- The Balkans
Trips to the Balkans
Top 5 Countries to Explore on Balkan Tours
Croatia: Hugged by the Mediterranean Coast, Croatia is a Balkan country blessed with natural beauty, historic sites and a vibrant culture. From the picturesque islands that pepper the azure waters to the stunning capital city of Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries on the Mediterranean. Walk along the ancient city walls and soak up the incredible views, cycle along the Dalmatian Coast or explore the mountain scenery and national parks.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Lying on the Balkan Peninsula, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating country with a turbulent past which has shaped its modern-day culture and traditions. The capital, Sarajevo is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the Balkans and Europe and has a complex history that can be discovered at many of the historical sites and museums such as the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum. During Sarajevo’s 1,400 days of isolation, the tunnel was used to supply goods and electricity to the city.
Albania: From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Gjirokaster, Pogradec, Berat and Butrint to Llogora National Park, Albania is a wonderful country that often gets overlooked as a holiday destination. But it has an intriguing Roman and Byzantine history, which is evident at ancient sites such as the Durres Amphitheatre and the Korce Museum of Medieval Arts. Albania also has some of the most scenic landscapes in the Balkans and a tour into the white mountains on the Vjosë River presents you with spellbinding views.
Bulgaria: Home to the wild Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria should be one Balkan destination that’s high on the list for wildlife lovers. It’s in these mountains the brown bear can be found roaming across the land. On a wildlife trip with Julian Perry, you’ll go in search of this majestic creature as well as other mammals, reptiles and birds. A purpose-built hide lets you watch brown bears from close up as they interact with their natural surroundings. Throughout your trip, you’ll also get to try traditional Bulgarian dishes such as stews, soups and grilled meats.
North Macedonia: When exploring the Balkans, you mustn’t underestimate the wildly beautiful landscapes of North Macedonia. This former communist country is home to shimmering lakes, soaring peaks punctuated by mountain villages, and immense gorges. The history and culture are equally as enthralling with the world-famous Tikveš wine region, the ancient city of Stobi, and the historical sites of Bitola. Make sure you visit one of the local vineyards and sample some of the fine North Macedonian wines during your trip.
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