Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

What the caller wanted was a hand-crafted trip to unusual places guaranteed to wear out his energetic early-twenties grandsons. It had to be packed with continuous adventures, one after the other, with enough time in between for cold beers.

That’s what Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson heard when she answered the phone call.

Could she do it? Of course she could.

Lisa put together a wild and crazy 21-day trip through Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia that included golf, rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, river-boarding, cycling, swimming and cliff-diving. Tired yet?

The Budvar Brewery, where Budweiser Beer was born, in Budejovice, Czech Republic. Photo credit: Renee Van Drent

The Budvar Brewery, where Budweiser beer was born, in Budejovice, Czech Republic
Photo credit: Renee Van Drent

Czech Republic: Biking and BeerThey began at a resort in Liberec, Czech Republic, warming up with a little golf, volleyball and swimming in the pool. Next up was exercising their biceps on a tour of the Budvar Brewery, where the original Czech Budweiser beer was born. Before leaving Czech Republic, they went rafting on the Vltava River and biked around Cesky Krumlov, a small, beautifully-preserved medieval town.

Liberec, Czech Republic. Photo credit: Czechtourism

Golf course in Liberec, Czech Republic
Photo credit: Czechtourism

Hlavné námestie Square with the Old Town Hall and the Renaissance font of Maximilian in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo credit: Ján Lacika

Hlavné Námestie Square with the Old Town Hall and the Renaissance font of Maximilian in Bratislava, Slovakia
Photo credit: Ján Lacika

Slovakia: Hiking and HydrospeedingAfter a classy lunch in Vienna, the guys checked in to a hotel in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia on the Danube River, and set off on a hike into the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mountains.

To rest up from the hike the next day, they tried a new sport, called hydrospeeding, or riverboarding, in the man-made white-water rapids at Cunovo Action Park in Bratislava. Donning wetsuits, helmets and fins, they shot the rapids on their stomachs in little one-person water-sleds as sightseers strolled by on the riverbank.

One of the MIR travelers on the trip Lisa put together - enjoys cliff-jumping and deep water soloing while traveling in Croatia. Photo credit: Iris Adventures

Ready to jump: One of Lisa’s independent MIR travelers loved cliff-jumping  in Croatia
Photo credit: Iris Adventures

Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina: Canyoning, Rafting and Sea-KayakingHopping a train for Budapest, the group took a day off in Hungary‘s beautiful capital city, then continued to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, settling in Split for three nights. Here, they did some “canyoning” –  walking, swimming and climbing through the Cetina River canyon, stepping behind a spectacular 160-foot waterfall on the way down. They also sea-kayaked along the beaches, zip-lined from the karst hills around Omis over the green Cetina, and then drove to Bosnia and Herzegovina to raft on the Neretva River near Mostar.


On their final stop, in Dubrovnik, the guys kayaked to the island of Lokrum, a green hideaway laced with walking trails and surrounded by rocky beaches. At the highest point they found the remains of an old French castle with a wonderful view of the city and the sea.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

The Trip’s Final Adventure: The Buza BarFor their last evening, Lisa recommended that they go to the Buza Bar, a hip and hard-to-find little drinks establishment clinging to the cliff (to get to it, you go through a hole, buza, in the medieval Dubrovnik wall) where you can swim, cliff-dive, or simply sip a beverage and watch the sun set on your excellent adventure.

Where Dubrovnik meets the Adriatic Sea Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Where Dubrovnik meets the Adriatic Sea
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

MIR: Your Destination ExpertTravel when, where and how you want – that’s what our Custom & Private Journeys are all about. MIR has been handling the ins and outs and special requests of personalized travel in our destinations for nearly 30 years.

To schedule your own Excellent Adventure in any of MIR’s destinations, contact Lisa or one of our other Private Journey Specialists with a list of things you’ve always wanted to do, see or experience – or simply with the determination to wear out your grandsons.

(Top photo: MIR travelers behind a 160-foot waterfall in Croatia. Photo credit: Iris Adventures)

PUBLISHED: June 29, 2015

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