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8D7N Bosnia & Herzegovina Off The Beaten Path (Discover the Unknown)

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8 Days
Availability : Jan-Dec
Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

8D7N Off The Beaten Path package will conveniently enable you to explore the very best of Bosnia and Herzegovina while traveling completely off the beaten path. If you are a fan of responsible travelling and are into culture, arts and crafts, meeting the locals and actively participating in local community, then this package is absolutely perfect for you.

Most importantly, you can customise your own itinerary while still keeping the package in shared trip option by replacing day tours that are offered with any of the day tours you choose from our portfolio. 

Please keep in mind the package is based on shared tours, with no more than maximum 8 travellers (usually 3-5) per tour. It is based on private 3/4/5* accommodation in Sarajevo, from where we conduct our tours to most important parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina on daily basis.

Highlights

  • Explore Bosnia and Herzegovina off the beaten path locations in depth. 
  • Travel Responsibly and budget friendly.
  • Spend seven nights in Sarajevo and understand why is it called European Jerusalem.
  • Discover the incredible importance of UNESCO sites and experience the cultural and nature diversity.
  • Delve into a hypnotising local story telling, history puzzles and understand the origins of multiculturalism.
  • Learn about traditional arts and crafts from local experts and make your own souvenirs.
  • Meet the locals, hear their story, share experiences and actively participate in local community.
  • See the best of Herzegovina region, visit Mostar and explore the religious sites of Medjugorje and Blagaj.
  • Witness the intact nature and enjoy one of the most beautiful Balkan hikes – Treskavica Mt. 
  • Customise your own itinerary by replacing any day with any other tour you can find in our Bosnia Day Tours portfolio. 

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Guide
    English speaking local-expert guide.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel in Sarajevo 7 nights (Choose via Booking Form: 3*, 4* or 5* hotels).
  • Meals
    Breakfast included.
    Lunch with local family in Visoko
    Picnic lunch at Treskavica Mt.
  • All Transfers
    Sarajevo airport transfer on arrival/departure any time it fits you and all transfers during the tour. If you plan to arrive from Dubrovnik or Belgrade, let us know and we can arrange private transfer to Sarajevo. 
  • All Entrance Fees, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
    No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 14 days prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
  • Availability
    Tour is available throughout the year.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Guide Tipping
    Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • Shared Tour
    All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.

Getting There

Logistics

  • Most convenient arrival point is Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ). Also consider using Wizz Air as cheaper option and fly into Tuzla International Airport (TZL).
  • If you plan to arrive either from Dubrovnik / Split / Zagreb or Belgrade, please contact us for affordable private transfer or consider one of our connecting tours.
  • Your arrival on Day 1 can be anytime. 
  • Your departure on Day 8 can be anytime.

Food & Accommodation

What’s Food Alike?
Bosnian food is unique mix of eastern and western cuisine which blended with local customs is creating probably the most diverse cuisine in the Balkans. Bosnian food included a lot of meat, but don’t worry we have you covered in case you prefer vegetarian options. Tasting local specialties Ćevapi or Burek is must have. Roasted lamb and homemade pita (eng.pie) are out of this world delicacies.

  • Day 1-8
    Hotel 3/4/5*- Twin Share (Breakfast included)

Itinerary

  • DAY 1Arrival to Sarajevo
18 reasons to visit Balkans
Sarajevo art academy and bridge Festina Lente.

Private Airport transfer from Sarajevo International Airport to Sarajevo city is included in the package price. Once you check-in your hotel, rest of the day is free to rest and get ready for great week to follow up.

  • DAY 2Sarajevo Walk and Calligraphy Workshop
Sarajevo old town Bascarsija
Calligraphy Work in Bey’s Mosque was entirely made by one man, artist Hazim Numanagic.

 

In the morning after breakfast from 10 AM until 12 PM do a walking tour of Sarajevo with food tasting, followed with delicious Bosnian coffee and sweets at our Bosnian room.

Once you have some rest we will head towards the Balkans last existing calligraphy workshop. This serene gallery, shop and working place is run by the man who was in charge of beautiful calligraphy works in the stunning Bey’s Mosque.  You will have a chance to learn about Bosnian School of Calligraphy from a master himself and find your inner peace in whirlwind of colours and reed qalam strokes while following his instructions.

