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9 Day Classic Balkan Trek

9 Day Classic Balkan Trek

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From the Turkish Metropolis to the Acropolis and beyond, the Classic Balkan is truly awesome!  Istanbul, where amazing Asia meets elegant Europe, is our starting point for an incredible 9 day trip through the ancient and modern wonders of the region.  Walk in history in Gallipoli at the ANZAC site and eat the best Greek food ever in Thessaloniki, explore stunning Meteora and trace the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks in Athens; party in Parga and chill out in Durres and beautiful Budva with the best beach culture in the Balkans, then explore the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, and get to know stunning Split as we discover the beauty, culture and nightlife that is Croatia...

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What's Included?

  • All transport with Guide and Driver
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Orientation walks of Thessaloniki, Tirana and Budva
  • Gallipoli Tour
  • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook


  • Gallipoli Beach and Lone Pine cemetery
  • Eating in Thessaloniki
  • Meteora cliff top monasteries
  • Athens – gateway to the Greek islands
  • The amazing Acropolis
  • The unspoilt Albanian beaches
  • Budva, the best beach culture in Montenegro
  • Dubrovnik City’s wall walk


Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide.

  • The monasteries of Meteora
  • Dubrovnik wall walk
  • Acropolis entrance and Athens city walk

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Itinerary >

Day 1: Istanbul - Gallipoli

From Istanbul to Gallipoli today - the site of the famous 1915 ANZAC landing and our first overnight stop.  Arriving around midday we’ll have time to visit the historical site at our own pace away from the crowds and discover the beach landing point of our brave ANZACS and the haunting Lone Pine Cemetery, before an evening spent getting to know your trip mates over local Turkish cuisine.

Day 2: Gallipoli - Thessaloniki

After a moving day in Gallipoli we’ll head into gorgeous Greece, with a stop at the awesome Roman Aqueduct of Kavala before heading to chilled out Thessaloniki; our next overnight stop.  Thessaloniki is famous for having the most delicious Greek food ever, and tonight we can try some traditional grub before chilling out on the white sandy beaches or hitting some of the best local nightlife around.

Day 3: Thessaloniki - Meteora - Athens

The stunning cliff top monasteries of Meteora are world famous and today we’ll explore this awesome, ancient site.  Featured in the James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and a UNESCO world heritage site, we’ll spend the morning here before heading to amazing Athens, gateway to the Greek Islands and one of the oldest centres of civilisation in the world.

Day 4: Athens

Athens lies waiting to be discovered and the day is yours to explore this incredible city.  Walk in history at the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena or check out the ruins of the ancient market place Agora; soothe your travellers feet at the fish spa or ease those aching muscles at the Hammam baths, then hit the streets for some serious shopping (and eating) at the historical Plaka district and Monastiraki flea market, before we head out as a group tonight for some traditional dining, Greek Style.

Day 5: Athens - Parga

Today we leave the hustle and bustle of Athens for Parga.  Lovely and laid back, this stunning town hosts some incredible beaches and mythological history and is the perfect place for an evening swim and a night relaxing with the locals after the sights and sounds of Athens.

Day 6: Parga - Durres

From Greece to Albania today as we head into Durres, a serious contender for the best beaches in Europe and some of the most fascinating history too.  Today we’ll explore the local culture before an evening spent chilling out on the golden sands, ready for the party town of Budva tomorrow.

Day 7: Durres - Budva

A swim and breakfast to start the day then we continue North, to Montenegro, and the awesome town of Budva.  With some of the best beach culture around you’ll discover the beauty of the Balkans today, from the perfect white sand beaches to the blue stone churches and stunning old town, before exploring the laid back nightlife and awesome vibe in one of the most up and coming party scenes in the Balkans.

Day 8: Budva - Dubrovnik - Split

Croatia awaits today, and the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, doesn’t disappoint.  Arriving in the late morning for a swim, some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever find and the chance to walk the famous walls of the city, we then get back on the road towards Split, ready for an orientation around the amazing old city and an awesome final night out sampling the best in Croatian nightlife.

Day 9: Split

Our trip comes to an end at 9am…link up with our Croatia Island Hopper or One Way Sail or our Ottoman or Bohemian Treks; all depart Split on Saturday morning and link super well with the Classic Balkan.