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Dubrovnik to Athens

15 Days | Experience the seaside charm and Balkan countryside, from Dubrovnik to Athens.

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This European adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of North Macedonia and Albania – creating the perfect balance between old and new. Hang out in Dubrovnik's Old Town, cruise around Lake Ohrid, hike the foot hills of Mt Olympus and in Pelister National Park, and sample some regional specialties in Greece's capital. You’ll experience the Adriatic coastline and the Balkans interior on a 15-day regional wrap from Dubrovnik to Athens. With a curated selection of inclusions and plenty of free time, this slice of Europe is all yours to explore.

Trip overview

Map of Dubrovnik To Athens including Albania, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Republic Of and Montenegro
Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Athens, Greece
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Greece, Croatia, North Macedonia (Macedonia), Montenegro, Albania
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMSM
This trip generates 24.42 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
  • Admire the World Heritage-listed architecture of Dubrovnik and Montenegro’s Kotor, climbing along their ancient city walls.
  • Loose yourself in Tirana, Albania's colourful capital, and partake in the local's favourite pastime: drinking coffee and people-watching.
  • Sail across the blue waters of Lake Ohrid – one of Europe's oldest lakes. No wonder North Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction; nobody would want to let it go!
  • Explore the endemic flora and fauna on an easy hike of Pelister: North Macedonia’s oldest national park.
  • Hike the slopes of Mt Olympus, the ancient seat of the 12 Greek gods. According to mythology Zeus unleashed his thunderbolts from one of Olympus' peaks.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Balkan peninsula is very hilly and mountainous, so many steps are a feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines, so packing light is recommended. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find the Balkan's topography very demanding.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable, especially as many of the transport options and accommodations we use will not have air-conditioning. 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.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that in some cases bathroom facilities will be shared rather than en-suite, and many accommodations in this part of the world do not have air-conditioning.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you may want to check out our trip ‘Dubrovnik to Santorini’ (trip code ZMSEC). This trip continues on to explore the beautiful Cycladic Islands, ending on stunning Santorini. Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Dubrovnik To Athens including Albania, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Republic Of and Montenegro

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts

Transport

Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel with ensuite facilities (1 night)

Activities
  • Shkoder - Rozafa Castle
  • Kruja - Day Trip
  • Kruja - Skanderbeg Museum
  • Kruja - Fortress Visit
  • Berat - Walking tour with a local guide
  • Berat - Castle Visit
  • Ohrid - Lake Ohrid Boat Cruise
  • Skopje - Matka Canyon
  • Pelister National Park - Hike in Pelister National Park
  • Mt Olympus National Park - Orlias Waterfall Hike
Add on activities
  • Dubrovnik - Church of St. Blaise - Free
  • 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
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery - EUR4
  • Kotor - Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR40
  • Kotor - Fortress - EUR3
  • Kotor - St. Tryphon’s Cathedral - EUR4
  • Kotor - Maritime Museum - EUR5
  • Tirana - Sky Tower - ALL400
  • Tirana - National Art Gallery - ALL200
  • Tirana - National History Museum - ALL700
  • Tirana - Bunk'Art Gallery - ALL500
  • Tirana - Dajti Mountain Cable Car - ALL1000
  • Ohrid - Robev Family House National Museum - MKD150
  • Ohrid - St Jovan Church - MKD150
  • Skopje - Museum of the City of Skopje - Free
  • Skopje - Kale Fortress - Free
  • Skopje - Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - MKD100
  • Skopje - Daut Pasha Hammam - MKD60
  • Matka Canyon - Boat Ride - MKD400
  • Litochoro - Agios Dionysios Monastery - Free
  • Litochoro - Plaka Beach - Free
  • Athens - Numismatic Museum - EUR15
  • Athens - National Archaeological Museum - EUR12
  • Athens - Lycabettus Hill - Free
  • Athens - Acropolis Pass for 5 Sites - EUR30
  • Athens - Dora Stratou - EUR20
  • Athens - Taste of Athens Urban Adventure - EUR139
  • Athens - Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens Urban Adventure - EUR139
  • Athens - Twilight Athens Urban Adventure - EUR99
  • Athens - Day Trip to Delphi - EUR60

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip. Availability is limited due to small property we use. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. There is not much time in Dubrovnik on this trip, so you may want to consider arriving a few days earlier to make sure you are not missing out on everything that this beautiful city has to offer.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 46 reviews submitted.
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Vicky · Traveled September 2023
I just completed a tour from Dubrovnik to Athens . I was lucky enough to have good weather the whole way great travelling group and a fantastic tour guide. October was a great time to travel this year. Not hot not too busy. Fantastic places to go as most places on the tour were not over touristy yet. Good accommodations. I personally love Intrepid‘s environmentally friendly policies.. Thank you to Intrepid, And my fellow travellers for being a great bunch, and thank you from the bottom of my heart to our guide Flutra who went more then the extra mile to make sure I had a great holiday, even with my very limited diet and a unexpected health issues. 🙏🏼💕 Vicky I
Review submitted 17 Oct 2023

SUSANNE · Traveled September 2023
My 1st trip with Intrepid exceeded my expectations. I look forward to another trip in the future. There is no way all the planning, language barrier, transportation, border crossings, etc would have resulted with this trip had i planned on my own. I highly recommend INTREPID Travel.
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023

Diana · Traveled September 2023
This trip was a great learning experience and provided a wonderful insight into the Balkans. The scenery was amazing. Our tour leader Vojin was terrific and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the variety of activities offered on this trip- lots of culture, lots of nature and lots of physical activity. I’d recommend this trip.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Curtis · Traveled September 2023
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Miel or maria · Traveled September 2023
Love being active on a holiday. Intrepid is the way to travel if you look for the same reason.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2023
Dubrovnik to Athens
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NZD $4,157