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history • 13 days, 12 nights

Past Future Monuments of the Balkans

Bosnia and Herzegovina
history • 13 days, 12 nights

Past Future Monuments of the Balkans

Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Easy
  • Travel Style
    Road Trip
from $3,860 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

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On this dramatic road trip across Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, we’ll explore the Balkans in search of Yugoslav memorial sites. Scores of these wonderfully unique monuments lay scattered across the hills and mountains of the region, vast Modernist effigies raised to commemorate the deeds of anti-fascist partisans and revolutionaries. Once upon a time, these striking sites were busy with tour buses and school children, but ever since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the visitors have dwindled. Over the course of this one-of-a-kind adventure, we’ll visit around twenty of these remarkable monuments—known locally as spomeniks—and treat them to the well-deserved attention that they’ve been largely missing for these past few decades.

This trip takes an organic and pluralist approach to the complicated history of the region, and in addition to your regular guides, you’ll be hearing more perspectives from a range of different guest speakers over these two weeks. We’ll consider Yugoslav monuments not just as political symbols, but also in their role as extraordinary works of art commemorating events that should never be forgotten. However, it won’t just be concrete and steel we’re looking at—along the way we’ll see mountains and lakes, explore underground tunnels, stay in Brutalist hotels, dig into local cuisines, and get to know the people who make up this diverse region of Southeast Europe.

Highlights
  • Extraordinary architectural monuments
  • Diverse perspectives on complex histories
  • Three capital city explorations
  • Breathtaking mountain scenery

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia

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Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

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Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $620. When booking, please select the single room package option.

Arrival & Departure

Belgrade has one of the best-connected airports in the Balkans. You should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 13. 

Activity Level

This trip is suitable for guests of all ages (18 and above) and is not very physically strenuous—just be sure to pack your walking shoes, your flashlight, and your sense of adventure. Be aware that this trip also involves a good amount of driving time, so dress for comfort.

Accommodations

Sometimes we’ll stay at modern 4-star resorts, while other nights we’ll be immersed in retro hospitality at Brutalist 1970s hotels. Some of these buildings are as interesting as any monument we’ll see. The Korana Bungalows at Plitvice National Park have shared bathrooms.

Transportation

Over the course of these 13 days, we’ll travel more than 2,200 kilometers (1,367 miles) and through three very different countries. We'll have our own private bus for the journey, a modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable local hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip (excluding arrival and departure airport transfers)
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Belgrade, Serbia, including airport transfers
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities to Trip Leader, local guides, and drivers
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Trip FAQ

Funny you ask—turns out, no one can really agree on the exact answer to that question. (See: What Language Do People Speak in the Balkans, Anyway?) Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian are all recognized as distinct and separate languages, though in practice they are more similar to one another than some dialects of the English language are (say for example, English as it is spoken in Texas vs. Scotland). Croatia uses the Latin alphabet, Serbia primarily uses Cyrillic, and Bosnia uses a mixture of the two. We’ll share with travelers a set of phrases that will prove useful in all three countries.

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