Does anyone have information on Kotor? We will be traveling from Dubrovnik on a day trip. What would be the best mode of transportation, car,bus?
Hi Dolores. I was in Kotor last June and enjoyed it. I took a day tour with Amico from Dubrovnik. We stopped in Budva as well (I enjoyed Budva a bit more).
I usually do not like tours...but this one had only 4-5 people and our guide was very knowledgeable. Bon voyage!
You can rent a car (the driving is easy) or go on a day tour. Public bus may be tricky due to the cross country border issue (i.e., it may not be seamless unless something has changed since 2011 - you can check to be sure). The issue is that the Dubrovnik public bus service will stop before the border with Montanegro, then there will likely be a gap, and then a Montanegro bus will start which serves only Montanegro. Maybe they've integrated the services better but they really have no incentive to do so since most folks will cross by driving (or on a tour bus as part of a day trip). It may be smoother than I think but since I couldn't readily figure it out, I just took a day tour. Read Rick Steves's book or check out... http://www.visit-montenegro.com/ *they seem to have guides you can load on a kindle or iTunes - used to have just plain PDFs
Agnes is right...we had to cross the borders 3 times I think to get to Kotor and then, Budva...3 times to show your passport on the way there and on the way back.
We just rented a car in Dubrovnik - asked the owner of our Sobe and she made all the arrangements. Could not have been easier - easy drive, easy border crossings, well....climbing all the way up to the top of the ramparts wasn't exactly easy, but well worth it. I'd do it again the same way.
Renting a car will give you more flexibility to do what you want. Its about 1 1/2 hour drive to Kotor from Dubrovnik and an easy drive. As you drive around the bay, a nice stop would be to check out Perast, an old city with a great view of 2 island churches off the coast. If you can get there early Kotor has a morning market. If you have some time left after exploring Kotors old town, you can hike up the hill behind Kotor. It has old ruins and nice views. Or you could drive up Mount Lovcen for better views. Near Mount Lovcen, is a town called Njegus, where you can buy some great prsut and cheese.
If you look in Rick Steves' book on Montenegro, he recommends a personal guide (I believe his name was Stefan). He is FABULOUS! We were on a cruise, and he met us at the port and took us all over. He was extremely knowledgeable, young and energetic. Probably one of the best tour guides we have ever had. I found his cost to be very reasonable as well. If you are interested, send me a personal message and I will send you his contact info. I'm sure I still have it in my papers from the trip.
Kotor is not worth seeing IMHO, especially if you have been to Lake Bled before. In fact, all of Montenegro is dull. Got to Mostar instead.
Everyone has different tastes, Lake Bled is very nice and so is Mostar, but Kotor and the surrounding Bay of Kotor is equally well worth the visit. If you are traveling during good weather you can take a trip to the blue cave and snorkel, only about 30 minutes from Kotor. About an hour away is Lake Skadar the largest lake in the Balkans. If you have more than a day, there's rafting in the Mountains only a few hours away.
I can only comment on whether Kotor is willing to visit. We were there only for a few hours as a stop on a cruise in 2011. It rained most of the day so we only got three hours on shore, but found it a worthwhile stop. There are lots of crumbling buildings, but it's a real taste of a different world with quite a it of underlying beauty. I would have like to hike the mountain above town, which would have been possible in better weather.