Discovery Tour of Montenegro Coast

Montenegro

Code: MGLEL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
From £799.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

This holiday provides plenty of opportunity to discover Montenegro, the ‘Black Pearl’ of the Balkans, with its stunning untouched landscapes and cultural heritage.

Holiday Highlights:

  • 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

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include en-suite Half Board accommodation, plus five full-days of sightseeing including plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2.5 miles
  • Expert leader: learn more about the landscape and heritage of this part of the Balkans with our knowledgeable leader
  • Accommdation: enjoy good quality accommodation and excellent food at our hotel just 30 minutes from the beach in Petrovac
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together, relax together 

Accommodation

The 4-star Hotel Rivijera is located just 30m off the seafront in the small resort of Petrovac, in gardens of cypress and pine trees. A lovely promenade with souvenir shops and cafés stretches along the sweeping bay. Behind lies the rest of the village and the towering Pastrovici Mountains. The hotel is built in a modern and comfortable style.

Bedrooms

There are 48 en-suite bedrooms, all with balconies. The bedrooms also have telephone, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and central heating.

 

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Facilities

The hotel has a restaurant, bar lounge and outdoor pool with spa pool.

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Food

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

Breakfast

The hotel serves a buffet continental breakfast.

Evening meal

The hotel serves a beautifully presented buffet offering fine Montenegrin dishes. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements should discuss their requirements with the manager on arrival.

There is also a well stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)

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

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Evening

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.

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Itinerary

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 just 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 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

Skadar Lake 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 take 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. We’ll finish the day with a stop at a delightful fishing village for a walk to a beach cafe and a wonderful view. 


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 (allow £25 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.

Local area

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, the foothills of which form the basis of some of our walks. 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 after a walk above its shores. The highlight of a fantastic week’s walking 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.

Local Highlights

Perast and Kotor - If there is sufficient interest your leaders will organise a coach to the picturesque old town of Perast. This nestles at the foot of the mountains and stands between the two bays of the inner Boka and opposite the Verige channel and is 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 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.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates and Prices tab.

We offer flights from Gatwick and Manchester (selected dates, regional flight supplement: £50) to Dubrovnik.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the Airport and the Hotel.  The coach transfer to Petrovac takes 2½ hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight.  This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport.  If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel by joining our transfer coach from Dubrovnik airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is from £27.50. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

Our Airport Taxi service operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details.


From Dubrovnik airport by taxi transfer £165 per taxi single journey.

Leaders

Alan Winfield

Alan has been leading for HF Holidays since 1988. He has travelled and led holidays all over the world, including Walking holidays in the Balkans. Alan's other interests are musical theatre, where he can be found on stage acting, singing and dancing; voluntary work teaching adults with disabilities; and lecturing in environmental chemistry. He is married with two sons and two grandchildren.

Reviews

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22 Apr 2016, 3:02 p.m.

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HF holidays are usually well organised, hotels generally of a good standard

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Montenegro is best suited to a purely walking holiday, few tourist attractions & coastline in danger of being spoiled by over-development
Thank you for your comments which are helpful and we will review these with the Operations team.

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
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19 Apr 2016, 11:39 a.m.

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The best company I have travelled with as a single guest. The leaders ensue that no-one is left out.
Good choice of destinations - have seen an improvement over the years.

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Fortunate with the weather, otherwise, nothing to do indoors in Petrovac.
30 Sep 2015, 9:45 a.m.

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The administration has gone down significantly since the 'new' system was installed

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I did not participate after two days as it was badly run and explained
Thank you for your feedback. We have had a few teething problems with our new reservations system which are now resolved and we hope you will consider booking again.

Toni McNulty
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29 Sep 2015, 6:24 a.m.

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Always friendly and good value for money. Great for solo travellers.
22 Sep 2015, 4:54 p.m.

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Service usually very good

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Hotel very comfortable Staff excellent .Food mediocre but a good choice
Visits all interesting venues Leader very knowledgable
21 Apr 2014, 6:16 p.m.

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We have always enjoyed our HF holidays and been very satisfied with the service

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Very good holiday with excellent leader. Would have liked more walking.
17 Apr 2014, 10:27 p.m.

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A wonderful week and Sandy was a great host.

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Very enjoyable. Interesting and well planned
17 Apr 2014, 5:36 p.m.

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Thoroughly enjoyed our first holiday with HF

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Excellent service at the hotel and our leader was great.
17 Apr 2014, 9:23 a.m.

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An enjoyable ,interesting and well organised week.
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Good Hotel, Great leader, interesting holiday,

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
22 Apr 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Apr 2017, 7 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Apr 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 11:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 Book Now
22 Apr 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 22 Apr 2017, 8:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Apr 2017, 12:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £999.00 Book Now
22 Apr 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac 7 £799.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 8:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 12:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £999.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 7 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Sep 2017, 11:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Sep 2017, 1:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £999.00 Book Now
9 Sep 2017 MGLEL - Discovery Tour Petrovac 7 £799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £15 per night (2016), £16 per night (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person