Do I need a visa to enter the Balkans?
Visas In The Balkans, If you're from a country in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, or the United States, you can enter Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro without a visa.Visas are the responsibility of each traveller, visa requirements can be changed at any time, so it is important to check the latest information. Please check the links for the most up-to-date regulations:http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/border/United%20Kingdom
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to the Balkans?
All passengers traveling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in the tour. Your travel insurance information will be noted by your leader before your tour. Travel insurance is particularly important as it protects what happens during travel against sudden and unforeseen events that occur during travel.
When is the best time to visit the Balkans?
The Balkans is a destination for all year around. The best time to travel to the Balkans is in the shoulder seasons of April to July and September to November.It's also a good time to visit in the summer if you like the warmer weather.
What is the internet access like in the Balkans?
Free wi-fi is available in most hotels, many cafes and some restaurants. In small towns, connections can be limited.
Can I use my mobile while in the Balkans?
You should call your mobile carrier to let them know you will be traveling internationally. Also check the rates you will be charged by your mobile carrier. There are some conditions you should be aware of, so check with your phone provider. Using your cellphone becomes slightly more complex if you don’t come from an EU country.
How much does it cost for a…?
A few examples of approximate prices; Sofia; The Bulgarian Lev is the currency of Bulgaria. Coffee at a coffee shop: 1-2 lv. (€.5 - 1) Coffee from a vending machine: .5 lv (€.25) Sandwich: 3-5 lv (€1.5-2.5), Bottle of mineral water: .6 lv (€.3), Dinner for two with a bottle of wine: 60 -120 lv (€30 - 60). Beer: 1.2 lv (€.6) Belgrade; The official currency of Serbia is the Dinar, 1 single meal in an okey restaurant 5 USD 1 single meal high-end restauran 17.50 USD. 1 cappuccino or latte 1.52 USD. 1 pizza delivery 10.00 USD. Local beers served in bottles 0.33 or 0.5L around 2 USD Sarajevo & Mostar& Trebinje; The Bosnian Convertible Mark is the currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A hot dog 0,84 - 1,95 USD = 1.50 - 3.50 BAM French fries 0,56 USD = 1.00 BAM Hamburger 1,1 - 1,9 USD = 2 - 3.50 BAM Pizza 1,9 - 8,9 USD = 3.50 - 16.00 BAM per piece Paste 3,9 - 4,5 USD = 7 - 8 BAM Lasagna 4,5 - 5 USD = 8 - 9 BAM Dubrovnik; The Croatian Kuna is the currency of Croatia. In a shopping center in a cafe, in Dubrovnik paste carbonara 5 USD = 30-40 HRK In a cafe in the center of Dubrovnik, main dishes such as chicken with vegetables 5-6 USD = 30 - 40 HR Big Mac in McDonald's 5 USD = 30 - 35 HRK At a cafe, pies 1,7 - 2,4 USD = 12 - 17. HRK espresso 1,1 USD = 8. HRK cappuccino 1,4 USD = 10 HRK At a restaurants for tourists, soup 2,2 - 3,6 USD = 15 - 25. HRK main courses 5 - 8,6 USD = 35 - 60 HRK At a bar, beer 2-3 USD = 15-20 HRK per glass 0.5L Kotor & Budva; The official currency of Montenegro is the Euro. If you decided to sit home-style in cafe, then the day diet will cost around €15-19 from the person. The breakfast will cost about €3, a lunch – from €6, and a dinner – from €10. Skopje & Ohrid; The Macedonian Denar is the currency of Macedonia. Meal in an okey restaurant 220 MKD (150-450), Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,000 MKD (700-1,500) McMeal at McDonalds 180 MKD (120-280), Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 90 MKD (60-120) Tirana; The Albanian Lek is the currency of Albania. Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 Lek Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,800.00 Lek McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 540.00 Lek Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 150.00 Lek. Thessaloniki, Kalambaka, Delphi & Athens; Greece is part of the European Union and Greece money currency is Euro.The currency in Greece is the Euro. A few examples of approximate prices; Crepe 1,6 USD = 1.50 EUR Muffins, bagels 0,33 - 2,18 USD = 0.30 - 2.00 EUR Sandwiches 2,7 USD = 2.50 EUR Pies 2,2 USD = 2.00 EUR Corn 2,2 USD = 2.00 EUR Soft Ice Cream 1,5 - 2,1 USD = 1.35 - 1.90 EUR Nut Coco 1,1 USD = 1.00 EUR Water in vending machines 0,38 USD = 0.35 EUR for 500ml.
