Extension Trip: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Extension Trip: Bosnia & Herzegovina
*Price is $1400.00 USD per person - increase quantity below when purchasing more than one traveler's extension trip at one time.
Go beyond borders to explore Bosnia & Herzegovina on this 5 day 4 night extension tour. Bosnia and Herzegovina, a beautiful heart shaped country where nature and architecture are in harmony. A tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina is like a walk through the past, this is the country where eastern and western civilization have met, clashed and enriched the country in most incredible ways.
This trip is created in partnership with Archaeon BIH, a Bosnia and Herzegovina cultural preservation organization that Stone & Compass has been working with for over three years.
Day One: Flying from Sofia, Bulgaria to Bosnia and Herzegovina, you will arrive in the beautiful city of Mostar. In a deep valley of Neretva river this small town of Mostar was developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman town and then continued to develop as an Austro-Hungarian town. It is famous for its spectacular Old Bridge from the 16th century which was, with its closest vicinity, inscribed by UNESCO onto the World Heritage List. Meet Mostar, its history, and watch world famous Old Bridge divers jumping from the 24 meters high bridge. In the evening we will take you to Blagaj, a small historic village in Mostar basin where you will be dazzled with amazing nature and you will taste Ottoman sweets while watching traditional Blagaj dances. *Note: This first day would be your last day on a prior trip - instead of getting up with the other guests, heading off to the airport to go home, you start a new adventure!
Day Two: Not far away from Mostar there is a small 15th century city of Počitelj which you will visit. This unique settlement, listed as a UNESCO heritage site and recent reconstruction has returned the town to its original form. Not only is it famous for its architecture but it also holds the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe where artists from all over the world go there and paint. From Počitelj you will see why Herzegovina is famous not only for its cultural heritage but also for its nature. We will take you to a photo-safari in the Nature and Bird reserve of Hutovo Blato. The reserve is on the list of BirdLife International's most important bird areas and it is the largest reserve of its kind in the region. You will have lunch in the restaurant located near the famous archaeological site of Mogorjelo which was built as a Roman villa rustica at the end of the 3rd century. Famous Herzegovinian acapello singers will make special atmosphere for you in this centuries old place. Next stop on our way back to Mostar is famous Kravica waterfall, one of the most fascinating naturalistic features of this region. The waters of the Trebižat River branch out there, cascading from the tuﬀ walls from a height of 30 metres, and they form a natural amphitheatre which is 150-metre wide. After visiting Kravica you will return to Mostar.
Day Three: On the third day of your stay, you will visit Stolac. This area has been settled for at least 15 000 years, as evidenced by the markings in Badanj Cave, which experts have dated 12000-16000 BC. You will meet the nature of Stolac with its amazing Bregava river but also you will visit famous archaeological sites like Radimlja which is a most beautiful necropolis of stećak, tombs that are dating to 12th to 15th century and which were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. Also here you will visit Old town of Stolac, grave of Sarajevo’s rabbi Moshe Danon, and famous site of Daorson which was the capital of the hellenized Illyrian tribe Daorsi (4th-3rd century BC). Daorson was built around a central fort or acropolis, surrounded by cyclopean walls made of huge stone blocks similar to those in Mycenae, Greece and is a must place to see.
After visiting Stolac we will take you to Vjetrenica cave located in stunning valley of Popovo polje. The ancient karst field is a minute piece of what is the one of the world’s largest karst field that stretches all the way into Croatia and Slovenia. Vjetrenica is the largest cave system discovered in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This extensive cave system has in total over 6 kilometres of passages. The stunning main passage stretches on 2,50 kilometers. Amongst the many archaeological discoveries are the ancient cave bears and leopards, cave drawings that are estimated to be over 10,000 years old. The Cave is also home to many small lakes and endemic types of shellfish only found in deep underground aquifer systems.
Day Four: Today you will enjoy a scenic 2 hour drive to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Spend the day and night in this historic city where east meets west and get familiar with Sarajevo’s glorious past. There are few places on earth where an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue are within easy walking distance of each other. You will visit Roman remains, as well as beautiful Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian buildings. You will also visit the National museum of Sarajevo best known for housing the priceless Sarajevo Haggadah and many other important artifacts dating from Neolithic times. In the evening, after tasting famous Bosnian food, including burek and ćevapi the trip will take you to Mostar, the largest city of Herzegovina. In Mostar you will stay in Hotel Bristol, a 4 star hotel in the center of the city with amazing view on the Neretva river
Day Five: Wake up to your last Eastern European breakfast before you head off to the Sarajevo Airport to start your journey home. Memories are priceless and you will thank yourself for extending your trip to create these lasting memories.