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Walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina

from $2,179.00

Explore the rugged natural beauty and intriguing history of Bosnia &
Herzegovina

  • Reviews 21 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 15
All about the Walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Bosnia & Herzegovina is a beautiful country with swathes of rugged wilderness. The Sutjeska National Park is one such area and boasts one of Europe’s last primeval forests, as well as the mighty Durmitor Mountains. This itinerary includes all the essential elements: ascending Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglic Mountain (2,386m), passing hidden waterfalls and glacial lakes and sightseeing in the beautiful cities of Sarajevo, Mostar and the Croatian town of Dubrovnik.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 4 dinners included
* 8 nights hotels, all rooms have en suite facilities
* Airport Transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover a stunning country with beautiful scenery and a fascinating culture
  • Climb Bosnia’s highest peak – Mt Maglic (2,386m)
  • Experience a very warm welcome from the local community
  • Delve into the highlights of Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Have time for optional rafting
  1. Day 1 Start Trebinje.

    The trip begins late afternoon in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina. After a main briefing with your leader, the group will enjoy a welcome dinner in a beautiful setting of a local winery set up in the hills above the town.* Hotel Leotar or similar*

  2. Day 2 Transfer to Sutjeska N.P. Walk to Donje Bare Lake, then through beech forest to summit of Ugljesin Peak (1858m), with magnificent views of the Zelengora peaks.

    In the morning we transfer to our hotel in Sutjeska National Park, before continuing to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare. After lunch, we walk through a beech forest and open mountainous terrain to the summit of Ugljesin Peak (1858m), for one of the best panoramic views of the Zelengora peaks and the rock face wall of Volujak. We continue on the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovamica Ridge (1.5 hours) with Bosnia’s highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We then transfer back to the hotel in the Tjentiste Valley for a well deserved dinner. *Hotel Mladost or similar*

  3. Day 3 Ascent of Maglic Mountain (2,386m); walk over the border to Trnovacko Lake in Montenegro before returning to hotel.

    We transfer to Lokva Derneciste (approx. 1 hour) and head for Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglic Mountain (2,386m), through dense forest and open mountainous terrain. The ascent itself will take approximately 3-4 hours over fairly well-maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs, and is by far the most demanding part of today’s trek. Please note. this walk is not suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo. Each step takes us further above the surrounding peaks until we reach the summit. Here we have lunch and enjoy wonderful views over Montenegro and of our next stop, the emerald green waters of Trnovacko Lake. After descending to the lake in the afternoon, we head for Prijevor where we meet our transfer to the hotel in Tjentiste.*Hotel Mladost or similar*

  4. Day 4 Transfer to Sarajevo; city tour and free time explore.

    We transfer to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo which is at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. On arrival, we take a tour of the major historic cultural and war sites in the city that will help us to piece together its complex and intriguing history. The afternoon is then free to explore this varied and beautiful capital city. *Hotel Hecco or similar*

  5. Day 5 Short transfer in morning. Walk to summit of Crepoljsko (1,524m), Bukovik (1,534m) and to the beautiful Skakavac Waterfall.

    Within half an hour’s drive to Crepoljsko is a very well known local picnic place where we will start today’s hike toward Bukovik peak (1,534m), the highest point north from Sarajevo. This is a peak that offers some of the best views of mountains to the south. After leaving our start point, a pleasant hike takes us through meadows and coniferous forests up to Bukovik hut, with wider and wider views of mountains in the distance and the city in the valley right below us. After a short break at Bukovik hut, we ascend the nearby Bukovik peak and continue from there through a beautiful pine forest to the Skakavac waterfall.This waterfall is the largest continual flowing waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is 98m high. A soothing lunch break and some tea or coffee welcomes us here before we head down through thick forest to the base of the waterfall. Once we reach the base, a fantastic view of water, mist and forest awaits us. From here we wind through the forest to the small lodge, where we end our hike with an ice cold drink.*Hotel Hecco or similar*

  6. Day 6 Full day hike to Lukomir Highland village, Bosnia's highest village (1469m) and summit of Obalj (1,896m).

    Today we have a full daywalk in the Bjelasnica Mountains, home of the 1984 Winter Olympics, ascending Obalj peak (1,896m) and visiting Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469m). From the traditional style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani, we walk to the Gradina, a village which locals of this area used for centuries as their base for summer pastures. From here we will start ascending toward Obalj ridge and slowly we will rise above Studeni potok (Studeni stream). The views will start to open in front of us. With the mountains to the south, Treskavica and Visocica will offer us fantastic and breathtaking scenes. Once we reach the slopes of Obalj, we will slowly continue and progress to the summit itself. From the peak, we’ll see Lukomir village below us where we will descend from the top.Lukomir is Bosnia’s highest village at 1,469m, with its ancient stecci (mediaeval tombstones) where villagers still follow a traditional shepherd way of life. On the edge of the village, there is a fabulous view of Rakitnica canyon, Obalj and Visocica. After a simple but tasty homemade late lunch we transfer back to the hotel in Sarajevo.*Hotel Hecco or similar*

  7. Day 7 Half day walk through the beautiful Rakitnica Canyon, or optional rafting along the Neretva River; transfer to Mostar.

