Historically, Herzegovina was known as a rather poor region where people survived by smuggling tobacco. These days, Herzegovina is known for its beautiful weather, spectacular nature, rich history, and great food and wines. This trip will showcase it all and provide you with an opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful regions in this part of the world.
Tour 1: 26.05.-01.06.2017.
Tour 2: 22.09.-27.09.2017.
Arrival to Mostar at your own leisure. Check-in at hotel Bristol in the city centre of Mostar. Transportation from Split, Zagreb and Dubrovnik can be organized by Lasta Travel on your request.
Free rest of the day and dinner at the hotel.
We will start the day by meeting the tour leader in the lobby of the hotel. After introductions, we'll take a walking tour through Mostar and explore its history.
We will learn about the various time periods of Mostar as well as the entire country– from ancient times of the Romans and Ilyrians to the modern war of the 1990's. The sightseeing destinations include the Spanish Square with the Gymnasium, Mostar Boulevard, the Franciscan monastery and church, and the Old town with its world-famous Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the walking tour, we'll have lunch with a gorgeous view of the Old Bridge.
We'll have free time until the afternoon, when we'll gather again to take a short trip to Domanovići, a small town near Mostar, which is home to Herzegovina's finest winery: Vinarija Zadro. There, we'll tour the winery and cellars, and taste the autochthonous wine sorts for this region– Žilavka and Blatina– alongside the first and only sparkling wine in Herzegovina. We'll return to Mostar in the late afternoon. Free evening and dinner at your leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll gather for the day's trip around Herzegovina's hidden gems. The first stop in our journey is Blagaj, located 10 km away from Mostar. Blagaj was the capital of Herzegovina in the medieval times. Even today, its Tekke (Dervish house) is one of the most-visited Muslim pilgrimage sites in the country. After enjoying the charm of Blagaj, we'll continue our journey south and visit Počitelj. Built on a rocky cliff sloping steeply down to the bank of the Neretva River, Počitelj is one of the most picture-perfect architectural ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Next, we'll head to Kravica Waterfalls, a real gem on the Trebižat River and the perfect place to kick back and enjoy all the beauty that nature can offer. This is where we'll spend the majority of the day– enjoying free time for rest, relaxation and lunch, while the brave ones can cool off with a swim in the clear, cold water under the falls.
Our final stop for the day is Medjugorje. Since 1981, it has become a popular religious pilgrimage site due to alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholic children. Medjugorje has grown into one of the most-visited, Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, attracting around 1 million pilgrims annually. We'll explore its story before returning to Mostar in the afternoon. Free evening and dinner at your leisure.
After breakfast, we'll gather and take the bus south to Radimlja, one of the biggest and most important necropoli of "stećak“ monuments (medieval tombstones characteristic of this area). Here, we'll have a chance to learn about these unusual and mysterious remnants of local medieval civilization. We'll then head toward Trebinje, the southern-most town in Herzegovina. But before we get there, we'll make a stop at the Tvrdoš Monastery.
The Monastery, dating back to the 14th Century, is famous not only because it's one of the oldest and most important Orthodox monasteries in the country, but also because of its famed wine cellars. So, we will not only visit a truly interesting religious site, but also take time to taste wines.
We will then continue our trip to Trebinje, one of Herzegovina's most interesting towns. We'll meet our local guide, who will take us for a walking tour of the town, followed by lunch. After lunch, you'll have some free time for individual exploration before we return to Mostar in the afternoon. Free evening and dinner at your leisure.
Our first stop iz Jablanica, some 40 km north of Mostar. Jablanica is home to the memorial
museum ‘The Battle of Neretva’ (World War II) which has been visited by more than 3 million
visitors since 1978, when it was opened. We learn the history of Jablanica and the famous
battle, before continuing up north and arriving at Konjic. Konjic , a town on the Neretva River, is
one of the oldest towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This typical oriental style old town is known
for its long woodcarving tradition, nominated for the inscription on the UNESCO List of
Intangible Cultural Heritage,and ARK D0, a shelter designed and built in the 1970’s in order to
safely house Tito and the rest of the Yugoslavian political elite in case of a nuclear fallout. We
visit the bunker with a local guide, who will show us various parts of the complex and explain
their function. After visiting the ARK D0, we head for the town of Konjic itself, where we will
have a walking tour, including visiting woodcarving workshops. After the walking tour we have
lunch and some free time before we return to Mostar in the afternoon. Free evening, and
dinner at your own leisure.
We will check-out from the hotel after breakfast. Departure at your own leisure.