Montenegro Guided Walking Holiday

the view over Kotor and its bay and the old fortress
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3

Discover the rich culture, friendly people and natural beauty of Montenegro – one of the smallest and newest Balkan countries. Based in the coastal town of Petrovac, backed by the Pastrovici Mountains, set out each day to embark on one of two guided walks to explore the beautiful countryside, traditional villages and other points of interest. Highlights include walking in Lovćen National Park for dramatic views of Kotor Bay, a large inlet from the Adriatic surrounded by mountains and historic settlements, and a scenic boat ride on the wildlife-rich Lake Skadar. On the free day, an exploration of the twisting streets of Old Kotor is highly recommended.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exceptional walking and cultural discovery in Montenegro, the ‘Black Pearl’ of the Balkans
  • Discover stunning Kotor Bay and the Venetian palaces of Kotor’s old town
  • Enjoy wonderful panoramas of bays, mountains and the Adriatic from the Lovćen National Park
  • Stay in Petrovac, a charming seaside town, renowned for its beautiful bay surrounded by dramatic mountains

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Palas. Unpack and settle in.

On the slopes of the mountains above the coastal highway are numerous small communities, Orthodox monasteries and small farms with summer grazing called katuns. These introductory walks both use panoramic paths close to Petrovac, visit highly decorated churches, and are a great introduction to the area.

Option 1 - Lučice Beach and Gradište Monastery

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: Walking from the hotel we pass the neighbouring picturesque Lučice beach and ascend to historic Gradište monastery, perched on a rocky outcrop. After a pleasant shaded traverse, we descend to a café at Buljarica beach for lunch before returning along the coast to our hotel.

Highlight: The attractive cove of Lučice.


Option 2 - An Alpine Katun and St Spiridon’s Chapel

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: An undulating path through trees and flowers along the top of the coastal mountain range takes us to the tiny chapel at Ogradenica for lunch. A rocky descent follows across the flanks of the mountains to a welcoming café with wonderful coastal views to Sveti Stefan, a perfect end to our first day.

Highlight: Superb views of the coast.

The dramatic Bay of Kotor is flanked to the west by the wooded Tivat Peninsula culminating in Vrmac Hill. Among the trees lie the ruined 12th century Slav settlement of Pasiglav and the bucolic 14th century village of Gornja Lastva. Both walks enjoy a delightful path along the wooded slopes of Vrmac, and truly scenic views of the bay, often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, although it is actually a ria (drowned river valley). Across the bay, the medieval towns of Perast and Kotor offer a taste of a possible excursion on the free day.

Option 1 - Gornja Lastva to Muo

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

Total descent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: From Gornja Lastva we ascend through trees past the ruins of Pasiglav and continue steadily to the Tivat ridge with excellent views of Croatia and Serbia. An extraordinary former military road zigzags steadily down to the shore of Kotor Bay with views of the old town hemmed in by mountains.

Highlight: the incredible view of Kotor Bay laid out below you.

Option 2 - Gornja Lastva to Muo above the Bay of Kotor

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We ascend on a steep footpath to the Church of Sveti Vid with views to the Adriatic, Croatia and Serbia, before a long steady ascent brings us to the Tivat ridge summit for lunch with more superb views. We follow the ridge to join the Franz Josef Steig and descend the path taken by the easier group to a bayside café.

Highlight: Look out for fabulous views on this walk.


Towering over the Bay of Kotor and dominating the northwest of Montenegro are the two summits of Lovcen  the out-of-bounds Stirovnik at 1,749m and Jezerski Vrh, crowned with the Mausoleum of Petar II at 1,657m – the target for today’s harder walk. Both walks finish at Krstac on the boundary of the national park and at the head of one of the most spectacular roads in Europe. Both these walks, at over 4,000ft, may be affected by early season snow.

Option 1 - Cetinje and the Lovćen National Park

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m) 

In summary: After a brief exploration of the former imperial capital of Cetinje we start our walk at Ivanova Korita in Lovcen National Park. A well made former military road leads us past Alpine communities and descends with stunning views over the Bay of Kotor to a welcoming café at Krstac.

Highlight: The local guide bringing Cetinje to life.

Option 2 - Lovćen and the Njegoš Mausoleum

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

Total descent: 2,400 feet (720m)

In summary: High within the Park, we ascend through trees to the summit ridge and viewpoint of Mt Lovćen. Descending steadily on a rough track we rejoin the easier group and descend to Kotor Bay and the hotel.

Highlight: Ascend a mountain summit and visit the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Perast and Kotor: If there is sufficient interest your leaders will organise a coach 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, 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 and 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. 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, perfect for swimming. Café facilities are available here. A little further on is the wide expanse of reed-backed Buljarica beach.

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


Perast city, Montenegro

Southeast of Petrovac towards the border with Albania, the Rumija range of mountains separates the Adriatic from Lake Skadar. This is a landscape where mosques sit alongside Orthodox churches and hillside farmers scratch a living. We pass the industrialised sprawl of Bar, the terminal on the Adriatic for the railway from Podgorica, to start our walks near Loška.

Option 1 - Villages below Loška and Stari Bar

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,100 feet (630m)

In summary: Our path undulates past prosperous farming communities before a steep track leading to a lovely lunch spot at Loška. Passing flower strewn meadows minor roads bring us back to the coach for transport to the fascinating ruins of Stari Bar.

Highlight: Stari Bar is an historic, partially ruined town.

Option 2 - Loška

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: Starting far inland at the isolated Muslim community of Lunje we walk the first stage of the high level mountain path through myriad flowers to the summit of Loška to enjoy lunch with far reaching views to the Adriatic and Albania. Returning to Lunje we are taken to the old town of Bar for refreshments before continuing to the hotel.

Highlight: Impressive views of the Adriatic and Albania.

Between Petrovac and the capital to the east, Podgorica, lies the National Park of Lake Skadar, a huge wildlife reserve shared between Montenegro and Albania to the south. Surrounded on three sides by Montenegrin mountains, Skadar is one of the largest lakes in Europe with 40 different kinds of fish and 270 bird species. Both walks will explore this beautiful area including a visit to the abandoned village of Poseljani. There will be the opportunity to enjoy a scenic boat ride back to Virpazar before the coach journey to our hotel.

Option 1 - Poseljani and Lake Skadar

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: On this walk we explore almost deserted Poseljani down to the lake shore before following the river on a stony path passing waterfalls to rejoin the coach for lunch at the historic old bridge café in Rijeka Crnojevica. We then take our scenic boat ride down the river and across Lake Skadar.

Highlight: The boat trip on Lake Skadar with sightings of numerous birds almost certainly including the rare Dalmatian pelican.

Option 2 - Poseljani, Rijeka Crnojevića & Lake Skadar

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: After a brief exploration of Poseljani we ascend steeply on a little walked packhorse route to a high open space for lunch, passing old farmsteads as we descend through trees to rejoin the easier group. Our boat ride takes us to the lakeside community of Virpazar with all facilities prior to our return to the hotel.

Highlight: Taking the boat trip on Lake Skadra, watching out for a variety of fauna.

We hope to see you again soon.

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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.


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


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.


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.


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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Getting to Hotel Palas - Montenegro

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More Information

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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7 nights
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:

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