Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina , the heart shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe, with a vast array of attractions and a diverse menu of activities is sure to surprise and please any type of traveler. A stunning mix between Ottoman Empire meets Europe, this ancient country has gorgeous mountains, wild rivers, spectacular ski slopes, vibrant towns and sleepy villages.
Day 1: Sarajevo – Grand Walking Tour
Day 2: Sarajevo – War Tour and Cable Car Ride
Day 3: Mostar
Day 4: Mali Stone and Dubrovnik
Day 5: End of the Service
Day 1: Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour
Arrival at Sarajevo International Airport airport where you will be welcomed by your guide. Transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon, we will explore, by walking, the historical city center of Sarajevo – the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the biggest urban, cultural, economical center of country. During the tour we will experience a combination of Oriental, European and Yugoslav influences, which creates uniqueness and beauty, seen nowhere else but in Sarajevo. This city embraced all different nationalities, but unfortunately faced destruction at the end of 20th century. Known also as the „European Jerusalem“ , we will see Muslim, Catholic Christian, Orthodox Christian and Jewish architecture, that are just a few minutes away from each . Our guide will also explain about the assassination that triggered the First World War. Learn how Muslims and Jews protected each other through the different wars. Free time for individual activities . Dinner in a traditional Bosnian restaurant in the heart of the city. After dinner, arrival to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Sarajevo: War Tour and Cable Car Ride
After your breakfast in hotel, together to your local guide you will be transferred to the Tunnel of Hope. From July 1993 until the end of the Siege in late February 1996, the Sarajevo War Tunnel was the only connection besieged Sarajevo had with the outside world. It took more than six months to dig the tunnel and was done using pickaxes and shovels. The only source of light the workers had was provided by “war candles”, containers filled with cooking oil and fitted with a wick made from string. On the night of July 30, 1993, the tunnel was finally completed, giving Sarajevo an outlet to the world. The 800-meter-long corridor is a little over a meter wide and has an average height of 1.5 meters. Thanks to the tunnel, the beleaguered city regained access to telephone lines, oil supplies, food and electric energy. After the war, about 20 meters of the tunnel became part of a museum which contains many items from the time of the Siege of Sarajevo – the longest-running siege of any city in modern history. After this half day tour, we will drive back in city center and we will enjoy a nice lunch in a local brewery. Finally, we will take a ride on the Sarajevo Cable Car to see some stunning views of Sarajevo and the nearby mountains and cliffs. Closed in the 1990s when it was destroyed during the Bosnian War, it has 32 gondolas that run from the heart of Sarajevo to the top of the Trebević mountain, which was the venue for the bobsleigh course in the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Day 3: Mostar
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast departure to Mostar, the largest and most important city in the Herzegovina region. But before arriving to Mostar , we’ll stop to visit Tito’s bunker – the biggest secret of former Yugoslavia. Tito`s bunker is located under the mountain Zlatar with the deepest point of 280 meters underground. This atomic shelter could withstand a nuclear attack of 20 – 25 kilotons. The bunker has eight alternative exits that are not shown on the map which lead to the top of the mountain. This huge facility has more than one hundred rooms in a total area of 6400 square meters and these would be used by 350 people from political and state leadership of former Yugoslavia in case of a nuclear attack. Our tour continues to Jablanica famous for the World War II battle, but also known for its lamb meat. The old tradition of roasting sheep over an open fire brought fame to a series of restaurants on the main road south of the town. In fact, we will enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, we will arrive to the selected hotel in Mostar. Check in and time to rest. Before dinner,with our local guide we’ll have a walking tour of the city named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who have guarded the Old Bridge during medieval times. The Old Bridge is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and under the protection of UNESCO.
Dinner will be served in a traditional restaurant where we’ll taste Herzegovina specialties.
Day 4: Mali Stone and Dubrovnik
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast departure to Mali Ston , a village on the Dalmatian coast famous for seashell cultivation since the days of the Roman Empire as it hosts the largest oyster cultivation facilities in the Adriatic. Once arrived in Mali Stone, we’ll enjoy a panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston all the way down to the oyster beds. We’ll not only have the opportunity to see and learn something about the oyster production but also to taste some oysters and local wine in these amazing surroundings. Our lunch will be served in a local fish restaurants. Continue to Dubrovnik, check in at the selected hotel and time to rest. Before dinner, enjoy a panoramic walking tour in the evening through Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town and discover how the city became one of the most prosperous and advanced of all the historic maritime republics. As you step through the gates of Dubrovnik’s old city walls, you will be taking a step back in time, losing yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this culturally influential city. Beginning at Pile Gate, at the storied western entrance to the Old Town, your local guide will lead you to Dubrovnik’s most significant historical landmarks . Dinner in a local restaurant .
Day 5: End of the Services
Breakfast in hotel and check out. Transfer to the Dubrovnik International Airport.