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Summary

Travel the Balkans and discover the unmatched beauty of this region. See ten unique countries. Go Greek and discover the history of Athens, Delphi and Meteora. Travel Croatia and explore Dubrovnik - made famous by Game of Thrones! Marvel at the waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and soak in the thermal baths of Budapest on this exciting Balkan tour. Visit Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina! Balkan tours are an intoxicating blend of the Mediterranean, central Europe and Eastern Europe. Adventure definitely awaits in this spectacular corner of Europe!

Select departure dates on this tour line up with the Athens, Mykonos & Santorini tour, which you can join from Athens on the last day of this tour if you wish to continue your travels on the Greek Islands.

Highlights

  • Explore every country in the Balkan Peninsula
  • Free days to enjoy Dubrovnik, Budapest and Sofia
  • Explore Delphi, Meteora and Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Visit Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Thessaloniki

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Start Point

Hotel in Athens | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Athens | 10:00 AM
Day 1: Start of tour in Athens

Welcome to Athens! Meet up with your tour leader and tour group at the hotel in the morning. An overview of the upcoming itinerary will be given. Then, enjoy an orientation tour of Greece’s capital city and explore some of the incredible sights that this ancient city is known for. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Tonight, get your first taste of Greek cuisine with an included welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 1: Start of tour in Athens

Welcome to Athens! Meet up with your tour leader and tour group at the hotel in the morning. An overview of the upcoming itinerary will be given. Then, enjoy an orientation tour of Greece’s capital city and explore some of the incredible sights that this ancient city is known for. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Tonight, get your first taste of Greek cuisine with an included welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Experiences

Orientation tour of Athens: Get to know Greece’s bustling capital city on an orientation tour with your tour leader. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Witness the ceremonial changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Welcome dinner in Athens: Greek cuisine is one of the world’s most delicious cuisines, renowned for fresh flavours and ingredients. Get your first taste of Greek food in Athens as you get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.

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Day 2: Delphi - Meteora - Kalambaka

Travel north through the Greek mainland, stopping off in Delphi along the way. In antiquity, Delphi was considered the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth. Admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, see the Treasury of the Athenians, and visit the museum of Delphi. Arrive in Meteora this afternoon. This dramatic series of rock formations is home to a large complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Explore St. Stephen's Monastery, founded in 1400 by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene, which is now a nunnery. Peruse the 18th-century main cathedral and take in the views of Kalambaka. Catch a glimpse of the Holy Trinity Monastery perched atop a single rock formation before departing. Stay over in the nearby town of Kalambaka this evening.

Experiences

Explore the ancient ruins of Delphi: Visit the ruins of Delphi and its Archaeological Museum. Delphi is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for having had a major influence in the Ancient world. You get to see why for yourself!

Visit Meteora: See the formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Explore Meteora and its formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries perched dramatically on massive monolithic pillars. The most notable of which is St Stephen's Monastery, founded in 1400 by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene and now a nunnery.

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Day 3: Kalambaka - Ohrid

This morning, travel onwards to North Macedonia and the undiscovered jewel of Ohrid. A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the shores of Lake Ohrid, this city is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe and is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Explore the Old Town on a guided tour and see famous sights, including the Church of St. John at Kaneo, which is situated on a cliff overlooking Lake Ohrid. To finish off the day, enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Experiences

Guided tour of Ohrid: Enjoy a tour of Ohrid's Old Town, and see sights including Upper Gate, Holy Mary Perybleptos, Antique theatre, Tsar Samoil Fortress, Plaoshnik, Church of St John at Kaneo and Church of St. Sophia.

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Day 4: Ohrid - Tirana

This morning, depart North Macedonia and journey to its Balkan neighbour Albania, driving into the capital city, Tirana. In a story typical of many cities in this part of Europe, Tirana has undergone a remarkable transformation, shaking off communism to become a vibrant, fun city. Enjoy an introduction to the city on a walking tour. Discover Tirana; from the buildings painted in bright colours to the architecture influenced by the Ottomans, Italians and, of course, communism, this city is a fascinating destination to explore and learn about!

