Welcome to Risan

It wouldn’t be the first time Risan has risen from a slump. This is the oldest town on the bay, dating to at least the 3rd century BC when it was a fortified Illyrian town. After the Romans took over, the town exploded to a population of about 10,000, and its seaside was lined with sumptuous mansions.

Apart from the town's famous mosaics, not much remains from Risan's glory days, but those with a taste for history should take a stroll up Gabela, an atmospheric lane with interesting patterned cobbling dating from the Ottoman occupation.

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$59.84 Day Trips & Excursions

Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Start your day at Gruz Port, or with a pickup from your Dubrovnik hotel, and then chat with your guide on the way out of the city, toward Montenegro. The sights that dot the eastward route are just as captivating as the country’s eventful history. So, sit back, enjoy the views and learn about Montenegro's past and present from your guide.Your first standout sight is the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed landmark and one of Europe’s southernmost fjords. Look out over the butterfly-shaped bay from the comfort of your coach, and soak up the views of the water, flanked romantically by mountains, hills and a number of pretty settlements, too.Travel through Risan, one of the oldest towns on the bay, and hear how Queen Teuta of the Illyrian dynasty retreated here during the Roman invasion. From Risan, continue to beautiful Kotor, a UNESCO-listed town and your first stop of the day. Hop out of your coach, and enjoy free time to explore tucked-away piazzas, see the sights and perhaps find a cafe for lunch. Don’t miss the must-see Cathedral of St Tryphon or the handsome city walls. All entrance fees and food throughout the day are at your own expense.After exploring Kotor, take a drive to the town of Budva, and then make the most of more free time in Budva itself. Admire glitzy yachts in the marina, or relax on one of the sandy beaches. How you use your time is up to you.In the late afternoon, meet your guide for a ferry ride back across the Bay of Kotor. Then, finally, return to your coach for a drop-off at Gruz Port or your Dubrovnik hotel in the evening.

$61.65 Day Trips & Excursions

From Dubrovnik to Montenegro Private Day Trip with Guide

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Dubrovnik hotel, and then travel out of the city by luxury vehicle. While your private guide drives, sit back and relax, admiring the scenic countryside of Župa Dubrovacka Valley and the Konavle region. Cross the border to Montenegro and travel along the picture-perfect Montenegro coast, typified by sweeping blonde-sand beaches. Pass the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor -- Europe’s southernmost fjord -- and then stop at the charming coastal town of Risan to stretch your legs and admire the seaside views.Continue to the neighboring village of Perast, lying at the foot of St Elijah Hill, for a walking tour. Much of it was destroyed following an earthquake in the late 1970s, but the gorgeous village still exudes a very Baroque feel with its beautiful villas and churches. After exploring the town with your guide, take a boat ride to a small island close to Perast to see a magnificent 17th-century Baroque church called Our Lady of the Rocks (own expense).Travel to Kotor, and then enjoy a walking tour of this beautifully preserved medieval town. Learn about the town’s important sailing heritage, having had its own merchant navy under the Byzantine Empire. Visit St Tryphon Cathedral, an elegant Romanesque building, and then enjoy some free time in the town to explore independently.Hop back into your minivan and enjoy a coastal drive to Sveti Stefan, a small island city that juts out into the Adriatic Sea. Soak up the views and then head to the coastal town of Budva for lunch (own expense). Enjoy a couple of hours here at leisure, perhaps relaxing on its famous beaches or strolling around the pretty streets.Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and start your journey back to Dubrovnik, passing along the scenic coastal roads. Enjoy one last treat– a ferry crossing along the Bay of Kotor – and then finish your tour in the late afternoon back at your hotel.

$489.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Montenegro Private Tour from Dubrovnik

The tour includes pick up from accommodation in Dubrovnik or the area, driving through Konavle region in Croatia, possible stops along the way for photos. Arriving to Montenegro, driving to and through Kotor bay, visiting the main sights. Visiting Risan with Roman mosaics, Perast with two islands in front of which you can visit one - Our lady of the rocks, continuing to Kotor, Unesco protected city surrounded by large city walls, sightseeing and optional lunch. After Kotor continuing to Budva for sightseeing the old city. On the way back taking a ferry across LKotor bay and continuing towards Dubrovnik for drop off. Your host can surprise you with some additional places to visit in Croatia, you can agree with him on this depending on how much time you have.

$598.42 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-Night Tour

Your 4-night experience starts with a tour of Dubrovnik before progressing through the valley of Župa Dubrovačka to the picturesque Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Discover the charming fishing towns of Risan and Perast on the Adriatic Coast, and then visit the age-old towns of Počitelj, Medjugorje and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Throughout the experience, make the most of having a guide at your side with personalized commentary, tailored to your interests.In between daily excursions, make the most of ample free time in the evenings to experience Dubrovnik independently. Both the 3- and 5-star accommodations are located centrally, allowing you to access the city’s top sights with ease.With the exception of breakfasts, all other meals are excluded from your tour. This means you can eat wherever you please, according to your budget. Free time during excursions is allocated for you to enjoy lunches, and your guide will happily recommend restaurants or dishes for you to try.

$63.29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Montenegro Full-Day Tour from Dubrovnik

Venture into Montenegro, a small and picturesque country filled natural beauty. You will have the opportunity to visit the Bay of Kotor, coastal town of Risan, Our Lady of the Rocks (small island), Kotor, Sveti Stefan and Budva.After crossing the border to enter Montenegro, stop at the historical Bay of Kotor, known as one the most gorgeous winding bays in the Adriatic Sea. You will also be able to visit the coastal town of Risan, a historical legacy of the Roman Empire.Admire the gorgeous Baroque and Venetian architecture and perhaps take an optional boat trip to the small islet Our Lady of the Rocks before venturing into Kotor. Follow your guide through Kotor's historical center and spend some leisurely time immersing yourself into the ancient monuments and well-preserved Medieval architecture. Continue to Sveti Stefan, an astonishing resort and small islet filed with an interesting history, which you will be able to learn from your knowledgeable guide. Explore the walled town of Budva, known for its sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. At your own expense, visit a local restaurant to enjoy some delicious food as you explore Budva. End your tour at the city’s Old Town, then take a short ferry ride back to Dubrovnik for transportation to your accommodation.

$58.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Best of Montenegro - Bay of Kotor tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bay of KotorPhoto/coffee break Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kotor Old CityArrival to Kotor, local guided tour, free timeDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Our Lady of the RocksTake a boat and visit Our Lady of the RocksDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Marina PerastFree time to explore PerastDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes