New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? What kind will yours be? Do you want to promise yourself:

A meaningful experience? An educational opportunity? A challenge? Something new and unusual?

How about “all of the above?” Explore the New Europe – from the cobbled Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia, to Europe’s newest country, Kosovo; and from the heights of the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvanian Romania to the depths of Krakow’s Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Explore the travel possibilities to:

  • The Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Central & East Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary
  • The Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia

These regions are packed with intriguing opportunities, and there are still many parts that are relatively unknown to most travelers. Whether you opt for a small group tour or prefer to travel on a trip handcrafted to your interests and dates, MIR’s travel expertise is at the ready to help you discover even the most remote parts of Europe. You can choose to focus on a single country and traverse its big cities and remote villages, or visit as many countries as your travel time allows.

Special OfferMake 2019 the year to book one of MIR’s escorted small group tours that connect these countries from the Baltics to the Balkans and save $250 per person for a limited time on select departures. (more details)

 

 

The Baltics
Aerial view of Riga, Latvia Photo credit: Latvia Tourism

Aerial view of Riga, Latvia
Photo credit: Latvia Tourism

Uncover Europe’s best-kept secret, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, standing shoulder to shoulder along the Baltic Sea in northern Europe.

  • Get to know the spirited Estonians while wandering the cobbled lanes of Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town.
  • Admire the legacy of Riga, Latvia’s 2014 stint as a Capital of Culture.
  • Visit Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses, a revered roadside shrine where thousands of crosses have been planted.
Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Summer fun with sailboats and Trakai Castle in Lithuania
Photo credit: Lithuanian State Department of Tourism.

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Travel to the Baltics with MIR:

Contact MIR today at [email protected] or 1-111-111-1111
to talk about all the travel options to The Baltics.

Tallinn, Estonia Photo credit: Kaarel Mikkin

Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia
Photo credit: Kaarel Mikkin

 

Central & East Europe
Chisinau, Moldova

A farmer in Chisinau, Moldova
Photo credit: Joanna Millick

The countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, MoldovaPolandCzech Republic, Hungary in Central and East Europe, are some of the least frequented and least familiar countries in Europe.

  • Dig into the origins of the Dracula story in the medieval Romanian towns of Sighisoara and Bran.
  • Breathe in the fragrance of Bulgaria’s Valley of Roses, where they celebrate the oil-rich “Kazanlashka” rose at the Rose Festival.
  • Explore Lviv, one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine, having escaped the devastation of World War II.
  • Step into the Soviet past in Belarus’ capital, Minsk.
  • Sample home-cooked Moldovan cuisine at a meal in a Chisinau home, and Moldova’s deep red wines at a winery.
  • Descend into Poland’s Wieliczka Salt Mine, where, for 700 years, miner-sculptors carved out beautiful chambers and chapels.
Bran Castle is surrounded by mountains Photo: Peter Guttman

Bran Castle is surrounded by mountains
Photo: Peter Guttman

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Spotlight on Ukraine

Spotlight on Belarus and Moldova

Spotlight on Bulgaria and Romania

Spotlight on Poland


Travel to Central & East Europe with MIR:

Small Group Tours

Rail Journeys by Private Train

Custom & Private Travel

Contact MIR today at [email protected] or 1-111-111-1111
to talk about all the travel options to Central & East Europe.

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The Balkans
Belgrade's bohemian quarter

Belgrade’s bohemian quarter
Photo credit: Dragan Bosnic, Branko Jovanovic, Srdjan Veljovic, NTOS archive.

Surrounded on three sides by the Adriatic, the Mediterranean and the Black seas, the wildly divergent Balkan countries offer an apprenticeship in diversity: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.

  • Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor who used the tunnel to escape the shelling; hear his personal story.
  • Stop at Montenegro’s small alpine village of Njegusi and enjoy a tasting of the village’s special cheese, Njeguški sir, and red wine made with the localized Vranac grape.
  • Take a tour of Pristina, in existence since late Roman times, and now the capital of Europe’s newest country, Kosovo.
View of Dubrovnik's bay in the Old TownPhoto credit: Martin Klimenta

View of Dubrovnik’s bay in the Old Town
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

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Travel to The Balkans with MIR:

Contact MIR today at [email protected] or 1-111-111-1111
to talk about all the travel options to The Balkans.

Old Bridge in Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Old Bridge in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

 

Special OfferMake 2019 the year to book one of MIR’s escorted small group tours that connect these countries from the Baltics to the Balkans and save $250 per person for a limited time on select departures. (more details)

 

(Top photo:  Kazanluk, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar)

PUBLISHED: January 1, 2019

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