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Bosnia & Herzegovina: 8-Day Adventure from a Riverside Private Villa with Pool, Venturing through Remote Herzegovina and Discovering In-depth Sarajevo and Mostar

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8 Days
Availability : May - Oct
Sarajevo | Split | Dubrovnik
Sarajevo | Split | Dubrovnik
Max People : 12 persons
Tour Overview

Join our unforgettable 8-day journey through the heart of Herzegovina, where luxury meets adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nestled by the tranquil Neretva River, your luxurious villa escape offers the perfect blend of serenity and excitement, far from the hustle of city life yet deep in the cultural tapestry of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We’ve thought of everything to make your trip effortless, including transfers and a choice of optional activities from wine tastings at lush vineyards of small local wineries, gentle kayaking, hiking and river tracing to in-depth discovering iconic places of Mostar, Sarajevo and its stunning surroundings.

This holiday is tailor-made for anyone seeking a unique blend of soft adventures and cultural immersion. From wine tastings to gentle kayaking and river tracing, each activity is designed to be engaging, allowing you to learn and have fun in a way that suits everyone.

Get ready for a trip where every day is a highlight, every meal a discovery, every drink a revelation, every encounter a step closer to the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each moment is crafted to bring you closer to the true essence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This package trip is created to bring the best of Bosnia and Herzegovina while discovering remote gems on tourist trails, experiencing luxury on an affordable budget, and blending serene relaxation with accessible adventure.

Enjoy a 5-night stay at the villa in Herzegovina, followed by two nights in a luxurious 4-star hotel in Sarajevo, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds during your unforgettable journey.

Highlights

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  • We include all essential entrance fees in the tour costs. Our policy steadfastly avoids requiring travelers to pay essential entrance fees on-site, typically in cash, a practice often used deceitfully to show a lower advertised tour price. We are committed to transparency in pricing, ensuring our guests do not face the inconvenience of surprise additional costs for essential entrance fees. Funky Tours is all about transparency.
  • This tour stands out as the best value for money when considering the costs versus what is included and what you see. It offers a richness of experiences and convenience that cannot be matched by other modes of travel, such as buses or rental cars. From the comfort of our tour, you’ll gain in-depth insights into the local culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes – all at an unbeatable price. Every aspect of your journey is thoughtfully curated to provide maximum value, ensuring that this tour is not just a trip but a treasured experience of a lifetime.
  • Online Payment by credit card. It is hassle-free; no cash is needed when doing tours with us.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English-speaking local expert guide and driver
  • Accommodation Included:
    • 5 Nights in an exclusive private villa in Herzegovina
    • 2 Nights in a 4* hotel in Sarajevo (Colors Inn 4* or similar)
  • Meals Included:
    • 2 x Breakfast
    • 2 x Lunch
    • 1 x Welcome Dinner (Bosnian style bbq or food prepared “ispod sača”)

Additional meals such as daily breakfast at the Villa, or lunch and dinners can be arranged as add-on service.

  • Airport transfer and all tour overland transfers.
  • There are no hidden costs—all government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility.
  • 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 in your home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • Full Board. If you prefer to organize an all-inclusive tour package, including full-board food arrangements, let us know in advance. We are happy to include the services of a first-class chef providing great fusion of local and international cuisine.

Starting Point & Departure Times

  • Sarajevo The Most convenient arrival point is Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ). Still, you can require this package to start from Dubrovnik (DBV) or Split (SPT).
  • Arrival Your arrival on Day 1 can be anytime.
  • Departure Tour ends on the Day 8.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival to Sarajevo (Split or Dubrovnik), Transfer to Villa

Destination: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions:Airport Transfer to Your Herzegovina Villa | Welcome Dinner
Driving Time:2.15h

Private Villa in Herzegovina by the Neretva River

Arrive in Sarajevo and embark on a scenic journey towards Herzegovina. As you leave the city behind, indulge in the breathtaking views along the route to your luxurious villa nestled by the picturesque Neretva River. En route, stop in Jablanica town for a delightful lunch featuring the region’s specialty – succulent roasted lamb. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the villa upon arrival.

