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The Balkan Countries As A Holiday Destination?
 
# 1 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 18:27
 
 
Looking into a roadtrip around a few Balkan countries next year starting from Dubrovnik in Croatia and including Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina with a possible jaunt into Macedonia and/or Kosovo. It seems very doable as the countries in the region are so small and cheap. Has anyone done anything similar or travelled in the region?

Any must do's/don'ts? Any problems? Is car hire into certain countries restricted from Dubrovnik? I'd be interested in any opinions on Albania. It seems the least known European country.
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# 2 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 19:13
 
 
I drove from Dubrovnik to Mostar and Sarajevo,would have loved to see Albania(visible from Dubrovnic}. Mostar is worth it for the rebuilt bridge alone and Sarajevo was so interesting.Both cities had so many war damaged buildings,private and public, pockmarked with bullet holes,it highlights what the people endured there.
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# 3 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 19:57
 
 
How long was the drive from Mostar to Sarajevo?

Dubrovnik to Mostar looks about 1.5 hours.
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# 4 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 20:09
 
 
Probably best to avoid Macedonia given current political and ethnic upheavals.
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# 5 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 20:26
 
 
Haven't been that far south. Have been to Zagreb and Sarajevo (and Prijedor, but that's like having been to Mullingar or Castleblayney -- perfectly respectable but hardly a tourist magnet) and on the northern Croatian coast. Rijeka was where the emperor used to take his summer holidays and that coast is still a major tourist destination.

In Bosnia and all but the west most past of Croatia, an important piece of safety advice is to stay on paved surface -- that applies everywhere if you're in the country, and in towns it applies near rivers. The reason is that there are still huge numbers of landmines. (The problem with near rivers is that some get washed down after heavy rains.)
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# 6 : Friday 19-6-2015 @ 23:51
 
 
The rivers in Bosnia were a strange green,cant recall the travel time between Mostar and Sarajevo but not more than a few hours.
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# 7 : Saturday 20-6-2015 @ 11:13
 
 
Someone said :
Probably best to avoid Macedonia given current political and ethnic upheavals.

I'd like to see Skopje so a bit of ethnic tension wouldn't put me off. I'm sure any potential riots would be localised and research prior to going is a given but I'm sure it will be fine.
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# 8 : Saturday 20-6-2015 @ 11:16
 
 
Someone said :
The rivers in Bosnia were a strange green,cant recall the travel time between Mostar and Sarajevo but not more than a few hours.

What did you think of Sarajevo? Did you stay long?
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# 9 : Saturday 20-6-2015 @ 18:30
 
 
Cavtat in Crotaia is our favourite destination for a week of relaxation. It is a 30 minute ferry ride to Dubrovnik.
Montenegro is a lot cheaper though, and still beautiful, but nothing beats Dubrovnik.
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# 10 : Sunday 21-6-2015 @ 12:13
 
 
It looks like you could walk from Cavtat into Bosnia or Montenegro, it's so close to those borders.
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# 11 : Sunday 21-6-2015 @ 23:09
 
 
Someone said :

What did you think of Sarajevo? Did you stay long?

I loved it,stayed for two nights, One night in Hotel Italia and the next in a private house with a moslem family,to support them in a very small way. The Weekend magazine in the Irish Independent has a two page feature on it.


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# 12 : Tuesday 29-12-2015 @ 20:41
 
 
Hmmm, no car hire company will allow their cars into Albania.

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# 13 : Wednesday 30-12-2015 @ 00:01
 
 
That used to be the case with Poland due to the huge amount of car/parts theft.
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# 14 : Wednesday 30-12-2015 @ 00:20
 
 
That's strange! Poland is so modern now. Beautiful and fantastically cheap country.
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# 15 : Wednesday 30-12-2015 @ 01:24
 
 
Poverty breeds crime,sad but true. Albania is on my list of go to places but it will probably only be a one or two day trip from Corfu.
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