During my recent stay in Croatia, I decided to sacrifice one day of sightseeing in Dubrovnik area in order to explore some famous attractions in neighbouring Montenegro. While I am not keen on organized tours and prefer to travel independently, I decided to book a tour as it seemed pretty complicated to see more than one town using public transport. For about 50 Euros, Adriatic Explor offered a good deal and also reviews were mostly positive.
This company proofed to offer great service and made my day trip pleasant and memorable.
They pick up relatively early at numerous hotels, apartment houses and other spots in the whole city. Our minibus was comfortable and modern. The tour guide Jana (if I remember her name well) was lovely, caring and had a great knowledge on the country’s history, culture and customs. We headed for Herceg Novi which we reached after about 1.5 hours and after a short stop for coffee and breakfast, we drove to Kotor, passing the famous fjord. Kotor is a beautiful city with a fantastic and well- preserved old town located between the fjord and some mountains. Without any doubt, Kotor was my favourite attraction on that day. Our group had a guided tour through the old town offered by a local guide for no surcharge (just tips). Unfortunately, it was raining so heavily that it was nearly impossible to enjoy what the city had to offer. In fact, the tour and also individual time for sightseeing were limited due to severe weather conditions. After having left Kotor, we drove to Sveti Stefan island to take some photos of this famous place. Then we headed for Budva where we spent the most of the remaining day. I did not like Budva very much, I would have prefered to spend more time in Kotor instead. While there is a small but nice old town and a long beach with an esplanade, I found the city to be ugly and commercialized in most parts. Strange stalls selling kitchy souvenirs and fast food as well as abandoned buildings give Budva a seedy character, otherwise it could be a decent destination. While in Budva, the weather improved and the sun came out so I could at least enjoy the time on the beach.
After several hours in Budva, we drove back to Dubrovnik where we arrived in late afternoon.
One thing I really liked about that tour is the fact that our group was not persuaded or forced to buy at local shops or manufactories. This type of sales tour is common in many countries around the world and I highly appriciate that I did not lose time in sales conversations.
Adriatic Explore provided excellent service on that tour and I would recommend them to family and friends. It was a great way to get an insight into Montenegro. My only suggestion for the company is to dedicate more time to Kotor and less time to Budva in future.
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