A Seven Nation Journey Through History

From low-lying Belgrade up through the Dinaric Alps, down to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and back up to mountainous Macedonia, this overland journey ties together seven of the wildly divergent Balkan countries. Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, politically contradictory, ethnically varied, this kaleidoscopic region offers an apprenticeship in diversity

16 Day Trip

16 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Discover the ruins of Apollonia
    Explore the ruins of Apollonia, built as far back as 558 BC. Surrounded by a Roman wall near the Adriatic coast, Apollonia was mentioned by both Aristotle and Cicero....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 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
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Belgrade, Sarajevo

Begin in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, an old city swiftly becoming one of the hippest places in Europe. Explore Skadarlija, the bohemian quarter, filled with shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Travel overland to lovely Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum with a survivor who used the tunnel to escape the Serbian shelling in the 1990s.

Highlights

  • Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, an old city that's becoming one of the hippest places in Europe
  • Kalemegdan Fortress, the ancient citadel that includes remnants of the early Roman and Byzantine towns
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Days 5-6: Mostar, Dubrovnik

Visit Mostar, with its UNESCO-listed Stari Most, or Old Bridge, from Ottoman times. Then continue to Dubrovnik on the sparkling Dalmatian Coast, at one time as important as Venice. Take a walk on the wide city walls and visit the Museum of Dubrovnik in the Rector’s Palace.

Highlights

  • Mostar’s Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dubrovnik, its UNESCO-listed Old Town set atop a walled peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia

Days 7-9: Kotor, Cetinje, Budva, Shkodra, Kruja, Tirana

Travel south along the Adriatic coast to Montenegro, visiting UNESCO-listed Kotor and 15th century Cetinje on the way to Budva, an early walled Roman city. Explore Kruja, with its citadel where Skanderbeg, one of the most powerful leaders of medieval Europe, defeated the Ottomans in 1450.

Continue to Tirana, Albania’s capital, where grim Soviet-type buildings have been repainted in bright colors, and new restaurants and cafés are springing up. Ride the cable car up Dajti Mountain.

Highlights

  • Kotor’s fortress from Illyrian and Roman times, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast
  • New Cetinje Monastery with an exclusive tour of its holy relics
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Days 10-12: Durres, Berat, Apollonia, Ohrid

Explore the Roman amphitheater and baths in Durres, dating from the time of Emperor Hadrian; the dramatic Ottoman architecture of Berat; and the ruins of Apollonia, built as far back as 558 BC, before heading to Macedonia.

Spend two nights in red-roofed Ohrid, located on the beautiful lake of the same name, both UNESCO Sites. Ohrid abounds in ancient archaeological sites, including an amphitheater and a fortress.

Highlights

  • Largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans, in Durres
  • Berat, with one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in the Balkans located directly above the town
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Days 13-16: Skopje, day trip to Pristina

Head north through Macedonia to Skopje, Macedonia's capital and largest city, where Mother Teresa was born. Its Ottoman influence can be seen best in the wonderful old Turkish quarter.

Take a day trip into Kosovo, the Balkan territory that declared independence from Serbia in February of 2008, to learn about its recent struggles. Celebrate the trip with a Macedonian feast featuring live music, Balkan dancing and a generous spread of regional delicacies.

Highlights

  • Macedonia’s capital and largest city, Skopje, where Mother Teresa was born and raised
  • Memorial House of Mother Teresa
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 16 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 6-16 Travelers $7,695
  • Single Supplement $1,395

2017 Dates

  • September 14-29 - Sold out! Waitlist is available.
  • $7,695
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Trip Length: 16 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

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2018 Dates

  • May 10-25
  • September 13-28
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations are well-located and vary from four star hotels to moderate three star, some quite small with basic amenities and services.
  • 15 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 11 dinners. Some lunches and dinners are left independent so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.

  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, and insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

You may want to do a pre- or post-tour in nearby Slovenia, connecting through Zagreb to or from Ljubljana. MIR can also arrange extensions to Bulgaria or Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, or Western Russia. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are designed to be comfortable for travel in this part of the world, they will vary from four star hotels to moderate three star, some quite small with basic amenities and services. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of the Balkans may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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