Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

A remarkably complex region, the beautiful Balkan Peninsula includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. It is a brilliant mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies, and serves as a sampler of contrasting landscapes.

The region is a collection of cultures for the connoisseur. For anyone traveling there, it’s hard to know exactly where to go and what to see.

Here’s our Beginner’s Guide to the Balkans to help you sort out these contrasting little countries and get the most out of your travel there.

Albania: Ancient Roots and a Bright Future

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Heart of the Balkans

Croatia: Europe’s Little Darling

Kosovo: A New Nation, Energetic and Evolving

Macedonia: Jewel of Southeast Europe

Montenegro: The New Riviera, Bountiful and Beautiful

Serbia: New Europe’s Newest Playground

Slovenia: A Small Package of Perfection

The Adriatic coast. Photo credit: Ubald Trnkoczy /

Red roofs on the Adriatic coast
Photo credit: Ubald Trnkoczy /

Travel to the Balkans with MIRNo matter where you go, it’s important to travel with an experienced tour operator. MIR has over two decades of Balkans travel experience and our small group tour, Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures, is a seven-nation journey through Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

You can also travel independently, on your own dates, on our Essential Balkans itinerary. There are endless custom and private travel possibilities that MIR can combine to build a Balkans trip tailored to your specific interests and pace.

(Top photo: Croatian festival. Photo credit: Peter Guttman)

PUBLISHED: April 27, 2015

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