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Bosnia Adventure Tour

Summary

Explore Bosnia, one of Europe’s most undiscovered treasures, with a local guide in a small mini-coach. Visit the famous Mostar Bridge, learn about Bosnian cooking, explore Sarajevo’s winding tunnels built during The Siege, and learn the sombre story of the Srebrenica massacre from a Bosnian who lived through the war. End your week with two days in the mountains while horseback riding, 4x4 off-roading, hiking and mountain biking.

Included:

  • Seven days traversing Bosnia with an professional, local guide
  • Start in Split or Dubrovnik
  • Walk across the famous Mostar Bridge
  • Discover the underground Sarajevo nightlife
  • Explore Bosnia’s capital city of Sarajevo
  • Two days in the serene Bosnian Mountains
  • Link up perfectly with our Croatia Sailing and Croatia & Greece Road Trip tours

5 Day Tour - End your tour in Sarajevo for a discounted five-day tour price of £299.

This week spent travelling around Bosnia was just amazing!!! I can't rate it enough. I thought the country was stunning, vibrant and so interesting! The history side of the tour was very interesting and I feel that I learnt a lot, and left with a thirst to find out more. It really was fascinating to experience and found that Bosnia really struck a cord, one of my favourite countries to visit to date. We had Mustafa as our tour guide, and again, he was brilliant. His stories were captivating, honest and reflective. He was well organised and a great tour leader, again, I felt safe and trusted his recommendations etc. I enjoyed all the day trips and add ons that were offered.Poppy, travelled September 2013

Mustafa

Meet your tour guide

Name: Mustafa Panjeta
Born: Sarajevo
Hobbies: Music, History, Comedy

Our expert guide is Mustafa, a local of Sarajevo. Mustafa has worked with Med Experience for three years and personally helped build the tour’s itinerary based off his experiences growing up in Bosnia. Having lived through the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, Mustafa will take you through his personal history with the city and country he’s grown up in. Mustafa is passionate about sharing his experiences through the war with visitors to his country.

It’s not all sadness and sobriety with Mustafa though – he’s also an amateur musician, philosopher and joke-teller with an acute knowledge of all the best local hot spots.


We LOVED our tour of Bosnia!
I can not speak highly enough of it! I would, and have, recommend(ed) this trip to everyone I have spoken to about Bosnia. It helps that our group all got along so well, but our tour guide Mustafar was amazing. We all felt so lucky to have such an approachable, funny yet serious tour guide. It really made an impact to the tour having someone who could personally account for what life was like living through the war. We all felt this to be very touching and a great insight into some areas.
We also found the daily excursions to be fun and we all saw plenty in our time in each city! We loved EVERYTHING!

Rebecca, Travelled August 2013

Destinations

Destinations:

Kravice

We will stop for at the Kravice waterfalls - one of Bosnia’s secret paradise spots! Spectacular waterfalls cascade into a natural plunge pool, perfect for a refreshing dip. Kravice is a great introduction to the natural beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mostar

Mostar, with its famous amazing arched stone bridge and Turkish Old Town, is a unique melting pot of cultures and traditions. Explore the local shops and hit the nightlife, including the Ali Baba’s cavern club!

Konjic

Konjic is a mountainous, wooded area, set on the Neretva River and was a strategic town in the Balkan conflict. Check out the amazing river rafting and learn about the fascinating history of the region.

Sarajevo

The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the home of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo has much to take in. Discover the city’s poignant history, from the start of World War One to the horrors of the Balkan War. Explore the market places of the Turkish Quarter, as well as the unique Sarajevo nightlife of this vibrant and friendly city.

 

Srebrenica

Srebrenica is the site of one of the worst massacres in Europe since WWII. A powerful and moving experience for our guests, a local guide relates the events as they unfolded and the memorial centre has photos and historical footage.

Bjelasnica

Part of the 1984 Winter Olympics site, Bjelasnica offers fantastic hiking and mountain biking territory, as well as a 4 x 4 trip to a local mountain village.

