Herzegovina Wine Tasting – 2Day Connecting Tour Between Sarajevo and Croatia or Montenegro via Mostar

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Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

Imagine two days of perfectly tailored hedonistic experience, elaborate tastings in centuries old wine cellars, luxury accommodation, amazing dining experiences, and the world of pristine nature accompanied by unique outdoor possibilities. 

Our team have travelled across the most beautiful vineyards of Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to carefully select the most captivating Herzegovinian wineries. From the intimacy of rural settings, unique small family businesses, centuries old wine cellars all the way to fascinating and sunbathed Herzegovina’s nature wonders, we have built a unique itinerary with best of wine, gourmet and nature discoveries.

This trip is created to conveniently reshape your trip between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (or Montenegro) into an unforgettable experience of delving into the best of sun-drenched Herzegovina, Duke’s land known as Bosnian California. Everything is at your fingertips and just one wish away. 

Highlights

  • Travel safely and conveniently between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (or Montenegro) while discovering the best of Herzegovina Region
  • Enjoy the benefits of Safe Travel Destination and have a life-changing authentic and meaningful experience
  • Visit 6 wineries (Winery Brkić, Winery Marijanovic, Wine Cellars Ostojić, Winery and Cooperative Daorson, Tvrdoš Monastery and Wine Gallery Vukoje)
  • Indulge into intellectual conversations with wine connoisseurs, learn about the obscure grape sorts, biodynamic production and flirt with the “so far unknown flavours” of Žilavka and Blatina
  • Spend a night in charming Mostar, admire the views over the UNESCO protected Old Bridge 
  • Have a glass of wine and embraced by nature, appreciate the calming sunset colors from the ancient Daorson 
  • Walk the stairway to serenity at Tvrdoš Monastery nested along Trebišnjica, the largest underground river in the Balkans and explore the old stone wine cellar dating from the 15th century
  • Take a stroll in Trebinje, a city with annually 260+ sunny days and an ideal mediterranean climate

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
  • Hotel in Mostar 1 night or Vila Ostojic in Citluk.
  • Breakfast and 2x local buffet lunch.
  • Full wine tatsing per itinerary.
  • Ground transfers.
  • 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.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • Dinner

Getting There

  • Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) This original itinerary is scheduled to start from Sarajevo.
  • Dubrovnik or Split (Croatia) If you prefer to start this tour from Dubrovnik or Split please let us know in advance.
  • Kotor, Budva or Podgorica (Montenegro) If you prefer to start this tour from Kotor Budva or Podgorica please let us know in advance.
  • Arrival The pickup on the 1st day is 8 AM.
  • Departure Tour ends on the late afternoon of Day 2.

Itinerary

DAY 1: West Herzegovina

Destination: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Hotel Eden 4* or similar
Meals Included: B – L

Activity note: In the morning hours, just after the breakfast, your amazing team will pick you up at your address and take you on a ride from Sarajevo through stunning sceneries and suburbs.

Konjic town in Herzegovina region
Short stop in Konjic, nice and easy stroll in its čarsija (bazaar) and coffee break while admiring the old Ottoman bridge and discovering the story behind the “monuments of human stupidity” is an absolute must when in Herzegovina.

Brkić Wine Cellar: Our first stop will be one of the best known Herzegovinian wineries in the country, Winery Brkić which started with production in 1979. by establishing the first contemporary private wine cellar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, Brkić Winery is known as the only biodynamic wine producer in the country.

Wines we will be served are made from indigenous Herzegovinian grape sorts – Žilavka (white grapes) and Blatina (red grapes):

  • Brkić Čitlučka Žilavka: Pear and tarragon scented, non filtered white wine which is fermented with native yeast and briefly aged on the lees.
  • Brkić Greda: Fruity wine with a depth of flavour and savory smoky finish. It is fermented on the grape skins and aged in a large new oak tank on the lees for about 12 months.
  • Mjesečar (Moonwalker): Dried flowers and stone fruit flavour wine made in a completely biodynamic way, from 100% “Žilavka” wine grape and carefully following the lunar calendar.
  • Plava Greda: Wine is fermented with native yeast in local Bosnian oak and, due to its less amount of tannin it is one of the favourite everyday local wines.

Brkic, Mjesecar Wine
Made “grape by grape”, in a completely biodynamic way, Mjesecar Wine will definitely be a taste you will return to many times after you come back your home. Soaking up the knowledge of the only family in the region that is producing biodynamic wines, their absolute devotion and passion will make you not only admire the incredible wine flavours but also appreciating all the hard work of small producers.

Winery Marijanović: Short but spectacular ride across the Herzegovinian countryside will leave you overwhelmed. Upon arrival to the setting of winery Marijanović, we will take a beautiful and serene stroll through the labyrinth of fertile vineyards.

Drago and Josip Marjanovic
While Drago (left) founded the winery Marjanovic is known as one of the most important figures in creating a completely new history of Herzegovinian wine production by actively participating in building the famous stone wineyards, Josip (left), his son, inherited his great knowledge but also gave their family story a bit more ambitious contours after completing enology studies in Zagreb.

