About us

Hello and welcome (or should we say dobrodošli!) to Undiscovered Balkans, your go-to activity holiday specialist in the Balkans.

We’re Ben and Emma Heywood, the adventure-loving husband and wife behind this operation, and we’re thrilled to have you here with us in Europe’s most unexplored corner. 

When we landed in Montenegro in 2008 as frivolous travellers without kids, this beautiful country stopped us in our tracks. Its jagged mountains footed by blue and green lakes could easily be mistaken for the Canadian Rockies while miles of unspoiled wilderness resemble an African game reserve. 

Having visited more than 50 countries worldwide we’re not easy to impress, so you can trust we’ve selected only the most breathtaking locations for our holiday activities, with the help of our expert local guides. 

You won’t find big, brash resorts and double decker tour buses on our trips. We do small group travel, community tourism and family-run establishments – including our very own Villa Miela, where it all began. Sitting at the heart of Lake Skadar National Park, it’s the base for several of our holidays, from yoga retreats to kayak safaris.

Like our family, our holiday offering has expanded. We now run tours in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia.

We pride ourselves on being a small business and we personally handle all bookings, so rest assured you will never be on hold to an operator when you get in touch. 

When you travel with us, you’re officially part of our ever expanding Balkan family and as a family, we take care of one another. That’s why a percentage of our takings go back to the communities we work with. You can learn more about that here.

We look forward to seeing you in the Balkans soon!

 


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1 week ago

Albania has been likened to Croatia, Greece and even the Maldives lately, but there are so many things that set it apart and make it like nowhere else on Earth.Here are just a few examples in the photos. Find out what they are in our latest blog post 👇undiscoveredbalkans.com/albania-things-to-do-see-eat/Catch more Albanian inspiration on Channel 4's 'Treasures of the World' series starting tomorBettany Hughes Be#undiscoveredbalkanss#albaniaalkans #albania See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Happy April! We’re ready to kick off our adventure season in Bosnia and Herzegovina! 🎉 Our first guests in Montenegro are out today, exploring the stunning landscapes on a hike and wild swim adventure. But right now we’re taking a moment to reminisce about our early season trip to the Skakavac waterfall in the hills above Sarajevo. 🌿The power of nature was on full display, as we scrambled to reach the spot to see water thundering down a 100m high cliffside. 💦 And even though we got caught in heavy rain on the way back, the memories of that hike will stay with us forever. 🌧️ That smell of wild garlic from the damp forest floor! The feeling of being completely alive. The fact our kids have never been so soaked 😆 (better waterproofs needed!). 🌱 Come and make your own unforgettable memories with us in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Book your adventure now!👉 undiscoveredbalkans.com/tours/bosnia-multi-activity-holiday/#UndiscoveredBalkans #AdventureTravel #BosniaAndHerzegovina #activityholidays See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Montenegro's Tara River is so clean you can actually drink straight from it!💧But that's usually not the case with rivers and lakes, and traveller's tums can be sensitive even to tap water. It's whWater-to-Gosing our Water-to-Go bottles, which have a filter inside. In fact, we're thrilled to have teamed up to offer you, our clients and followers, an exclusive 15% discount (we recommend the active one). These aren't just any bottles – not only do they turn any water source into pure drinking water, they're crafted from 100% recyclable materials, ditching the plastic for earth-friendly alternatives. They can even save your life.Each bottle produces 200 litres of safe water per filter, costing just over 6p per litre – the perfect companion on our adventures in the Balkans or indeed anywhere!To us, saving money and the planet at the same time is a no-brainer. So if you're ready to plunge into your next adventure with a conscience as clear as the Tara, jump on the link below and order yours 😊 (there's a short wait while production takes place)!👉 water#undiscoveredbalkans/#watertogoe#ecotravel #adventuretimed#responsibletravel #EcoTravel #AdventureTime #ResponsibleTravel See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Ready for an adventure? 🌟 Our new Serbia activity holiday is ready to book, and it couldn't pack more amazing experiences into a week. Starting in the capital of Belgrade, we’ll take a walking tour of the city before heading south for paddle boarding on the Drina river, canyoning, river hiking and exploring the sensational Tara National Park. Add to that a big helping of delicious local food and one of the world’s most unique train journeys and you’ve got the ultimate Serbian adventure.Whether you’re a couple seeking somewhere different, a family craving bonding time, or a group of friends looking for adventure, this action-packed week promises endless excitement and authentic encounters.It's so much easier to get to Serbia too, with some great new flight links, and improved night trains across Europe.So don't delay, make 2024 the year you discover Serbia's lush landscapes and rich culture, preferably on our awesome new activity holiday. Jump on the link below to find out more and book.👉 undiscoveredbalkans.com/tours/7-day-multi-activity-holiday-in-serbia/#undiscoveredbalkans #undiscoveredserbia #serbia #activityholidays See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Woohoo! It's officially the Spring equinox, meaning more sunshine and longer days! ☀️To celebrate, we're sharing five gorgeous sun-kissed photos from the Balkans to get you in the mood for some adventures.Did you know that we have an average of 110 sunny days a year along our long coastline that stretches from Slovenia, all the way to Greece? It's the perfect place for some vitamin D therapy, and who doesn't need some of that?Check out our activity holidays that will immerse you not just in sunshine, but in the stunning nature and vibrant culture of Balkan countries like Albania, Bosnia and Montenegro. Can't wait to get hiking, kayaking and exploring with you!👉 www.undiscoveredbalkans.com Pic 1 – from our Lake Skadar Activity HolidayPic 2 – from our North Albania Holiday and Hiking the Albanian AlpsPic 3 – from our Dalmatia Activity HolidayPic 4 – from our Kosovo Activity HolidayPic 5 – from our #springequinoxy#balkans#activityholidaysB#undiscoveredbalkansdays #UndiscoveredBalkans See MoreSee Less
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Man on an activity holiday swimming in a crystal clear, bright blue rock pool near Lake Skadar
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7 Day Activity Holiday at Lake Skadar

Our original adventure loved by everyone! Kayaking, hiking & wild-swimming…
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A girl sitting on a mule while trekking on Mount Tomorr in Albania
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7 Day Multi-Activity Holiday in Albania

Discover Albania’s lakes, mountains & sea on this multi-active adventure!
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7 Day Multi-Activity Holiday in Kosovo

Discover the beauty of Europe’s newest and most fascinating country!
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7 Day Winter Activity Holiday in Montenegro

Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing on the alpine slopes of Montenegro!
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