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Bosnia & Herzegovina Expedition

Bosnia & Herzegovina Expedition

From $ 1,995 AUD

Description

Nature, history and culture collide across Bosnia and Herzegovina on this round-trip 8-day expedition from Sarajevo. Though so recently touched by upheaval, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina are eager to share their history and customs with you – through good food, gripping stories and thrilling adventures. Spot wild horses in the mountains, step inside a preserved bunker that remained a national secret for decades, go white-water rafting down a turquoise river and get a taste of the Balkans’ special brand of perseverance and hospitality.

Trip Name
Bosnia & Herzegovina Expedition
Last Updated
2022-08-05
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Ease into your adventure with a meal hosted by locals Mustafa and Mersiha in their kitchen overlooking the city of Sarajevo.
  • Paddle hard on a white-water rafting trip down the Neretva River, through canyons and past waterfalls.
  • Go off-road in search of wild horses in the foothills of Mount Cincar – our expert local leaders and guides know all the best spots to look.
  • Explore the historic and off-the-beaten-path town of Jajce, the birthplace of Yugoslavia and home to centuries-old architecture and a fairytale waterfall.
  • Step inside Josip Tito’s bunker – a massive and impeccably preserved underground nuclear shelter from the Yugoslav era that just recently opened to visitors.
  • Meet Sarajevo’s only female coppersmith while wandering the cobblestone walkways of the city’s historic cultural centre.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes even Tuesdays). We recommend you carefully consider which sites and museums you are going to want to visit and that you do some research and make your reservations in advance where required/possible.

Day 1 - Sarajevo
Dobrodošli! Get acquainted with your trip leader and fellow expeditioners at a welcome meeting at the hotel at 6 pm, and then head out together into the surrounding hills of Sarajevo for a cooking demonstration and welcome dinner with local hosts Mersiha and Mustafa in their home overlooking the city (with the best views of Sarajevo, they say!). Learn how to make burek (Bosnian pita), and then enjoy a hearty, home-made meal of sogan dolma (stuffed onions) and dolam (stuffed paprika) while Mersiha and Mustafa share stories about their lives, Bosnian cuisine and the city they call home.
Day 2 - Jajce
Hop aboard the public bus to Jajce, arriving about midday with time for an optional lunch and a walking tour with a local guide. Jajce is the birthplace of Yugoslavia, so be sure to visit the AVNOJ Museum to learn about Jajce and Bosnia in the 20th century. We’ll stop by the 22-metre Pliva Waterfall in the centre of town on the way. This small town dates back to ancient times and maintains a captivating mix of cultures and religions to this day. The evening is yours to explore. Don’t miss the incredible views atop the town’s 14th-century fortress.
Day 3 - Mostar
Head south via private transfer towards Mostar – but first, a stop in Livno to head up to the base of Cincar Mountain, and there’s no better way to ride than by 4WD! Take in the view of the Dinaric Alps before venturing off-road in search of a unique sight in Europe – some of the 400 wild horses that call these foothills home (our expert guides always find some). Afterwards, carry onwards to the town of Mostar, famed for its iconic Stari Most bridge, which stands as a symbol of reconciliation and international co-operation, and hosts a breathtaking diving competition in the summer months. Learn all about this historic city on a guided walking tour before settling into your hotel for the night.
Day 4 - Mostar
We’ll spend the day exploring the nature, history and treats of the Herzegovina region, the southern portion of the country. Start with a stop at Blagaj Tekke, a dervish monastery perched above the Buna River at the base of a towering cliff. Entry into the sacred site, now also a museum, is included in your trip. Admire the Ottoman architecture and tour the colourful rooms. Onwards to Stolca, we’ll pop into Mehmedbašića Kuća (an historic house) for a slice of smokvara (traditional fig cake) before proceeding on for a short hike and a dip at Kravica waterfall. Back in Mostar around 6 pm, you’ll have a free evening to explore at your leisure.
Day 5 - Konjic
Fuel up for the day with a Bosnian coffee demonstration in a local, traditional coffeehouse using beans freshly roasted on site. Travel to the nearby picturesque town of Konjic, known for its military history. Tour the Armijska Ratna Komanda ARK D-0, a.k.a. Tito’s Bunker – an impressive nuclear shelter and command centre built in 1953 to house the head of the Yugoslavian army and up to 350 military staff. The nearly 7,000-square-metre, 100-room underground facility went largely unscathed during the Yugoslav Wars and today stands as unique monument to the former Yugoslavia. Your knowledgeable local guide will share stories and insights into life in the Yugoslav era. From there, settle into your countryside accommodation. Get a sense of remote life by taking a stroll along a riverside path before enjoying a home-cooked, organic dinner back at the guesthouse.
Day 6 - Konjic
Get out on the water and into nature! Today you’ll spend your morning white-water rafting in the Neretva River canyon and your afternoon on a 4WD tour through the mountains. First, enjoy a homemade breakfast featuring regional specialities (how do homemade prosciutto and cream-filled donuts sound?). Then, your skipper-guide for the morning will get you fully decked out in the appropriate rafting gear and brief you on important rowing and safety techniques before heading into the river where you’ll tackle the rapids, visit waterfalls and enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim. In the afternoon, hop aboard an off-road jeep and head into the mountains to capture incredible panoramas. Dinner and a relaxing evening await back at the guesthouse.
Day 7 - Sarajevo
Return to Sarajevo, the heart of the country, via private transfer and a scenic public bus journey. After checking-in to the hotel, set out into the city for a guided walking tour. You’ll visit the shop of Bosnia’s sole female coppersmith, Nermina Alic, who learned the trade from her father and continues the family business today, using traditional methods to handcraft coffeepots, candleholders and plates. Wander among the shops and stalls of Basčarščija, the historic bazaar in the city’s cultural centre. Join the optional farewell dinner tonight and top it off with a slice of Sarajevska baklava.
Day 8 - Sarajevo
The expedition comes to an end after breakfast today in Sarajevo.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-05-202328-05-2023AUD $ 1,995-
28-05-202304-06-2023AUD $ 1,995-
04-06-202311-06-2023AUD $ 1,995-
11-06-202318-06-2023AUD $ 1,995-
03-09-202310-09-2023AUD $ 1,995-
17-09-202324-09-2023AUD $ 1,995-

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights),Multi-share Guest House ( 2 nights)

Transport

Public bus,Private vehicle,4X4 Jeep

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