    Today we have the option to go rafting deep into the Neretva Canyon or walk a beautiful ridge overlooking the Neretva and Rakitnica Canyon.The Neretva River is the emerald of Herzegovina, flowing over 200 kilometres from its source into the Adriatic Sea. In the upper canyon is some of the most beautiful rafting in Europe. The water is usually calm from Spring to Autumn, and the trip provides ample opportunity to enjoy the canyon and its unique flora and fauna. Depending on the season, there will be class 2-4 rapids. The trip lasts for 3-4 hours and costs approximately EUR 45 per person (paid locally).For those who prefer to keep on trekking, we continue on to the isolated hills around Kasici village for a magical canyon walk above the Neretva River. After crossing a suspension bridge we descend to meet the spectacular river itself where the rapids rush into the mouth of the relatively unexplored Rakitnica Canyon. The scenery here is truly breathtaking. After crossing another bridge at the mouth of the canyon we can rest either in one of the caves or on the numerous beaches.We return via Konjic to meet up with those who opted for the rafting. At the end of the day, we continue our journey to Mostar.*Hotel Kapetanovina or similar*

  8. Day 8 Morning in Mostar, visit iconic old bridge; afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik.

    We spend the morning exploring Mostar, the former oriental trading centre of Herzegovina, situated on the Neretva River. This city was regularly in the news when it was split during the conflict in the early 1990s. We will still see the scars of war, but these days Mostar is once again a warm and bustling place, with a fascinating history and architecture.We leave Mostar just before noon, to be in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. On arrival, we have free time to explore. Dubrovnik is our final destination and a great way to end our week trekking. This magnificent walled town lies at the southernmost tip of Croatia. Formerly a prosperous trading centre, Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its perfectly preserved Old Town and rich cultural life draw many visitors each year.*Hotel Zagreb or similar*

  9. Day 9 End Dubrovnik.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Dubrovnik. Should you wish to spend more time in this beautiful Croatian town please ask our sales team about post tour nights.

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Where you stay

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

You will spend 8 nights in a mixture of standard tourist class hotels in good locations in Sarajevo, Trebinje and Mostar. In the Sutjeska National Park you will use a simple but clean hotel in a spectacular location. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi.

Trebinje- Hotel Leotar

Sutjeska National Park- Hotel Mladost

Sarajevo- Hotel Hecco

Mostar- Hotel Kapetanovina

Dubrovnik- Hotel Zagreb

Single supplements are available on request and are subject to availability.

Hotel Hecco, Bosnia
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast across the Balkans usually consists of bread and pastries, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese, cereal, eggs cooked in a variety of ways, smoked meats, honey, tea and coffee, milk and juices.

Breakfast in Sutjeska will be a choice of a warm or cold set meal. In Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik there will be a choice between a hot and cold buffet.

Lunches will be picnics including bread, cheese, sausage, meat and vegetarian pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix, and coffee/tea.

Evening meals in Sutjeska are 3 courses and include soup, a selection of traditionally prepared meat, vegetables and a dessert.

Typical Bosnian cuisine consists of ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, beans and dairy products such as milk, cheese, pavlaka (sour cream) and Kajmak (similar to clotted cream). Meat dishes usually consist of beef and lamb and specialities include cevapi, burek, dolma (stuffed vegetables with meat) and goulash. Desserts often have an Eastern influence with baklava being very popular. The alcoholic drink rakija made from apples or plums is common in this region also.

Croatian & Montenegrin cuisine both share similarities to Bosnian cuisine but are also heavily influenced by Greek and Italian food.

Vegetarian and special dietary requirements can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina – please inform our sales team of any specific requirements upon booking.

Activity Level 4- Moderate/Challenging

This itinerary includes 5 daywalks through moderate to difficult terrain, where you will need to carry a day pack. We usually walk between 4-8 hours a day, with a picnic lunch taken on the way. The trails are mostly rocky and uneven and with that often rough and stony underfoot. The daywalks involve steady ascents and descents (maximum 1,000m). The walk on day 3 will be long but worthwhile.

