We are taking the Best of the Adriatic tour this year and already have our flights booked. The tour is over after breakfast and our flight is at 6:30 p.m. that night. Would it be crazy for me to try to do a day trip to Montenegro (Bay of Kotor) that day, with a hired driver? It looks like about a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. We'd be willing to get a very early start to the day and we'd check out of the hotel and take our bags with us. The ride back to the airport after the Bay of Kotor looks like it's only about 50 minutes . What I'm worried about is the risk that traffic crossing the border to get back to Croatia might be bogged down and we'd risk missing our flight. Has anyone done this kind of very short day trip to Montenegro, who might be able to comment on whether it's do-able?
What month? In summer, I would be concerned about traffic. Otherwise, it sounds reasonable.
This would be in mid October.
I'd go for it then! But you could always inquire with the service if they anticipate any issues.
I have a similar question. I am doing this tour ending July 10 and haven't purchased my flights yet. I was wondering if it's worth staying an extra night to go to Montenegro? Is it worth the time and expense? I'd probably do a day tour if I decide on this. Would love any feedback. Thanks!
Montenegro is beautiful, and the scenery as you ride around the Bay of Kotor is stunning. I enjoyed spending a week or so in Montenegro a few years ago. I have no idea how much you can see in a day trip from Dubrovnik, but I think it's great to be able to sit back and look out the window rather than having to concentrate on the road.
We did a day in Montenegro (Bay of Kotor) after our Best of the Adriatic tour in mid-October 2022 using a hired driver. (We got his name from the RS guide, I cannot remember his name (Pero?) but he was excellent.) He picked us up from our hotel at 8 am. We had an excellent, busy day in Montenegro- it was well worth it. We ended up getting back to our hotel in the early evening, but we had eaten an early dinner at a terrific place back in Croatia just over the border which you could skip if time is tight. We had no significant wait at the border crossing.
There is no question in my mind that the trip will be well worth the effort and expense. What I think it will come down to is will you be able to relax enough to enjoy the experience without worrying about making your flight. If you let your driver know that you need to be at the airport by 4pm I am sure he can design the itinerary to make that happen. Good luck and enjoy- I wish we could do it all over again!
Thank you, everyone, for these replies. We're going for it! We'll be on this tour with three other couples we met on our April 2022 RS Portugal tour, and two of them are joining us for the day trip to Montenegro! We've booked it with Dubrovnik Top Tours. They assured me that our driver/guide for the day will be able to pick us up as early as we wish so that we can see and do as much as possible. After my husband and I are dropped at the airport, the rest will be taken back to the hotel. The fee is 380 Euro for the whole group. Although notice of a flight change is usually distressing, I recently was notified that our Air France flight out of Dubrovnik is going to depart at 7:25 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. That extra hour is a nice cushion! (We don't have to worry about a missed connection because we picked a flight with a 15 hour layover in Paris, giving us the ability to get a good night of sleep in an airport area hotel before our flight to Chicago the next day.)
Ivana of Dubrovnik Top Tours described our proposed tour as follows: "First stop is Verige - the entrance to the Kotor bay, then visiting and exploring Perast with two islands in front of which you will visit one by a boat- lady of the rocks...visiting and driving along beautiful Kotor bay, panoramic and photo stops, visiting and sightseeing the UNESCO protected city of Kotor, free time, shopping, lunch... There are some shorter walks on the city walls which you can take if you don't want to go all the way up. As the tour is private there is no firm itinerary to follow, you can have the day at your own pace (we will keep in mind the timings), we will be with you to explain everything about the places you visit, history, recommend where to go, places for lunch etc."
This person can arrange the day trip to Montenegro (really worth the effort) and get you to the airport on time.