Balkan Trail: 2 Weeks

Duration
14 Nights
Transport

This route is a 15 day trip and you’ll spend 14 nights in your accommodation and travel by a mixture of train, coach and private transfer during the day.

Route
  • Budapest
  • Novi sad
  • Belgrade
  • Sarajevo-2
  • Mostar
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik
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Trip Style

Forget Roman Holiday, it’s all about the Balkan Holiday! If you’ve already visited the main hotspots of Europe and fancy something a little bit more adventurous, our Balkan Trail is perfect for you. The tourist path in this region can be a little bit less well-trodden than in Western Europe, but getting off the beaten track here is seriously worthwhile. If you’re into incredible landscapes, authentic experiences and the friendliest people, and you’re not afraid of a little bit of adventure, pick our Balkan Trail.

Trip Description

Fancy something different? Discover the Balkans with our 2 week trip.

The Balkans are a lesser explored part of Eastern Europe, but if anything they’re even more beautiful and fascinating than some of Europe’s more typical hotspots. This Eastern Europe trip takes you on a Balkan adventure – from Budapest down to idyllic Montenegro and Dubrovnik.

Begin your Balkan Tour in the Hungarian capital, Budapest – gateway to Eastern Europe – before moving on to Novi Sad in Serbia. This gorgeous city may not be the country’s capital but it offers plenty to show off about. Home to the magical Petrovaradin fortress and situated on the Danube, Novi Sad is one of Eastern Europe’s hidden gems.

From here, head on to buzzing Belgrade, with its incredible nightlife, bohemian vibe and ridiculously cheap beer. Explore its historic streets before moving on to your next stop, Sarajevo.

Sarajevo has a fascinating and turbulent past, and this lends it a unique atmosphere. Bullet holes are still visible in its buildings from the Croatian Bosnian war which ended in the 90s, but the vibrant cafe culture, colourful markets and friendly people tell a different story. Explore more of enchanting Bosnia as you head towards the Adriatic, passing incredible scenery and stopping off at Mostar with its famous Old bridge.

Next it’s on to Montenegro and the mindblowingly beautiful Adriatic coastline. Kotor Bay is fast becoming a bucket list destination, so make sure you visit while it’s still fairly under the radar. It really has to be seen to be believed: admire the incredible views from the fortress, or take a tour around the traditional old town.

Beginning the return leg of the journey, you’ll head to Dubrovnik, the famous medieval walled town on Croatia’s idyllic coastline to chill out before the end of your trip.

If you fancy extending your adventure, why not continue up the Dalmatian coast via Zadar where you can relax on the many idyllic beaches – or head to one of the many surrounding Islands for the day. If that sounds tempting, just ask us about customising your trip!

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a fast-paced trip with a selection of some of Eastern Europe’s top cities, mixed with stunning Balkan destinations. Some journeys can be long due to mountainous roads, but we’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city. Where public transport options are not readily available, we arrange a private transfer instead.

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.

Budapest Guides
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

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.

Novi sad Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful beach by the Danube
  • Admire the ancient architecture and views
  • Go to EXIT festival 2016 with Euroventure
  • Check out the cheap beer and amazing local bars

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.

Belgrade Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the 18th Century Belgrade Fortress
  • Climb the cobbled streets of Skadarlija
  • Float down the Danube on the splavovi party boats

Sarajevo-2 (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.

Sarajevo-2 Guides
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)

mostar bridge

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.

Mostar Guides
Highlights

  • See the famous Mostar Bridge
  • Visit the mosque that sits above the river Neretva
  • Shop for handmade crafts in the bazaar

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.

Kotor Guides
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.

 

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.

Dubrovnik Guides
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 and cheapest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a budget flight. Use a search engine such as Kayak or Skyscanner to do this. Travelling by train from the UK to Budapest could also work, but travelling back by train from Dubrovnik will take you a long time so it’s best to fly.

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Reviews

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1 week ago

Made something that can seem quite daunting extremely easy

Catherine rooney Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

All the staff were really helpful. You could email before the trip and ask any questions. A WhatsApp group was set up a couple of weeks before so you got to message other people who were going on the trip as well as your tour leader. The Tour itself was fantastic, you get to see so much and because you’re with a tour leader they have great suggestions about things to go and see and do. The tour is laid back in the sense that you can opt out of things like a guided tour if you don’t feel like going on that day. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before they are nothing to worry about. They are all of a good standard and you’ll always be with a few people at least who are on the tour.

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

I recently went on the Iron Curtain tour and it was seriously the best week I've had. Each city on the tour is a must for anyone thinking about traveling with amazing sights to see, and beer to drink! The hostels which we stayed were clean, tidy and had all the facilities a traveler needs, though with it being the middle of summer the rooms could get quite stuffy at night. Every hostel was very conveniently located quite close to the cities centre, often within walking distance with the furthest journey being only a simple tram ride away. Transitions between cities/countries went very smoothly and stress-free with our amazing tour leader (Tolly) guiding us to where we needed to be next in plenty of time. Tolly himself was a great character and never failed to make the group laugh. He had good local knowledge and knew some of the best places to visit, eat and drink. If you're either travelling on your own (as I did) or with a friend, I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting a great week away, to make new friends and good memories.

Joel Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

Euroventure was amazing, from seeing wonderful places to meeting great people, new friends for life. I really enjoyed my trip around Eastern Europe, I would highly recommend euroventure it was very organised which was great because I only had to follow the tour leader, stress free travelling 🤪👍

Anonymous Verified Reviewer

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1 week ago

This summer I had the best trip with Euroventure! I went on the iron curtain trip for a week and couldn’t have asked for a greater time! My tour leader Tolly was so helpful and gave me lots of good advice on the best places to go in each city! The minute I got home I started looking at their other trips, highly recommend Euroventure for any trip.

Chloe Verified Reviewer

Questions & Answers

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Question:
Can I stay in a hostel if I am travelling with children?
Answer:
Although many hostels will take under 18s, generally our hostels do not accept young children, even in private rooms. Hostels are great fun but may not be an appropriate environment for young children, since many will have bars and nightclubs on site and their facilities may not be child friendly. It goes without saying that for safety reasons, children cannot stay in dorm rooms with other adults, even when accompanied by their parents. If you would like to travel with Children, you can do so but you will need to stay in hotel rooms. For more info, check out our Travelling with under 18s section.
Question:
Are transfers to Europe included?
Answer:
Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
Question:
Do you schedule in night travel?
Answer:
Sometimes, yes. Some packages have one or two night trains in order to cover big distances such as Prague to Krakow. In this case, the extra charge for the night train will be covered by us as you won’t be requiring a hostel. Details will be provided when you submit a quote request for a route. If you choose a Loop package these are designed to cover as much distance as possible in the shortest space of time, so on those you might find that most journeys if not all involve night trains or night coaches.
Question:
When do I receive my tickets?
Answer:
Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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