Travelling between Zagreb/Split or even Ljubljana and Sarajevo with an overnight stay in amazing Bihac which is proud to be just next to magnificent Una National Park is one of the most convenient ways to travel between Bosnia and Croatia.
This 2D1N trip is created in a way to maximise the overall experience by taking you through stunning and off the beaten path destinations while helping you understand Balkans from a first hand experience, personal narratives and interesting story tellings.
This is a connecting door to door 2day tour which is covering the most amazing destinations in Central-North Bosnia and Central Croatia with overnight in Bihać. You can start either in Sarajevo and end in Zagreb/Split/Ljubljana or the other way around. Regardless of your start/end destination, we always do the full itinerary.
Instead of spending a night in Bihac and visiting Una National Park, you can also consider an overnight in Bosnian second largest city of Banja Luka and visiting the tremendous Kozara National Park.
Departure Times 7.30 AM
Pickup Locations Regardless where you are departing from, Sarajevo or Zagreb, you can book your starting point by choosing the direction of the tour at our Booking Form.
You can choose between 3* or 4* accommodation by booking this tour, or if you prefer, you can book accommodation on your own and we shall deduct the total tour price.
Activity Note: The tour is adapted to all ages and is not physically demanding. Due to the distance of the locations, we use vehicles during the tour.
Meet and Greet: We’ll depart Sarajevo quite early, at 8 AM. After some 45min we’ll arrive to Visoko and first stop of the day will be Bosnian Pyramid Complex. Beside Visoko, we will also visit Travnik, Jajce, and end the day in Bihac where you will stay for overnight.
Visoko Pyramids: One of the most intriguing recent stories, at global scale, is story of Bosnian Pyramids. For some only a “hoax”, but for others true evidence of ancient civilisations to have existed at present day European soil which have left us amazing structures, pyramids.
Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun (and 4 more: Pyramid of the Moon, Love, Dragon and Mother Earth) aged roughly 12.000 years, with perfect cardinal points and Northern orientation, where thermal inertia analysis reported to reveal faster heat loss than would occur with a plain hillside, interesting story of pyramidal tunnel complex and many more facts, are reasons good enough to see interesting story of Bosnian pyramids.
Once at the site we’ll have guided tour at the Pyramids Tunnel Complex where guests will get first hand stories from local experts directly involved into site explorations and tunnel excavations. Be prepared to hear some very interesting stories, as this story might be one of highlights of your Balkans travels.
Travnik: After finished at Visoko we move. We will pass some very beautiful regions of river Bosna, canyon of river Lašva before we reach Travnik.
Ottoman time vizier’s town, later Nobel prize winner birthplace with stunning Plava Voda spring, Coloured mosque and old Ottoman fortress are places definitely worth stopping by.
Travnik is also famous for tasty Ćevapi or Travnik white cheese, so why not making this stop not only interesting, but also tastily-interesting.
Doing a break at Plava Voda with some good Bosnian coffee is also a must.
>Travnik fort overlooking the Travnik old town – Central Bosnia
Jajce: As soon as we finish in Travnik we continue, and after another hour of driving through amazing regions of Vrbas river we arrive to Jajce.
Once there, first thing we go and see is one of the World’s most beautiful waterfalls, and the only one in the World placed in the city centre, famous Pliva Waterfalls – spot where Pliva river ends its flow and meets Vrbas is simply breathtaking.
After we bless our eyes and soul we are good for a walking tour through Jajce. We will visit Jajce Citadel (Fortress), the Museum of the Second Session of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ), Medvjed Kula, the Tower of St. Luke, famous Catacombs – underground church, one of the World’s very few mosques named after woman – Mosque of Esma Sultanija, and much more. All followed with interesting stories.
Jajce Citadel is amazingly interesting place giving us great opportunity to see whole area around us and Jajce itself.
>Jajce and Pliva waterfalls in Central Bosnia during the sunset
Pliva Lakes & Pliva Mills – Lunch Break: After we have “tasted” Jajce for roughly 2.30 hours we go for the Lakes. In the vicinity of Jajce on Pliva river there are two lakes. Only five kilometres away we’ll check up out Large and Small Pliva lakes.
Very interesting part of the Pliva lakes story are Mills at small Pliva lake. Amongst people famously called “Mlinčići”, which once have been main promotional material for postcards and tourist potential of Great Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. We will make a stop there too.
>Pliva Mills near Jajce
In the evening we arrive to Bihać, check-in to our beautiful hotel and enjoy free time.
Meet and Greet: After the delicious breakfast, we will take short walk around the central parts of Bihać to admire this beautiful town and its pearl, Una river, in the early morning hours. Before we reach Zagreb you will also have a chance to visit Slunj and Rastoke, and military museum in Karlovac.
Bihać: Beautiful Bosnian city nested on the Una river, located in so called Krajina region is historically very diverse and important Bosnian most western outpost during the history.
>Bihać and Una River
Una National Park – Štrbački Buk: Region of Una National Park and Una river (the only one) is one of the most, if not the most beautiful Bosnian region. Passing through this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and not soaking into this beauty would be a pity.
Exploring amazing Štrbacki Buk waterfall, the biggest and most powerful in whole region of Balkans will simply blow you away. Taking easy hike along the Una river canyon is also something special to do.
Local family hosted lunch at Una National Park is planned.
>Štrbacki Buk waterfall near Bihać
Slunj and Rastoke in Croatia: On the way to Zagreb, we’ll make one break at very beautiful region of Slunj and Rastoke.
