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Balkan Hiking and Cultural Adventure in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and North Macedonia (#2337)

Date and Time

Sunday, September 10, 2023 - Sunday, September 24, 2023

Location

Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Northern Macedonia,
International,
Balkan Countries

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).

Overview

Step back in time to join us for a wonderful fifteen-day journey through the Balkan countries of Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and North Macedonia. This trip provides a rich mixture of hiking and culture. Our eight days of hiking includes four days trekking in rugged mountains along the new long-distance High Scardus Trail, a cross-border route connecting Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. Our luggage will be transported, requiring us to carry only daypacks. We will climb the highest peaks in Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania, and have a couple days with easier walks to scenic wonders. The rest of the trip is filled with fascinating cultural exploration. Serbia, Kosovo, and North Macedonia are small landlocked countries that were formerly part of Yugoslavia. Until the nineties Albania was one of the most isolated countries in the world, as their dictator did not trust either the east or the west. Our adventure begins in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. After a guided tour of this beautiful city, we will drive to Banska Stena, considered to have the "Best View" in Serbia and then to Uvac Canyon, where there are a series of tightly packed, looping arches as the Uvac River meanders through the canyon. We then travel to Kosovo where we will do a couple hikes and stay in the two fascinating and beautiful cities of Pristina and Prizren visiting a couple UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our serious hiking then begins in earnest as we climb the highest peak in Kosovo, then embark on the High Scardus Trail, starting by hiking into Albania. Following four exciting days on the trail, we finish our trip with two cultural days in North Macedonia as we visit the colorful mosque in Tetovo and then get a tour of the capital city of Skopje. We will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide throughout the trip.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Adult: $3,400 member / $3,500 non-member

Related Link(s):

2337 Prospectus

Click map for driving directions
Balkans

Activities

Hiking
Cultural

Status

Wait Listed

Difficulty

Hiking 6 Strenuous

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader



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Dan is a 3-season hiking leader with the AMC Boston Chapter. He has completed the 48 NH 4,000 footers in winter, the New England 100 highest peaks and hiked the Appalachian Trail mostly as a series of day hikes. He has traveled extensively, having visited 49 states and over 60 countries. He has a passion for photography which he loves to share with Adventure Travel participants. He has led or co-led Adventure Travel trips to Colorado, the Alsace, Yosemite, Albania, and the Grand Tetons.

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Michael Wainer is a new Adventure Travel Associate leader who recently co-led a hike with Carl Rosenthal in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks. Michael has been leading hikes and weekend trips with the AMC Boston Chapter Family Outings Group since 2016 and hikes at AMC August Camp (Mt. Rainier & Little Lyford in ME). He has been a participant on six different AT trips: The Jungfrau in Switzerland, The Beara Peninsula in Ireland, The AV1 in the Italian Dolomites, Nepal and part of the Peaks of t