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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 31 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Diana

I loved this trip there was great variety, coast, cities and mountains. It was interesting to find out more about the history of the region. Particular highlights were Sarajevo, Mostar and the two nights staying at the outdoor museum and on the film set. The pace was busy rather than full on, 9am isn't too early a start and there was plenty of free time.
Confirmed traveller: 29 September 2016
Published on: 04 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

Richard

Portland, Oregon
I was pleased with this tour. Though the trip is described as "full on" I would say it was pretty relaxed at a very moderate pace. The balance between seeing nature and cultural sites and cities was good. On a few days we certainly could have packed more in but it must be hard to please everyone. I think that adding an extra day or two to see maybe a bit more of Serbia or Croatia might have improved the overall scope of the tour.
The accommodations were quite adequate and nothing fancier suggested. A couple of breakfasts were substandard (Sarajevo hotel).
The tour leader was very pleasant and knowledgeable but could have offered up more information during travel time such as cultural information as most of us are very interested in learning about every day life, politics, etc. This might be impractical as we were divided into 2 vans so half of the group would miss out. But if the 2 drivers were more engaged in that aspect then it would have been better for me. They did answer questions but never volunteered any commentary. There was little information about things we passed as we drove across the country. I would have liked something about the geology, economics, agriculture, etc to paint a bigger picture. I also would have liked more photo stops as we passed some amazing landscapes. Perhaps if we started out even 30 minutes earlier we could have added a few quick stops along the way each day.
One of the vans had dark tinted glass making visibility less than ideal and taking photos impossible. I know that in hot weather some might prefer such but I found it annoying.
The guided tours of the cities by local guides could have been more extensive but that may not have been everyone's opinion.
On our free day in Sarajevo I felt that we were really on our own with no contact with the leader should something have happened. That made me a tad uncomfortable.
The optional excursions should have been included as everyone participated and there was nothing else to do at those times anyway as we were in isolated areas.
Confirmed traveller: 28 September 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

Mark

New Mills
Not very fast passed, more relaxed and easy going. Traditional village accommodation was brilliant
Confirmed traveller: 14 September 2016
Published on: 24 September 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)

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
(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
(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)

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