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Discover West Balkans:

An Unlikely Competitor to Europe’s Most Popular Destinations

The West Balkans may not come to mind as one of the best destinations for luxury travel opportunities. However, their untouched and undiscovered nature makes them a perfect choice for seasoned travelers looking to find up and coming hot spots before the rush. Croatia’s growing popularity sets the stage for travelers looking to branch out East, away from the growing crowds in Italy, Greece, and France, while still in search of old European charm, beautiful coastlines, and rich heritage. Just opposite Italy, across the Adriatic Sea, Croatia and Montenegro present travelers with various landscapes that lead to diverse experiences. Slovenia alone boasts dramatic lakesides, mountaintops perfect for snow sports, and stretches of valleys and basins.

Our advisors collaborate closely with our on-the-ground partner, Calvados Club, to curate experiential travel options that combine luxury hospitality with a genuine passion for cultural immersion. These carefully crafted travel experiences are ideal for adventurous travelers seeking to explore less-traveled destinations.

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This beautiful but little-known part of the world has true gems to offer to the modern luxury traveler.

Commitment to Sustainable Travel 

If you’re looking for another reason to explore further, these Balkan countries are committed to eco-tourism initiatives to support the beauty and charm found across the region. They are ready to welcome travelers who are interested in immersing themselves in local culture and are willing to explore parts unknown. 

Fun Fact: More than a fifth of Albania has been declared a natural park, and many say the Vjosa River is the last wild river in Europe. 

Special Experiences with Calvados Club

Special Experiences with Calvados Club

Discover Central and Eastern Europe with one of our in-country experts, Calvados Club, a boutique experiential travel company that works directly with our Independent Advisors to plan unforgettable adventures throughout the region. This partnership allows our advisors to unlock unique and exclusive experiences for those looking to travel around Central and Eastern Europe.

Their wide portfolio of knowledge spans multiple countries, including Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. Keep reading to find just a few of the amazing experiences they continue to “wow” travelers with.

Food & Wine Pairing with a Private Chef and Sommelier

Split, Croatia, is home to exquisite culinary experiences and traditional dishes that draw tourists worldwide. The historic seaside villages and Romanesque architecture set an alluring backdrop for a vibrant food scene. Discover the markets with a local celebrity chef as your guide, and head to the hills of Mt. Kozjac for a privately prepared gourmet experience and learn about the spirits of the region with your very own sommelier.

Private Škocjan Caves Tour 

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Those looking deep in the heart of Slovenia can find Škocjan; the largest known underground canyon in the world. So large, in fact, that it is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the cave’s depths with a private tour guide, who will illuminate your tour with stories and facts about the unique natural phenomenon. Find ancient stalagmites and stalactites along the Reka River, which cuts through the canyon’s limestone walls. 

Oyster Tasting on a Private Island 

Just off the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea lies a small shellfish farming village nestled upon the Bay of Mali Ston, Croatia. Here lies one of the most prominent protected marine reserves dedicated to breeding and farming oysters. The unique gastronomy of the area attracts seafood lovers and guests of Calvados Club specifically for a private oyster-tasting experience. Set upon the private island of a local farmer, guests can enjoy oysters straight from the sea paired with homemade wine and other seafood delights.