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Epic Balkans

18 Days | Get cultured on an epic journey through the Balkans.

5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
ZAR  47,555
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

Get a true taste of the Balkans on an epic adventure from the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest, down the Adriatic coast to the island of Corfu. On this 18-day journey, you'll travel to Belgrade for a taste of a European city on the up, learn about the war years in Sarajevo, stop by the famed Old Bridge of Mostar and discover the beachside gems of Budva and Dhermi Beach. Discover epicurean delights, political history of Albania’s capital, lay beachside on the Albanian riviera and wind up sun-kissed on the beaches of a Greek island. There’s battle zones, beaches, bunkers and bars all together, and by melding the past with the present, the historic with the euphoric, this is a trip that ticks all of the boxes.

Trip overview

Map of Epic Balkans including Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia
Budapest, Hungary
Corfu, Greece
18 to 29s
Montenegro, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Hungary
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Min 18 - Max 29
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 23.29 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
  • Immerse yourself in the edgy street scene of Belgrade's Bohemian Quarter, then dance the night away in one of Europe’s nightlife hotspots.
  • Learn about the dark history and rebuilding of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, with a walk up to the White Fortress overlooking the city.
  • There is no shortage of medieval influences on this tour. Discover the walled cities of Dubrovnik, Kotor and Stari Bar, teeming with history from a bygone era.
  • 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.
  • Lay by the shimmering Adriatic waters and soak up the sun in Croatia, on the Albanian coastline and off the island of Corfu.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in the Balkans (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please note that only some of our hotels will have airconditioning, and is virtually non-existent on public transport.
  • A single supplement is not available on this trip. Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotels are no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.
  • This trip is a combination of 2 stand-alone trips. Your leader and the composition of your group may change on day 10 in Dubrovnik. Please read the daily itinerary for more information.


Map of Epic Balkans including Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia



13 breakfasts


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi, Ferry


Hotel (5 nights), Hostel (8 nights), Pension (4 nights)

  • Belgrade - Rakija Tasting with Locals
  • Sarajevo - Hike to Yellow Bastion & White Fortress Viewpoints
  • Mostar - Stari Most
  • 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
  • Budapest - Parliament Tour - HUF10000
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from) - HUF9400
  • Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF7000
  • Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Budapest - House of Terror - HUF4000
  • Budapest - Hungarian National Museum - HUF2900
  • Budapest - Great Synagogue - HUF9000
  • Budapest - Central Market - Free
  • Belgrade - Nikola Tesla Museum - RSD500
  • Belgrade - Ethnographic Museum - RSD300
  • Belgrade - Military Museum - RSD350
  • Belgrade - Danube River Cruise - RSD500
  • Belgrade - City Tour with Local Guide - EUR60
  • Belgrade - Sveti Sava Church - Free
  • Belgrade - Tito’s Mausoleum (House of Flowers) - RSD400
  • Sarajevo - Jewish Museum - BAM3
  • Sarajevo - City Tour with Local Guide - BAM90
  • Sarajevo - Times of Misfortune Tour & Tunnel Museum - BAM60
  • Sarajevo - Ilidza Park and Springs - BAM15
  • Sarajevo - National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina - BAM8
  • Sarajevo - Svrzo's House - BAM3
  • Sarajevo - Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque - BAM3
  • Sarajevo - City Hall & Old National Library - BAM10
  • Sarajevo - Sarajevo Museum - BAM10
  • Sarajevo - Despica House - BAM3
  • Sarajevo - Brusa Bezistan - BAM3
  • Sarajevo - Cable Car - BAM20
  • Mostar - War Photo Exhibition - BAM6
  • Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret - BAM15
  • Mostar - Old Bridge Museum - BAM10
  • Kotor - Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR40
  • Kotor - Fortress - EUR3
  • Budva - Bus Ride to Kotor - EUR6
  • Budva - Boat Trip to Island of St. Nicholas - EUR3
  • Budva - Mogren Beach - Free
  • Budva - SUP Board Rental (per hour) - EUR15
  • Budva - Sea Kayak Rental (half day) - EUR20
  • Budva - Snorkelling Equipment Hire - EUR10
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery - EUR4
  • Dubrovnik - Rector's Palace - EUR13
  • 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 - Sunset Sailing - EUR64
  • St Tryphon's Cathedral - Free
  • 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 note that this trip is a combination of 2 stand-alone trips. Your leader and the composition of your group may change on day 10 in Dubrovnik. Please read the daily itinerary for more information.

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5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Eric · Traveled May 2023
Amazing experience I’ll remember forever. Beautiful destinations and a great tour leader, would highly recommend to anyone thinking of going!
Review submitted 04 Jun 2023

Siobhán · Traveled July 2022
I had a brilliant time on this trip. The ancient and modern history of the Balkans is so interesting and important to know. Jovana looked after us really well on the trip. I would highly recommend if you want to see a lesser known part of Europe.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2022

Brandon · Traveled May 2022
This is a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about this largely forgotten and misunderstood region of the world. The destinations are beautiful and have rich histories and the people are always fantastic to be around.
Review submitted 31 May 2022
Epic Balkans
ZAR  47,555