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the balkans:
glistening coastlines, quaint villages  + hidden gems

This EURO SUMMER trip starts in Montenegro, goes down the coast through Albania and ends with island time in Greece. Explore dazzling landscapes and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture, learning from the local who know it best. Dive into sparkling Mediterranean water, relax on the un-crowded beaches and hike through the Albanian Alps and along off-grid rivers. This off-the-beaten path area of Europe will blow you away.

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Montenegro, Albania, Greece

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Budva,
Montenegro
Tirana -Theth
Berat - Sarandë
Corfu, Greece

Often overlooked for their more popular neighbours, these are the uncovered gems of Europe.
 

  • Start in Budva, wandering the walled city, swim in sheltered beaches, and let loose as the city comes to live in the evening

  • Go off-grid and explore the rivers, mountains and secluded villages in the Albanian Alps

  • Explore the World Heritage listed villages en route to the Albanian Riviera where you'll be greeted by the sparkling water of the Ionian sea

  • End this epic adventure relaxing on the idyllic beaches of Corfu

the plan

Day 1 | Tirana 

Let’s start this adventure in the cosmopolitan city of Tirana. You'll get picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel before we start a walking tour of the capital city with the group.

Formerly dull and grey, the city has experienced a post-Communism boom and become a lively, colourful metropolis, with a unique atmosphere. Discover it through the stories old and new.

 

Activities start at 2pm. Please ensure your flight arrives before that if you are not doing the Montenegro extension.
 

Day 2 | Tirana - Theth

 

After breakfast, we'll embark on a scenic drive on a mountainous road in Northern Albania to get to village of Theth in the heart of the valley. In the afternoon, we'll explore the historic buildings of the village, enjoy the slow mountain lifestyle and enjoy delicious Albanian food for dinner.

Day 3 | Theth - Blue Eye

 

Today we're hiking to the gorgeous <Syri i Kaltër> or the Blue Eye. The picturesque hike ends at the rewarding turquoise waters. We'll swim in the cool water and have lunch in this splendid spot before we hike back to town.



 

 

Day 4 | Theth - Berat

 

After breakfast, we hop into our car and head for a scenic drive South to Berat. On the way, we have an option to stop at family owned vineyard to taste local Albanian wine and discover the underrated wine heritage of this region.

In the afternoon, we arrive in Berat, known as the town of a "thousand windows". Take a guided tour of the the Old City (be amazed by the 2400 year old fortress!)

 

Day 5 | Berat - Saranda

 

Free morning to explore Berat and have a slow breakfast before we head South to the Albanian Riviera. Free afternoon in Saranda. With no less than 300 sunny days a year, we'll bask in the sun and enjoy everything this place has to offer.

Day 6 | Saranda

 

Free day in the Albanian Riviera! 

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Butrint (option to add a guided tour where you'll learn about the city built by Trojans after the Fall of Troy), stroll the seaside walkway along the bay, enjoy breathtaking views from the monastery or just relax on the beach and swim in the crystal clear water! 

Your Origin Travels trip host will be there to help organize the day! For dinner, let's gorge on the freshest seafood, have a drink at one of the seaside bars and talk about our favourite memories of Albania.

Day 7 | Saranda - Corfu

 

Enjoy your last breakfast in Albania! Say goodbye to the group or hop on the ferry to continue our epic journey into Greece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

ALBANIA:

  • OT Know Before You Go Balkans Travel Guide

  • 6 breakfasts | 1 lunch | 2 dinners

  • All transfers in private vehicle and ferry to Corfu

  • Double share accommodations in boutique, locally owned hotels (limited availability for private upgrade - send us an email!)

  • Licensed and experienced guides for guided activities 

  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary

  • Your Origin Travels trip host there with you for 24/7 support

  • One on one traveller support leading up to the trip from Origin Travels - we're here to answer all of your questions!

MONTENEGRO:

  • Double share accommodations in a locally owned boutique hotel

  • All breakfasts

  • Blue Cave Boat Tour

  • Origin Travels Trip host there with you for 24/7 support

GREECE:

  • Double share accommodations in a locally owned boutique hotel

  • Full day island tour - we'll explore the island in a rental car, stop at different beaches and epic viewpoints

  • Sunset goodbye dinner

  • Origin Travels trip host there with you for 24/7 support

Not included

International flights

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Gratuities

  • Meals and activities not mentioned

Included

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your stay

Each hotel has been selected to showcase traditional decor styles, comfort, cleanliness, and prime location. 

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montenegro add on
4 DAYS JULY 29-AUGUST 3

We will base ourselves in Budva, a place that puts us at the heart of what the country has to offer. Explore the beaches, historic cities and nightlife on your own time. All together, we'll go on an experience that is a must in Montenegro - an amazing boat day getting a panoramic view of Perast, continuing to the Lady of the Rocks island, then to a Submarine Base from old Yugoslavian wars so you can learn about Montenegrian military and history and then a panoramic view of Mamula Island with a final stop at the Blue Cave where we'll swim in the crystal clear waters. Your OT host will be there the whole time to organize 

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greece add on
4 DAYS AUGUST 9-12

For this part of the trip, we're staying on the picturesque island of Corfu. Its natural beauty and delicious Greek food will blow your mind. We'll have a full day of road trippin' around the island, exploring all the serene coves and sandy beaches that catch our eye. In the rest of our time on the island, we can explore the endless hiking trails, stunning beaches, medieval Corfu old town (one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe) and find the best spot for sunset cocktails.

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