Experiences

Walking tour of Tirana: Embark on a walking tour of Tirana and see sights like Skanderbeg Square, Clock tower, Et’hem Beu Mosque, National Historical Museum, National Gallery of Arts and Tabak Bridge.

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Day 5: Budva - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Heading north, bid farewell to Albania and travel through Montenegro. Today’s first stop is the picturesque coastal town of Budva, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, with free time to explore. Next, it’s time to make a comfort stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Kotor. The old port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period as well as magnificent fjord-like cliffs - it is a picturesque Mediterranean landscape! Later, the tour continues onwards to Croatia. On arrival in Dubrovnik, your tour leader will take you to the entrance gate to the Old Town. Enjoy a free evening to explore Dubrovnik.

Experiences

Explore Budva and Kotor in Montenegro: This small Balkan country is full of beautiful destinations! Travel to the coast where you will have free time to explore the historic towns of Budva and Kotor.

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Day 6: Dubrovnik

This morning, join a local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town to see the Franciscan Monastery, the City Walls and more. The rest of the day is free to explore Dubrovnik's incredible history! Want the best views of the ‘old town’ and islands? Catch the cable car to the top of Mount Srd and enjoy! It is highly recommended for a scenic sunset photo or two. Visit one of the city’s many museums; the Maritime Museum is one of the most popular, or maybe just browse the shops, including the traditional jewellery shops where you can find unique handmade silver or gold jewellery. The Game of Thrones walking tour is another popular optional excursion!

Experiences

Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik: This morning a local guide will take you on a walking tour of Dubrovnik, where you will be acquainted with this stunning medieval walled city. The city is a tapestry of spectacular architecture - including churches, monasteries, fountains and museums all of which you can explore further during your free time. See sites including the Franciscan Monastery, Dominican Monastery, Cathedral, Onofrio Fountain, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, Stradun and the City Walls.

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Day 7: Mostar - Northern Croatia

Today, a true Balkan gem is on the itinerary. Hop aboard the coach and cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina - a Balkan country filled with rich history and culture, which is also home to beautiful towns and scenic landscapes! Arrive in Mostar, a historic Balkan town. This enchanting town has been rejuvenated following the tumultuous years of the Bosnian War. Its most famous site is Stari Most Bridge which is an icon of the city. Enjoy free time to explore Mostar’s numerous religious buildings and see the Roman and Ottoman influences before travelling back to Northern Croatia this evening.

Experiences

Visit Mostar: Journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina and visit the beautiful medieval town of Mostar. Arrive and enjoy free time to explore this charming medieval Balkan town. Mostar is famous for the historic Stari Most bridge as well as its rich mix of cultures and beautiful buildings.

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Day 8: Plitvice Lakes - Ljubljana

The tour continues today with a mix of sublime scenery and the stunning Slovenian capital! Begin with a visit to one of the most picturesque natural landscapes in the whole of Europe. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is known internationally for its cascading waterfalls and dynamic landscape. Take a tour of the reserve, stroll along the boardwalks and marvel at the incredible natural scenery of Croatia’s largest national park. Next, travel onwards to the pint-sized city of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Join a local guide on a walking tour of this fairytale city. Later, choose to join the Slovenian evening optional excursion for a fun night of live music, singing and dancing with a three-course meal.

Experiences

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park: Explore the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Filled with waterfalls, lush vegetation and countless lakes, this is one of the most beautiful stops on the tour. It’s home to gorgeous scenery and numerous rare animals, so make sure you have plenty of space in your cameras!

Walking tour of Ljubljana: Meet up with an expert local guide who will lead a walking tour of the city. On foot, encounter the inimitable scenery of the medieval old town, Preseren Square, the City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. When the formal tour is done, there will still be some time to explore on your own. A visit to the 13th-century St. Nicholas Church is highly recommended - the Baroque architecture is truly spectacular.

