Montenegro Highlights

Montenegro Independent Self Drive Tours

Croatia’s lesser-visited southern neighbor of Montenegro is full of beauty for you to discover! Just a short drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro has stunning coastline, charming seaside villages, magnificent mountains, a fascinating history, and so many beautiful places to explore! This tour enables you to discover Montenegro your way and choose from a variety of activities and destinations to include on your tour.

Montenegro Highlights Tour Favorite Moments*

*An Example of The Exciting Activities Carpe Mundo Can Arrange For You!

  • Explore hidden gems of charming villages alongside beautiful coastline
  • Kayak or swim your way in the beautiful waters of the Bay of Kotor
  • Try your hand at cooking at authentic meal during a local cooking class
  • Up for some action? Hike up to Mt. Durmitor for a cool escape and epic views

What is a self drive tour?

Scroll over the car icon to discover how our independent self drive trips allow you the freedom and ease to discover a destination through your vision, your way, your pace.

Discover at your own pace

This is a self drive tour so no physical person/guide will be present. One of our specialists will work with you to develop a trip based on your interests and travel style. We provide a detailed daily itinerary with suggestions and information on things to see/do, as well as general information about travel to Croatia. You will also receive a personalized digital map with accommodations, restaurants, points of interest, etc. that can be used online or through the Google Maps app. We also provide a list of optional day tours that you can incorporate into your trip, and some of these will have an physical person/guide.

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for a self-drive Montenegro Highlights trip. The itinerary can be changed and customized to suit your needs.

Leave Dubrovnik and head a short distance south into Montenegro. Drive through the countryside to the beautiful Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and selected by Lonely Planet as the #1 place to visit in 2016! You will be amazed by the beauty here with small villages hugging the coast, the sea on one side and towering mountains on the other. In the afternoon, you can explore some of the charming seaside towns such as Perast, Dobrota, or Kotor. You will spend the next two nights in one of these towns as you explore more of Montenegro.

Make today your own adventure by choosing from a variety of exciting and relaxing activities, combining as many as you want or can! Visit the town of Kotor, a great spot for shopping, or for those wanting a workout you can climb up the fortress that rises above the town, affording a panoramic view of the bay. Visit the local market, wander the pedestrian only cobblestone streets, or take a cooking class. If you want a bit of luxury, visit nearby Porto Montenegro with luxury boutiques and restaurants overlooking the marina’s super yachts. Mt. Durmitor is another option for those who like to hike- a drive up here takes you from a coastal setting to a a cool mountain escape. If you are a water lover, rent a kayak and paddle around the Bay of Kotor, visiting the enchanting Our Lady of the Rock church (also accessible by small shuttle boats)- learn the legend of how this church was built on an island in the 15th century. Nearby Ploce beach has waterfront restaurants, unbelievably clear water, and an incredible view. Venture a little further to Budva, one of Montenegro’s most famous towns with a beautiful old town and happening night life. Another option is to visit Skadar Lake National Park- take a boat tour to discover the lake’s wildlife andn to visit a 14th century monastery- still with the original frescoes! On your way back to the Bay of Kotor, stop at a local winery to sample not only some of Montenegro’s best wines but also homemade rakija, cheese, and prosciutto.

In the morning, partake in any activities or visit any sights that you may have missed during the past couple of days. Then, head back to Croatia making a few optional stops along the way. You can visit the ancient Roman mosaics in Risan which are beautifully restored, stop for some wine tasting in the Konavle Valley, and/or visit the charming small town of Cavtat, just a short distance from Dubrovnik. Return to Dubrovnik where accommodation is on your own.

This is our suggested itinerary; your trip can be customized based on your preferences.

Best self driving routes for Montenegro

Prices

Low Season

November - April

Shoulder Season

May, September, October

High Season

June, July, August

Accommodations

  • Winter
  • Spring/Fall
  • Summer
WinterSpring/FallSummer
Budget Accommodations$391$439$544
Comfort Accommodations$451$529$664
Luxury Accommodations$523$691$844

*Prices are in US Dollars, based on two people traveling together

Vehicles

  • Winter
  • Spring/Fall
  • Summer
WinterSpring/FallSummer
Automatic Transmission Upgrade$65$200$36
Midsize Car Upgrade$18$30$96
SUV or Station Wagon Upgrade$48$54$200

*Prices are in US Dollars, based on two people traveling together // Luxury car upgrade available upon request

Montenegro Highlights

Undiscovered beauty, explore Montengro your way!
$ 391* Prices Starting At
  • Prices vary by accommodation, season and preferred itinerary.

IncludeD:

  • This tour includes a rental car for you to explore! The standard car is a small car with manual transmission, but upgrades to automatic or larger cars are available.
  • Two nights of accommodation are included, with the option to add additional nights if desired. All of our self drive tours are personalized based on your preferences, so we will ask whether you prefer to stay at a hotel, guesthouse, or apartment and will choose your accommodations based on your input.

Not IncludeD:

  • Flights are not included, but we can assist with airfare.
  • Insurance is not included, but there are options we can recommend if interested.
  • Depending on the accommodations, breakfast may be included. We provide recommendations and suggestions for locations for the other meals.

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Additional Information

Tours for a number other than 2 or 4 people are possible- pricing will vary depending on the number of rooms desired- contact us for pricing for tours of 1, 3 or 5+ travelers. If you have questions about the self drive tours, check out our Self Drive FAQs or contact us

To book your trip, please pay a deposit and we will then contact you to collect additional information about your trip.

About the prices: The quoted prices are per person, based on double occupancy. On a rare occasion, the pricing may be slightly higher depending how far in advance the trip is booked, as well as availability at preferred accommodations. Lower prices are available if you are interested in staying at hostels. Any of our self-drive itineraries can be customized for you- please contact us with any requests for modifications. 

About the accommodations: The standard price includes private rooms but a bathroom that is shared with other rooms. Upgraded room options include rooms with private bathrooms. Accommodations will vary but will include a mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses, bed & breakfasts, hotels, apartments, or cottages. All of the accommodations we choose are well liked by previous travelers. Further details will be given when we are provided with your trip dates and we can check availability at our preferred lodgings. 

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