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Yacht Charter Montenegro

Montenegro’s 300km of rugged, mountainous coastline is becoming popular among those looking to explore the Adriatic beyond Croatia by yacht, especially in summer when the days are sunny and the water temperatures ideal for swimming.

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  • Medieval towns
  • Pristine coastline
  • Sheltered sailing in Bay of Kotor

Sailing vacations Montenegro

Montenegro sunset

Although small, Montenegro has plenty to explore, from impressive mountains and ancient towns to beautiful beaches with crystal clear water. There’s also the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Perast and Kotor. Be sure to hike up the steep hill to see Kotor’s impressive Venetian fortress with fantastic views across the bay.

From our base is the modern Marina Kotor, you’re a short sail from the city of Budva, where you can enjoy a party atmosphere at Ploce Beach, relax on Jaz Beach or go for an early morning swim at Mogren Beach. During the summer, Budva also hosts a popular city theater featuring many local and international performances.

During your yacht charter in Montenegro, do hop to the island of Katič for diving, explore the fort on Mamula, or find isolation at uninhabited Stari Ulcinj. The 14th century old town of Herceg Novi is also well worth a visit, as is Dobrec’s pebble beach, which is only accessible by boat. 

If you’re sailing Montenegro, you‘ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Montenegro

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Visit the chapels on small islands near Perast

Sail to Perast for lunch and explore the chapels on the small islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks nearby.

Explore Porto Montenegro

Take a walk around the new marina at Porto Montenegro that buzzes with excellent places to dine, shop and relax.

Check out the Blue Cave on your way to Herceg Novi

On your Montenegro yacht charter get treated to a unique light show, where the water’s reflections illuminate the cave roof.

Visit Budva

Budva, near the islet St. Stefan, is famous for its beautiful beaches and historic monuments, including mosaics dating from the 3rd century. If you love diving, stop by the two small islands of Katič and Sveta Neđelja nearby.

Visit the iconic Old City of Kotor

If you rent a boat in Kotor, make sure to take time to walk through the old city and visit the castle of San Giovanni. Climb up the steep fortifications on the hillside for the best view of the Bay of Kotor. Take plenty of water.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit Montenegro?

The best time to visit Montenegro is between May and October, when the climate is sunny, hot and dry. The hottest and most crowded months to visit are June, July and August.

The average temperature in Montenegro in summer is 81ºF. The sea temperature in Montenegro in summer is between 75°F and 82°F, with August being the best month for swimming.

What are the sailing conditions in Montenegro?

The sailing conditions for Kotor yacht charters are perfect for sailors who actually want to sail in good winds, instead of always motoring through calms.

Montenegro’s prevailing wind in the summer includes the northwesterly mistral, which blows off the land between 10 and 25 knots on a regular basis.

However, the north easterly bora features gusts that can range between 30 and 50 knots. If you’re sailing Kotor Bay (or the rest of Montenegro) and the bura is forecast, find a sheltered anchorage right away. 

The southerly sirocco is warm, but can also bring rain and wind up to 25 knots.

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Sailing Montenegro with Dream Yacht Charter

Kotor yacht charters

Whether you want to sail on a catamaran or a monohull, we have the perfect yacht for you.

Montenegro skippered charters

No sailing experience is needed for our Montenegro skippered charters. Choose where you want to sail and we’ll find a skipper for your yacht.

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Montenegro sailing itinerary

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Montenegro family eating local food vacation 7-day itinerary Montenegro: Budva, Herceg Novi and Kotor

Day 1

Overnight at the base.

Day 2

Sail to Budva, where you’ll find sandy beaches along the coast. Known as an Adriatic version of St. Tropez, you’ll find an attractive walled city, old monasteries, a natural harbor and a great atmosphere at Ploce beach. Notable beaches include Mogren, Kamenovo and Jaz.

Day 3

Head further south to Sveti Stefan, where an ancient terracotta roofed village meets modern day luxury resort. Swim at Sveti Stefan, Miločer and Queen’s beaches. If you want a treat, book at the recently opened Nobu for dinner.

Day 4

Make for Herceg Novi, at the entrance to the Gulf of Kotor, where you can leisurely stroll around its heritage-listed tree-lined town squares and citadel. Sail the bay and explore the blue grotto, or head to Dobrec, Zanjic and Mirista coves.

Day 5

Head for the Bay of Kotor with its impressive medieval fortress at Kotor snaking up the steepest mountains in the region. Enjoy local food and drink in the narrow streets and cobbled squares in this walled city. An itinerary in Montenegro isn’t complete without this historic stop-off.

Day 6

Sail to Perast and explore its tiny islands of Gospa od Škrpjela and Sveti Dorde and their churches

Day 7

Disembark.

Useful information for yacht charters in Montenegro

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How do I get to Montenegro from the US?

You can get to Montenegro by flying to the airports at Tivat (TIV) or Podgorica (TGD) via the UK or Paris. You can get a connecting flight with low-cost carriers, such as easyJet. 

We can arrange airport transfers on request and the airport is about 9km from our base, or a 15-minute taxi ride.

Although Tivat and Podgorica are Montenegro’s main international airports, it’s often easier for visitors from the US to arrive via Dubrovnik Airport in neighboring Croatia, as it’s served by a greater range of flights and airlines from European countries, such as the UK, Germany and Italy. 

American Airlines has announced that it is flying direct to Dubrovnik from Philadelphia.

What language is spoken in Montenegro?

The official language spoken in Montenegro is Montenegrin, but English, along with Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, is widely spoken.

What is the currency for Montenegro?

The currency in Montenegro is the Euro.

What are the customs restrictions for Montenegro?

If you’re on a Kotor yacht charter, you do not need to worry about customs clearance. However, if you want to sail to Croatia, please talk to us before booking.

What documents do I need to sail Montenegro?

To visit Montenegro, you will need a US passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure. No visa is required for stays under 90 days. 

To sail Montenegro, you will need a sailing license that is recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Montenegro?

You can get around Montenegro by bus and the public transport system is good. You can also rent a car.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Montenegro?

The Wi-Fi in Montenegro is good and most cities and towns have Wi-Fi hotspots at bars, restaurants and hotels. Coverage is patchy in the mountains and across remote areas. Internet access costing €30 for seven days is also available.

What regulations are there in Montenegro?

There are no regulations in Montenegro for sailing.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Montenegro?

You can find weather forecasts ahead of your yacht charter in Montenegro on VHF Channel 24 and http://www.meteo.co.me/.

What provisioning is there in Montenegro?

There are choices for provisioning in Montenegro. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Montenegro sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags. Large suitcases take up too much room on board.

What is the electrical current in Montenegro?

The electrical current in Montenegro is 220V, so pack a type C and F adaptor.

What is the dialing code for Montenegro?

The dialing code for Montenegro is +382.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht Charter?

Dream Yacht Charter is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

You can choose one of the following options:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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