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Bosnian Arts & Crafts: Pottery Workshop in the Countryside of Visoko-Valley of Pyramids

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3807
8/9 Hours
Availability : Every Day (Mon - Sat)
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Visoko recently became very popular due to its 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. Therefor, it is no strange that the small community of this area has been known wide across the country as the guardians of traditional arts and crafts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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.

Highlights
  • Join a full day tour/workshop and explore the Neolithic area of Visoko.
  • Take a stroll through town of Visoko and take some amazing photos of Bosnian Pyramids.
  • Meet with the local community and learn about the rural life in Bosnia. 
  • Help your host and pick your own veggies at greenhouse for lunch
  • Have a super tasty home-cooked lunch with a local family
  • Meet the best pottery artist in the country and wider
  • Find your inner artist (inner peace guaranteed) and try yourself in clay shaping
  • Bring home your very own pottery souvenir and lots of amazing memories on this day

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide and driver. Guide in different language available on request.
Free pickup on request
If you are staying in the old town of Sarajevo meet us at our office. If you are bit away from us, please let us know and we can organise advance pickup.
Food
Tasty lunch with local family
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Entrance Fees, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
Blagaj Dervish house, Mostar Museum fees included. No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 1 day prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
Availability
Tour is available throughout the 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 home country.
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
Private Tour
All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

  • Tour departs from Funky Tours office. If you need pickup please let us know in advance.
  • Departure Times: Daily at 8 AM.

Itinerary

  • STOP 1: Visoko 
Visoko and Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Valley of Bosnian Pyramids

We will arrive to Visoko around 10 AM and leave our car in the city centre.  Once in Visoko, we shall take a stroll through the town, explore it’s small narrow streets and learn how does it look like to live in a small Bosnian town. Whether you are sceptic or not, we should also discuss the phenomena of Bosnian Pyramids and take you to the most beautiful view point for taking some amazing photos.

*Due to the complexcity of the itinerary, we will not include a guided tour of the Pyramids but all of you enthusiasts who would like to learn or see more, feel free to contact us, we are always open to your suggestions and preferences and each of our tours can easily be customised.

  • STOP 2: Lješevo Village
Visoko and Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Vahid’s family is in pottery business for many years and he claims that there is hardly finer clay than the one you can find in the nearby forest.

We will arrive to charming little village of Ljesevo just on a time for some refreshments. We will meet our wonderful hosts Vahid and Hava, have a drink at their home and learn more about how does it looks like to be young couple deciding to spend their lives at the rural side of the country.

Our next goal will be helping Vahid in finding the perfect clay for the souvenir we will be making.We will take a short ride from their home to the place where we will leave a car and do a short hike through a beautifully dense but completely serene forest which has been a safe haven and a treasure trove for many pottery artists.

During a short, half an hour walk and exploring the forest, we will be able to hear a lot of interesting stories as, besides an incredible artist, Vahid is also an amazing local story teller and a person perfect to ask about anything you might be interested in when it comes to not only arts and crafts but the ancient history as well. Once we find our perfect peace of clay, we will return to Vahid’s home. On the way, we will make a short stop and visit a local mountain lodge, place so serene and scenic that is an absolute must for taking some amazing photos.

  • STOP 3: Vahid and Hava’s home
Visoko Pottery Workshop
Vahid’s wife, Hava, will be more than happy to show you her garden and greenhouse where she puts a lot of love to grow an absolute abundance of tasty fruit and vegetables.

If you were missing a home cooked meal, or ever wondered how does it looks like to have a true Bosnian locally prepared lunch, this is a perfect time of a day for you.

Prepare your tastebuds for one of the tastiest meals you will ever have. Serving only from the ingredients she finds in vicinity of her home, Hava will put hear skills and heart in making you the finest lunch that will make you feel a lot less of an outsider and more as a family member. Depending on the time of the year, lunch menu will be a small surprise but do feel free to contact us with any possible dietary restrictions so we could keep that in mind.

  • STOP 4: Vahid’s working studio and museum
Bosnia Pottery Workshop
While feeling the clay, you can even close your eyes for few moments and indulge yourself only in your sense of touch.

After the lunch Vahid will show you his small museum where he proudly collects artefacts he finds during his extensive walks and explorins. Over the year, Vahid has managed to turn this place into a small museum which will surprise you with the fascinating amount of the ancient pottery tools and artefacts.

Once we are done with a short ” history class” Vahid will show you his skills and teach you basics about the art of clay modelling. It is your time now to sit on a small chair and connect yourself with the old, hand-made, potter’s wheel-machine which is used in the modelling of round ceramic wares. Despite being impossible to master any art or craft within just a day, rest assured that Vahid’s calming voice and smiling face will make you believe you can create a shape you will be proud off.

We will return to Sarajevo in late afternoon.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

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

Optional Extras

Visit to Valley of Bosnian Pyramids 

  • In case you are interested in exploring the pyramids send us your request and we will be happy to include it in the itinerary. Please note that this is possible only in case of a private tour/on request or in case other participants of our small group of shared tour agree. 

 

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Trip Photos

Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Valley of Bosnian pyramids and Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun at Visoko
Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Vahid digs his own clay in nearby dense and beautiful forest.
Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Vahid and Hava decided to raise their family in a rural side of Visoko and devote their lives by preserving the tradition of their ancestors.
Bosnia Pottery Workshop
Just like Vahid with his pottery, Hava found her inner peace in growing her own fruits and vegetables and she will be more than happy if you decide to accompany her and pick some for yourself.
Bosnia Pottery Workshop
While feeling the clay, you can even close your eyes for few moments and indulge yourself only in your sense of touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is suitable for anyone.
  2. Is this a shared tour?
    Yes, this is a small-group shared tour. 
  3. Can I include a visit to Pyramids into this tour?
    Yes, on request we can add a visit to pyramids. Please contact our team for further info.
  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. Can I book a private tour?
    Yes, all of our tours can be booked in a private trip option on request.
  7. Is the prepayment necessary? 
    Prepayment is not obligatory. You can easily pay on a day of departure.
  8. Can I pay for the tour with credit card?
    Yes, we accept VISA and Maestro. Please note that, in case you would like to make a credit card payment, you will need to do it at our office or by prepayment via credit card authorisation form. Our guides can NOT accept credit cards. 
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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