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Short-Term Study Abroad Course in the Balkan Region in Europe

“An Introduction to the Social, Economic, and Political Conditions that Affect Children and Families in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia”

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Long Beach College of Health and Human Services – Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

WINTER 2021, DECEMBER 20th to JANUARY 16th

"The Balkans produces more history than it can consume."

-Unknown

Attributed to Churchill, but probably of unknown origin, this quote beautifully explains what to expect when traveling around the Balkans. Each ethnic group in the Balkans has its own understanding of the historical facts and their meanings.

The Funky Tours 27 day short-term study abroad program will open the most pressing issues and challenges related to history in the region and help to envisage its Social, Economic, and Political impact to Children and Families of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

This program is created as an abroad course that will focus on firsthand experiences and unique opportunities for better understanding of the complexity of policy-making, political behaviour, conflicts and addressed problems in Balkan which cannot be delivered by traditional means within four walls of classrooms.

Balkan Countries Mastered

Let’s master the Balkans together. This program will take you to four countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

During the course we will make sure to delve deep into the history riddles, unimaginable cultural diversity, intact nature and war impacts on society. We will admire the marks of ancient civilisations, breathtaking architecture, most beautiful tourist attractions and those that are completely off the beaten path and yet to be discovered. All the way through, we will be accompanied by world-wide known Balkan hospitality, local stakeholders, abundance of budget friendly tasty & healthy local food, booming nightlife, and chances for adrenaline pumped experiences.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar Old Bridge during the sunset makes the experience of visiting Mostar during the evening hours the best time to be.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will offer us a unique chance to understand in depth the effects of the 4 years long war destruction and the impact it had on families still struggling with the war consequences.

We will meet the local families, children and ex soldiers, explore the abandoned sites, learn about the greatest massacre that happened on European soil ever since the WWII, enjoy the Utopia of Sarajevo – European Jerusalem, indulge into winter sports at the grandiose 1984 Olympic mountains and experience the hedonistic environment of Sarajevo nightlife. 

Croatia

Dubrovnik Old Town - Croatia

14 nights in Croatia will enable us to explore in depth its pearls: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Sibenik, and Plitvice National park.

We will learn about the Croatian Homeland War from locals, actively participate in the local communities, indulge into lively debates with guest speakers and enjoy spectacular waterfalls, world’s most beautiful beaches, unique UNESCO sites and religious temples defying the time, local products keeping the Croatian economy alive, and world-wide known vibrant nightlife.

Montenegro

Kotor old town and Kotor bay in Montenegro

National Geographic Traveler ranks Montenegro among the “50 Places of a Lifetime” and we will have a full day to discover the reasons behind it.

Full day in Montenegro will open the door of perfectly preserved ancient old towns of Kotor and Budva and the famous Montenegrin Adriatic coast with some of the most popular beaches.  With a little help from the local, we will take a stroll through cobblestone mazes of ancient towns, learn the Montenegrin history, do a ferry to island of Perast and enjoy the famous Budva old town shopping. 

Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia

Two nights nights in Slovenia will help us discover a wide variety of stunningly beautiful natural and cultural amenities.

We will do a walk with a local in charming Ljubljana, admire the winter sceneries of lake Bled and Vintgar gorge, visit the best preserved medieval city in Ljubljana – Skofja Loka, and enjoy endless shopping possibilities. Additionally, we will learn how did Slovenia, despite the recent war, managed to become the most developed country in the region and a country with one of the lowest rates of income inequality in the world. 

Program Itinerary

During the trip, we will focus our attention on immigration, social, cultural, religious, political, technological, and historical factors that influenced and changed the lives of children and families in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia.

The different teaching methods that will be used in the course will include lectures, power-point slides and presentations, visits to local museums and tourist attractions, experiential learning activities, service- learning activities, utilisation of guest speakers and founders of non-governmental organisations, visits to NGO offices, orphanages, religious temples, universities, historic sites and other iconic places which will be an integral part of this course.

