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Western Balkans Uncovered
Walter Ogilvie

Excellent trip.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Ivan And Chris Donaldson

Please use from what we have already said

Western Balkans Uncovered
Pam Bowers

A very action packed 12 days, giving a good insight into the region. Transport was comfortable & journeys only tended to be three or four hours so it never felt too hectic

Dubrovnik to Athens
Gertraud Mittermaier

The bathing liked best. Especially on the sea, lakes and waterfalls.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Glenyce Hanson

Would highly recommend Intrepid for the size of the groups travelling and the free time you get to do your own thing as well as the group activities.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Linda Null

Try reading about trips to places you had not previously considered visiting rather than always selecting famous or big name destinations.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Deborah Giffin

We were very lucky to have Flutra as a guide – coming from Kosovo her local knowledge was, of course, fantastic – and our (all female) group was great. The whole trip was very varied and relaxed with time to explore solo in places if we wanted to. All in all I’d definitely recommend this trip, especially doing it in late May when the wild flowers and butterflies were stunning.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Jeremy Mackman

A comfortable trip around the balkans, if you like your sights and food it’s great, expect to put in a few pounds as the exercise is limited (if you like that sort of thing)

Dubrovnik to Athens
Cresence Birder

This trip allows insight into a largely unexplored world in the Balkans. I learned so much about the history and culture of the region, and got some cultural experiences that I could not have designed on my own. I left the trip feeling excited about all that I had learned.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Peta Ranieri

This was a sensational trip. Such a beautiful part of the world. The locals are friendly and the scenery spectacular. Food is amazing – definitely try regional specialties when you get the chance. Flutra is an outstanding guide – so friendly and accommodating, very organised and knowledgeable. The whole trip was a delight!

Western Balkans Uncovered
Nicole Mihalik

During my Intrepid trip, I was pleasantly surprised, to meet very good people, have an incredibly knowledgeable guide and the program itinerary be so well thought out. I really enjoyed my tour with the people and the beautiful sights we saw together. We had enough time for ourselves as well as with the group.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Juan Prieto

Pack light, have an open mind, take it easy, enjoy the food.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Ngahuia Williams

Packing lighter is better than taking to many things!!!

Western Balkans Uncovered
Gloria Peterzen

Have just completed a Western Balkans Uncovered Tour, and am very happy about having participated in the tour. Feel that I now have a bit more understanding of the history of the countries and it was good to be on the street and meet the people. The tour was well planned, and our guide was fantastic. Would recommend this tour to all.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Nigel Cooke

Be brave, push you comfort envelope, go with your imagination and relax. You will be surprised how much you learn, not only about your destinations, but also about yourself . Oh yes, and you will also have a LOT of fun.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Katy Pirrit

Always great fun to travel with Intrepid, our Tour Leader was very knowledgeable in the history of each country as well as being able to recommend great places to sample the local cuisine. Great countries to explore and plenty to see and do.

Dubrovnik to Athens
David And Faye Searle

Intrepid small group tours (original level) are well paced with free time options and give you excellent local experiences. Tour leaders are very knowledgable and educating. The itineraries are varied with differing acccomodation and travel arrangements of adequate standards.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Lynden Treneman

Trip to Western Balkans would appeal to anyone interested in the recent history of demise of Yugoslavia and volatile emergence of new nations of Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia. To travel over all the borders with an insightful Intrepid guide is a chance to gain some comprehension of what these people have experienced. The tour was a good balance of visits to historical sites, allowed time in program for daily walk/climb option, many genial meals shared and stays at Lake Ohrid and Kotor on the Adriatic were very refreshing. Plenty of time given for independent discoveries in interesting places.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Judith Hipsley

Great West Balkans tour travelling through interesting countries , full of history and amazing scenery. Travelling with intrepid makes crossing all the borders easier and having a good guide like Dries to explain things along the way made it even better.

