Top The Balkans Attractions

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kotor, Montenegro

Lake Ohrid, Macedonia and Albania

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Top Activities in The Balkans

Hiking the walls of San Giovanni Fortress in Kotor

Taking a boat cruise on Lake Ohrid

Walking the historic walls of Dubrovnik

Shopping in the Old Town of Mostar

Visiting the historic wineries outside of Skop

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Classic The Balkans Itineraries

Tour of the Balkans in 1 Week

Day 1-3, Dubrovnik: Explore the seaside town, which is also a Game of Thrones filming location. Take a day trip to visit Kotor.

Day 4-5, Sarajevo: Take a walking tour and discover the history of the city and the diverse architecture. Visit the Tunnel Museum in Ilidža.

Day 6-7, Belgrade: Kalemegdan Fortress, Marshal Tito’s tomb, day trip to Novi Sad

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Balkan Food Tour Itinerary

The Balkans have a proud food culture. With influences from Turkey, Austria, Venice, and local traditions, a Balkan food tour is one of the best ways to see the development of this unique culture.

Day 1, Dubrovnik: Arrive in Dubrovnik and meet your fellow travelers before enjoying a traditional meal in the old town of charcuterie, a method of preparing different types of meats and sausages.

Day 2, Putnikovic: Head out of Dubrovnik into the countryside to visit the local vineyards before taking in a lunch of traditional fares at a konoba (Croatian tavern).

Day 3, Kotor: Walk around the spansive olive fields and learn about the production of this important Montenegro ingredient and try it at one of the Kotor wine bars.

Day 4, Prizren: Leave Kotor for Kosovo where you can enjoy an optional traditional lunch in the local bazaar of meats, cheese, cucumber salads, and stuffed peppers.

Day 5, Pristina: Take in Kosovo’s capital and a traditional Kosovo-Serb barbecue of smoked sausages and pork.

Day 6, Leunovo: Enjoy your trip into Macedonia taking in a lunch of beans and pork and then a dinner of Macedonian cuisine of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.

Day 7, Macedonia Countryside: Take a day off from the heavy food and visit the historical sites on your way to the city of Ohrid.

Day 8, Ohrid: Enjoy the “Macedonia Jerusalem” and scenery as you chow down on fish stew and regional delicacies.

Day 9, Bitola: Get ready for a full day of eating as you enjoy traditional breakfast pies and local honey in this historic city.

Day 10, Skopje: Visit the historic wineries in Macedonia that date back to the early Middle Ages before having some free time to explore the quirky city of Skopje.

Day 11, Skopje: Take in a breakfast in the market before collecting a boxed lunch to explore Matka Canyon full of medieval churches, fortresses, and enjoy a lazy boat ride down the Treska River.

Day 12, Skopje: Your tour ends in Skopje where you can stay longer or catch a flight back home.

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Western Balkans Tour

Some Balkan tour itineraries focus on particular areas of the region. For example, a Western Balkan tour would include the countries of Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro which are all heavily influenced by the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 1, Zagreb: Begin your journey in Croatia’s capital with its medieval stone streets and vibrant Austrian-inspired architecture.

Day 2, Plitvice Lakes National Park: Head out of Zagreb to enjoy the natural waterfalls and pools of Croatia’s oldest national park.

Day 3, Split: In the morning take a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most important Roman ruins in the Balkans.

Day 4, Split: Take a full day to eat your way through the restaurants and gelatorias in the the old town or hike through the paths in Marjan Park.

Day 5, Mostar: Head into Bosnia and visit the romantic medieval city of Mostar and take in the Stari Most (Old Bridge) and maybe even catch a glimpse of the famous bridge jumpers.

Day 6, Sarajevo: Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo from a local tour guide and visit Mount Trebevic, the home of the Winter Olympics of 1984. 

Day 7, Sarajevo: Head out into the old town of Sarajevo taking in the Ottoman architecture and shops and visit the site where World War I began.

Day 8, Kotor: Travel to Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Venetian old town and stunning mountain views.

Day 9, Kotor: Enjoy a day of relaxing of kayaking in the bay, visiting the local beaches, or relaxing at a nearby mud spa.

Day 10, Dubrovnik: Take a few hour bus ride to the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and climb the famous Walls of Dubrovnik.

Day 11, Dubrovnik: Enjoy a free day to walk around the old town, kayak in the bay, or take a ferry to one of the local islands.

