Trip is designed as extremely flexible, so that is why we can arrange it to start from Sarajevo, Dubrovnik or any place of your choice (Montenegro or rest of Croatia). In the end trip can end in any area of your interest.
Normally this trip we plan to start from Sarajevo and end in Dubrovnik, but going the other way around from Dubrovnik (Split) to Sarajevo would be no problem at all.
Day 1 (Sarajevo - Mostar)
- Start from Sarajevo at 8.30 AM
- Visit to Konjic and Tito’s Bunker (only summer season)
- Visit to Jablanica
- Visit to Blagaj, Buna spring with Dervish House and local lunch
- Arrival to Mostar and hotel check-in (4* hotel - one night)
- Mostar walking tour
Day 2 (Mostar - Dubrovnik/Split/Kotor or return to Sarajevo)
- Free time in Mostar in the morning
- Visit to Počitelj
- Visit to Kravice Waterfalls
- Visit to Medjugorje and local wine tasting at local winery (optionable)
- Visit to Vjetrenica Cave and Zavala Monastery
- Arrival to Dubrovnik, Split or Kotor in later afternoon
Day 1 (Sarajevo - Mostar)
Morning ride will take us through interesting suburbs of Sarajevo and areas of central Bosnia until we pass Ivan mountain and enter Herzegovina region. As soon as in Herzegovina, we’ll start descending, as region of Herzegovina is generally on lower altitudes and is totally different climate, so you’ll notice dramatic natural environment change.
First stop of the day is visit to old part of town. Unique, prehistorically inhabited, famous for 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge, looming over turquoise Neretva river, usually very sunny place, is day’s perfect start. Standing at WW2's last day, during the Nazi withdrawal, destroyed bridge, we learn the story of the “monument to human stupidity”, mystery of
, famousness of white water rafting
at upper Neretva region and glacier , and few other stories before we visit Tito’s Bunker
In the early 1950s, Josip Broz Tito
, the late leader of the former Yugoslavia, ordered the building of a secret bunker that would safeguard the country's ruling class in case of a nuclear attack. Located 900 feet (270 m) underground, town of Konjic, the 26-year project was only completed in 1979, the year before Tito died, and it was built at a cost equivalent to just under £3 billion ($4.6 billion). If restocked with supplies it would still serve its purpose - allowing 350 people to live and work for six months without ever coming outside. More about this place you see here
. Please note that this facility is not always available to visit (depending on period of the year, number of guests, days of the week) so please note that when we are doing reverse tour from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo visit to TITOs bunker can hardly be integrated into visit due to later time of arrival to Konjic on the 2nd day of the itinerary, while latest visit to this facility is at 2 pm on Mon, Wed and Fri only.
As soon as we leave big secret behind, ride continues by passing large, dammed but very beautiful Jablanicko lake
, with short stop at Jablanica
where we learn WW2 story of “Neretva Battle
” and “sniff” into the way how famous roasted lamb on the spit is made
Then, we continue through some really amazing parts of Neretva river canyon, telling the unique stories of Herzegovina, before we arrive to our next stop at
Blagaj town is home to Buna river spring - Europe’s most beautiful, most powerful, clean and drinkable karst river spring, settled beneath few hundred meters high rock. Water comes out of quite large but stunningly deep cave, which springs amazing 43 cubic meters of water per second. Can you imagine this?
Just next to the spring, under the rock, is home to Blagaj Tekke - Dervish house, dating most likely pre or early Ottoman era from late 15th century, as unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Visiting this complex and learning more about Dervish life in Herzegovina as important part of our history is, MUST DO.
For Muslim travelers “Tekija” is place where prayers are hosted 5 times a day and can be attended if wanted.
After visit to “Blagajska Tekija” and “Izvor rijeke Bune” we stay there for bit longer. It is time for lunch. Due to famousness and cleanliness of Buna river the most important thing to taste in Blagaj today is local trout. That is why we don’t leave the place before we offer our guests to try locally prepared trout on “Blagaj Way”, enjoying amazing scenery of Buna river spring and Dervish house next to it. Vegetarians don’t worry, we have solutions for you as well :)
Later, it is time for
story. As soon as we arrive to Mostar and check-in at our amazing 4* hotel, we’ll start our 2 hour walking tour which will cover most important sites and locations in
We focus at Mostar Old Bridge, Old Bazaar and Old Town, but offer stories of Mostar uniqueness, in regard to historical and cultural diversity.
We learn about the Old Bridge, it’s rise and fall, and how it had risen again. We learn about Siege of Mostar, its pre and post siege period. We learn about why it is called Mostar. We learn about Mostarians. We recreate Mostar for you and with you. We learn Mostar.
