We were extrememely fortunate to be on a tour led by Milo Popovic two days ago while on a cruise stop in Kotor. Milo waited for the eight of us to get in on the tender then whisked us away in a van on a wonderful tour of this stunningly beautiful country. We first stopped at Perast, where we took the shuttle boat to the fascinating Our Lady of the Rock church. From there MIo took us to the resort city of Budva, providing commentary on the history of the region as we drove along and stopping at occasional overlooks to point out points of interest or provide photo opps. We explored Budva for about 45 minutes, but didn't have lunch there as Milo had another place in mind.
We drove along older roads through the mountains until we reached the remote and sublime Restoran Belveder, overlooking a large lake nestled among craggy peaks. The cheese and oil, ham, stewed lamb and potatoes -- all regional specialties -- were delicious, washed down with a nice Montenegran red wine. It was one of the most memorable meals we've had in ages.
We piled back into the van and Milo led us to Njegusi, his grandfather's village and one of the only agrarian spots in the rugged region. Along the way he pointed out German bunkers from WWII and historical tablets chronicling events of that war and its aftermath. He speaks English well and has an impressive command of the region's history. He is also a warm, generous and funny guide, and his tours are very reasonably priced. We'd committed for a six hour tour but he extended it to 7 1/4, getting us back to the port in ample time to make our departure.
Consider yourself lucky if he is available when you visit Kotor!!