Bosnia

A Multi Activity Adventure

Level

Easy – Moderate

Duration

8 days

Route

Arrival  Sarajevo; Bjelasnica mountain ;Boracko Lake,  Mostar, Sarajevo; Sarajevo; Departure Sarajevo;

Time to travel

June to August is considered best time for this trip

Our trip give you the opportunity to discover the natural beauty of  Bosnia – the historical sites, the rugged peaks and ancient forests form a perfect outdoor playground.

Bosnia has for centuries been a crossroads of ancient civilizations, with a magical mixture of  European and Near Eastern culture. The cultural diversity is very evident, from the Oriental influence of  Mostar and Sarajevo, to the numerous tiny hamlets where the traditional, tranquil way of life has remained  unchanged for years. As well as exploring the cultural and historical highlights, there is also plenty of  opportunity for adventurous activities including mountain biking in the area that hosted the 1984 Winter  Olympics and trekking to Bosnia’s highest village.

You will enjoy walking, biking, rafting & canoeing in most scenic part of Southeastern Europe ; explore the historical highlights of fascinating cities of Sarajevo and Mostar and  visit Sarajevo’s Tunnel Museum.

Facts:

  • Activities: cultural sightseeing, rafting, canoeing, trekking, cycling, canyoning
  • Our operation:

    • All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment
    • Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

    Sustainability:

    • We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
    • We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
    • As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Sarajevo arrival (D)

Upon the arrival and transport to the Hotel (20 minutes), we will have a time to stroll down the old town of

Sarajevo and enjoy the late afternoon in this magnificent and unique place, before we meet for joint

welcoming dinner at Bosnian Traditional restaurant in the heart of old town.

Accommodation: Pansion Kandilj, Sarajevo

Meals: Dinner

Sarajevo Discovery visit of Tunnel Museum; cycle to Vrelo Bosna - the source of the River Bosnia ( B)

Today we will explore Sarajevo and its surrounding area by bike and on foot. We will pick up our bikes and head down to the the Tunnel Museum and the source of river Bosnia. The tunnel is a remarkable monument of perseverance of the citizens of Sarajevo during the last conflict. The source of Bosnia’s river is known both for its beauty as well as the alley of tall trees we would be cycling through – During the entire day your guide will make sure you start to understand Bosnia’s fascinating history and culture.

End the evening with a stroll around the old town and soaking in the warm hospitality and perhaps visiting one of the many cultural events.

Accommodation: Pansion Kandilj, Sarajevo

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Hike to Lukomir, highest Bosnian village and one of the last highland villages in Europe ( B, L, D)

Today’s walk will start from the traditional style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani. We’ll trek to

Seven Mills and the beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the

ridge until Rakitnica canyon awesomely opens up before us. After 5-10 minutes of going uphill, we reach

the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here, at certain times of the year, the stream falls over more than 20

cascades 400 meters into the canyon below. En route, we’ll find a few water sources where we can fill our

drink.

From the Studeni Fields we hike along Obalj’s side. All along, you will be treated by sweet views and cool

breezes coming off of Visocica and Treskavica mountains. After a short break and cooling ourselves, we

begin our gentle ascent (200 m) to Gornji (upper) Lukomir. There is also a Donji (lower) Lukomir, long since

abandoned by villagers due to the destructive effects of avalanches in this region.

Lukomir is Bosnia’s highest village at 1,469 meters, with its ancient stecci (medieval tombstones) where

villagers stick to the “old way” of doing things. Traditional dress, the occasional turban and fez are still worn and go hand in hand with the more contemporary bliss’ of everyday life, electricity and running water. On the edge of the village you will be treated by a rare view of Rakitnica canyon, Obalj and Visocica mountain. Cows and sheep are sharing the life space here with the villagers on the regular daily bases. You have arrived at the end of the world. After lunch with the local family we will drive back to our accommodation .

Accommodation: Pansion Umoljani, Bjelasnica mountain

Meals: B, L, D

Day 04: Canyoning at Rakitnica River (B, L, D)

After breakfast we will take a transfer down to Glavaticevo, a small town on Neretva river in the South.

Today we visit Rakitnica canyon, one of the last explored canyons in Southeast Europe.

