Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Explore seven Balkan countries on this compact overland journey through history. Visit the capitals, the countryside, and the competing cultures of the Balkan Peninsula. This circular driving itinerary begins and ends in lovely Dubrovnik. In between, survey the capitals and classic sites of the meeting point of ancient Greece and Rome, Christianity and Islam.

12 Day Trip

12 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Bask on the beach in the lovely Dalmatian Coast city of Budva
    Bask in Montenegro’s most popular beach resort, Budva, an early Roman city with miles of Dalmatian Coast beaches and beautiful red-roofed buildings...
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  • Wander the bohemian quarter of Belgrade with its artists’ studios
    Wander Skardarlija, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Serbia, originally the Gypsy Quarter and then populated by...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Balkans travel experience
  • Many intrepid individuals and private groups have entrusted MIR with guiding them to the fascinating Balkan countries
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-12: Around the Balkans; start/end in Dubrovnik

This circular driving itinerary begins in Croatia, heads down to Montenegro and Albania, over to Macedonia, up to Kosovo and Serbia, over to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and circles around to where it began, in Dubrovnik on the sun-washed Dalmatian Coast.

The panorama varies from white limestone cliffs bordering the blue Adriatic to the wild and rugged mountains of the Dinaric Alps that were instrumental in dividing the ethnic groups that flourished, each in its own valley. Get a feel for the historical forces that jostled the Balkan countries, sometimes sending them on colliding paths. A meeting point of ancient Greece and Rome, Christianity and Islam, the Balkans are a crucible of cultures.

Along the winding route, admire four different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the walled and red-roofed Old City of Dubrovnik, the medieval Adriatic port of Kotor, Macedonia’s Ohrid region, and the historic Ottoman Bridge area in Mostar.

Highlights

  • Dubrovnik, its UNESCO-listed Old Town set atop a walled peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia
  • Kotor’s fortress from Illyrian and Roman times, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 12 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $5,995
  • Single Supplement $895

2017 Dates

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Start on a Thursday

Recommended months of travel:

  • November,  
  • December,  
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  • $5,995
  • Min 2 Travelers
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Trip Length: 12 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $5,995
  • Single Supplement $895

2018 Dates

Your Choice of Dates
Start on a Thursday

Recommended months of travel:

  • April,  
  • May,  
  • June,  
  • July,  
  • August,  
  • September,  
  • October,  
  • November,  
  • December,  
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  • $5,995
  • Min 2 Travelers
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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations are well-located and vary from four star hotels to moderate three star, some quite small with basic amenities and services.
  • Breakfast daily, per the itinerary. Lunches and dinners are left independent to allow exploration.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party). Note, one vehicle and driver will be used throughout the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

You may want to do a pre- or post-tour in nearby Slovenia, connecting through Zagreb to or from Ljubljana. MIR can also arrange an extended program to nearby Bulgaria or Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, or Western Russia. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are designed to be comfortable for travel in this part of the world, they will vary from four star hotels to moderate three star, some quite small with basic amenities and services. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of the Balkans may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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