Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

A remarkably complex region, the beautiful Balkan Peninsula includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. It is a brilliant mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies, and serves as a sampler of contrasting landscapes.

The region is a collection of cultures for the connoisseur. For anyone traveling there, it’s hard to know exactly where to go and what to see.

Here’s our Beginner’s Guide to the Balkans to help you sort out these contrasting little countries and get the most out of your travel there.

Albania: Ancient Roots and a Bright Future


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Heart of the Balkans


Croatia: Europe’s Little Darling


Kosovo: A New Nation, Energetic and Evolving


Macedonia: Jewel of Southeast Europe


Montenegro: The New Riviera, Bountiful and Beautiful


Serbia: New Europe’s Newest Playground


Slovenia: A Small Package of Perfection


The Adriatic coast. Photo credit: Ubald Trnkoczy /

Red roofs on the Adriatic coast
Photo credit: Ubald Trnkoczy /

Travel to the Balkans with MIR

MIR has over two decades of Balkans travel experience, with on-the-ground support and guides and tour managers that clients rave about. 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.”

Explore seven Balkans countries on MIR’s 16-day 
Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures small group tour.

You can also travel independently, on your own dates, on these Balkans itineraries:

There are endless custom and private travel possibilities for having MIR build a Balkans trip tailored to your specific interests. 

(Top photo: Dancers at a Croatian festival; Photo credit: Peter Guttman)

PUBLISHED: April 27, 2015

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