|Day||What we will do|
|DAY 2||Soča Valley|
|DAY 3||Bled - Bohinj|
|DAY 5||Plitvice National Park|
|DAY 6||Kornati National Park|
|DAY 8||Hvar - Vis|
|DAY 12||Lovćen - Cetinje|
|DAY 13||Tara River|
|DAY 14||Durmitor National Park|
|DAY 15||Morača Canyon - Shkoder|
|DAY 16||Thethi National Park|
|DAY 19||Matka Canyon|
Ljubljana is a small city full of character and beautiful architecture, which you will be able to discover as we walk around town and see some of Ljubljana’s most famous sights like the Prešeren Square and the Three Bridges. We will also pay a visit to Ljubljana Castle which rests on top of a hill in the middle of the old city center. It even has its own little vineyard! To top it off we will finish our tour of Ljubljana with a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, which will give us a chance to rest our feet and enjoy Ljubljana’s attractions from another perspective.
After a cultured and relaxed day in Ljubljana, we’ll head to the Julian Alps, and get involved in some blood pumping activities. We will first drive through the beautiful Kranjska Gora, the most popular ski resort in Slovenia, and stop by the freezing cold, crystal clear lake Jasna. We’ll head over the Vršič Pass to Bovec, Slovenia’s adventure sports capital.
The main attraction in Bovec is the amazing, emerald-green Soča River. Apart from its mind-blowing beauty, Soča also offers endless thrills. One of them is white water rafting, an activity that is equal parts physical, fun, and exciting. Apart from tackling the river rapids of the Soča in a raft, we’ll also hike some of the river’s gorgeous smaller waterfalls and streams, for an experience of the river that is as firsthand as it gets.
Day three won’t give us much of a chance to get off the adrenaline high of the Soča. We’ll start by canyoning in a ravine in the Julian Alps, and climb, jump, and slide through the gorge.
The afternoon will be just a tad more easy-going. We’ll first stop at the glacial Lake Bohinj, the largest and one of the most spectacular lakes in Slovenia. We’ll then continue to Lake Bled, one of Slovenia’s most famous tourist attractions, and paddleboard our way to the gorgeous Bled Island. We’ll take advantage of the remaining sunlight and hike to Ojstrica, an amazing viewpoint above Bled that will put our day three experience in a completely different perspective.
Our two days of adventures in Slovenia are followed by a day of culture in Croatia. After breakfast, we will head across the border and start our day with a walking tour of Zagreb. You will see some of its most famous attractions like the centuries-old Ban Jelačić Square which is the center of Zagreb’s downtown pedestrian zone. We will also stroll through Zagreb’s beautiful Old Town and take a look at the monumental gothic Zagreb Cathedral. We will also stop at Zagreb’s lush Botanical Gardens.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its stunning terraced lakes and the incredible waterfalls that link them. A day in the serenity of this natural wonderland will recharge your batteries, and offer up views you won’t be able to stop thinking about for days to come.
After our Plitvice adventure, we will continue our journey and head to Zadar, where you will have a free evening to unwind and explore this beautiful historic coastal city.
After a beautiful day in Plitvice, we will head to the incredible Kornati National Park for another day in Croatia’s incredible outdoors. On our circular boat tour of the Kornati Islands, we’ll marvel, sunbathe, and swim our way through a relaxing and fun day at the seaside.
We’ll start in Zadar, have breakfast on board, and sail through the gorgeous views the Kornati Islands have to offer, with stops at heavenly beaches and the Tarac Bay where you can explore the imposing Turet Fort and the unique Tarac church. After some more swimming and snorkeling, we’ll return to Zadar in the evening.
Another day, another unforgettable historic city. On our Split tour, we will walk along the steps of history as we discover the Roman Diocletian’s Palace, the Riva promenade from Napoleon’s time, and Split’s Old Town which tells the story of a city that was under the rule of Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine, the Kingdom of Croatia, the Republic of Venice, the French Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Yugoslavia before it finally became part of independent Croatia.
The eighth day of our Balkan adventure will be dedicated to Croatia’s crown jewels - its islands, scattered along its coast in the Adriatic Sea, offering perfect vacation spots to tourists from all over the world.
We will embark on a sailing tour that will take us to the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, the idyllic Vis island, and the postcard-worthy Blue Lagoon on Budikovac island, where we will explore the crystal clear waters more in-depth, by snorkeling in the lagoon. Our sailing tour will then take us to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in Croatia, where you will get some free time to discover the picturesque town.
