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  • Gorging on great Greek grub in Thessaloniki
  • Meteora’s stunning cliff top monasteries
  • Athens, cradle of Western Civilisation
  • The stunning Acropolis
  • Parga’s great beachside resort
  • Albania’s off the beaten track feel
  • Dubrovnik City’s wall walk
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Turkey, Greece, Albania, Montenegro & Croatia

From Istanbul, where Asia meets Europe, your journey begins. We trace the steps of the ancient Greeks, all the way to Athens where their culture was born. We really get off the beaten track through Albania and Montenegro with its awesome scenic coast to Croatia. This immense trek straddles two continents and touches on many cultures, old and new Highlights. 

What's Included

  • Your fantastic Busabout Guide and local driver
  • 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts
  • Meteora Monastery entrance
  • Orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Tirana, Budva, Dubrovnik and Split


Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

  • Budva, the best beach culture in Montenegro
  • Athens city walk and Acropolis entrance
  • Adriatic nightlife

Day 1: Istanbul to Thessaloniki

We leave the Turkish metropolis and head to the Greek Acropolis. Heading across the border to Greece, we pay a visit to Kavala and its impressive Roman aqueduct then on to Thessaloniki. It's well known that you can eat some of the best Greek food here, its nightlife is second to none and its white sandy beaches are awesome so time to party on and enjoy some local interaction.

Day 2: Thessaloniki to Meteora to Athens

A historical day at the cliff monasteries of Meteora. This ancient site features monasteries perched on cliffs dating back to the 9th Century. The Holy Trinity monastery was featured in the James Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only' and today is a UNESCO listed site. After an enthralling visit we head to Athens and spend the evening eating Greek specialities and trying some of the local ouzo.

Day 3: Athens

A free day to explore the Greek capital, from which sprang pretty much everything that Western Civilisation is based on. There are many ancient monuments but the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon dominate the city. Why not join our optional Athens walking tour, to get the most out of this Ancient city? Tonight we get together for some dinner and drinks on the rooftop bar.

Day 4: Athens to Parga

We depart Athens and head north to Croatia via Parga which boasts not only a bubbling party scene but some great beaches and touches of Greek mythology. Old Poseidon, the God of the Sea liked this part of the world. We will arrive in the afternoon; enjoy a swim and a relaxed evening in our resort.

Day 5: Parga to Tirana

We head over the border into Albania and the capital city of Tirana.. Our drive today will take us through rural Albania with a chance to get to know the local culture a little better before spending the night in the country's capital where you'll find the local Albanians are willing to please as tourism is just beginning here.

Day 6: Tirana to Budva

After the freshness of Albania, we continue our journey north into Montenegro and the town of Budva. Set directly on the Med, Budva has the best beach culture in the Balkans. You will be amazed at the blue stone churches and the historic old city. The Balkans are unrivalled for beauty and today this will become very apparent.

Day 7: Budva to Dubrovnik to Split

Our day takes us into Croatia and Dubrovnik. This city is legendary for its well preserved stone walls, great .seafood and is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. We arrive into Dubrovnik around mid morning and will stay until mid afternoon so ample time to walk the walls, have a swim and tuck into some fresh seafood for lunch. The last leg of this amazing journey takes us to Split and the Diocletian Palace. Tonight we'll orientate you around the old city and delve into some excellent Dalmatian food and nightlife.

Day 8: Split

Trek ends after breakfast.



We had an awesome guide!