The Balkans: A Cultural Crossroads07 - 19 June, 2018

Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia
Trip Dates:
07 - 19 June, 2018
Trip Price: £2570
Single Room Supplement: £260
Trip Length: 13 days

The western Balkans showcases one of the most diverse cultural and historical mixes that can be found anywhere in Europe. For millennia, the peoples from all corners of the continent – and further afield - lived, traded and fought in this area which has also served as a border in almost every major European historical division.

Today, the Balkan countries are calm, and remain stunningly beautiful and intriguing as they face the challenges of the 21st century. Once again, the peoples of the Balkans need to establish their independence, rebuild economies and sooth the tensions in rival peoples.

This 12-day journey through Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro distils the essence of the western Balkans. It uncovers the layers of the Balkans’ cultural and natural history that explain the area’s identity as an incredible crossroads of northern and southern as well as western and eastern cultures – from the Neolithic era, early medieval kingdoms and Venetian, Ottoman and Habsburg conquests to the brief, ill-fated Yugoslavia and beyond, to the present day.


Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.


Maximum Party Size: 30

Trip Leader: NIrvana Romell

Nirvana Romell is a born and bred Dalmatian, (Dalmatia is the central coastal province of Croatia). After graduating from the University of Zagreb with a degree in History of Art she moved via South Africa to England, arriving in October 2003. Since then, she has been working as a freelance lecturer on history of Western art, including Balkan art and culture, giving numerous talks, leading workshops and accompanying tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions for organisations such as the Manchester City Art Gallery, The Walker National Gallery in Liverpool, and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) organised by Distant Horizons.

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The Balkans: A Cultural Crossroads Trip Comments:

‘Nirvana’s knowledge and expertise enabled us to visit a huge variety of locations in such a short space of time, many of which a non-Croat would never have known about . She seemed totally unfazed by non-cooperative bureaucracy, surmounted all problems with incomparable humour. We cannot speak too highly of her’
‘Many of the meals had been selected by Nirvana – we could never have sampled such a variation of local specialities and of such high standard if left to our own devices.’
‘The tour was fabulous – almost too much to take in for 6 days but thanks to Nirvana, we had moments to draw breath and think – most leaders forget this is necessary. Her notes are a great aide-memoire.’
‘It was a highly informative and enjoyable trip. Nirvana excelled in the artistic and cultural content but also gave us a comprehensive explanation into the complex history of the region.’