Final part of the day will be free time and dinner followed with overnight at your beautiful 4* hotel in Mostar.
Day 2 (Mostar - Dubrovnik/Split/Kotor)
“When a man spends a night in Mostar, it is not the sound that awakes him, but the light. I know that from experience. The light I was greeted upon arrival at Mostar, the light I was followed from morning to evening, and later, after departure, the light remained within me, as the main characteristic of my memories of Mostar. I’ve always felt that what shines over this nature privileged city, and the way it permeates everything within, is some sort of remarkable light, extraordinary in strength and quality. I’ve always thought, this way (light) is the way the love for life, courage, cheerfulness, a sense of proportion and creative work, enters man’s life.
I could never have enough of it, even though I was met everywhere. It is within laughter of people, within clear vowels of their speech, in the faces of boys and girls at the evening walks. It is refracted as gold, restless gleam within the glass of Mostar Zilavka (wine), and lives as a compressed strength and sweetness in these peaches and cherries. It hides in shady, cool waters of Radobolja. And upon it, Neretva is our brightest river, and upon it, bare karst surrounding hills have some sort of unrestrained grandeur. Upon that light I remember Mostar the best.”
As soon as light upon wakes you up, in your beautiful Mostar hotel and after delicious breakfast it is time for some morning free activities on your own. We usually give some free time to our guests when in Mostar to explore town on your own and discover some nice spots, which are sufficient all around.
After departing from Mostar very soon we ll arrive to .
Stunningly nested above Neretva river, visit to
(“Počivati” - Bos.”to rest in peace”), easy uphill, one hour long walking activity, accompanied with a stories of town’s development and strategic importance during its 600+ year long written history and visit to most important sites such as Hajji Alija Mosque, Clock Tower and Gavrankapetanovic tower, IS A MUST, for anyone passing through or near Herzegovina region.
Unique, medieval, Ottoman era glorified, present day Ottoman-Mediterranean style “architectured” fortress - town Počitelj, is one of the very few urban ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina preserved in their integrity to the present times.
After we are done with Počitelj explorations get ready for highlight of the day, small Niagara’s, stunning waterfalls of Kravica.
Situated near Ljubuški, Trebižat river with its travertine sedimentations is today offering us unique and breathtaking attraction - Kravica waterfalls. Height range from 26-28 meters and water amphitheater of 120 meters below, plus surrounding nature of Kravica waterfalls
altogether fall into unique geological monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you are conducting this tour in summer time (between June - September) feel free to bring along swimsuit and join us for some chilling swim, or at least to cool your feet along a good drink.
The area of west Herzegovina is famous for amazing wine story and nowadays local producers are making some of the finest wines in the region. If you are interested to explore this part of Herzegovina story, to learn and taste finest of Blatina (red) and Zilavka (white) authentic wines along with other local products, visiting one local winery is a must. We'll teach you about biodynamic wines, what do they represent and why they are quite rarity today, but slowly picking up. We’ll learn about history of winemaking in Herzegovina and where it aims today, so all in all it will be another highlight of your day. For guests not interested into wine tasting we can organise alternative attractions to visit.
The most famous Catholic pilgrimage in Southeastern Europe today is Medjugorje
. Virgin Mary apparition place since 1981 until today, has attracted large number of pilgrims and other travellers interested to discover amazing story behind this phenomenon. It is part of Herzegovina and it is part of our tour too.
After West Herzegovina, time to move more south and visit interesting area of East Herzegovina and the next stop is Vjetrenica Cave.
Vjetrenica (eng.”wind cave") is the largest and most important cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most interesting caves in the Dinaric Alps mountain range.
The cave has been explored to a total of about 7 km in length but is assumed to be around 20 km and as it is known, is the richest cave in the world in terms of subterranean biodiversity. Proteus anguinus (human fish), amazing stalactite and stalagmite decorations are simply to amazing to miss out, so that is why Vjetrenica is also one of Herzegovina must sees.
Just next to the cave, last spot of the day will be visit to Zavala Monastery. Amazingly nested in the hills above stunning Popovo Field this 15th century Orthodox monastery is great way to learn and understand why this seemingly dry and uninhabited areas through the history have always been great source of different religious stories.
Last part of our journey before we reach Dubrovnik/Kotor/Split will be interesting ride through areas of East Herzegovina where we expect to be in destination between 7 and 8 pm, and of course we'll drop you off at location of your request. Of course if you prefer to be in destination earlier, please let us know so we can arrange the day according to your request.