Dubrovnik

Described as “heaven on earth” by George Bernard Shaw, Dubrovnik has a wealth of magnificent architecture, amazing views and unique nightlife within the city walls, as well as its recent fame as the home of TV’s ‘Game of Thrones’.

Dubrovnik / Split - Dubrovnik

Saturday: Dubrovnik or Split - Kravica Waterfalls - Mostar

The Med Experience Bosnia Adventure Tour starts in Dubrovnik or Split at 9.30am (please indicate preferred start destination when booking). First stop: a hidden Bosnian oasis. Explore the Kravica Waterfalls, which feature a large, deep plunge pool.
After a refreshing dip and lunch and a beer (or two) at the water’s edge, it’s onward to Mostar. This city, famous for its arched bridge and Turkish Old Town, is the most stunning city in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
With a free day to explore the city tomorrow, it’s time to throw on your dancing shoes and explore the Mostar nightlife. Make sure to try some local specialities like grilled trout, filled steak and fluffy pastries. Sip a cocktail and smoke some shisha under the stars by the old bridge, then head to Ali Baba’s, a massive cavern-cum-nightclub in the Turkish Quarter.

Sunday: Mostar

With so much to see and do in Mostar, we’ve allocated a whole day for you explore the city yourself. There’s lots to do, like watching the Mostar divers – most days during the summer you’ll see locals tempting fate as they take the plunge from the very high bridge into the icy waters below. We also offer a couple of optional excursions (see below)

Bosnian cuisine is a blend of Turkish and Mediterranean flavours and of course, tastes delicious! Learn how to create some of these delicacies yourself with a local cook in a local's house. (€42 payable locally)
City Walking Tour: A two-hour tour of Mostar with a local guide that takes in all the main sites such as the mosques, minarets and the bridge museum. (€16 payable locally)

Monday: Mostar - Konjic - Sarajevo

We leave Mostar for Sarajevo early, to allow you time in the culturally-rich town of Konjic. Explore this beauty spot by taking a hike with your guide or experience one of our most popular optional excursions for this day, white-water rafting (see details below).
Whether you are relaxing in Konjic or rafting, both groups meet up for lunch after their activities and we head off to Sarajevo late afternoon.
Having checked in to the Sarajevo hostel, the city’s bars, clubs and restaurants are there to be explored, and your local Sarajevan guide is the perfect person to ask for recommendations.

White Water Rafting
Konjic is the capital of rafting in the region and not only is rafting excellent but the scenery is truly breathtaking: canyons, rapids and the glowing turqouise of the river Neretva beckon. The grade of the river is 2-3 - suitable for both beginners and intermediates. (42 Euros payable locally)

Tuesday: Sarajevo

Sarajevo really is one of Europe’s crossroads. Which other capital has a mosque, Orthodox church, synagogue and a Catholic church all within metres of each other? It is also an Olympic City with the 1984 Winter Olympics famously held here.
However, its recent history is tinged with tragedy – the shots that started the First World War were fired here (when Archduke Franz Ferdinanad was assassinated) and the city was under bombardment for over 3 years during the Yugoslav Wars of the 90s.
Sarajevo can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: the shopping and market-places in the Turkish Quarter are superb and around every corner is a pleasant surprise: from the Sarajevsko Pivo beer brewery to the Museum on the spot where Franz Ferdinand was shot.
Spend your free day exploring the capital – we’ll give you a map with all the key points of interest and let you explore at your leisure.

Sarajevo City Tour: Explore the depths of Sarajevo’s history with a local expert guide (€12 payable locally)

Wednesday: Sarajevo - Tunnel Museum - Srebrenica - Bosnian Mountains

Wednesday is the war tour day. Firstly, we visit for a location near the airport to visit the Tunnel Museum* and discover more about this incredible story of defiance and survival. Then, it's a two and a half hour drive to Srebrenica, the site of the worst massacre in Europe since WWII. This can be quite a powerful and moving day but the Bosniaks welcome visitors, as they do not want the world to forget what happened there in 1995. A local guide will relate the events as they unfolded and the memorial centre has photos and footage.
Late afternoon, we head for the hills, stopping in Sarajevo alone the way.

