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Discover the Mostar Essentials – Full Day Private Tour of Mostar

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  • From SarajevoStart Time: 08:00
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7320
8 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Mostar / Sarajevo
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

Ever felt a regret for not having enough time to fully experience and understand the location you are visiting? This tour is created as an opposite of what you have used so far, and will make you feel you want to stay longer with “an old friend” whom you understand in depth.

Plucked from the pages of fairy tale, Mostar is a city that screams for the recognition and offering above and beyond something you would get on a regular, couple of hours, walking tours.

This is the reason we have decided to go steps further and create a unique experience which will guide you through the entrance to a whole new world of contrasts and a lifetime journey through the splendor and misery, gloom and hope.

We will ride, walk and talk, cry and laugh, feel the city’s pulse and learn its screaming stories. We will help you make friends with Mostar and Mostarians. Instead of fast fading memories, our team will assemble the Mostar puzzles for you and help you create the clear abundance of pictures and emotions sticking around forever.

Highlights

  • Explore Mostar in depth by joining a full day walking, driving and hanging out with locals experience
  • Seek for the reasons triggering the modern Mostar fractions and hear the both sides of one story
  • Learn about cultural differences and understand the deeply rooted misunderstanding between Croats and Bosniaks. 
  • Discover city’s essentials from East to West, and take a stroll in bustling streets, vibrant cobbled lanes of Ottoman quarter to silent blocks of bombed-out buildings rising from the poignant war story.
  • Have a lunch while admiring the majestic UNESCO protected Old Bridge.
  • Learn about the two schools under the same roof and discover how one school managed to unite the divided city under the auspices of art.
  • Meet the youngest recruited soldier from Mostar who was given a rifle before he turned 13, and find out how he managed to reconcile the city with the help of art.
  • Enjoy a unique tour showcasing the local community and vibrant hostelry, off the beaten track pubs, craft beer, hundreds of years old buildings, narrow cobblestone streets and far reaching compelling stories. 
  • Admire the sun embraced Mostar, the rolling countryside, unspoiled landscapes surrounding hills and have a life time experience of Mostar skywalk.

 

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide and driver. Guide in different language available on request.
Food
Buffet lunch at the local restaurant.
Free pickup
Either if you go from Sarajevo or Mostar we can arrange free pickup.
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Private Tour
This is a full day private tour.
Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 1 day prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
Availability
Tour is available 365 days a year.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.
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 a home country.
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

This tour can depart from Mostar or Sarajevo. For Mostar departure we shall pick you up at your address. For guests leaving from Sarajevo, we can start from our office or arrange free pick up on request as well.

Departure Times: Daily: 10 AM from Mostar or 8 AM from Sarajevo.

Itinerary

West Mostar

Divided as Berlin used to be, but without obvious physical borders, Mostar is a city where the imaginary walls occupy people’s minds separating this unique gem into Croatian and Bosnian part.

Western part of Mostar is a part belonging to a Croatian majority and its vibrant streets will drag us into the historical whirlpool of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, the Yugoslav Utopia and the total eclipse of human mind resulting in siege and the bloodshed in the 90s.

Mostar Bell Tower
We will meet in the West part of Mostar, just in front of the Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery known for its massive Mostar Peace Tower which gained a great significance by being on the former war line of separation during the Mostar siege between 92-95. This will be a good start of the comprehensive experience and feeling the pulse of city that desperately seeks for reconciliation.

Nice and easy walk will guide us through some of the most crucial locations which will help us understand the needs and stories this city is urging to tell:

  • Partisan cemetery: Cream crop of Yugoslav brutalist architecture consisting of cenotaphs built in an honour of the partisan victims of WWII.
  • Cathedral of Mary, Mother of the Church: One the four Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavian ambitious postmodern and innovative architectural project.
  • Nikola Šubić Zrinski Street: One of the most beautiful promenade in the country. This, former Lenin Street, is stretching from the Spanish Square to the Square of Croatian Nobles.
  • Mostar Gymnasium: School under the auspices of the two separate secondary school systems. Its monumental style bears an incredible resemblance with the Sarajevo City Hall.
  • Sniper Tower: Impressive, abandoned and bullet-riddled concrete tower overlooking the entire city. After the war, building became a way of an expression for many graffiti artists.
  • Mostar boulevard: Street that was meant to connect the old town with its modern centre, overnight became a no go zone and a war frontline.
  • Mostar City Hall: a place where we will try to understand the reasons why democratic society allowed this city to remain silent and having no local elections since 2008 till 2021.
Mostar ruins
Numerous buildings still stand demolished, especially at the eastern city bank and alongside Boulevard street, the war dividing line between warring sides. In the photo, we see the present condition of the University library building, situated next to the renovated Mostar gymnasium.
East Mostar

From modernisation to captivating tradition and “Bosniak” side of the city. The story of East Mostar begins with the beautifully preserved Ottoman bazaar and an abundance of millhouse restaurants, craft shops and trinket sellers twinkling across the gushing Neretva. 

