Balkan Explorer

Balkan Explorer

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Balkan Explorer

16 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Delphi, Ohrid, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Budapest, Belgrade, Niš, Sofia, Thessaloniki

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

ABE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$3475
$2348 (USD) Operator discount: -$1127

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Tour Overview

Travel the Balkans and discover the unmatched beauty of this region. See ten unique countries. Go Greek and discover the history of Athens, Delphi and Meteora. Travel Croatia and explore Dubrovnik - made famous by Game of Thrones! Marvel at the waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and soak in the thermal baths of Budapest on this exciting Balkan tour. Visit Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina! Balkan tours are an intoxicating blend of the Mediterranean, central Europe and Eastern Europe. Adventure definitely awaits in this spectacular corner of Europe!
Select departure dates on this tour line up with the Athens, Mykonos & Santorini tour, which you can join from Athens on the last day of this tour if you wish to continue your travels on the Greek Islands.

Highlights

  • Explore every country in the Balkan Peninsula

  • Free days to enjoy Dubrovnik, Budapest and Sofia

  • Explore Delphi, Meteora and Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • Visit Kotor, Budva, Tirana, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Thessaloniki

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Athens
Location: Athens
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Athens! Meet up with your tour leader and tour group at the hotel in the morning. An overview of the upcoming itinerary will be given. Then, enjoy an orientation tour of Greece’s capital city and explore some of the incredible sights that this ancient city is known for. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Tonight, get your first taste of Greek cuisine with an included welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Orientation tour of Athens: Get to know Greece’s bustling capital city on an orientation tour with your tour leader. See top attractions like the Academy, National Library, Greek parliament, Panathinaikos marble stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. Witness the ceremonial changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Welcome dinner in Athens: Greek cuisine is one of the world’s most delicious cuisines, renowned for fresh flavours and ingredients. Get your first taste of Greek food in Athens as you get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Delphi - Meteora - Kalambaka
Location: Delphi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel north through the Greek mainland, stopping off in Delphi along the way. In antiquity, Delphi was considered the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth. Admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, see the Treasury of the Athenians, and visit the museum of Delphi. Arrive in Meteora this afternoon. This dramatic series of rock formations is home to a large complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Explore St. Stephen's Monastery, founded in 1400 by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene, which is now a nunnery. Peruse the 18th-century main cathedral and take in the views of Kalambaka. Catch a glimpse of the Holy Trinity Monastery perched atop a single rock formation before departing. Stay over in the nearby town of Kalambaka this evening.

Explore the ancient ruins of Delphi: Visit the ruins of Delphi and its Archaeological Museum. Delphi is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for having had a major influence in the Ancient world. You get to see why for yourself!


Visit Meteora: See the formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Explore Meteora and its formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries perched dramatically on massive monolithic pillars. The most notable of which is St Stephen's Monastery, founded in 1400 by St. Antoninus Cantacuzene and now a nunnery.

Day 3: Kalambaka - Ohrid
Location: Ohrid
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, travel onwards to North Macedonia and the undiscovered jewel of Ohrid. A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the shores of Lake Ohrid, this city is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe and is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Explore the Old Town on a guided tour and see famous sights, including the Church of St. John at Kaneo, which is situated on a cliff overlooking Lake Ohrid. To finish off the day, enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Guided tour of Ohrid: Enjoy a tour of Ohrid's Old Town, and see sights including Upper Gate, Holy Mary Perybleptos, Antique theatre, Tsar Samoil Fortress, Plaoshnik, Church of St John at Kaneo and Church of St. Sophia.

Day 4: Ohrid - Tirana
Location: Tirana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, depart North Macedonia and journey to its Balkan neighbour Albania, driving into the capital city, Tirana. In a story typical of many cities in this part of Europe, Tirana has undergone a remarkable transformation, shaking off communism to become a vibrant, fun city. Enjoy an introduction to the city on a walking tour. Discover Tirana; from the buildings painted in bright colours to the architecture influenced by the Ottomans, Italians and, of course, communism, this city is a fascinating destination to explore and learn about!

Walking tour of Tirana: Embark on a walking tour of Tirana and see sights like Skanderbeg Square, Clock tower, Et’hem Beu Mosque, National Historical Museum, National Gallery of Arts and Tabak Bridge.

Day 5: Budva - Kotor - Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Heading north, bid farewell to Albania and travel through Montenegro. Today’s first stop is the picturesque coastal town of Budva, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, with free time to explore. Next, it’s time to make a comfort stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Kotor. The old port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period as well as magnificent fjord-like cliffs - it is a picturesque Mediterranean landscape! Later, the tour continues onwards to Croatia. On arrival in Dubrovnik, your tour leader will take you to the entrance gate to the Old Town. Enjoy a free evening to explore Dubrovnik.

