Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Bosnia’s very name, to the unacquainted, is synonymous with the civil war and sieges of 25 or more years ago, and so few visitors have as yet sought out its delights. Straddling two vast historic empires to the east and west, the dramatic mountainous landscape and beguiling medieval cities and towns offer an intriguing glimpse into a melting pot of cultures.

Dwarfed by the success of its neighbours as a destination to explore, the two distinct regions of Bosnia to the north-west and Herzegovina to the south-west still have much to reveal to the outside world, offering the visitor a compelling insight into a land which has seen turbulence, triumph and transformation during every new embodiment of its compelling character.

Our fascinating group tours and tailor made itineraries delve into the world of ancient Illyria and its beautiful remains, Rome’s municipal glories, the dominance of the Slavic peoples during the opulence of the medieval period and the powerful influences of the Ottoman conquest.

Whether it is meandering along the languid upland routes and imbibing the inspiring views of hill-top citadels that have witnessed last ditch defences against invaders from the East, plunging into the depths of river gorges to unearth idyllic monasteries, or strolling through the lively cobbled streets of Sarajevo or Mostar, where a myriad of influences effortlessly blend together, the Bosnian experience is one which will enchant at every turn.

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Dalibor was one of the best and most professional guides I have ever had. He was absolutely superb. Nothing was too much trouble. He added a number of additional stops to the itinerary and was very well informed. He judged everything exactly right. I cannot praise him enough. Quite simply, it was a brilliant trip. You could not ask for more.

 

Charles Harpum, UK

Places to visit in Bosnia-Herzegovina and on our Balkan tours

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Why visit Bosnia-Herzegovina?

An overwhelmingly rural landscape, Bosnia has a brief, but stunning coastline, but it is the rugged upland terrain, predominantly rising well above 1,500m, which characterises its abiding beauty. A visit will reveal exquisite turquoise gorges spilling from snowy peaks and high wooded plateaus that subside to the fascinating cities of Ottoman-inspired Mostar and Sarajevo, where eastern tradition bazaars and copper domes blend with the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s edifices. Expect the pace on Bosnia’s scenic routes to ease back and the welcome of the locals to overwhelm you in its warmth.

Modern Bosnia-Herzegovina is a complex fusion of cultures: the main ethnic groups of Orthodox Christian Serbs, Bosniak Muslims and Catholic Croats has once more rediscovered its social harmony and mosques and churches stand proudly together in a nation that has traditionally celebrated its diversity. Yet a tour of the array of remarkable historic sites and natural wonders offers the visitor an insight into a land which has experienced the highs and lows of dramatic shifts in social influences.

The nation’s origins lie in the highly successful Illyrian-Greek civilisation which gave way to Roman conquest and then the westward onrush of the Ottoman Empire in 1482. Growing rich on an enviable blend of salt and silver trade, the region was to experience further conquest from the Austro-Hungarians, famously leading to its pivotal role in the commencement of the First World War over the assassination of Franz-Ferdinand of Serbia in Sarajevo’s streets – a site still commemorated with mixed feelings. Since the rise and fall of communism in the Yugoslav region, under Tito, Bosnia has battled through the horrors of the 1992-95 civil war in order to once more carve out a proud sense of national heritage.

Peace and tolerance were hard won and the Bosnians are at real pains to embrace outsiders – the coffee culture smacks of a blend of Slavic and Turkish hospitality and you will seemingly find a coffee house on every corner. Local markets are a rich source of handicrafts from copper goods and jewellery to lace and beautiful hand-made carpets. Visitors come to marvel at the southern region of Herzegovina’s capital, Mostar with its grand Stari Most (‘Old Bridge’), to explore the stunning 600 year-old Dervish monastery of Blagaj and to explore the array of beautiful mosques and churches at the heart of Sarajevo, the northern Bosnia region’s centre, but there is always time to also enjoy the plentiful and little-known traditional fare on offer: cured meats and rich stews are popular choices, served with flatbreads and crisp burek, stuffed with cheese and served with exotic salads.

Bosnia is a world which still eludes most travellers, but one which boasts natural and historic beauty to whet every appetite.

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