Guided Walking at Petrovac, Montenegro



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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History


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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £859.00 - 7 to 10 nights


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Holiday overview

Petrovac Guest Booklet 2018

Montenegro is one of the smallest and newest Balkan countries. It has a mountainous interior and a superb Adriatic coastline. Montenegro is dependent on tourism and the popular coastal resorts are expanding fast. By contrast the footpaths in the hills are seldom walked and are rich in natural beauty. Kotor Bay is one of the most famous areas of the country, located in the Adriatic Sea. Its landscape and features makes it difficult to define what it is, due to the unusual geographical information surrounding it. Places of interest include the Blue Grotto, St. Tryphon's Cathedral and Mount Orjen, providing a variety of activities and day trips over the course of your holiday.

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

Price includes

  • 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

In pictures...


Hotel Rivijera in Montenegro

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.

Your room

There are 89 en-suite bedrooms, all with balconies. Please note all rooms are double bedded rooms or Austrian Twin (which consists of two mattresses within one bed frame).

The bedrooms also have:
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
Hotel Rivijera bedroom


Hotel Rivijera swimming-pool The hotel has a:
  • Restaurant
  • Bar lounge
  • Outdoor pool with spa pool
  • Two tennis courts

The hotel was spacious, clean and had excellent facilities. I thought the food at the hotel for vegetarians was fresh, varied and tasty, with ample choice - both hot (cooked) and cold (salads). It was very helpful of the server to pay special attention to explaining, without being asked (he remembered each of us), at each evening meal what I was able to eat. I felt I ate very well throughout.  Ivana on reception arranged an excursion for three or us on our free day and negotiated a very good price for a taxi for the whole day. The taxi driver was patient and drove safely and well. Overall it was excellent, most enjoyable - I'd highly recommend this trip in particular and HF in general to anyone, young or old! (Claire, Hitchin)  


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

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

Lunch (payable locally)
Ingredients for a picnic lunch can be bought from local shops.
Hotel Rivijera dining-room

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.

Yugoslav's talk was excellent. Although it must be a speech she's given many times, it didn't sound rehearsed, but engaging and intimate, as though we were familiar. It was insightful, informative and genuine. She conveyed great passion for her country. (Ms Boulton, Herts)


  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable


HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier Walks: 3 to 7 miles (5-11km) generally on good paths and stony tracks. Up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.


HF Holidays walks level 3 mediumHarder Walks: 5 to 10 miles (8-16km) on steeper and rougher terrain. Up to 2,300ft (690m) of ascent in a day.


Day 1: Arrival day

On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.

 Day 2: Monasteries and the coastal traverse

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.

Easier Walk: Walking from the hotel we pass the neighbouring picturesque Lovcen 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. 5 miles (8km) with 900ft (260m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 Sv Stefan, a perfect end to our first day. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (215m) of ascent and 2,300ft (715m) of descent.

Day 3: The Tivat Peninsula and the Bay of Kotor

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 enjoy truly scenic views of the bay, often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, although it is actually a ria. Across the bay, the medieval towns of Perast and Kotor offer a taste of a possible excursion on the free day.

 "Your first view of Kotor Bay will be a lasting memory of this holiday"

Easier Walk: 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. 7 miles (10.5km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 8 miles (13km) with 1,700ft (530m) of ascent.

Day 4: Cetinje and the Lovćen National Park

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.

Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 1,800ft (540m) of descent.

Harder Walk: From the Park Office at Ivanova Korite, we ascend through trees to the summit ridge and viewpoint of Mt Lovcen. Descending steadily on a rough track we rejoin the easier group and descend to Kotor Bay and the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent and 2,400ft (720m) of descent.

Day 5: Free day  

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. On your free day option you may wish to explore spectacular Kotor Bay and the charming old Venetian towns of Kotor and Perast.  

Day 6: Loška and Stari Bar

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.

Easier Walk: 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. 7 miles (8km) with 1,000ft (305m) of ascent and 2,100ft (650m) of descent.

Harder Walk: 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. 5 miles (11km) with 2,200ft (670m) of ascent.

Day 7: Rijeka Crnojevića & Lake Skadar

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 and have the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride back to Virpazar before the coach journey to our hotel.

The afternoon included a delightful boat trip across the spectacular Lake Skadar. We travelled down the long river creek between high reed-beds and across the open water to Virpazar, saw a traditional fisherman at work and had sightings of many birds including different heron species, several kingfishers and a pelican. (David, Eastbourne)

Easier Walk: 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 with sightings of numerous birds almost certainly including the rare Dalmatian pelican. 3 miles (5km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5km) 1,400ft (415m) of ascent and 1,800ft (535m) of descent.

Day 8: Departure day

Please note that the itinerary outlined below is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the following day’s walks.


Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not combine our resorts in Croatia and Montenegro?

Outside of Baska Voda hotel

Petrovac & Baska Voda - 14nts

Combine a week at Petrovac with a week at Baska Voda in Croatia. Discover this beautiful coastline and its dramatic mountain backdrop. You'll stay at the 4-stay Hotel Bacchus, right on the waterfront, that's a firm favourite with our guests. 

With flight & transfers from: from £1,849

Without flights & transfers from: from £1,599

Dubrovnik old town

 Petrovac & Dubrovnik - 10nts

Combine a week at Patrovac with a 3nt guided city break in Dubrovnik. In the company of an HF Holidays' leader you’ll explore the Old Town and walk the 16th century city walls, enjoy the shops and restaurants,  and visit the neighbouring island of Lokrum.

With flight & transfers from: from £1,449

Without flights & transfers from: from £1,199


To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558

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. 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.

Local Highlights

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.


Travel by plane


‘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 Rivijera.

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.

British Airways plane




Driving to us

‘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:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Dubrovnik airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £40.50.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £165.00 per single taxi journey?

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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe


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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
15 Sep 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac & Dubrovnik City Break - Without Flights 10 £1,249.00 Book Now
15 Sep 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac - Without Flights 7 £859.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac - Without Flights 7 £859.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2018, 8:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac - Without Flights 7 £859.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 8:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 8:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Dubrovnik Cilipi

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 1:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 3:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Dubrovnik Cilipi
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,109.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac - Without Flights 7 £859.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2018 MGLCL - Guided Walking Petrovac - Without Flights 7 £859.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Double room for sole occupancy: £18 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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