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Big Balkan 2019 (18 Days, Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik)

Get excited. You’re about to have the best time on this Balkan adventure. We’re taking you from Dubrovnik to Bulgaria, Belgrade, Bucharest and more. This trip has it all: beaches, beers, beautiful scenery and loads of history. Ready to roll? Let’s go!


Visit Mostar
Visit Matka Valley
Visit Ruse
Visit Veliko Târnovo
Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
Visit Kotor
Visit the Rila Monastery
Local guides in Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Sofia and Belgrade
Visit the Monastery of Saint Naum
17 Breakfasts
17 Lunches
17 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,484
Start Location
Dubrovnik, Croatia
End Location
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
27 May 201913 Jun 201910AUD $3,579
17 Jun 201904 Jul 201915AUD $4,099
15 Jul 201901 Aug 201923AUD $4,099
05 Aug 201922 Aug 201920AUD $3,484
Day 1: Dubrovnik, Croatia
It dsn’t get much better than this. Say hi to Dubrovnik before you meet the group for a walking tour to kick things off. Travelling solo? You won’t be for much longer. Exciting times ahead. Included today: -Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Dubrovnik
Yay! A free day in Dubrovnik! Spend some time checking out the residential homes further up in the Old Town for some awesome views, then enjoy a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. Alternatively, take to the turquoise water with a spot of optional sea kayaking around the city walls. This is the good life. There’s also a Game of Thrones tour to get stuck into if that’s your jam. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik Walls -Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik
Day 3: Dubrovnik to Tirana, Albania via Kotor, Montenegro
Say bye to Croatia because we’re off to Albania via a pit stop in Kotor, Montenegro. That’s right! Three countries in one day. Check you out! Seeing the world like a boss. Included today: -Visit Kotor Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Tirana to Ohrid, Macedonia
Today we're off to Ohrid. Think: medieval churches, monasteries, ruins and a lake so blue you'll forget what stress even is. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 5: Ohrid
We’ve got a free day in Ohrid today. Check out historic monuments one minute, then lie on a deck chair with your ts in the water the next... it ain’t so bad here! This afternoon we’ve got a visit to the Monastery of Saint Naum lined up. From here, the views over Lake Ohrid are incredible. Included today: -Visit the Monastery of Saint Naum Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Ohrid to Skopje
Back on the coach for a drive to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje (pronounced SKOPE-yey.) Before we hit the big city, we’re stopping for a dose of daily greens at Valley Canyon. Think: 5000 hectares of forest, monasteries and cool rocks. Get ready because there are plenty of photo ops of the Matka Canyon. Included today: -Visit Matka Valley Meals: -Breakfast
Day 7: Skopje to Plovdiv, Bulgaria
And, we’re off this morning. Destination = Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. Get caught up in the history and architecture and be amazed at the Rila Monastery. Dinner’s up to you tonight so be sure to seek out somewhere awesome to round up your day. Included today: -Visit the Rila Monastery Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch
Day 8: Plovdiv to Burgas
To the beach! Today we’re off to Burgas for a dose of sun and sand in this super cute seaside town. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 16: Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bye Belgrade! Today we go to Sarajevo. But first, a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial before a guided tour of Bosnia’s capital city. Follow your local guide and learn all about this fascinating city’s war-torn past. Tonight, discuss everything you’ve learned over dinner, it’s on us. Included today: -Visit the Srebrenica Memorial -Walking tour of Sarajevo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 15: Belgrade
Sleep in or get up early, today it’s all on you. Stuck for ideas? See your Trip Leader for tips on how to make the most of this super underrated city. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 14: Sofia to Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia here we come! Once we arrive in Belgrade, a guide is waiting to show us how to explore this city like a local. After dinner on us, why not hit the town? We've got a free day tomorrow, so it’d be rude not to. Included today: -Walking tour of Belgrade with a local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 13: Sofia
You’ve got a free day to explore this gem of a capital city. But first, get a lay of the land on a walking tour with a local guide. Later on, why not pay a visit to Alexander Nevski Cathedral? Included activities: -Walking tour of Sofia with a local guide Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Burgas
Free days are the best days. Today you have two options: flick your towel out on the beach or don your best boots for exploring. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 11: Bucharest
Welcome to Bucharest. Despite what its name suggests, today there’s no rest allowed. You have a mission: cheap beers and hunting vampires. For those wanting to wander, the Palace of Parliament and the Cismigiu Gardens are highly recommended. Psst: ten points if you find the Mini Arc De Triomphe. 10,000 steps? Too easy. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Burgas to Bucharest, Romania
Another day, another country. We’re off to Bucharest, but first, a pit stop at Ruse. This Viennese inspired UNESCO town is sure to set your Insta feed on fiyah. Spend a few hours here and then wave bye to Bulgaria as we cruise into Romania. Included today: -Visit Ruse Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 17: Sarajevo to Dubrovnik, Croatia
We’ll be stopping in Mostar today where you can jump out and explore before we cross the border back into Croatia. Walking over the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge sitting above the Neretva River, is a must. Included today: -Visit Mostar Meals: -Breakfast
Day 12: Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria
The very charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break the day up, we’re stopping at Veliko Tarnovo for some pics. Included today: -Visit Veliko Tarnovo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 18: Dubrovnik
All good things must come to an end and today we say goodbye. Swap numbers and get thinking about the next adventure. Meals: -Breakfast