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8D7N Bosnia & Herzegovina Via Dinarica Trekking

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8 Days
Availability : April - October
Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Bosnia and Herzegovina being at the heart of European least explored mountain range – the glorious Dinaric Alps, offers an amazing opportunity to explore probably the most interesting part of the Mega Hiking Trail across the Western Balkans, called Via Dinarica.

The following 8 Day Via Dinarica trekking holiday across Bosnia and Herzegovina, is extremely diverse itinerary offering anyone with medium and advanced fitness to fully enjoy this amazing holiday.

Highlights

  • Explore the Blidinje Nature Park area and Blidinje Lake
  • Hike the most beautiful white line trail on Via Dinarica trail
  • Learn about the nomad lifestyle of locals at Lukomir village
  • Enjoy the unique natural phenomenon of Hajdučka Vrata
  • Hike through Europe’s most remote Rakitnica canyon

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide
Accommodation
First and last night 4* hotel in Sarajevo. Three nights at Boracko lake private accommodation, one night at the mountain hut and one night at Lukomir village private accommodation.
Meals
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) throughout the journey. On arrival day only dinner, and on the departure day only breakfast is included.
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 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
Trek is available from April to October.
Online Payments
Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.

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. We recommend being in Sarajevo before 8 PM so you can attend our welcome dinner.
  • 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. We will focus a lot on traditional village/mountain food with great mix of tasty urban dishes as well. Tasting local specialties Ćevapi or Burek is must have. Roasted lamb and homemade pita (eng.pie) are out of this world delicacies.

  • Day 1 (Arrival Day)
    Hotel 4* – Twin Share (Welcome Traditional Dinner)
  • Day 2
    Mountain Hut – Mixed Dorm (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
  • Day 3-4-5
    Boracko Lake – Twin Share (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
  • Day 6
    Lukomir Village – Twin Share (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
  • Day 7
    Hotel 4* – Twin Share (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
  • Day 8 (Departure Day)
    (Breakfast)

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 (Arrival to Sarajevo)
18 reasons to visit Balkans
Bosnian food is known for its healthy hearty meals.

Transfer from Sarajevo International Airport to your accommodation. Complimentary local Bosnian Dinner for first time meeting, briefing and chats included. If possible, please plan your arrival before dinner time (8 PM) or if you arrive earlier consider joining our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour or any additional tour of your choice.

  • DAY 2 (Blidinje Nature Park & Hiking to Vilinac Peak)
Blidinje Lake with Cvrsnica Mountain
Blidinje Lake with Čvrsnica Mountain

On this day we shall be enjoying an amazing hike at the pearl of Herzegovina region, Čvrsnica mountain. First part of the hike will take us around region of Blidnje Nature Park with ascent to Vilinac peak at 2112m. After enjoying time at Veliki Vilinac we shall conduct 25min descent to Mountain Hut Vilinac. At the hut we shall have lunch, free afternoon time followed with the dinner and overnight.

Moderate / 5 hrs walk / 600Δh / 10km

  • DAY 3 (Hajdučka Vrata & Diva Grabovica Valley)
Hajducka Vrata at Cvrsnica Mountain
Hajdučka Vrata at Čvrsnica Mountain

After delicious breakfast and beautiful sunrise, it is time leave our beautiful Vilinac hut and head towards the most amazing natural phenomenon on Čvrsnica mountain – famous Hajdučka vrata (eng. Outlaws Gates) located at the 2000 m asl. On the trail just before the Outlaws Gates, we shall pass by beautiful glacier lake, called Crljenjak.

This amazing natural phenomenon is great opportunity for amazing photography before we start our decent towards Diva Grabovica valley.

The trail to the valley is some 1750m beneath us, at all time offering us amazing views over the Neretva river canyon. By the time of arrival to Diva Grabovica valley, our transportation will already await us to transfer us to our overnight accommodation at Boracko lake.

The lunch is planned at the Jablanica where we will taste famous Bosnian roasted lamb, and dinner will be served at the accommodation.

Moderate to Challenging / 6 hrs walk / 1800Δh / 11km

  • DAY 4 (Prenj Mountain Hike to Zelena Glava – highest peak)
Descending from the Prenj Mountain Highest Peak - Zelena Glava 2155masl
Descending from the Prenj Mountain Highest Peak – Zelena Glava 2155masl

Being the most beautiful Bosnian and Herzegovinian, almost mythical mountain, Prenj is a must visit mountain for any true highlander. On this day we are doing the challenging hike to the most amazing peak of Prenj mountain – Zelena Glava at 2155m asl.

