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The Balkan Trek

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: $579US+ (students $555+)
Departs from: Athens
Duration: 5 days

Tags: $500-$1000 Tours, 4-7 days, Eastern Europe Tours, Eastern Trekker, Small Group Tour

A classic Balkan experience, from the splendour and charisma of the Croatian coast to the mighty Turkish capital Istanbul. You will marvel at the history, be enveloped by the nightlife and pleased by the prices. This tour takes in the iconic cities of the Balkans, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Sofia whilst taking you to the edge of Europe, to Istanbul and Turkey!

Day 1: Athens to Parga
We depart Athens and head north to Croatia via Parga. Parga boasts not only a bubbling party scene but some great beaches and touches of Greek mythology. Old Poseidon, the God of the Sea liked this part of the world. We will arrive in the afternoon; enjoy a swim and a relaxed evening in our resort.

Day 2: Parga to Durres
We head over the border into Albania and the port city of Durres. Albania is an up and coming European player and with beaches and history to back up its claims. Our drive today will take us through rural Albania with a chance to get to know the local culture a little better before spending the night on the coast and those unspoilt beaches. The sunsets here are fabulous and the local Albanians are willing to please as tourism is just beginning here.

Day 3: Durres to Budva
After a morning swim and breakfast we continue our journey north into Montenegro and the town of Budva. Set directly on the Med, Budva has the best beach culture in the Balkans. You will be amazed at the blue stone churches and the historic old city. The Balkans are unrivalled for beauty and today this will become very apparent.

Day 4: Budva to Dubrovnik to Split
Our day takes us into Croatia and Dubrovnik. This city is legendary for its well preserved stone walls, great seafood and is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We arrive into Dubrovnik around mid morning and will stay until mid afternoon so ample time to walk the walls, have a swim and tuck into some fresh seafood for lunch. The last leg of this amazing journey takes us to Split and the Diocletian Palace. Tonight we'll orientate you around the old city and delve into some excellent Dalmatian food and nightlife.

Day 5: Split
Trek finishes on check out.

This tour departs every other Tuesday from May 22 to October 9, 2012

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • All city orientation walks
  • All transport with guide

WHAT ARE WE ABOUT? We love the East! For 4 years now we have been developing our unique trips throughout Eastern Europe. Don’t get us wrong, we love the West too, it’s just that the East is where it is really happening – where you can genuinely get off the beaten track, discover amazing cities and experience genuine diversity.

OUR BACKYARD. Our tours are all about unlocking the secrets of places that you have only ever heard of – Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro. We’ll unravel their histories and their cultures both past and present to bring Europe’s backyard closer to you than ever before.

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. What’s more, Eastern Europe with its amazingly low prices, offers the budget traveller exceptional value for money. This means your money goes a lot further, so whether it is castles, mosques, churches... mountains, lakes or National Parks… or pubs, clubs, beer (and a little Vodka) you’re
into, here you’ll get more bang for your buck.

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Tour Highlights

  • The spectacular drive along the Croatian coastline to Bosnia
  • The atmosphere in Mostar, the bridge and the bakeries
  • The Sarajevo walking tour with a Cevapcici lunch in the old town
  • The Mosques wailing at sunset through the Sarajevo night
  • The nightlife in Sarajevo
  • The Serbian nightlife in Belgrade
  • Sofia and its Ottoman look and feel
  • Chic café culture in Sofia
  • Istanbul in the evening, the Blue Mosque.
  • Turkish baths
  • The great value food and drinks
  • The small group feel
  • Top accommodation

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