Day 12, Departure: Say goodbye to your fellow travelers before returning home.

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The Best of the Balkans Tour

Many of the Balkan tours that cover the entire region are at least two weeks in length to travel to every corner of this beautiful and interesting part of Europe.

Day 1, Sofia: Sofia offers everything you could want, open-air cafes, parks, classic architecture, and hiking.

Day 2, Skopje: Enjoy a city with 2,000 years of history with influences from Oriental and Western cultures and cozy cafes on the river.

Day 3-4, Lake Ohrid: On your way to Ohrid, enjoy a lazy river cruise down Matka Lake before strolling through the small streets of Ohrid.

Day 5, Tirana: Walk the streets of this former Communist city and take in the trendy bars and Ottoman architecture of Tirana.

Day 6-7, Kotor: Take two days to hike the fortress walls up the mountains, enjoy a gelato in the old town, or walk around the shops of this former Venetian city.

Day 8-9, Dubrovnik: You’ll need two days to fully enjoy the historic walls, streets, and scenery of this romantic and quaint city. However, don’t forget to head out into the bay or the beaches!

Day 10-11, Sarajevo: On your way to Sarajevo visit the medieval city of Mostar before learning about the interesting cultural and social history of Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo.

Day 12-13, Belgrade: Take in the city that sits at the convergence of two Balkan rivers where you can visit the ruins of the ancient Kalemegdan Cathedral or relax in the many parks of the city.

Day 14, Sofia: Return to Sofia to collect any last-minute souvenirs of pictures.

Day 15, Departure: Depart Sofia.

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Balkan States Cruise

Follow the winding Danube through the beautiful Balkans, taking in the incredible natural attractions and history of the area.

Day 1-2, Romania: Explore Bucharest and Transylvania. See the “Dracula” castle, and learn the historical context for the famous resident.

Day 3-5, Bulgaria: Take a walking tour of Vidin, and visit the town’s historical fortress. Visit the Ethnographical Museum in Arbanassi.

Day 6-7, Serbia: Sail through the Iron Gates, visit famous Kalemegdan Fortress, and Marshal Tito’s tomb

Day 8-10, Hungary: Take an excursion to Pecs, a Roman outpost in the 2nd century. Explore underground tombs and Turkish influenced architecture and cuisine. Continue on to Budapest where you can take in the views from Gellert Hill, enjoy a day trip to Statue Park, and visit the Terror Museum.

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Reviews of The Balkans Tours
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 478 Great 163 Average 22 Disappointing 3 Terrible 5
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals


Incredible! The family was amazing and the accommodations were gorgeous and comfortable.

Operator G Adventures



A good tour when looking to keep December 2015


Balkans Encompassed

A good tour when looking to keep costs down.

Operator Tucan Travel



The cruise was great November 2015


Adriatic Explorer - 8 days

There was just the right number of guests so as to get to know them all. The cabin was spacious. The food was well done. We enjoyed swimming in the sea every day. We also enjoyed the additional activities. Read more

Operator On The Go Tours



The Balkan region was so much more September 2015


Balkan Adventure

The Balkan region was so much more interesting than I had ever anticipated. I came into the trip knowing next to nothing about this region, and came out with so much more knowledge and grasp of the culture, and history of the area. Read more

Operator Intrepid Travel



Dalmatian Coast August 2016


Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

Overall I thought the trip was good and well organized. The small tour group size was perfect.
I loved Croatia , it was beautiful.
I think there are things that could be done to improve the trip:
1. Tour guide for the major cities/stops: We had no tour or tour guide for Split and it would have been helpful.
The tour leader is NOT a tour guide. He just gave us maps and then we were on our own.
2. Hotels were all clean and nice except for the one in Dubrovnik. Its outdated and need to be renovated.
Loved walking the city walls in Dubrovnik.

He was very nice and got us from point A to point B every time. I think he could have shared more about the country's history while we were on the boat, bus, etc. That is the point of having a local tour leader.

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Operator Exodus Travels



Suggested add one day to explore more highlights September 2016


Old Dubrovnik & Dalmatia

Krka Falls (as listed as an optional day out of Split) Zadar- great local guide and interesting location The tour itself went to great locations and I think Explore should definitely keep this itinerary! I'd suggest adding a day in Split and/or Dubrovnik though due to the amount of wonderful highlights one can explore. Read more

Operator Explore!

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