GREAT TOUR OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Kotor – BlagajTekke – Mostar – Kravica Waterfalls – Pocitelj - Kotor
Duration: 2 days & 1 night
THE OLD TOWN OF BLAGAJ is a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blagaj is an old Dervish monastery or tekke from the 16th century. The imposing oriental building was built at the site of the one of the largest karst springs in Europe, the source of the Buna River.The river is emerging from a huge karstic cavern beneath a high vertical cliff, flowing from the cave from a depth of 200 meters in rock.Blagaj is a jewel of Herzegovina, a "hidden" place of unbelievable beauty. This is a medieval town of the former Hum state with less than 3000 inhabitants. The Herceg-Stjepan's Tower with a beautiful view of Neretva, the Mosque of Sultan Sulejman, and the Karadjozbeg bridge built on Buna can be seen there. A large number of tourists are attracted by the Tekija house on the right side of this river, which was constructed for dervishes to perform their special rituals for praising God, but they were expelled from Tekija around 1952. Since then, it has served primarily as a museum that gives you a glimpse into the world of Sufi life and beautifully demonstrates Ottoman-style architecture.
MOSTAR is an old city, first mentioned in1452 and in 16thcentury it became an Ottoman frontier town. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge, Stari Most, after which it is named. The bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and is exemplary of typical Islamic architecture. It crosses over the beautiful turquoise Neretva River, and is at the heart of Mostar’s historic Old Town. It is now a UNECO World Heritage Site, having received this status in 2005 soon after it was rebuilt, and it attracts thousands of tourists to Mostar every year. Other famous sites to be seen in Mostar : Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque built in 1618, Kriva Cuprija or ‘Crooked Bridge’, Muslibegović House- Mostar’s best examples of Ottoman architecture, Čaršija- its market-in the heart of Mostar’s picturesque Old Town, etc.
THE KRAVICA WATERFALLS is one of the most beautiful natural sites in the Herzegovinian region. Located on the Trebižat River, it cascades off a particularly large tuff limestone deposit and onto the lake below. The height of waterfalls varies from 26 to 28 metres, with a water amphitheater under the waterfall with a diameter 120 m. As a natural phenomenon it is under country’s protection as a natural rarity. The entire area is full of greenery with chaste trees, poplars and figs all around. Even the tuff formations are green with thick lichen, moss and grass all over them. There are hardly any manmade formations near the falls to interfere with the location’s complete natural environment. In spring, this stunning mini-Niagara of 25m cascades pounds itself into a dramatic, steamy fury. In summer the falls are less dramatic and the surrounding pools become shallow enough for swimming.
POCITELJ is a fortified medieval town that remains close to its original form. Established in 1383 by King Stjepan Tvrtko I, the walled town evolved through the 16th-18th centuries and showcases both Ottoman and medieval influences in its architecture. There are a lot of old beautiful buildings that stand there for centuries waiting for their stories to be told, like Han (inn) of Sisman Ibrahim-Pasa, Medresa (Muslim religious high school), Mosque of Sisman Ibrahim-Pasa, The minaret and the Sahat-Kula-Clock Tower , The Gavrankapetanovic House, the Hamam (the baths) and many others.
KOTOR - The Old Town of Kotor, over 2000 years old, with its Venetian palaces, churches, museums and squares lays in the shadows of the fearsome St. John’s Hill and the walls protecting this town are a fortification masterpiece. It is located on the only natural fjord of its kind in the world and in a bay that has made the list of Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Kotor’s Old Town, trapped in time, is a maze of cobblestone streets. Medieval architecture and numerous monuments of cultural heritage have put Kotor on the UNESCO’s World Natural and Historical Heritage Site list. Through the entire city the buildings are intersected by narrow streets and squares. Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (SvetiTripun) is at the center of one of these squares, and it’s a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The Church of Saint Luke (Sveti Luka) from the 13th century, Church of Saint Ana (Sveta Ana) from the 12th century, Church of Saint Mary (SvetaMarija) from the 13th century, Church of the Healing Mother of God (Gospe od Zdravlja) from the 15th century, Church of Saint Nicholas (Sveti Nikola), the Prince’s Palace from the 17th century, the Napoleon’s Theatre from the 19th century and the Maritime Museum located inside the Grgurina Palace are all treasures that are part of the rich heritage of Kotor.
This tour can be booked with licensed tour guides speaking English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
The tour can be modified (shortened or prolonged) to suit your personal preferences and adjusted according to your needs and wishes.