Montenegro Discovery Tour
Discover untouched landscapes and cultural diversity
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This holiday provides plenty of opportunity to discover Montenegro, the ‘Black Pearl’ of the Balkans, with its stunning untouched landscapes and cultural heritage.
- The beautiful Bay of Kotor with the old towns of Perast and Kotor
- Stari Bar and the Gradiste Monastery
- Coastal town of Budva and the restored paintings at the Rezevici monastery
- Explore Lake Skadar National Park and enjoy a boat ride on the lake
- Enjoy wonderful panoramas of fjords, mountains and the Adriatic from the Lovćen National Park
- Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests
- 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
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
The 4-star Hotel Palas in the resort of Petrovac; a coastal town with sandy beaches and hidden coves, is located on the promenade with attractive terraces and gardens planted with orange and olive trees. It is within easy walking distance of the shops and behind the hotel is the towering Pastrovici Mountains. The hotel owns part of the sandy Lucice beach and their guests enjoy private seating. WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
There are 173 bedrooms, all ensuite with bath/shower, hairdryer, mini bar, room safe, air conditioning, TV and telephone.
There is a wellness centre and spa that has a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, an outdoor salt water pool and indoor fresh water pool. There is a range of treatments available to book for additional costs.
There are two hotel bars, one near the reception with lovely views to the sea and nearby islands, and one near the pool.
Our holidays at Hotel Palas are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
The hotel has well-stocked bars serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
Ingredients for a picnic lunch can be bought from local shops.
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.
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' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
Bay of Kotor, Perast and Kotor
We’ll drive to the picturesque old town of Perast, nestling at the foot of the mountains standing between the two bays of the inner Boka and opposite the Verige channel, for an opportunity to explore the town and the nearby island of Our Lady of the Rock. The coach will then drive back along the Bay to Kotor whose old city is surrounded by walls that rise spectacularly to the crest of a rocky hillside. 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.
Stari Bar and the Gradiste Monastery
Inland from Bar is the ruined old city of Stari Bar. A remarkable walled city, devastated by an earthquake along the coast in 1979, it has been largely rebuilt and it is well worth visiting. We’ll take a short walk around the ruins. Another highlight of today is a visit to the Gradiste Monastery, a UNESCO protected cultural site.
Budva and the Rezevici Monastery
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 criss-crossed with narrow streets and squares. We’ll also visit the cultural historical monument that is the Rezevici Monastery, housing three smaller churches and some wonderful restored paintings.
Lake Skadar National Park
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans and is an important habitat for water birds. It also has the status of a national park. 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 on the lake.
Cetinje and Lovcen National Park
A visit to the former capital, Cetinje, a scenic drive through Lovcen National Park dominated by Mount Lovcen and a serpentine road with amazing views over Kotor and Tivat.
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 (allow €12 per person).
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.
Free day – 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 independently.
An introduction to the area
Situated on the beautiful Montenegrin coast, the small resort of Petrovac is a very attractive base from which to explore the local area. The town itself centres on the pretty promenade and picturesque harbour, where you’ll find a good selection of souvenir shops, bars and cafés. Immediately behind rise the Rumija Mountains. Just to the north of Petrovac is the stunning old town of Sveti Stefan built on a tiny island and reached by a spit of land. Inland lie the beautiful waters of Lake Skadar where we will enjoy a cruise. The highlight of the week will be the day spent in Lovćen National Park high above the dramatic Kotor Fjord, and a trip to the perfectly preserved old towns on the fjord is highly recommended for your free day.
Perast and Kotor - The picturesque old town of Perast nestles at the foot of the mountains and stands between the two bays of the inner Boka and opposite the Verige channel. Old Kotor is surrounded by walls that rise spectacularly to the crest of a rocky hillside. It’s a densely packed triangle of twisting streets and tiny squares, cafés and churches, and is a delight to just wander through and explore.
Budva - Nestling to the west of the lively holiday resort of Budva, to the north of Petrovac, Budva Stari Grad or Old Town has existed since before the 5th century BC. When the Roman empire was divided the border between it and Byzantium was drawn through Budva. The town has been meticulously restored after extensive damage by an earthquake in 1979 and there are many squares, museums, narrow streets and a busy harbour to explore.
Beaches - Within easy walking distance south of Petrovac is the quiet cove of Lučice for swimming with café facilities available. A little further is the wide expanse of reed backed Buljarica Beach. There are sunbeds on the beach by the hotel in Petrovac and an excellent pool at the hotel.
Details of other seasonal excursions are available from your leaders and the hotel.
Shops & facilities:
There are many bars and souvenir shops along the promenade. There is a small grocery store behind the hotel. There are several ATMs around town and a large supermarket.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Dubrovnik airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 15 minutes to the Hotel Palas.
Passports will be collected on the coach as you will have two boarder crossings on your journey, one leaving Croatia and one entering Montenegro.
There will also be a brief 10 min ferry crossing where guests can leave the coach to enjoy views east to the town of Perast nestling below the Orjen Massif, and the island church of Our Lady of the Rock.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Alban is an experienced leader of HF holidays who has been able to indulge his own passions for literature , travel and holiday leadership since he took retirement in 2012. In addition he has had a lifetime of experience as an HF guest. He has travelled with HF as a walking guest to Austria, Australia, Poland, Switzerland and Italy.
Guests can be assured of being well looked after and discovering some of the most beautiful and interesting places on the Montenegro coast under his guidance.
Jim is a professional horticulturist with more than 35 years' experience working in local authority parks departments and commercial nurseries, in Britain and abroad. For more than 15 years he was a lecturer in plant production and landscape management. He has also run his own nursery and landscape design business. Jim combines visiting gardens and plant spotting with hiking and sightseeing in various countries. Jim leads Walking, Discovery and Garden Tours in Europe.
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Dates & Prices
|19 Oct 2019||MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac - Without Flights||7||£889.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £18 per night
- Allow approximately €12 for entrances
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person