About Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina has had a very interesting history, although too often that history been sad and turbulent, but that is exactly what gives this country its peculiarity. When you arrive here for the first time you notice that it has been ruled by various conquerors and they have all left behind a piece of their individual heritage.
We have personally selected small hotels in Bosnia and Herzegovina's main destinations - Mostar, Sarajevo and Trebinje - as part of our tailor made holidays and fly-drives. These are still relatively undeveloped providing fabulous 'off the beaten track' experiences. If, however, you only have a few days at your disposal, Bosnia is close enough for a short break via Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls, and the Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history. A narrow stairway leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for panoramic city views.
Sarajevo has always one of the most popular cities in the Balkans and a destination drenched with a dynamic history; it is a place where every building tells a story; a place where the old world meets the new world; where The East meets The West. Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in 1461. It was within the city of Sarajevo that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, an event which sparked World War One. Then in 1984 Sarajevo played host to the Winter Olympics and the triumph of Torville & Dean. The wars initiated by Milosovic in the early 1990s led to the Siege of Sarajevo, a tragedy which lasted from 1992-1995. As soon as the war ended Sarajevo airport opened again for commercial flights and tourism resumed. The reconstruction of the city after the siege saw an introduction of fabulous, state of the art, modern office buildings and skyscrapers and by 2003 most of the city of Sarajevo had been rebuilt.
Other places of interest:
Vjetrenica cave - a hydrologically active with four streams running through as well as more than ten further, smaller periodical streams with subterranean lakes. Located in the southern side of the Dinara rock mass, with an access at the sole edge of the Popovo-field, 300m to the east of the village’s centre called “Zavala” with an altitude of 260m above sea level.
Stečci - are monumental medieval tombstones that lie scattered across the landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are the country’s most legendary symbol. These are the tombstones of those who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries and refused to swear allegiance to any kingdom but their own or to be swayed by any influence. Instead they stayed true to themselves and to what they could find only within themselves and in Bosnia.
Medjugorje - since 1981, in a small village in Bosnia-Hercegovina named Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing and giving messages to the world. She tells us that God has sent Her to our world, and these years She is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. In Her own words She tells us, "I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God".
The directors of Rediscover the World have travelled extensively over many years in this region, in fact our connection with the country goes back to the mid 1980s when it was part of Yugoslavia. This experience, together with the knowledge gained from frequent visits, enables us to provide you with the most up-to-date and fullest possible assistance in planning your ideal holiday - we can put together any tailor-made itinerary for you to suit most budgets. We are fully bonded (ATOL & TTA) and provide full financial security and assistance should any part of your holiday not happen entirely to plan. If you were to assemble your holiday yourself you may not have this sort of protection nor would you be able to benefit from many of our special rates.
Where to visit
Mostar is the largest town of Herzegovina and famous for its distinctive bridge, which dates (originally) to the early 16th C; rebuilt after the war of independence it is the focus for visitors.
Sarajevo is a fantastic location for a city break; a destination drenched with a dynamic history. Sarajevo is where the old world meets the new world; where The East meets The West.
Where to stay
"A very, very belated thank you for doing such a grand job on our recent holiday to Croatia/Bosnia/Montenegro. We had a fab time, the hotels were all great, the locations were perfect, the food and wine amazing. Everything worked like clockwork and we really couldn't fault anything. We absolutely loved Croatia and Montenegro. Bosnia was interesting and a good contrast to see. We were extremely unlucky with the weather in Durmitor, but nonetheless made the most of it and did actually get to do some walking in and around the black lake and Durmitor National Park. Just to let you know, Hotel Soa in Zabljak was really good. The rooms we stayed in were fairly small, but more than adequate. The restaurant in the hotel is really good and it's an easy walk to the Black Lake from the hotel. You can also easily walk into town from the hotel. On reflection, we were glad we changed from the original suggestion as that hotel was a fair way out of town and quite isolated unless you have access to a vehicle and then of course if you have to drive in, this means one of you can't enjoy a beer or two! Thought you might like some feedback for an alternative hotel. So, overall we had a great holiday and would thoroughly recommend this trip to others. Thanks again for all your help and input in making this year's holiday one to remember. Cheers to all at Rediscover."
S Wagstaff, UK, November 2015
"Wonderful, thank-you! You and Andy have been nothing but great! Quick to respond and highly organized. We are really looking forward to this trip. Thanks for all your patience, attention to details, and hard work!! Much appreciated."
L Hesse,Canada, May 2016
"Rediscover the world provided a superb service and everything worked perfectly. There was some discrepancy in what was a 4 star hotel and the Bristol in Mostar needed lots of TLC No hesitation in recommending Rediscover and Croatia"
J Connolly, Spain, August 2016