To finish off our trip we will sail around the Paklinski Islands, a group of around twenty small islands that are a true holiday paradise. After a day full of sunshine and adventures we will return to Split.
After experiencing a whirlwind of different cultures in Split and the Dalmatian vacation paradise, we will expand our horizons even further with Bosnia’s Turkish influences that are the result of the Ottoman invasions that started in the 14th century. We will start our day by driving through the incredibly scenic Neretva canyon and continue our way to Mostar.
We will take a walk through Mostar’s Old Town, which is famous for its unique architecture, as the city is built around (and over) the Neretva River. It is not surprising that the Old Bridge which connects the two river banks is the central part of Mostar. We will end the day by driving to Dubrovnik where we will spend the night.
Our next destination is Dubrovnik. We will reach the city by lunchtime. On our walking tour of Dubrovnik, we will explore the beautiful historic architecture and stone-paved streets of the Old Town, and pay a visit to the famous Dubrovnik City Walls. Dubrovnik is most famous for serving as one of the sets for Game of Thrones, so fans of the show are definitely in for a treat, but we are certain everyone will be enthralled by Dubrovnik, regardless of your TV preferences.
The eleventh day of our Balkan tour will be dedicated to the wondrous coast of Montenegro. We will start the day off by driving around the Bay of Kotor, and taking in the views in a sedentary position before we continue our exploration on foot.
Kotor is an ancient city, and it’s even included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the Venetian works of defense. We will be able to trace the steps of the Venetians as we climb the Walls of Kotor, the shell of this fortified city. As this is quite a demanding tour, only those who feel up to it will tackle the walls, while the rest will have some time off.
On day twelve we will leave the beautiful Bay of Kotor, but we won’t have to part from it immediately, because we’ll be able to get great views of it from above as we follow our windy road to Njeguši. Once we get there, we’ll get our adrenaline kick for the day on a zipline across a head-spinningly deep canyon.
Our afternoon will be slightly more chilled out. We’ll first visit the Mausoleum of Njegoš, which is dramatically placed on top of the rocky Mount Lovćen. So we’ll not only get spectacular views of the mausoleum and its interior, but also the surrounding landscape. We’ll then continue to Cetinje, the former capital city of Montenegro, which still holds all the impressive buildings and strong character that a capital would have.
Our first of two days in the Durmitor National Park will be spent on the Tara River. We’ll go on a half-hour drive from our accommodation in Žabljak to the Tara Bridge that spans across the Tara canyon with its impressive concrete arches. If the zipline from the previous day was your kind of thing, you’ll have the option for round two here, above the Tara canyon.
We’ll then all get another taste of rafting, in a four-hour Tara water adventure. Once back at dry land we’ll explore the canyon and its surroundings a bit more on a jeep safari. Afterwards, we’ll return to Žabljak to sleep off our thrill-packed day.
Our second day in Durmitor National Park will be a bit more pedestrian, but not completely removed from the water. We’ll hike to the glacial Black Lake, the main attraction of Durmitor. There we’ll hop into kayaks and explore the lake on water.
Afterward, we’ll drive to the beautiful Sedlo mountain pass, that’s placed in the middle of an idyllic lush green mountainous landscape. We’ll have some time to enjoy our surroundings and the amazing view of the Bobotov Kuk, Montenegro’s highest mountain. If you’re feeling up for a bit of a challenge you can also opt to hike the highest peak of Montenegro instead. After our hiking expedition, we’ll return to Žabljak for the night.
We’ll start the day with an amazing drive through the Morača Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world, only topped by the Grand Canyons in the USA! This is one of the best, most epic drives in Europe, and we’ll be sure to take lots of stops at the best photo spots so we can capture the amazing views we’ll come across.
Our path will take us to Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe and part of the border between Montenegro and Albania. After crossing the Albanian border we’ll stop at the Rozafa Castle built on a rocky hill that’s surrounded by the Buna and Drin rivers. Legend has it that one of the wives of the brothers who built this castle had to be buried in its walls as a sacrifice to prevent it from collapsing. But our next stop, the Mesi Bridge, will show us that Albanians aren’t really such lousy builders and that the legend is probably just fiction.
On day sixteen we’re in for a real treat. We’ll start our excursion with a beautiful drive amongst sage and lavender fields, and head to the Thethi National Park. There we’ll meet our four-wheel-drive tour guides that will lead us around the park. After a short drive, we’ll hike to the Grunasi Waterfall and Canyon for some idyllic natural scenery of sapphire blue waters among lush greenery and pale rocks.
