Eastern Europe

 

Student Travel in Eastern Europe

Explore Eastern Europe With No Barriers Youth Programming

From the world-class museums in Croatia to the modern history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, our student travel programs in Eastern Europe give students an in-depth look into pressing global issues. This immersive learning opportunity doesn’t shy away from the conflicts that have shaped the region and its people, giving students new perspectives and vigor as we look to the future.

Students Will Also:

  • Participate in a roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis at VERN Private University
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace and its 220 remaining buildings
  • Visit the cultural center of Mostar and learn about the Bosnian War
  • Much more…

What to Know Before Student Travel in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe, and specifically Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a region rich with ancient history and relevant current events.  Croatia has a wealth of educational opportunities including its history with the Roman Empire and the Emperor Diocletian.  The brutality of the Bosnian War, and the ethnic cleansing that accompanied it, dominate recent history in Bosnia and the entire region.

Today Croatia is prospering as the government is investing in the country’s infrastructure and tourism is bringing a significant source of revenue to its residents.  Bosnia and Herzegovina is internationally renowned for its stunning natural beauty, cuisine, and cultural heritage. From the stunning natural beauty, to the history, culture, and current events, there are few places on earth that offer such an immersive and thought-provoking experience for educators and their students.

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Adventure Across the Balkans: Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia

Day 1: Welcome to the Balkans! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ). Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to your hotel to settle in and relax.  
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious traditional Bosnian dinner. 
  • Accommodation: Sarajevo 
Day 2: Rafting down the Neretva  
  • Morning: Eat breakfast at the hotel and take an early morning drive to the rafting eco lodge base, set in the remote mountains of Bosnia.    
  • Afternoon: Whitewater rafting down the Neretva River. Upon completion, enjoy lunch along the banks of the river. 
  • Evening: Drive to the town of Mostar. Settle into your new accommodations and take an evening walk through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town.  
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Days 3: Mostar and the Surrounding Herzegovinian Countryside 
  • Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour of Mostar’s Old Town to learn about its unique history through the ages. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy the nature of Herzegovina as you hike through the medieval forts and towns of Blagaj and Pocitelj. 
  • Evening: Eat dinner in the heart of Mostar’s Old Town and discuss the community service work you will begin the following day.  
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Days 4: Support the Local Community 
  • Morning: Begin your community service in cooperation with a local NGO. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, continue work on at the community service site.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and go get some much-needed rest for your next day of service. 
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Day 5: Complete Your Service and Travel to Croatia 
  • Morning: Check out of your accommodations and continue service at the service site. 
  • Afternoon: Complete service and say goodbye to Bosnia as you travel across the border to Croatia. 
  • Evening: Settle into your new accommodation in Split. Enjoy your first tastes of Croatian cuisine, known for its fresh seafood and homemade pasta. 
  • Accommodation: Split 
Day 6: Bike the Croatian Islands — Brač Island 
  • Morning: Eat breakfast and meet your biking guides. With your bike, take a ferry to the island of Brač and begin your cycling trip across the island.  
  • Afternoon: Cycle through the island’s coastal towns and ancient villages with historical sites dating back to Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. 
  • Evening: Check into your accommodation in Brač Old Town and enjoy a traditional Dalmatian meal.  
  • Accommodation:  Brač Old Town 
Day 7: Bike the Croatian Islands — Hvar Island 
  • Morning: Take a morning ferry from the island of Brač to the island of Hvar. Cycle through lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. 
  • Afternoon: Complete your bike trip in Hvar’s famous Stari Grad. Enjoy some time to shop through one of Europe’s oldest towns before taking a ferry back to Split.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner in Split. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Split 
Day 8: Dovidenja and Zbogomo, Balkans! 
  • Morning:  Eat breakfast and take a guided walking tour of Split’s Old Town, also known as Diocletian’s Palace, originally built as a retirement home for a Roman emperor.  
  • Afternoon: After lunch, your leaders will escort you to the airport. Return home with a new appreciation for the unique history and culture of the Balkans region. 

The Balkans: Culture, History, and Service: Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia

Day 1: Welcome to the Balkans! 
  • Afternoon: Arrive to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ). Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to your hotel to settle in and relax.  
  • Evening: Receive a group orientation about the week ahead and enjoy a delicious traditional Bosnian dinner. 
  • Accommodation: Sarajevo 
Day 2: Explore Sarajevo  
  • Morning: Learn about Sarajevo’s recent difficult past with visits to the War Childhood Museum and the Tunnel of Hope.  
  • Afternoon: Enjoy a cable car ride up Trebvić mountain to get panoramic views of the city. Take a guided walking tour of Sarajevo to learn about its rich history through the centuries.  
  • Evening: Visit the bazaars of Bascarsija and try local dishes influenced by the Ottoman Empire. Spend some time browsing the local vendors for souvenirs. 
  • Accommodation: Sarajevo  
Days 3: Cultural Workshops in Mostar 
  • Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour of Mostar’s Old Town and walk across its famous one-arched bridge. 
  • Afternoon: Immerse yourself in Bosnian culture as you participate in a traditional dance class and coffee workshop. 
  • Evening:  Have a traditional dinner and reflect on all that you have learned over the past few days. 
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Days 4: Dervish House and Valley Views 
  • Morning: Enjoy the nature of Herzegovina as you hike through the medieval forts and towns of Blagaj and Pocitelj. 
  • Afternoon: After a hearty lunch, visit Kravice Waterfalls. In the warmer months, enjoy a swim through its crystal clear waters.  
  • Evening: Eat dinner in the heart of Mostar’s Old Town and discuss the community service work you will begin the following day.  
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Day 5: Support the Local Community 
  • Morning: Begin your community service in cooperation with a local NGO. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, continue work at the community service site.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a hearty dinner and go get some much-needed rest for your next day of service. 
  • Accommodation: Mostar 
Day 6: Complete Your Service and Travel to Croatia 
  • Morning: Check out of your accommodations and continue service at the service site. 
  • Afternoon: Complete service and say goodbye to Bosnia as you travel across the border to Croatia. 
  • Evening: Settle into your new accommodation in Split. Enjoy your first tastes of Croatian cuisine, known for its fresh seafood and homemade pasta. 
  • Accommodation: Split 
Day 7: Explore Split 
  • Morning: Eat breakfast and take a guided tour of Split’s Old Town, also known as Diocletian’s Palace, originally built as a retirement home for a Roman emperor.  
  • Afternoon: Take a hike up and around Marjan Hill and watch the sunset over the Adriatic Sea.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner in Split and finish any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Split 
Day 8: Dovidenja and Zbogomo, Balkans! 
  • Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, your leaders will escort you to the airport. Return home with a new appreciation for the unique history and culture of the Balkans region. 

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