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Balkan Discovery
Commences Dubrovnik 09 Sep and ends Dubrovnik 26 Sep 2017

  • Berat, Albania
    Berat, Albania
  • Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
    Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
  • Macedonian Golden Diadem, Vergina
    Macedonian Golden Diadem, Vergina
  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price $11,900
  • Program Code GCTBD17
  • Single Supplement $1,105
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin

Tour Itinerary

  • 17 Nights
    • 1 - Dubrovnik 
    • 2 - Budva
    • 2 - Tirana
    • 1 - Fier
    • 2 - Ohrid
    • 3 - Thessaloniki
    • 2 - Skopje
    • 1 - Studenica
    • 2 - Sarajevo
    • 1 - Dubrovnik

Commences Dubrovnik 25 June and ends Dubrovnik 12 July 2016

Tour Highlights

  • The awesome mountain and coastal scenery of tiny Montenegro 
  • The incredible ancient and historic sites of Albania 
  • The impressive Serbian monastery of Studenica 
  • The birthplace of Alexander the Great in Greek Macedonia 
  • The vibrant Greek city of Thessaloniki 
  • Tranquil Ohrid and Byzantine Skopje in Macedonia 


Tour Overview

Our epic 17 night journey through the Balkans takes us in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, along the Via Egnatia and to the land of Eagles, more recently ruled by a King called Zog. This incredible program of discovery explores awesome ancient sites, breathtaking mediaeval towns and monasteries, as well as outstanding natural scenery.

We travel from the Adriatic to the Aegean coast via stunning Montenegro, haunting Tirana, the lakeside UNESCO-protected resort of Ohrid, Alexander's birthplace at Pella, vivacious Thessaloniki, Byzantine Skopje, multicultural Kosovo, UNESCO-listed Studenica, historically resonant Sarajevo and Mostar, with its meticulously reconstructed bridge and UNESCO old town.

This tour blends a wonderful mixture of ancient and modern via the mediaeval in a region where there is already a rich religious mix of Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim. At this crossroads of Roman and Byzantine, East and West, coast and mountain, we explore the rich history and culture of this less-explored corner of Europe. 

Tour Inclusions

    • Return international economy class airfare
    • 17 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast  and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable  and modern  coach
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

This is our first 2016 tour announcement. Combinations will be advised soon.

Golden Compass CEO and Tour Leader Mark Goodwin
Mark Goodwin (Golden Compass CEO)

Your Britain and Europe Program Leader is Golden Compass CEO Mark Goodwin. Mark has been in the travel industry for over 30 years and held positions including Director of Operations for SAGA Holidays, one of Britain's leading tour operators, Commercial Director with Rank Education, a leading educational operator and Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, Britain's leading conference and incentive provider. He has been president and CEO of Golden Compass since 1995.

Mark is a double honours graduate from Kings College London in Modern Languages - French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of of Travel & Tourism as well as a past member of the Institute of Directors.


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.