Explore Budva and Kotor in Montenegro: This small Balkan country is full of beautiful destinations! Travel to the coast where you will have free time to explore the historic towns of Budva and Kotor.

Day 6: Dubrovnik
Location: Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, join a local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town to see the Franciscan Monastery, the City Walls and more. The rest of the day is free to explore Dubrovnik's incredible history! Want the best views of the ‘old town’ and islands? Catch the cable car to the top of Mount Srd and enjoy! It is highly recommended for a scenic sunset photo or two. Visit one of the city’s many museums; the Maritime Museum is one of the most popular, or maybe just browse the shops, including the traditional jewellery shops where you can find unique handmade silver or gold jewellery. The Game of Thrones walking tour is another popular optional excursion!

Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik: This morning a local guide will take you on a walking tour of Dubrovnik, where you will be acquainted with this stunning medieval walled city. The city is a tapestry of spectacular architecture - including churches, monasteries, fountains and museums all of which you can explore further during your free time. See sites including the Franciscan Monastery, Dominican Monastery, Cathedral, Onofrio Fountain, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, Stradun and the City Walls.

Day 7: Mostar - Northern Croatia
Location: Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, a true Balkan gem is on the itinerary. Hop aboard the coach and cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina - a Balkan country filled with rich history and culture, which is also home to beautiful towns and scenic landscapes! Arrive in Mostar, a historic Balkan town. This enchanting town has been rejuvenated following the tumultuous years of the Bosnian War. Its most famous site is Stari Most Bridge which is an icon of the city. Enjoy free time to explore Mostar’s numerous religious buildings and see the Roman and Ottoman influences before travelling back to Northern Croatia this evening.

Visit Mostar: Journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina and visit the beautiful medieval town of Mostar. Arrive and enjoy free time to explore this charming medieval Balkan town. Mostar is famous for the historic Stari Most bridge as well as its rich mix of cultures and beautiful buildings.

Day 8: Plitvice Lakes - Ljubljana
Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour continues today with a mix of sublime scenery and the stunning Slovenian capital! Begin with a visit to one of the most picturesque natural landscapes in the whole of Europe. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is known internationally for its cascading waterfalls and dynamic landscape. Take a tour of the reserve, stroll along the boardwalks and marvel at the incredible natural scenery of Croatia’s largest national park. Next, travel onwards to the pint-sized city of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Join a local guide on a walking tour of this fairytale city. Later, choose to join the Slovenian evening optional excursion for a fun night of live music, singing and dancing with a three-course meal.

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park: Explore the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Filled with waterfalls, lush vegetation and countless lakes, this is one of the most beautiful stops on the tour. It’s home to gorgeous scenery and numerous rare animals, so make sure you have plenty of space in your cameras!


Walking tour of Ljubljana: Meet up with an expert local guide who will lead a walking tour of the city. On foot, encounter the inimitable scenery of the medieval old town, Preseren Square, the City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. When the formal tour is done, there will still be some time to explore on your own. A visit to the 13th-century St. Nicholas Church is highly recommended - the Baroque architecture is truly spectacular.

Day 9: Ljubljana - Budapest
Location: Budapest
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today it’s time to travel into Hungary and head for the capital. Budapest is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! Straddling the historic Danube River, Budapest is well-preserved and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - its incredible architecture and natural geothermal springs are definite highlights of this famous Eastern European city! Arrive and enjoy a driving tour of the city with a local guide to see top sights such as the Castle District and the Hungarian Parliament buildings. Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight and toast to the first night in Budapest!

Driving tour of Budapest: Meet up with a local guide who will accompany us on a driving tour of the city and point out all the best-loved sights. Learn more about Hungarian culture and language and the city's fascinating history. Drink in incredible views from atop Gellert Hill and the Citadel, make a stop at Heroes Square and get an eyeful of other must-see attractions like Budapest Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica, the State Opera, the castle district, and more.

Day 10: Budapest: Free Day
Location: Budapest
Meals Included: Breakfast

With traces of the past evident in the interesting and unusual details found across the city, today is your chance to get up close and personal with Budapest! Look out for remnants of the conflicts of WWII and the uprising of 1956, try Hungarian cuisine (there is so much more to it than just goulash!), sample world-renowned wines or soak your weary rambler’s bones in one of the city’s famous bath-houses. Budapest has been known for its thermal spas since Roman times, with some 123 thermal and 400 mineral springs from 14 different sources located in the city! Tonight, why not enjoy a mesmerising view of Budapest during an optional dinner cruise on the Danube? It’s sure to be an unforgettable night!

Day 11: Budapest - Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Say goodbye to Budapest as the tour continues onwards to Belgrade in Serbia. Make a comfort stop in Novi Sad before arriving in Serbia’s capital city and embarking on a walking tour with a local guide. Look forward to seeing the city’s highlights including Republic Square, the Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress. Serbia is nestled in the heart of the Balkans and Belgrade is the vibrant city at the centre of it all. The city is located where the Sava and Danube rivers meet and it is an exciting mix of history, culture, grit and character! Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with the group.

