It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve started offering offroad / overlanding tours in the Balkans under Rustika label, and in that time we’ve become best known for our total wilderness tours. These tours feature some incredible wild campsites far from civilization and major roads, often in deep forests with no mobile signal, in places where we would probably be undisturbed for as long as we decide to stay there. Serbia is especially famous for such abandoned places deep in the wild, but Bulgaria, with an even lower population density than Serbia, isn’t short on them either.
Lets start with the hotel tours this time
However, not all of our customers are fans of the jungle adventure survival style, that sometimes includes a fierce struggle with the elements. We are well aware that there are people who prefer to have a warm bed, a restaurant, hot spa and sauna after a day on the trail, and that is why we are offering three hotel tours in Serbia too. But due to a lack of demand lately, it seems that our potential customers aren’t aware of that fact. So we will start the overview of our 2024 offerings with those three hotel tours.
Jedes Jahr versuchen wir, unser Portfolio an Offroad/Overland Touren zu bereichern, um die Erwartungen sowohl alter als auch neuer Kunden zu erfüllen, und 2023 könnte leicht der bisher größte Fortschritt sein. Alle unsere traditionellen Touren sind immer noch für diejenigen da die sie noch nicht ausprobiert haben, mit einer Ausnahme – da Homolje Goldrush in gewisser Weise an Dynamik verloren hat, haben wir uns entschieden sie durch einen brandneuen Hoteltour-Saisonauftakt in Westserbien zu ersetzen – viel Bessere Hotels, mit einer malerischen Pinienlandschaft aus National- und Naturparks, die der im Osten nicht nachsteht, garantiert allen, die diese neue Tour gebucht haben, ein überwältigendes Erlebnis.
Every year we try to enrich our portfolio of offroad/overland tours in order to meet the expectations of both old and new customers, and 2023 could easily be the biggest move forward so far. All of our traditional tours are still there for those who haven’t tried them yet, with one exception – since Homolje Goldrush has lost momentum in a way, we decided to replace it with an all new hotel tour season opener in Western Serbia – much better hotels, with a picturesque pinetree scenery of national and nature parks, not inferior to that in the east, guarantees an overwhelming experience to all those who have booked this new tour.
Sollten Sie nach Serbien reisen? Marco war 10 Mal dort, also ist dies eine Gelegenheit herauszufinden warum.
Das neue Video das gerade auf unserem YouTube Kanal veröffentlicht wurde, zeigt Ihnen wie Marco Abel Ende März 2022 die Wildnis Ostserbiens erkundete, gerade als der Winter dem Frühling Platz machte. Entdecken Sie diese spannende Landschaft und hören Sie was Marco über seine bisherigen Erfahrungen zu sagen hat.
I’ve always loved to roam the mountains of eastern Serbia, ever since I was a kid. This vast space of mostly uninhabited wilderness is a sanctuary for all the freedom lovers who want to lose all connections with modern civilization and it’s set of rules, to escape absolute surveilance and endless “do’s and dont’s”. Actually, this is one of the few places in Europe where you still have large chunks of land that are completely out of mobile range, so you can really lose the faintest idea what is happening in the outside world. A world war could start, and you might well not realise it before it’s over!
We’ve completed the video from our premiere 2019 Ancient Trails tour, which took place in June 2019. Lots of rain and mud, struggle with the elements, but also enjoying the incredible scenery of central Serbia. Don’t miss our next Ancient Trails tour in May 2020!
Material from our 2019 season is starting to be added to our gallery – there are two new albums from some very inspiring tours that took place in the wilderness of Serbia in June and July. There is a widespread belief among overlanders that Serbia is the least interesting of the Balkan countries. We’re sure that, looking at these albums, you will get the opposite impression! Serbia has a broad diversity of different landscapes, probably being more diverse than any other of the Balkan countries, and offers fantastic possibilities for wilderness exploration, especially with some, in places quite demanding forest trails. However, if you take on Serbia, you’ll have to be ready to confront vegetation on a daily basis!
Ancient Trails is our brand new tour covering the mountains of central and southwest Serbia, and Secret Carpathians is our by far most popular tour, covering the serbian part of the Carpathians in eastern Serbia, continuing into the awe inspiring Balkan mountain range along the bulgarian border. Pictures speak much louder than words in both cases!
Offroad tour season 2019 will be a breath of fresh air in the Rustika Travel routine of traditional overland expeditions – 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.
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!
Serbia is one of the best places in Europe for overlanding nomads to enjoy their way of life. It’s mountain wilderness offers some really stunning scenery, with wild campspots unmatched by any other in Europe. Take a look at the way we enjoy one of the best campspots in Serbia and judge for yourself 😎