After a pleasant walk, we will move to an imposing wine cellar and wine tasting area which are nested just in the middle of the vineyards and indulge into tasting the Marijanović wines:

  • Marijanović Žilavka: Fruity premium white dry wine with a distinctive aroma and harmonious flavour which was even enjoyed by Bosnian ban Tvrtko in 14th century.
  • Syrah: Powerful and alcoholic premium, dark red dry wine with fruity aroma and Iranian-French origin. The first Syrah in BiH was produced in the family cellar Marijanović.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine has a strong dark colour, a lot of tannins, alcohol, specific aroma, and strong, rich taste. It is produced from the high-quality variety of French origin (Bordeaux).
  • 33 barique: Made of 33% Blatina, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Syrah making it one of the most complex blends when it comes to local wines.

Wine Cellar Ostojić:Last, but surely not the least wine tasting of a day will be at captivating setting of the Winery Ostojić. A legend says that the last name Ostojić was first mentioned back in 1938 and is coming from a king Stjepan Ostoja, a famous ruler of Bosnia in the 14th century.

With lush vineyards completely embracing a small guest-house and side-by swimming pool overviewing vines, this delightful winery on the prairie will absolutely hypnotise you.

Winery Ostojic
Just imagine Just imagine a beautiful and serene moments of observing the fertile land, with a glass of the finest wine in hand and indulged only in positive thoughts while embraced by the Herzegovinian sun.

After a nice stroll in the vast space of surrounding vineyards and exploring the inside of family’s wine cellar, we will have a lunch break and enjoy some of the tastiest of home grown local products.

Over the lunch we will have a chance to taste:

  • Žilavka Vitača: Low alcohol wine with white flowers, wet stone, peach and pear aromas and flavours. This light-bodied wine is named after the queen from 14th century. 
  • Blatina: An absolute king among the rich red wine flavours and structures. Well balanced with flavours and smooth tannins with a touch of pleasant acidity on the finish.

Before we end a day we will make sure to check out the grandiose and absolutely unique in the world-stone vineyards. We will arrive to Mostar in early evening hours, check you into your hotel and do some nice and easy walks in the old town of Mostar.

Mostar
We will arrive to Mostar in early evening hours, check you into your hotel and do some nice and easy walks in the old town of Mostar. The lights over the glittering Mostar’s stone and UNESCO protected Mostar Old Bridge reflecting in powerful Neretva river is a picture you will treasure in your memories for ever.

 

WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME IN MOSTAR

  • “Private” evening time by the Old Bridge

Probably one of the most inspiring moments in Mostar is having a drink of your choice at beaches just under the bridge, at very late evening hours. During the day Mostar’s old town area is extremely crowded and busy, while in the late evenings when most of the shops and cafes around Mostar are closed, spending a “private” time with the bridge, listening the sound of Neretva river will be one of those awe-inspiring moments of your Balkan travels.

  • Visit Mostar Partisan Cemetery

The Partisan Cemetery of cenotaphs (symbolic graves), a masterwork of renowned Yugoslavian architect Bogdan Bogdanovic, finished in 1965, as a memorial to the partisan victims of WW2 in Mostar, beautifully displays all features of complex architectural, aesthetic and landscape design. Being a unique monument of the urban scale of the city of Mostar, with great ambient value, this cemetery serves as a monument of Yugoslav solidarity. Cemetery is some 20-25min walk from the Old Bridge area and is quite easily reachable just by using Google Maps. There is no entrance fee.

DAY 2: East Herzegovina

Destination: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Accommodation: Not included
Meals Included: B – L

Activity note: In the morning hours, just after the breakfast, we will start with a short walking tour of Mostar and head towards our first stop – open air museum of Stolac. After that we will continue our wine tasting journey.

Stolac the pearl of Herzegovina
We will do a nice and easy stroll in charming Stolac alleys along the turquoise Bregava river (swimming is an excellent option too!) and make a visit to a small winery known to be as the only wine cooperative in the country.

Winery Daorson: Winery Daorson is created by gathering all the true lovers of wine and viticulture by giving them a chance to participate and give their own stamp in wine production process, no matter their size or history background.

Daorson winery is named after the ancient town of Daorson, so we will make sure to enjoy a glass of wine and spectacular views from these megalith walls located just 5 kilometers from Stolac. Daorson represents a true architecture wonder built by the Illyirian tribe “Daorsi” and is one of the oldest in Europe.

winery Daorson
Massive Wine Cellar focusing only on producing exclusively indigenous sorts of Blatina (Pinnes Platina) and Zilavka (Pinnes Zilavka).

In addition to the imposing wine cellar, cosy an elegant wine tasting chamber, we will also find a vibrant Pinnes Pub, the best spot for meeting with the famous Stolac bohemians and pleasant talks over the finest wine flavours:

  • Pinnes Žilavka: Fruity and absolutely refreshing, this wine is a white wine with soft, creamy and apple notes.
  • Pinnes Blatina: Handpicked and only high quality grapes made this Blatina famous among the locals for its dark red colour, richness and pleasant and aromatic flavours.

