High Trails of the Balkans

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-27768
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Pristina, Kosovo
  • Ends Dubrovnik, Croatia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • A culturally immersive and challenging hike in the mountains in Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania
  • Visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Monastery of Decan in Kosovo and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro
  • Crossing the Drin Canyon (Lake Koman) in Albania and Lake Skadar in Montenegro by boat
  • Enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals and the camaraderie of your fellow walkers
The tour "High Trails Of The Balkans" starts in Pristina and ends in Dubrovnik. This is a walking trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Valbona Valley National Park, Dubrovnik, Bay Of Kotor and 10 other destinations visiting Kosovo, Albania and 2 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Follow old trade routes through the 'Accursed Mountains' from Kosovo to Montenegro and Albania. On the western Balkan Peninsula and extending from Kosovo to eastern Montenegro and northern Albania, lies the dramatic landscapes and settlements of the Prokletije Mountains, also known as the Accursed Mountains. Through a series of challenging walks over passes and across borders, take in sweeping views from the Jelenak pass (2272m) and cross between valleys as you walk between the three countries. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and gain a unique insight into their fascinating mountain culture, staying in guesthouses and enjoying farmhouse lunches and refreshment stops. Walk in the footsteps of the early British traveller Edith Durham, author of 'High Albania' on a section through the Theth Valley, visit the highest waterfall in Albania and spend time exploring Shkodra with its impressive view of Lake Skadar, the largest lake of the Balkan Peninsula. In Montenegro, visit Cetinje, the old royal capital and walk to the Bay of Kotor, one of the most impressive bays in the Balkans. This is an ideal holiday for those seeking a challenging walking and cultural immersion experience, in the company of a likeminded group and an expert mountain guide.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Prishtina, group transfer to the city of Peja, explore the town, transfer to a hamlet near the Montenegro border
  • Day 2 : Ascend to the Jelenek Pass (2272m) and descend into Montenegro, transfer to Gusinje (7.5hrs)
  • Day 3 : Demanding walk in the Theth Valley, across the border into Albania (9hrs)
  • Day 4 : Relaxed morning in the Theth Valley, lunch with a local family (4hrs)
  • Day 5 : Walk to the Valbona Valley, transfer to Bajram Curri (7hrs)
  • Day 6 : Ferry on Lake Koman, transfer to Shkodra with time to explore, continue to Montenegro
  • Day 7 : By boat on Lake Skadar, transfer to Cetinje then walk to the Bay of Kotor (3hrs)
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 1-4 star hotels on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities, 3 nights in simple guesthouses in quadshare rooms with shared bathroom
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches (packed lunches or lunch with local families), 7 dinners - Continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices.
Transport
  • Private group transfers throughout
Guide
  • Local English speaking mountain guide
Others
  • Luggage transfer with jeeps or packhorses. 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • Boat rides on Lake Koman (Drin River) and Lake Skadar
  • Entrance fees for sights and National Parks
  • Administration of border crossing permits
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Prishtina and from Dubrovnik/Podgorica or Tivat
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • A supplement will apply if you book a single room (3 nights)
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Excess luggage
  • Items of a personal nature
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this High Trails of the Balkans tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 21 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 September 2024, a deposit of 194 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

High Trails of the Balkans tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.

Visa

For this High Trails of 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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