A Collection of Cultures for the Connoisseur

The Balkan Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the Adriatic, the Mediterranean and the Black seas.  A remarkably complex region, it is a mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies.  The sun-drenched Adriatic coast has the rocky white-washed, red-roofed appeal of the Greek islands, while the interior segues from lowland farming regions into stony plains and forest-clad mountains.

Why Travel with MIR to the Balkans
  • Over two decades of Balkans travel experience
  • Many intrepid individuals and private groups have entrusted MIR with guiding them to the fascinating Balkan countries
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner compliments from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people.  Below is just a sampling of the Balkan experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Explore UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid on a private traditional boat
    Explore the shores of Lake Ohrid on a private traditional boat, enjoying sweeping views of Ohrid’s Old Town, St. Stefan and Tito’s villa...
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    Explore UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid on a private traditional boat

    Balkans

    Ohrid, Macedonia

    Explore the shores of Lake Ohrid on a private traditional boat, enjoying sweeping views of Ohrid’s Old Town, St. Stefan and Tito’s villa.

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  • Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor
    Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor from Bosnia and Herzegovina who used the tunnel to escape...
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    Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor

    Balkans

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor from Bosnia and Herzegovina who used the tunnel to escape the shelling; hear his personal story.

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  • Wander the bohemian quarter of Belgrade with its artists’ studios
    Wander Skardarlija, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Serbia, originally the Gypsy Quarter and then populated by...
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    Wander the bohemian quarter of Belgrade with its artists’ studios

    Balkans

    Belgrade, Serbia

    Wander Skardarlija, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Serbia, originally the Gypsy Quarter and then populated by writers and artists; today find little shops, coffee houses and ethnic restaurants.

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  • Wander the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor on Kotor Bay
    Wander the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor, seated at the farthest end of meandering Kotor Bay and...
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    Wander the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor on Kotor Bay

    Balkans

    Kotor, Montenegro

    Wander the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor, seated at the farthest end of meandering Kotor Bay and guarded by bastions and fortress walls dating from Illyrian and Roman times.

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Ways to Travel to the Balkans with MIR

MIR unravels some of the threads that made up the loosely-knit entity that was Yugoslavia. Diverse, mountainous and saturated with conflicting influences through the ages, the Balkan countries present many different chapters of living history. We’d like you to read them with us.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Balkan Odyssey:  Crossroads of Cultures

Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures

A Seven Nation Journey Through History

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

16 Days / Departures in May, September 2017

Small Group land tour from $7,695

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Budapest to Athens aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in June 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Athens to Budapest aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Budapest to Venice by Private Train

A Balkan Rail Odyssey Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Venice to Budapest by Private Train

A Balkan Rail Odyssey Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries around the Balkan Peninsula for over two decades; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Take a look at our suggested Private Journeys or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize one of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-region transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our past Balkans signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Balkans

Essential Balkans

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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