In the evening, savor a warm welcome with a traditional Bosnian-style barbecue dinner at the villa. Delight in a degustation of the finest local meats, including red meat and fish, paired with seasonal vegetables and a selection of exquisite local wines. For non-wine drinkers, an array of non-alcoholic beverages will be available, ensuring a memorable dining experience under the Herzegovinian sky.

Peka (Sac) - Under the bell prepared food

Additionally, for guests flying into Dubrovnik or Split, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate arrival and transfer logistics. Please inquire for further details.

DAY 2: Blagaj, Dervish House, Mostar Exploration

Destination: Blagaj – Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions: Lunch
Driving Time:1.15h

Wake up to a leisurely morning with optional breakfast arrangements available at the villa. Spend the morning at your own pace before embarking on an afternoon excursion to Blagaj, home to the mesmerizing Dervish house perched by the enchanting Buna River spring. Delight in a local trout fish lunch amidst the serene surroundings.

Later in the afternoon, explore the iconic city of Mostar and marvel at the architectural marvel of the Old Bridge. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and cultural heritage. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Mostar, followed by optional visits to bars and clubs for a taste of Herzegovinian nightlife. Guests can also choose to visit Fortica Hill for panoramic views and zip-lining adventures.

Mostar old bridge during the sunset

Please note that the return to the Villa can be arranged in the later afternoon or after midnight hours, depending on the time spent in Mostar and surrounding areas. Flexibility in return time ensures guests can fully immerse themselves in the vibrant energy of Mostar without feeling rushed.

DAY 3: West Herzegovina Exploration

Destination: Herzegovina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions: Breakafast | Lunch | Dinner
Driving Time:1.45h

Pocitelj fort and Neretva river

Begin the day with optional breakfast arrangements before setting off to explore the scenic wonders of West Herzegovina. Venture to the historic village of Pocitelj, renowned for its ancient architecture and rich Ottoman heritage. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with stone houses and historic landmarks, immersing yourself in the village’s timeless charm.

Continue your journey to the majestic Kravice waterfalls, where nature’s splendor awaits. Marvel at the cascading waters plunging into emerald pools below, offering a refreshing retreat from the Herzegovinian sun. Take the opportunity to swim and bask in the tranquil ambiance of this natural oasis.

Kravice Waterfalls on Trebizat river

Optionally, extend your exploration to Hutovo Blato swamp, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embark on a tranquil boat ride through the swamp’s labyrinthine waterways, immersing yourself in the region’s diverse ecosystem. Alternatively, unwind at Žoga beach bar on the Trebizat River, soaking in the serene surroundings and enjoying a refreshing drink amidst Herzegovina’s natural beauty.

Conclude your day of exploration and relaxation by returning to the villa, where you can unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures in the comfort of your luxurious accommodations. Please note that options for lunch and dinner will be suggested on the tour day itself, allowing for flexibility and spontaneity in dining choices tailored to your preferences and the day’s activities.

DAY 4: Leisure Day or Herzegovina Wine Tasting

Destination: Herzegovina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions: Free day at the Villa for leisure
Optional: Wine Tasting at top 3 Wineries

Indulge in a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at the villa, taking full advantage of the tranquil surroundings and luxurious amenities. Spend your day basking in the Herzegovina sun, lounging by the inviting pool overlooking the serene Neretva River, and immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural landscape.

For those seeking an enriching culinary experience, consider opting for a Herzegovina Wine Tasting tour. Explore esteemed wineries nestled in the picturesque Herzegovinian countryside, where the art of winemaking has been perfected over generations. Sample authentic local varieties such as Zilavka and Blatina, renowned for their distinct flavors and exceptional quality. Delight your senses as you sip on biodynamic wines crafted with a deep respect for nature and tradition.

This optional wine-tasting excursion offers the perfect blend of cultural immersion, culinary exploration, and scenic beauty, providing a memorable journey through the heart of Herzegovina’s winemaking heritage. Whether you choose to unwind at the villa or embark on a wine-tasting adventure, day 4 promises to be a day of relaxation and indulgence amidst the charm of Herzegovina.

