Welcome to Balkan Tracks
Responsible tourism in the Southern Balkans
Discover somewhere new
Where people have
lived for millennia
Home to some of Europe's finest plants and animals
Guided in small groups by the people who live here
We offer relaxed, small group tours, with no more than seven people, to natural and cultural monuments around the borders of four Balkan countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and North Macedonia.
Our managing director lived in the region for many years, working for an environmental organisation in Prespa and exploring the nooks and crannies that few have toured since Byron, Lear and Leigh Fermor.
For guides. we work with local ecologists, many of them working in the field as ornithologists and mammologists – monitoring large carnivores, designing management plans for nature reserves or whole conservation projects for species like the Egyptian vulture. They, in turn, select a cast of local folk to help them show you around their home.
Discover somewhere new with us.
Secrets of ...
Albania, Lesvos, Prespa, Ohrid, Rhodope.
Some are known to a select group of nature lovers.
Some of these places aren’t known at all.
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kerkini.
Laid-back, gentle walks where we marvel in the scenery
and enjoy what happens to fly by.
The region is a hotspot for all sorts of wildlife.
Just Prespa, an area smaller than London, has more than 1,800 species of plant, 200 species of bird and 160 species of butterfly. If you add in the nearby Ohrid and Kerkini lakes, and Mts Olympos and Kaimaktsalan, then these numbers keep rising.
For butterflies in Europe, only the Alps and Pyrenees can compete (see map below). But here you'll be walking in places that very few people visit.
Why are the Southern Balkans so special for nature?
Habitats. The region has a vast collection of habitats, which are very close together. In one day you can easily visit Ramsar wetlands and lakeshores, alpine meadows and ancient forests, caves and cliffs. All home to different species.
You can find out more about the region's nature on our Nature Pages.
Since 2005 we've been working, living and travelling around a corner of the Balkans on the borders of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and fYR* of Macedonia.
The borders intersect giant lakes and sit on the crossroads of huge mountain ranges.
Dalmatian pelican (c) T. Kastritis
Where are we?
Man has lived here through the rise and fall of various empires and wars. The mountains are dotted with monasteries and mosques, and the ruins of Roman cities and wartime battlements.
Traditional farming has played a positive and important role over time in shaping the habitats that give the region its diverse wildlife.
Learn more about the religious sites, architecture and traditional way of life in our Culture Section.
We don't just show you nature. You'll see the whole ecosystem and human history; how everything interacts.
2. WORKING WITH LOCALS
Whenever possible, local residents show you their home and tell their stories. Farmers, fishermen, beekeepers, rangers.
We only offer tours for small groups, so you can chat with locals, in the field or at dinner, via translators in each country.