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Day 9: Ljubljana - Budapest

Today it’s time to travel into Hungary and head for the capital. Budapest is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! Straddling the historic Danube River, Budapest is well-preserved and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - its incredible architecture and natural geothermal springs are definite highlights of this famous Eastern European city! Arrive and enjoy a driving tour of the city with a local guide to see top sights such as the Castle District and the Hungarian Parliament buildings. Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight and toast to the first night in Budapest!

Experiences

Driving tour of Budapest: Meet up with a local guide who will accompany us on a driving tour of the city and point out all the best-loved sights. Learn more about Hungarian culture and language and the city's fascinating history. Drink in incredible views from atop Gellert Hill and the Citadel, make a stop at Heroes Square and get an eyeful of other must-see attractions like Budapest Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica, the State Opera, the castle district, and more.

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Day 10: Budapest: Free Day

With traces of the past evident in the interesting and unusual details found across the city, today is your chance to get up close and personal with Budapest! Look out for remnants of the conflicts of WWII and the uprising of 1956, try Hungarian cuisine (there is so much more to it than just goulash!), sample world-renowned wines or soak your weary rambler’s bones in one of the city’s famous bath-houses. Budapest has been known for its thermal spas since Roman times, with some 123 thermal and 400 mineral springs from 14 different sources located in the city! Tonight, why not enjoy a mesmerising view of Budapest during an optional dinner cruise on the Danube? It’s sure to be an unforgettable night!

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Day 11: Budapest - Belgrade

Say goodbye to Budapest as the tour continues onwards to Belgrade in Serbia. Make a comfort stop in Novi Sad before arriving in Serbia’s capital city and embarking on a walking tour with a local guide. Look forward to seeing the city’s highlights including Republic Square, the Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress. Serbia is nestled in the heart of the Balkans and Belgrade is the vibrant city at the centre of it all. The city is located where the Sava and Danube rivers meet and it is an exciting mix of history, culture, grit and character! Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with the group.

Experiences

Visit Novi Sad: Cross the border into Serbia and make a comfort stop in Novi Sad. This Serbian city is the second largest in the country and is well-lived for being a liberal destination full of art, music and culture! 

Guided walking tour of Belgrade: A fascinating place, Belgrade radiates gritty exuberance in its many architectural contrasts with socialist blocks set amongst more grandiose buildings. Belgrade is where the Sava River meets the Danube. Knez Mihailova (Prince Mihailo Street) is a pedestrian street with historical buildings on either side, with many grand coffee houses, and is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city.

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Day 12: Niš - Sofia

See more of Serbia this morning. Today’s first destination is Niš. Enjoy a lunch stop in this historic city in south-eastern Serbia that was ruled by the Turks from the 14th to the 19th century. Visit the quaint cobbled streets of Tinkers Alley (Kazandžijsko Sokače). This nostalgic alley in Niš is the last preserved portion of the craftsman quarter from the age of the Ottomans. Afterwards, travel onwards to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city. Get to know the main sights on a driving and walking tour of Sofia - this is a perfect introduction to this bustling Bulgarian capital city! Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight.

Experiences

Visit Tinkers Alley and enjoy a lunch stop in Niš: Visit Niš, a historic Serbian city with Turkish influence. Enjoy time for lunch and then wander through Tinkers Alley which used to be the craftsmen alley of this Niš Bazaar. Even though the old architecture has been preserved, it’s home to a number of fine restaurants, hotels and taverns that add to its authentic charm. It’s also home to one of the famous selfie spots in Niš: the sculpture of writer Stevan Srema, his fictional Kalca and his dog.

Enjoy a guided tour of Sofia: Embark on a guided tour of Bulgaria’s capital city. Follow in the slipstream of a local guide and tick Sofia’s main sights off your “must-see” list. 