Western Balkans Uncovered
James Illg

I’m including in the above number; two with Intrepid, three with Peregrine, three with Gecko’s.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Lynda Daley

I was particularly interested in the history of Albania and seeing the progress made after years of repression. The forts and castles in the Balkan area are beautiful and well worth the effort to climb the one in Kotor. Dubrovniks Wall is a must do.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Gary Twinn

Border post processing can be both a hassle and also amusing in some places in the Balkans.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Andrew Holliman

Excellent trip of a little known area of Europe. Lots of history, recent and ancient, great scenery, people, food and wine.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Christine Kokay

Great intro to the regions and not easy to navigate due to the borders. Great to have a leader fluent in the 7 languages.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Noel Osborne

A good travel group that engages and helps you engage with the local people in the countries you travel in. If you put local knowledge local culture and helping the small businesses and local people ahead of multi Nationals and 5 star comfort then travel Intrepid

Western Balkans Uncovered
Sue Selwyn

We like that Intrepid provides reasonably priced, small group travel with like-minded people from a random mixture of countries, staying in relatively basic style accomodation. The tour guides have been excellent and feel like friends. The Flexibility of the tour always adds to the experience so it helps to have done a bit of background research yourself beforehand.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Graeme & Carla Rix

If you are looking for a trip 12 or less people and you are light minded, look at Intrepid ????

Western Balkans Uncovered
Michelle Da Silva

This trip was a great mix of locations that are less touristic (Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania) and locations that have been touched by tourism (Montenegro and Croatia). The time spent in each city was good and highly recommend this trip to get a true balkans experience!

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Jackie George

The Intrepid approach to travel is very enjoyable because of the small group size, flexibility and variety of daily activities, and the reasonable cost.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Judson Bridges Ii

This tour took me to the most important and significant places in the Southern Balkans, giving a great overview of geography, history and current politics of this culturally varied and politically complicated area. Between interesting cities, beautiful mountain landscapes and interactions with locals, I feel I have a much better understanding of this area. The people of the Balkans are among the kindest and most open I have encountered. And all of this was made even better by our Intrepid Guide, Ivan, who made each place come alive with insightful information and orientation about each place visited. The Balkans are now one of my favorite places in the world.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Melissa Gainsford

The Dubrovnik to Athens trip was an incredible experience that I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in travelling to the Balkans! It’s a particularly great opportunity to travel to Albania and Macedonia before these countries get discovered by mass tourism as well as experiencing beautiful and less well known areas of Greece. One tip: stay an extra night in Athens or you won’t have time to see all its incredible sights. Thank you intrepid for a great trip and in particular to our fantastic tour leader Peter!

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Sandra Schuler

The Intrepid trip through Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia provides an excellent introduction to these three stunning, yet less visited nations!  Some of the scenery along the way was absolutely breathtaking, and the local people we met were extremely hospitable and genuinely friendly.  In addition, the food was delicious and healthy (mostly organic, home grown), the places we stayed in throughout the tour were well-selected and the included activities were superb. 

Western Balkans Uncovered
Warren Beavis

I would stay one more day in Sofia and use that to take the group to Rila Monastery (this would increase the cost of the tour but well worth it) that would mean that the group would arrive Skopje on a Monday when more things are open. Also the tour would finish on a Thursday & you could then think about having tours go in the other direction.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Abra Dunsby Sircana

Intrepid is my kind of tour operator. The fantastic itineraries venture into off-the-beaten track areas, and there are always opportunities to meet the locals, tuck into heaps of local dishes and learn lots about the culture. The guides are knowledgable and fun, and the cutomers who use Intrepid are well travelled, relaxed and interesting. I also love that Intrepid pushes a responsible agenda as much as it can, too.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Allison Stafford-Bush

Fascinating part of the world to explore – Ivan selected excellent restaurants to eat in and provided very clear and unbiased details of the recent wars in the countries we visited.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Deborah Dilldine

Highly recommend this trip.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Nathaniel Barlow

Would definitely travel again! Guide was well aware and attentive, and travel was comfortable, but I also walked away with newfound knowledge and love of a region I previously knew little about.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Maureen Schantz

This trip was rich in history and off the beaten path. In some locations, there were no other tourists. We learned so much about the people, the wars and the rebuilding.

Dubrovnik to Athens
William Bowman

The climb up Mt Olympus should be offered in two options. 1) the full climb for the young & fit .. OR 2) the mid climb for the elder clients or less fit.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Alicia Moorehead

You can use any of my previous comments.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Malcolm Thomson

Thank God this was our 10th trip so we didn’t have to pay full price otherwise I would of been totally pissed off !! I would like to know why they use the term Comfort in their trips when they are NOT !! We do Exodus trips now as Intrepid need to get there act together to get us to travel with them again. Pull your socks up Intrepid !! I’ll place this review on FB and the Internet !!

