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Balkan Trail: 2 Weeks

14 nights
Fancy something different? Discover the best of the Balkans!

Unveil the hidden gems of the Balkans on our 2-week Balkan Trail adventure. If you’ve already checked off the must-visit spots in Central Europe and crave a more offbeat journey, this trail is tailor-made for you. Venture into a region where tourism is still a budding endeavor, offering you unique and authentic encounters. If you have a passion for breathtaking landscapes, genuine cultural experiences, and the warmest hospitality, all wrapped up in a little adventure, then the Balkan Trail is your calling!

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Route: Budapest Novi Sad Belgrade Sarajevo Mostar Kotor Dubrovnik

Nights: 14

Countries: 5

Transport: Bus & private transfer

Sustainability:  This trip creates 76 kg of carbon emissions! Flying the same route would creates 404.2 kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

The Balkans, a lesser-explored region in Eastern Europe, offer a unique and captivating experience, often surpassing more typical European destinations in beauty and intrigue. This Eastern European adventure takes you on a journey through the heart of the Balkans, starting in Budapest and winding its way down to the idyllic shores of Montenegro and Dubrovnik.

Your Balkan tour kicks off in Budapest, the vibrant Hungarian capital and the perfect gateway to Eastern Europe. From there, you’ll venture to Novi Sad in Serbia, a hidden gem with its magical Petrovaradin fortress overlooking the Danube River.

Next on the itinerary is the buzzing city of Belgrade, famous for its incredible nightlife, bohemian atmosphere, and budget-friendly beer. Explore its historic streets before heading to Sarajevo, a city with a rich and sometimes turbulent history. While scars from the Croatian Bosnian war in the 90s are still visible on some buildings, Sarajevo today is a vibrant place with a lively cafe culture, vibrant markets, and warm-hearted locals.

Continue your journey through enchanting Bosnia, passing through stunning landscapes en route to the Adriatic. A stop in Mostar allows you to admire the famous Old Bridge and soak in the city’s unique atmosphere. The adventure then takes you to the breathtaking Montenegrin coastline, where Kotor Bay awaits with its awe-inspiring scenery and charming old town.

As you start your journey back, you’ll reach Dubrovnik, the renowned medieval walled town on Croatia’s stunning coastline. It’s the perfect place to unwind and reflect on your incredible trip.

If you’re eager to extend your adventure, consider continuing up the Dalmatian coast via Zadar, where you can relax on idyllic beaches or explore the surrounding islands. If this sounds enticing, don’t hesitate to ask us about tailoring your trip to make it even more unforgettable.

– Transport tickets from the first to the last city on the route, as shown in the map.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details

Route: Budapest Novi Sad Belgrade Sarajevo Mostar Kotor Dubrovnik

Nights: 14

Countries: 5

Transport: Bus & private transfer

Sustainability:  This trip creates 76 kg of carbon emissions! Flying the same route would creates 404.2 kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Trip Description
Fancy something different? Discover the best of the Balkans!

The Balkans, a lesser-explored region in Eastern Europe, offer a unique and captivating experience, often surpassing more typical European destinations in beauty and intrigue. This Eastern European adventure takes you on a journey through the heart of the Balkans, starting in Budapest and winding its way down to the idyllic shores of Montenegro and Dubrovnik.

Your Balkan tour kicks off in Budapest, the vibrant Hungarian capital and the perfect gateway to Eastern Europe. From there, you’ll venture to Novi Sad in Serbia, a hidden gem with its magical Petrovaradin fortress overlooking the Danube River.

Next on the itinerary is the buzzing city of Belgrade, famous for its incredible nightlife, bohemian atmosphere, and budget-friendly beer. Explore its historic streets before heading to Sarajevo, a city with a rich and sometimes turbulent history. While scars from the Croatian Bosnian war in the 90s are still visible on some buildings, Sarajevo today is a vibrant place with a lively cafe culture, vibrant markets, and warm-hearted locals.

Continue your journey through enchanting Bosnia, passing through stunning landscapes en route to the Adriatic. A stop in Mostar allows you to admire the famous Old Bridge and soak in the city’s unique atmosphere. The adventure then takes you to the breathtaking Montenegrin coastline, where Kotor Bay awaits with its awe-inspiring scenery and charming old town.

