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2D1N Sarajevo ⇄ Dubrovnik (OR Split OR Kotor) Tour via Mostar & Herzegovina (Herzegovina Journey)

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Tour Overview

Travelling between Sarajevo and Dubrovnik and staying for one night in Mostar, combined with in-depth explorations of Herzegovina region, is by far the best possible way to maximize your Bosnian and Herzegovinian holiday break.

This is a connecting door to door 2day tour which is covering the most amazing destinations in Herzegovina with overnight in Mostar. You can start either in Sarajevo and end in Dubrovnik/Kotor/Split or the other way around.

Regardless of your start/end destination, we always do the full itinerary.

Highlights

  • Travel between Sarajevo and Dubrovnik (OR Split OR Kotor) in a most convenient and budget friendly way.
  • Optimise your stay in Herzegovina region by maximising the overall experience
  • Walk the charming Konjic old town and see the best preserved Ottoman bridge
  • Delve into puzzles of ex Yugoslavia and visit the top secret ARK D-O (Tito’s Nuclear bunker)
  • Enter the world of Bosnian mysticism and learn about Sufi life at Blagaj Dervish house. 
  • Take a stroll in cobble stone streets and passages of Mostar and watch the sunset over the old bridge.
  • Experience the art of medieval architecture and loose yourself at fortress town and art colony Pocitelj.
  • Taste the finest Herzegovinian Wine and swim or simply admire fascinating Kravice Falls.
  • Visit Medjugorje, the greatest Catholic pilgrimage site in this part of the Europe
  • Learn about the past  reflecting the present at the Radimlja, best preserved Necropolis Unesco site
  • Delve into exploring the largest cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vjetrenica Cave. 
  • Experience the best story telling and meet with the locals, understand their customs, tradition, arts and crafts.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Guide
    English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
  • Accommodation
    Hotel in Sarajevo for 2 nights (Choose via Booking Form: 3*, 4* or 5* hotels).
  • Meals
    Breakfast included.
  • All Transfers
    This is connecting one-way tour/transfer connecting Dubrovnik and Split via Sarajevo and Central Bosnia.
  • 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.
  • Availability
    Tour is available throughout the year.
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.
  • Lunch & Dinner
    Typical costs for great lunch or dinner are 10-12 EUR.

Starting Point

Logistics

  • Regardless where you are departing from, Sarajevo or Dubrovnik, Split or even Kotor, you can book your starting point by choosing the direction of the tour at our Booking Form.
  • Departure Time: 7.30 AM

Accommodation in Mostar

You can choose between 3/4/5* accommodation by booking this tour, or if you prefer, you can book accommodation on your own and we shall deduct the total tour price.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: (Sarajevo > Konjic > Jablanica > Blagaj > Mostar)

Morning ride will take us through interesting suburbs of Sarajevo and areas of central Bosnia until we pass Ivan mountain and enter Herzegovina region. As soon as in Herzegovina, we’ll start descending, as region of Herzegovina is generally on lower altitudes and is totally different climate, so you’ll notice dramatic natural environment change.

    • Stop 1: Konjic
Konjic town in Herzegovina region
Konjic town in Herzegovina region

First stop of the day is visit to old part of Konjic town. Unique, prehistorically inhabited, famous for 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge, looming over turquoise Neretva river, usually very sunny place, is day’s perfect start. Standing at WW2’s last day, during the Nazi withdrawal, destroyed bridge, we learn the story of the “monument to human stupidity”, mystery of Tito’s Bunker, famousness of white water rafting at upper Neretva region and glacier Boracko Lake, and few other stories before we visit Tito’s Bunker.

    • Stop 2: Tito’s Bunker
Titos Buner in Konjic - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Titos Buner in Konjic – Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the early 1950s, Josip Broz Tito, the late leader of the former Yugoslavia, ordered the building of a secret bunker that would safeguard the country’s ruling class in case of a nuclear attack.

Located 900 feet (270 m) underground, town of Konjic, the 26-year project was only completed in 1979, the year before Tito died, and it was built at a cost equivalent to just under £3 billion ($4.6 billion).

If restocked with supplies it would still serve its purpose – allowing 350 people to live and work for six months without ever coming outside.

More about this place you see here.

    • Stop 3: Jablanica (30min) – Battle on Neretva Story
Jablanica bridge destroyed during the WW2 famous Neretva battle
Jablanica bridge destroyed during the WW2 famous Neretva battle

Ride continues by passing large, dammed but very beautiful Jablaničko lake, with short stop at Jablanica where we learn WW2 story of “Neretva Battle” and “sniff” into the way how our greatest delicacy, famous roasted lamb on the spit is made.

