Western Balkans Uncovered

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Western Balkans Uncovered - Intrepid Travel
Western Balkans Uncovered - Intrepid Travel
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Start in Sofia and end in Dubrovnik! With the discovery tour Western Balkans Uncovered, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and 9 other destinations in Europe. Western Balkans Uncovered is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
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15 to 99 year olds
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Local Transport, Private Vehicle

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  • Western Balkans Uncovered reviewer 1
    Written on October 24, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    The Balkans are amazing and I recommend that you visit this region that is almost unspoiled by Western tourism before more of it becomes like tourist-infested Dubrovnik and mega cruise port Kotor. Highlights on this trip were Lake Ohrrid, Tirana and Pritzen. I fell in love with Lake Ohhrid and its many churches (most with original frescoes as early as 12th century) on the tour led by a local guide at sunset; and Tirana and its energy and history, again with a local guide. I wish we had more time in Pritzen, there was just so much to uncover there. All in all, it’s a beautiful region and I found the locals unexpectedly friendly, welcoming and curious – that is, when we were milling about with locals and not at the more upscale pricey restaurants taken to by our guide (kickback?). Beware as well that the hotels on this itinerary are hardly “comfort” hotels; I think only one of them had an in-room safe, and two were small and bare bones rooms with wires hanging and burned out lightbulbs. As there was significant down time in the evenings, I recommend that solos book the insanely overpriced single supplement (or go with another company) no matter what Intrepid tells you about group cohesiveness; they just want to sell trips. True to form Intrepid brands itself as a low-impact, close to the ground company, but sometimes I feel it is just an excuse to cut costs. With the trip price topping over $200/day, I did not expect to have to shell out more for local guides, admissions to key sights on-route and a number of on-route group meals that were not included. For what its worth, as Intrepid rotates the guides and ours had never led this tour before (although he was expert in the region), I found ours to be aloof and unresponsive at times, and did not always communicate essential logistics clearly and timely. He did maintain a respectable professional profile and had a depth of historical knowledge to share, and I was pleased to see him take his job seriously (not a party animal). It is unfortunate that because of the buddy-friend attitude that Intrepid Guides are known for and what they tell passengers about positive feedback being important for their young careers, the guides, the company and this website probably doesn’t get enough constructive and critical feedback that would help them grow and better serve their passengers. Read every review with a grain of salt, nothing is ever five stars. You just have to live and learn.
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  • RG
    Written on May 26, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I did not know what to expect and was pleased to find it all very interesting and different from our North American standards. The kindness of the people toward tourists was wonderful to experience especially given the difficult history all of the countries visited had gone through. Food and drink were very good.
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  1. Day 1: Sofia
  2. Day 2: Skopje
  3. Day 3: Prizren / Skopje
  4. Day 4: Lake Ohrid
  5. Day 5: Lake Ohrid
  6. Day 6: Berat
  7. Day 7: Tirana
  8. Day 8: Tirana / Kruja
  9. Day 9: Shkoder / Kotor
  10. Day 10: Kotor
  11. Day 11: Dubrovnik
  12. Day 12: Dubrovnik

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  • Ivan Švacov
    "I love exploring new cultures, civilizations, books... but most of all - people. Working as a guide has..."

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  • Victoria8th April 2018
    Website was very straight forward and easy to use, I was able to tick exactly where I wanted to go which I was unable to do with other websites. very reasonably priced trips.



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Kosovo and Montenegro

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Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for Albania. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Albania. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Albania and Croatia. Ideally 6 months before travel.


Sofia is the starting point and Dubrovnik is the endpoint.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 23 July 2018 the full payment of $2,261 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2261 for Western Balkans Uncovered, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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Covering a total distance of approx 748 km.
  • Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • 174 km
  • Skopje (Macedonia)
  • 61 km
  • Prizren (Kosovo)
  • 122 km
  • Ohrid (Macedonia)
  • 56 km
  • Korca (Albania)
  • 113 km
  • Tirana (Albania)
  • 20 km
  • Kruja (Albania)
  • 67 km
  • Shkoder (Albania)
  • 73 km
  • Kotor (Montenegro)
  • 61 km
  • Dubrovnik (Croatia)

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