After our hike, we’ll continue by car to the Blue Eye of Theth, a natural pool in the middle of the woods. This spot is truly something out of a fairytale, and you might just expect a magical being to jump out of the blue, cold water at any moment. The bravest among us might even go for a dip in this ice-cold body of water. On our way back we’ll stop for lunch and visit the Church of Theth, and the Lock-In Tower, two stone buildings with wooden roofs typical of the Albanian Alps. After a day full of adventure we’ll return to Shkoder for the evening.
Once we reach Tirana we will head out on a walking tour to explore this fascinating city. Tirana is a true mixture of influences, from classic roman architecture, opulent mosques to communist architecture that often borders on brutalism. We will walk through the enormous Skanderberg Square, pass the brutalist Tirana Pyramid, and the Roman Fortress of Justinian. We will also take some time to relax in the Parku i Madh - the Grad Park of Tirana.
All of the different influences and cultures we’ve mentioned aren’t to be seen as just another tourist attraction. They all hold their own history, and more often than not the price for an eventful history is paid by the people who lived through it. To deepen our understanding of this, we’ll visit the Bunk’art museum which is set up inside a former atomic bunker and explores the different dictatorships and political regimes Albania was under in the 20th century.
On day 18, we’ll travel from Albania to one of the most beautiful parts of North Macedonia - Lake Ohrid. This incredibly beautiful lake has been the destination of holiday-makers for centuries, with a resort town of the same name resting on its shore. Ohrid is a historic little town by the lake, famous for its cobblestone streets, steep staircases, and its preposterous number of churches, like the beautiful Church of Saint John the Theologian, and the ruins of the Church of Saint Sophia. And of course, the Ohrid pearls, known worldwide for their unique production process.
To round off our day of sightseeing we’ll also incorporate some physical activity by climbing the nearby Elen Peak. This rather undemanding hike will take about four hours total, and will spice up our day a bit before we descend back to Ohrid and spend the night there.
After acquainting ourselves with Lake Ohrid our paths will lead us to another Macedonian lake. The Matka Canyon is home to the oldest artificial lake in North Macedonia. A dam was placed on the river in the 1930s to help produce electricity and so the Matka Canyon accumulated water. Nowadays this is a place of pristine nature, one of the rare instances in the world where endemic plant and animal species can thrive only 15 km from the capital city.
To explore this breathtaking area, we’ll kayak through the canyon. We might even wander off to one of the amazing caves around the canyon that boast large cave galleries and underground lakes. After a day of paddling and gazing at our surroundings, we’ll hop in the car for a short ride to the capital of North Macedonia, Skopje.
Skopje is a mighty capital that can compete with the grandest European cities, which you will be able to see for yourself on our tour. We will marvel at monumental architectural landmarks like the Porta Macedonia, the Macedonia Square, and the Stone Bridge, imposing statues of great leaders like Alexander the Great and Phillip II, incredible historic monuments, like the Skopje Fortress. After our 16-day exploration of the Balkans and final tour of Skopje, you won’t see the Balkans as the periphery of Europe anymore, but one of its most vital parts - in the past as well as the present.
After getting to know Skopje we’ll hop over the border to Serbia, and cross the southern part of the country to reach Belgrade by the evening.
With 1.7 million citizens, Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia, and one of the most fascinating places in the Balkans. Our day will be spent sightseeing and exploring the attractions of this mighty capital like the Serbian Orthodox church, the Temple of Saint Sava, the artists’ Skadarlija Street, the Old Palace, home to royal dynasties in Serbia’s monarchic days, the monumental National Theatre, the fortress Kalemegdan, and much more. After our comprehensive tour, you will have free time to roam the city on your own or visit one of its many great museums or head to the airport to return home, because sadly this is where our epic adventure concludes.
Every traveler has their own specific interests and preferences. Some can never get enough of museums, some like to spend most of their days people-watching in cafes, and others find that the monuments most worth visiting are found in nature. And then there are those who like to spice up their life with a good dose of excitement.
We think endorphins and adrenaline are the two most important ingredients for a good time. If you agree, you’ve just found the perfect Balkan trip for you.