Challenging / 12 hrs walk / 1300Δh / 21km

  • DAY 5 (Rafting at Neretva River)
Rafting at Neretva River
Rafting at Neretva River

Since the first four days were a bit more demanding, it is time to have some relaxing time enjoying the amazing Neretva rafting. Amazing Neretva river canyon, it’s color, together with it’s tributary Rakitnica river will surely be highlight of your Bosnian holiday.

Easy / 5 hrs rafting

  • DAY 6 (Visočica Mountain, Rakitnica Canyon & Lukomir Village)
Visocica mountain - Vito peak at 1960m
Visočica mountain – Vito peak at 1960m

Hiking via the famous ridge of Visočica mountain, and visiting European most remote Rakitnica canyon. It is possible in summer months to take a swim in Rakitnica canyon so bear that in mind. Evning arrival to Lukomir, followed with dinner and overnight at one of Lukomir nomad houses.

Moderate to Challenging / 6-7 hrs walk / 1000Δh / 12km

  • DAY 7 (Lukomir Village & Bjelašnica Mountain)
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina

In the early morning before the delicious, Lukomir nomad style breakfast, we shall learn how about the lifestyle of Lukomir nomads. If preferred it is possible to organize to milk the cow or sheep.

Later you will have free morning to explore the village on your own, and the midday is planned for Bosnian food workshop, where we shall learn how to make Bosnian specialty food – Burek (meat) or Potato/Cheese/Spinach pita (pie). 

After the great lunch, the afternoon is planned for return hike across the one of the highest peaks of Bjelasnica mountain, called Obalj at 1896m asl, towards the another amazing rural village at Bjelasnica mountain, village of Umoljani.

From the high mountain peaks, we shall see one of the most amazing valleys in whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Studeni Potok (eng. cold creek), learn the story about Umoljani dragon, see the famous Umoljani mosque, before we meet our driver and head towards Sarajevo.

Overnight in Sarajevo at 4* hotel. Goodbye dinner is planned at one of the local Sarajevo restaurants

Moderate / 5 hrs walk / 700Δh / 8km

  • DAY 8 (Departure)
Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town
Sarajevo Gazi Husref bey mosque built in 1531. and the Sarajevo old town – Bačšaršija

Free time in Sarajevo until airport transfer. In case you are leaving in the later afternoon, let us know if you would prefer to have any additional services or tours. You can easily combine our Sarajevo Siege Tour with your airport transfer.

Sarajevo Airport Transfer

Kitlist

What’s Included?

  • Sleeping bag

What’s Available to Hire?

  • Warm jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Day-pack

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, wet wipes, and ziplock baggies to carry stuff out)
  • Head torch
  • Day-pack
  • Water bottle
  • Travel towel

Optional Extras

Single Supplement

  • 75 EUR per person 

Map

Map of the route itinerary.

Trip Photos

Hajducka Vrata at Cvrsnica Mountain
Hajdučka Vrata at Čvrsnica Mountain
Blidinje Lake with Čvrsnica Mountain
Descending from the Prenj Mountain Highest Peak - Zelena Glava 2155masl
Descending from the Prenj Mountain Highest Peak – Zelena Glava 2155masl
Prenj Mountain Hiking Adventure
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
Lukomir village sheep
Lukomir village sheep
Boracko Lake overlooking amazing Prenj mountain
Boračko Lake overlooking amazing Prenj mountain
View at Prenj mountain from Jablanica
View at Prenj mountain from Jablanica Lake
Jezerca mountain hut at Prenj mountain
Jezerca mountain hut at Prenj mountain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this activity for me?
    This trekking requires fairly good level of fitness. Most of the hikes are moderate to challenging, but are usually doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  2. Is Bosnia safe for trekking?
    Destinations covered in our 8 day trekking holiday are perfectly safe, especially from mines perspective. The regions we hike are have fully been preserved from 1990ies war activities. Safety of our guests and ourselves is our most important priority.
  3. Can I book solo?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  4. What is the weather like?
    During the months of April, May and October temperatures in the mountains can vary. Usually above 10 degrees Celsius, while for the rest of the months temperatures are higher, usually in 20ties.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However for excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. How well are guides equipped and trained?
    Funky Tours mountain guides are fully trained English speaking individuals who know these mountain perfectly and are used to react properly in any give situation. 
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