Go further east through the Balkans and seek out the path less travelled. From the splendour and charisma of the Croatian coast to off the beaten track through Albania and Montenegro with its awesome scenic coast to Ancient Athens and the Greek wonders of the cliff top monasteries of Meteora and Thermopylae. This trek covers the Balkans and touches on many cultures, old and new.
- 6 nights’ accommodation, 6 breakfasts
- Entrance to 2 monasteries at Meteora
- Your fantastic Busabout guide and local driver
- Orientation walks of Tirana, Gjirokastra, Budva, Kotor, and Dubrovnik
- Explore the stunning Acropolis
- Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik – ‘Game of Thrones’
- Budva, the best beach culture in Montenegro
- Cruise the Unesco World Heritage Bay of Kotor
- Traditional Greek dancing and music
On this day we venture to two absurdly idyllic towns. First we stop by Dubrovnik in Croatia. It’s a coastal town fortress with shimmering blue seas, simply stunning. We arrive mid-morning so you have time to take a swim, walk the walls and eat seafood.
We then continue into Montenegro to Kotor which is nestled at the base of the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor. You will be able to climb to the top of St John's Fortress to take in the panoramic beauty of this area.
We visit the picturesque town of Budva and go on an optional boat cruise of the beautiful Bay of Kotor. After that it’s time to relax in Kotor.
Today you enter Albania. Going through rural areas and discovering the beauty of Albania’s countryside. Once you enter the capital city of Tirana, you'll be amazed at just how kind the people of Albania are
Lunch in the UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokastra, it’s the perfect day to learn a bit about Albania’s culture. We then head to Greece and Meteora, a unique and enchanting place where monasteries are elevated by otherworldly sandstone pillars.
We spend an evening in the nearby traditional Greek village of Kalambaka. (B)
This morning we visit two of the most important monasteries which are famous for their Byzantine frescoes and spectacular views. This is a serious UNESCO site; an inspiration to the Game of Thrones and a location for James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’. After being awestruck by the grandeur we drive southwards to Thermopylae, where the statue of Leonidas stands to commemorate the heroic defence of the Spartans against the Persians. It looks a little different nowadays than what is shown in the movie 300!
After an enthralling day we head to Athens and in the evening we mingle over dinner and drinks at our hostel's rooftop bar.
A day to delve into the great Greek capital. Classical Athens was a hotbed of culture and has had a huge influence on western civilisation. The wonder-inducing temples never fail to fascinate, and a visit to the Acropolis is an absolute must. During the day you have free time to discover this great city before we meet in the evening to sample some traditional Greek dancing and music.
Trip finishes after breakfast.
a once in a lifetime experience"