The Balkans, Europe’s best kept secret, are a tapestry of rich history and stunning landscapes. Explore these three distinctive countries and, through conversations and discussions with insightful local leaders, learn more about the area’s turbulent history and explore their path to a more hopeful future.
We’ll visit some of the region’s most intriguing cities including Sarajevo, Mostar, Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb, as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, charming small towns, spectacular historic treasures, and pristine natural areas.
- Meet with staff at the Research and Documentation Center (RDC) whose mission is to help understand and reconcile the area’s violent past through truth-seeking, truth-keeping and the continuing improvement of civil society.
- Participate in a discussion with Drazen Huterer, an award-winning investigative journalist who has reported on war crimes and the Bosnian transition.
- Explore the Ars Aevi Art Depot, which features south-east Europe’s greatest collection of international contemporary art, and meet with the director, Amila Ramovi.
- Stroll through the beautiful city of Sarajevo, with its historic mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Catholic churches.
- Discover Mostar, the capital of Herzegovina, known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge – Stari Most.
- Walk through Počitelj, named by World Monuments Watch as one of the world’s 100 most endangered cultural heritage sites.
- Learn about healthcare in Montenegro from Nedžmije Beriša, a Romani medical doctor and assembly member of the ruling coalition of the Democratic Party of Socialists.
- Visit Dubrovnik and Split, where we walk in the footsteps of the emperor at Diocletian’s Palace.
- See the ancient town of Budva, founded by Greeks in the fourth century.
- Hear from with Olivera Lakić, an investigative journalist who writes about criminal gangs for the newspaper Vijesti.
- Join Dubrovnik’s young new mayor, Mato Frankovic, to learn about issues facing the city as it copes with an influx of tourism and cruise ships (pending availability).
- Discuss human rights in the region with staff from the Human Rights House Zagreb, which was established to promote, develop and improve protection of human rights according to the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
- Enjoy magnificent landscapes including the Plitvice National Park, among the first natural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage register.
- See the complete itinerary for full details.
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