Can I drink tap water in the Balkans?
Although it is safe to drink water from the tap in some cities, it is better to buy bottled water, which is quite cheap. Alternatively consider using a reusable water bottle, especially if you're on a longer trip, reduce the use of plastic bottles.
Are credit cards widely accepted in the Balkans?
Debit and credit cards are accepted in the cities you'll likely need cash if you're shopping at smaller vendors or markets.
What is ATM access like in the Balkans?
ATMs are common in Balkan cities and accept the major card providers. Smaller shops still prefer cash payment.
Are the Balkans safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?
Displays of affection by LGBTQ+ couples may attract a negative response. Homosexuality has been decriminalized throughout the Western Balkans, and is tolerated but not widely accepted. Please kindly inform us when booking, if you do not identify with the gender stated in your passport. We will adjust the room configuration accordingly. For travelers who do not want to share a room, some tours have a single supplement option.
Are airport transfers included?
Arrival airport transfer is available for all flights landing to Sofia from 5am to 11:30pm on the first day of the tour. Please remember to send your arrival flight information to our sales team at least 2 weeks before departure
Where is the welcome meeting on day 1 of my tour?
The welcome meeting will be with the group and your guide at 7pm in the hotel lobby. You can view your arrival information from the link below. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail with the information before your trip;https://www.traveltalktours.com/balkans-arrival-hotels/
Can I book pre or post tour accommodation?
There is no pre or post tour accommodation available in the Balkans tour.
Do you have solo travellers on your tours?
There are always solo travelers & like-minded passengers on our tours & we always work to provide our passengers a relaxed & sociable environment, allowing them to easily meet people & make friends.
I’m a solo passenger, do I need to pay single supplement?
There are always solo travelers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour. Single Supplement may be requested for Sailing tours as all gullets have Double cabins.
Can I be roomed with my friends?
As long as there is availability you can! All you need to do is to send your request to our sales team after you book your tour
Travel Talk specializes in giving you the best tours from around the world, unfortunately the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking airfare to meet with the group at the starting city.
Will my dietary requirements be catered for?
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available. Please note that gluten-free and vegan options may be limited in the countries visited.
What currency should I bring?
Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help you if you need any assistance. As all countries on our Balkan tours use a different currency, we recommend you to exchange small amounts as you go. Your tour guide will be pleased to help you once you get to the destination The Bulgarian Lev is the currency of Bulgaria/ The official currency of Serbia is the Dinar. The Bosnian Convertible Mark is the currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina The Croatian Kuna is the currency of Croatia. The official currency of Montenegro is the Euro. The Macedonian Denar is the currency of Macedonia. The Albanian Lek is the currency of Albania.
Is there any luggage restriction?
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage!
Tips are a common reward for service staff in the Balkan countries. Your tour guide and crew will be especially appreciative and honored with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
What if I join the tour late?
You can join a tour late or miss the info meeting on the first day if you inform our crew prior to departure. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch the group.
Where & What time Best of Balkans Tour ends?
Tour ends at our Sofia hotel at 6pm. Flights departing after 8:30pm are recommended.
Where & What time Balkan Discovery Tour ends?
The tour ends at Sofia city center around noon. Flights departing after 14:30 are recommended.
What time do we arrive back to Athens on Day 11 on All About Balkans tour?
The group arrives at approximately 6PM to Athens