Old bridge of Mostar and four pearls of Herzegovina tour from Sarajevo
First stop of the day is short visit to old part of Konjic town. Konjic is known by The Old Stone Bridge, which connected the banks of Neretva river for centuries, since 1682. until WW2, when it was destroyed by German occupier, during the withdrawal of their troops. It was opened in 2009, after being reconstructed as the original bridge and has been on the list of national monuments of BiH since 2003.
As Bosnia was the scene of some of the fiercest battles between the Yugoslav Partisans as well as the Axis Powers during WW2, the next stop on the way is in Jablanica. It’s a small vilage famous about it’s bridge and the Battle of Neretva where the Partisans managed to win a very unlikely battle. Nowadays, destroyed bridge still remains us as a symbol of wartime sacrifice and difficulties.
Then we continue through some really amazing parts of Neretva river canyon, telling the unique stories of Herzegovina, before we arrive to our next stop – Kravice. Kravice is a waterfall on the Trebižat River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s a mini version of Niagara Falls, hidden in the Balkans. The waterfalls form a natural amphitheater 40 km southwest of the city of Mostar. For its amazing beauty and untouched nature, it’s protected by Bosnia and Herzegovinia as a natural rarity. Its height is 25 meters. Kravice is a popular swimming and picnic area. Visit in spring and you can see them at their glorious best. During summer it will give you refreshment, the natural pools are an excellent place to cool down.
Aftet enjoying Kravice, we keep going, and after short ride arrive to Pocitelj, the stepped Ottoman-era fortress village of Počitelj is a medieval and Ottoman-Mediterranean wonder of nature and architecture, a place like no other. Cupped in a steep rocky amphitheatre, it’s a warren of stairways climbing between ramshackle stone-roofed houses and pomegranate bushes. Since the year 2000, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Government has placed the village under a Programme of Permanent Protection. Towering over this dreamlike scene is the Kula (Fort of Počitelj), at 45m above sea level, it offers breathtaking views along the River Neretva and across the village itself. The view is dominated by impressive Hajji Alija’s mosque, the mekteb (Muslim primary school), the imaret (charitable kitchen), the medresa (Muslim high school), the hamam (public baths), the han (public inn) and sahat-kula (clock-tower). The most dominant residential structure in the village is Gavrakanpetanović House, which has hosted thousands of artists and cultural actors from all over the world for the International Art Colony. Počitelj has a magical air that transcends time. It is a place just to wander, get lost in thoughts, and feel a profound sense of wonder and serenity.
Next destination is Blagaj – a haven of peace and natural harmony. The Blagaj Tekke, or the Dervish Monastery, was built around 1520. The monastery is an important monument of the early Ottoman period in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The monastery has been used by the dervishes in order to perform special rituals and today they still perform Dhikr (praise to God). The Blagaj Tekke is situated by the spring of the river Buna, surrounded by beautiful mountains. In the silence of the Dervish house’s garden, cooled by the freshness of the wonderful river with the most spectacular view, you will understand why Blagaj was the focus of interest of historical personalities, Roman nobility, Ottoman viziers and kadis, Austro-Hungarian officers and many travelers searching for the freshness of the water, warmth of sun and blue skies.
In the end, it’s time for Mostar experience – one of the most important pearl of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A city of stone on stone, historical, political, scientific and cultural center of Herzegovina lies at the foot of the slopes of Velez Mountain, in the Neretva River valley. Mostar was one of the most destroyed cities during the war in Bosnia, but even today it has enough preserved architecture speaks to the rich cultural past of this city. Our professional guides will accompany you to the Old Town. This is where you will find the famous bridge and the largest concentration of historic and cultural sights.
The most famous attraction here is the Old Bridge, built in 1566 according to plans of Hayruddin, the great Turkish builder of the 16th c. it has been entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It’s the beating heart of the city, a strong iconic symbol of its history, one of the country’s most recognizable landmarks. The bridge is 24m high and you will frequently see members of the Mostar Diving Club dive off the bridge. The practice dates back to the time the bridge was built.
Kriva Ćuprija, the oldest arch bridge in Mostar.
Hamam – Turkish bath, it is the only Turkish bath still existing in Mostar and one of the few remaining examples in the whole of Herzegovina. Visiting this location will have the unique opportunity to take an immersive step “back in time,” engaging in an element of Mostar lifestyle that has been prevalent for centuries.
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, the second biggest mosque in Mostar, whose original color and wall decorations have been preserved. Visitors are allowed to climb the minaret, which offers a panoramic view of the city and The Old Bridge.
Kujundžiluk – Old Bazzar, winds along a small, pretty, cobbled street, dating back to the middle of the 16th century, where characteristic crafts shops and traditional restaurants are found. In the past, it was the pulsing heart of the business world in the whole of the region with more than 500 workshops in the Ottoman era.
“When you spend a night in Mostar, it is not the sound that wakes you up in the morning, but- the light. I know this from my own experience. It was the light that welcomed me when I arrived, it followed me from the morning to the evening, and when I left, that light forever stayed in me as the main characteristic of my memories of Mostar…”
Ivo Andric, Nobel Prize winner
Herzegovina trip – we will ride and walk through fascinating landscapes, interesting villages and cities, historical museums, we will go back in history and learn about Ottoman Empire, WW2, Tito’s Yugoslavia, taste delicious Bosnian food and enjoy tradition. The day you will never forget!
|City||Mostar, Konjic, Blagaj, Počitelj, Kravice waterfall|
|Period||Every day at 8:00 whole year round|
|Activity||sightseeing, driving, walking|