Journey Through the Balkans

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Active and outdoor
  • Train tour
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Dobrota, Montenegro
  • Ends Cavtat, Croatia
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  • Kotor, Mostar and Trebinje Discover the glittering cultural heritage of these picturesque cities
  • Mount Zlatibor Visit Sirogojno's famous open air museum and travel on the historic Sargan Eight Railway
  • Visegrad See the UNESCO listed Bridge Over the Drina the subject of Ivo Andric's famous novel
  • Sarajevo Enjoy the cultural highlights of the city known as the 'Jerusalem of Europe'
The Journey Through The Balkans tour starts in Dobrota and ends in Cavtat. The Journey Through The Balkans tour is an active and outdoor trip that takes 12 days. You will travel through Dobrota, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and 8 other destinations visiting Croatia, Morocco and 3 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia, discover four countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history. Against a backdrop of jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines, explore several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fascinating old towns.

Mostar - Discover the rich cultural heritage of this iconic UNESCO-Listed city on the banks of the Neretva River
Mount Zlatibor - Explore Sirogojno's famous open air museum and ride the historic Sargan Eight Railway
Sarajevo - Discover the complex and fascinating history of the city known as the 'Jerusalem of Europe'
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Based on 252 reviews
Keith's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Keith
  • On May 03 2020
“An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable trip. The cycling can be challenging, so the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it. Good routes, especially enjoyed the off road trails. ”
Chris' review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Chris
  • On Jan 14 2020
“Werner was a very good leader. The trip offered great value for money.”
Clare's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Clare
  • On Feb 25 2020
“Brilliant trip. Will use Explore again and highly recommend this particular trip to others.”
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Dobrota, Montenegro
  • Day 2 : Walking tour of medieval Kotor and a boat trip in the bay
  • Day 3 : Swimming at Budva Town; opportunity of a boat trip on Skadar Lake
  • Day 4 : Visit Moraca Monastery and walk in Durmitor National Park; arrive in Zabljak
  • Day 5 : Visit Mileseva Monastery; stay overnight in Sirogojno Open Air Museum (Serbia)
  • Day 6 : Drive to Mokra Gora; chance to ride on the historic Sargan Eight Railway
  • Day 7 : Visit the famed Bridge over the Drina; drive to Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina)
  • Day 8 : Free day in Sarajevo; option to take a tunnel tour
  • Day 9 : Drive to historic Mostar for a city tour and time to explore
  • Day 10 : Stop at Tvrdos Monastery with the chance for a wine tasting; free time to explore Trebinje
  • Day 11 : Discover Dubrovnik on foot
  • Day 12 : Trip ends in Cavtat, Croatia
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • Hotel Marija 2 (2 nights)
  • Hotel Vir (1 night)
  • Staro Selo Ethno Village (1 night)
  • Hotel Mecavnik (1 night)
  • Hotel Hecco (2 nights)
  • Hotel Vila Fortuna (1 night)
  • Hotel Viv, Trebinje (1 night)
  • Cavtat Pension (1 night)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Dobrota and from Cavtat are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Journey Through the Balkans tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Journey Through the Balkans tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 04 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 04 May 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Journey Through the Balkans tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Journey Through the Balkans tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
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