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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free time in Sarajevo until airport transfer.
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