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Visiting Travnik, Jajce and Pliva Lakes as part of the Central Bosnia on a full day tour from Sarajevo is unique way to experience this part of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Jajce city which truly bears epithet “royal” as it has been the residence of the Bosnian Kings. It is World’s only city with natural waterfall in the city centre and birthplace of Yugoslavia, and in the same time in 1943 Jajce is birthplace of modern Yugoslavia.
Pliva Mills and Pliva Lakes are great nature add-on for this tour, and will make you appreciate beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina even more.
We also do not forget to pay visit to Travnik – Ottoman time vizier’s town, Nobel prize winner Ivo Andrić birthplace, stunning Plava Voda springs and old Ottoman fortress.
Departure Times Daily at 8 AM.
Pickup Locations 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.
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 our team at the office or your preferred pickup location and learn more about our historical heritage. Your guide will introduce you to story of a Bosnian Kings and vizziers, and will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment of time.
Morning ride will take us through interesting regions of central Bosnia, passing by Visoko town and valley of Bosnian Pyramids. We will continue the ride along the flows of river Bosna and Lasva including an especially beautiful flow and canyon of Vrbas. Nearly three hours later, we will 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 center, famous Pliva Waterfalls – spot where Pliva river ends its flow and meets Vrbas is simply breathtaking.
After we bless our eyes and souls we will head for a walking tour through Jajce and 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 and one of the World’s very few mosques named after woman – Mosque of Esma Sultanija.
Jajce Citadel is amazingly interesting place so no doubt you will enjoy.
>Jajce and Pliva waterfalls in Central Bosnia during the sunset
Once we fully soak up the atmosphere of amazing Jajce we will head towards the two lakes – Large and Small Pliva Lake.
Whatever you prefer, walking around, kayaking or canoeing (in 1963. World and European Championship in kayaking and canoeing on still waters were held on Pliva lake), laying on the beaches, swimming, fishing or just photography – everything is only a “desire” away 🙂
Very interesting part of the Pliva lakes story are Mills at small Pliva lake. Amongst people famously called “Mlinčići” this place used to be main tourist potential of Great Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy.
We will make a lunch break and enjoy some quality time at Large Pliva Lake. After Jajce and surroundings it is time to head back, but the we are not ending this day yet.
>Pliva mills during the autumn – Jajce
>Travnik with old town and Ottoman fort – Central Bosnia
A very important part of the this tour is Travnik, vizziers town rich with cultural and historical heritage.
Travnik is a place where we will see one of the best preserved Ottoman forts in our country dating late XIV century.
Location just under the fort is home to stunningly beautiful springs of Plava Voda (“blue water”), place ideal for Bosnian coffee break.
>Plava Voda stream – Travnik, Central Bosnia
It is very important to mention that Travnik is hometown to Bosnian Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric and his most famous novel Bridge Over Drina.
We don’t forget and Coloured Mosque, both Clock Towers as Travnik is the only town in Bosnia with two of those, and very centre of Travnik carsija (marketplace). To put a cherry on a top, we will taste the worldwide famous Travnik sheep cheese.
>Travni colored mosque – Central Bosnia
After explorations of Travnik we will head back to Sarajevo with arrival at, roughly, 7 PM. However, having in mind we are always pushing our limits and going above and beyond in order to keep up with the outstanding quality of each of our trips, day can be even longer.
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Travnik, Jajce & Pliva Lakes Tour
The day trip to Travnik, Jajce & Pliva Lakes is definitely worth the long drive as the views are stunning! Especially the water mills and falls are very pretty and unusual! We also visited a few fortresses and had a lovely lunch at the foot of the second fort.
While the drive was long (3 hours each way), our guide used the time to teach us about the rich history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was super interesting!
All in all, a great way to see and learn about the country beyond the capital!
I went for two trips with Funky Tours, the Mostar & Herzegovina daytrip and the Travnik, Jajce & Pliva Lakes tour.
On both days, I had an excellent time. The sights were very diverse, the pace of the trips is reasonable and you have to share the day with only a few people. Although the tours are full of adventures, they are not too packed and you even get some free time to wonder around.
The guides are very knowledgeable, they gave a nice overview not only about the sights, but the history and current situation in Bosnia. I specifically liked that they also added their personal experience during the last war and were open for questions even on a very personal level.
Great way to see the country
I did 4 tours with them during my stay in Sarajevo: the Sarajevo Siege tour and the Herzegovina tour with Almir, and the Srebrenica tour and the Travnik&Jajce tour with Adnan.
I had a great time during all of the tours, they are a great way to see the highlights of the country without having to worry about transportation and planning, especially if you are limited on time like I was. Almir and Adnan were great guides, both with personal experience and stories from the war. Also, they were great drivers. Special mention to Adnan’s help, Deni, who was still during training as guide when I visited, he was great too.
First class tour from start to finish.
Review of: Full Day Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina
Funky Tours arranged several excellent tours while I was based in Bosnia (one or two which were free of charge) between October 2020 and March 2021. This included a food and drink tasting tour, the siege of Sarajevo tour, a day trip to Jajce and Travnik, a day trip to the Srebrenica genocide memorial centre, as well as one to Herzegovina which included stops in Mostar, Medugorje and Pocitelj.
Each tour was outstanding and the tour guides, having lived through the events you learn about on the tours, are fascinating people to spend a day with (a big thanks in particular to Taib). I learned so much about Bosnia, past and present, from them.
Booking the tours was always made easy and they even arranged a customised tour of the famous Sarajevo City Hall which included a visit to a replica ICTY courtroom (a big thanks in particular to Ema). I learned so much about Bosnia on each tour – from what it was like living through the war to finding out about the Bosnia of today.
Even although some of the events they cover are difficult for a visitor to comprehend (partly because the country has been largely rebuilt), you come away from it realising how relevant Bosnia’s history is to the world we live in today.
I was lucky enough to see first hand so many of the great things about the country – its diverse landscapes and stunning views across several towns and cities (especially Sarajevo), how much the country has been rebuilt in the last 20 years (it would not be fair to class Bosnia as ‘war torn’ any longer), the wonderful mix of architecture and traditions, its excellent local cuisine and of course the down to earth and wonderfully hospitable Bosnian people who are always welcoming of visitors. Bosnians are rightfully keen to show that their country has so much more to it than the war that ended there more than 25 years ago.
Having been on several tours I feel like I am just about an expert on all things Bosnia and Herzegovina. I absolutely recommend Funky Tours – in fact I cannot recommend them highly enough. Bosnia is a great country to explore and because of its offering which includes Olympic ski slopes near Sarajevo and vineyards in Herzegovina it can be considered as both a winter and summer destination. The main thing is to make sure you go there at some point – and use Funky Tours to show you around!
(the tours I went on were always carried out within covid restrictions, in a small group or one to one)
I did three tours with Funky Tours: the Siege tour; Travnik & Jajce; and Total Herzegovina Tour & Transfer.
All three tours were excellent, with great guides and lots of wonderful experiences. It was challenging to plan things during the pandemic, but the team at Funky Tours helped me see a lot of the country. Thanks for everything!