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14 Day Balkans Tour from Bucharest to Belgrade

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Bran Castle, Romania
14 Days
7 Countries

Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia

13 Cities

Bucharest, Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia, Rila, Skopje, Tirana, Budva, Kotor, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade

20 Meals

7 Dinners, 13 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
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Visit several countries on this adventure-filled Balkan trip, where you’ll venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains, walk in the mythical footsteps of Count Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania and revel in the beauty, history and traditions of the Balkan nations.

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Day 1

Welcome to Bucharest

You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when you explore the Belle-Époque atmosphere of Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Your first day will be free to explore the city your way, admiring the elegant boulevards that once hosted high society and an Old City filled with cobbled streets, Baroque architecture and vintage cafés. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. Why not toast to new friends with a shot of the local Pálinka to set the tone for your memorable journey?

Triumphal Arch in Bucharest, Romania
Accommodation Mercure Bucharest Unirii
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Journey to Transylvania and Braşov

A full day of sightseeing stretches ahead, beginning in Bucharest where you’ll join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s tumultuous history. See the immense Palace of the Parliament, one of the lasting legacies left behind by dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, whose extravagant tastes culminated in the world’s second-largest administrative building in stark contrast to the poverty of his people. Venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia and view Peleş Castle, the summer retreat of Romania’s first king. Then, continue to Braşov and check in to your hotel in Poiana Braşov ski resort. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of panoramic mountain views.

Old Town in Bucharest, Romania
Accommodation Ana Hotels Sport
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Bucharest Parliament Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest City Tour

Bask in the rich history of Bucharest and its lasting legacies. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania
See Peles Castle

Journey to the Carpathian Mountains and discover Peles Castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit parliament in Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest Parliament Visit

Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the Bucharest Parliament building is the second-largest administrative building in the wor...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Dracula’s Castle and More in Braşov

The highlight of the day is this morning’s visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist and learn about its history as the favorite royal residence of Queen Maria of Romania. Although the connection between the castle and Bram Stoker’s famous literary figure is tentative at best, its imposing walls, towering spires and secret passageways may convince you otherwise. Next, we journey to the medieval streets of Braşov. The city once stood at the crossroads of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, forging a melting pot of influences that can be seen to this day. Join a Local Specialist who will reveal the city’s trading history and Saxon roots as you walk around Town Hall Square and see the Black Church, so named following the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. Your evening is free to indulge in some of the local Transylvanian favorites or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.

Bran Castle in Brasov, Romania
Accommodation Ana Hotels Sport
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the mythical home of Count Dracula and favourite residence of royalty, Bran Castle, Romania
Explore the residence of Romanian royalty

Visit the infamous mythical home of Count Dracula and favorite residence of Romanian royalty - Bran Castle.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Black Church Brasov, Romania
Brasov City Tour

Journey through the medieval streets of Brasov and discover its trading history. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner, wine tasting and entertainment in Brasov, Romania
Rustic Romania

Enjoy an evening of traditional Transylvanian cuisine in a location that is truly second to none. At the entrance to Poiana Brasov, one of the best...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Continue to Medieval Veliko Târnovo

Head south, through ancient villages and tranquil landscapes across the Danube River into Bulgaria. Your journey ends in Veliko Târnovo, the 'City of the Tsars' and former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Relax after your scenic drive and join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel. After dinner, resist the urge to retire early and take a stroll through the Old City admiring the Renaissance gems that line its winding streets.

Tsarevets Stronghold in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Accommodation Yantra Grand Hotel Veliko Târnovo
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Onwards to Historic Sofia

The fairy-tale façades of Veliko Târnovo exude medieval history around every turn and your Local Specialist will reveal a rich history and culture befitting a former imperial capital. At the heart of the city is Tsarevets Fortress, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit as part of your sightseeing tour. Our next stop is the UNESCO-listed town of Arbanasi, renowned for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture and rich spiritual history reflected in the beautiful medieval frescoed churches that can be found here. Visit the Church of Holy Nativity before continuing to Sofia.