Herzogovina Wine Tasting with Funky Tours

DAY 5: Optional Activities (Choose from Top 4)

Destination: Herzegovina, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions: Breakfast | Lunch

Sara's Bridge in Stolac

Option 1: Canyoning Adventure in Istup Canyon

Embark on a thrilling canyoning adventure in the Istup Canyon near Stolac, exploring the natural wonders of the region. Visit Stolac, renowned for its rich history and cultural heritage, and discover the Radimlja UNESCO necropolis, an ancient burial site adorned with intricate tombstones. Continue to the Daorson archaeological site, where you can delve into the mysteries of a prehistoric hillfort. Please note that this tour is best enjoyed from late May to mid-July, when water levels in the canyon are optimal for canyoning adventures.

We will start our river tracing experience and discover the waterfall Istup with its hidden oasis of natural diversity. With countless small pools and waterfalls appearing and disappearing along the way, the experience of exploring the turquoise canyon of the Istup is probably one of your best life choices.

Istup canyoning in Herzegovina region is one if the most beautiful water experiences in the whole region of Balkans

Picnic lunch just below the waterfalls while overhearing the intact nature sounds is truly a once in a lifetime experience. 

Istup near Stolac

More about Stolac and its surroundings can be read at Funky Tours Magazine.

Option 2: Kayaking on the Trebižat River

Navigate the tranquil waters of the Trebizat River with a kayaking excursion, immersing yourself in Herzegovina’s pristine landscapes. This activity is suitable for anyone of any fitness level, including children, and can be enjoyed from late May until early October. Glide along the gentle currents, admiring the lush greenery and picturesque scenery that lines the riverbanks.

Trebizat Kayaking in Herzegovina

Option 3: Fruit Picking in Herzegovina

Engage in a hands-on experience with fruit picking in Herzegovina, discovering the region’s agricultural abundance. Herzegovina’s Mediterranean climate offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. In spring, indulge in the sweetness of strawberries and cherries, while summer brings an abundance of peaches, apricots, lavender, and figs. Later in the year, delight in the harvest of grapes, pomegranates, oranges, kiwi, and mandarins, all plentiful in Herzegovina’s fertile lands.

fruit picking

Option 4: Exploring East Herzegovina

Embark on a journey to explore East Herzegovina, uncovering its hidden gems and cultural treasures. Visit Stolac, a town steeped in history, and marvel at the ancient tombstones of the Radimlja necropolis. Explore the mystical Vjetrenica Cave, one of the largest and most fascinating cave systems in Europe, known for its unique geological formations and diverse wildlife.

Vjetrenica Cave

Continue to the Tvrdos Monastery, a serene sanctuary nestled amidst vineyards, where you can savor the tranquility of the surroundings. Conclude your exploration in Trebinje, a charming town known for its Ottoman architecture, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant market squares. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of East Herzegovina as you journey through its historic sites and natural wonders.

Tvrdos Monastery near Trebinje in South Herzegovina

DAY 6: Departure to Sarajevo

Destination: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions:Transfer to Sarajevo | Visit to Titos Bunker | 4* Hotel in Sarajevo – Colors Inn or similar
Driving Time:2.15h
Optional: Rafting on Neretva River or Visocica and Bjelasnica Mountain Safari

Titos Bunker in Konjic

Bid farewell to your villa retreat as you journey back towards Sarajevo, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and cherished memories created during your time in Herzegovina. En route, delve into the region’s rich history with a visit to Jablanica, where you’ll explore the remnants of World War II battles and gain insights into the area’s wartime significance.

Continue your journey with a stop in Konjic, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Tito’s Bunker, a fascinating testament to Yugoslavia’s Cold War history. Marvel at the underground complex and learn about its strategic importance during the tumultuous years of the Cold War era.

Konjic Old Bridge - Crossroad between Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arrive in Sarajevo in the afternoon and check into a luxurious 4-star hotel centrally located in the heart of the city. Enjoy free time to unwind and explore the vibrant streets of Sarajevo at your own pace, soaking in the city’s rich cultural tapestry and diverse attractions.