Rastoke is the historic centre of the Croatian municipality of Slunj. This old part of Slunj is known for its well-preserved mills and the picturesque little waterfalls along the Slunjčica river, which flows into the river Korana at this place. The Korana river originates at Plitvice Lakes National Park.
At Rastoke, similar natural phenomena are occurring as at the Plitvice Lakes. This location is therefore often being referred to as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice”.
>Rastoke, Slunj, Croatia, bridge over Korana river canyon and beautiful traditional village with old water mills
Croatian War of Independence Museum: Lastly on the way to Zagreb we can do one amazing stop for cheese, honey and brandy tasting with one of the local producers, and short visit to Croatian War of Independence Museum before we reach Zagreb in the afternoon hours.
>Karlovac military museum – Croatia
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Bosnia-Herzegovina – possible to see the highlights in three days with Funky Tours
When I saw some photos of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I was struck by its beauty so we decided to extend our trip from Croatia to cover Bosnia-Herzegovina.
We took a tour bus from Zagreb to Sarajevo, taking 12 hours, stopping by at various historical places: Jasenovac Memorial Park, Banja Luka, Jajce town, Pliva waterfall, lakes and old mills. The snow-covered Jasenovac Memorial Park was mysterious and holy and beautiful. At Banja Luka, we had a wonderful lamb sandwich, best in my life.
The following day we made another 12-hour trip to Mostar, stopping by at Pocitelj and Dervish House, where we had delicious trout. The gushing river was amazing.
These tours were organized by Funky Tours of Sarajevo. (Also a two-hour free city tour of Sarajevo). We had a comfortable 8-seat mini bus to ourselves with local guides explaining the places and history.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is a small country endowed with beautiful scenery- plentiful hills and rivers, and fresh produce. But more importantly, it has a very rich history and it is possible to witness the remnants of various different civilizations that crossed the country.
We were very glad that we used the Funky Tours for all our trips within the country, without which our understanding of the country would not have been possible to this extent. The war museum in Sarajevo is a must. The country is fully repaired with no trace of the destructive war, but it helps to remember that this atrocity happened not very long ago.
This is a great team!
We interacted with several people in the Funky Tours team, and they were all great. The office staff responded quickly and were very helpful, and the tour guides were also helpful and informative. I would go with them again any time!
Amazing Company & Tours
Me and 6 family members wanted to go on a trip that was a bit different to celebrate my Dad’s 70th birthday. We were a group with ages ranging from 28 – 70. I had visited Sarajevo previously, and thought it would be a good place to go. Sarajevo Funky Tours helped me customise the perfect trip before-hand, with Ema being particularly helpful to all of my many emails.
When our flight was cancelled on the evening before we were supposed to fly to Sarajevo, Ema was able to reschedule our first day’s city tour and combine it with our second day’s itinerary so that we didn’t miss out.
So for our trip, we combined three different tours to create a 4 day itinerary that took us from Sarajevo, through Mostar and on to Dubrovnik. Our guide was Arna (Armina), who I knew from a previous visit to Sarajevo, and she was fantastic for us once again. She speaks so candidly about what she lived through during the war, and also how her many years’ work with NGOs have shaped her thoughts on the country’s past, present and future. It was really important to us to try to understand Bosnia’s tragedy while we were there. But the country offers so much more than just learning about its painful past. It’s one of the most stunning countries I’ve ever visited (65 and counting), and Kravice Falls in particular were incredible. Sarajevo is such a vibrant city with so many influences, and the local beer is incredible (honestly!). Tito’s Bunker is a must, as one of the most fascinating and hilarious tourist attractions. Mostar and its bridge don’t even need me to eulogise about them.
Bosnia is a wonderful country. Sarajevo is one of my favourite cities in the world. Sarajevo Funky Tours are an incredible tour company, who are so accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable and just all-round great people to work with. I 100% recommend them for any sort of visit to Bosnia (and beyond).
100% Recommend SFT
From our contact with Ema some 6 months prior to our time with SFT to the end, we experienced nothing but helpfulness, kindness and warmth from the team.
Our booking involved a transfer from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes (stay overnight) and on to Sarajevo in a day doing the Travnik tour in reverse. We had an independent stay in Sarajevo for 2 nights then onto Dubrovnik on the Mostar tour over 2 days.
We were advised earlier there may be others on our tours, which we would have been happy with, but in the end it was just the 2 of us with Tiab, our guide and Nijaz our driver for all parts. We are so very thankful for their knowledge, their patience, their helpfulness and willingness to make our time about what we wanted with their help. They made a good team of young and old. Tiab, the younger spoke English while Nijaz spoke very little but communicated in a smiling fun manner and shared things through Tiab. We felt comfortable in their company at meal breaks along the way and felt safe all the time. It is an excellent idea to have a guide and separate driver to mind the car and luggage while sightseeing.
Our focus in deciding to go to Bosnia was the scenery and nature and it didn’t disappoint but in the end it isn’t just the countryside but the history, the struggles of the people and how they are recovering now that feature in our memories.
Well done to the team, great ambassadors for your country!!!!
Amazing time in Bosnia
I did three tours with Sarajevo Funky Tours and it was a great experience! Ema coordinated everything and was really helpful when doing the planning. I had two packages including 2D1N via Mostar from Zagreb to Sarajevo with Haris and Faris, and 2D1N via Mostar from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with Adnan and Nino, and Total Siege Tour with Adnan. These guys are so friendly and full of knowledge. I not only saw the amazing views but also learned lots of history of Bosnia. They did their best to make the tours enjoyable. I had a really great time and a big applause to all of them! Love Bosnia 🙂