Dubrovnik to Athens
Elizabeth Gillis

This trip enlightens the traveller about conditions in countries which experienced different political systems from our own and aids our understanding of issues these countries currently face. The trip exposes us to the beauty of the countries. An amazing travel experience that broadens the mind of the traveller.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Erica Dale

The tour was excellent if you (like us) prefer to be a traveller rather than a tourist. We gained an understanding of recent history from local people, were wonderfully surprised by the beauty of the mountains and also, felt safe and at ease throughout.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Laura Kirk

This trip is a great insight into the lesser known Balkan countries, which are still relatively untouched by tourism and have an incredible history. The scenery is stunning, the food plentiful (and tasty!) and the locals incredibly friendly. This trip is a great insight into a little-known region.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Hilary Chesworth

A most interesting trip through lesser known countries, learning much about the culture and history. A great mix of activities – sightseeing, boat trips, walking, even swimming in Lake Ohrid. Good hotels and great food.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Joanne Russell

An amazing part of the world. While I enjoyed the trip, I would recommend that you ensure you have an experienced leader with some knowledge of the countries being travelled through.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Clive Granger

Perfect trips for people who want to experience more local flavor than the usual prepackaged holidays. Be prepared for the unforeseen but know you have the backup of a fantastic team at Intrepid. Once when we had an unscheduled return to Athens because of a ferry cancellation and we were complaining how tired we were our intrepid leader laughed and quoted the classic “Well, remember this is Travel, not a holiday!” Keep on Travelling!

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Mark Henderson

Tour provided insight to countries less travelled

Western Balkans Uncovered
Ann Frater

A brilliant, culturally diverse, slightly edgy trip but be prepared for some heat. Border crossings can be a real challenge!

Western Balkans Uncovered
Soon Tan

A great way to visit these six West Balkan countries which linked to each other,one way or another, in term of history and culture. With a knowledgeable and unbiased tour leader on hand to tell us about each countries we were visiting was real bonus for me. I have been to both Kotor and Dubrovnik a few years ago and was surprised how busy it got this time round. On your free time do these two stops before the cruise ships arrive (10 am usually). The hotels used in Berat and Kotor do not have lifts, so pack light if you don’t fancy carry your heavy luggage up a few flights of narrow stairs.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Roslyn Odonnell

As prev advised. Excellent trip activities especially Mt Olympus 14 klm climb excellent. Leader excellent thorough knowledge of the history, culture cuisine of local area.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Peter Lee

Take this trip while the region has yet to be fully discovered by tourists. Its of enormous interest and it costs much less to travel than in any other part of Europe.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Cindy Mason

Ensure you read the Essential Trip Information, it is a great help in deciding if the trip is appropriate.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Richard Bazzaz

Excellent overview of these three less well-known Balkan countries. Combines urban centres with unspoilt landscapes. Prizren in Kosovo was a highlight. although the whole itinerary was well-designed and comprehensive without feeling rushed.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Theresa Zukowski

Intrepid is a prefect balance of adventure and travel. There is comfort in your tour leader and accommodations, while still providing the freedom to explore on your own. The ability to interact with the local community through traveling locally or having a home stay was wonderful and that makes the trip all the more perfect!

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Apratim Sen

It was a very special trip to visit so many great sites before they become known to the broader world. Also it was great having Ivan as a trip leader and travelling with such a great group of people from around the world.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Alison Cameron

A great trip to do that is relaxed, but informative and covers countries you may not have thought to see.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Nicole Osborne

Well organised trip, great trip leader, plenty of opportunities to wander and eat and immerse yourself in a place. The history of the Balkans is long and colourful and so interesting to learn. The people of the region are welcoming, the food is delicious and fresh. Remember, if the trip notes state “You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines” take note of that information – don’t be the person who whines about carrying their bag. Go visit the Balkans – it’s absolutely worth it.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Linda Yee

This trip was amazing. I highly reccommend seeing these countries before the toursim explodes there. With such history and a relatively new independent country (Kosovo), you will not be disappointed. Intrepid goes out of their way to go off the beaten track and times and to ensure you get to see the highlights of the countries you travel to. Go for it, you won’t regret your decision.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Peter Abbott

I am not keen on your policy of dynamic pricing. Whilst I enjoyed the holiday I would be more attracted to your competitors with standard pricing

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Kelly Alexander

I really enjoyed this trip. It has a good mix of cultural, city, and nature activities. All the places we went were interesting, but I especially loved the ferry trip on Lake Koman and staying in Valbona Valley. The Decani monastery was also a standout for me. It can be quite hot in this region in the summer, so plan accordingly and pack light!

