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Ultimate Adventure in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Food & Drink,   Sport & Adventure,   Via Dinarica,   Hiking,   Biking,   Water Sports,   Rafting
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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From its lush greenery and diverse ecosystems to its mouth-watering cuisine and 14th Century villages, explore the beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina during this 8-day expedition.

ESSENTIALS
Duration: 8 days; 7 nights
Schedule: Upon Request
Departure Point: Sarajevo/ Konjic
Departure Time: To Be Defined
Level of Difficulty: Moderate;
Suitable For: Everyone;
Tour Type: Active; Adventure;
Language: English; Bosnian; Croatian; Montenegrin; Serbian;

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mountain biking at one of National Geographic’s top 10 adventure destinations
  • Hiking the “Herzegovina Himalaya” mountain of Prenj
  • Canyoning on the Rakitnica River- the second deepest canyon in Europe
  • Rafting on the crystal clear and potable Neretva River
  • Tour of Lukomir village from the 14th century
  • MORE INFORMATION
    Included:
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Licensed guide
  • Excluded:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Getting around: Private bus; Walking; Hiking;
    Passport needed: No
    Payment and cancelation policy: here.
    Minimum people required: 4
    Maximum people allowed: 16


    Itinerary

    DAY 1: Arrival and Sarajevo city tour

    Arrival, accomodation and lunch at Baščaršija (Old Town city center).

    After lunch, visit to the Old Town center from the 15th Century (Baščaršija, Gazi Husref-bey's Mosque, Gazi-Husref-bey's bezistan – market, Sebilj, Svrzina's house, City Hall, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Latin bridge – Princip's bridge, Morića Han, House of Sevdah, Avaz Tower).

    Free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Sarajevo.


    DAY 2: Hiking tour (Umoljani – Obalj - Lukomir)

    After breakfast, we depart to Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain via organized transport (including short break) and a trip to the village of Umoljani (1275 m). We will rent equipment and start the hiking tour across the Obalj mountain to the most-elevated BiH village of Lukomir.

    In the village of Umoljani is a legend of a dragon, which was turned into stone. It is said that a great snake-dragon came out of the Rakitnica Canyon, 3 km away from the village, and passed through the Studeni creek swaying its way with the intention to destroy the entire village and eat its villagers. When the villagers noticed the danger, they left to the Pošijak Hill, praying to God to turn the dragon into stone. God heard their prayers and turned the monster into stone. Even today, you can see the contures of this monster. Because of their prayers (molitve), the village was named Umoljani. Above the stoned dragon, there is katun settlement on Gradina where, during the summer, shepherds rest while the cattle eat.

    This is where we finish with the Umoljani part of our tour and start ascending onto Obalj Mountain (1896 m). Throughout the tour, you will see beautiful landscapes of Bjelašnica and Visočica Mountains. We will descend to Lukomir village (1495 m), which is officially recognized as a cultural landscape and national heritage site of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The stone houses in Lukomir (covered by roof shingles made out of cherry tree), clean air, smell of nature, homemade and organic food, dairy products, and hospitality are just a few things you can find in Lukomir, which has the following rule: "Enjoy, Forget the fast-paced rhythm of today's life, Run into the nature, Touch the sky and Feel free."

    The hiking tour is medium intensity. The tour lasts for 6 hours, depending on tempo. Dinner and overnight stay are organized in our agency's mountain house in Lukomir. Visitors need to bring their own clothing and shoes, as well as additional clothing for change.


    DAY 3: Mountain-biking tour (Lukomir – Visočica - Boračko lake)

    After breakfast, rent equipment and start the mountain-biking tour on a macadam road over the Studeni creek to the village Umoljani. After the break, we continue the tour via asphalt over the Visočica Mountain to Boračko Lake, the mountain-eye of Herzegovina. Lunch is organized in a restaurant by the Neretva River. The tour lasts 7 hours, depending on tempo. Overnight stay and dinner are organized at Boračko Lake.

    All necessary equipment for the mountain-biking tour is provided (mountain bike, helmet, backpack and a water bottle). The participants need to bring their own clothing and shoes, as well as additional clothes for change.


    DAY 4: Rafting on the Neretva (the crystal-clear, potable River)

    After breakfast, participants depart via organized transport to the rafting starting point of Glavatičevo village. There, we rent equipment, and the licensed rafting skippers provide theoretical and practical preparations. Rafting float to the Mali (the small) canyon and break for taking pictures and swimming. We continue afting to the Rakitnica River, where we break for a walk around the river and lunch (various grilled foods).

