Balkans Adventure - Dubrovnik to Athens
Small Group Holiday
Between the two major drawcards of the Balkans, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Athens in Greece, lie several little travelled countries. Travel to Montenegro and the 5th-century World Heritage-listed city of Kotor set on a spectacular bay before entering forgotten Albania where you will visit the city of Shkoder and its Rozafa Castle as well as the capital Tirana, the mountain village of Kruja and Berat, the town of a thousand windows.
Next enter North Macedonia where you will stay in one of the oldest human settlements in the world, Ohrid, on its namesake lake. Enjoy a cruise on the turquoise waters of Lake Ohrid and a full free day to visit one or more of the many churches and monasteries in the area.
From Skopje, Macedonia’s political and cultural centre, you make a day trip to the Matka Canyon, a deep ravine cut into the mountains which you can explore by boat.
Following an easy hike in Pelister National Park you cross into Greece to reach a town of labyrinthine lanes, Byzantine churches and Ottoman villas, Kastoria.
Using sea-side Litochoro as a base we hike the slopes of Mt Olympus to a beautiful watertfall where on a hot day you may want to take a plunge in the cold waters.
Finally we board a public bus to Athens, where you will have a free evening before the trips comes to an end.
Activity / Theme
Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Greece
Basic / Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Boat
Hotel (10 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel with ensuite facilities (1 night)
Months of Operation
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip
Book yourself at least one extra night in Dubrovnik and two in Athens - you will need them to explore these cities in depth.
DAY 1: Tour starts in Dubrovnik
DAY 2: To Kotor, free afternoon
DAY 3: Travel via Shkoder to Tirana
DAY 4: Day trip to the mountain village of Kruja
DAY 5: Public bus to Berat
DAY 6: To Lake Ohrid, orientation walk
DAY 7: Free day at Lake Ohrid
DAY 8: Bus to Skopje, free afternoon
DAY 9: Day trip to Matka Canyon
DAY 10: To Pelister NP, hike
DAY 11: To Kastoria, orientation walk
DAY 12: To Litochoro, beach time
DAY 13: Hike Mt Olympus
DAY 14: To Athens, free evening
DAY 15: Athens
Margie, whose photos appear on this page, wrote a blog post on this trip which you can find on our blog at https://www.adventurecoordinators.com/post/i-just-returned-from-an-intrepid-travel-original-trip-to-the-balkans-and-here-s-what-i-found
Entry to Rozafa Castle
Kruja Skanderbeg Museum
Kruja Fortress Visit
Walking Tour of Berat
Berat Castle Visit
Lake Ohrid Boat Cruise
Matka Canyon day trip
Hike in Pelister National Park
Orlias Waterfall Hike
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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