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The Balkan Countries As A Holiday Destination?
 
# 16 : Friday 30-6-2017 @ 16:54
 
 
Was thinking doing Macedonia and Kosovo next summer. Looks like the customs officers are very corrupt though and corruption in general is rampant. Bit offputting.
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# 17 : Friday 30-6-2017 @ 20:00
 
 
Why not start slowly, with Croatia?
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# 18 : Friday 30-6-2017 @ 20:07
 
 
I don't want to go to Croatia. I've been to Croatia. It's over priced and chock a block with tourists. Macedonia is nothing like Croatia, thankfully.
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# 19 : Friday 30-6-2017 @ 20:17
 
 
I did a guided trip to Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia a couple of years ago. The company I used is Explore! but I'm sure there are others. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it. I don't think I'd want to try and do an independent trip into those countries.

Also did Bosnia, Montenegro and Croatia a few years back, starting and finishing in Dubrovnik, but did go independent using public transport which was cheap and interesting. Loved Sarajevo and Mostar, also Kotor in Montenegro though I hear it's now a port of call for the big cruise ships.
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# 20 : Friday 30-6-2017 @ 23:12
 
 
Kotor has been a stop off for cruise ships since the 1950's. I couldn't do a tour, it's a bit sanitised for me. How did you find Skopje & Pristina? Were you there long?
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# 21 : Saturday 1-7-2017 @ 06:58
 
 
Someone said :
Kotor has been a stop off for cruise ships since the 1950's. I couldn't do a tour, it's a bit sanitised for me. How did you find Skopje & Pristina? Were you there long?

Explore! are small group tours using local guides who really know their stuff so aren't sanitised at all.

I had a couple of days in both Skopje and Pristina. Skopje is strange with enormous statues of Alexander the Great everywhere. Both are quite small towns really but it was interesting to wander around and get the sense of being in small countries that are just starting to find their way after a long period of repression and in the case of Kosovo a short but brutal war. We went into a couple of Serbian enclaves in Kosovo and the atmosphere was noticeably different. That would be a scary thing to try and do independently I would think. UN soldiers were still in evidence and some of the Serbian monasteries are under threat of attack
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# 22 : Sunday 2-7-2017 @ 09:33
 
 
Someone said :
Was thinking doing Macedonia and Kosovo next summer. Looks like the customs officers are very corrupt though and corruption in general is rampant. Bit offputting.

BUS BUS BUS
I travelled by bus though the Balkans
And by train from the Montenegro to Belgrade past great scenes, among them green rivers as butters has remarked upon

I didn't encounter corruption, any info on that?

Is it a feeling that you have or advice from someone
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# 23 : Sunday 2-7-2017 @ 12:58
 
 
Both. Travel forums and friends experiences with customs. Apparently with Macedonia, you have to declare anything of value above €350 and you can be fined for not doing so. In fact it's so bad in Macedonia it was an election issue.
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# 24 : Monday 3-7-2017 @ 16:25
 
 
There's flights to Sofia, Bulgaria return for 90 euro for October. Bargain.
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# 25 : Monday 3-7-2017 @ 21:12
 
 
Montenegro is nice and i really liked sarajevo and belgrade , good nude beaches in croatia too
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# 26 : Wednesday 5-7-2017 @ 22:14
 
 
Someone said :
Both. Travel forums and friends experiences with customs. Apparently with Macedonia, you have to declare anything of value above €350 and you can be fined for not doing so. In fact it's so bad in Macedonia it was an election issue.

I crossed borders 9 or 10 times in the Balkans, didn't experience any problems

Tourism is important to many of the countries in the region, I don't see why they'd permit the carry on you've read about

FYR Macedonia is an odd place in its own way, are you planning on traveling with goods over 350euro

Sofia is a fine place to check out,nice people, nice place, interesting,
90 euro return is incredible
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# 27 : Wednesday 5-7-2017 @ 23:01
 
 
I've crossed several Balkan borders too with no problems but it seems that corruption is common enough with border guards. You'll see it mentioned a lot in travel forums. Macedonia is especially problematic as they confiscate passports and haul tourists to courts for fines. I don't think it would put me off going especially at €90 to Sofia & €15 each way to Skopje by bus.
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