Discover the rich history of the Balkans
Attention! Guided Balkan Trips for History Lovers
Named after the Balkan Mountains, the Balkans are a must-see for history lovers! There's so much to do and view; cycle through 5,000 years of history to visit archaeological sites like Mycenae with its Cyclopean Walls, the Treasury of Atreus, and the Lion Gate. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro, Monastery of Decan in Kosovo, or the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Continue reading to learn more about the many gems to discover, captivating cultures, and hearty cuisines to experience in the Balkans.
History in Greece - Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Bike & Sail
The magnetic attraction of travelling in Greece is particularly compelling in the Peloponnese region. With its sandy beaches, turquoise waters, an incredible history spanning over 5000 years and classic Greek islands, it's a region that's ideal for exploring by bike and boat.
Based aboard a beautifully decked out Turkish gulet, enjoy sailing between ports with swim stops en route before hopping on your bike to experience the essence of this fascinating region. Discover ancient sites such as Mycenae, home to Cyclopean Walls, the Treasury of the Atreus and the Lion Gate and the volcanic peninsula of Methana. In the Saronic Gulf, explore enchanting towns with their distinct character, including the pistachio island of Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia sits high above the blue sea.
Combined with impressive views as you cycle and sail your way around the peninsula and the delectable cuisine served on board or at a nearby taverna, this is a superb way to experience one of Greece's most interesting regions! Learn more about the Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Bike & Sail
Via Dinarica: Bosnia to Montenegro
This Balkan trip will satisfy those who want an idyllic walking experience that's still largely untamed and undiscovered! Explore one of the original and most breathtaking stretches of the Via Dinarica, a long-distance mountainous walking trail spanning seven Balkan countries, on a route that crosses borders through Sutjeska National Park in Bosnia to Durmitor National Park in Montenegro (also a UNESCO World Heritage site).
See mesmerising natural sights along the way, the heart-shaped Trnovacko glacial lake, the turquoise waters of Rakitnica Canyon, and the rocky panoramas of Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic. These are highlights in an already glorious landscape woven with primeval forests and cosy mountain villages, such as in Lukomir, whose inhabitants continue to live a traditional way of life. Finish your journey in charming Sarajevo and witness the fusion of west and east European culture.
High Trails of the Balkans
Through a series of challenging walks, take in sweeping views from the Jelenak pass and cross between valleys as you walk between three countries. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and gain a unique insight into their fascinating mountain culture, staying in guesthouses and enjoying farmhouse lunches and refreshment stops. Walk in the footsteps of the early British traveller Edith Durham, author of 'High Albania' on a section through the Theth Valley, visit the highest waterfall in Albania and spend time exploring Shkodra with its impressive view of Lake Skadar, the largest lake of the Balkan Peninsula. In Montenegro, visit Cetinje, the old royal capital and walk to the Bay of Kotor, one of the most impressive bays in the Balkans.
This is an ideal holiday for those seeking a challenging walking and cultural immersion experience, in the company of a likeminded group and an expert mountain guide. Learn more about the 8-days high trails of the Balkans trip
Poland: Carpathian Mountains Guided Walk
Joining in Krakow, a new walk in Poland’s stunning Tatra and Pieniny mountain ranges in the West Carpathians. Learn about the region’s highland traditions, reach picturesque viewpoints and enjoy panoramic vistas of the forest topped Pieniny Mountains and lush valleys. Keep your eyes peeled to spot active wildlife: foxes, lynxes, wolves and bears still live in this well-preserved and protected region!
This is an ideal holiday if you like to be surrounded by remote and rugged mountain ranges. On this small group trip in Poland, we combine the best of both the Pieniny and Carpathian mountains while also including some of the most interesting cultural traditions of Poland. Besides Krakow, we'll visit Zakopane, the castle of Niedzica and Debno wooden church. Stay in charming mountain huts and pensions brimming with warm hospitality. Learn more about the 8-days Carpathian Mountains Guided Walk in Poland
Bulgaria on Foot
Calling all keen walkers seeking an alternative mountain experience, in a country that simply teems with history and beautiful natural landscapes. The Balkans may be often overlooked as a holiday destination but, if you are looking for an active holiday off the tourist radar, Bulgaria is a welcoming place that combines natural beauty and rich culture with warm hospitality and friendly locals. Head to the southwestern part of the country and you will find yourself surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys. The chain of Seven Rila glacial lakes (each is named according to its shape!) is the jewel of the Rila Mountains. Starting at 2,100m, the lakes are found at differing altitudes and appear like large footprints leading up the mountain.