Travel through the valleys, towns and mountainscapes of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia
It’s hard to find a patch of Europe that hasn’t been overrun by travel. Hard, but not impossible. Among the rocky mountains and green fields of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia there are plenty of shepherds, monasteries, lakes, valleys and Byzantine churches – what’s lacking is crowds. It’s taken decades for the Balkans to wipe away memories of conflict and communism, but (amazingly) they’ve emerged strong and smiling. From hip cafes in Skopje and the soft shores of Lake Ohrid to the mosques of picture-perfect Prizren, this Intrepid tour showcases Balkan beauty at its very best.
Explore the remote northern reaches of Albania and take one of the world’s best boat trips with a cruise through the mountainous corridors of Lake Koman
Experience daily life in the Valbona Valley with a stay at a local guesthouse. Clink glasses with the locals in the village and hike the rugged valley passes
Discover the secret staircase of Kalaja Fortress, and find your way to a hilltop lookout over Prizren – Kosovo’s most beautiful town
Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction – nobody would want to let it go
Kososvo is rich in history and contrasts. Step back in time and learn about the infamous Battle of Kosovo on a day trip to the Field of Blackbirds, before embracing the modern culture thriving in Prishtina, Europe’s youngest capital
Lose yourself in Tirana, the Albanian capital full of a revitalised urban energy, and partake in the local's favourite pastime: drinking coffee and people-watching
Weather in this part of Europe can be unpredictable. 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. On the other hand, the weather in the mountains can be cold and wet throughout the year. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 3-4: Valbona Valley
Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.
Our Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 40 reviews in the last year.
Travel is my passion and I have covered over 112 countries/ territories in the world. I have survived and thoroughly enjoyed every single one of my trips with a host of Tour, Cruise companies and off my own steam. The reason for my survival with a swag of wonderful memories is : I go with an open heart, a positive expectation, a willingness to melt into my environment and get to the heart of the people who intersect my orbit thereby forging warm friendships, deep understanding of how universal we all reall y are when we take the time to share and appreciate one another. Finally the best tool for happy travel is a sincere open smile and a generous tender heart that reaches across all borders.
Review submitted 13 Oct 2018
Great way to see and learn about the history and culture of these countries and to discover the beautiful natural countryside. Chance to see some very remote places and walk in pristine mountains, and vibrant towns and cities, best of all very few tourists. Leave dressy clothing at home and travel light, need to be reasonably fit and healthy.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2018