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“Game of Thrones Tour”

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Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Ranked #35 of 147 Tours in Dubrovnik
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“Game of Thrones Tour”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

My boyfriend & I took this tour on our last day in Dubrovnik, May 2014 - If you only have one day in the city, we would highly recommend doing this tour!
Ivana our guide was full of information - She had been an extra in the show, was a historian, and an avid fan of Game of Thrones - She really brought it all to life for us, as well as providing screen shots of the places that were filmed in the show, and linking the history of the city with plot lines in the show itself.
There are A LOT of steps in Dubrovnik - This tour was well paced despite the climbs up/down steps, and our guide made a point of resting frequently, finding shade while she spoke to us, and making sure we had water & refilled regularly, all while avoiding the swarms of tourists.
We paid extra for the tour of the Arboretum, which is where all the garden scenes for the show were filmed, and another couple joined us - It was well worth it - Ivana herself had a passionate interest in all things Game of Thrones & seemed just as excited as us to be there and experience the beauty - It was essentially like having a private tour
While the cost seems steep initially (approx. €100) we started on time at 10.15am, finished just before 1.30pm for the first half of the tour - and then around 4pm after the gardens - the cost included entrance to Fortress Lovrijenac (30kn/€4), The city walls (100kn/€13) & The Trsteno Arboretum (40kn/€5), as well as the transfer to the gardens outside of the city, and they offered to drop us off at our hotel on the way back.
Ivana was knowledgeable, polite, her English was impeccable, she was able to pace the tour depending on the participants needs (one lady had mobility issues) and it was an amazing tour overall

Visited May 2014
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“Terrible - AVOID!”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

First of all, I was very unhappy with the service from Viator, with whom I originally booked in September 2013 (traveled on the tour in May 2014). Despite 4 emails sent (without response), I wasn't told where to meet for the tour until the day before, when I finally worked out who the actual tour operator was and contacted them separately ("Elite", or so I'm told).

When we met on the morning of the tour (they were 25 minutes late from the pick up point), it was a 25+ person coach, when I was led to believe it was a 'small' tour.

So let's compare our experience with the promises when booking:

"On this day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, cross international borders and spend the day in one of Europe’s lesser-visited gems. Enjoy a scenic drive around Kotor Bay with its numerous small settlements, including Risan, once the seat of the Illyrian queen Teuta, and picturesque Perast".

What?? Our tour guide didn't talk about ANY history or places of interest on this trip, other than to say that Montenegrin's were a 'lazy people', and we shouldn't expect to see much. He did mention some late 2010ish recent history of hotels, roads, politicians etc, but NOTHING historical. Speaking in German and English (very badly) anything of interest was missed by the time he summoned up the words.

"Take a break in the medieval town of Kotor, encircled by walls and fortresses and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss its popular attraction, the Cathedral of St Tryphon".

We had 75 minutes to explore this town, 65 minutes if you count the walk to and from the coach. You barely had time for a coffee and a pee. Beautiful as it was, we had no guidance on where to go.

"Then continue your tour along the steep slopes to Cetinje (only April-October), stopping briefly along the way in the village of Njeguši. You will drive through Cetinje, once the seat of the Montenegrin rulers".

OK, so this is where things get really bad. IF YOU HAVE ANY FEAR OF HEIGHTS DO NOT TAKE THIS TRIP. The rather grumpy coach driver took us on a death defying tour-de-force of one of the most dangerous roads in Europe at high speed, relying on late-brake driving most of the way around. He screamed at cars coming in the other direction, cut corners on incredibly dangerous bends, and was generally going 20kph over the safe limit when he could. The tour guide apparently loved it ... " at least if you die it will be quick", he chirped, along with tasteless quips and jokes about people driving off the edge, tales about how he loved to defy death by "flying", and lauding how he loved to see people frightened. "You just wait to see what is next..., I can't wait to see your faces on the next bend."

Now, I'm not kidding, this road is extremely frightening for someone with vertigo, and there was no mention of 25+ hairpin bends, without barriers on a hazardous mountain road on the tour description

"Continue towards Budva with a panoramic view over Sveti Stefan, an exclusive island hotel. In Budva, a charming ancient town that is today a lively tourist resort, you’ll have more free time to explore. Return to Dubrovnik with a ferry ride across the bay".

Again, all said, less than an hour in beautiful Budva - we found the Citadel on the seafront ourselves - the guide made no mention of it - but that was the highlight of the day. We had it to ourselves (no one else knew about it?)

A really bad tour, by a really bad tour guide, and an exceptionally skilled, but untrustworthy driver.

