greece to croatia by land
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 3:39 AM Last Post By: Zircon
Jun 14, 2013 1:47 AM
greece to croatia by landwe are two males 23 years old. one canadian one australian. we want to end up in croatia by traveling from greece through albania, kosovo, montenegro and bosnia.
wondering what options we have for transport. buses, trains, prices etc.
time is not an issue. we want to do it budget though.
we wish to spend a little bit of time in each place, camping in the mountains and rock climbing.
anybody know any beautiful places to camp / any great hikes to do?
how safe is it visiting these countries? are we going to get kidnapped into the sex trafficking or worse robbed ( jk )
but on a serious note actually wondering how safe these places are for camper/climbers.
thanks for any info offered.
Jun 14, 2013 5:10 AM
1These countries are safe for hikers and campers. The best area is the Dinaric Alps, in the North of Albania (you can go to Thethi, and/or cross the pass between Thethi and Valbona), and in Montenegro where you can choose between the Durmitor NP, the area of Plav/Gusinje (just across the border from Albania, you can actually cross the border at Vermosh) and there is an excellent trek also from the Lake Biograd towards the Komovi mountians.
Jun 14, 2013 7:56 AM
2The only real option from Greece to Croatia is bus. There are no international trains in Greece.
Take a look at the Balkanology.com website.
How much time do you have to Mae this trip?
It took me 14 days or so to travel from Split to Dubrovnik to Kotor bay to Tirane to Ohrid to Thessaloniki. I did some days hikes in Kotor area and Ohrid and lots of site seeing and sitting in cafes but was on the move about every other day or two.
Jun 14, 2013 1:45 PM
3are we going to get kidnapped into the sex trafficking or worse robbed ( jk )
LOL There isn't much demand for guys in the sex traffiicking!
Robbery is not likely, but don't leave anything valuable in your tents while away hiking.
These are generally safe places. Inform yourselves about the landmine situation in Kosovo. In the mountains I would be more worried about the usual dangers of maountains than about people. In my opinion shepherd dogs are always mora dangerous than their masters! :)
If you do climibing I guess you know summitpost, but here it goes anyway:
Jun 17, 2013 1:58 AM
4also, have in mind that camping outside of camp sites in Croatia is officially not permitted. Of course, no one will give a damn if you camp at remote locations or if you camp on private property previsouly asking landlords. The idea was to push people leave more money to official kind of accommodation, so I wouldn't encourage you camping at popular seaside resorts on the beach or something like that, although you can camp pretty much anywhere you want once it's not at those very public and popular places.
Landmines are still an issue in Bosnia and Hercegovina (speaking if you're hiking around mountains), but mine sites are kind of well marked. I guess you should really wander just anywhere in the mountain there, but better be following usual trails.
Not sure how well marked are minefields in Kosovo, but these are almost exclusively placed on the very border between today's Kosovo and Albania. My advice would be also to avoid run down bombed out objects around Kosovo's provincial areas, as many of these were Nato targeted with depleted uranium projectiles.
You won't make any mistake going climbing to Durmitor or Prokletije. The easiest option for Prokletije would be, as mentioned, trekks from Plav/Gusinje in Montenegro to Karanfili summits. Durmitor is best combined with Tara canyon, trails there are well marked (from climbers POV) and hiking is pretty much the biggest source of local economy of town of Zabljak, so you won't face any single difficulty there. And the mountain is nice too.
In Hercegovina, you can check Sutjeska and Maglich, but there are numerous other options in mountainous Bosnia&Hercegovina.
Jun 17, 2013 3:39 AM
5In addition to buses, there is a ferry from Corfu to Saranda, but like most international ferries serving Greece it's expensive. The long bus ride between Saranda and Athens is cheaper than the short ferry trip.
As for hiking in the region, I think this is what you want:
Albania isn't dangerous certainly, but it's the poorest country in the region and the one where I'd watch my gear most closely.
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