The five-day tour ends at this point, dropping guests back in Sarajevo**


Bosnia hosted the winter Olympics in 1984 and it would be a crime not to spend some time in the mountains to find out why the country was granted this privilege. We’ll spend the night in a mountain lodge.

Tunnel Museum Entrance Fee (approx. 7.5 Euros) is payable locally.

Thursday: Bosnian Mountains

Bjelasnica and Igman are 2 of Bosnia's Olympic Mountains and after a night in the lodge. You can either enjoy the mountain air in your lungs and take a hike with your guide or dedicate your day to one of the optional higher-altitude activities (listed below). We’ll spend a second night at our mountain lodge.

Mountain Biking (subject to availability at bike hire outlet)
Horse-riding (€40 payable locally)
4x4 Tour (€40 payable locally)

Friday: Bosnian Mountains - Dubrovnik

We leave the mountains and make our way back to the Croatian coast.
As you make your way to Dubrovnik, your guide will offer a “group’s choice” activity. Based on availability, weather and group preference, you could stop at any one of the following three stops:

Blagaj: A stunning Dervish monastery in one of the best locations to have lunch in Bosnia-Herzegovina!
Vjetrenica Caves: Amongst Bosnia's endless riches is a secret cave network that would be the envy of any country in the world. These caves are home to intriguing remnants of habitation by early man, the "human fish" (a cave-dwelling, flesh-coloured salamander”) and intricate cave drawings.
Pocitelj: One of the country's jewels, a pocket Turkish town nestled on the side of a cliff on the Neretva.


We arrive in Dubrovnik late afternoon, with a drop-off at the bus station. Accommodation is not included in Dubrovnik but after everyone has had the chance to freshen up in their respective hotels and hostels, farewell drinks are in order in the Old Town!

Accommodation

While our accommodation is subject to change, it will always be in clean, air conditioned facilities easily accessible to town. Please see below for information on each of our Bosnia accommodations.

Mostar

Hostel Miturno

Your first two nights will be spent in the heart of Mostar in this friendly hostel which is just a short walk from the iconic Mostar Bridge.

Sarajevo

Hostel City Centre Sarajevo

Sarajevo’s cosy hostel is in an incredible central location, giving you amazing access to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city.

Bosnia Mountains

Han Hotel

Located in the heart of the stunning Bosnian Mountains, Han Hotel is the perfect relaxing point to spend the final two days of your tour.

Pickup / Drop Off

Dubrovnik

Your tour can start in Dubrovnik or Split and will end in Dubrovnik. If you’re looking for pre- or post-trip accommodation, we recommend:
• Fresh* Sheets Hostel (http://www.freshsheetshostel.com/)
• Old Town Hostel (http://www.dubrovnikoldtownhostel.com)
• Hotel Petka (http://www.hotelpetka.hr/)
• Dubrovnik Backpackers' Club (http://www.dubackpackers.com)
Don't let the fun stop here - hop on our Croatia Sailing (http://medexperience.com/our-tours/croatia-sailing) or Croatia & Greece Road Trip (http://medexperience.com/our-tours/croatia-greece-road-trip) in Dubrovnik and continue your endless summer.

Split

If you chose to start your tour in Split, your tour will begin at Split train station. If you're looking for pre-trip accommodation in Split, we recommend:
• Silver Central Hostel (http://www.silvercentralhostel.com/)
• Silver Gate Hostel (http://www.silvergatehostel.com/)
• Hotel Slavija (http://www.hotelslavija.hr/)
• Hostel Split (http://hostelinsplit.com),
• Split Hostel (http://www.splithostel.com/).

FAQ

What day does each tour finish?

