Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Visoko, Travnik, Jajce, Banja Luka, Krupa na Vrbasu, Makljen Pass, Prozor/Rama, Jablanica, Kravica Waterfall, Mostar, Blagaj, Stolac, Vjetrenica, Trebinje, N.P. Tjentište, Višegrad
With a culture influenced by various rulers, modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina is the result of a rich history that attracts many visitors and invites them to continue with its exploration.
Arrival in Sarajevo, a city with many diversities which is displaying a unique link between the East and West. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel in Sarajevo.
This morning starts with a walking tour of Sarajevo, visiting Gazi Husref Bay’s Mosque and Old Orthodox Church, with the sightseeing of Bascarsija and Latin Bridge. After some time at leisure, departure for Visoko and visit to Bosnian Pyramids. You will visit the Ravne tunnel, and the sites of the Moon Pyramid and the Sun Pyramid, which contain the largest megalithic blocks in the Balkans. Return to Sarajevo. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Sarajevo.
After breakfast, departure for Jajce. En route stop in Travnik, the birthplace of Ivo Andrić, a Bosnian novelist and short story writer; in 1961, the winner of the Nobel Price in Literature. Visit Ivo Andrić Memorial Museum and Old town Fortress. Continuing to Jajce. Upon arrival to Jajce the sightseeing of this old town including Jajce Citadel (Fortress), Mithra Temple, Museum of the Second Session of the Antifascist Council of the National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ), Medvjed Kula, Tower of St. Luke, famous Catacombs, Mosque of Esma Sultanija, waterfalls on the Pliva River and Mills on Lake Pliva. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Jajce.
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Banja Luka. Sightseeing of Banja Luka including the medieval fortress “Kastel”, Orthodox Church “Christ The Saviour”, Monument to Ban Milosavljević, Ban’s Government and Ban’s Court, National Theatre and the Orthodox Church “Holy Trinity”. Lunch in a local restaurant in Banja Luka. En route stop in Krupa na Vrbasu for a short visit of Krupa falls, the waterfalls in the town where the crystal clear waters precipitating down on the traditional watermill produce a lovely sight. Return to Jajce. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Jajce.
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, we start the day with a scenic drive via Makljen pass into the rugged beauty of Lake Rama and the rivers Rama and Neretva. Stop in jablanica where, in a heroic battle in WWII, the Partisan leader Tito and his soldiers destroyed the bridge over the River Neretva tricking the Nazis in order to save the wounded soldiers from the siege. (Visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle for Wounded on Neretva) and the remains of the bridge over the River Neretva. Later on, we continue our trip to Mostar, a town situated in the valley of the River Neretva. It is known for its famous stone Old Bridge from the 16th century with a unique arch. Arrival in the hotel, dinner and overnight.
On our way through Eastern Herzegovina, we shall learn about the rich history of this region. In the small town of Blagaj, twelve kilometres away from Mostar, below a steep rock, there is one of the most abundant river sources in Europe. There is also an old dervish monastery, an attractive cultural venue, originating from the end of the 15th or the beginning of the 16th century. On the way towards Stolac, we shall stop for a short break at Zitomislici, where there is an Orthodox cathedral from the 15th century. Arriving in Stolac we shall see the most beautiful necropolis of standing tombstones – stecci. There are numerous archaeological finds from the Paleolithic and from the 3rd century B.C. In the vicinity of Trebinje, we shall visit one of the largest karst caves in Europe, 6100 meters long. The Vjetrenica Cave is well-known for its endemic species of animals. The last station of this trip is the centre of East Herzegovina – the town of Trebinje, well-known for Arslanagic’s Bridge from Turkish times and many other interesting venues worth visiting.
After breakfast, a departure from Mostar for Tjentiste in the heart of the Sutjeska National Park, founded in 1965, which covers the area of 173 km2 of mostly untouched wilderness and which became the National Park due to the historical battle from WWII; a large stone monument commemorating the event was raised at Tjentiste memorial park. Visit the memorial zone in Tjentiste with the central monument dedicated to the battle of Sutjeska, the amphitheatre and the Memorial House (museum); the whole visit will last about 1 hour. Arrival in Visegrad, followed by short sightseeing, including Mehmed Paša Sokolovic’s Bridge, registered in the UNESCO world heritage list. Dinner and overnight in Visegrad.
Breakfast in the hotel and return to Sarajevo. Upon arrival, you will also have time to explore Sarajevo, enjoy a meal in one of the many cafés and restaurants in its cobbled streets. After lunch in Sarajevo visit the Tunnel of Hope and Vrelo Bosne, the Spring of the River Bosna at Ilidza. You can reach the main park either by walking or in the horse-driven carriage along the 3.5 km tree-lined avenue. Dinner in a local restaurant with the live music show. Overnight in the hotel in Sarajevo.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the Sarajevo Airport for the return flight.
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