The Best of the Via Dinarica

12 nights from £2299

Start:Tirana
Finish:Tirana
Duration:12 Nights
Group size:5 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Challenging
Meals:12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

Discover a network of old shepherd trails as we traverse through high alpine mountains, taking in vibrant forests and glacial lakes. The Via Dinarica trail spans nearly 2000km across Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. This epic route cannot be completed in two weeks, so we explore the southern part of the Via Dinarica. The mountains encircling Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro offer some of the most remote and wild scenery. Picturesque mountain villages are inhabited by agricultural communities, where farming practices and traditional shepherd life have been preserved for generations. We enjoy breathtaking views as we cross remote borders with time to soak up the traditional shepherd mountain life along the way. With a slew of awards - Via Dinarica was National Geographic Traveller's "Best of the World" destination for 2017 - this is guaranteed to amaze and challenge the keen trekker. .......read more
Highlights
  • Wild mountain scenery
  • Cross remote borders
  • Traditional shepherd hospitality
  • Picturesque mountain villages
  • Cross remote borders 
  • Traditional shepherd hospitalityCross remote borders Wild mountain sceneryPicturesque mountain villages
Food

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners included.It wasn't until the collapse of the socialist republics in the early 1990s that the world got its first glimpse of the Balkans. This region has retained its subsistence culture and show very little signs of changing. You can expect your food to have been reared/grown not too far from your plate. Dairy products, especially milk, cheese and yoghurt are present in almost every meal. Breakfasts consist of cereals, bread and jam, eggs and cheese, tea and coffee. Picnics are provided on the trek and usually consist of bread, meats and local cheeses. For dinner, simple grilled meats, usually beef, chicken or lamb, are commonly served with potatoes or rice, and locally-grown vegetables and salads. Pies and other pastry-based dishes are also a staple in this region.If you follow a vegan diet you should expect that the variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip. This diet is relatively uncommon in this region and we cannot guarantee that the hotels, shepherd huts and guesthouses will provide meals that have the necessary variety.Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets or a SteriPEN. SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

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Start:Tirana
Finish:Tirana
Duration:12 Nights
Group size:5 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Challenging
Meals:12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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