The Bosnia Adventure Tour finishes on Friday evenings upon your return to Dubrovnik. If you’re taking the 5-day trip, your tour will end on Wednesday afternoon in Sarajevo.

How many people are on the Bosnia Road Trip?

The minimum size is around 5 people, maximum size is 23 people. We usually use the Mercedes Sprinter style mini-buses which have a capacity of 18 people for the average sized groups but in lower season we sometimes use 9-seater mini-vans and in higher season 23-seater mini-buses.

What are the buses like?

Most of the time, we use a Mercedes Sprinter type mini -bus (see pic). These buses are versatile, nimble and ensure that the groups are a small, friendly size (max. 18).

During low season (May, June, September, Oct) however, we often use a mini-bus such as a VW Caravelle, which takes 8 passengers plus driver/guide.

Can you tell me more about the accommodation?

The accommodation in Mostar and Sarajevo is in hostels in dormitories, with a nice hotel in the mountains for the last 2 nights. We can often arrange private rooms for couples or those who wish to have their own room. There is a private room supplement of £12 per person per night for this service, simply ask a reservations agent to arrange this.

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

The sleeping arrangements in the hostels are mostly in small dormitories (anything between 3 to 9 beds to a dorm) or apartments and hotel rooms that sleep 2 to 4. We tend to keep to male-only and female-only dorms when we arrange the groups, although this is not always guaranteed as it depends on the group make-up.

If you are a solo traveller then you will either be put into a same-sex dorm or paired up with another solo traveller of the same sex in the case of a twin room, whenever possible.

Couples can request private rooms but this is subject to a supplement, depending on location. Please submit such a request when booking so that we can let you know if private rooms are available and if they are subject to a supplement.

What is the deal with the private room supplement?

The private room (twin or double, please specify) supplement is £12 per person per night. This supplement GUARANTEES a private twin or double for couples or for 2 friends who do not wish to share with anyone else.

On occasion, travellers in the tour group may get a night (or more) in private room WITHOUT having paid the supplement. This is usually due to the configuration of the group and how the configuration has combined with the room availability in the accommodation. However, travellers who do not pay the supplement are usually roomed in a triple or quad room, or multi-occupancy dorm, depending on the city. Any travellers who got a private room without paying the supplement simply got lucky with the configuration. The paid supplement guarantees a private room for the ENTIRE tour.

Single supplements are £19 per person per night – by paying a single room supplement you will be guaranteed a single-occupancy room to yourself.

Is food included?

Breakfast every morning is included. Lunches and dinners are not provided but provision is always made to ensure there is ample opportunity for meal stops!

How do I join the Road Trips?

The Bosnia Adventure tour starts in Dubrovnik or Split (if you’re starting in Split, we’ll bring you in a coach to Mostar, where you’ll meet up with the group who started the tour in Dubrovnik). The tour ends in Dubrovnik, unless you choose to take the 5-day trip, which ends on Sarajevo.

What are the guides like?

Our guides are there to enhance your experience. They are either locals or English native-speakers who have a command of the local language and have lived in the region.

All of our guides are fun and knowledgeable on the local language, history and culture. They are also full of tips on where to eat, drink and the places to avoid!

Do I need a visa?

Visas are not required by citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, USA or Canada, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

However, Croatia is in the EU, so you will require a suitable EU/Schengen area visa to enter those countries.

Citizens from South Africa require visas for all of the countries covered by Med Experience Road Trips, including a schengen visa.

Pricing

Bosnia Adventure Tour

Split / Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik

Dates Pricing
10 May £399
17 May £399
24 May £399
31 May £399
07 Jun £399
14 Jun £399
21 Jun £399
28 Jun £399
05 Jul £399
12 Jul £399
19 Jul £399
26 Jul £399
02 Aug £399
09 Aug £399
16 Aug £399
23 Aug £399
30 Aug £399
06 Sep £399
13 Sep £399
20 Sep £399
27 Sep £399
04 Oct £399
11 Oct £399

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