Balkans Explorer Guided Walking Holiday

The Old Bridge in Mostar
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,499pp with flights

Seek the jewels of Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina with our Balkans Explorer Guided Walking holiday. Head off into the wilderness in 4x4 jeeps for walks on Bjelasica Mountain before lunch with views of Biograd Lake. Uncover the mountains around Zlatibor and ride the Šargan Eight railway. Visit the highest point on the River Tara canyon for exceptional views. Explore Mostar and get holiday photos of its picture-perfect old bridge.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Uvac river canyon with its meanders and circling Griffon vultures
  • Ride the Šargan Eight historic railway through pretty Serbian landscapes
  • Walk in the Biograd Lake National Park and return by jeep safari
  • Explore Mostar’s sights including the famous bridge and Turkish houses

What’s included

  • A multi-centre tour with a walk every day
  • All transport
  • The services of an experienced tour guide plus local walking guides
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board – breakfast and evening meal
  • Some entrance fees
  • Two jeep safaris

Trip Notes

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You will be met at Dubrovnik airport for the transfer to Kolasin resort, driving through the beautiful canyon of Moraca River to enjoy the contrast between the steep, dark cliffs and the light-green river. We'll stop at the Moraca Monastery, one of the oldest orthodox monasteries in Montenegro.

Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa, Kolasin - Balkans Explorer

Our holiday starts in Kolasin in the Hotel Bianca. This exclusive resort provides all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel combined with a chalet ambience and the elegance of a private residence.

All rooms are ensuite and have WiFi, a telephone, radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar and complimentary toiletries.


After breakfast, we take a jeep safari to Bjelasica Mountain, reaching a height of 1,750m where small wooden cabins serve national cuisine. After lunch we take a walking tour of Lake Biograd, located in the heart of Biogradska Gora National Park. Lake Biograd is the biggest and most attractive of seven glacial lakes scattered across the national park. We'll return to the hotel by jeep.

Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa, Kolasin - Balkans Explorer

Our holiday starts in Kolasin in the Hotel Bianca. This exclusive resort provides all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel combined with a chalet ambience and the elegance of a private residence.

All rooms are ensuite and have WiFi, a telephone, radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar and complimentary toiletries.


This morning we proceed to Serbia with a stop at Uvac Special Nature Reserve where we walk to a viewpoint overlooking the Uvac Canyon. We continue walking along the bank of the River Uvac, an area famous for its Griffon vultures, which we'll undoubtedly spot during this walk. There is also a huge variety of local birdlife along the way. Later, we transfer to Zlatibor.

Hotel Mona, Zlatibor - Balkans Explorer

Hotel Zlatibor Mona is surrounded by beautiful pine trees, located in the very centre of Zlatibor.

All rooms are ensuite with a TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi.

Zlatibor is a mountain region situated in the western part of Serbia. The name means 'Golden Pine' ('zlati' - golden, 'bor' - pine) and you'll see why, from the many pine trees in the local area.


Today we enjoy a walking tour to the summit of Mount Cuker (altitude of 1,359m). From the top, we'll have spectacular views of Zlatibor and Ribnicka Lake. After lunch, we enjoy a train ride on the Šargan Eight, a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia before returning to our hotel.

Hotel Mona, Zlatibor - Balkans Explorer

Hotel Zlatibor Mona is surrounded by beautiful pine trees, located in the very centre of Zlatibor.

All rooms are ensuite with a TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi.

Zlatibor is a mountain region situated in the western part of Serbia. The name means 'Golden Pine' ('zlati' - golden, 'bor' - pine) and you'll see why, from the many pine trees in the local area.


Breakfast is followed by a transfer to Zabljak, stopping along the way to visit Husein-paša's Mosque in Pljevlja, regarded as one of the most beautiful sacral monuments of Islamic architecture in Montenegro. We take time for a walking tour on the Tara Djurdjevica Bridge, a concrete arch bridge spanning the Tara River (2km). After settling into our hotel in Zabljak, our group will take a walk around the Black Lake.