Canyoning consists of overcoming obstacles that river Rakitnica set for us – by swimming, jumping, walking, sloping etc. In some places canyon is narrow and barely wider than 1 meter and it reaches up to 800 meters. Water is clear and drinkable so you can see a river bed through the water despite the depth of

5 meters. We end the day close to Boracko lake, for a great homemade dinner.

Accommodation: Villa Sunce, Boracko lake

Meals: B, L, D

Day 05: Rafting in Neretva Rivers (B, L)

After breakfast we will take a transfer down to Konjic, a small town on Neretva river in the South.   Today we’ll have a fun rafting down deep down into the Neretva Canyon.  The Neretva river is the emerald of Herzegovina flowing over 100 kilometers from its source into the Adriatic sea. 

In the upper canyon, which we visit, exists some of the most exciting rafting in Europe. Expect deep canyon walls, endemic flora and fauna, and a wild & pristine ambiance that only the Neretva can provide.

Our modernly equipped team are ready to guide first timers or old pros on a wonderful white water adventure.

This is a trip doable by all. The water is very calm during late summer, and the trip provides ample opportunity to enjoy the canyon and its unique flora and fauna. Neretva River Rafting is consistently a highlight of many trips to Bosnia and the Western Balkans.

At the end of the day we will drive to Mostar.

Accommodation: Hotel Almira, Mostar

Meals: B, L

Day 06: Mostar city tour and walk along the walls of Blagaj fortress ( B)

Day 6 Mostar city tour and walk along the walls of Blagaj fortress.

A short morning walk to the Old bridge and then we soak in the history the old town is radiating with. Wherever you look at a glimpse of the past pops up, either in the form of an old traditional Ottoman style house, or a mosque with gorgeous view on the old bridge or.. The bridge which, when built was the first single arched bridge of that size in Europe, will show us the way around the old town. 

From Mostar we’ll continue to Blagaj, small sleepy town located at Buna river. Blagaj’s highlights are the Buna Spring and the adjacent Ottoman house/monastery. The spring here is amazing. It flows out of a 200m cliff wall and single-handedly creates the Buna River. Unsurprisingly, the Ottoman sultan was impressed, and ordered a Tekija to be built right next to it. This 16th Century house/monastery was built for the Dervish cults and is still one of the most mystical places in all of Bosnia & Herzegovina. This lazy

Herzegovinian town moves at a slow pace and many of its old structures are reminiscent of Ottoman days.

In the vicinity are also old flour mills that the strong Buna River used to power.

Here we’ll do some easy canoeing activity on the Buna river. On these hot summer days is great way to spend the day close to cool refreshment. Canoeing we’ll be followed by lunch break.

After the lunch, we’ll visit small town of Pocitelj. This oriental style town has recently been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and also hosts the longest operating art colony in southeast Europe. The most striking object in Pocitelj is the Sahat Kula, a silo-shaped fort that dominates the skyline from a hill above the town. It used to house watchmen and military guarding against possible invasion from the Neretva Valley.

At the late afternoon we return to Mostar, for easy relaxed evening which you can spend exploring the old town.

Accommodation: Hotel Almira, Mostar

Meals: B

Day 07: Free morning in Mostar and Sarajevo transfer ( B)

An easy day in the shades of Mostar, shopping or just enjoying a sip of Bosnian coffee while watching people passing by or diving  of the old bridge. After the lunch, we head off back to Sarajevo and another  evening in its old town.

Accommodation: ​Pansion Kandilj, Sarajevo 

Meals: ​B   

Day 08: Departure ( B)

Checkout from hotel and departure to airport.

1,653 USD

per person in a group of 4, Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

15 June 2018

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This rate is valid for summer 2018
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

This includes:

  • Fully-equipped and experienced English speaking Guide;
  • Transportation as described
  • Accommodation as  described or similar . Double /Triple occupancy
  • Meals as described  (B , L, D): Breakfast (7x), Lunch (3x), Dinner (3x);
  • City tours in Sarajevo and Mostar (all entrance fees included)
  • Tunnel Museum & Vrelo Bosne entrance fees,
  • City  bikes (on days 2)
  • Neretva river Rafting , Rakitnica Canoning,  Canoeing at Buna with all safety gear and taxes, VAT

This excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • High Season supplements
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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