Additionally, guests have the option to enhance their experience by adding on either a thrilling rafting excursion on the Neretva River or a captivating mountain safari through the Bjelasnica and Visocica mountains. 

These activities can be seamlessly integrated into the visit to Konjic and Tito’s Bunker, providing an exciting extension to your exploration of Herzegovina’s rich history and breathtaking landscapes. 

Choose to embark on an adrenaline-fueled rafting adventure, navigating through exhilarating rapids and scenic gorges, or opt for a full-day mountain safari, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s pristine wilderness. 

Rafting at Neretva River

Whichever option you choose, rest assured that your journey will be enhanced with unforgettable moments and exhilarating experiences.

DAY 7: Sarajevo Exploration

Destination: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Inclusions: Visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel | 4* Hotel in Sarajevo – Colors Inn or similar | Food Tasting in Sarajevo
Driving Time:2.15h

Embark on a full day of exploration in the captivating city of Sarajevo, immersing yourself in its rich history, cultural heritage, and culinary delights.

Morning: War Tour of Sarajevo

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a War Tour of Sarajevo, delving into the city’s tumultuous past and the scars of the Bosnian War. Visit poignant sites such as the War Tunnel Museum, a symbol of resilience and survival during the siege of Sarajevo. 

Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege

Explore the underground tunnel that provided a lifeline for supplies during the war, gaining insights into the city’s wartime struggles and the indomitable spirit of its inhabitants. Continue to the Boblsed Track at Trebevic mountain, where you can witness the remnants of the 1984 Winter Olympics juxtaposed with the wartime ruins, offering a poignant reminder of Sarajevo’s resilience and recovery.

Afternoon: Food Tasting Walking Tour

In the afternoon, indulge in a culinary journey through Sarajevo’s vibrant streets with a food tasting walking tour. Sample an array of traditional Bosnian dishes, from cevapi and burek to baklava and tufahija, as you wander through the city’s bustling markets and charming alleyways. Discover the unique flavors and aromas of Bosnian cuisine, influenced by centuries of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Mediterranean culinary traditions. Savor each bite as you learn about the cultural significance of these dishes and the stories behind them, gaining a deeper appreciation for Sarajevo’s gastronomic heritage.

Traditional-Food

Evening: Leisure Time

After a full day of exploration and culinary delights, enjoy an evening at leisure to further explore Sarajevo’s charms or unwind at your own pace. Stroll along the historic streets of the Old Town, soak in the bustling atmosphere of Baščaršija, or simply relax and savor the memories of your time in this enchanting city.

Day 7 promises to be a memorable blend of history, culture, and culinary delights, offering a deeper understanding of Sarajevo’s complex past and vibrant present. Embrace the spirit of exploration as you uncover the city’s hidden gems and indulge in its diverse flavors, creating lasting memories of your time in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DAY 8: Departure

Inclusions: Airport Transfer
Driving Time: 0.30h
Optional: Transfer to Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb or Belgrade

Sarajevo City Hall

Conclude your unforgettable journey through Herzegovina with a transfer to Sarajevo airport, ensuring a seamless departure as you bid farewell to the beauty and hospitality of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Alternatively, on this Last Day 8, instead of an airport transfer, we can arrange a custom transfer tour to anywhere in the Balkan region surroundings, including Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, or Slovenia. Explore the stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures of neighboring countries, creating lasting memories as you journey through the diverse tapestry of the Balkans.

Whether you choose to extend your adventure or bid farewell to Bosnia and Herzegovina, rest assured that your journey will be tailored to your preferences, ensuring a memorable conclusion to your Balkan odyssey.

The Villa

Villa has everything you need for a luxurious, relaxed, and perfect stay. For more information about the villa, see here.