Day 1: Welcome to the Balkans (CRO)

Destination: Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Zagreb
Meals Included: Dinner

Zagreb Capital of Croatia

  • Arrival to Zagreb, Croatia at 4 PM
  • Transfer from Zagreb airport to accommodation and hotel check-in
  • Meet and greet with the FT Team Members
  • Cultural, health, and safety orientation
  • Welcoming dinner
  • Overnight in Zagreb

Day 2: Zagreb (CRO)

Destination: Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast

Zagreb Capital of Croatia

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Walking tour of Zagreb with a local guide
  • Lunch break
  • Visit to Museum of Broken Relationship and Mimara Museum
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Zagreb’s famous Zrinjevac Park, Bogovićeva ulica, Jelacic Square, Zagreb Cathedral The Zagreb, Dolac Market Zagreb oldest green market, Tunel Gric WW2 tunnel Funicular Railway, Lotrscak Tower, Upper Town with the beautiful panoramic views of the city, St. Mark’s Church, Croatian Government Building, Croatian Parliament, Porta di Pietra, and Tkalciceva street, Museum of Broken Relationship and Mimara Museum

Day 3: Zadar (CRO)

Destination: Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast

Zagreb Capital of Croatia

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Hotel pick up and departure towards Zadar
  • Walking tour of Zadar and visiting all of the most important locations with a local guide
  • Lunch break on own and free time to explore Zadar Christmas Market
  • Return to Zagreb
  • Free evening and overnight

Locations we will visit: Church of St. Donatus, Zadar Cathedral, The Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun (Art installation), The Roman Forum, The Church of St. Chrysogonus, City Walls and Gates, The People’s Square, The Church of St. Mary and the Gold and Silver of Zadar, The Church of St. Chrysogonus 

Day 4: Zagreb (CRO)

Destination: Zagreb, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast

Zagreb Capital of Croatia

  • Breakfast in accommodation
  • Hotel pick up and a visit to the Zagreb Mosque
  • Meeting with the imam of the mosque and learning about the Islam in Croatia
  • Lunch break on own
  • Free time for enjoying the Zagreb Christmas Market
  • Overnight in Zagreb

Locations we will visit: Zagreb City Mosque and The Islamic Secondary School, Zagreb Christmas Market

Day 5: Ljubljana (SLO)

Destination: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Accommodation: Hotel in Ljubljana
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ljubljana

  • Zagreb to Ljubljana
  • Departure from Zagreb after breakfast
  • Arrival to Ljubljana and accommodation check in
  • Walking tour with a local and visiting all of the most important Ljubljana Landmarks
  • Free afternoon for enjoying the Christmas spirit of the city
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge, Tivoli Park, Central Market, Presern Square and Ljubljana Cathedral

Day 6: Skofja Loka & Lake Bled (SLO)

Destination: Skofja Loka and Bled, Slovenia
Accommodation: Hotel in Ljubljana
Meals Included: Breakfast

Lake Bled

  • Departure after breakfast
  • Visit to the Skofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia
  • Visit to Vintgar Gorge, 1.6-kilometer gorge in northwestern Slovenia
  • Arrival to Bled Lake and exploring the old town
  • Free time for lunch
  • Visit to Ljubljana Shopping Mall and free time
  • Return to Ljubljana in the evening
  • Free evening for dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Skofja Loka town, Vintgar Gorge, Bled Lake

Day 7: Plitvice Lakes (CRO)

Destination: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel at Plitvice Lakes
Meals Included: Breakfast

Plitvice Lakes

  • Hotel pick up after breakfast
  • Departure from Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes 
  • Accommodation check-in 
  • Boat ride during which we will have a chance to admire the stunning falls and cascades that are trademark of Croatian tourism
  •  Some nice and easy hikes at the park with a local guide
  • Free time at hotel, dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Plitvice Lakes

Day 8: Split (CRO)

Destination: Split, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Split
Meals Included: Breakfast

Split

  • Free morning at Plitvice Lakes 
  • Hotel pick up and departure towards Split
  • Visit to Memorial of Nikola Tesla
  • Arrival to Split in the afternoon and accommodation check-in
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Memorial of Nikola Tesla, Split

Day 9: Split (CRO)

Destination: Split, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Split
Meals Included: Breakfast