As you start your journey back, you’ll reach Dubrovnik, the renowned medieval walled town on Croatia’s stunning coastline. It’s the perfect place to unwind and reflect on your incredible trip.

If you’re eager to extend your adventure, consider continuing up the Dalmatian coast via Zadar, where you can relax on idyllic beaches or explore the surrounding islands. If this sounds enticing, don’t hesitate to ask us about tailoring your trip to make it even more unforgettable.

What's Included?

Itinerary

Budapest (2 Nights)

Proudly guarding the Danube, the once twin cities of Buda and Pest show off every architectural style from Baroque to Art Nouveau. With its rickety trams and turn-of-the-century feel you’ll be charmed by its past while you cure your hangover at the multitude of hot baths.

Highlights

    Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas

    Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle

    Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

    Bus to Novi Sad – 7 hours

Novi Sad (2 Nights)

Novi Sad is Belgrade’s little sister. Smaller but no less buzzing, the city centre is as beautiful as it is ancient. Beer is cheap and plentiful and friendly bars line the pavements. That’s aside from the the Petrovaradin Fortress, which is home to EXIT festival and its 200,000 revellers every July!

Highlights

    Visit the beautiful beach by the Danube

    Admire the ancient architecture and views

    Check out the cheap beer and amazing local bars

    Bus to Belgrade – 2 hours

Belgrade (2 Nights)

The capital of Serbia won’t disappoint you. Visitors from surrounding countries come here for the all-night party scene and friendly atmosphere. Tourists also come to see the world’s largest Orthodox church or just wander around the bohemian town centre of a bygone era.

Highlights

    Visit the 18th Century Belgrade Fortress

    Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija

    Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

    Bus to Sarajevo – 7.5 hours

Sarajevo (3 Nights)

Immerse yourself in the culture clash that is Sarajevo, with its bustling markets, colourful streets and friendly people. This historic city has a distinctly Turkish feel, adding to its unique atmosphere. They say no one ever visits Sarajevo just once – you’ll leave understanding why!

Highlights

    Wander round the Ottoman quarter & explore the Turkish Bazaar

    Take a tour with a local guide to find out about the city’s turbulent history

     Sample crazy Bosnian nightlife (with some compulsory Rakja)

    Bus to Mostar – 5 hours

Mostar (1 Night)

Mostar is a bucket list destination – Bosnia at its most beautiful. The famous bridge which links two sides of the river was destroyed in the war, but carefully rebuilt to its former glory. Discover once war-torn town built itself back up – you’d never know from it’s friendly people, beautiful buildings and amazing food and drink.

Highlights

    See the famous Mostar Bridge

    Visit the mosque that sits above the river Neretva

    Shop for handmade crafts in the bazaar

    Bus or Private Transfer to Kotor – 6 hours

 

Kotor (2 Nights)

Nestled amongst the mountains and hidden from the ocean behind a stunning bay, Kotor is framed by mountains for spectacular views to rival any other. Relax by the crystal clear waters or just wander round the old town and drink local wine. It’s an idyllic place to chill out after a busy few days.

Highlights

    Hire a boat and sail round the beautiful Kotor bay

    Take a trip out to the beautiful Lovcen National Park just a few miles away

    Take the bus to Perast and visit Our Lady of the Rocks monastery

    Bus to Dubrovnik – 3 hours

Dubrovnik (2 Nights)

Dubrovnik is an absolute pearl with its wonderful marble streets and Baroque buildings, totally recovered after being bombed in 1991. You won’t be anything but awe-struck at its beauty, a medieval city perched against the Adriatic and positively beaming with charm.

Highlights

    Take a Game of Thrones Tour to discover Kings Landing

    Enjoy fresh sea food in the paved courtyards of the old town

    Sip cocktails at the Hard Jazz Café

How to get there

The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight. Travelling by train from the UK to Budapest is possible (but involves a few night trains), but travelling back by train/bus from Dubrovnik will take you a long time, so bear that in mind!

If you’d prefer to fly back from Split (rather than Dubrovnik) then you can include the bus back to Split at check-out.