I will NEVER book anything with Viator again.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank ChrisD42
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EliteTravelDubrovnik, product manager at Elite Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your review,however we would like to clarify a few things.
First of all it seems that you have been misled by the name of the excursion. Our excursion is called Montenegro - nowhere does it say that it is a "small" tour as you say.
There is another tour called Small- Group Montenegro which is operated by another agency and has nothing to do with Elite Travel.
On this departure we had a group of 26 persons in a 49 seater which is certainly more comfortable than a "small" group in a small vehicle.
We are sorry about the delay at the pick up - sometimes the traffic in Dubrovnik(just like in many other towns) is chaotic in the morning.
We have talked to our guide regarding the other matters:
He talked about the Montenegrian history quite a lot as well as the surroundings.
Regarding his language skills we need to point out that he has lived and gone to school in Germany and speaks both languages fluently.
His English was recently tested by a very strict British travel agency and there were no problems there.
The stop in Kotor was 75 minutes as you say - maybe a little short but this is a long excursion and we are trying to make the most of it.Still Kotor is quite small and one hour+
is enough for most people.
Usual practice for guide is to take the group in front of the Old Town,explained the large map and give directions to rest rooms and the market. In Budva, practice is to show to the group the map,explain and give then general directions.That is about what a Croatian(or any other foreign tour guide) is allowed to do in Montenegro.For any other guiding we would need a local guide which would add to time and pricing.
Regarding the climb up the mountain we can understand that it might be frightening for someone with vertigo but such a person would probably not take an excursion the includes "steep slopes"-we have never had such complaints.
Regarding the safety it is a little overstatement ("death defying tour-de- force"??).Although the mountain road is narrow and climbs quite high we have never had any safety issues on this excursion.We have been doing this for 12 years and as far as we know there has never been a serious incident.All agencies use this road and the large majority of our guests consider this climb being the highlight of the whole tour.Our drivers are extremely professional and although you might think that that drive is very dangerous it probably looks much worse than it is.
Regarding the guides' jokes we apologize if you found them in poor taste.
We have also contacted our representatives and sales places to see if there were any more complaints on this tour and there were not.
We are really sorry that you found the tour so disappointing - if you ever come back to Dubrovnik we would like to invite you to our other Montenegro tour namely Ancient Montenegro.
That tour does not climb the mountains and you have more time in Kotor as well as the whole Bay.
Best regards,
Elite Travel
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“A long time on a coach!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I took the "Ancient Montenegro" tour with Elite. We were picked up, as arranged, outside our hotel, by 55 seater coach - which was to become completely full. Probably a dozen travellers were from the USA and a couple from Germany. The tour guide therefore spoke in both English and German, which got a litle annoying for 50+ of us! The coach also had to stop at a few more hotels in small resorts which were very difficult to access, thus meaning we spent a long time travelling before actually getting en route to Montenegro.

The views on the way are spectacular. It's worth sitting on the right of the coach (looking forward) if you can stand looking over the precipitous drop over the edge! The mountainsides to the left are covered with cypress trees. Stunning.

We suffered a long delay at the Croatian border, made even longer by the fact that the passports of the US citizens were all taken away for inspection, whereas those of us from the EU just had to hold ours up when a border guard came on board the coach. Blow me if, a short distance up the road, at the other end of No-man's Land, we stopped again - for at least a shorter time - at the Montenegro border. Once through, we were treated to a comfort stop at a small petrol station-cum-cafe. Very brief but sufficient to visit the loo (usual queue for the ladies) and enjoy the view.

Our guide was knowledgeable and, thankfully, not as over-exuberant as some I've experienced elsewhere.

We visited Risan, where we were able to view the empty spaces where mosaics should have been! These were apparently away for refurbishment. There were a couple to see, plus some old bits of buildings and one of the resident tortoises - who seemed to get more attention than the mosaics!

We got the ferry from Perast to the man-made island of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rocks. A quick and picturesque journey. This is a beautiful, spiritual place housing many interesting artifacts, and our local guide was wonderful to listen to. Sadly, there's always someone who insists on taking flash photos, no matter how many signs and verbal requests! Enough time to explore this tiny space before getting the ferry back and our onward journey to Kotor. I've reviewed Kotor separately so won't repeat it all here.

Our journey home was a little quicker, though only marginally. We took a short ferry ride which cut off the curve of the bay.

I would recommend booking this tour with either a smaller company, or Elite using a smaller coach or minibus. There would be fewer stops and a more personal experience.

A long day's travelling - out at 8.20 a.m; back at the hotel at 7.40p.m, with probably half that time spent on the coach.

Visited September 2013
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“Fabulous day trip aboard Galleon Tirena”
Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a pity that the day trip aboard Galleon Tirena to the Elafiti Islands is so difficult to find in TripAdvisor. Fortunately, we met a sales rep near the Rector Palace :-)

This was a wonderful day trip to three of these islands (Koločep, Šipan and Lopud) that includes plenty of time to explore the islands as well as a delicious fish lunch. And all for 250kn, which makes it an absolute bargain (as a comparison, Karaka was 400kn and we sailed in parallel all day long!).

The trip starts at 9am and ends at 5pm from the port of Gruž in Dubrovnik. So there is no view of the Old City from the ship. However, it includes a 3-hour stop at Lopud, which is plenty of time to walk and enjoy a swim at the fabulous Šunj beach.

As a tip: it can be cold at 9am on an open ship. Bring suitable clothes :-)

Visited October 2013
4 Thank jcasal
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“This is the tour in Croatia I'm still talking about”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We spent a month exploring Croatia and this is the day I'm still talking about. We arrived at the dock to board the ship Tirena for our all day island hopping excursion. We were in a group of 12 - only 12 people on this ship that holds 200! Talk about feeling spoiled.

We used the boat to dock at two of the three islands in the Elafiti Island chain (a series of 13 islands off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia). There is no better way to see Dubrovnik County than by seeing it by boat, and this replica Galleon Ship makes an impressive entrance to any port. With the crew of only 5 people, this handsome ship makes quite an entrance. The crews customer service was top notch as well.

We then sailed to the islands of Lopud and Sipan (where we had lunch). We made brief stops on each island but on Sipan they have two docking ports and it was the second port where we stopped to have lunch.

Service on board the boat was very good. We had unlimited coffee, tea and other beverages. Around 10:00am or so the cook had prepared apple strudel for us and it was served warm.

They hold weddings and other events on the Tirena. The bathroom was large and clean which when you are on a ship all day is very important.

This is the way to see the coast line of Dubrovnik County. Make sure to have a good guide along (as we did, thank you Vicki!) who will tell you some of the enchanting stories of the smaller islands that you will be passing.

They will also arrange a pirate show for you and your guests on the Tirena if they have advanced notice.

Sadly this is not wheelchair accessible since you will use gangways to get onto and off the ship.

Great excursion.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Florence L
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