Split

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Meeting with a local guide and walking tour of Split
  • Lunch break
  • Visit to Klis Fortress and Salona (Roman Empire’s foremost city in the Balkans)
  • Free afternoon for dinner
  • Overnight

Locations we will visit: Diocletian’s Palace, Pjaca and Fruit Square, Marmot Street, St. Duje’s Cathedral, Peristil and Campanile, Klis Fortress and Salona (Roman Empire’s foremost city in the Balkans)

Day 10: Šibenik (CRO)

Destination: Split, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Split
Meals Included: Breakfast

Krka NP

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Pick up and drive towards the Krka National Park
  • Visit to Skradinski Waterfall
  • Arrival to Sibenik and meeting with a local guide
  • Walking tour of the town
  • Free time for lunch and shopping of truffle oil and lavender products in Sibenik 
  • Return to Split, free evening and overnight

Locations we will visit: Skradinski Waterfall, Sibenik Cathedral, The Old Town Hall, the Rector’s Palace, the St. Lawrence church, the Greasy Street, St. Nicholas Fortress, Sibenik Christmas Market

Day 11: Trogir (New Year Eve - CRO)

Destination: Trogir, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Split
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trogir

  • Departure from Split after breakfast
  • Arrival to Trogir and a walking tour of the historic city of Trogir
  • Lunch break and free time to enjoy this UNESCO protected town
  • Return to Split
  • Free time for New Years Eve at “Riva” (seafront) with live music and fireworks

Locations we will visit: Trogir old town, Cathedral of St. Lawrence and Tower Kamerlengo

Day 12: Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination: Ston and Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ston

  • Free morning to have some rest after the New Year’s party
  • Hotel pick up and departure towards Dubrovnik
  • Visit to old fortified town of Ston where we will do a lunch break
  • Arrival to Dubrovnik and hotel check in
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Old town of Ston and Dubrovnik

Day 13: Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dubrovnik

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Meeting with the local who will show us the best of Dubrovnik old town 
  • Lunch break
  • Sunset colours over the Kupari beach
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Onofrio’s Fountain, Prijeko Street, Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success, St. Saviour’s, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, the wine-producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old, the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column and Kupari beach.

Day 14: Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dubrovnik

  • Hotel pick up after the breakfast 
  • Visit to local orphanage, meeting with the team and children
  • Visit to Catholic, Islamic and Jewish religious sites
  • Lunch break on own
  • Meeting with a a local priest from Orthodox Church and learning more about Orthodox community in Croatia
  • Free afternoon and overnight

Locations we will visit: Local orphanage, Catholic Church, Mosque, Synagogue and Orthodox church.

Day 15: Dubrovnik (CRO)

Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation: Hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dubrovnik

  • Hotel pick up after the breakfast
  • Enjoying the amazing views from Srdj Cable Car to the Mt. Srdj, a symbol of defence of Dubrovnik
  • Guided tour of the Dubrovnik War Museum located in one wing of Fort Imperial Lunch break
  • Meeting with a guest lecturer (Living under the siege: QA)

Locations we will visit: Srdj. Mountain, Dubrovnik War Museum

Day 16: Kotor (MNE)

Destination: Kotor and Budva, Montenegro
Accommodation: Hotel in Dubrovnik
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kotor

  • Departure from Dubrovnik after breakfast
  • Arrival to Kotor and meeting with a local guide
  • Walking tour of old town of Kotor
  • Departure towards Budva and lunch break in Budva
  • Arrival to Budva and exploring the old town along with the riviera
  • Free time for lunch and famous Budva shopping
  • Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon
  • Free time for dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Kotor: Sea Gate, Clock Tower, Beskuca’s Palace, Pima Palace, St. Tryphon Cathedral, Maritime Museum, Karampana Well, Church of St. Luke, Saint Nicholas Church and the Northern Gate, Budva old town.

