What makes our tours different?

We know that most overlanders avoid taking part in organized tours, feeling uncomfortable with a strict timetable and a fixed itinerary that those tours usually mean. They want to have a much more relaxed feeling while on vacation exploring the unknown, with a chance to modify the plan on the move and adapt the tour pace to their likings.

We understand them very well, because those are our preferences too. So when we started organizing tours we thought how it could be done without becoming some kind of a disciplined, military drill, quite common for most tour organizers. And we found a good model. We just don’t conduct our organized tours any differently than when we travel with friends. What does that exactly mean?

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Hardshell or softtop rooftent?

Which is better?

Written by
Aleksandar Veljković

It’s time to enter the family of overlanding nomads and provide a home on the roof of your offroader for yourself. But how to choose your ideal rooftop tent? In this short article we try to explain the good and bad sides of the two major types of rooftop tents.

I’ve been into nomadic travel through the wilderness of the Balkans for quite a number of years now, so I could say that I’ve got “some” experience on what’s important for a comfortable life in the wild. I’ve been using a softtop foldable tent for the first 7 years of that period, and must say that I’ve been quite happy with it, although over time I’ve started being more and more aware of it’s shortcomings. A moment came when I realized that a hardshell tent would be the evolution in the right direction for me, despite it’s higher price – packing and unpacking a softtop foldable tent day after day (especially in cold or rainy conditions) simply became too much of a hassle.

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Balkans Wild Tracks 2018 photo album + video

Balkans Wild Tracks is our traditional roundtrip tour starting in Igoumenitsa in Greece and circling Albania, Macedonia and Greece (Pindos mountains). It is one of the most striking and picturesque ways to experience the wilderness of the Balkans, and a true bestseller. The two 2018 tours were conducted in August and September/October.

Following the 180+ image album is the Balkans Wild Tracks 2018 video.

Montenegro Highlands 2018 photo album + video

We’ve just released the 186 image photo album of the two enchanting Montenegro Highlands tours of 2018, and the recorded video material was put together into a 3 minute video. Take a look at this most stunning of southern European landscapes!

Where are we taking you in 2019?

Season 2019 will be a breath of fresh air in the Rustika Travel routine of traditional tours – many of you have been to all the places we’ve been taking you so far, so we desparately need completely new, 100% undriven tours for our faithful visitors.

Here they are – Rhodopean Quest (Bulgaria), Overlanding Ancient Trails (Central Serbia) and Morocco Desert Adventure (Morocco) are three journeys that are completely new in our 2019 programme! So we have a bit of everything – all of our traditional tours in the Balkans are still here for newcomers who’ve heard raving reviews about them to enjoy, but there’s plenty more to choose from.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sharing our dreams of freedom and wilderness exploration with our friends into 2019 🙂

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Balkans Wild Tracks 2018 video on-line

The editing of the video from the September / October tour in the south of Balkans (Albania / (North) Macedonia / Greece) is finished, and the video has been uploaded. Take a look at the highlights from this 13-day journey through magnificent landscape in this video!

Interested to take part in a Balkans Wild Tracks tour? You can find all the info here!

Secret Carpathians 2018 3-tour photo album online

We’ve uploaded the photo album with three of the 2018 Secret Carpathians tours – July, September and October. It’s our way of introducing the magnificent landscape of the Serbian Carpathian mountains to the world – a tour that should not be missed by any wilderness admirer. Take a look!

Why Grand Cherokee WJ?

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Aleksandar Veljković

Because it’s simply best bang for the buck!

Yes, that is how you say it if you want to cut the long story short. But, many of you want to hear the long story, because they simply don’t believe that a vehicle which has been perceived as a phony, luxury SUV by the majority can actually be a capable offroader intended for performing serious offroad tasks on a daily basis. Continue reading Why Grand Cherokee WJ?

Two Secret Carpathian videos

Secret Carpathians is our most popular tour, that was organized four times in 2018. We’ve completed the videos from 2 of those 4 tours, and they’re available for you to enjoy both on YouTube and Facebook.

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