Old town of Mostar is known for being carpeted with its glittering pastel rainbow cobblestones densely packed with wide open shops, preserved houses and verandas, and domes of mosques and minarets.

Mostar
The old bridge is a symbol of human tendency and capability of creating something so magnificent that will for centuries serve as a strong bond between the two sides, but also a showcase of how human stupidity and recklessness can destroy it within a single day.

We will take a stroll in cobblestone labyrinth of the UNESCO protected historical centre of Mostar, and visit the symbols of the coexistence of communities from diverse backgrounds:

  • Kriva Cuprija bridge (Crooked bridge): Bridge which was built as a miniature “test model” 8 years before the Old Bridge of Mostar erected. 
  • Old Bridge: Symbol of the city of Mostar. It was built between 1557 and 1566 upon the orders of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The bridge was destroyed in 1993, during the Mostar siege. 
  • Bosnaseum Museum: Bustling Coppersmith’s Streets will guide us to Bosnaseum Museum which will recreate for us Mostar’s vibrant past from its Ottoman period all through the war in the 90s.
  • Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque: The most strikingly beautiful Herzegovinian Mosque. Mosque is a place where you can actually climb one of the minarets for a spectacular view of the Old Town. 
  • Kajtaz Home: stroll through Maršal Tito Street will guide us to amazingly preserved Ottoman house with serene courtyard and inside chambers filled with the original artefacts. 
Next thing on our agenda will be a lunch break and treating our palates with the finest of local food whose forms create a permanent ode to traditional Bosnian cuisine.
Mostar Rock School

Although geographically belongs to eastern part of the city, Mostar Rock School takes no sides, it rather belongs to the entire city.

Mostar Rock School
Mostar Rock School program is the only non segregated school in the city and a support platform with a range of services for young musicians and rising bands. Through its program, since 2012, the school has hosted big world names such as Marc Ford, Innes Sibunn, Damir Urban, Lord Bishop Rocks, Audiowolf, Brian Eno, Doyle Bramhal, Adam Minkoff, Van Velzen, Trevor Gibson and many others.

To round up a story of east and west, we will meet with the locals and a man whose childhood was marked by military conscription before he turned the age of 13. Together with a group of local artists he managed to launch the initiative under the auspices of the idea of ​​one school, under one roof, for all the people regardless of their cultural background.

We will walk the premises of the Rock School, have a drink with local artists in the Pavarotti Center and learn about the Mostar youth, art, music and above and beyond attempts to reconcile the oppressed human minds by creating the strong bonds and breaking the limiting psychological walls.

Hum

As soon as you put your foot in Mostar, you will notice you are being followed by the hill towering the city and a big Roman Catholic Cross which, with its massiveness, serves its purpose in attracting the attention no matter which part of the city you currently are.

Mostar Hum
Hum Hill is known for the The Millennium Cross, a Roman Catholic cross erected as a symbol of two thousand years of Christianity. The cross is, symbolically, 33 meters high and is visible from every part of Mostar.

During a cca 20 min drive through the Herzegovinian karst we will replace the pastel rainbow of cobblestones with the incredible views reaching into the depths of Herzegovina and stretching all the way to incredible mountains Prenj, Čvrsnica and Velež, the old giant and silent Mostar guardian.

Due to its strategic importance during the 90s, Hum Hill is nowadays bordering with surrounding land mines, negative emotions and still present tension between the two sides of the city.

Fortica Hill 

Half an hour drive through narrow roads hugged by the expanse of green valleys and amazing views will take us to Fortica Hill. This is a place where east meets west, a place that belongs everybody and nobody.

Mostar Fortica
About 35 meters long and 15 meters high above the slopes, Fortica skywalk will provide absolutely amazing views over the entire city of Mostar. This is a perfect place to admire the hypnotising playfulness of vibrant sunset colours.

Nowadays, Fortica Hill represents a heaven for anyone into outdoor activities such as via ferrata, cycling, paragliding, hiking or enjoying the adrenaline rush while taking the longest zip line in the country.

Grasped by nature and sunset colours, we will take a skywalk on 35m long platform towering the city of Mostar and enjoy a drink embracing Mostar as a symbol of reconciliation of cultural, traditional, ethnic and religious differences.

