634 Reviews of The Balkans Tours
Beauiful Croatia July 20195.0
DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY January 20191.0
Misleading and often just plain dishonest. October 20181.0
Operator Viking River Cruises
Demanding October 20185.0
All getting on together
A great guy and very good leader
Check it out !!
Operator Exodus Travels
Magnificent scenery, challenging hut to hut traverse, not to be missed October 20185.0
with great scenery, some challenging walking and the highlight of climbing
Triglav. We were fortunate with fine weather and a knowledgeable and
entertaining guide and a congenial group. What's not to like?
Looking up at Triglav and wondering how we would climb it
He was just right, very good on history, local information as well as health
& safety and concern for slower members of the group.
Yes, you need to be fit!
And carry as little as possible. Do practice walks with full rucsac then cut
lots of weight.
Highly recommended holiday.
Operator Exodus Travels
Mountain walking in a beautiful country October 20184.0
spots (Dubrovnik old town, Bol on the island of Brac, Split, Skradinski buk
waterfalls), with a walk each day and quite a bit of travelling.
The remainder of the week is at one base, with longer, mountain walks in
Paklenica National Park and a final few hours in Zadar before the plane home.
Our Croatian guide was brilliant and gave us loads of insights into the
history of the area, how the mountain people lived as well as taking us to an
authentic Croatian restaurant, a mountain refuge and visits to local houses
where we sampled local produce.
I loved the sunset at Dubrovnik old town, plus the views from the summits we
visited were absolutely stunning (my favourite was probably from Vidova Gora
on Brac island).
Zeljko, our guide, was fantastic. He couldn't have been any better. He was
extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer everybody's questions. He
loved his country and wanted to share his knowledge with us whenever he got
the opportunity. We got a real insight into the complicated history of the
country and into the way people live.
We were caught out by an unexpected storm while up on a mountain walk one
day. The Bora winds were far stronger than forecast and we had to get off the
mountain as it was dangerous. Zeljko was calm and professional, got everyone
to safety and managed to organise alternative transport for us all to get us
to our destination on the island of Brac. He also made sure that everyone got
to where they needed to be at the end of the week (as not everyone was
travelling home on the group flight).
If you want to swim, the sea around Dubrovnik was lovely and warm but at
Starigrad Paklenica it was chilly (to say the least)! This could just be
because of the weather but it's possibly more protected around Dubrovnik.
Also the opportunity to swim around the Skradinski Buk waterfalls was not
quite what I had imagined. It's fairly touristy and the area for swimming is
quite restricted. Also, if you want to wander around the waterfalls on the
wooden walkways you won't have time to swim as well.
Many of the mountain paths are rocky and loose. If you are used to mountain
walking you won't have a problem but some people in the group found this
We went at the end of September and it was chillier than expected on some
days (but very hot on others). As well as light hiking gear, make sure you
take a waterproof jacket AND trousers, take some long trousers - not just
shorts, and possibly even a pair of light gloves and a hat.
Croatia is a beautiful country. This trip gave me a really good overview and
insight into the Dalmatian coastal region (as well as some very enjoyable
walking). I definitely want to go back!