Day 17: Mostar (BIH)

Destination: Herzegovina Region, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel in Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Kravice falls

  • Departure from Dubrovnik after breakfast
  • Visit to the Vjetrenica Cave, largest cave complex in the country
  • Exploring the medieval town Pocitelj
  • Visit to Kravice waterfalls
  • Meeting with the local youth of Stolac over a lunch and some nice and easy walks
  • Arrival to Mostar in the afternoon
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Vjetrenica Cave, Pocitelj, Kravice Waterfalls, Stolac, old town of Vidoski, Radimlja Necropolis

Day 18: Mostar (BIH)

Destination: Mostar and Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel in Mostar
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Mostar

  • Walking tour of Mostar after breakfast and exploring both, east and west
  • Lunch break in Blagaj and visit to Dervish House 
  • Meeting with a local siege survivor who was only 13 when he was given a riffle and visit to Mostar Rock School, the only school in the city that connects young musicians no matter the religion and nationality. 
  • Evening dinner and live music with locals

Locations we will visit: Kriva Cuprija bridge (Crooked bridge, UNESCO protected Old Bridge, Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque, Partisan cemetery,  Brutalist Cathedral of Mary, Nikola Šubić Zrinski Street, Mostar Gymnasium, Sniper Tower, Mostar City Hall, Blagaj Dervish House and Springs of River Buna, Mostar Rock School.

Day 19: Sarajevo (BIH)

Destination: Konjic, Jablanica and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel in Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Jablanica

  • Departure from Mostar after breakfast
  • Visit to Jablanica town famous for the WWII Neretva Battle
  • Guided visit of Tito’s bunker (nuclear shelter that was a top secret all until recently)
  • Lunch break in Konjic and walking tour
  • Arrival to Sarajevo in early afternoon
  • Restaurant and bar recommendations by the FT team
  • Free time and overnight

Locations we will visit: Jablanica destroyed bridge and town, Konjic town, Tito’s bunker, Sarajevo suburbs

Day 20: Sarajevo (BIH)

Destination: Konjic, Jablanica and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel in Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sarajevo

  • Breakfast in hotel 
  • Walking tour of Sarajevo, European Jerusalem and exploring its old town (Bascarsija) and city centre
  • Lunch break in the old town
  • Meeting with an ex soldier and visiting the sites related to the story of siege
  • Dinner with locals and siege survivors who will help no questions remain unanswered 

Locations we will visit: Sarajevo City Hall, House of Spite, Imperial mosque, Latin bridge with a story of assasination of Franz Ferdinard, Gazi Husref-bey’s market – bazaar: Bezistan, Tašlihan, Gazi Husref bey’s mosque, Clock tower: Sahat kula, Jewish Synagogue, Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Heart, Sarajevo roses, The Eternal Flame, Markale market and story about the biggest massacres during the siege of Sarajevo, War Tunnel Museum, notorious Sniper Alley, Hotel Holiday, Jewish cemetery and Olympic Mt. Trebevic with the old Olympic bobsled 

Day 21: Srebrenica Genocide (BIH)

Destination: Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel in Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Srebrenica

  • Departure from Sarajevo after breakfast
  • Visit to Memorial Centre of Potocari where we will meet the local survivor
  • Meeting with the family of local genocide survivors and lunch break at their home
  • Return to Sarajevo in the afternoon
  • Evening meeting the guest speaker Hasan Nuhanovic
  • Free time for dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Potocari Memorial Centre complex, gallery and cemetery, Srebrenica town

Day 22: Jahorina Olympic Mountain (BIH)

Destination: Jahorina Olympic Mt.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Hotel pick up after breakfast
  • Drive to Olympic Mt. Jahorina
  • Rent the equipment and indulge into the activity per your choice: snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding adventure with the licensed instructors
  • Lunch break and return to the city
  • Free time for Sarajevo nighlife, dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Sarajevo suburbs, Jahorina Olympic Mt.

Day 23: Sarajevo (BIH)

Destination: Jahorina Olympic Mt.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sarajevo
Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Meeting with the Association “Women Victims of War” organisation that brings together sexually abused and raped women and men from BiH
  • Visit to National Museum with a guided Sarajevo Haggadah and Historical Museum
  • Lunch break
  • Workshop with team of Sarajevo War Childhood Museum
  • Free time for dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Central parts of Sarajevo, Association “Women Victims of War”, National Museum, History Museum, War Childhood Museum

Day 24: Central Bosnia (BIH)

Destination: Central Bosnia Region
Accommodation: Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Departure from Sarajevo after breakfast
  • Visit to Travnik, viziers town where we will make a visit to the school known as “two schools under the same roof”
  • Lunch break
  • Visit to Jajce, possibly the only city with a natural waterfall in its centre and place of crucial importance for the story of Yugoslavia
  • Arrival to Zagreb and check-in to accommodation
  • Free time for dinner and overnight

Locations we will visit: Travnik fort and Blue Water Springs, Jajce fort, Jajce Catacombs, Jajce old town and waterfalls, AVNOJ museum.