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Day 13: Sofia: Free Day

Enjoy a free day to explore Sofia! A young and vibrant city, the capital of Bulgaria offers a mesmerising east-meets-west atmosphere against a backdrop of contrasting communist and contemporary architecture. There’s a partially exposed 1,800-year-old Roman city to discover, plenty of green spaces to relax in and a variety of churches and mosques to explore. Alternatively, the optional excursion to Rila Monastery is highly recommended today. This ancient Eastern Orthodox monastery features striking architecture, important historical relics and beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by the stunning Rila Monastery Nature Park. Don’t miss out on one of Bulgaria’s top cultural sights!

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Day 14: Sofia - Thessaloniki

After two weeks spent encountering the magic of the Balkans, today the tour heads back to Greece! In the afternoon, arrive in the northern port city of Thessaloniki and embark on an orientation tour of the historic centre. Its compact size makes it a delightfully walkable city! The orientation tour wraps up at the Thessaloniki waterfront, close to the famous White Tower. Here, there are plenty of restaurants and bars. Make the most of a free evening tonight - why not choose a spot and enjoy an evening of delicious Greek food and lively nightlife? 

Experiences

Discover Thessaloniki: Enjoy an orientation walking tour of Thessaloniki with your tour leader and see historic sights like the Arch of Galerius, the old Byzantine walls, the Rotunda and the White Tower.

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Day 15: Thessaloniki - Athens

Buckle up once again and head south through the Greek countryside. Today the tour returns to Athens. Along the way, enjoy a stop in Kamena Vourla which is located on the south coast of the Malian Gulf. Here, find a local spot to grab lunch in this scenic destination. Next, it’s time to get back on the road. Arrive in Athens later today. Check into the hotel in Athens before enjoying a farewell group dinner. It’s officially the last night of the tour which means it's the perfect opportunity to reminisce about an incredible time spent exploring the Balkans and make a few more memories before the tour ends tomorrow.

Experiences

Visit Kamena Vourla: Enjoy a comfort stop in Kamena Vourla with time to grab lunch in this scenic coastal Greek destination.

Farewell dinner in Athens: Enjoy your final night on tour with your tour leader and fellow travellers and take this opportunity to share contact details with your new friends!

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Day 16: End of tour in Athens

After breakfast, this 16-day Balkan extravaganza concludes. The time has come to say your goodbyes to your fellow travellers. We hope you have enjoyed your tour with Expat Explore!

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 15 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room

Meals

  • 15 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

19 Experiences!

  • Explore Athens; Greece’s ancient capital city
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner in Athens
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Delphi
  • Visit Meteora; see the formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries
  • Guided tour of Ohrid
  • Walking tour of Tirana
  • Explore Budva and Kotor in Montenegro
  • Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
  • Visit Mostar; a medieval Balkan town
  • Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
  • See the best-loved sights in Budapest on a driving tour
  • Visit Novi Sad in Serbia
  • Guided walking tour of Belgrade
  • Visit Tinkers Alley and enjoy a lunch stop in Niš
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Sofia
  • Discover Thessaloniki; a Greek port city
  • Visit Kamena Vourla; a scenic coastal Greek city
  • Farewell dinner in Athens

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Athens

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Athens Food Tour

Join a local guide for a three-hour journey through authentic Greek cuisine in Athens. Start with a traditional tiropita (Greek cheese pie) followed by a visit to a historic cafe in a local antique market for traditionally-brewed Greek coffee. Next, taste kouloúria (sesame bread rings) before sitting down at a local taverna for a variety of meze dishes. Afterwards, visit Athens Central Market, known as the “Grand Central Station of food”! Here, meet with local fishermen and try fresh seafood served with ouzo - a famous Greek spirit. Then, sample Greek spices, herbs and olive oil before finishing off with a delicious sweet pastry in the centre of Athens’ historic downtown area. Vegetarian options are available throughout the excursion.

Please Note: This excursion must be pre-booked prior to your tour starting to guarantee a space - please contact us to book.