Views of Jablaničko lake and regions of Prenj mountain are simply breathtaking and will make you wanna stop and breathe those in.

    • Stop 4: Blagaj Dervish House & Buna River Spring
Blagaj River Spring and Dervish House
Blagaj River Spring and Dervish House

Blagaj town is home to Buna river spring – Europe’s most beautiful, most powerful, clean and drinkable karst river spring, settled beneath few hundred meters high rock. Water comes out of quite large but stunningly deep cave, which springs amazing 43 cubic meters of water per second. Can you imagine this?

Just next to the spring, under the rock, is home to Blagaj Tekke – Dervish house, dating most likely pre or early Ottoman era from early 16th century, as unique sacral-residential example of Islamic architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Visiting this complex and learning more about Dervish life in Herzegovina as important part of our history is, MUST DO. For Muslim travelers “Tekija” is place where prayers are hosted 5 times a day and can be attended if wanted.

Later, after visit to “Blagajska Tekija” and “Izvor rijeke Bune” before we continue to our ride to Dubrovnik, it is time for lunch. Due to famousness and cleanliness of Buna river the most important thing to taste in Blagaj today, is local trout. Lunch is not included in the tour price, so plan to spend 8/10 EUR per person for great lunch. As mentioned earlier, depending on the tour pace, alternatively lunch can be planned at Jablanica (Stop 3) where you get to taste famous Bosnian roasted lamb.

That is why we don’t leave the place before we offer our guests to try locally prepared trout on “Blagaj Way”, enjoying amazing scenery of Buna river spring and Dervish house next to it. Vegetarians don’t worry, we have solutions for you as well 🙂

    • Stop 5: Mostar – Hotel Check-in and walking tour with free evening time in Mostar
Mostar Old Bridge in the evening hours
Mostar Old Bridge in the evening hours

As soon as we arrive to Mostar we’ll do our hotel check-in and start our 2 hour walking tour which will cover most important sites and locations in Mostar.

Our focus will Mostar’s Old Bridge, Old Bazaar and Old Town, but offer stories of Mostar’s uniqueness, in regard to historical and cultural diversity.

Story of Mostar will be about the Bridge, it’s rise and fall, and how it had risen again. You will learn about Siege of Mostar, about why it is called Mostar, about “Mostarians”. We recreate Mostar for you and with you.

Spending a night in Mostar and enjoying this gem in the late evenings when all the crowds are gone is simply amazing. Free time, or dinner on your own or with us 🙂

Mostar by Nobel Prize winner, Ivo Andric
 
“When a man spends a night in Mostar, it is not the sound that awakes him, but the light. I know that from experience. The light I was greeted upon arrival at Mostar, the light I was followed from morning to evening, and later, after departure, the light remained within me, as the main characteristic of my memories of Mostar.
 
I’ve always felt that what shines over this nature privileged city, and the way it permeates everything within, is some sort of remarkable light, extraordinary in strength and quality. I’ve always thought, this way (light) is the way the love for life, courage, cheerfulness, a sense of proportion and creative work, enters man’s life.
 
I could never have enough of it, even though I was met everywhere. It is within laughter of people, within clear vowels of their speech, in the faces of boys and girls at the evening walks. It is refracted as gold, restless gleam within the glass of Mostar Zilavka (wine), and lives as a compressed strength and sweetness in these peaches and cherries. It hides in shady, cool waters of Radobolja.
 
And upon it, Neretva is our brightest river, and upon it, bare karst surrounding hills have some sort of unrestrained grandeur. Upon that light I remember Mostar the best.” 
 
  • DAY 2: (Mostar > Počitelj > Kravice Waterfalls > Medjugorje > Radimlja > Vjetrenica Cave > Dubrovnik)

As soon as light upon wakes you up, in your beautiful Mostar hotel and after delicious breakfast it is time for some morning free activities on your own. We usually give some free time to our guests when in Mostar to explore town on your own and discover some nice spots, which are sufficient all around.

    • Stop 6: Počitelj Town
Pocitelj town overlooking Neretva river - Herzegovina
Pocitelj town overlooking Neretva river – Herzegovina

After departing from Mostar very soon we ll arrive to Počitelj.

