A woman swimming in a bright blue natural pool with waterfall in Albania

Undiscovered Balkans Announces New 2024 Adventure Holidays in North Albania and Montenegro

03 October 2023 09.00 BST – Undiscovered Balkans, the UK’s specialist in activity holidays in the Western Balkans, is thrilled to unveil two exciting additions to its 2024 roster of small group adventures: a North Albania Activity Holiday, and a Painting & Wild Swimming Retreat in Montenegro.

Both tours break new ground in the growing UK market for adventure travel experiences which are multi-active or educational and ‘slow’, offering new destinations and activities such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Lake Shkoder, wild swimming and “painting en plein air”.

7-day North Albania Activity Week: May to October 2024

Undiscovered Balkans is proud to introduce a North Albania Activity Holiday, an extraordinary week of organised adventures set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of North Albania. Running from May to October 2024, this new tour is designed for outdoor enthusiasts, couples, families and friends seeking multi-active experiences with minimal car travel in an under-the-radar destination.


  • Glamping and SUP-boarding at Shkoder Lake, the largest lake in the Southern Europe and a biodiversity hotspot
  • Wild swimming in exhilarating, bright blue mountain rivers
  • Cycling through picturesque fishing villages to meet local artisan carpet weavers by a once-closed border
  • A homestay with a local family living in a remote mountain village near Theth accessible only by foot or 4×4
  • Optional iconic hike along a high mountain pass between Theth and Valbona
  • Exploring the ancient cities and castles of Krujë and Shkoder and meeting locals with artisanal workshops

This small group holiday, locally guided by one of Undiscovered Balkans’ expert adventure leaders, promises an extraordinary week of discovery in Shkoder and the surrounding mountains.

7-day Painting & Wild Swim Retreat in Montenegro: 8-15th September 2024

Undiscovered Balkans is delighted to announce a collaboration with award-winning British artist Karen Pearson for 2024. Together, they will run a Painting & Wild Swimming Retreat in Montenegro with a strictly limited number of

Set against the stunning backdrop of Villa Miela, Undiscovered Balkans’ company-operated lodge by Lake Skadar, this retreat promises an immersive artistic and nature experience.

Under Karen Pearson’s expert guidance, aspiring artists will refine their skills and explore various painting techniques in watercolour. Whether capturing the vibrant colours of Montenegro’s stunning landscapes or swimming wild in hidden waterfalls, this retreat guarantees a transformative creative journey in an unusual destination that guarantees to delight.

Co-Founder of Undiscovered Balkans, Emma Heywood, said:

We are excited to continue to extend our range of activity holidays in the Western Balkans in a way which breaks new ground, using our local knowledge and network to bring more multi-active options to the market than the traditional beach or walking holiday. Our goal is to make the adventurous experiences, wild spaces and rich culture of the Western Balkans more accessible to more people, whether that’s a family seeking some multi-active fun in a limited timeframe, or a retired amateur artist who loves wild swimming and nature. And we’re doing it with itineraries which are carefully crafted to support local people and the places we’re visiting.”

By extending the concept of small group activity holidays to new destinations and offering unique experiences tailored to different interests, Undiscovered Balkans continues to redefine adventure travel for the British market.

For more information about these exciting new offerings or to book an adventure with Undiscovered Balkans, please visit UndiscoveredBalkans.com.

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About Undiscovered Balkans

Undiscovered Balkans is a UK-registered adventure travel company founded in 2008 by British husband and wife team Emma and Ben Heywood. With over a decade of experience exploring Europe’s wildest corners, Undiscovered Balkans specialises in crafting unforgettable activity holidays that venture far from the beaten path and involve unique experiences.

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For media inquiries or further information about Undiscovered Balkans’ new offerings, please contact:

Emma Heywood, Co-founder & Director
Email: emma@undiscoveredbalkans.com
Phone: +44 (0)7444 223531