Balkan tours – Country Guide
The Balkans is a place known for its rich history and an extraordinary mix of cultures and religions. Situated in south-east Europe and named after a chain of mountains it is really an unexplored gem for travelers. Over thousands of years, it was an important area for business and religion. Many important empires have been fought battles for their control.
Since it connected the Mediterranean with central Europe and was one of the major transit lines connecting Europe with Asia many civilizations and empires have ruled over it and left their trace. You can feel these different influences mostly in the culture, music, food, and customs of the local people. Be it orthodox chants, ottoman saz music, Jewish melodies, Austrian desserts, or Mediterranean wine you will find everything in the Balkans. In short, if Balkans tours are something you’re considering, this blog is perfect for you.
#1 -> Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a long name for a small country. Situated in the heart of the Balkans it can be seen as the small condensed version of the whole region. Consequently, it is known as a meeting place of Islam, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, and Judaism. The whole region is mountainous so this country is no different. A chain of Dinaric Alps runs through the middle separating Bosnia in the north from Herzegovina in the south. Nature is the first thing that captures your attention. Mountains, lakes, and rivers provide plenty of possibilities to explore and enjoy this country.
The most popular place in Bosnia is the capital, Sarajevo. Known for its beauty and exquisite blend of influences it is widely known for many historic events that have shaped the lives of both the locals and the people around the world. In conclusion, if you’re going to explore Balkan tours you shouldn’t miss Bosnia.
#2 -> Croatia
With its unusual shape and very long coastline, Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Balkans. Probably the most visited destination in Balkan tours is Dubrovnik. It is an ancient city republic that was thriving in the age of the renaissance. This small but influential city-republic pioneered many advancements in diplomacy, trade, etc.
The city walls still stand and therefore, many movies and series have been using it as a setting for their plots including the world popular Game of Thrones series. In summary, with the long coast and over seven hundred islands and reefs, this Balkan country attracts tourists from all around the world. UNESCO has included numerous sites in Croatia on its list as world heritage. You can visit them on your own or join local experts who can show you the sights and much more. This is Balkan tours must-visit location for sure!
#3 -> Serbia
The Republic of Serbia is partly in southeast Europe and partly in central Europe. Therefore, it shares borders with Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro. Vojvodina with its capital city – Novi Sad is Serbia’s northern autonomous region. In different historical periods, Austrians controlled it and as a result, there is a presence of Hungarian and Austrian heritage in this region.
The capital of Serbia is Belgrade, one of the most populous cities in the region. Flowing through Belgrade and most of northern Serbia the river Danube is a great potential for tourism. It is navigable and connects Belgrade with many other big European cities. Belgrade is Balkan tours’ biggest city.
Medieval monasteries are this country’s proudest heritage. Most of the population is Christian orthodox and the currency in use is the dinar. You can explore this country in Balkan tours packages which enable you to do much more than you could by traveling by yourself during your visit to the Balkans.
#4 -> Montenegro
Montenegro simply means black mountain in old Venetian. The name was in use since the 13th century and for the Montenegrins, the name is Crna Gora which has the same meaning. Like the rest of the Balkans, it was conquered by the ottomans in the 15th century. Nevertheless, Montenegro contained a level of autonomy and prince bishops (Vladika) ruled over it for centuries as a theocracy.
Since in the south part, Montenegro has access to the Adriatic sea this is where you will find some of the most interesting places to visit. From the bay of Kotor down to the Skadar lake, which Montenegro shares with Albania, this Mediterranean jewel won’t let you forget the Balkans.
#5 -> North Macedonia
This Balkan country recently underwent a name change. Before being North Macedonia, its official name was the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Most of the people in the Balkans simply call it Macedonia. The majority of the population are Macedonians but there is a sizable Albanian population as well. Amongst the minorities, there are Bosniaks, Serbs, Turks, and others. Macedonians speak the Macedonian language, a Slavic language closely related to Bulgarian.
The cities to visit are Skopje, the capital, and Ohrid, famous for being an open museum with a very important history. Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. UNESCO designated the natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid region as a World Heritage site in 1980. If you really want to dig deeper into the UNESCO-protected heritage of this region you can book Balkan tours guided by local experts.
Numerous Reasons to Come
In conclusion, you should consider Balkans as your next destination. The reasons are numerous. If religions fascinate you can explore important pilgrimage sites, monasteries and tekkes. For instance, if architecture is your thing Balkans will show you a variety of styles and monumental buildings. Still, if you are looking for delicious food, original music, and welcoming people, once again, Balkans is for you. In short, the top Balkan tours are at your fingerprints so join in.