Day 25: Zagreb (CRO)

Destination: Zagreb
Accommodation: Hotel in Zagreb
Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Breakfast
  • Final paper, good luck everyone!
  • Free time and overnight in Zagreb

Day 26: Departure

  • Airport transfers

Program Themes

Selection of study trip places, themes, topics and experiences we cover is diverse. Our storytelling breaks the prejudice, offers unbiased – factual stories, and offers in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Balkans.

We will open the door to Balkans Narnia, delve into mind bending history riddles and the most pressing issues and challenges the region has been struggling with for centuries. Balkan region knows how to keep your mind intrigued and the themes we will be dealing with during the course will help envisage the hardly comprehensive concepts that have been used as divisive weapons for centuries.

History, Religion & Culture

Historical, religious, and cultural factors impacting the contrasts and similarities between the culture and people of the Balkans. Immigration trends in the food, dress, recreational patterns, culture and arts & crafts in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia.

Yugoslavia: Utopia or Dystopia?

Yugoslavia as Utopia or Dystopia? Yugoslavia with over 22 million people, was a home to 4 different religions and 5 different nations. Was Tito a hero or dictator? Yugoslavia was considered the most reformed socialist economy and the only Communist regime capable of falling out from the Soviet Union.

Fall of Yugoslavia

Fall of Yugoslavia and 1990s war destruction that left a huge impact on children and families in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. The neverending Balkans “war” which still takes place based on discrimination, animosity and denial.

Siege of Sarajevo

Stories of Death of Yugoslavia, War Crimes, Siege of Sarajevo & Mostar, Srebrenica Genocide, NATO bombings and many other, backed up with personal stories of war veterans and war survivors puts the era of Balkans during 1990ies into whole new context.

Bosnian Genocide

We go deep into understanding the reasons and facts of Srebrenica Genocide as European soil greatest Genocide since the WW2. How come Srebrenica is the only Genocide in the World which happened in the UN safe heaven? We will meet the survivors and hear their stories of life.

Croatian Homeland War

Among Croats it is referred as “Homeland war”, while among Serbian people refer to those events as “Ethnic cleansing”. We will try to see why the same events have totally opposite perception and “facts”.

Bombing of Dubrovnik and Siege of Vukovar are stories you can’t miss out.

NATO Bombings

NATO bombings in Bosnia 1995 and in Serbia 1998, have led to end of Balkan wars. We will explore different perspectives of those events and what do they mean to Bosnians (Bosniaks) and Serbian people in general.

Slovenian War

Learn the story about the shortest war during the fall of Yugoslavia, the Slovenian war which lasted only 10 days. Explore reason why it lasted so short and what were the consequences.

 

Peace & Reconciliation

Peace and reconciliation through acceptance. Balkan as a place where Christianity, Judaism and Islam meet and manage to coexist. Beliefs and traditions of Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Needed solutions for the future of Balkan’s families and children highly impacted by the war in 90s.

Balkans Youth & Brain Drain

Balkans youth and brain drain. Due to unemployment, unstable political tensions, ethnic animosity, wounds of the past, fear, possible wars in future, nepotism and corruption Balkan countries have some of the biggest brain drain in the whole World. 

Program Experiences

The most important thing in the Balkans is not to fall under the trap of relativisation and “biasness”. Funky Tours team will make sure to enable unique experiences and carefully chosen guides and guest speakers who are prominent within a field of their work. Our stories are unbiased and factual.

Ancient Towns & UNESCO Sites

Take a stroll in the old towns  and walk the paths of so far unknown archaic civilisations intertwining and leaving their trademarks and foundations of what today is known as the Balkans. Discover the ancient walls and forts, guardians looming over the Balkan cities. Learn about the arts and crafts and buy some unique souvenirs from local vendors. 

