Best of Balkans Small Group

from $1034/per person

Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide you with more space for your comfort and pleasure. Embark on this unforgettable tour of the best of the Balkans. Kicking off at the Bulgarian capital, make your way through Belgrade and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Besiege the walls of Dubrovnik before jumping into the sapphire waters of the Adriatic. Dry off on the way to spectacular Montenegro whilst passing the outstanding mountain backdrop. Welcome the spectacular coastline together with the warm lively people. Uncover the unspoken natural beauty and impressive history of a marvellous region on this Balkans tour.

The wellbeing and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited have always been our utmost priority. We are committed to ensuring your peace of mind with our enhanced Safe Travels protocols and Special Flexible Conditions, so that you can book and travel with confidence. We have also recevied the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Duration
9 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans
Starts in / Ends in
Sofia / Sofia
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
Average Tour Group Size Avr. Group Size
12 People Max.

Why You’ll Love This Tour

  • Journey with a small group of 12 travellers at most, enjoy more personal space and embark on Safe Travels.
  • Explore the essential highlights of 7 Balkan countries in 9 days, staying at comfortable 4-star hotels (3-Star in Budva) and travelling on a private modern coach.
  • Travel with a local guide throughout your trip to get the best insight and tips, plus enjoy professional guided tours in Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Ohrid and Skopje.
  • Delve into history and greet the colourful Balkan cultures riding from one capital to another, while frequenting popular hotspots and gems off the beaten track.
  • Swim the Adriatic and walk around the impressive medieval fortresses of Dubrovnik and Kotor, and meet the vibrant nightlife of Budva.
  • Uncover the stunning natural beauty of Ohrid Lake with an optional trip to the serene St. Naum Monastery.
  • No night drives, however we need to cross multiple borders and customs process may take some time depending on how busy it is.

Sight Visited

  • Belgrade
    Belgrade

    Belgrade is the capital and largest city of the southeast European country of Serbia.

  • Budva
    Budva

    Budva is a town in Montenegro and known for best nightlife on the Adriatic Sea.

  • Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik

    This complex is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe, but the lively streets show that there is more! Party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?

  • Kotor
    Kotor

    Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro and well-known for its World heritage medieval structures.

  • Mostar
    Mostar

    Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge).

  • Ohrid
    Ohrid

    Ohrid is a large town in Macedonia on the shore of Lake Ohrid and a UNESCO heritage site since 1980.

  • Sarajevo
    Sarajevo

    Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its main cultural, economic centre.

  • Shkodra
    Shkodra

    Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania and one of the oldest places in the Balkan peninsula.

  • Skopje
    Skopje

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of Macedonia and it lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Sofia
    Sofia

    Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria.ıt has rich history from Roman and Ottoman Empires.

  • Tirana
    Tirana

    Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania.It is also culturel and economical center of the country.

  • Trebinje
    Trebinje

    Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 28 km far from Dubrovnik.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Sofia
Welcome to Sofia! At the airport, keep an eye out for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. At the hotel around 7pm, have an informal welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. After you get all the critical information about the tour, head out for our optional group dinner around 8:15pm and walk the streets of Sofia.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Vega - 4 Star
  • Included Activities
    Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities
    Group Dinner
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Day 2: Sofia, Belgrade
After a substantial breakfast, hop on the bus and make your way to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. With stunning views over the Danube and Sava rivers by the mighty medieval Belgrade Fortress, head to the heart of the capitol. Starting off at the vibrant pretty shopping street, Knez Mihailova, filled with cafes, shops and charming sites, kick off the walking tour to discover the incredible landmarks Belgrade has in store and their marvellous histories.
  • Accommodation
    Abba Hotel - 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Belgrade City Tour
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Day 3: Belgrade, Sarajevo
Next stop Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, the city that has been through it all! It is where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split and where people of many nations and religions met, lived and warred. You can still see many reminders of the Yugoslav War in bullet holes and cannon marks all around town. Though, still an oriental beauty with a unique twist, and a delight to discover on your walking tour in the old town. The city offers endless delicacies to taste, but the specialty is lamb.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Ibis Styles – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sarajevo City Tour
  • Entrance Fees
    Catholic Church - EUR 1
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Day 4: Sarajevo, Mostar,Trebinje
Today, we drive for the amazing Adriatic shore, but first a stop at Mostar! As you arrive in this dreamland, walk through the Old Town of this Herzegovina pearl, see the iconic highlights Old Bridge – Stari Most, and the old čaršija (market). Enjoy your lunch with an amazing view at one of the local venues, discover the old town and make sure to try the delicious Turkish coffee. In the afternoon, we ride to Trebinje for our overnight stay.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Central Park – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Mostar City Tour
  • Optional Activities
    Kravice Waterfalls - EUR 20
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Day 5: Trebinje, Dubrovnik, Trebinje
Get ready for a long day at Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic"! With its well-preserved majestic walls encircling the whole town and its sea of terra-cotta roof tiles, giving life to the "King’s Landing", the whole town is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even the drive down to town from the mountain-side is a breakth-taking highlight in itself! We start off with a guided walking tour of the Old Town and marvel at the millennial history of this fairy-like town. Walk atop the mighty walls, discover cute narrow streets, taste delicious seafood or jump off into the crystal-blue waters. In the evening, we return to Trebinje for a good night's rest.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Central Park – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Optional Activities
    Dubrovnik Boat Trip - EUR 35
  • Entrance Fees
    Dubronvnik City Walls - EUR 15
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Day 6: Trebinje, Kotor, Budva
Next stop Montenegro! Arrive in Kotor after a scenic drive an meet its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture, a less-crowded version of Dubrovnik with its impressive medieval citadel. Following a walking tour of the old town with your expert local guide and some free time, make your way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. Your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of the vibrant summer town with great food, impressive views and lively nightlife.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Park – 3 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Kotor City Tour
    Budva Walking Tour
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Day 7: Budva, Tirana, Ohrid
Hit the road after breakfast, next stop Albania! A panoramic city tour of Tirana will introduce the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture, and drop us off at the town centre for some free time to discover the bustling Skenderbeg square. In the afternoon, continue towards Ohrid, Macedonia and check-in to your comfy hotel. You can rest up after a long day, or join the optional Balkan night with dinner.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Sileks – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities Panoramic Tour of Tirana Ohrid Walking Tour
  • Optional Activities Balkan Night With Dinner - EUR 25
8
Day 8: Ohrid, Skopje
Start off the day with a guided city tour of Old Ohrid hosting hundreds of chapels and churches scattered all around. In the afternoon travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for the night.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel Panoramika – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Ohrid City Tour
  • Optional Activities
    St. Naum Tour - EUR 15
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Day 9: Skopje, Sofia
Prepare to discover the beautiful Skopje with a guided sightseeing tour filled with stunning architecture, grand monuments and unique history. Pose with the famous statue of Alexander the Great or walk through the Macedonian Arc de Triumph. The city has countless landmarks and a vibrant street life with many cafes and bars around. In the afternoon, leave for Sofia, where our trip ends and we say goodbye to our new friends. You can explore the shopping streets, highlights and the nightlife as you wish.
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Skopje City Tour

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The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

4 star hotels

Meals

8 breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Airport Transfer

From Sofia Airport to the hotel on Day 1

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

HOTEL VEGA - SOFIA


ABBA HOTEL - BELGRADE


IBIS STYLE HOTEL - SARAJEVO


HOTEL CENTRAL PARK - TREBINJE


HOTEL PARK- BUDVA


HOTEL AURA - OHRID


SILEKS HOTEL - OHRID


HOTEL PANORAMIKA DESIGN - SKOPJE


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