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Sarah Keig

I can highly recommend the Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer to anyone who enjoys amazing scenery, good food and wine coupled with some fascinating history. From hiking in the Valbonna Valley to swimming in Lake Ohrid this tour offers something for everyone and is great value for money.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Cathy Tees

To visit countries that certainly have a checkered history make this a fascinating and whilst progress is taking place, there is still a way to go. This however is without question what adds to the charm& interest of this tour. It is an inexpensive destination, no iconic souvenirs to buy so there is no need to exchange large sums of money but ATM & exchange facilities are everywhere should you need them.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Timothy Hart

Make sure you understand the trip and what it includes as to what you are required to do. Be aware that there may be physically challenging aspects to the trip. Keep luggage light. Look at getting to the starting location early and the leaving location later. In other words extra days on the front and rear ends.

Dubrovnik to Athens
M Lyn Jarvis

As a long time Intrepid customer, this trip fulfilled my expectations . Comfortable hotels , enthusiastic , caring leaders , local experiences sometimes in places not many go .

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Michael King

great trip to low cost countries……however some sites may be closed or under construction

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
John Jaros

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Dubrovnik to Athens
Colin Dowton

A very good trip, gives you a good view and understandings for this area of Eastern Europe.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Antoinette Borgia

Great trip, be prepared, to make friends, have fun, explore, learn some history and see how other countries live.

Kosovo, Albania & Macedonia Explorer
Gabrielle Della-Bosca

I was stunned by the physical beauty of Albania and the generosity of the people in Albania and Kosovo. We travelled in September and found the weather was cooler than expected; long-sleeved t-shirts were the way to go

Western Balkans Uncovered
Sara Hristov

Western Balkans trip was really great – so much history and culture.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Liz Love

Great way to get a taste of a country you might want to go back later to explore in depth

Dubrovnik to Athens
John Costello

This was a very interesting and enjoyable trip covering the history, heritage, cultures of the 5 different countries which we travelled. The pace was good, the free time, the guided walks, the information shared were all so good. All of this with the benefit of the great guide Dani ensured that we had a most pleasant, enjoyable and memorable holiday. Thank you for making this possible.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Beverley Humphries

Intrepid provides an easy travel experience for Golden Oldies as well as the younger generation. The standard of hotels and transport always good and their leaders are well train, capable, helpful and friendly. In my experience the fellow travellers are generally like minded about travel and always friendly. Intrepid is very professional and reliable thus you can be confident of a good travel experience

Western Balkans Uncovered
Russell Hateley

A great trip through areas with such history. Scenery is spectacular. Albania was a surprise packet and will become much more popular in the future. I particularly liked Lake Ohrid and Montenegro.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Ian Macdonald

Who knew the Balkans are so stunning? Lake Ohrid, Kotor and Dubrovnik and 3 of the most beautiful places on earth. Each majestic and glorious. Catch the up and coming Albania now while its still empty of the usual tourist traps. And at under £5 for a pint and a meal, gorge yourself silly on tasty food and ice cold lager.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Peter Rankin

Be prepared to carry your own bag so don’t bring a huge suitcase. You get to be a local with regard to the transport. Learn the basic words of the country, hello, please and cheers got me by. The locals will appreciate it. Thanks Ivan and Intrepid.

Western Balkans Uncovered
Lynda And Brian Daley

This trip is a great way to finish off the Balkan countries. I knew very little about Albania before this trip and surprised how well they have come since living in such a supressed regime.

Dubrovnik to Athens
Mariah Bagarozza

Wonderful experience! If the Mount Olympus hike is no longer included, definitely include a trip to Meteora! It was breathtaking!