There are steep, long drops on sections of this trip, as well as paths that traverse along ridge lines. The daywalk on day 3 is not recommended for clients who suffer from vertigo.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

WALKING IN BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walking is reasonably challenging but the views are exceptional - there are some very long days, some very steep scrambles and one very long steep descent all of which can test you when the temperatures are in the mid to high 30's! (August 2012).  You do need a head for heights at times with a few steep drops.  The ascent of Maglic Mountain (2386m) is a very long day but was fantastic with spectacular views all around, plus the chance of a dip  in Trnovacko Lake (in Montenegro) to cool off about three-quarters of the way round.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Samer Hajri? from Green Visions, a local Bosnian company - he and his assistant Damir were everything that you need from a group leader - always there with information and assistance.  Helpful, polite and enthusiastic - obviously proud Bosnians who love to show people what their country has to offer.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As you might expect from this part of the world, the inclusive meals in this trip will be quite baisc and some of the accommodation, whilst clean and tidy, is rather small and basic.There is more travelling on buses throughout the trip than I was expecting - most days involved a bus trip both to and from each day walk of an hour or two, plus the transfer days of course.  The bus trips to walks and back were also on very rough roads, especially in the nataional park.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend that you add on a couple of days (either before or after the trip) so that you can explore Dubrovnik properly as you really don't get much time there at all in the schedule (arrive about 4pm on Friday and depart about 11am on Saturday for the airport) plus the hotel Exodus use is about 15 minutes on the bus/in a taxi from the old city.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

WALKING IN BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The rafting trip down the Neretva River.  This was my first experience of white water rafting and I found it exhilarating.  The Neretva canyon itself is magnificent - with plenty of rapids punctuated by really peaceful sections between vertical rock walls. The walking in the Sudjeska National Park was a wonderful experience - rocky peaks and grassy hills.  It was so quiet you almost felt that our party had the mountains to ourselves.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Samer was simply outstanding - the best guide I have had on any of my trips.  He is extremely knowledgeable about his country and provides a very balanced view of its recent history.  He has a great love for the mountains of Bosnia and is sure to inspire you.  He ensured that all the trip arrangements went smoothly and is an extremely patient guy - despite us probably asking the same questions several times over. During our visit to Bosnia Samer was ably assisted by Srdjan - a tower of strength, whose "Tardis" like rucksack produced flasks of hot water (tea/coffee), biscuits, fruit and all manner of nibbles to keep us going on the walking days.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go with an open mind and do not expect gourmet cuisine (especially at the start of the holiday in the first two hotels).  The restaurants in Sarajevo and Mostar are very good, however, and the prices cheap. 
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book today!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

A great cultural and walking experience

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loved th Maglic Mountain Hike, walking around Mostar at sunset
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Samir was a gem - one of the best leaders I've ever had. Charming, thoughtful and most importantly a great ambassador and teacher abotu his country and its history
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    bring some bug spray bring shoes/sandals for white water rafting
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    no

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Bosnia Herzegovina

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was interesting and moving to learn about and see evidence from the recent Balkan war and hear our guides talk about their experiences during this time. I enjoyed the scenic views of glacial lakes but due to poor weather conditions and terrain reaching the top of Maglic Mountain (Bosnia's highest peak) was not possible. Since I went for the challenge of such an opportunity this was disappointing. Rafting down the Neretva river.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leaders were good. They were extremely knowledgeable about their country and provided a very balanced view of its recent history. Well organised, happy to answer questions and their health and safety considerations were very good.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be well prepared for wet weather. Gaiters were a great investment. It is worth considering adding a couple of days before or after the trip to see a bit more of this beautiful city. It is worth considering adding a couple of days before or after the trip to see a bit more of Dubrovnik- I visited the city walls as well as taking the boat across to Lokrum island. It is also worth taking a ferry boat ride to the island of Lupad. I organised a day trip to Montenegro- visits to the Bay of Kotor for wonderful scenery and a good climb along the city walls of Kotor up to the fort is good if you like a challenge but be prepared to race down in time for the pick up time. Budva for wonderful beaches definitely worth visiting again for a longer stay.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip if you like exploring unspoilt places.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Balkan secret

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eating the pastries on a hillside in a village that time seemed to have forgotten.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent he was very good to ensure we always had a plan b as the weather let us down a few times but we were not disappointed ,
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep an open mind as your trip may need to be changed.

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