Montenegro Discovery Tour

Perast city, Montenegro
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours

Montenegro with its rich cultural heritage and beautiful areas of natural landscape is often known as the ‘pearl of the Balkans’. Based in the coastal resort town of Petrovac, this guided discovery tour will take you to the country’s most scenic areas with visits to two of its national parks as well as delve into its culture and history. Highlights include visiting UNESCO listed Kotor – a delightful medieval town with a maze of narrow streets – and Stari Bar – an isolated partly ruined settlement in the mountains. There’s also a visit to Cetinje – Montenegro’s old capital – and to Budva – a medieval walled town with Venetian stone buildings.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the beautiful Bay of Kotor and the old towns of Perast and Kotor
  • Explore Lake Skadar National Park and enjoy a boat ride on the lake
  • Enjoy a wonderful panorama of fjords, mountains and the Adriatic from Lovćen National Park
  • Sail to 'the lady of the rocks' and uncover her legend

What’s included

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
  • A local guide in Ciutadella
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Holiday Information

All transport relevant to the itinerary (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances to museums etc. You should allow €12 per person each day.

Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery. During your Discovery Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. This is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays Tour Manager may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.

Welcome to Hotel Palas in the coastal resort of Petrovac. Unpack and settle in.


This morning we’ll drive to the picturesque old town of Perast which nestles at the foot of the mountains between the two bays of the inner Boka and opposite the Verige Channel. Here there will be the opportunity to explore the town and take a boat trip to the nearby island of Our Lady of the Rock. We shall then make our way back along the bay to Kotor, one of the best-preserved Medieval towns in the Adriatic and part of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Old Kotor is a densely-packed triangle of twisting streets and tiny squares, cafés and churches, and is a delight to simply wander through and explore.


Inland from Bar is the ruined old city of Stari Bar. This remarkable walled city, devastated by an earthquake along the coast in 1979, has been largely rebuilt and it is well worth visiting. We’ll take a short walk around the ruins before moving on to the Gradiste Monastery, a UNESCO-protected cultural site set up in the Montenegrin hills with fantastic sea views.


Budva is surrounded by natural beauty, bay islands and beaches, but it is also full of cultural and historic monuments. The old town lies on a narrow peninsula and is crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares. Later, we’ll visit the 700-year-old Rezevici Monastery, a cultural and historic monument housing three smaller churches and some wonderful restored paintings.


On our 7-night holidays, we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently.

Beaches: Within easy walking distance south of Petrovac is the quiet cove of Lučice, perfect for swimming. Café facilities are available here. A little further on is the wide expanse of reed-backed Buljarica beach.

Fortress: in the northern part of Petrovac an old Venetian fortress sits on a natural promontory of rock sticking out into the Adriatic Sea. The attached museum is well worth a visit; exhibits include Roman mosaics, murals and paintings. The fortress has an observation deck with magnificent views out over the bay.

There is an excellent pool at the hotel. Details of other seasonal excursions are available from your leaders and the hotel reception desk.


Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans and one of the largest national parks in the country. It is an important habitat for water birds and is also famous for its staggering diversity of flora and fauna. We’ll spend some time in Virpazar at the northern tip of the lake, call in at the National Park visitor centre and enjoy a boat ride too.


Today we’ll be visiting the former capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. Despite no longer being the official capital city, the President’s residence can be found here, and it is still known as the ‘honorary’ capital. Later, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Lovcen National Park which is dominated by Mount Lovcen and is where a mixture of the Mediterranean and continental climates has created a unique environment for an array of wildlife. It is home to around 200 species of birds, 85 species of butterfly plus large mammals including bears and wolves.


We hope to see you again soon.


Holiday Information

All transport relevant to the itinerary (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances to museums etc. You should allow €12 per person each day.

Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery. During your Discovery Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. This is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays Tour Manager may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.

 

Montenegro Itinerary Map

Hotel Palas - Montenegro

The 4-star Hotel Palas is located on the promenade of Petrovac, a coastal resort town with sandy beaches and hidden coves. The towering Pastrovici Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop to the hotel while in the ground there are attractive terraces and gardens planted with orange and olive trees. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the shops and it owns part of the sandy Lucice beach; hotel guests enjoy private seating. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Rooms

There are 173 bedrooms, all en-suite with bath/shower, hairdryer, minibar, room safe, air conditioning, TV and telephone.

Facilities

There is a wellness centre and spa that has a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, an outdoor saltwater pool and indoor freshwater pool.  There are a range of treatments available to book for additional cost.

There are two hotel bars, one near the reception with lovely views to the sea and nearby islands, and one near the pool.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Palas are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

The hotel has a buffet style breakfast from 7am. 

Lunch (payable locally)

Ingredients for a picnic lunch can be bought from local shops.

Evening meal

The hotel has a comprehensive buffet from 7.30pm.  Vegetarians and those with special diets should discuss their requirements with the hotel staff on their arrival.

Drinks

The hotel has well-stocked bars serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have.

During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised activity, such as a quiz.  On one evening, we have arranged for a local speaker to come and speak to our guest groups and enlighten you on this regions colourful history.

Alternatively, you may wish to relax in the bar with your fellow guests or go for a walk along the beach on warmer evenings.

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing.
You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, camera, sun protection, drinks (at least 2 litres) etc during the day. A money belt is always a good idea.

You’ll also need to bring your:

  • Booking confirmation
  • Travel insurance cover note and contact details
  • European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Completed guest registration form
  • Photocopy of photo page of passport
  • Sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Medication: If you require any medication, please take adequate supplies for the duration of your holiday. It’s advisable to carry your medication in your hand luggage instead of packing it in your suitcase

Francis Gottesman

Francis has been involved with the teaching of European foreign languages (he speaks seven) and group overseas travel all over Europe throughout his working career.  He believes that the perfect recipe for instilling pleasure in travelling combined with an appreciation and understanding of a different culture is through a mixture of visiting cultural and historical sites, enjoying the lifestyle and cuisine of the host destination. This is his aim for the groups he leads and he will do his utmost to ensure this happens.

Leader to Be Announced

We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.

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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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