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Walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina

from $2,049.00

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

  • Reviews 10 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 20/09/2019
5/5

Walking in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the peak of Mt. Magic.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Samer was a knowledgeable, professional and caring leader. His knowledge of the mountains was vast and love of Bosnia was inspirational. It was a pleasure and an honor to participate with him.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for changing weather conditions that are likely to occur in the mountains.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We also appreciated the wonderful and interesting traveling companions.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Variety and challenge

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, by far, was the rafting. A glorious day, peaceful and a little bit different. Working as a team was fun. I enjoyed the walks and the city tours too. We enjoyed eating out in the evening with the group. The town at the top of the hill was very interesting and I enjoyed talking to the people who lived there.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good, but he failed to keep the group together sufficiently during the hikes which was unfortunate. Other Exodus leaders worked harder to be inclusive. Other than that he was very nice, enthusiastic, well organised and informative.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Practice walking up hills. I used a much smaller pack than suggested which was just fine. The two star hotels are adequate - however we didn't always have hot water. Coffee is really important and generally delicious.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food always includes both cheese and meat, and not much in the way of vegetables/salad. It can be heavy and creamy. It is generally good. We felt the restaurant in Dubrovnik was a rip off.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Walking in Bosnia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day on Maglic. "Entertaining" climb to the top. A very steep descent down scree to a tranquil green lake. Once at the water it really seemed like paradise. Sarajevo is a great city. Standing at the waters edge in Mostar at night. Looking up at the iconic re-built bridge.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eldar and Kenan were exceptionally good Very knowledgable. Friendly. The best!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather in June was blisteringly hot. Take suitable protection.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great country. Ignore the past troubles. You will enjoy it.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Superb and varied trip in beautiful mountains and historic cities

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The entire group of 15 reached the summit of Maglic. The ascent included a challenging stretch just below the summit, including some scrambling and a short stretch of via ferrata, but with guidance and support from the guides we all managed this without difficulty. Watching Euro football matches in the open air Fanzone in central Sarejevo was a great experience.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eldar was brilliant at everything. It would be difficult to find anyone who knows the mountains better, he's a great team leader, all the arrangements worked like clockwork, his communication was clear and unambiguous, and he was very patient with our constant questions (as none of us spoke any of the local languages). There appeared to be no problem he couldn't solve, including repairing my sunglasses, very professionally, when the lens fell out!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get as fit as possible before you go so that you can really enjoy the superb walking on this trip. Maglic is a bit of a challenge but more than worth the effort ... Take insect repellent as the pristine, unspoilt countryside is not at all polluted by insecticides. Don't be put off by this - it's beautiful with wonderful wild flowers everywhere. BiH gets very warm - take light clothes and plenty of sunscreen.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a superb trip and I'd advise anyone to do it

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

A beautiful country

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but the highlights were the ascent of Maglic Mountain and the river rafting.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our leaders, Kenan and Branko, were excellent. They were happy to share their extensive knowledge of the areas we visited. They were both humorous and engaged brilliantly with the whole group. They were very well organised, very safety conscious and always put in the effort to make sure the trip was thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for quite a few hours in the minibus as the transfers are often quite long and the roads can be winding. The ascent of Maglic Mountain is a long day with some steepish sections of scrambling/via ferrata but well worth the effort as it is a very rewarding hike. The steep sections were not difficult but if anyone has not experienced this type of terrain before they'll find it more challenging than a regular mountain path. Take insect repellent, a couple of sections of walking had quite a few midges/mozzies! You can easily change up Bosnian currency once you arrive - there was an ATM and a currency exchange very close to the first night's hotel in Trebinje. There is a lot to fit in to 9 days but you do get to see a lot of Bosnia in that time and it is well worth visiting.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was very moving to see so many cemeteries, a poignant reminder of the war in the early '90's but this is a beautiful country that deserves to be visited.

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