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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 29 September 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
A single supplement is available on this trip.
Our Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 34 reviews in the last year.
Intrepid small group approach is an excellent way to meet other travellers and see some incredible destinations around the world
Review submitted 21 Sep 2018
A brilliant trip with a great combination of mountains, nature, old and new architecture and a heck of a lot of history at just the right pace to experience each place both with the group and on your own without finding yourself twiddling your thumbs. There's an incredible variety to the trip in a short space of time, and the fantastic guide Bashkim really brought the whole area to life and provided invaluable insights into each place, which were all delivered with enthusiasm, poignancy and really impressive local knowledge, along with astonishing organisational abilities. The bear sanctuary, lakes and mountains were real highlights for me.
Review submitted 10 Sep 2018