Traditional wagon in Arbanasi, Bulgaria
Accommodation Astoria Grand
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Houses in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo City Tour

Discover the rich history of Veliko Tarnovo with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Folklore evening with dinner in Sofia, Bulgaria
Traditional Bulgarian Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Join us at one of the oldest folk-style restaurants in Sofia, housed in restored Revival houses dating back from 1866, where we will experience tra...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Sofia Your Way

Join a Local Specialist for an in-depth sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s modern-day capital including views of the golden-domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church. Settle in to the relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along its elegant boulevards or sit in a park and people-watch. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila in the 10th century. Later this evening, you may wish to get your foot tapping to the flurry of red skirts at a traditional folklore show.

visit-sofia-bulgaria
Accommodation Astoria Grand
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at sunset in Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia City Tour

Journey to Sofia and spend the day basking in the wonders of Bulgaria's modern-day capital. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rila Monastery in Sofia, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery

Rising out of a forested valley, magnificent Rila Monastery is the largest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox church. Founded in t...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Journey to Macedonian Skopje

Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading center. See the Ottoman Empire's legacy in the mosques and bazaars as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Local flavors and stories are on the menu tonight as you Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

The Art Bridge in Skopje, Macedonia
Accommodation Hotel Next Door Park and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Enjoy a Be My Guest experience with the locals in Skopje
Enjoy an Exclusive Be My Guest Dinner with the Locals

Spend quality time with the locals when you join an exclusive Be My Guest experience featuring local hospitality and cuisine.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Enjoy a city tour of the historic center of Skopje, Macedonia
Skopje City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a city tour of the historic center of Skopje. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Off to Albania and Tirana

Leaving North Macedonia behind, head to the Albanian capital of Tirana where, on arrival, you’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. Delve into how the city has emerged from decades of communist rule into a vibrant, trendy tourism center – one where dour grey city blocks have been transformed into a kaleidoscope of colorful façades. You’ll view such highlights as the Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Clock Tower before enjoying dinner at your hotel.

Clock tower in Tirana, Albania
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Tirana
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania
Tirana City Tour

Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they share insights into life in the Albanian capital.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Journey to Budva

Travel to Budva next where your Travel Director will provide an orientation tour before you have the rest of the day to explore 'Montenegro's Miami' on your own. Head to Stari Grad (the Old Town) surrounded by 15th-century ramparts to explore its labyrinthine lanes and small squares where you could choose to sit back and watch the world go by.

View overlooking Budva, Montenegro
Accommodation Hotel TQ Plaza
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of the Old Town of Budva, Montenegro
Budva Orientation

Spend the day exploring the picturesque town of Budva. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences A view over Budva Beach in Budva, Montenegro
Happy Hour Cruise Along the Budva Riviera

We'll board our private launch in Budva for a relaxing and scenic cruise along the most popular Riviera of Montenegro. Two drinks are served along ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Visit Kotor, Venture to Mostar and Sarajevo

After an orientation in Kotor, join a a Local Specialist in Mostar for a guided tour through colorful cobbled streets. View the Stari Most and meet a traditional coppersmith artisan on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Head to Sarajevo next where you’ll delve into the rich religious and multicultural heritage that has earned it the nickname, the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Accommodation Novotel Sarajevo Bristol
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Mostar Bridge in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar Bridge Visit

Discover the magnificent coves and cliffs of the Dalmatian coast as well as the monumental Mostar Bridge. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Mostar's Coppersmith workshop in Bosnia
Mostar Coppersmith Workshop

Meet Denis, one of the last traditional coppersmith artisans in Mostar. Learn about the techniques required to design elaborate copper jewelery and...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Old Town in Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor Orientation

Spend the day discovering the wonders of Kotor. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Discover Sarajevo

Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of Sarajevo, which will reveal centuries of religious history reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Visit the War Tunnel, an underground tunnel of hope that was built in 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo, allowing war supplies and humanitarian aid to reach the city at the height of the Bosnian War. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Visit the Old Town and trace the Sarajevo Roses, dotted across the city as a stark reminder of that tumultuous time in the city’s history. 

 

 

Market in old town of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation Novotel Sarajevo Bristol
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Sebilj Fountain in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo City Tour

Discover the wonders and hidden treasures of Sarajevo. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo Tunnel Tour

Discover the history of the Bosnian war tunnel in Sarajevo. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Traditional dinner with entertainment in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine. With lively entertainment, it truly is an unforgettable evening in Sarajevo.

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
East Meets West

Discover the best of Sarajevo on a visit to Sarajevo’s iconic City Hall, an impressive Austro-Hungarian building that suffered major damage during ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

On the Road to Belgrade

Travel through lush forests, pastures and the Bosnian Mountains into Serbia – a scenic day of driving that will end in Belgrade. The 'White City' has a long history which you’ll have an opportunity to discover tomorrow.