    We continue rafting while taking photos, swimming, jumping as the guests wish. The rafting tour finishes in Ljuta. We will return equipment and head back to the hotel. The length of the rafting tour is 23 km, and approximately 5 hours. Our licensed rafting skippers/guides are very comfortable in wild waters, especially on the Neretva. Our team makes sure that all rafting participants are completely safe and we promise you an unforgettable and fun trip. Overnight stay and dinner are organized in Konjic.

    All necessary rafting equipment is provided (rubber-boat, paddles, helmets, vests, neoprene suits and boots, anorak). Participants need to provide their own swimsuits, as well as additional clothes for change.


    DAY 5: Hiking tour to the Herzegovinian Himalayas: Prenj Mountain

    After breakfast, participants travel via organized transport to the tour's starting point of Tisovica (Prenj), where licensed guides will give theoretical and practical preparations. The hiking tour toward the highest peaks of the mountain Prenj starts from Tisovica (1300 m), one of the most beautiful valleys in B&H, which stretches 5 km in the heart of the Herzegovinian Himalayas.

    From Tisovica, our path leads us through the coniferous forest to the mountain house Vrutak (1650 m), on the peak of the Tisovic Valley. From Vrutak, a marked path leads uphill towards the Prenj peaks of Otiš (2093 m) and Zelena Glava (2155 m), and further leads to the saddle that connects these peaks. From the saddle, we climb the Zelena Glava along the northern rock, which is secured with a cord.

    This one-day tour lasts about 6 hours, dependending on participants' fitness levels. Hiking to Prenj mountain is organized with short breaks (for taking photos, one meal/lunch box). The Herzegovinian Himalayas is considered the most attractive mountain in B&H. Its peaks are exciting for hikers who enjoy the enchantment of untouched nature. Overnight stay with dinner is organized in Konjic.

    Participants need to provide their own clothing and shoes, as well as additional clothes for change.


    DAY 6: Canyoning on the Rakitnica River (Europe's second deepest canyon)

    After lunch, participants take organized transport to the tour's starting position of Dubočani. We rent equipment, and have our theoretical and practical preparations by licensed guides. We then descend into the spectacular Rakitnica Canyon, one of the deepest in Europe. We will swim, dive, climb, float, and jump into certain parts of the canyon to overcome the Rakitnica's challenges.

    Small beaches along the canyon allow participants to enjoy small breaks for meals and photos. The tour lasts about 7 hours, depending on the number of participants and tempo. Canyoning is considered the perfect, extreme-adventure excursion and a real challenge for anyone seeking an adrenaline rush.

    All necessary equipment for canyoning is provided (hydrospeed board, neoprene suit, helmet, vest, boots, wind-jacket, ropes), as well as two meals/lunch boxes (sandwich, juice, fruit, chocolate). Participants need to provide a swimsuit and additional clothes for change. Dinner and overnight stay are organized in Konjic.


    DAY 7: Herzegovina biking tour (Mostar – Međugorje – Kravice Waterfalls – Počitelj – Blagaj – Mostar)

    Breakfast. Departure to Mostar via organized transport, where we will start the biking tour to Međugorje. We will tour Međugorje, which is famous for the sighting of the apparition of the Virgin Mary and is now a Catholic pilgrimage site. We then depart to Kravice waterfalls- a natural phenomenon similar to Niagara's waterfalls, where the water falls along 150 m from a height of 30 m, creating a loud sound and pearl rain. Lunch, free time and taking pictures on the waterfalls.

    On our way back, we will visit the medieval ottoman city of Počitelj, placed on the left bank of Neretva. This is where Bosnian King Tvrtko built a fortress in 1383, and was later conquered by Ottomans from 1471 to 1878, as witnessed by numerous monuments from the Ottoman era. Arrival to Blagaj, the medieval town located on the Buna River, which was once part of Zachlumia country. After the mid-15th Century, it became today's Herzegovina region. On the cliffs above the Buna spring is the strategically-placed fortress of Herceg Stjepan Kosača, looking over the beautiful panoramic view of the Neretva valley. Departure to Mostar, where we will visit the city's cultural-historical monuments, including: the Old Bridge (UNESCO), Old Town (Kujundžiluk), Kriva ćuprija, Karađoz-bey's mosque, towers Tara and Halebija, and the Museum of Herzegovina. Dinner and overnight stay are organized in Mostar.

    All necessary equipment for biking is provided (mountain bike, helmet, backpack, water bottle). Participants need to provide clothing and shoes, as well as additional clothes for change.


    DAY 8: Departure

    After breakfast, guests depart via organized transport to the International Airport in Sarajevo.


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