Balkan adventure vacation

“Take a couple of weeks to discover the cultural heritage of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia on a small group overland tour of the Balkans. ”

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Budapest | Osijek | Vukovar | Novi Sad | Belgrade | Sarajevo | Mostar | Durmitor National Park | Kotor | Montenegro | Dubrovnik |

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08 May 2018
US $ 1170
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05 Jun 2018
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24 Jul 2018
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07 Aug 2018
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28 Aug 2018
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11 Sep 2018
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25 Sep 2018
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07 May 2019
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21 May 2019
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04 Jun 2019
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23 Jul 2019
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06 Aug 2019
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27 Aug 2019
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10 Sep 2019
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Balkan adventure vacation

Environment

Accommodation & meals: Our small group size allows us to stay in family-run hotels and pensions that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited size. We also support small restaurants and cafes , serving locally sourced produce like mouth-watering rich stews and sauces, hearty soups and delicious desserts.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travelers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

Community

The overnight train journey on this trip from Budapest to Belgrade is an excellent example of traveling like a local, with locals.

Group size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
Activity: This tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in the Balkans.
UK office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment by having a range of recycling bins for waste, plastic recycling and paper.

3 Reviews of Balkan adventure vacation

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Reviewed on 21 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The train ride from Sarajevo to Mostar.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book a day tour and explore Sarajevo and surrounding area.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Nice places but not enough adventures, lack excursions and optional extras.

Reviewed on 28 May 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I loved the whole vacation but the people on the vacation were so great that they will remain in my memory for a long time. The places we visited were in the main superb. Sarajevo was perhaps the place I liked best for many reasons. Budva was beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it and enjoy. Make the most of every minute, you won't regret it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I would certainly hope so. We travelled always by public transport and left everywhere we stayed clean and tidy.

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Montenegrin coastline

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be careful if you're traveling alone. Sharing rooms can be next t impossible. Find a company offering a single supplement facility.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Possibly. Environmental analysis is a tricky business.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


5/10

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