View of Historic Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation Mercure Belgrade Excelsior
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Enjoy a Serbian Dinner in the Bohemian Quarter, Belgrade, Serbia
Serbian Dinner in the Bohemian Quarter

It is only about a quarter of a mile long but the Skadarska street carries the spirit of Belgrade's bohemian life. With our Local Specialist we'll ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Explore Riverside Belgrade

Your Local Specialist will share the sights and sounds of Belgrade from an insider’s perspective this morning. Delve into its Celtic, Roman, Serbian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian history, then visit Kalemegdan Fortress, the symbol of the Serbian capital perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires has had a hand in rebuilding the fortress over the past 16 centuries. This evening, we reunite one final time for a rousing Farewell Dinner to reminisce over our shared travel experience.

Fort in Belgrade, Serbia
Accommodation Mercure Belgrade Excelsior
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit The Kalemegdan Fortress Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade City Tour

Discover the rich history of Belgrade and all it's wonderful sights.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia
The Genius & The Leader

A recently opened museum in Belgrade is dedicated to undoubtedly one of the biggest inventors and scientists of our modern age, Nikola Tesla, who s...

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Optional Experiences

Day 14

Farewell Belgrade

Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond doviđenja as you bid your new friends farewell.

Fortress and Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade, Serbia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Bucharest City Tour

Bask in the rich history of Bucharest and its lasting legacies. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Peles Castle

Journey to the Carpathian Mountains and discover Peles Castle.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore the residence of Romanian royalty

Visit the infamous mythical home of Count Dracula and favorite residence of Romanian royalty - Bran Castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Brasov City Tour

Journey through the medieval streets of Brasov and discover its trading history. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Veliko Tarnovo City Tour

Discover the rich history of Veliko Tarnovo with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sofia City Tour

Journey to Sofia and spend the day basking in the wonders of Bulgaria's modern-day capital. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy an Exclusive Be My Guest Dinner with the Locals

Spend quality time with the locals when you join an exclusive Be My Guest experience featuring local hospitality and cuisine.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Skopje City Tour

Join a Local Specialist on a city tour of the historic center of Skopje. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tirana City Tour

Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they share insights into life in the Albanian capital.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Budva Orientation

Spend the day exploring the picturesque town of Budva. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mostar Bridge Visit

Discover the magnificent coves and cliffs of the Dalmatian coast as well as the monumental Mostar Bridge. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Mostar Coppersmith Workshop

Meet Denis, one of the last traditional coppersmith artisans in Mostar. Learn about the techniques required to design elaborate copper jewelery and...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Kotor Orientation

Spend the day discovering the wonders of Kotor. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sarajevo City Tour

Discover the wonders and hidden treasures of Sarajevo. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sarajevo Tunnel Tour

Discover the history of the Bosnian war tunnel in Sarajevo. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Belgrade City Tour

Discover the rich history of Belgrade and all it's wonderful sights.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Bucharest, Braşov, Veliko Târnovo, Sofia, Skopje, Tirana, Mostar, Sarajevo and Belgrade
Discover Kotor and Budva
Visit Bran Castle in Braşov, Tsaravets Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, the Church of Holy Nativity in Arbanasi, Sofia, Kotor, Budva, the War Tunnel in Sarajevo and Kalmegdan Fortress in Belgrade
View Peleş Castle in Sinaia, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church in Sofia, the Palace of Culture and the National Library in Tirana and Mostar's Stari Most
See the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Bucharest Parliament Visit

Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the Bucharest Parliament building is the second-largest administrative building in the wor...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rustic Romania

Enjoy an evening of traditional Transylvanian cuisine in a location that is truly second to none. At the entrance to Poiana Brasov, one of the best...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Bulgarian Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Join us at one of the oldest folk-style restaurants in Sofia, housed in restored Revival houses dating back from 1866, where we will experience tra...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rila Monastery

Rising out of a forested valley, magnificent Rila Monastery is the largest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox church. Founded in t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Happy Hour Cruise Along the Budva Riviera

We'll board our private launch in Budva for a relaxing and scenic cruise along the most popular Riviera of Montenegro. Two drinks are served along ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with Entertainment