Our Balkan adventure will take us to five national parks, incredible cultural landmarks, and some of the most memorable adrenaline-inducing experiences of your life! By spreading out the city tours, excursions in nature, and more physical, adventurous activities, we have designed a tour that includes all the must-see sights of the Balkans, as well as thrilling activities fit for any adrenaline junkie. One thing is certain - you won’t get bored.
Our tour will be spiced up by a number of water activities like canyoning in the gorges of the Julian Alps, rafting on the emerald Soča River in Slovenia, and Tara River in Montenegro, kayaking on the Black Lake in Durmitor National Park, and the Matka Canyon along with its amazing caves. We’ll even incorporate some water sports in our Bled tour, and paddleboard to the island in the middle of Lake Bled.
We’ve designed this tour with the goal of infusing it with excitement at every step. We’ll hike in the Julian Alps, Durmitor National Park, and in the region of the spectacular Lake Ohrid. We’ll zipline across canyons in Montenegro, and snorkel in the Adriatic Sea. We’ll explore the amazing Durmitor National Park on a jeep safari, and amp up the thrill in Thethi National Park where a four-wheel-drive awaits us.
Even the travel from one place to another will be unforgettable as we’ll drive on some of the most epic drives in Europe, like the Morača Canyon, which is the second deepest canyon in the world!
But don’t think that you’ll see less of the Balkans because of all the different activities listed above. The three-week period of our Balkan travels gives us enough time to experience the best Balkan adventures this region has to offer while also not missing out on the more standard, must-see tourist attractions.
We’ll visit five incredible capital cities, each with its own specific history, and character, and see how the Balkan crossroads of cultures are reflected in them. We’ll also get our fair share of relaxation on the coasts of Croatia and Montenegro, as we visit their fascinating historic harbor cities like Split, Dubrovnik, and Kotor, and sail around some of the most beautiful Croatian islands.
Now if that sounds like the time of your life, it’s because it will be. Book your tour, and let your Balkan adventure begin!
No, our tours do not include plane tickets, and we also do not advise on them. However, we can help you choose the airport closest to the starting location of your tour or arrange a shuttle from/to the airport for an additional fee.
Of course, just let us know upon booking so we can make timely arrangements.
Solo travellers that want to meet and travel with like-minded people often join us on our tours, except the private ones. Our mission is to provide you a relaxed and sociable tour experience that allows the group to grow closer throughout the journey. Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender, or can upgrade to a solo room for an additional fee.
If you provide your dietary requirements when booking your tour, we will make the necessary arrangements to the best of our ability. But please understand that vegan & gluten-free options are not as widely available in this area, especially in the more rural areas of the Balkans.
All the countries on our Balkan Tours, except Slovenia, use their local currency. We recommend you to exchange small amounts of money as you go in the cities, since the exchange rates are much more favourable than at the airports. Your tour leader will be happy to assist with you.
On scheduled tours, you are limited to take 1 suitcase and 1 smaller bag for personal items per person.
There are no luggage restrictions on private tours, but please let us know in case you are bringing more than 2 suitcases per person.
If you inform us before the departure date, you can join our tour later on, but it is your responsibility to catch up with us.
Yes, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Also, keep in mind that some of the activities on our Balkan Adventure tour are not appropriate for children under the age of 12.
Depending on your nationality and the countries you are travelling to, you will need a valid passport and an entry visa. Check this well in advance of the departure date of your tour since some visa processing times may take multiple weeks. Be mindful that Slovenia is the only country we visit that is in the Schengen area, so every other country has its own entry conditions. Some even require passports to have 3-6 months left until the expiry date, so be sure to double-check before booking your tour. When deciding to book your travels, contact us for assistance, so we can help you to get everything you need for a stress-free tour through the Balkans.
Besides the price of the flight tickets, it depends on how much you anticipate spending on food, drinks and shopping. On average, the prices in the Balkans are lower than in western Europe and decrease the further south you go. It is also common practice to tip in restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis if you feel you have received excellent service.
Travelling in small groups – 8 or fewer people – is our motto, which makes the tours more flexible and overall more enjoyable.
Anyone in good health can join our trips. Some paths to attraction include ascending steps or small slopes. The Balkan Adventure holidays include more strenuous activities like easy hiking, which means your fitness level must coincide with it.
Of course. All of our tours are fully customizable. Itineraries can be prolonged, shortened, combined or just tweaked a little.
Sure. Choosing the hotels can always be up to you. If you’re on more of a budget, we can offer you affordable accommodation options, or upgrade to more premium ones for a more luxurious experience.