10 reasons to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Here are 10 reasons to head to this former Yugoslav Republic.

Its vibrant capital: Sarajevo

Nearly three quarters of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital was destroyed or damaged by shells and bombs during the war but, since then, Sarajevo has mostly returned to being the vibrant city of years past.
Its historic center blends East and West -- visitors can feel they're in Vienna one minute and Istanbul the next.
Sarajevo's Ottoman past can be felt in the cobbled streets around Bascarsija.
Here topped copper-green domes overlook narrow alleyway craft bazaars.
Meanwhile grand relics from the Austro-Hungarian Empire span the streets round Ferhadija.
While there are signs of the city's recent past -- shrapnel-scarred walls and cemeteries on surrounding hillsides -- Sarajevo is a city that embraces life.

Incredible nature

Traveling across Bosnia and Herzegovina, it's impossible not to fall in love with the landscape.
Dramatic rocky mountains, cut down the middle with turquoise blue rivers and gushing waterfalls, carpet most of the country.
While Bosnia and Herzegovina only has a 25-kilometer slice of the Adriatic Coastline, overshadowed by the coves and bays of Croatia and Montenegro, the country does win out when it comes to epic gorges and valley drives.

Historic Towns
While it's easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring Sarajevo, it's worth getting out of the capital to explore other towns.
Mostar is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most spectacular cities, with prime Ottoman-era architecture and its famous Stari Most (Old Bridge).
The bridge was bombed in the Croat-Bosniak War in 1993, but has since been reconstructed.
Today, the bridge is 24 meters high at its apex and it is a rite of passage for young dudes to dive off into the River Neretva below.
Also worth a visit is southern Herzegovina's Ottoman-era Pocitelj, near Croatia.
Jajce in northwest Bosnia is a stunning hilltop town crowned by a medieval fortress with a dramatic waterfall cascading at its base.

Warm and hospitable people

Despite the horrors of the conflict still being fresh in local memories, Bosnians will go out of their way to welcome strangers.
Guests staying with Bosnian families will be made to drink a lot of coffee and eat till they're stuffed.
Visitors will find people are willing to help them out at any time.
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Bosnian coffee culture
Coffee is the backbone of Bosnia and Herzegovina's social life.
On first impressions, Bosnian coffee might resemble the Turkish variety, but locals insist they're completely different.
Fine coffee grounds are prepared with boiling water in a metal coffee pot called a dzezva.
This is then stirred till it becomes a cream color and poured into a round cup known as a fildzan, often served with sugar cubes that are usually dipped into the coffee to balance out the bitterness.
While Bosnian coffee echoes Ottoman traditions, there are also cafes embracing more Western European traditions, serving strong coffee with cakes.
Sarajevo has a seemingly endless supply of cafes where customers can just sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

It's cheap

Sarajevo is one of Europe's cheapest capitals, and outside the city the prices just get lower.
Eating out can cost as little as 3-5 Bosnian Marks (less than $3).
When compared to neighboring Croatia, which has prices tending towards Western European levels, it's ridiculously cheap.
That said, visitors could still wind up spending all their money at the wonderful bazaars.

Great for shopping

There are some amazing shopping opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Not only are prices low when compared with the rest of Europe, the level of craftsmanship is amazing.
Hand-hammered copper goods, some handmade delicate lace, as well as traditional carpets, weaves and jewelry are among the traditional specialties.
More unique are the pens on sale in the market around Sarajevo's Bascarsija - they're made out of bullets from the siege of 20 years ago.

Ethnic and religious diversity

Bosnia and Herzegovina has always been a country known for its trade and consequently has long had a diverse population.
Today you may hear mosques calling out to prayer across the valleys, followed by the sound of church bells.
In downtown Sarajevo a mosque, a synagogue, a Catholic church and an Orthodox church can all be found in the same block.

Land of adventure

Adventure travel fanatics are well catered for in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The rocky mountains are fantastic not just for hiking and climbing, but also rafting, paragliding and mountain biking.
Going off the beaten track require some care though, as some areas might still carry the risk of landmines left over from the war.