Enjoy a typical Bosnian evening in an authentic restaurant, famous for its local cuisine. With lively entertainment, it truly is an unforgettable evening in Sarajevo.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
East Meets West

Discover the best of Sarajevo on a visit to Sarajevo’s iconic City Hall, an impressive Austro-Hungarian building that suffered major damage during ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Serbian Dinner in the Bohemian Quarter

It is only about a quarter of a mile long but the Skadarska street carries the spirit of Belgrade's bohemian life. With our Local Specialist we'll ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Genius & The Leader

A recently opened museum in Belgrade is dedicated to undoubtedly one of the biggest inventors and scientists of our modern age, Nikola Tesla, who s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) used across Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia: Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, Romanian is the official language of Romania; Bosnian, Macedonian is the official language of North Macedonia, Albanian is the official language of Albania, Montenegrin is the official language of Montenegro Croatian Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian is the official language of Serbia.
  • Currency used in Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia: The Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is used in Bosnia, the Romanian Leu (RON) is used in Romania, the Macedonian Denar (MKD) is the used in North Macedonia, the Albanian Lek (ALL) is used in Albania, the Euro (€) is used in Montenegro, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Serbian Dinar (RSD) is used in Serbia
  • Capital Cites: Sofia (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania), Skopje (North Macedonia), Tirana (Albania), Podgorica (Montenegro), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Belgrade (Serbia
  • Time Zone(s) in Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia: Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Bulgaria and Romania use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Bulgaria has a diverse climate influenced by its location between the Black Sea and the Balkan Mountains. The climate is mainly continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Coastal regions have a milder maritime climate with cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, and snowfall is common, especially in the mountainous regions. Summers are generally dry and sunny, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The country experiences moderate precipitation, with more rain in the spring and autumn months.

Romania's climate is predominantly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall in many regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall. The Carpathian Mountains influence the climate, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation to the central and western parts of the country. The coastal regions along the Black Sea experience a more moderate maritime climate with milder winters and hotter summers compared to the inland areas.

North Macedonia has a diverse climate characterized by continental and Mediterranean influences. Summers are typically hot and dry, with average temperatures around 30°C (86°F) in July. Winters are cold, with temperatures dropping to around -5°C (23°F) in January. Skopje, the capital, experiences a subtropical climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The country receives varying levels of precipitation throughout the year, with higher amounts in the mountainous regions. Overall, North Macedonia's climate offers a mix of Mediterranean warmth and continental chill.

Albania enjoys a Mediterranean climate along its coastline, with hot, dry summers and mild, wetter winters. Coastal areas experience average summer temperatures of around 30°C (86°F) in July and cooler winters with temperatures around 10°C (50°F) in January. Inland regions, including the capital Tirana, have a more continental climate with hotter summers and colder winters. The country receives the majority of its rainfall during the cooler months, with November to February being the wettest period. Overall, Albania's climate offers a pleasant blend of Mediterranean warmth and distinct regional variations.

Montenegro has a Mediterranean climate along its coastline, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The interior regions have a more continental climate, characterized by colder winters and warmer summers. Coastal areas experience long, sunny days, making them popular destinations for beachgoers. The mountainous regions, including the Dinaric Alps, see heavy snowfall during winter, offering opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts. Montenegro's diverse geography contributes to varying microclimates, providing a mix of coastal relaxation and alpine adventure.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

Serbia has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F) in July. Winters are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, averaging around -1 to -5°C (30-23°F) in January. Belgrade, the capital, experiences a similar climate pattern. Spring and autumn bring mild and pleasant weather. Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier summers. Serbia's climate offers a classic continental experience with notable temperature variations between seasons.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Brian W
Review date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Service
Randy Fay, our GET Travel Specialist, was immensely helpful. Very glad to work with him. We will definitely reach out to him when we book another trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are happy to hear you enjoyed working with Randy. He's a great person to have on your side when planning a vacation. It sounds like your Balkan Adventure tour was lovely. We are so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. We would love to hear from you when you're ready to plan your next trip. Until then, take care!
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
Our Travel Director, Meg Prendergast, was phenomenal. We can't say enough good things about her. She was unflappable and always organized. She handled the group well and kept us on track. Our bus driver, Dijan, was also very very good. Loved seeing seven nations in the Balkans. It's an interesting part of the world, steeped in history and so many conflicts. We're glad to have had the opportunity to visit.
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