early in Perast and hit the walls of Dubrovnik at 8am now.

Thanks again everyone. Much appreciated.

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Perast to Dubrovnik will take you about 2 hours. If you stop in Herceg Novi (a good idea) figure at least 4 hours including the border crossing. I am lazy, I would start late, eat lunch in Herceg Novi and then move on to Dubrovnik. Actually I have done it in reverse. Where are you before Perast??

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@James E....We will be staying in Zabljak before Perast exploring the area around the Tara River Canyon/ Durmitor National Park.

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Great area. I was fishing there a few years ago. If you dont have a hotel, there is this great one with a huge deck that looks over the canyon, a short walk from the zip lines. If you are interested I'll dig up the name. Further east another really fantastic place in the hills near the river. I love Montenegro. Two trips so far.