Visit Novi Sad: Cross the border into Serbia and make a comfort stop in Novi Sad. This Serbian city is the second largest in the country and is well-lived for being a liberal destination full of art, music and culture! 


Guided walking tour of Belgrade: A fascinating place, Belgrade radiates gritty exuberance in its many architectural contrasts with socialist blocks set amongst more grandiose buildings. Belgrade is where the Sava River meets the Danube. Knez Mihailova (Prince Mihailo Street) is a pedestrian street with historical buildings on either side, with many grand coffee houses, and is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city.

Day 12: Niš - Sofia
Location: Niš
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

See more of Serbia this morning. Today’s first destination is Niš. Enjoy a lunch stop in this historic city in south-eastern Serbia that was ruled by the Turks from the 14th to the 19th century. Visit the quaint cobbled streets of Tinkers Alley (Kazandžijsko Sokače). This nostalgic alley in Niš is the last preserved portion of the craftsman quarter from the age of the Ottomans. Afterwards, travel onwards to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city. Get to know the main sights on a driving and walking tour of Sofia - this is a perfect introduction to this bustling Bulgarian capital city! Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight.

Visit Tinkers Alley and enjoy a lunch stop in Niš: Visit Niš, a historic Serbian city with Turkish influence. Enjoy time for lunch and then wander through Tinkers Alley which used to be the craftsmen alley of this Niš Bazaar. Even though the old architecture has been preserved, it’s home to a number of fine restaurants, hotels and taverns that add to its authentic charm. It’s also home to one of the famous selfie spots in Niš: the sculpture of writer Stevan Srema, his fictional Kalca and his dog.


Enjoy a guided tour of Sofia: Embark on a guided tour of Bulgaria’s capital city. Follow in the slipstream of a local guide and tick Sofia’s main sights off your “must-see” list. 

Day 13: Sofia: Free Day
Location: Sofia
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Sofia! A young and vibrant city, the capital of Bulgaria offers a mesmerising east-meets-west atmosphere against a backdrop of contrasting communist and contemporary architecture. There’s a partially exposed 1,800-year-old Roman city to discover, plenty of green spaces to relax in and a variety of churches and mosques to explore. Alternatively, the optional excursion to Rila Monastery is highly recommended today. This ancient Eastern Orthodox monastery features striking architecture, important historical relics and beautiful frescoes and is surrounded by the stunning Rila Monastery Nature Park. Don’t miss out on one of Bulgaria’s top cultural sights!

Day 14: Sofia - Thessaloniki
Location: Thessaloniki
Meals Included: Breakfast

After two weeks spent encountering the magic of the Balkans, today the tour heads back to Greece! In the afternoon, arrive in the northern port city of Thessaloniki and embark on an orientation tour of the historic centre. Its compact size makes it a delightfully walkable city! The orientation tour wraps up at the Thessaloniki waterfront, close to the famous White Tower. Here, there are plenty of restaurants and bars. Make the most of a free evening tonight - why not choose a spot and enjoy an evening of delicious Greek food and lively nightlife? 

Discover Thessaloniki: Enjoy an orientation walking tour of Thessaloniki with your tour leader and see historic sights like the Arch of Galerius, the old Byzantine walls, the Rotunda and the White Tower.

Day 15: Thessaloniki - Athens
Location: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Buckle up once again and head south through the Greek countryside. Today the tour returns to Athens. Along the way, enjoy a stop in Kamena Vourla which is located on the south coast of the Malian Gulf. Here, find a local spot to grab lunch in this scenic destination. Next, it’s time to get back on the road. Arrive in Athens later today. Check into the hotel in Athens before enjoying a farewell group dinner. It’s officially the last night of the tour which means it's the perfect opportunity to reminisce about an incredible time spent exploring the Balkans and make a few more memories before the tour ends tomorrow.

Visit Kamena Vourla: Enjoy a comfort stop in Kamena Vourla with time to grab lunch in this scenic coastal Greek destination.


Farewell dinner in Athens: Enjoy your final night on tour with your tour leader and fellow travellers and take this opportunity to share contact details with your new friends!