Hotel Polar Star, Zablijak - Balkans Explorer

The hotel Polar Star has been designed in a traditional mountain style, surrounded by unspoilt wildlife, meadows and mountain ranges.

Renovated in 2015, the hotel features a wellness and spa centre and all rooms feature a TV, ensuite, haridryer and minibar.

The hotel is located in Borje, 4 km from the centre of Zabljak, on the road to the famous bridge on Tara.


After breakfast we are transported around Durmitor, stopping at Curevac where we can view the Tara River and the deepest canyon in Europe. We then continue via Mala Crna Gora, Susica Lake, Nedajno, Trsa and Sedlo Pass stopping for walking tours along the way back to our hotel.

Hotel Polar Star, Zablijak - Balkans Explorer

The hotel Polar Star has been designed in a traditional mountain style, surrounded by unspoilt wildlife, meadows and mountain ranges.

Renovated in 2015, the hotel features a wellness and spa centre and all rooms feature a TV, ensuite, haridryer and minibar.

The hotel is located in Borje, 4 km from the centre of Zabljak, on the road to the famous bridge on Tara.


Today takes us to Mostar for a city tour, including a visit to the well known old bridge spanning the River Neretva. The original Ottoman bridge was built in the 16th century, and has since been re-built, becoming a symbol of freedom. It's considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. We also visit the Turkish house Biscelica. There's also free time for you to explore Mostar independently. Whatever you choose, a visit to the Karadjoz-Begova mosque is highly recommended. The mosque's large dome and high minaret make it the largest in the region.

Hotel Mostar, Mostar - Balkans Explorer

This newly built 4 hotel is the perfect finish to your holidays. Located a 15 minute walk to the Old Town, the hotel features a fitness centre with jacuzzi and spa, and a Turkish hammam.

Rooms are ensuite with WiFi, TV, telephone, minibar, hairdryer and safe.

Mostar is the cultural capital of the Herzegovina region, located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also known as the city of flowers, so there is plenty of colour to enjoy when out exploring.


Breakfast and transfer to Dubrovnik airport.


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Hotel Bianca Resort & Spa, Kolasin - Balkans Explorer

Our holiday starts in Kolasin in the Hotel Bianca. This exclusive resort provides all the sophistication and comforts of a world-class hotel combined with a chalet ambience and the elegance of a private residence. All rooms are ensuite and have WiFi, a telephone, radio, TV, safe, hairdryer, minibar and complimentary toiletries.

Hotel Mona, Zlatibor - Balkans Explorer

Hotel Zlatibor Mona is surrounded by beautiful pine trees, located in the very centre of Zlatibor. All rooms are ensuite with a TV, safe, minibar, hairdryer, telephone and WiFi. Zlatibor is a mountain region situated in the western part of Serbia. The name means 'Golden Pine' ('zlati' - golden, 'bor' - pine) and you'll see why, from the many pine trees in the local area.

Hotel Polar Star, Zablijak - Balkans Explorer

The hotel Polar Star has been designed in a traditional mountain style, surrounded by unspoilt wildlife, meadows and mountain ranges. Renovated in 2015, the hotel features a wellness and spa centre and all rooms feature a TV, ensuite, haridryer and minibar. The hotel is located in Borje, 4 km from the centre of Zabljak, on the road to the famous bridge on Tara.

Hotel Mostar, Mostar - Balkans Explorer

This newly built 4 hotel is the perfect finish to your holidays. Located a 15 minute walk to the Old Town, the hotel features a fitness centre with jacuzzi and spa, and a Turkish hammam. Rooms are ensuite with WiFi, TV, telephone, minibar, hairdryer and safe. Mostar is the cultural capital of the Herzegovina region, located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also known as the city of flowers, so there is plenty of colour to enjoy when out exploring.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
09 May - 16 May
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12 Sep - 19 Sep
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19 Sep - 26 Sep
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2020
09 May - 16 May
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19 Sep - 26 Sep
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Important Information

  • Single room: £22 per night
  • Flights from London Gatwick are included. Holiday is inclusive of coach transfers. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,499pp with flights

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