Stunningly nested above Neretva river, visit to Počitelj (“Počivati” – Bos.”to rest in peace”), easy uphill, one hour long walking activity, accompanied with a stories of town’s development and strategic importance during its 600+ year long written history and visit to most important sites such as Hajji Alija Mosque, Clock Tower and Gavrankapetanović tower, IS A MUST, for anyone passing through or near Herzegovina region.

Unique, medieval, Ottoman era glorified, present day Ottoman-Mediterranean style “architectured” fortress – town Počitelj, is one of the very few urban ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina preserved in their integrity to the present times.

    • Stop 7: Kravica Waterfalls near Ljubuški
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski in Herzegovina
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski in Herzegovina

After we are done with Počitelj explorations get ready for highlight of the day, small Niagara’s, stunning waterfalls of Kravica.
Situated near Ljubuški, Trebižat river with its travertine sedimentations is today offering us unique and breathtaking attraction – Kravica waterfalls. Height range from 26-28 meters and water amphitheater of 120 meters below, plus surrounding nature of Kravica waterfalls altogether fall into unique geological monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

If you are conducting this tour in summer time (between June – September) feel free to bring along swimsuit and join us for some chilling swim, or at least to cool your feet along a good drink.

Pass by:

  • Čapljina – small town in Herzegovina county

 

    • Stop 8: Medjugorje Catholic Pilgrimage & Local Wine Tasting
Medjugorje Apparition Hill - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Medjugorje Apparition Hill – Bosnia and Herzegovina

The area of west Herzegovina is famous for amazing wine story and nowadays local producers are making some of the finest wines in the region. If you are interested to explore this part of Herzegovina story, to learn and taste finest of Blatina (red) and Zilavka (white) authentic wines along with other local products, visiting one local winery is a must. We’ll teach you about biodynamic wines, what do they represent and why they are quite rarity today, but slowly picking up. We’ll learn about history of winemaking in Herzegovina and where it aims today, so all in all it will be another highlight of your day. For guests not interested into wine tasting we can organise alternatively local lunch.

The most famous Catholic pilgrimage in Southeastern Europe today is Medjugorje. Virgin Mary apparition place since 1981 until today, has attracted large number of pilgrims and other travellers interested to discover amazing story behind this phenomenon. It is part of Herzegovina and it is part of our tour too.

    • Stop 8: Radimlja Necropolis (UNESCO)
Radimlja Necropolis in Heregovina
Radimlja Necropolis in Heregovina

After West Herzegovina, time to move more south and visit interesting area of East Herzegovina and the next stop is World famous site – Radimlja necropolis near Stolac – UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stećci are one of the biggest mysteries of Bosnia and Herzegovina history.

Appearing in the mid 12th century, with the first phase in the 13th century, the tombstones reached their peak in the 14th and 15th century, before disappearing during the Ottoman occupation in the very early 16th century.

Most frequent dilemmas are focused on questions of their origin, the origin of the deceased who were buried under them,  and as well as the symbolic messages carved on them.

    • Stop 9: Vjetrenica Cave and Zavala Monastery
Vjetrenica Cave in Herzegovina at Popovo Polje region
Vjetrenica Cave in Herzegovina at Popovo Polje region

Vjetrenica (eng.”wind cave”) is the largest and most important cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most interesting caves in the Dinaric Alps mountain range.

The cave has been explored to a total of about 7 km in length but is assumed to be around 20 km and as it is known, is the richest cave in the world in terms of subterranean biodiversity. Proteus anguinus (human fish), amazing stalactite and stalagmite decorations are simply to amazing to miss out, so that is why Vjetrenica is also one of Herzegovina must sees.

Just next to the cave, last spot of the day will be visit to Zavala Monastery. Amazingly nested in the hills above stunning Popovo Field this 15th century Orthodox monastery is great way to learn and understand why this seemingly dry and uninhabited areas through the history have always been great source of different religious stories.

Last part of our journey before we reach Dubrovnik (Kotor or Split on request) will be interesting ride through areas of East Herzegovina where we expect to be in destination between 7 and 8 pm, and of course we’ll drop you off at location of your request.

