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Journey Through The Balkans YD

Trip Duration 12 Days
 

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Journey Through The BalkansScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 26 reviews
(9 out of 10)

Anne

Sarasota, Florida, USA
This tour provides an excellent opportunity to explore 4 Balkan countries in a brief period of time. The itinerary offers diverse experiences.
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 08 July 2016
(6 out of 10)

Michael

Amersham
Highlights - the scenery in Montenegro, museum and film set stay in Serbia, Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Down points - tour starts late evening at Dubrovnik airport, so potential long wait if you are not travelling on group flight. Travel in the dark to first night stop missing some great scenery. Group split to travel in two minibuses with Tour Leader in one minibus (driver may only speak basic English). Our Tour Leader was very softly spoken and usually led hiking groups.
Tips - Take Euros. You will need to cover your arms ans legs at some churches. Visit the Old Town Hall in Sarajevo (plan in advance your activities for your free day). Take sunscreen, hat, and a lightweight rain jacket. Be patient - service can be slow!
Confirmed traveller: 29 June 2016
Published on: 10 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

Brian .

Burton on trent.
A very interesting and enjoyable tour admirably led by Danijela.The scenery was superb throughout.There was the odd glitch with accommation.The first hotel did not bother to service the rooms,the Sarajevo hotel did not put the air conditioning on at all the first day.After many complaints it was put on the second day.for about three hours in the afternoon!The vehicles were not ideal,being essentially "works buses".The thick pillars and headrests obscured visibility.One of the vehicles had no opening windows in the back and a driver who seemed to be averse to putting the air conditioning on.
Confirmed traveller: 01 June 2016
Published on: 09 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

Jack

Tallahassee/Florida/USA
Overall very good tour to four of the six former Yugoslavia republics, with especially 4 nights in Montenegro and four nights in Bosnia. It would have been good to have had one night in Serbia in a real Serbian town (both nights were at a historic village museum of old houses, buildings and then the second night at the Serbian village built by the Serbian director for a movie. Good to see Dubrovnik again. Excellent tour leader and two drivers. The tour includes use of two van-cars, in order to be able to go into the various city centers; so the tour participants were split between the two cars, which was fine.
Confirmed traveller: 01 June 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

Kathleen

Vancouver, Canada
Since we were unlucky enough to have rather poor weather when in the mountains, my highlights were city based, where weather was not so critical. Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik were all interesting and gave a chance to glean information about the troubles in the region, and look into the past history of the countries. This is a very interesting region where Europe meets Asia culturally, and I found that fascinating and saddening - - they are clearly still suffering from the aftermath of civil wars and current ethnic divisiveness.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2015
Published on: 22 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Margery

Atlanta, Georgia
The highlights were seeing the country side of Montenegro, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik.
Confirmed traveller: 07 October 2015
Published on: 20 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Elizabeth

Tonbridge
Sarajevo was a highlight and it was good to have time to explore (and stay in one place for two nights). A decent city map would have been good but getting lost meant we talked to quite a few locals. Travelling through Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia brought home the effects of the latest conflicts.
We stayed in such a variety of places. Staying in the Open Air Museum, Staro Selo in Western Serbia was lovely. It was a unique location and a great way to experience traditional Serbian life and food.
The opportunities for so many different experiences: swimming in the Adriatic, a boat trip from Kotor, another very wet boat trip on Lake Skadar (!) a ride on the Sargan narrow gauge railway, staying at a former film set (weird).
The countryside was so varied and each place so interesting. I learned a lot about the region. The people were friendly and welcoming and there is no feeling of being ripped off as a tourist as there are in some more developed places.
Although I enjoyed the less touristy atmosphere of Trebinje after Mostar more time in Dubrovnik might have been good - although I can always go back there for a short break. I was glad that we booked a late flight out of Dubrovnik as it gave us the chance to spend a restful day in the beautiful resort of Cavtat before going home.

For someone going on this trip - make sure you have comfortable shoes (these Balkan countries have not heard of disabled access yet!), there are a lot of uneven surfaces. Walking poles might be helpful.

All in all, a wonderful trip. Definitely a 'taster', an incentive to return to all these countries.
Confirmed traveller: 30 September 2015
Published on: 18 October 2015