This tailor-made, twin centre itinerary combines two of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s most appealing yet most diverse cities - Bosnia’s cosmopolitan capital Sarajevo and Herzegovina’s Ottoman gem, Mostar. Travel between the two by private car, enjoying free time in each city to explore at your own pace.
Since the tragic war years, Sarajevo has undergone a major facelift, with pedestrianised city centre walkways, rejuvenated Austro- Hungarian facades and teeming cafés buzzing day and night. For a spectacular panoramic view, perhaps begin at Jajce Castle which watches over the old town below. Wander down the capital’s backstreets into Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s Turkish quarter and discover an oriental mix of coffee shops, mosques, madrasahs and caravanserais, or stroll along charming Ferhadija to the eternal flame which burns in memory of the many who lost their lives during the conflict.
Perhaps consider an optional half-day excursion to Sarajevo’s surrounding hills and traditional villages. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and visit the Tunnel Museum to gain an insight into the 700 metre tunnel which provided a lifeline to people living in the besieged capital. Separated from Bosnia by the towering Dinaric Alps, a warm Mediterranean climate prevails in Herzegovina. Travel between the two notably different landscapes by local bus and arrive in Mostar on the banks of the Neretva river. Mostar thrived under Turkish rule in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the cobblestone streets of the city’s old Ottoman town are the perfect place to begin. Be sure to cross Stari Most, the famous stone bridge rebuilt in 2004, for wonderful views of the historic buildings and the mountains beyond.
This is a suggested itinerary based on traditional 3-star hotels – speak to a Regent Balkans Specialist to tailor-make your own itinerary, upgrade to 4-star hotels or save money by taking the public bus or train to travel in-between the cities.
Fly to Sarajevo and check in to the hotel for two nights. Perhaps head out to soak up the lively evening atmosphere at the cafés and bars of the old town or jazz clubs of the city centre.
Explore Bosnia’s historic capital at leisure. Perhaps visit the oriental Bascarsija area and stop for Turkish coffee at Halvat cafe or Morica Han. Discover the ruins of the medieval town at Jajce Castle, shop for handmade copper dishes on Kazandziluk Street, visit beautiful Gazi Husrev Begova Mosque or why not try the local beer at Pivnica - the old Sarajevska brewery. (B)
Take a private transfer to Mostar and enjoy the view on the two and a half hour journey. Check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay (B)
Discover Herzegovina’s beautiful Ottoman city. Why not stop for a Turkish coffee at the 16th century Tabhana Turkish Bath courtyard, a favourite social spot for locals. Shop for pomegranates at Tepa Market and admire the ornate Islamic architecture of Koski Mehmed- Pasha Mosque. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants on the banks of the river for spectacular panoramas. (B)
Continue exploring Mostar at leisure this morning. In the afternoon transfer back to Sarajevo either directly or via Blagaj to discover the 15th century Dervish Tekke and check back in to the hotel (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
6 day tour, from £715 per person
(Single person supplement + £50)
- Return flights in economy class with Croatian Airlines via Zagreb OR Austrian Airlines via Vienna from London Heathrow
- All airport taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in three-star hotels with breakfast
- Private transfers between Sarajevo and Mostar
- Private airport transfers
- Meals other than breakfast
4* option from; £745 per person Single room supplement £170
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