Balkan Tours by Meet Bosnia – Top 10 tours
Balkan tours #1 Balkan Tour 9D8N︱Round Trip Through the Balkans︱
From Bosnian diversity, Croatian Adriatic beauty, Montenegrinan hospitality, Macedonian history, Albanian mystery, and Serbian authenticity – we will discover the Balkans in its best. We will take care of all the logistics, tours, transportation, and accommodation so that you have to worry only about capturing all the beautiful sights in your memory.
Balkan tours #2 Exploring Balkans
In this tour Balkans tour by visiting Slovenia, Croatia, Monte Negro and Bosnia and Herzegovina that is exactly what we do! Starting from charming Ljubljana and beautiful Bled Lake in Slovenia, through Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, down to the Croatian coast – Split and Dubrovnik with excursions to enchanting Mostar and beautiful Montenegrin coast towns – Budva and Kotor we will discover rich history and culture, religious diversities and amazing architecture.
This 8-day trip will certainly be an unforgettable experience.
Balkan tours #3 Discover Three Amazing Balkan Countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in 7 Days
We have created a Balkan Tour in which in only in 7 days you will see and sense the most beautiful, the most authentic, and most interesting sites in this region. Starting from the capital of former Yugoslavia – Belgrade, up to the second most important city in Serbia – Novi Sad, through beautiful Sarajevo. Down to the amazing Mostar and Herzegovina region continuing to enchanting Dubrovnik, we are heading up north to finish our tour in the capital of Croatia – Zagreb.
Balkan tours #4 Balkans Tour 8N9D – 5 countries – 7 UNESCO sites
On this Balkans Tour, you will see the best of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia in 9 days. We will take care of all the logistics, tours, transportation, and accommodation so that you can enjoy the pearls of amazing Balkans.
Balkan tours #5 Enjoy the Balkans – 5 countries – 11 days
Starting from Macedonia we continue through Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and finish this amazing experience in Serbia. In this 11-day tour, you will have all arranged and plenty of time to discover the most beautiful pearls in the Balkans.
Balkan tours #6 Balkan Tour – From Athens to Zagreb
We start from Athens, Greece, visit Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and finish the tour in Zagreb, Croatia. We will take care of all the logistics, tours, transportation, and accommodation so that you can be dedicated only to learning and enjoying your trip. Definitely, this is a trip you will remember your whole life.
Balkan tours #7 Three Balkan Pearls – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia
In this 9-Day Balkan Tour, you will explore three Pearls of the Balkans -Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. Expect to have an authentic experience and to visit the most beautiful and most interesting places in this region. You will have local experts as your guides who will provide great insight into these amazing Balkan countries. We will take care of all the logistics, transportation, tours, and accommodation. What you should do is to enjoy discovering the rich history and culture of the Balkan.
Balkan tours #8 From Croatia to Greece – Amazing Balkans
Have you been planning to visit the beautiful region of the Balkans without missing any of its most interesting pearls? “From Croatia to Greece” is a perfect tour for you that will cover Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, and Greece. You will be visiting the most amazing landmarks of the Balkans starting from Zagreb and beautiful Plitvice Lakes, continuing through amazing Bosnia’s cities – Sarajevo and Mostar, down to charming Dubrovnik, Kotor, and Budva. Then we proceed to enchanting Shkoder and Tirana to finish the trip to famous Athens. We will take care of all the logistics, tours and transportation, and accommodation in this 11-day trip. Your only assignment will be to enjoy exploring the Balkans pearls.
Balkan tours #9 Explore the most beautiful UNESCO sites in the Balkans
If you planned to visit the most beautiful UNESCO sites in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, we have the “Explore the Most Beautiful UNESCO sites in Balkan” tour specially customized to fulfill your expectations. We will provide you with transportation in modern vehicles, professional guides, and drivers as well as accommodation in cozy hotels. The tour can also be customized according to your desires.
Balkan tours #10 Explore the Best of East Bosnia Tour
Have you been wondering if there are places in Bosnia and Herzegovina besides the ones you can find on the lists of the most popular attractions that are worth seeing? Of course, there are. East Bosnia is one of the most beautiful regions of our country more than worth exploring. In a full-day tour from Sarajevo to East Bosnia you will discover a beautiful town – Gorazde, located on the banks of river Drina. We will see a small town – Foca where the oldest mosque of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located. Close to Foca, we will see a real miracle of nature – Sand pyramids.
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