A Balkans tour offers castles, cobblestones and opulent art all steeped in ancient and modern history.
The leering visage of a gap-toothed man with blood dripping down his stubbly chin is an unusual lure for tourists, but in the tiny Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, locals are hoping a resurrected vampire legend will let them bleed a little cash from passing visitors.
It was great to be able to get off the ship and spend a day in the countryside without having to pack and unpack.
The horns are blaring, the pigs roasting. Vanessa Murray joins half a million Balkan music fans at Guca's famous festival.
Kosovo's capital Pristina does not have tourist attractions so much as curiosities, and few of them are made for happy snaps.
Margaret Turton takes a river cruise laced with spies, revolution and royalty.
How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.