If you prefer to be in destination earlier, please let us know so we can arrange the day according to your request.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

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

Optional Extras

Single Supplement:

  • 25 EUR per person

Full board (1x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x dinner):

  • 30 EUR

 

Map

Trip Photos

Vjetrenica Cave in Herzegovina at Popovo Polje region
Vjetrenica Cave in Herzegovina at Popovo Polje region
Radimlja Necropolis in Heregovina
Radimlja Necropolis in Heregovina
Medjugorje Apparition Hill - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Medjugorje Apparition Hill – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar Old Bridge in the evening hours
Mostar Old Bridge in the evening hours
Jablanica bridge destroyed during the WW2 famous Neretva battle
Jablanica bridge destroyed during the WW2 famous Neretva battle
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski in Herzegovina
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski in Herzegovina
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski and Mostar in Herzegovina.jpg
Kravice Waterfalls near Ljubuski and Mostar in Herzegovina.jpg
Titos Buner in Konjic - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Titos Buner in Konjic – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Konjic town in Herzegovina region
Konjic town in Herzegovina region
Titos Bunker - Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Titos Bunker – Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This tour requires normal level of fitness and is doable for anyone of normal level of fitness.
  2. Is Bosnia safe off the beaten path travels?
    The best destinations in Bosnia are totally off the beaten path and surely it is safe to explore them.
  3. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  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 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. 
  7. Can I book my own accommodation in Mostar? 
    Yes, you can. In case you prefer booking your own accommodation we will deduct the costs of hotel service from the overall price. 
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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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H9161SIjimc

Couple Traveller

Fantastic Tour! Highly Recommend Funky Tours!

We wanted to travel from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo in October 2019 and decided to hire Sarajevo Funky Tours for a one-way private tour instead of taking a bus.

The “Total Herzegovina Tour” was perfect for us. Instead of sitting in a bus for hours, we had our own drivers taking us to six of the key sights between Dubrovnik and Sarajevo. Our drivers/guides were Tarik and Adnan – they were both excellent. Very personable, knowledgeable and clearly interested in sharing local knowledge and insights to give us a great experience.

We enjoyed all of the stops and there was a nice pace to the day. Even thought the day has 6 official stops, there is no problem customizing your trip if you want to stop somewhere else along the way.

There were many nice touches along the way – some small examples include Tarik buying a bag of oranges and giving us some, and Adnan introducing us to some of his friends in Pocitelj where we sampled local pomegranate juice and liquor.

The communication with the company was easy and clear, and they did not even ask for payment up front – we paid for the trip after it was completed. This is a door to door tour – they will pick you up wherever you are in Dubrovnik and drop you off at your final Sarajevo destination. We visited their office in Sarajevo for payment and it is clear that this is a well run company that prides itself on hiring locals that are well trained to give a memorable local experience to visitors.

Highly recommend Funky Tours! Also – highly recommend visiting Bosnia in general – it is a country that has an important history to share and is very welcoming.

January 6, 2020

therixfix

Solo Traveller

Outstanding tour

I had two outstanding trips with Funky Tours. First the Sarajevo siege tour and then the all-day tour/transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik via Mostar and Herzegovina.

The tour guides and drivers were fascinating individuals with rich knowledge of the social, cultural and economic history of the region—they were relatable, adaptable to some of my interests and genuinely passionate about their work.

Next time I am in Sarajevo or anywhere in the Balkans, I’ll totally book with them again!! Thank you!!

December 23, 2019

Nathan R

Solo Traveller

I had two extraordinary tours with Funky Tours (Sarajevo Siege & Sarajevo-Dubrovnik Transfer). The guides did a fantastic job of explaining the complex history of the area and making sure my needs were met. It’s been 10 years since I’ve had such a thoughtful and compelling experience.

Make sure you book with them! I’ll certainly be back.

December 6, 2019

Ilias Sihmidi

Solo Traveller

I’ve done three tours (Travnik and Jajce, Sarajevo – Dubrovnik and the free city tour) with Funky Tours and all of them were an indescribable experience.

The guides and drivers Adnan, Adnan Hadzi, Damir and Belmin were really friendly, experienced and hospitable. Besides that they added a personal and touching dimension to the tours. It’s really tragic what happened in various parts of Bosnia during the war and this tours have made me more conscious of that.

Also the places that we visited were really beautiful places with stunning views. I’ve got some of the most beautiful pictures that I’ve ever taken thanks to this.
Besides this, we were taken to the best of restaurants and cafes. I would really advise anyone to take a tour at this agency, and I look forward to taking another tour the next time I’m gonna be in Bosnia. Thank you for the unforgettable experience!

November 15, 2019

ALBERTO P SIMOES

Solo Traveller

Bosnia a great country to visit. And Sarajevo Funky tours an execellent way to help on that. A great great time

November 3, 2019
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