Tvrdoš Monastery: An hour long drive will take us through stunning Herzegovinian suburbs and small villages scattered like puzzles at banks of jewel blue Trebišnjica river, the largest underground river in the Balkans.

Besides being known as one of the oldest and most important cultural and historical monuments of Orthodox heritage with a stunning interior, charming gardens protected with hundreds of years old olive trees and carefully cultured extensive vineyards, Monastery Tvrdoš has centuries old tradition of wine production Tvrdoš

Tvrdos Monastery
Tvrdos Monastery has two enchanting wine cellars one of which is an old stone cellar dating from the 15th century making it the second oldest wine cellar in the country.

Monastery is producing variety of wine sorts and we will have a chance to taste the finest:

  • Tvrdoš Žilavka: Herzegovina native known for its energetic taste fused with fruity flavours of peaches, kiwis, honey and a authentic mineral note.
  • Tvrdoš Vranac: One of the favourites with dried cranberries aromas. The flavours are refreshing, acids are trembling with a finish taste of ripe cherries.
  • Hum: Fruity-spicy wine with refreshing acids reminiscent of fresh cranberries and aromas of dark forest fruit with a discreet chocolate tones in the background. 
  • Communion wine: We will end this wine tasting by surprising our palates with incredibly sweet flavours. It is said that this type of wine turns into nothing less than a blood of the Christ.

Gallery Vukoje: For less than 15 min of pleasant drive, road will be guiding us towards our last wine stop, Wine Gallery Vukoje. The gallery is an unavoidable part of the itinerary and will help us understand in depth the fertile “land of stone”.

Upon arrival to Vukoje Wine Gallery we will have a lunch break and enjoy some of the tastiest local dishes admiring the unique panoramic view of the city of Trebinje, vast vineyards and amazing scents of Herzegovinian herbs and Mediterranean breeze.

Vineyards
Imperial vineyards are located 10 km from Trebinje at the confluence of the two rivers Trebišnjica and Sušica. At the end of the 19th century, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy declared these vineyards as the most suitable for žilavka, and built the famous Imperial vineyards there. With the renovation of these vineyards and the first harvest in 2007, “Vukoje Cellars” removed the dust from the imperial žilavka and thus made it available to every true wine lover.

After the lunch, we will be guided by Vukoje wine experts who will present us their wines:

  • Hercegovačka Žilavka Vukoje: The wine has an intense and complex aroma of peach, Herzegovinian herbs and distinctly mineral character with a fruity-spicy finish. Vukoje Žilavka is included on the world wine list in Bordeaux as the only wine from BiH.
  • Hercegovački Vranac Vukoje: Recognisable by its fruity character and aromas reminiscent of ripe cherries and forest fruits, with soft and harmonious tannins and freshness of taste.

Trebinje: Early afternoon sun will accompany us towards our last stop, city of Trebinje. Trebinje is the southern most city in the country and an absolute must before we safely drop you off at your address. It is known for its pleasant mediterranean climate and over 260 sunny days.

We will take some nice and easy strolls in the city centre and visit old town known for its old Ottoman walls, shops, bazaars and a secret passage that will lead us to Trebišnjica river bank.

Trebinje
Trebinje is known for its grandiose and one of the most beautiful bridges in the country-Arslanagića bridge. Bridge was built by the endowment by in the 16th century and was placed on the old road which was connecting Dubrovnik and Herceg Novi with Istanbul (Constantinople).

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (summer time)
  • Water bottle

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this a private tour?
    Yes, this is a private trip.
  2. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travellers are solo.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Can I start/end this trip elsewhere in Croatia or Bosnia?
    Yes, all of our tours and packages are customisable so do make sure to contact our team with any of your requests. 
  6. 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. 
  7. What is the currency I should use while in Bosnia and Croatia? 
    While some places do accept EUR make sure to have small amount of local currencies (BiH: BAM; Croatia: HRK)
  8. 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.
  9. 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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Holiday of a lifetime – can’t recommend funky tours enough!

I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed our trip with Funky Tours and I can’t recommend them enough!

My husband and I did a two-week four country trip through Croatia/Bosnia and Hercegovina/Montenegro and Albania and had a ball.

Anand and Senad were THE best guide and driver and it felt like taking a trip with friends. They couldn’t do enough for us and were knowledgable and engaging giving a personal perspective about a multi-layered part of the world. Ema, Edna and Nadirah in the office couldn’t be more helpful, checking in to see if we were OK or wanted anything changing.

Where necessary local guides were used who were all engaging, informative and critically had lived through history and events they were speaking about.

We tweaked the itinerary as we went along to make sure it suited us perfectly and the flexibility and amount of things to see and do meant we felt Funky Tours gave us a holiday of a lifetime!

August 21, 2021
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