  • DAY 3 Utopia of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo Siege
Yugoslavia and Siege of Sarajevo
Tito’s Nuclear Shelter (ARK D-0)

Today we will delve into the world of Yugoslavia mysteries, cold war fanaticism and communists paranoia while discussing the possible reasons of fall of Yugoslavia and it’s rigid consequences. We will do a full day tour and visit the charming Konjic and famous Tito’s bunker – the nuclear shelter which was built as part of a Cold War defence system and meant to sustain a direct 20 kiloton nuclear blast. Its secrecy was so important that workers were blind folded before being brought to the worksite.

After some nice walk and lunch in Konjic, we will head towards the War Tunnel Museum and learn from a local survivor why is it popularly called the Tunnel of Hope. Besides the War Tunnel, today we will also make a visit to Olympic Mt. Igman and Trebevic, where we will learn the story of Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games from 1984, but also cover some other sites related to the story of besieged city such as Yellow Bastion, Jewish cemetery and Sniper alley and understand Yugoslavia, War of Bosnia and Siege of Sarajevo in depth.

  • DAY 4 East Bosnia and West Serbia
Drvengrad - Mecavnik - A wooden town in West Serbia
Drvengrad – Mećavnik – A wooden town in West Serbia

On this full day tour from Sarajevo, we mainly focus on the eastern parts of Bosnia and visiting town of Višegrad and its UNESCO heritage of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge over Drina river, Andrićgrad, Dobrun Monastery, Mokra Gora Nature park with amazing Šargan Eight Train and National Park Tara in Serbia.

Special stop of the day is UNESCO site of Bosnian medieval necropolis. Return to Sarajevo is in the later afternoon.

  • DAY 5 Ancient Visoko Valley and Pottery Workshop
Visoko Pottery Workshop
Exploring the ancient suburbs of Visoko, lunch with a local family and pottery workshop with a local expert is the best way to experience Bosnian arts, crafts and tradition.

It is no news that, recently, town of Visoko became known as what they claim to be a Valley of newly discovered Bosnian Pyramids. However, and whether you are a sceptic or not, it is a fact that Visoko area has evidence of the first traces of life dating back to the 5th millennium BC. As a matter of fact, Archaeological excavations of Okolište are one of the biggest neolithic settlements of the Butmir culture in southeastern Europe.

This Full Day Experience will take you to a Neolithic area of Visoko and a charming small village where only 6 families live nowadays. You will meet one of the best pottery artist in the country and wider, enter his home, meet his beautiful family, share food, learn about their life and work and, finally, with a little help from the expert, make your very own pottery souvenir to bring home. Meeting a local community while putting yourself out there as an artist and discovering a deep connection between your mind, your body and the clay.

This day does not include exploring the Pyramids but it can easily be included.

  • DAY 6 Herzegovina in Depth (Medjugorje, Blagaj & Mostar)
Mostar old bridge during the sunset
Mostar old bridge during the sunset

Today we will indulge into discovering the secrets, mysteries and origins of religion in Herzegovina while exploring Medjugorje, Blagaj, Pocitelj and inevitable Mostar.  We will move away from the war history and discover the way religions found their way of reconciliation, unity and peace.

We will start at 7 AM in the morning and drive to Medjugorje where we will attend 45min to 1hour English speaking mass at St. James Church. After the mass, if needed, guests will have some free at the church, before we head to Apparition Hill. With the messages: “I have chosen this parish in a special way and I wish to lead it.”, “Peace, peace, peace – and only peace! Peace must reign between God and man and between men!”, the hill Crnica, today called Apparition Hill has become the most important pilgrimage site for Catholics in this part of the World and a symbol of peace.

Our next stop will be Blagaj town which is a home to Buna river spring – Europe’s most beautiful, most powerful, clean and drinkable karst river spring, settled beneath few hundred meters high rock. Just next to the spring, under the rock, is home to Blagaj Tekke – Dervish house, dating most likely pre or early Ottoman era from early 16th century, as unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Afternoon and golden hours in Mostar are perfect opportunity to take a stroll through Mostarska carsija, admire the old bridge and learn more about this incredibly charming city. Story of Mostar will be about the Bridge, it’s rise and fall, and how it had risen again. We will recreate Mostar for you and with you, but also give you some time to soak up the atmosphere on your own.