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Shir Verified Buyer 2023-10-04
Great experience
Visited some amazing places
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BB Verified Buyer 2023-10-02
Superb trip through the Balkans
A 5 Star trip withexcellent guide and driver
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Gman Verified Buyer 2023-09-29
Outstanding tour of the Balkans.
Great tour and Mia did an excellent job. Pano did an excellent job driving.
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Limledi Verified Buyer 2023-09-29
Awesome Tour!
I have been with Expat Explore for 5 tours & this is one of the best. The places are just awesome. The only drawback is the very hectic schedule sometimes barely able to enjoy the place like in Zadar coming so late & wasn't able to see the place. Overall it's good value for money. Also I prefer to have been given a triple room.
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Eagle Verified Buyer 2023-08-29
Amazing Experience
Amazing experience Experienced 9 Countries in 16 days - amazing historical sites All done seamlessly your exceptional tour guide Martina and driver Ceno

Why this tour?

A Balkan travel experience is noticeably different from travelling to anywhere else in Western Europe. The Balkans are home to fascinating history, a mix of distinct cultures (with Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Yugoslavian influences) and impressive natural scenery. On this best of the Balkans tour over 16 days, you’ll be able to discover the beauty of this region while experiencing the best of its most popular destinations along with true hidden-gems. 

The Balkans tour begins and ends in Athens, Greece. During the tour, you’ll travel through the greater Balkans area, seeing top travel destinations including Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and Budapest in Hungary. You’ll also get the chance to visit destinations off the regular tourist track on this 10 country Balkan tour such as North Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria on this Balkans tour itinerary - it’s a real well-rounded travel experience!  

Highlights of this tour of the Balkans include:

  • Prepare to have your breath taken away by the natural beauty of the Balkan landscape - see Plitvice Lakes, explore the beach towns of Croatia plus visit the beautiful seaside spots of Kotor and Budva in Montenegro.
  • Enjoy free days in the incredibly popular Dubrovnik and Budapest as well as the intriguing Sofia in Bulgaria. 
  • Embark on locally guided tours of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Lake Ohrid Old Town in North Macedonia and Belgrade in Serbia. Your guide will be able to introduce you to these destinations and share tales about the history, traditions and everyday life.   
  • Spend time in the historic towns of Mostar, Ljubljana, Tirana, Sofia and experience the mix of influences seen in the unique architecture, culture and cuisine!
  • Discover ancient history in Greece with visits to Delphi and almost gravity-defying monasteries in Meteora. 
  • Love Game of Thrones? Grab your chance to head off on a Game of Thrones walking tour optional in Dubrovnik and see the streets of King’s Landing and the Red Keep! 

Is this the right tour for me?

Will there be enough time to spend on my own?

If you are thinking of booking a Balkan private tour, this tour will definitely work for you. With free days in Budapest, Dubrovnik and Sofia plus free time to explore most of the destinations you visit, there is enough time to spend on your own while enjoying the benefits of group travel and escorted tours of the Balkans. 

What is the best time to visit the Balkans?

The great thing about the Balkans is that you can visit throughout the year! Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit for outdoor adventures like hikes. It is also slightly quieter on the tourist front with pleasant weather and chances of rain. Summer can become incredibly hot across many Balkan countries - it is beautiful beach weather but keep note that popular cities like Dubrovnik can get crowded. Winter is a wonderful time to visit as festivities take place as the temperature drops. Keep in mind that it will get cold, especially in countries like Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. 

Is it safe to visit the Balkans?

While there were conflicts in the Balkans many years ago, today it is a safe destination to visit. You’ll find all different kinds of travellers here; groups, solo travellers, families, backpackers and more.

Which is the most beautiful Balkan country?

It’s impossible to choose! Croatia, Montenegro and Albania have beautiful coastal regions. Serbia, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina boast beautiful scenery and tangible history. Slovenia and Hungary are home to captivating atmospheres and incredible sites! 

See all these wonderful countries with Expat Explore for a fun, affordable and convenient way to travel. Balkans vacation packages showcase a spectacular corner of Europe - adventure definitely awaits on the Balkan Explorer!