‘Experience Europe as it once was’ proclaims the Bosnia and Herzegovina tourism website, encouraging visitors to the heart shaped land where traditional music still echoes from the mountain valleys and where East meets West. There is one group however, that has already embraced Bosnia and Herzegovina entirely- adventure seekers! Happy to move beyond the country’s experiences of the 1990s, adventurers have known for some time what the rest of the world is just waking up to- this is one gorgeous country to visit! And we’re delighted to welcome Highlander Adventures to Envago with their fabulous range of ‘mountain and memory’ tours. Here are a few:
A Day Hike in Čvrsnica
If the idea of a night sleeping in a hut 2000m high on a cliff in the Čvrsnica mountains, the most beautiful range in Bosnia, appeals then read on! Čvrsnica is part of the Via Dinarica trail and of a chain dividing Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hike begins in the forest, through fields and taking in some fantastic scenery before reaching Hajdučka vrata, a natural stone door on the edge of a cliff. Then to the Vilinac mountain hut for dinner and a truly unusual nights sleep.
One of the best things about the country is its fascinating history. This trip takes you to Jajce and Travnik, both seats of Bosnian kings in medieval times, exploring unique hidden gems like the world’s only waterfall in a city centre in Jajce- where the Pliva and Vrbas rivers meet. During the walking tour of Jajce, you’ll visit the fortress, the Mithraic Temple and the mosque of Esma Sultanija. Then to the Pliva lakes for its medieval mills and a swim, picnic or boating. The last stop is Travnik, the capital in Ottoman times and home to the Coloured Mosque, with time to explore the fortress.
3 day white water rafting in Herzegovina
White water rafting is so popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina that they call it a national pastime, and with the pristine rivers of the country, it is easy to see why. Staying overnight at bungalows on Boračko lake or at a hotel, your days will be filled with whitewater rafting on the Neretva river, swimming in lakes, paragliding and climbing waterfalls. Also included is a visit to the Old Town of Mostar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its one of a kind 16th century old bridge spanning the Neretva river.