Key Features

  • The private 10×5.5m swimming pool is hidden from the public view. The pool is oriented towards the Neretva River, offering an enjoyable stay. The pool is equipped with solid filters that always keep it clean.
  • The pool has a body massage nozzle, night lights, parasols, deck chairs, solar showers, and a water fun kit for children’s pool games (basketball, fire polo, volleyball).
  • Three bedrooms with a total of 10 beds (2 double beds and 6 individual beds), each with a private bathroom.
  • Large 50sqm living room with open kitchen and all necessities (utensils for cooking, baking, and storing dishes, oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, toasters, juicer for natural juices, hot drinks and cold water machine, mini coffee machine, mini bar, ice maker, large fridge, etc.)
  • The living room has a 117cm TV, with cable TV, Hi-Fi, and WI-FI all around the complex, and facilities for children: channels with cartoons, board games, picture books, various toys, and other facilities.
  • The villa has an ethno-style tavern on the basement floor ideal for private events or parties.
  • Large outdoor fridge, garden fireplace with barbecue equipment, large outdoor fridge, garden swing, etc.
  • Guests can also enjoy many decorative flowers and ethno items that decorate garden areas and lawns with a self-watering system, as well as a garden water fountain.
  • Within the building is a covered parking for 2 vehicles, with the possibility of parking more vehicles inside the complex.
  • Large outdoor terrace overlooking the Neretva River and beautiful canyon.

Herzegovina Villa private pool with a view over the river Neretva and surrounding hills
❐ Herzegovina Villa private pool with a view over the river Neretva and surrounding hills
Herzegovina Villa private pool with a view over the river Neretva and surrounding hills
❐  Herzegovina Villa private pool with a view over the river Neretva and surrounding hills
Herzegovina Villa by Neretva River
❐  Herzegovina Villa by Neretva River
Herzegovina Villa by Neretva River
❐  Herzegovina Villa by Neretva River
Private Villa in Herzegovina by the Neretva River
❐  Private Villa in Herzegovina by the Neretva River

Optional Extras

  1. Extend your stay
    Extend your stay in Herzegovina or elsewhere and customize your very own itinerary. 
  2. Jeep Safari 
    Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Jeep Safari trip through the completely rural and off-the-beaten path of Herzegovina and enjoy the views of Deranjsko Jezero in the Hutovo protected bird and nature reserve area. 
  3. Čvrsnica Mountain Hiking Trip
    Explore the hiking paradise of Čvrsnica Mountain and conquer the peaks reaching over 2000m, with beautiful Blidinje Lake and the unique natural phenomena of “Outlaw’s gates”.
  4. Visit Herzegovinian Religious Sites
    Learn about the Catholic pilgrimage to Medjugorje, visit Orthodox monasteries Žitomislici and Tvrdoš, visit one of the small village churches that became one of the greatest massacre sites in WWII, and explore the city of Trebinje. 
  5. Blagaj Via Ferrata 
    Visit the medieval fort town Herceg Stjepana Kosača and Blagaj eco-center. Do a 6 km long Blagaj Via Ferrata, which can be done by almost anyone, regardless of fitness level.
  6. Beach day at Neum
     Just one hour’s drive from the villa is home to the largest Bosnian coastal town on the Adriatic, Neum. A top-rated summertime destination is an ideal place for a relaxing day on the beach and “salting up” at very affordable restaurants and beach bars. 
  7. Biking along the famous Ćiro trail
    A narrow gauge railway connecting Mostar with Dubrovnik was built during Austria-Hungarian rule in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today offers a fantastic “window” to the past as a great biking experience.
  8. Hiking to the Bijela Canyon
    Discover the hidden oasis in the middle of the Herzegovinian lowland karst region, and admire the power of nature by tracing the canyon of Bijela River.
  9. Livno Horses
    Spend a full day exploring Livno with its wild horses.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this a private tour?
Yes, this is a private trip.

2. What is the weather like from May to September?

Herzegovina average temperature
Herzegovina average annual temperatures. You probably did not know, but Mostar and Herzegovina are, on average, one of the warmest regions of Europe.

3. 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.

4. Can I start/end this trip elsewhere in Croatia or Bosnia?
Yes, all of our tours and packages are customizable. If your arrival point is not Sarajevo (BIH) and you prefer to fly into Croatia, Serbia, or Montenegro, let us know, and we shall organize a private transfer to your Herzegovina villa. 

5. What is the currency I should use while in Bosnia? 
While some places accept EUR, make sure to have a small amount of local currency BAM.

6. How much in advance do I need to book this tour?
It is recommended to book at least 4 months in advance.

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