About Highlights of Bosnia & Herzegovina
A short self-drive to explore the main sights of this fascinating country, full of history & stunning scenery.
Activity code: BOFD02
Duration: 6 Days
START / FINISH - Sarajevo
Take the chance to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina on a short break; in just under one week you can explore the main sights of the country travelling in a circuit that includes Mostar, Sarajevo and Trebinje.
Our suggested route around the country takes in some of the most scenic roads and beautiful vistas imaginable in the whole of Europe, there are canyons, mountains, lakes and waterfalls galore - these include the Neretva & Drina valleys, Jablanicko & Blecko lakes and the Skakavec and Kravice waterfalls. There are historic villages, huge monuments from the communist era, ancient sites and castles around almost every corner - these include Pocitelj, Konjic, Foca and Stolac.
At the beginning or end of your trip (depending upon flight schedules) you get to spend a full day in the capital Sarajevo which has so much to offer enquiring visitors, not just its historic heritage and the legacy of the Olympic Games but the memory of the siege that lasted almost 4 years. We've also included a night in the lovely small town of Trebinje to break the journey where an early morning walk along the river is a delightful start to the day.
Mostar may be a day trip destination for many holidaying in Croatia but its stunning bridge, which was lovingly reconstructed after the war in the 1990s, and the old town's atmosphere is well worth the overnight stay.
Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country (in the list below we have included our main recommendations together with suggestions for "boutique" hotels and deluxe options, please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: To take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport (or port) transfer service, we can then deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel (if preferred). All our vehicles have a/c and we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation. Almost all roads in Bosnia will be quiet and a pleasant alternative to the major highways for sightseeing and travelling at a gentler pace.
Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing and we include the most up-to-date ferry schedules and tariffs; we are also able to book activities and specialist sightseeing in a number of locations - such as cycling, kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.
NB: Flights available with a range of airlines, from various UK airports. All holidays which include flights booked through us include ATOL cover.
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On arrival you will have a private transfer service to your hotel. Once in Sarajevo you can spend the evening taking in the atmosphere of the old town and begin to appreciate both the history and much more recent turbulent period.
A full day to explore Sarajevo's capital city.
When travelling about Sarajevo you will feel totally at ease as there is a real, 'welcome to Sarajevo' atmosphere throughout the city. Places to visit include the old town and, in particular, the Bascarsija as well as many fine cultural sites such as the Bosniak institute, which holds various exhibitions on Sarajevo culture and Sarajevo history, the National Theatre of Bosnia and the National Museum. Whilst in the city your curiosity about the War of Independence and the Siege of Sarajevo can be satisfied with a number of sympathetic exhibitions and experiences such as the Freedom Tunnel and we definitely recommend a guided tour to understand what it was like to live here during this turbulent period.
You may also choose to visit Jahorina National Park, site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, and, also not far from the city, is the second tallest waterfall in Europe (98m), so beautiful that it is worth the short trip. The vegetation surrounding the waterfall contains a variety of rare species.
A beautiful scenic drive is in store today. You'll leave Sarajevo heading southeast and following the Zeleznica river upstream to cross the mountains at the Rogoj Pass (1161m) heading to Foca on the Drina river. The next section of this route involves two mountain passes over 1000m, the Sutjeska National Park with Maglic Mountain (Bosnia's highest peak) dominating the views and Bilecko Lake; there is also so much fabulous scenery in-between.
A full day in the delightful town of Trebinje in the Republic of Srpska. Trebinje's Stari Grad (old town) is intact and is full of life in the evenings offering locals and visitors alike a choice of bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours. Trebinje has its own Old Bridge (the Arslanagica) which is worthy of a stroll alongside the river to view and walk over (why not try this as early as possible for some great photos). Return to your hotel and a visit to the traditional market on the main square before heading out of town in the afternoon towards Mostar. Along the way you could visit any of the Radmila Stecci, the Vjetrenica caves, the Kravice waterfalls and the historic village of Pocitelj.
A full day in Mostar to relax and explore the historic town with its world-famous bridge. You also have the option to go walking in hills nearby. Additional places to visit include nearby Blagaj with its castle and famous Dervish House tucked under the cliff and overlooking the river.
Today you embark upon one of the most scenic drives in the Balkans, along the Neretva river valley with its impressive canyon not far to the north of Mostar. Your route also passes the beautiful lake of Jablaniko and historic town of Konjic prior to arrival back in Sarajevo.
NB. if your flight schedule dictates then we can reverse the itinerary or you may choose to spend an extra night in Sarajevo prior to your departure.