Journey through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece from Dubrovnik to Santorini
Wind your way down through some of Mediterranean Europe’s most charming towns, beaches and islands on this journey from the Adriatic to the Aegean. Start off with a tour of Dubrovnik’s enchanting walled city before heading south along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to Montenegro. Venture off the tourist trail for a taste of old-time Balkans in Albania and Macedonia, take time out in provincial Syros, and then eat, drink and sunbathe your way through the good times on offer in Mykonos and Santorini. A region of breathtaking scenery, legendary history and ever-enticing cuisine, this journey through Eastern Europe serves up a slice of the Mediterranean with a Balkans backdrop.
Take a guided walk around the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'
Lake Ohrid straddles the border between Macedonia and Albania. Take a cruise on the stunning lake, which is also one of the oldest in Europe
Albania's colourful capital of Tirana is on the verge of big changes, so visit before the rest of the world does. Enjoy Albanian hospitality and plenty of free time to explore this fascinating city
Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with visits to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora
Wander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas while Rembetika music floats around you
With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side. Let the rest of the world melt away as you swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea
The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
The Balkan peninsula and the Greek Islands are 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. You may want to consider bringing a backpack instead of a wheelie bag. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find the region's topography very demanding.
We have had reports of travellers being pickpocketed on public transport in Athens. Please be careful with your valuables while travelling on the metro or the bus.
The main means of transportation in the Greek Islands is by public ferry. These ferries are large car ferries that transport hundreds of people, along with cars and trucks. There are no reserved seats and passengers are free to walk around the ferry freely. Luggage is stored in a designated area on the car deck and is not accessible while the ferry is moving.
Summer temperatures in the Balkans and the Greek Islands can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat, especially as many of the transport options and accommodations we use will not have air-conditioning. On the other hand, early in the season (April) many businesses may still be closed and the weather is unpredictable, however you may have some of the major sights of the Greek islands almost to yourself. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
Due to the current financial situation, banking services in Greece could potentially become limited at short notice. This includes credit card processing services and servicing of ATMs. When travelling through Greece, please ensure you have more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit cards, credit cards, etc.). You'll also need to have sufficient Euros in cash to cover emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays.
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, and many accommodations in this part of the world do not have air-conditioning.
As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Athens.
A single supplement is available on this trip.
Our Dubrovnik to Santorini trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Border post processing can be both a hassle and also amusing in some places in the Balkans.
Review submitted 23 Dec 2017
Make sure you understand the trip and what it includes as to what you are required to do. Be aware that there may be physically challenging aspects to the trip. Keep luggage light. Look at getting to the starting location early and the leaving location later. In other words extra days on the front and rear ends.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2017