The unique culture of the Balkan region has been shaped by many past civilizations: from Illyrian tribes and ancient Greeks to the Romans and Ottomans. As we travel from the Adriatic Coast across the White Mountains to Ohrid Lake, north to Kosovo and back out to the sea in breath-taking Montenegro, we will marvel at the unspoilt natural beauty, traditional rural lifestyles, vibrant cities, rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality.
The adventure begins in the bustling Albanian capital, Tirana, with its famous Skanderbeg Square and variety of Churches and Mosques. Other highlights include the ancient Bazaar of Kruja - vibrant with colourful stalls and local personalities; the old coastal city of Durres with its countless historic marvels; Ardenica Monastery and Apollonia – 6th century BC city of the philosopher Aristotle; the 2000-year-old World Heritage Site of Berat known as the “Town of a Thousand Windows”; and the resort town of Pogradec situated on beautiful Ohrid Lake.
In Macedonia, Ohrid is also known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans” for its uniquely picturesque houses, monuments and churches. It is one of the few sites in the world that are both Cultural and Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The capital Skopje offers the famous Stone Bridge, the Daud Pasha Baths (a wonderful example of Ottoman architecture), Mustafa Pasha Mosque and the lively Old Bazaar. We also visit Struga, known as the “City of Poetry”.
Europe's newest country, Kosovo is a fascinating land in the heart of the Balkans that remains one of the last truly off-the-beaten-path destinations, rewarding visitors with welcoming smiles, charming mountain towns, incredible scenery and 13th-century domed Serbian monasteries. We will visit the old town of Prizren and the capital city of Prishtina - a place of historic and cultural significance.
Montenegro is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with majestic mountain ranges, enormous canyons, enchanting lakes, fairy-tale forests and stunning fjords. Our touring here will include the royal capital of Centinje, a picturesque mountain village, the mega-yacht harbour Porto Montenegro and the spectacular Bay of Kotor.
*Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.