Experience the seaside charm of Dubrovnik and ancient culture of Athens
This adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of Macedonia and Albania to create the perfect balance between old and new. Hang out in Dubrovnik's Old Town, cruise around Lake Ohrid, climb Mt Olympus, the seat of the Gods, and sample some moussaka in Greece's capital. This whirlwind adventure through the Balkans is the best way to check out regional hot spots while also experiencing a hefty dollop of cultural hospitality.
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 Macedonia and Albania share this beautiful attraction – nobody would want to let it go
Sitting alongside its Ottoman past, the Macedonian capital of Skopje has reinvented its centre with gleaming neo-classical monuments and buildings, adding a new layer to this fascinating city
Sip award-winning local wines in a wonderful homestay at the foot of Pelister, 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.
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.
As there are potholes and cobblestones in many Eastern European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. The Balkan peninsula is also 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. 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.
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. 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.
A single supplement is available on this trip.
Our Dubrovnik to Athens trips score an average of 4.93 out of 5 based on 27 reviews in the last year.
Perfect trips for people who want to experience more local flavor than the usual prepackaged holidays. Be prepared for the unforeseen but know you have the backup of a fantastic team at Intrepid. Once when we had an unscheduled return to Athens because of a ferry cancellation and we were complaining how tired we were our intrepid leader laughed and quoted the classic "Well, remember this is Travel, not a holiday!" Keep on Travelling!
Review submitted 15 Oct 2017
Well organised trip, great trip leader, plenty of opportunities to wander and eat and immerse yourself in a place. The history of the Balkans is long and colourful and so interesting to learn. The people of the region are welcoming, the food is delicious and fresh. Remember, if the trip notes state "You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines" take note of that information - don't be the person who whines about carrying their bag. Go visit the Balkans - it's absolutely worth it.
Review submitted 08 Oct 2017