Essential Southern Balkans

9 Days | Medieval history, paradisical beaches and bucket list spots to kick back n’ relax

4.9 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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NZD $1,865
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

On this nine-day journey, say hello to the Southern Balkans. Steeped in medieval history, overflowing with colourful towns and blessed with a glistening coastline, this area of the world has so much to see and do. From Dubrovnik, you’ll head to bucket list location Corfu – a Greek island where battle zones, beaches, bunkers and bars are all rolled together. Discover Stari Bar and its epicurean delights, explore the political history of Albania’s capital Tirana, lay beachside on the Albanian Riviera and try the local coffee in Gjirokaster. Is this a whirlwind adventure or a slice of paradise.

Trip overview

Map of Essential Southern Balkans including Albania, Croatia, Greece and Montenegro
Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Corfu, Greece
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Croatia, Greece, Albania, Montenegro
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
ZMYA
This trip generates 23 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.
Bucket list destinations

Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences

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Why you'll love this trip
  • Head to seldom-visited Gjirokaster in Albania and get your caffeine fix with a taste of the local Turkish coffee made ‘on the stone’ with a local guide.
  • Walk the walls of the Old City of medieval Dubrovnik and spot the film locations that have been used in worldwide blockbusters (if you loved Game of Thrones, this place might look a little familiar).
  • Head to the Albanian Riviera, which gives any coastline a run for its money, and float in the sparkling waters of Dhermi Beach. Then, kick back in stunning Corfu – one of Greece’s famed islands. Explore the rocky landscapes, take part in some water sports or just relax on one of the island’s beaches.
  • Descend into one of the world’s most peculiar contemporary art museums in Tirana – housed in an underground bunker built for the Albanian political elite.
  • Discover the walled cities of Kotor and Stari Bar, teeming with history from a bygone era. With a local leader who knows all the hotspots and heaps of free time to wander on your own, you’re bound to find all the best bits!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s essential 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 for that season. Please note that only some of your hotels will have air conditioning, and it’s virtually non-existent on public transport.
  • Hotels in this region often don't have double beds. Rooms can be rather small, especially compared to American or Australian standards, and in most cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

Itinerary

Map of Essential Southern Balkans including Albania, Croatia, Greece and Montenegro

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Ferry, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Hostel (3 nights)

Activities
  • Tirana - Bunk'Art Bunker Exhibition Visit
  • Gjirokaster - Zekate Tower House
  • Gjirokaster - Local Guide
  • Gjirokaster - Blue Eye Spring
  • Gjirokaster - Turkish Coffee 'on the Stone'
  • Gjirokaster - Gjirokaster Fortress
Add on activities
  • Dubrovnik - Three Islands Boat Cruise - HRK300
  • Dubrovnik - Discover Game of Thrones Filming Locations Urban Adventure - EUR69
  • Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Cable Car - EUR27
  • Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum - EUR10
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Sunset Sailing - EUR64
  • St Tryphon's Cathedral - Free
  • Kotor - Fortress - EUR3
  • Kotor - Maritime Museum - EUR5
  • Tirana - National Art Gallery - ALL200
  • Tirana - National History Museum - ALL700
  • Tirana - Sky Tower - ALL400
  • Dhermi Beach - Pirate Cave Boat Transfer - EUR8
  • Dhermi Beach - Pirate Cave, Pigeon’s Bay, Gjipe Bay (includes boat trip, guide & picnic lunch) - EUR99
  • Llogara National Park - Day Trip (including transport, guide & lunch) - EUR86
  • Gjirokaster - Ismail Kadare's House - ALL200
  • Gjirokaster - Ethnographic Museum - ALL200
  • Corfu - Palaiopoli Archaeological Site - EUR4
  • Corfu - Mon Repos Summer Palace - EUR4
  • Corfu - Archaeological Museum - EUR6
  • Corfu - Corfu Fortifications - EUR5

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is not available on this trip.
2. Please provide your date of birth, nationality, passport number, and full name as per passport at the time of booking. This is mandatory to secure ferry tickets to Corfu. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
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Frazer · Traveled June 2024
Review submitted 29 Jun 2024

Zayna · Traveled June 2024
I couldn’t recommend this trip enough, I had the best, most incredible, time. I met some amazing people, saw some wonderful places, and learnt so much. I am incredibly grateful for the experience & the people who made it so amazing & I can’t wait for more trips! ✈️❤️✨🌿
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Molly · Traveled June 2024
This trip is amazing! Albania has so much to offer and Lucija was brilliant and making us all feel organised and safe and explained everything about each place we were going. You will make the best of friends and have the most brilliant time.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024

Julia · Traveled May 2024
This was an excellent tour with just enough scheduled activities and time to explore each city on our own. Our tour guide, Lucija, was extremely knowledgeable about each of the cities we visited. I really like that the trip took us to less visited regions of each country, and we got to immerse ourselves in the local community and culture.
Review submitted 26 May 2024

Nicholas · Traveled May 2024
A fantastic trip. I got to explore some beautiful countries that I wouldn't ordinarily have gone to and meet great people. Lucija was the best tour leader you could hope for.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024
Essential Southern Balkans
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NZD $1,865