Those of you who would like to try out in some of the Fortica outdoor activities please check our Opt. extras and contact our team.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun cream and hat (summer time)
  • Rain jacket (in case of bad weather)

Optional Extras

  1. Study Groups
    For students we are offering a close cooperation with Mostar Rock School in a form of organising concerts and guest speakers.
  2. Jump from the Old Bridge
    For those of you would like to dare and try yourself in cliff diving from the Mostar Old Bridge, our team can arrange a local professional to help you out with a basic training. 
  3. Fortica Hill Zipline 
    Enjoy sublime views and experience the unforgettable adrenaline rush of the ZIP LINE in total length of 1000 m. Two cables connecting the two elevations in length of 570 and 430 meters that will provide a once in a life time experience. 
  4. Private concert and dinner with locals
    Extend a tour and have a small private concert in organisation of Mostar Rock School. Enjoy some great music, hang out with locals and taste some of the finest local dishes and drinks.
  5. Visit Mostar from Sarajevo
    No matter if you are based in the BiH capital, if you’d still like to explore Mostar in depth, please feel free to contact us. 

Map

Trip Photos

Mostar Bell Tower
The massive Mostar Peace Tower gained a great significance by being on the former war line of separation during the Mostar siege between 92-95.
Mostar Cathedral
The cathedral is known as one of the four Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Regardless of religion, citizens of Mostar appreciate this valuable building attracting the attention with its unusual architectural forms and decorating the city with its monumentality and desire to get as close as possible to the modern man while avoiding trivial triumphalism in terms of size and appearance.
Partisan cemetery
The serene paths of the memorial complex of Partisan cemetery. The wall structures interwoven with greenery and water run through the entire space of the monument while provide an interesting insight into the Utopian and Dystopian periods of Yugoslavia. It is believed that this complex represents the personification of Mostar, a replica of the city embraced by Neretva along with its streets, passages, houses and terraces-squares.
Mostar Boulevard
During the 90s, notorious Mostar Boulevard, street which was meant to connect the old town with its modern centre, became a symbol of segregation, a no go zone and a war frontline over the night.
Mostar Gymnasium
School under the auspices of the two separate secondary school systems. Its monumental style bears an incredible resemblance with the Sarajevo City Hall.
Sniper tower
Impressive, abandoned and bullet-riddled concrete tower which used to serve as a bank in its former days. Nowadays, due to its impressive height overlooking the city, and a fact it was on a front line between West and East Mostar, this massive building became known as a sniper tower during the siege of Mostar and a deep reminder of a city’s turmoil in the ‘90s.
Sniper tower
After the war, Sniper tower became a place for an expression for many graffiti and street art lovers who breathed new life into this building with the colourful art expressions some of which are inspirational while others being completely peculiar and rather bizarre.
Mostar
Old town of Mostar is known for being carpeted with its glittering cobblestones and filled with small shops selling oriental rugs, handicrafts and souvenirs. If you are into shoppng, rest assure you could spend hours in this oriental bazaar.
Mostar
Kriva Cuprija was built as a miniature “test model” 8 years before the Old Bridge of Mostar erected. Nowadays, the bridge belongs to the architectural ensemble of the Old Bridge and the Old Town in Mostar, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mostar Old Bridge
So many times mentioned, photographed and celebrated throughout history of the Balkans, the absolute masterpiece of a stone arc under UNESCO protection will salute us in all of its glory.
Mostar Rock School
While for the rest of the world this might seem a completely logical way of dealing with the things, this school system is a huge deal for city of Mostar. Being the only non segregated school in the city, Mostar Rock School is a sound factory that from year to year produces a new generation of trained talents and is a safe haven and support platform with a range of services for young musicians and rising bands.
Mostar Hum
Hum Hill is known for the The Millennium Cross, a Roman Catholic cross erected as a symbol of two thousand years of Christianity. The cross is, symbolically, 33 meters high and is visible from every part of Mostar which brought up additional tension in the already divided city.
Mostar Fortica
About 35 meters long and 15 meters high above the slopes, Fortica skywalk will provide absolutely amazing views over the entire city of Mostar. This is a perfect place to admire the hypnotising playfulness of vibrant sunset colours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this a private tour?
    Yes, this is a private tour.
  2. Is lunch included in costs?
    Yes, costs include buffet lunch. Please inform us in case of any dietary restrictions.
  3. Can I join this tour other than from Sarajevo or Mostar?
    Yes you can join this tour if you are staying in any part of Central Bosnia or Herzegovina. 
  4. Can I book as a solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  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. How much in advance do I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 5 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure.
  7. Can I pay for the tour online with credit card?
    Yes, we accept all credit cards.
  8. Which currency is accepted for cash payment?
    We are fans of our local currency (BAM), but you can also pay in EUR, HRK, USD, GBP or even combined.
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