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Into The Balkans: Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Overview:

Emerging from the turbulent horrors of their recent past, the rolling hills and beautiful landscapes of Bosnia and Serbia provide a stunning backdrop to a journey rich in history and tradition. Lying at the crossroads of eastern and western cultures, they present a fascinating mix of Ottoman influences, Austro-Hungarian history and a warm hospitality that cannot fail to captivate.

Beginning in Belgrade, we’ll follow the course of the Danube and cross the beautiful heartlands of rural Serbia, as we journey through a landscape filled with ancient fortresses and medieval churches. There will be opportunities to visit Roman ruins and Ottoman citadels, take boat rides along the Danube and visit stunning World Heritage monasteries. After taking a train ride through the mountains we’ll then cross into neighbouring Bosnia, where we will have the chance to visit the stunning old town of Sarajevo and explore the remarkable ‘Tunnels of Life’ that helped Sarajevo through one of the country’s darkest periods.

In Mostar we’ll then discover the cultural centre of Herzegovina, before driving through the spectacular Vrbas Canyon towards Banja Luka and journey’s end.

Highlights:

  • Journey through three Balkan countries via minibus, boat and train
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a vineyard in Bosnia and a traditional Serbian lunch at a farmhouse
  • See the Serbian natural wonders of Vrbas Canyon, Devil’s Town, Iron Gate Gorge and Uvac Lake
  • Tour the Balkan cities of Belgrade, Prizren, Nis, Mostar and Sarajevo
  • Visit the UNESCO monasteries of Sopoćani, Gracanica and Visoki Dečani
  • Discover Sarajevo’s ‘Tunnel of Hope’, which was a lifeline during the siege

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibuses, 4WDs, boats and trains)
  • 14 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 4

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 7

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 5

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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