Discover the old-world charm and cultures of the Balkans
Veer off the usual Balkan route and discover some of the region’s lesser-visited attractions on this intriguing backroads adventure. Starting off in cultured and cosmopolitan Budapest, travel on to the Serbian capital of Belgrade for a taste of a European city decidedly on the up. Learn about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s war years in Sarajevo, stop by the famed Old Bridge of Mostar and wind things up in wonderful Dubrovnik. Melding the past with the present, the raw with the cultivated, this trip will both impress and enlighten.
Learn about the dark history and rebuilding of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo
Visit Mostar’s famous Old Bridge and witness a traditional bridge jumper hurl themselves into the icy waters below
Enjoy plenty of free time to discover the communist past and progressive vibe of Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'
Immerse yourself in the edgy street scene of Belgrade's Bohemian Quarter, then dance the night away in one of Europe’s nightlife hotspots
Admire the restored architecture of World Heritage-listed Kotor, Montenegro, on a climb along the ancient city fortifications
As there are cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. Please note that only some of our hotels will have airconditioning, and is virtually non-existent on public transport.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be rather small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in most cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than en-suite. Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 05 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
Our Budapest & the Balkans trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
Love this trip. I went to Italy after this trip and what a difference. Eastern Europe is more laid back, less tourists and less touristy. Everyone should go before it is discovered by the rest of the world.
Review submitted 23 Jun 2017
A wonderful, memorable and informative journey through Hungary and the Balkans led by a fabulous group leader and with the best travel companions! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to explore southeastern Europe!
Review submitted 22 May 2017