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Breathtaking Adriatic to Bosnian Highlands Trek
 

Breathtaking Adriatic to Bosnian Highlands Trek

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Split, Croatia
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Explore the Via Dinarica through Croatia and Bosnia, an area that is largely yet to be discovered by hikers. If they only knew what was waiting for them! On this adventure, you’ll find a playground for active travelers. Spectacular limestone peaks, the beautiful Adriatic coast, glacier lakes, amazing views, colorful wildflowers, medieval villages, and a gracious culture and people.

TOUR DEPARTURE DATES:

Tour 1: June 01 - 08, 2019 (Available&guaranteed)
Tour 2: June 22 - 29, 2019 (Available&guaranteed)
Tour 3: July 06 - 13, 2019
Tour 4: Aug 24 - 31, 2019
Tour 5: Sep 07 - 14, 2019 (Available&guaranteed)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 80 EUR

Individual guests can join an existing group. Definite departure will be confirmed to participants by mail. Participants interested in a private trip may contact Green Visions, and a dedicated quote will be provided.

ESSENTIALS
Duration: 8 days; 7 nights
Schedule: -
Departure Point: Split Airport
Departure Time: To Be Defined
Level of Difficulty: Moderate;
Suitable For: Everyone;
Tour Type: Active; Adventure; Hiking; Climbing;
Language: English; Bosnian; Croatian; Montenegrin; Serbian;

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hike in the great limestone Dinaric Alps – undiscovered by tourists
  • Enjoy the crystal-blue Adriatic Sea
  • Visit traditional villages in Bosnia, where residents still live “the old way”
  • Explore Mostar and Sarajevo, the crossroads of ancient civilizations
  • MORE INFORMATION
    Included:
  • Transportation
  • Licensed guide
  • Excluded:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Getting around: Private bus; Walking; Hiking;
    Passport needed: Yes
    Payment and cancelation policy: here.
    Minimum people required: 4
    Maximum people allowed: 15


    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival to Split

    Arrival to Split airport and transfer to the small and pleasant town of Skradin, on the banks of river Krka. In the evening, while enjoying a drink at one of the town’s terraces, you can often feel the fresh breeze coming down from the mountains in the inner lands. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

    Dinner / Hotel Skradinski buk, Skradin, Croatia


    Day 2: Hike at Canyon of Krupa river

    Morning transfer to the area of river Krupa. Hiking from the village of Ravni Golubic into the canyon of this karstic river beauty, enjoying views to its emerald waters as well as the intense green banks of the river. We will also get a chance to admire Kudin most, a 109m long bridge made in stone, connecting the two banks of Krupa river.

    The bridge was built at the end of 18th century and presents a masterpiece of a stone building, as well as holds interesting legends around it – if you wish to hear more, come and hike the Via Dinarica with us!

    We’ll have a picnic lunch and a possibility of a refreshing swim in Krupa river. Hike back to Ravni Golubic by a different trail and transfer back to Skradin. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

    Easy to Moderate walk / 3-4hrs walk / 300Δh / 8km
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Skradinski buk, Skradin, Croatia


    Day 3: Ascent of Sinjal peak (1,831m), Highest peak of Croatia at Dinara mountain

    Transfer to Glavaš village near Kijevo town. Hiking ascent to Dinara (1,831m), the highest peak of Croatia from the eastern side. On the way, we will enjoy bird’s eye views to the mountains of Bosnia & Herzegovina northeast from us, as well as the valley of Cetina river and Perucko Lake, down southeast from us.

    After the peak, we descend to the mountain hut Brezovac, on the western slopes of Dinara. Overnight in mountain hut Brezovac.

    Moderate to Challenging walk / 6-7hrs walk / 1,300Δh / 13km
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Mountain Hut Brezovac, Dinara Mountain, Croatia


    Day 4: Hike to Badanj peak (1,281m) with descent from Dinara & transfer to Mostar

    After breakfast we descent from Dinara mountain to the villages near the historical town of Knin.
    On the way, we hike up to Badanj peak (1,281m), one of the most beautiful panoramic spots in the area of Dinara. We admire views to the plains around Knin and nearby mountains such as Promina as well as to the highest areas of Dinara mountain, where we have hiked the day before.

    Picnic lunch on the mountain, before a descent to the pick-up point and transfer to Mostar, in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

    Moderate to Challenging walk / 5-6hrs walk / 1,000Δh / 12km
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Almira, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    Day 5 - Blidinje Nature Park and Hike to Vilinac peak (2,118m)

    We start our Bosnian Via Dinarica adventure with a transfer to Blidinje Nature Park, from where we will start hiking over Cvrsnica mountain. Today’s goal is Veliki Vilinac peak (2,118m). The first bit of trail takes us through beech forests and a gentle ascent. As the elevation rises we come above the tree line and the “sleepy giant”: Cvrsnica Mountain. From the top of Vilinac we will see the surrounding peaks, a 360-degree panorama. The hut is located 15 minutes away, where we spend our first night in the mountains.

    – Moderate walk / 4-5hrs walk / 600Δh / 13Km
    – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Mountain Hut Vilinac, Cvrsnica mountain, Bosnia


    Day 6 - Hajducka vrata Hike with descent to Diva Grabovica Valley

    Sunrises are the most beautiful in the mountains, and sunrise from Vilinac Hut is definitely one of the best in Bosnia. After breakfast we will hike east to Drinaca peak (2,038m) and Hajducka vrata. Hajducka vrata is a natural arch more than four meters wide. This natural phenomenon is very typical for karst and limestone. There are many natural arches of this kind in this area, but one is the biggest.

    From here we will start our descent, more than 1,500m down, into the valley of Diva Grabovica. At the end of the day, we’ll be transferred to Umoljani village at Bjelasnica Mountain, for a well-deserved homemade dinner.

    – Challenging walk / 5-6hrs walk / 1800Δh / 12Km
    – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Umoljani, Bjelasnica Mountain, Bosnia


    Day 7 – Umoljani to Lukomir Highland Villages circular hike

    This will be a full day walk on the Bjelašnica Massif (home of the 1984 winter Olympics). We will visit Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest village (1,469m). From the traditional style Bosnian Mosque, in the village of Umoljani, we’ll walk to the seven water mills and the beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the ridge until Rakitnica (this is the far north end while Kasici is the far south end) opens up. After 5-10 minutes, we reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here we’ll have a super view of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeni Fields. En route, we’ll find quite a few sources where we can drink our fill.

    From the Studeni Fields we hike along Obalj’s side, you will be treated by great views and cool breezes coming off of Visocica and Treskavica.

    Lukomir is Bosnia’s highest village at 1,469 meters, with its ancient stecci (medieval tombstones) and where villagers stick to the “old way” of doing things. Traditional dress, the occasional turban and fez, are still worn and go hand in hand with the more contemporary rhythm of everyday life: electricity and running water. On the edge of the village you will be treated by a rare view of Rakitnica, Obalj and Visocica. You have arrived to the end of the world.

    We return via Dugo Polje, a long field flanked by Bjelasnica and Obalj. The trail is well maintained by people from the various villages around. Winding our way through Crveni Klanac we arrive at Gradina, a summer village just above Umoljani. We will see many villagers around collecting their summer harvest. From the village we walk down to Umoljani from where we’ll be transferred to Sarajevo for our final evening of this journey.

    – Moderate walk / 6-7hrs walk / 350Δh / 16Km
    – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Kandilj, Sarajevo, Bosnia


    Day 8 - Sarajevo Departure

    Depending on your departure time, you will have some last-minute shopping opportunities. After, you will be transferred to the Sarajevo International Airport.


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