Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” is a seasoned world traveler. As an expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia has hosted three tours for us, including as a special host of our Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures small group tour in 2017.

As a writer, she has written about her experience on our Balkans tour for the premier travel industry publication, Travel Weekly.

The 16-day Balkan Odyssey tour ties together six of the wildly divergent Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Patricia finds much of note in these little countries.

Skopje, Macedonia

Alexander lords it over Skopje, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia
Photo credit: Cynthia Hummel


Macedonia qualified as another entry on our list of Europe’s best-kept secrets…In this tiny, landlocked nation of less than 2 million, an unbridled spending spree called Skopje 2014 has transformed the capital in faux-classical facades, pedestrian bridges, monumental fountains and statues such as the gargantuan Alexander the Great that lords over the city’s central square…” 

The Newborn Monument in Pristina, Kosovo is a symbol of hope and strength Photo: Paul Whitmore

The Newborn Monument in Pristina, Kosovo, is a symbol of hope and strength
Photo: Paul Whitmore


There is next to no tourism in Kosovo at the moment, but we found the people welcoming and warm. Once a province of Serbia, today it stands as Europe’s newest country after being recognized by the U.N., U.S. and other countries in 2008.

Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, is the energetic hub of Europe’s youngest national population (the average age is 28) with a large bar and cafe scene.”

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Photo credit:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Everyone is here to see the single-span Old Bridge (Stari Most), commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557 and one of the most significant examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans.”

A wave from newfound friends in Berat, Albania. Photo credit: Joanna Millick

A wave from newfound friends in Berat, Albania
Photo credit: Joanna Millick


…each of [the] Balkan neighbors that we visited was a revelation and a joy. And if travel is an education, then this Balkan odyssey was like a year back at school.”

Travel to the Balkans with MIR
Patricia Schultz says

“Deservedly known for its staff’s experience and the expertise and passion of its tour leaders, MIR specializes in the former Soviet bloc and Eastern Europe destinations and well beyond.” 

MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

MIR has over two decades of Balkans travel experience. Chat with Joanna Millick, MIR’s Director of Sales, with any questions you may have: she has traveled widely throughout the Balkans, and helped design MIR’s Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures small group tour.

You can also travel independently, on your own dates, on our Essential Balkans itinerary. There are endless custom and private travel possibilities that MIR can combine to build a Balkans trip tailored to your specific interests and pace.

Contact MIR today at or 1-800-424-7289.


(Top Photo: Author Patricia Schultz in Kotor, Montenegro; photo credit: Michel Behar)

PUBLISHED: August 28, 2017

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