Western Balkans Uncovered

12 Days | Venture through the original kingdoms of Eastern Europe.

4.7 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Be the star of your own historical epic as you walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame in Dubrovnik, explore the World Heritage-listed architecture of Montenegro’s Kotor, and stroll down hidden alleyways that have existed since ancient times. This adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of North Macedonia and Albania to create the perfect blend of old and new. Hang out in some of Europe’s most atmospheric and lesser known Old Towns, cruise around Lake Ohrid, and explore boutiques in Tirana. You’ll check out regional hot spots and experience a hefty dollop of cultural hospitality on this immersive 12-day journey.

Trip overview

Map of Western Balkans Uncovered including Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro and Kosovo
Start
Skopje, North Macedonia (Macedonia)
Finish
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Croatia, North Macedonia (Macedonia), Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
WMKK
This trip generates 25 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid – one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder North Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction, who would want to let it go?
  • Admire the World Heritage-listed architecture of Dubrovnik (of Game of Thrones fame) and Montenegro’s Kotor as you walk along their ancient city walls.
  • Sit down for a fresh farm-to-table lunch experience in Fishte in the midday Albanian sun. Enjoy local produce, wild fish and organic meat, all prepared on-site with the freshest local ingredients.
  • Enjoy walking tours with local guides who have all the insider knowledge in Prizren, Berat and Tirana.
  • Venture out to Matka Canyon, a deep ravine cut into the Suva mountains by the Treska River and explore this beautiful natural area on foot and by boat.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Humana Zagreb. Donations help provide job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textiles for people with disabilities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage at times, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs and across cobblestones.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40C), 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.
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It's all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations to break up the longer drives. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

Itinerary

Map of Western Balkans Uncovered including Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro and Kosovo

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights)

Activities
  • Matka Canyon - Boat Ride
  • Prizren - Walking tour with a local guide
  • Ohrid - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Ohrid - Lake Ohrid Boat Cruise
  • Berat - Castle Visit
  • Berat - Walking tour with a local guide
  • Tirana - Walking tour with a local guide
  • Kruja - Fortress Visit
  • Mrizi I Zanave - Farm to table Lunch
  • Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport and entry to sites)
  • Dubrovnik - City Walls Walk
Add on activities
  • Skopje - Daut Pasha Hammam - MKD60
  • Skopje - Iconic Stone Bridge - Free
  • Skopje - Holocaust Memorial Centre - MKD300
  • Skopje - Kale Fortress - Free
  • Skopje - Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - MKD100
  • Skopje - City Museum - Free
  • Ohrid - St Jovan Church - MKD150
  • Ohrid - Robev Family House National Museum - MKD150
  • Tirana - National Art Gallery - ALL200
  • Tirana - Sky Tower - ALL400
  • Tirana - Dajti Mountain Cable Car - ALL1000
  • Tirana - Bunk'Art Gallery - ALL500
  • Tirana - National History Museum - ALL700
  • Kotor - Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR40
  • Kotor - Maritime Museum - EUR5
  • Kotor - Fortress - EUR3
  • Kotor - St. Tryphon’s Cathedral - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Cable Car - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure - EUR69
  • Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum - EUR10
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace - EUR13
  • Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - EUR4

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Barbara · Traveled May 2024
One of the great things about this trip is that it's at a relaxed pace, cities are smaller and easy to navigate on foot. Was great to learn about the culture and history of these countries and to absorb the beauty that nature has to offer. A part of the world that mostly still slips under the radar but l suspect not for much longer. Get in before it does! There's a lot to offer here.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Qaiser · Traveled May 2024
My first time in Balkans was made memorable by an excellent tour guide Vladimir and amazing travellers on this trip. My overall knowledge about culture and history has improved significantly by local tour guides in addition to seemingly infinite resourcefulness of tour leader. I will be returning on this and other trips with Intrepid.
Review submitted 31 May 2024

Anne · Traveled May 2024
An amazing experience. Knew very little about this part of Europe, but our amazing tour guide, local guides, walking tours of cities and accommodation staying 2 nights in each city made for a memorable trip. Nice to have a breakfast included daily.and then 3 other meals, either lunch of dinner, especially a "farm to table" meal was amazing. Worth every penny trip trip cost.
Review submitted 24 May 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled May 2024
We had a wonderful 12 days touring the Balkans. Our guide was wonderful- knowledgeable, flexible, communicative and had a lovely sense of humour. We enjoyed being part of a smaller group (eight of us) from different parts of the world! The itinerary was varied and interesting and offered lots of options. Would highly recommend this tour!
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Antje · Traveled May 2024
Great tour to get insights into the diversity of the balkan countries. Very well organised with Dina as an excellent guide and a very well designed program with very good inclusions and great optional activities in particular our beloved wine tasting in Ohrid and the relaxing boat trip in stunningly beautiful Kotor bay, I simply loved this tour.
Review submitted 23 May 2024
Western Balkans Uncovered
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