From crunchy, flaky burek filled with tangy white cheese to succulent cuts of grilled meat, Bosnia and Herzegovina's cuisine is humble but satisfying.
Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced.
That means a healthy dose of Shopska Salad accompanied by a spongy, freshly baked flat bread is hard to beat.



  • Duration:
    5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Travel Valid:
    01 Mar 18 - 01 Apr 18
  • Airport Pick up

Arrival Sarajevo Airport, meet and assist at Airport by our representative.

  • Sightseeing in Vrelo Bosne

Before we take you to hotel we will visit Vrelo Bosne. the spring of the Bosna River, at the foot of Mt. Igman. The alley is made of two rows of 762 plane trees planted in 1892 and dozens of horse chestnut trees as surely the most beautiful tree row in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The spring of the Bosna River is an outstanding park with numerous streams forming lakes and islands in this geological, hydrological and botanical-horticultural phenomenon. The most beautiful one, however, is the source of the Bosna River, which springs from a number of karst springs at an altitude of 492 meters. The water is of exceptional quality; therefore, a pump station of the city water supply was built next to the spring. The nature here still exceeds the strength and beauty of anything else seen, making the spring of the Bosna River one of the most precious natural and tourist pearls of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Stay in Sarajevo

Proceed to hotel, check-in, free afternoon. Overnight.

  • Sightseeing in Sarajevo
  • 10 am till 16 pm

After breakfast, sightseeing of Sarajevo, the beautiful Ottoman style mosques and architecture, the old quarters still maintain an authentic Ottoman carsija with oriental sweet shops, cafes, and traditional Bosnian food. During this sightseeing, the group will be followed by our guide who is going provide them with the detailed explanations and the meaning of the most famous religious, cultural, historical and economic monuments in Sarajevo such as: The Old City Hall, Old handcrafts street, Gazi Husrev bey's mosque, Clock Tower, Gazi Husrev bey's mausoleums (turbe), Kursumlija Madrasah, Faculty of Islamic Studies Emperor mosque, Latin Bridge, free time for shopping before we transfer you back to hotel. Overnight in Sarajevo.

  • Sightseeing in Mostar
  • 09 am till 16 pm

After Breakfast at hotel. Today we will take you to Herzegovina part of the country where the influence of Adriatic Sea and Mediterian climate dominates and the landscape is different from Bosnia region. We will drive 140 kilometers south from Sarajevo to city of Mostar. Upon arrival we will take you to the Old town form Ottoman Era because that is where the famous UNESCO protected Old Bridge is located. From Koski Mehmet Pasha's mosque build in XVII century you will have best view on the Bridge. Also, we will visit Mostar Gallery to watch a short movie that shows destroying and renovating this Bosnian Landmark. In noon hours we will drive back to Sarajevo. Overnight in hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Free day
  • Sarajevo Departure› transfer to airport only

After breakfast at the hotel. Check-out the hotel, Departure to Sarajevo Airport for final departure.

What's included

  • Accomodation

    04 Nights accommodation in Pino Hotel -4* in Sarajevo

  • Airport Transfer

    Return Airport Transfer by Private Car

  • Meals

    Daily Breakfast

  • Sightseeing

    Visit Vrelo Bosne River in Private Basis
    Full Day Sarajevo Tour in Private Basis
    Full Day Mostar Tour in Private Basis

  • Meals other then what not mentioned

  • Air Ticket

  • Personal Expenses

  • Tips

Points of interests

  • Sarajevo

Baščaršija is Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. The word Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language

  • Sarajevo

Blagaj is a village-town in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin, in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Emperor's Mosque
  • Sarajevo

The Emperor's Mosque is an important landmark in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, being the first mosque to be built after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia.

  • Sarajevo

Igman is a mountain plateau in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Geologically, Igman is part of the Dinaric Alps and formed largely of secondary and tertiary sedimentary rock, mostly Limestone.

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