Day 16: End Of Tour In Athens
Location: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, this 16-day Balkan extravaganza concludes. The time has come to say your goodbyes to your fellow travellers. We hope you have enjoyed your tour with Expat Explore!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    15 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
    Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

  • Meals

    15 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Explore Athens; Greece’s ancient capital city
    Enjoy a welcome dinner in Athens
    Explore the ancient ruins of Delphi
    Visit Meteora; see the formation of Eastern Orthodox monasteries
    Guided tour of Ohrid
    Walking tour of Tirana
    Explore Budva and Kotor in Montenegro
    Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
    Visit Mostar; a medieval Balkan town
    Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
    See the best-loved sights in Budapest on a driving tour
    Visit Novi Sad in Serbia
    Guided walking tour of Belgrade
    Visit Tinkers Alley and enjoy a lunch stop in Niš
    Enjoy a guided tour of Sofia
    Discover Thessaloniki; a Greek port city
    Visit Kamena Vourla; a scenic coastal Greek city
    Farewell dinner in Athens

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Accommodation


  • 15 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *COACH* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


We offer walking tours in most cities (up to 3 hours), and a wheelchair is not always a practical option as there are often cobbled streets and stairs on these tours.


For travellers in wheelchairs, you will only be able to store your wheelchair under the coach with the other luggage. Thus, on the long drives between cities you will not necessarily have access to your wheelchair if we make a quick bathroom stop along the way. Please note that travelling with a wheelchair could prove difficult as our coaches don't have wheelchair lifts, as such you will need to be able to board and alight the coach on your own.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We have searched and invested in excellent accommodation options, either located in cities or well placed with public transport connections. Clean linen, towels is always included. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) and hair dryers are not always included, so you may wish to bring these with you. Accommodation is provided in twin share en-suite rooms. We use a mix of mostly 2, 3 & 4-star hotels.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage weighing a maximum of 7kg. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children, so we set a minimum age limit of 10 years old.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    A full list of confirmed accommodation names and addresses for your particular departure will be emailed to you around 1 week before the tour starts.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No, entrance fees are not included.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    All of the hotels on this tour offer Wi-Fi, which is available free of charge as part of your Expat Explore tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    We are committed to curating excellent travel experiences and to do so we need all of our travelers to feel safe.

    In order to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our travelers and staff on board the coach, we are still requesting that all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, produce a negative Covid test. This test can be a PCR test

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Certain nationalities may require a visa(s) for this tour.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Our travelers come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our tours are conducted in English.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Whilst we fully understand that some nationalities are not accustomed to tipping, this is a normal part of the culture in many of the countries we visit. Tipping has become an increasingly accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, but particularly in restaurants, bars and taxis worldwide. Expat Explore crew members

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, Full air-conditioning

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No, visas are each traveler’s personal responsibility, and we recommend that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. When applying for your visa, please ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for the first day of your tour. Please see the meeting point information for details on how to reach the meeting point.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach, and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Diana  

Amazing Experience & People

The tour was different from what I'm used to (firs

The tour was different from what I'm used to (first time doing a group tour). VERY GLAD I had Will and my group with me! Amazing people and team leader. Thank you Will for making the journey through the Balkans GREAT!

Maddog  

Greatest Tour Ever

The tour visited places I always wanted to see. Th

The tour visited places I always wanted to see. The driver was tops. He went beyond the call of duty. The tour leader was witty and informative. The passengers were super.

Dennis  

Excellent First Time Experience in Europe

It is my first time to go outside of Asia and some

It is my first time to go outside of Asia and some of the countries included in the itinerary are part of my dream destinations. Accommodations and included food are generally likeable, with some exceptional ones like Hotel Famissa in Meteora, Hotel Bellevue in Macedonia, and Hotel Capita in Serbia. Our tour guide Marty was more than proficient enough with the facts of the places we went to, not to mention her own personal experiences with the locations helped me appreciate the destinations better. She also extended an extra mile by being helpful with suggestions of restaurants and some other scenic spots we can visit during our free time. She made everyone feel included and like a friend or family, which helped raised the travel experience. Ceno, our coach driver, was phenomenal with his driving and navigation skills, and also was very helpful with the luggages. Overall, this first time in Europe and Expat Explore was a great first experience, and the company delivered what it promis

Eagle  

Amazing Experience

Amazing experience Experienced 9 Countries in 16 d

Amazing experience Experienced 9 Countries in 16 days - amazing historical sites All done seamlessly your exceptional tour guide Martina and driver Ceno

Limledi  

Awesome Tour!

I have been with Expat Explore for 5 tours & this

I have been with Expat Explore for 5 tours & this is one of the best. The places are just awesome. The only drawback is the very hectic schedule sometimes barely able to enjoy the place like in Zadar coming so late & wasn't able to see the place. Overall it's good value for money. Also I prefer to have been given a triple room.

Johnny  

Great value

This tour was a great value. Hotels were comfortab

This tour was a great value. Hotels were comfortable, bus driver was excellent, and the food was, for the most part, very good. The local guides taught us a lot.

Callie  

Great Trip

We got to see a lot in a short amount of time. The

We got to see a lot in a short amount of time. The tour guide was absolutely amazing. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and was just overall great.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Expat Explore Travel allows you to make 5 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 76 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Expat Explore Travel requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of expat explore travel charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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