On the way back we will make short stops in Jablanica and arrive to Sarajevo around 7 pm. This will be a long but amazing day overall.

  • DAY 7 Treskavica Hiking Tour; Mountain of 365 Springs
Treskavica Mt.
Treskavica Mountain Hiking to the Great Lake

Today we will be heading towards one of the most beautiful mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a treasure trove that is simply a “must” for all of you nature lovers. Treskavica is believed to have exactly 365 springs which means that each day of the year “has its own spring”.

Treskavica mountain belongs to the range of the Dinaric Alps and is located only 30km from Sarajevo which makes it a perfect get away. Known for its amazing biodiversity, this is a mountain where nature found its safe haven and infiltrated itself entirely. By being completely off the beaten path, with no mass tourism in sight, this hiking trail will make you surrender absolutely every one of your current worries and enter a complete serenity.

Besides the fascinating natural diversity, abundance of water and crystal clear lakes, you will have a chance to live through some amazing legends about this mountain, including the war stories as this stunning mountain was a scene of many battles in period between 92-95.

In other words, this will be an absolutely incredible day fulfilled with lots of amazing experiences and moments of enlightenments but, for those of you who are not into hiking, we can easily include any other day tour from our portfolio.

  • DAY 8 Departure
Sarajevo Sebilj
A legend says:According to a popular legend, it is said that whoever drinks water from any of Sarajevo’s fountains and spouts will surely come back to Sarajevo”

Free time in Sarajevo until airport transfer.

 

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket in case of rains
  • Warm jacket (during the winter period)
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Sun protection (especially for hiking tour)
  • Water bottle

Optional Extras

Single Supplement

  • 95 EUR per person 

Make your own itinerary 

  • The package is conveniently arranged in the way that it enables you to replace the day tours from the itinerary with any of those you find in our half/day tours portfolio. 

Map

Trip Photos

Sarajevo art academy and bridge Festina Lente
Sarajevo art academy and bridge Festina Lente
Mostar old bridge during the sunset
Mostar old bridge during the sunset
Sarajevo old town Bascarsija
Calligraphy Work in Bey’s Mosque was entirely made by one man, artist Hazim Numanagic.
Visoko Pottery Workshop
Exploring the ancient suburbs of Visoko, lunch with a local family and pottery workshop with a local expert is the best way to experience Bosnian arts, crafts and tradition.
Drvengrad - Mecavnik - A wooden town in West Serbia
Drvengrad – Mećavnik – A wooden town in West Serbia
Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street - Kazandziluk
Sarajevo old town Baščarsija coppersmith street – Kazandžiluk
Konjic Old Bridge - Crossroad between Bosnia and Herzegovina
Konjic Old Bridge – Crossroad between Bosnia and Herzegovina
Yugoslavia and Siege of Sarajevo
Tito’s Nuclear Shelter (ARK D-0)
Blagaj River Spring and Dervish House
Blagaj River Spring and Dervish House
Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town
Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  2. Is Bosnia safe off the beaten path travels?
    The best destinations in Bosnia are totally off the beaten path and surely it is safe to explore them.
  3. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  4. What is the weather like?
    Bosnia and Herzegovina is country of extremely differentiated weather seasons, meaning in the winter we have deep minus temperature and during the summer high plus, so make sure to know what to expect before arrival.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. I found a better connecting flight. Can I be picked up in some other Balkan country?
    Please feel free to contact our team with your requires and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. 
  7. Can I book my own accommodation in Sarajevo?
    Yes, you can. In case you prefer booking your own accommodation we will deduct the costs of hotel service from the overall price. 
  8. What is the currency I should use while in Bosnia?
    While some places do accept EUR make sure to have small amount of local currency (BAM)
  9. Can I book this tour in other than English language?
    Tours are possible to book in other than English languages in private option. Do contact our team for further information.
  10. How much in advance I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 15 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure. 
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Amila Tiric

Group Traveller

I contacted Sarajevo Funky Tours when I had guests visiting from the US, and it was the best possible decision. They were extremely professional from that first call throughout the multiple tours we had the privilege to take with them.

The guides are not only very educated and well spoken, but also exceptionally pleasant, which made our whole experience absolutely fantastic! I would very much recommend this company to anyone and hope to use them in the future myself.

November 8, 2019
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