Christian, Jewish & Muslim Temples

Visit the colourful and serene religious sites, admire the tradition that has been dividing, connecting and teaching Balkans people of differences and acceptance for centuries. Enjoy the spiritual conversations and a once in a lifetime opportunity to understand the concept of different religious beliefs from imam, rabbi and priests.

Meet the Local Stakeholders

Visit the social service agencies and NGOs that assist low-income families in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Slovenia. Learn about the struggle behind the attempts to help people on the margins and discuss the potential solutions in empowering the people of small local communities. 

Museums & Workshops

Understand the Balkans by visiting its homes of art and history. Learn about the “new” museum concept of not only preserving but also an urgent need of encouraging people for a deeper understanding in order to reach so much needed mutual understanding. Have a workshop in the War Childhood Museum and understand the consequences of growing up during the war. 

Bring a Smile Onto a Child's Face

Discover a heart melting stories while visiting the orphanage and schools. Learn about the concept of the two schools under the same roof and participate in a new year’s school celebration in Srebrenica when we will share small presents and bring some smiles on children faces. 

Participate in Local Community

Meet the locals and hear their side of the story. Visit their homes, schools, farms and towns and encounter with Balkan families, ex soldiers, single mothers, abandoned children and people who lost their entire families during the war destructions. Have a warm welcome and endless conversations with locals from all around the region. Learn about the Balkans customs, tradition and humour that helped people to keep their spirit. 

Enjoy the Pristine Nature & Outdoor Activities

Enjoy the serenity of intact nature, long walks next to the beach and colourful sunsets reflecting in the sea. Take a boat ride, admire the amazing nature parks and grandiose waterfalls. Jump into a cable car ride, enjoy the amazing views and encounter the massive mountains perfect for some nice and easy walks as well as for winter sports adrenaline junkies. Learn how to ski, or snowboard.

Delve Into a Vibrant Nightlife

The Balkans know how to party and will use every chance for it, no matter the day of the week. The region has a handful of pubs, bars and cafes that will meet the expectations of even the most demanding ones. No matter how introvert, Balkan will wake up an urge to socialise. Discover the melodies of so far unknown music genres, enjoy the tasty local food and drinks. Hang out with local youth in pubs and bars. Learn how to properly drink Bosnian coffee and how to party like Balkan people do.

Program Logistics

To create amazing products, we require that all study tour aspects match our philosophy. Our tour guides & guest speakers, accommodation, transportation, liability, safety, tasty local food or great fun are all mirror of our philosophy too.

Tour Leaders

The most important asset of our tours and study trips are our people: our staff, our guides and our guest speakers. Funky Tours philosophy is to deliver completely unbiased and factual stories, and to fully engage with our guests.

Accommodation

We always aim to provide transparent, fair and budget friendly service that will exceed our guests expectations.

For our students we will make sure to provide a good 3* centrally located hotel accommodation at each city we will be staying at. Accommodation will be based in shared 1/2 and 1/3 hotel rooms with provided daily linens and towels, internet access and breakfast. All taxes are covered in the overall price of the course.

Transportation

As a travel and transfer agency with maximum focus on guests safety and satisfaction, at Funky Tours we always chase excellence in our services.

SAFETY PROCEDURES & QUALITY STANDARD

Vehicles

  • Average age of our fleet of vehicles is under 2 years
  • Brand new vehicles (regularly serviced with an authorised service centre)
  • All our vehicles are insured (mandatory auto insurance, casco and passengers insurance)
  • Tyre of premium brands (all tyre are seasonally changed & adjusted to weather conditions)

Drivers

  • Professional and experienced drivers
  • Internal procedures ensure that all drivers top of the industry
  • All our drivers have long term experience in passenger transfer industry
  • Our driver will always respect the traffic signs and speed limits

Food

Food is an inevitable part of travel experience to Balkans and will surely make you one step closer to understanding the people, its customs and traditions. 

FT team will make sure to recommend and provide an amazing assembly of tasty local dishes. Depending on the region we travel together, we always make sure to choose the best of the local food. Balkan will tickle your taste buds and reach your heart through your stomach with mouth watering local food.

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